• Romey Aspden, blogger at Feed Me Happy, tells us how she’d like to feed the world happy with her inspirational principles and practices behind healthy eating. This Joburg-based foodie knows every trick in the book when it comes to creating a sustainable lifestyle. She also shares one of her favourite ‘fill-me-up-with the-goodness’ recipes, chia breakfast bowl with white-mulberry milk.

    For as long as I can remember, I have had an interest in all things to do with health, particularly healthy foods.

    I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with food. Ironically, it was during my university years, and while I was studying nutrition, that I was the most unhealthy. After many years of abusing my body, I felt completely disconnected from the person I had once been. When I moved back home, I was chronically fatigued and depressed.

    It was at this stage of my life that my real journey with food began. I reconnected with my body and health through high-quality, unprocessed, plant-based foods and healed a chronic systemic acne condition, as well as my fatigue and anxiety. I haven’t looked back since.

    Food makes me feel abundant, supported and uplifted. Ultimately, for me, cooking with high-quality, plant-based foods is a tangible, self-love practice. When I nourish my body, it positively influences how I feel about myself, which manifests into how I treat others. When you look after yourself, get enough rest, consume deeply nourishing foods, the result is that you become more energetic.

    To create a consistently healthy lifestyle, you have to plan ahead. Find a health blogger who inspires you. Commit to trying one new recipe per week. Go to a health shop and buy one or two ingredients and slowly start to stock your pantry in this way. Like all things in life, learning how to support yourself daily with creative ease takes practice.

    Read more about the happy foodie life on Romey’s blog.