Whether you're a new face or an old one, I'm honoured to have you here.
In short - I am a Melbourne based Taurean, recipe developer, student of nutrition and lover of all things French.
Chit Chat Chomp started life as a way for me to open up my millions of cookbooks, get creative and experiment in the kitchen. Over the years, it has allowed me the immense pleasure of baking cakes and creating hors d'oeuvres for client's special occasions. I have loved being part of and honoured to be invited into their homes to share these memorable experiences.
Today, Chit Chat Chomp is all about my own personal health journey since being diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism) in 2013. Dealing with the effects of this Autoimmune Disease has led me to embrace recipes and ingredients that inspire, heal and nourish my thyroid, my gut, and in turn, my whole body.
All of the recipes you'll find inside these pages are free from gluten and refined sugars, with dairy and grain free recipes being added constantly. You'll also find an abundance of Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) recipes as well as loads of nutritional information and wellness tips that I have researched, experimented with and implemented into my life to help further support my body.
I share my love of whole foods, wellness and my healing journey inside these pages in the hope I can inspire others to simply step back into the kitchen and create their own health journeys.
Obviously I love cooking! I also love pots of tea, farmers markets, French jazz and lots of fresh flowers. I love Winter spent rugged up under a knitted blanket and I love, love, love twinkling Christmas lights. It's the little things in life that make me smile.
I hope that taking a peek at Chit Chat Chomp makes you feel inspired and makes you smile too.
Happy cooking and happy healing!
My Wellness Story
Today, the food I cook is all about my own personal health journey since being diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism), thyroid nodules and a leaky gut in 2013.
Being handed a prescription for Oroxine (a synthetic thyroid hormone) by my GP, I was told to simply get use to the ever present symptoms of fatigue, weight gain and bloating. I was told there was nothing more that could be done, and that one day soon I’d be under the surgeon’s knife having my thyroid removed. Seriously!
Initially, the daily Oroxine tablet worked. My energy levels increased, stubborn weight dropped off and I felt good in my body once again. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, and as the weight came back and the fatigue set in, I broke out in hives all over my body.
Out of anger and pure desperation, having left a dermatologist’s office in tears (after she berated me like a child and insisted I go on steroids), I stumbled across the on-line program - I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. The words written in front of me gave me hope, and with final enrolment due that very same day – I signed up.
Quitting sugar was the first and probably most significant step I took towards healing my body, as it was the first time I really took notice of the foods I ate and how they made me feel.
Over the next few years, my diet shifted towards a Paleo lifestyle with the additional removal of gluten, grains and cow’s milk dairy, and I found a holistic practitioner who specialised in Hashimoto’s. Through her numerous and exhaustive tests, I discovered I was toxic with heavy metals (in particular aluminium and silver), I had bromide toxicity (the inability to absorb ANY iodine), I had a couple of parasites AND was significantly deficient in a number of minerals including magnesium, silicon, chromium and potassium. I finally felt like I had answers and a plan of action.
However, in 2017 my blood test results showed a slight backwards turn, and acknowledging that even though I was feeling better, I still didn’t feel great. It was time to up the ante, and for me that meant the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP). It took two solid months of 100% strict adherence to the protocol before I began to see small, heart lifting signs of improvement - I knew I was on the right track.
Dealing with all of the effects of this Autoimmune Disease has certainly changed my life. When once I would reach for the diet coke, I now embrace recipes and ingredients that inspire, heal and nourish my entire body.
I am by no means healed and have a significant way to go on this journey of mine (having been diagnosed with SIBO in early 2018 - more answers!), but through the changes to my diet and lifestyle, I have been successful in significantly reducing my symptoms and enjoying life once again.