So, you are all aware that I have decided to change the name of my blog to ‘Nourish Kitchen by V’. However, what was behind my decision and what made me actually do it.
If you are following me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you would see a recent post about me and my body confidence struggles. It all really started when I was 13 years old and then when becoming older, it was only getting worse. From the age of 15 to 18, I have gone through bulimia, lots of dieting, cutting down on food, watching what I have been eating daily and then to top it off, counting every single calorie my body was intaking.
I know right, it’s pretty sad to feel this way through my teenage life. Back then there were no social media, but there were real magazines and real comments which people used to make and that’s when I started watching what I eat and in what amount. I started hating my body and basically just how I looked all together. Basically, my confidence was always shocking and only in recent years, I have started accepting who I am and how grateful I am for my body, my nose (which I used to hate so much).
When I turned 19 (I know, not a youngster any more :)) and didn’t pass the UNI exams, I have decided to explore a different country and apply for an Au-Pair job in the UK. I remember the day until today when I was sitting on the Student Agency bus (for over 24 hours) which was taking me to the United Kingdom to the family which I have never met. I have never used to travel much and therefore this was an exciting, but also a scary challenge which I have set for myself. Now, I know that I have left my native country to find myself and my purpose.
The eating habits, here in the UK were completely different to what my body was used to and I gained few pounds whilst trying to figure out the cuisine and what it actually is my body needs and is missing. And then the same rollercoaster of negative body thoughts started appearing in my head again. I have managed to lose weight, but it was really hard work considering that I wasn’t able to cook for myself and the family who I used to stay with didn’t exactly live a healthy lifestyle. After 12 months of living with the family, I have decided to move out and start my own journey. My challenge was to find a job, somewhere to live and just see how I can progress in a different country, far away from my family.
At the age of 21, I have started dating this English fella, and little would I know that I will sit here with him in a living room 10 years later :). He has seen me through some ups and downs, but he always stayed by my side and that’s certainly a real LOVE.
I remember the day when I regretted for the first time living abroad and the day was when my mum has called me and informed me that my nan has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, I thought that my world has ended and didn’t know what to do or say to make it go away. However, I didn’t know that more news like this would be coming my way. When my best friend called me, now almost 6 years ago telling me to sit down that she has something to tell me and then the news hit me. She told me that she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Oh yeah, and it didn’t end there, towards the same year when my friend was diagnosed, I have found out that my uncle has exactly the same diagnoses. My life has literally turned upside down by receiving three most terrible news I could ever receive. The moment of feeling, there isn’t much you can do or help, because you are not living close enough to make it all better was just awful. Talking to my friend has made me realise that she was right, food may have a huge impact on our wellbeing and may be able to affect our health.
Everyone who follows me on social media knows that I am a huge advocate when it comes to cervical cancer awareness and smear tests. And here is why; at the age of 27, I have started struggling with cervical abnormalities, and then it continued year in, year out until the recent procedure I have had done last November, called LLETZ (loop diathermy). And all of this has also made me realise how precious our body actually is. It took me almost 5 years to figure out what my body likes and what my body doesn’t like. Of course, nothing was a quick change.
So here you are, in a summary you are able to understand why I have decided to create ‘Nourish Kitchen by V’. Based on all these life circumstances which followed me through the years, I have decided to build a community which may help others to build a relationship with nutrient-rich food, supports well-being and health. This community is not about dieting, but about how to nourish your body and be happy and confident with yourself whilst cooking amazing food, full of colours, vitamins, and minerals. And remember, it’s not one size fits all, we are all unique individuals and what may work for one, may not work for others.
So if you fancy joining me on my journey, then keep an eye on my new blog rebrand (coming soon), or simply connect on my social media channels which you may find here > Nourish Kitchen by V Facebook Community or Nourish Kitchen by V Instagram.
In a meantime, thank you for your support and if you have any question at any point, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Lots of love