Natasha – Born and brought up in Mumbai and currently living in Pune. I came to know her only few months ago through Instagram. She has been documenting her day to day food preparations,tips & tricks,recipes on that platform for over a year.Without any fancy plating or styling her food is simple, delicious and it definitely connects with your soul. A warm person who never fails to appreciate other’s creations which is a rare quality nowadays.
Even with all the organs perfectly functioning, I sometimes cant give up this habit of binge eating. But she lost her stomach to a tumor, fought back and is now leading a happy life. She changed her food habits accordingly, didn’t randomly follow any diet fads. She studied her body and started creating recipes that will suit her digestive system.
After having gone through so much struggles, she is standing tall in my eyes with all the positive attitude towards life and the way she came back strongly inspired me a lot. According to me, she creates an art with food.
Here’s the Q&A with the dearest “GutlessFoodie” :
1. Since how long have you been suffering from this health condition? I can imagine it must have been difficult. What motivated you to come back strong?
I suffered for 5 years!I had several procedures and surgeries but no one could figure out why I was in so much pain and why I went from.an unhealthy 88 kilos to an even in healthier 38 kilos in a year! Finally Dr. Suryabhan Bhalerao (God in my eyes) saved me by diagnosing correctly and then by removing my entire stomach. They have joined my food pipe to my intestines.
2. Each and every day you try to create,innovate,reinvent recipes. How passionate are you about food?
I’m almost 4 years post-op and I have had to relearn to eat. I don’t produce vitamin B at all as it’s produced naturally in the stomach. I’m deficient in many other vitamins and nutrients, so I cook and eat to nourish myself and my family and friends. It helps that I’m a trained chef☺
It’s challenging. But what’s life without a challenge huh?
3. I love your food prep pics. The ingredients spread on a simple clean white background. How did you choose that signature styling?
I just am blessed to have a fully white kitchen and excellent natural light. It was a no brainer☺
4. Was it difficult for you to give up carbs? People like me can’t even live without carbs for a meal. Share some tips for creating a balanced meal
Actually I haven’t given up carbs. I still eat them on cheat days. I realised that my body handles proteins and “good carbs like dals, other veggies) better than starchy carbs like rice,potatoes etc. I adore them and miss them, but I feel better when I’m off them..so I drool on feeds like yours☺
5.In the days where people like us are going gaga over our blogs, you share the recipes instantly on Instagram captions. Have you ever thought of documenting recipes in a blog?
I’m too lazy to write a blog plus I’m an instinctive cook. Thoda yeh, let me try adding this kind of cook.I rarely visit blogs too!
6.What is your favorite comfort food and why?
Hands down Dal – rice and some form of Indian style potatoes. Just simple and soul satisfying. I eat this every time I have a cheat day!!
7.Who is your inspiration when it comes to cooking?
I will sound cliché but it has to be my mom. She cooked different foods for us growing up. Always experimental and it inspired me to learn too!!
8.I know you love South Indian cuisine. What is your dream South Indian lunch menu?
I don’t know the names but I see all these thalis and banana leaf meals and I could drown in all of them!!! The ones you make …. sometimes I literally gasp!!
Thank you Natasha for letting me write about you and for those honest answers. I sincerely pray God that may you be blessed with good health and happiness throughout. Keep inspiring like you always do and keep spreading the positivity, kindness!!