Hello, my name is Mira, Everyday Cooking with Mira is all about practical ‘Everyday‘ food designed to focus on how to help improve your health and to cook REAL food.
My recipes are inspired by my ethnic background with a dollop of the western twist. (This is where you are introduced to my firm Mauritian taste bud meeting the Irish produce).
Affordability, availability and convenience are so important to me as I feed my family of six. I wasn’t always a Health Food blogger or passionate about becoming Nutritional Therapist. (Read more below)
At the bottom of the archives are a few blurry pictures with recipes using sugar & some processed food. I would like to emphasise that was before I became a health freak.
But as the list goes up you will find my journey with food changing. My newest recipes are sugar-free, unprocessed, real, wholesome and nutritious. All made from scratch meals that I cook for my family of six.
These recipes should inspire you to get cooking and to eat well, whether you want to improve your health or only cook for your family, there are plenty of Healthy Recipes here for you.
To back up my understanding of food and Nutrition: I have a CPD Diploma in Nutritional Therapy with The Health Science Academy since 2015. I am also currently under a 3 1/2 year course at the IINH in Bray Ireland to become a Nutritional Therapist. Where I also become a certified Health Coach after year one.
Eating Healthy and cooking Healthy is all good, I love it, But I also want to connect with people, real people. Do you have a similar story? Tell us. Are you at a place where you feel desperate to change your health through food? I might help. Or probably you are just somebody who loves cooking? Don’t be shy leave a comment below and let’s connect.
MEET MIRA, A Real Island girl:
Living in Ireland, married to an Irish man and I am a mother of four beautiful kids. I am however born and raised in the beautiful Island of Mauritius.
Chillies, cabbage, aubergine, cucumber and herbs. My dad always grew something in the garden. I remember the fresh smell of Coriander when I opened the door in the morning…
My diet in Mauritius used to a high-fiber, unprocessed and made from scratch. There was an abundance of food, but my family had very little money to buy so most of what we ate was: foraged or planted organically. Green bananas from the back garden was a weekly curry; chow-chow leaves were almost every two to three days. Dahl and rice were what we lived on. There were no sweet, chocolates or fizzy drinks at any of the local shops I knew. In fact, Supermarkets were a rare thing.
Ps: The first image is of myself and my mam preparing pumpkin leaves and its flowers to be cooked for dinner.
Moving to Ireland, was a shock to me, I had never seen such an abundance of what I call treat food, but none of them was real food. The food I started eating was far from nature.
Among the many changes marriage brought to my life was the change in my relationship with food and cooking. I started embracing the Western way to eating. I was too happy with my new finds.
The storm came after calm: after the birth of my 2nd child I suffered from postnatal depression. For over a year I couldn’t find myself. I couldn’t find fulfilment or satisfaction. I got a lot of help and started practising mindfulness (a real life saver), and I gradually came back to myself. Bit by bit, I started finding what was hiding in plain sight right in front of me.
As happy as I was to find myself again and to be enjoying life I had to acknowledge my need for a creative outlet away from the kids. I had to find a way of nourishing that part of me. I decided to write a blog and decided to write it about what I do everyday; cooking.
But that was masking one side of the picture. I since had two more children and got more Health Issues. I was prescribed anti-depressant from my doctor. After a few months on the anti-depressant, I felt worse. With the daily migraine attacks, I couldn’t be left alone with my kids. It would come anytime. My husband had to get back from work almost few times a week. It was evident something needed to change. I was hopeless.
Then it happened! Which I believe was God’s guidance to me. I needed to reflect on my life and why was all this happening. I started looking at every single aspect of my life. I stop taking the anti-depressant because the effect it had on me. I began looking at natural ways to boost my serotonin level. I also went on a plant-based diet which I stayed for a couple of months.
We also made a decision to regularly take a nature walk, touch and feel the earth & the plants. As I love the sea, we moved near the beach. I love woods and mountains; therefore we occasionally go on a day trip where it connects us with reality.
When it comes to health, these things matters.
Family and friends started noticing changes in me, my mood, my skin, and my behaviour. After which I decided to study Nutrition. It was a difficult decision going back to studies, but I had to do it for my health and my family.
During this process, I got curious about how food works in the body. How mindfulness can change our mood & stress level. I tried to subside it, but it kept growing and growing. I thought it was the time I gave something back. After which I decided to study Nutrition. It was a difficult decision going back to studies after so long.
But this passion is burning inside me; I can’t see people suffering because of a poor diet. I want to help and for that, I need to educate myself first.
”Let Food Be Thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food.”
Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
Currently (2016), I am into a 3-year course to become a Nutritional Therapist with IINH in Bray Ireland. I love it!! I have also helped a few family and friends with health problems along the way, and they have seen a tremendous difference.
Zinc, Magnesium or oysters and Kale are the brain food that I talk about these days, Happy Brain = Happy Body.
The recipes I share are home-cooked food I prepare for my family.
Most companies want to get on the ”healthy” trend so don’t be confused. It doesn’t matter what’s written on the other three sides of the box, read the ingredients!! If we don’t practice a sense of responsibility towards the food we put in our body, that primarily feeds our body cells & is an ultimate source of our energy then who will??
Try to choose food that nurtures your body. I encourage you therefore to live a healthier and happier life. My Everyday Recipes is an excellent way to get inspired to cooking real, honest food.
Be Mindful of what you eat and LET FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE.