I’ve been truly inspired by bestselling author and ‘home cook’ Sally Bee. A few recipes from the mama of three’s new book, The Recipe for Life: Healthy Eating For Real People, have already become favourites (great, fresh ingredients, not too many steps, scrummy results).
Chatting to Sally mid-book launch, it’s her very ‘real’ positivity and infectious enthusiasm that has made me super-motivated to rethink my eating habits. She certainly makes it easy: the ingredients she draws on are neither too expensive or hard to get hold of and herbs and spices are used in abundance.
But what makes Sally’s mission so inspirational is the extraordinary story behind it. In her first book, The Secret Ingredient, she wrote movingly and frankly of the multiple heart attacks she suffered, out of the blue, at aged 36. Against all odds, Sally survived, hour by hour, day by day, and sought out the healthy eating and living strategies that led to her remarkable recovery.
Writing from the perspective of a wife and mother, both books make for humbling, instantly grounding reads (Sally recalls, for example, taking all day to get washed and dressed so she could be driven to the school gate, step out of the car at the very last minute and greet her five year old son with a hug).
With The Recipe for Life, she looks to the future, giving yet more of her realistic, characteristically ‘can do’ advice for making healthy eating and exercise a part of everyday life. There are heaps of recipes to suit all seasons and tastes (along with some crowd-pleasing puds!).
Here, for nonstopmama, Sally shares some of her guidlines for eating healthily and staying fit and well. ‘These simple tips can help you make healthier choices and will be your insurance policy for the future,’ she explains. ‘The most important factors are eating the right kind of food and the right amount and being as active as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to spend every evening at the gym wearing purple lycra, but it does mean that you should walk instead of ride, take the stairs instead of the lift and just move as quickly as you can as often as you can!’.
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