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Vicky from The Flourishing Pantry – About me

Hello! My name is Vicky and in 2016 I started on a life change.

Fed up with years of nasty bloating I took a blood test in January 2016. The results showed a yeast intolerance, and I have since been on an incredible journey learning about sugar, yeast, fermentation, candida and much, much more.

Whilst the process might have become all about what I couldn’t eat, I’ve found the true discovery has been what I can eat. Through social media and online communities I have come across a healthy, supportive network of food bloggers and sharers who have inspired me to create some really amazing food.  I don’t always get it right, but that’s part of the journey.

My mission

My mission has changed over time. When I first discovered my yeast intolerance (I did a food intolerance blood test) I did a lot of searching online for foods containing yeast; what I needed to avoid and what I could eat in abundance.

The more I searched the more confused I got. Some websites seemed to claim that in order to avoid yeast there were loads of other things I needed to cut out too, not just yeast itself. I couldn’t actually find sources with clear lists of ‘yeast containing’ foods, and quite a few were conflicting. I also started reading about something called candida which got me wondering – do I need an anti-candida diet? And is that different from a yeast free diet? Are my symptoms caused by candida overgrowth?

Since my first explorations I have now reached a point where I realise that the conflicting consensus online is because there isn’t scientific consensus that candida overgrowth exists. 

In writing my blog it’s been very important to me to get to the bottom of the scientific research about the gut and I want to share my findings with my readers. And that includes reading the facts about anti-candida and yeast free diets.

If you are genuinely allergic or intolerant to yeast then don’t eat yeast, or yeast containing products. Beyond that, it’s entirely your own decision and discovery as to what suits you best! That’s what my blog aims to share.

How I got into Blogging/Instagramming

Part of starting 2016 and a yeast-free diet was chronicling what I was eating. It started as a genuine record of the good meals I was eating, and you can scroll back through my Instagram feed and see the very basic photos I was taking!

But gradually I started upping my game, completely inspired by the amazing people on social media who were sharing their recipes and beautiful photos. I don’t think I’ve quite found my photography style yet; I am still playing with settings, backgrounds, props and lighting. I also really love making sure my Instagram and blog have the full range of mains, snacks, desserts and drinks. Yes sweet things and smoothies get lots of likes, but that’s not all I eat!

The blog seemed like a natural progression from Instagram. I wanted to record the recipes I was making, not just photos. And because of the lack of yeast-free websites and resources, I spotted what I thought was a niche.

The post you’ll love…

Oh wow it’s hard to pick one…! There’s a lot of good things to come on The Flourishing Pantry but I think I would encourage people to try my Chocolate Vanilla Cheesecakes. This was my first ever recipe and I made it for a dinner party of 10 friends and they went down really well! See what you think and let me know!