Supercharged Food is a simple and inspiring guide to eating for optimum health. It features more than 90 recipes that are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free, each bursting with nutrient-rich or 'super' foods that will help nourish and heal your body. Supercharged Food is a must-have for the increasing number of people suffering from autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's, coeliac disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Candida and other food allergies and intolerances.
"The vibrant, authentic eating principles that motivate this book are the soundest around. They excite me. Every recipe oozes care and nourishment and I trust Lee's advice. She's been there, had to learn new ways and is now sharing what she knows.. A true manifesto for wellness." - Sarah Wilson
Whether you have coeliac disease, food allergies or you just want to improve your health, this is your one-stop shop for easy, vibrant and flavourful meals that will jump-start your immune system, boost your energy levels and maintain your long-term wellbeing.Lee Holmes discovered Supercharged Foods after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in 2006. With a background in food and nutrition and eager to find a drug-free solution, she became a keen food and health researcher and developed a diet regime that led to her full recovery.
Lee is a regular columnist for WellBeing magazine and a writer for Miranda Kerr's Kora Organics blog. She is also the author of popular website www.superchargedfood.com and blog www.supercharged1.wordpress.com
Author: Lee Holmes
Question: Why did you decide to write Supercharged Food?
Lee Holmes: About four years ago I was forced to make a complete career change after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I gave up my job in the music industry and decided to pursue my dream of becoming a writer and advocate for a natural health and a whole foods lifestyle. I started sharing recipes with friends and family and the easiest way to do this was through the internet so I created a website called www.superchargedfood.com to enable my friends to find the recipes whenever they needed them. The website became more and more popular and then friends of friends were sharing the recipes and it just grew from there. I wrote the book as many people were asking me to share my story and wanted to know how I improved my health through diet. They were looking for a kitchen companion and an easy way to eat their way to good health and Supercharged Food the book was the perfect way to encompass all of these things.
Question: What recipes are in Supercharged Food? Do you have a favourite recipe?
Lee Holmes: There are over 90 recipes in the book which they are all gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free. Each recipe is bursting with nutrient-rich or 'super' foods that will help nourish and heal your body at cellular level, just like it did for me. There are lots of delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes along with yummy desserts, snacks and also recipes on how to create the basics such as stocks, sauces, milks and dressings. The book is for anyone wanting to improve their health along with the increasing number of people suffering from autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's, coeliac disease, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Candida and other food allergies and intolerances. My favourite recipe in the book is Shepherd's Pie with Cauliflower Mash. It's such a hearty and comforting meal and is simple to cook too. If you make extra portions you can have it for lunch the next day.
Question: What are the nutrient-rich or 'super' foods?
Lee Holmes: Nutrient-rich and super foods are foods which have a high nutrient value and are dense in particular vitamins and minerals and deliver a significant amount of these nutrients to your body. When you look at nutrient-dense foods they are the opposite of many processed foods and low-calorie foods which are low in nutrition in comparison. Nutrient rich foods and superfoods deliver multiple vitamins and minerals to your body and offer amazing health benefits. They work wonders in keeping your mind and body healthy. In the book Supercharged Food there is a section which covers my top ten superstar superfoods and there you will find foods such as quinoa, spinach, kale and sardines. There are superfood ingredients you can cook with too such as onions, garlic and ginger.
Question: Can you talk about how super foods aided your recovery from the autoimmune disease you were diagnosed with?
Lee Holmes: When I was first diagnosed I was on a very restricted diet, everything I seemed to eat would make me come out in hives or I couldn't digest it properly. My body was reacting to everything. I began with a simple diet and consumed soups and liquids to help repair my gut which is where many auto immune diseases begin. I started to omit, gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar from my diet and my health dramatically improved. As my gut and health improved I introduced nutrient rich superfoods into my diet and they helped to boost my immune system and give me the energy and vitality I needed to heal my body at cellular level.
Interview by Brooke Hunter