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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.

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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.

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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.