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Foodie Spotlight: Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen

I started Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen as a way to motivate myself to eat better and keep myself accountable. I’ve struggled with chronic health conditions for as long as I can remember. Eczema, IBS, anxiety and fatigue became part of who I was and I thought there was nothing I could do to change it.

After a particularly bad eczema flare-up that covered my entire face, and after I had been let down by GPs and dermatologists, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands. I started researching online for ‘cures’ and started buying into the idea that there was a cream/potion out there that would rid me of my eczema. After trying countless ‘guaranteed’ cures that did nothing for me, I realised that diet and lifestyle is what I needed to tackle to change my mental and physical state.

My recipes are vegan, gluten-free and I try to make them as healthy as possible by using things like whole dates to sweeten and ground oats instead of refined flours. I love recreating old favourites like Hobnobs, Snickers, Wagon Wheels, Banoffee Pie, Twix and Oreo. I have a huge sweet tooth so I wanted to find a way to enjoy treats on a regular basis while nourishing my body at the same time.

My dietary lifestyle

I don’t like putting labels on my diet, but if I had to I would probably say I’m a ‘flexitarian’. My diet is 99% plant-based but I do eat meat/eggs every now and then when offered to me by relatives. I try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of fresh greens, fruit, beans, nuts, seeds and wholegrains like oats, rice and quinoa. I try to avoid inflammatory foods as much as possible (wheat, meat, dairy, refined sugars and packaged foods) as a way to control my eczema, IBS, anxiety and fatigue. Generally, I’m not a fussy eater and enjoy everything nature has to offer.

My favourite recipe…

My favourite recipe is probably my ‘kleicha’ or Iraqi date cookies. They used to be (and still are!) my favourite cookie and probably the food I miss the most since moving from Iraq to the UK. I was so chuffed when I finally was able to create a vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free version. I also love my Cookie Dough Brownies and homemade Hobnobs.