My name is Elaine and at the time of writing this I've made some huge changes in my life both personal and professional. Yet it didn't happen overnight!
You could say I was a slow burner and to be honest I can't single out just one event that has brought me to this place as it was a combination of so many things. If there was one thing and one thing only I would say it was a passion. I was always interested in health and food but never really thought of it as a career, it was my interest and hobby, something I did in my spare time.
Like all good stories it happened once upon a time. I got married in 2000, the millennium, on 2nd September. The sun was shinning in Belfast like I'd never seen for that time of the year and it felt more like the Mediterranean. Everyone to this day still comments on the weather we had.
My husband Tony and I went to Bali for our honeymoon and it was even more magical than I could have imagined.
From Belfast to Bali was just a bit different (lol), the culture, the people and the food were so memorable. Even the early morning chimes, colours, smells and landscape from that first visit are pretty much etched in my mind forever.
We returned to Bali in 2004 and again in 2010. It was in 2010 in Ubud I did my first yoga class, a 6.30 am start just as the sun was coming up over a rice paddy field. I will never forget it and just felt in awe of the beauty around me. As we slowly took in our first real breath of the day I watched as local families were quietly going about their daily chores. It was a stillness I had never experienced before and I didn't want the moment to end.
We had several trips to other parts of South East Asia over the years. I discovered so many incredible tastes and foods which were so different from anything I had ever experienced before.
It was around this time I started to read about ayurvedic food and the relationship between food and health. Back then all of this was a bit alien to me but over the years my interest grew, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more. I experimented, read and then, I don't know exactly how - I discovered raw living food. At the beginning I was intrigued by how on earth you could make a dessert with just nuts. It was simply just nuts to me! But there was oh so much more to it than just that as I was to learn.
Fast forward to 2015, I had the good fortune to met up with a school friend. It was over 30 years since we last met so we had a lot of catching up to do. It wasn't long before we both realised our shared passion for yoga and raw food. It was one of the best chance encounters and truly was an inspiration. She was living in London and gave me some recommendations on Raw food courses I should do there.
I took my first course in 2015 and in late 2016 after almost 25 years in the IT industry, I decided to make a change. It was a huge decision to make as I was leaving behind a profession I had known for such a long time and going into unchartered territory.
Was I anxious? Yes absolutely but I knew this was what I wanted to do and had for a very long time. I was ready and several courses later I'm now completing my Raw Chef Mastery Diploma.
This was just the beginning and in October 2017 I started my first year of Bio-medicine, part of a 3-year Diploma in Nutrition at Stranmillis University College Belfast.
So that's the story so far and I feel that I have arrived at the right space!
I've created this website and I will be sharing regular updates hints, tips and articles on my Facebook page and Instagram so watch out for those.
Today my own diet is Plant Based and it's all about balance for me. Some days I will eat raw food and other days I will mix in some cooked dishes. The main thing is that I continue to enjoy a diet that is full of variety, colour, and most importantly balanced and nutritious. I even have treats everyday (oh yes I do!!!) so nothing is out of bounds.
The photo above was taken at the North Coast close to the Giants Causeway as I did an early morning yoga stretch.
Thanks and enjoy
The Nourished Sprout
I will be delivering a number of themed classes in late 2018/19. Until then stay raw-curious and keep in touch on my Facebook page and Instagram where I will be announcing dates later in the year