A Cup of Chai with Bianca Slade from Wholefood Simply
We caught up with Bianca Slade from Wholefood Simply this month for a cup of chai. In our interview with Bianca talks about how she adapts traditional recipes to deliver more wholefoods into her diet. She also shares her favourite recipes with us when you are asked to ‘bring a plate’. They are nice and easy to make.
1) Can you share with us how this adventure, Wholefood Simply, began?
It was January 2013. The previous year had been one of the hardest times of my life. We lived away from family and were yet to make close friends in our new home town.
I had my second baby, my IVF baby, who I loved and adored but who took a long time adjusting to this bright and noisy world. He stayed on me, clinging tightly and not always happily, for the first year or two of his life. As he cried and I held him my husband was in a space of his own, mentally and physically battling cancer and unable to even hold our baby boy.
We reached the Christmas of 2012 and the load had become lighter, we all breathed a little deeper and smiled a little more. But I had reached a point where I felt I needed something, a distraction perhaps. I also wanted to continue staying home to mother my babies and raise my family.
I had long been a lover of all things whole foods and all things cooking. Fortuitously, my clever and always helpful cousin suggested I start a blog.
I, being the very unsavvy computer and social media person that I was (and still am) didn't know what one was! But nevertheless a seed had been planted and a month later Wholefood Simply was welcomed into the world.
2) It's that time of the year when there are lots of end of year celebrations and get togethers and we all get asked to "bring a plate". What is favourite go to recipe for this occasion?
Oh that's a tricky one! But Bliss Balls are always my go to and I have a very large variety to choose from in the books and on the website.
My favourites for this time of the year, due to both ease and their appeal to everyone (even the whole food skeptics) are the Lemon Bliss Balls and the Chocolate Brownie Bliss Balls. However, the Snickers and Christmas Cake Bliss Balls will also be shared over and over again this season.
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3) I know you balance business with a young family, how do you relax and slow down?
I feel blessed to say that I slow down and recharge by cooking, taking photos, and to be honest, eating! I love all three components and I am very grateful that they just happen to be the same three components that are at the heart of Wholefood Simply.
Food aside, I love lying in the Sun with my babies, relaxing at a park and when our free times coincide, cuddling up with my husband and watching a movie or playing remember when.
I walk with a dear friend, I chat to my beautiful mother and all of these things play a large role in keeping me grounded.
4) What are your top tips for people wanting to live healthier lives?
Be gentle on yourself.
Keep things simple. Change does not need to be overwhelming. It can also be fun and exciting.
Figure out what matters to you and why and take whatever steps you need to get to where you aspire to be. Often its baby steps, often its two steps forward and one step back. Embrace the journey as there is seldom an end destination. Once one goal is reached it is human nature to set another, to want something more. So enjoy where you are and let the seed of where you want to be blossom, not with force, but with loving kindness.
Make your health journey your own. We are all unique. What works for one may not be the same as what works for another. So play around, tune in to your own body and mind and do whatever you need to find what works for you.
Lastly, give yourself that minute, even if it is only a minute. Get outside, feel the Sun. Take a moment every day, no matter how small, to do something that makes you happy.
5) How can people find out more about you?