My goodness, the last few years for us have been phenomenal – from opening our award-winning restaurant in January 2017 to launching our home delivery service & event catering service you can see here today. But it didn’t all start here, our story goes way back…
We know how daunting it can be to break out of our comfort zone and embrace a new way of eating, but we’ve done it and we know that you can too. We started Après Food and opened our restaurant because we wanted to kick back against the restrictive ‘clean eaters’ and ‘detox’ diets and instead pave a way for achieving sustainable health. A way that (despite those words!) is actually a pleasure to be a part of. A way of eating and cooking that makes sure joy and deliciousness are always at the heart of things. A way of eating that is pivotal in supporting your long-term health.
“I knew something wasn’t right, but I didn’t necessarily realise it was connected to what I was eating or what was going on in my life at the time... I genuinely thought I was pretty healthy and had things under control! Then I met Catherine. We discussed some of the worries I had with my health – things like having no energy; falling asleep in the middle of the day (because I couldn't sleep at night); being unhappy to the point of feeling depressed. It was like a light-bulb went on inside my head and I started making real connections with so many different things, including what I was eating, when I was eating, stress I was under, lack of sleep and so on. It was when Catherine explained how certain lifestyle factors (including the food I ate) could be having an impact on me in a detrimental way and possibly even be at the root of all the problems I was experiencing, that things really hit home for me. And then I wanted to start straight away to sort myself out and find a new way of living. Catherine showed and proved to me that it’s not about giving things up. It’s about starting a new relationship with food - I used to describe foods as 'good' or 'bad'! Maybe you do too (but she explained, nothing is actually bad!). Once I realised I could still eat food I loved, I was in!
Catherine asked me, “What does ‘healthy’ mean, anyway? Healthy means what is right for your body at this point in your life”. Overall, I could see that we need to look at food in a different way, we need to talk about food in a different way and understand why what we eat can contribute to poor health and instead learn what can help us achieve peak health! So what's next? I now understand it’s the combination of lots of things that can lead to the way I was feeling – it’s rarely ever just one thing. Most things are multifactorial... Catherine then showed me some very simple and easy things I could do, and these quickly influenced how I felt. If you explore ‘How do i achieve peak health’ you will see the big things I started with. And actually, I found these were all achievable – after all, if it’s too much like hard work, we tend to give up. So begin with these and then we can go deeper! I'm going to hand you over to Catherine now so she can take you through a good way to start.
"After my extensive training to become a qualified Nutritional Therapist I realised there is a lot more to eating than meets the eye! Just know, there is a different, more logical way! I think one of the biggest issues with our food culture today is the amount of conflicting advice that we seem to keep being bombarded with; it isn't that I have a problem with some of this, it's that I don't believe there is one diet that is optimal for us all. Having said that, there are some fundamental starting points that seem to me to be consistent across all of our food preferences, whether or not we might be vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or enjoying meat etc.