Hi… I’m Martine 🙂
I’m the creative type.. you know those people that work messy but end up with something beautiful. Yep, that’s me.. and proud of it ♥
I’ve spent as long as I can remember making stuff.. and trying to sell stuff.. (always loved business).. and helping people.. yep, that pretty much sums me up! oh, and organising things and people.. yep, that’s it.. that sums me up in a nutshell. Pretty ordinary, not famous or anything. I just love to love my life and my ‘people’…
So Why my Blog?
My first Blog was a little ‘all about me’ blog (different name) which I created (using Squarespace) back in ’07. I loved to potter around on there.. ‘tinkering’ on it doing all the nerdy things like formatting, designing, styling, some writing.. you get the picture.
This blog I started when I was running a Cafe in Perth. Creating food is fun for me. I love the designing process. I love the planning process. I love getting organised. I’m in love with taking photo’s (the Apps for editing photo’s are such fun). I love the eating process (what a great reward for all the hard work)! and yes, you guessed it.. I love sitting with my laptop uploading everything and making it look buuuuuuttttiful at the end of that long process..
So if you said that I love this thing called Blogging! then you would be right ♥
I have some struggles just like you.. I’m currently dealing with Adrenal Fatigue (i know, you’ve probably never heard of it – I hadn’t either!). It’s basically when your adrenal glands say “whoa, hold on there gurl… I need you to stop. just stop… we is havin’ a break!”
Yep, i’m a pretty driven person.. I’m one of those high achievers which is great (well I think so anyways)! It’s great unless it isn’t balanced and it turns out I haven’t been too balanced over the last 7-8 years. So, I am learning how to manage this new space while I heal (it is totally heal-able).
I’ve always struggled with food.. I’ve had an eating disorder for at least half of my lifetime.. you may not have heard of ‘binge-eating’ but that was me.. closet eater, secret bingeing, terrible daily routine where I would eat nothing all day until mid afternoon and then start eating and not stop until bed.. and then there were the binges.. chips, chocolate, lollies, cheese, crackers, olives, feta & something sweet so I could feel like I’ve had a treat! -all at the same time- WoW, I know how bad that sounds especially as I’m saying it out aloud for the first time eva! I did that binge so many times that I can’t count… I’m shaking my head as I write this – I understand how bad that was. The very very good news is that I’ve come a long way since I was in that place.
That was my 20’s and 30’s.
I got wise late 30’s and committed to changing everything about my diet.
I made that commitment and I haven’t looked back and so the food I have here on my Blog has come from a real place of healing for me. A truly beautiful place of love and joy and contentment for me.
My journey away from that place of binge eating started when I rediscovered juicing (2006) which then linked through and led me to the rawfood movement (a revelation for me in 2006)… that was an incredible AHA moment for me. I love raw food. always have! I tried to go raw back in 1990 but it was just too hard. The rawfood movement today is tasty, creative, technical, scientific, healthy, nutritious, liberating… etc etc etc. I Luv it!
So I submersed myself in learning from the great raw chefs of that day (back in 2007-ish). I did a lot of 100% raw food days.. and lots of 80% / 50% etc etc. I spent a lot of time detoxing but I wont go into the bodily symptoms of that experience right here and now!
My hero raw food chef’s to this day are Russell James and Matthew Kenney… A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I soaked all of their work up like a sponge.. made nearly every single recipe of theirs. Another favourite is Alissa Cohen.. she’s just great.
I started to teach a few raw food classes here and there and then my journey led me to where I started running a cafe.
It was at the Cafe I had the space to add some rawfood to the menu and then with the constant enquiries for vegan food I was drawn into playing in a RAWFOOD | VEGAN foodie playground.. I had fun! and then i discovered paleo cuisine.. and paleo saved me from a bit of a rawfood rut I had gotten into. My rut was a mindset that had me struggling to cook food – not healthy i know. I will be forever grateful to paleo principles. As I embraced that ‘paleo old school’ way of eating I fell in love with healthy food all over again. Only this time I could cook it aswell as enjoy it raw.
So the only thing you dont know about me now is that over time I became lactose intolerant.. wasnt born that way (at least I dont think I was)! No, i definitely wasnt.. I use to be able to drink milk and never end up in the toilet for 2 hours . So, when exactly the ‘lactose intolerant’ thing actually happened I’m not sure but it’s with me for now and so I have learned how to make the BEST of it!
I make the best, most creamiest comfort-dairy non-dairy food around! 🙂 …and it’s soy free. Yippee. and I share all of it with YOU! right here, on my blog 🙂
So there you go.. if you’re still with me down here on the bottom of the page then you did great 🙂
You got the download about me.. see, I told you I’m pretty ordinary.. not famous.. got great loves and got my own great struggles too. Thanks for being here..
and now… I had to put these somewhere on the blog because when I’m working late at night I love to just play these little short video’s to make me laugh…
I thought you might enjoy them too… 🙂
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