If you are like most people, depriving yourself of all your favourite foods in an effort to kick start your journey to a healthier version of yourself it doesn’t work! Crash diets also don’t tend to work because of this reason.

So what is the solution?

Well, I used to LOVE fatty foods and indulge in them quite regularly. They were my comfort food, my treat foods, my Friday night football foods, my dinner out foods, my happy foods…the pies, pizzas, chips, pastas, sandwiches, burgers, cakes and much more were always a part of my diet.

Unfortunately fueling myself on these non-nutrient dense, sugar, chemically processed foods, eventually cost me my health and I was forced to change what I ate. So, I did what I knew how to do and ate my version of “healthy foods” which was just the same old salads, vegetables and protein. This soon became quite boring and I really struggled with my cravings and with finding the joy in nourishing my body.

Surely I couldn’t eat like this for the rest of my life I thought?

I then started to think of alternatives for all my favourite foods and how I could create a dish that would satisfy my taste buds and provide me with the nourishment I needed to heal.

What I discovered?

Healthy meals CAN be tasty, exciting and nourishing all at the same time! Getting creative and experimenting in the kitchen was the best way for me to keep on track with my diet and learn to nourish my body in a way that was completely fulfilling on all levels. Through trial and error, perseverance and a lot of fun, I was able to come up with healthier, nourishing, nutrient jam packed recipes for all of my favourite foods! Click here for one of my recipes for a healthier version of Shepherd’s Pie.

What are some of your favourite healthy ‘cheat food’ recipes? Please share in the comments below.

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  • i found that the better that i ate, the less i craved the really bad foods over time


  • Ever since I became vegetarian I discovered lots of easy simple but tasty fares. I’m feeling much better now than 30 years ago.


  • Everything in moderation I believe. Cheers.


  • I love it when I find a healthy version of an age old high calorie favourite. So good when a couple of ingredient changes still satisfy and give nutrients too.


  • Yes there definitely are some delicious healthy recipes out there to hit the spot this winter!


  • So true. You really have to think outside the box and get creative to enjoy those treat foods. With modifications, you can have them much more frequently!


  • So many healthy options these days, means it easier for us to eat healthy more often


  • I suppose it’s getting the time to be creative which is often the stumbling block. But there are lots of delicious healthy recipes out there and it’s picking a few which work for you as your staples and adding and building to your collection around those.


  • I find that just accepting I’ll be unhealthy once in a while – takeout once a month, chocolate once a week – enables me to keep it to moderation.


  • I remember your lovely recipe!!
    It’s also what Jamie Oliver always says: “Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring”. And he’s right.
    Yesterday for example I made a bean casserole and on top, instead of just cheese, I mixed Parmesan cheese with grated parsnip and grilled it in the oven.


  • I love home made pizza. I can control what goes into the topping and is always tasty and satisfying.


  • You can make delicious meals and desserts that are healthy without the need to diet!

    • Exactly – eat healthy and get all of the nutrition needed for the whole family.


  • Diets do not work long term.


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