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A passionate, determined and grateful mother of two who thinks food, family & style is everything.
Food has always played the lead role in my life. Being of Armenian heritage, cooking and experimenting with different styles of food was commonplace in my home growing up. My fondest memories are of my mother creating a feast of beautifully presented dishes and gathering friends and family together over delicious food. Needless to say, I've always preferred home-cooked food. My school lunch box was often filled with last-night's leftovers.
As a young adult, my diet was pretty clean, or so I thought. I was eating loads of fresh fruit and veg, small portions of meat, and was conscious of the amount of starchy foods and sugars that I ate. About three years ago, when I was trying to fall pregnant with my second child, I went to see a holistic GP who ran some tests that helped determine that I had some food intolerances. The results showed that I was intolerant to dairy, wheat, eggs and soy. Receiving the results felt like a rude shock at first. What would I eat? I have the biggest sweet-tooth so the first thing that came to my mind was how I would cope without my daily treat. It took a few weeks for the results to settle in my mind, and then I started my investigations. I began to read about various everyday foods and the effect they have on our health. The research I did was invaluable to me, and it totally changed the way that I view food. I came to see these results as a blessing in disguise. I happily adopted an organic diet and became mindful about where the food that I eat comes from and the effect that it has on my body. Although it was hard at first, I was motivated, and it quickly became a lifestyle. And I began to feel better than ever.
But I was missing my sweet fix. I got thinking about how I could make my own treats without the addition of eggs, flour, dairy and refined sugar. The most important element to this new thinking was how I could make these treats taste as good as the real deal. I got experimenting and that's when my obsession with vegan sweets began, and how Hippie Lane came to life.
"It's all about conscious eating in our home. I feel that it's my responsibility to nourish my children so that they have every opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential. I try to make it fun, and luckily my kids are all for it"