Welcome to Spice Verse!
My name is Altha and I love to cook! I created this blog to share cooking tips in a form of a personal online journal for our family’s everyday healthy meals. In case you want to know a little bit about me: I am a wife who found her passion in cooking. In the beginning, I started this blog so I can remember my recipes without having to painstakingly write them in a notebook. Hence, I did not publish this blog online. Then, I came across Instagram and found so many people who are in love with fitness and want to look their best. Workout has become their lifestyle and eating super healthy food is their way of life. So, I became even more vigilant about what I put on the table.
I followed the tips in all the famous diets you can imagine. Honestly, your food should not be determined by any diet fad. Each individual has his/her own genetic trait which makes every person truly unique. The diet that works for me, will not necessarily work for you. So if you are struggling with weight loss my best advice to you is: Listen to your body. It will tell you when something is wrong sometimes immediately. Like when you eat bread and you feel and look bloated, you might be gluten intolerant like me. Start from listening to your body and eating what makes you feel and look good and then you can commit to the workout and exercises you enjoy. I was so inspired by the changes in my husband’s body so I watched everything closely and I noticed that eating whole foods is truly our best ally. See, one rule of thumb: if you overeat you will gain weight no matter how clean you eat. It takes practice and discipline to eat just the right amount (the size of your palm) and the right foods (natural vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices). Remember, eating frequently, meaning every time you know you are hungry, is better than eating three big meals a day.
Since my husband lost his excess belly fats after transitioning to a completely “made from scratch food”, eating less meat and animal fat, coupled with the right portion for every meal, I decided to share my recipes to help every person having a hard time with healthy eating. Sometimes, it can get so confusing with all the new diets being introduced online. But all we need is a guide: a list of what to eat and what not to eat. And that, lovely people, is your main responsibility. Be keen, be observant, but please don’t be paranoid as well. If you have read about genetics in the past, I’m almost certain that you know that aside from various medical conditions that can make you gain weight uncontrollably, it is true that our body type is mostly genetics, however, excess fat is not. So, yes, your body weight is under your control unless you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism or you are genetically structured to be a bigger built. I suggest you watch these videos from TED Talks which are very helpful: The Food We Were Born To Eat by John McDougall and The Mathematics of Weight Loss by Ruben Meerman. I have to note: We do identify to any type of diet such as Atkins Diet, The Zone Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Vegan Diet, Weight Watchers Diet, South Beach Diet, Raw Food Diet, and Mediterranean Diet. We are more for a “Balanced” diet while avoiding food that causes inflammation to our body as much as possible. Based on our experience we get bloated with gluten, red meat, processed sugars, and junk food.
Not so long ago, I could not even fry a fish or make a sunny side up. But when I studied in England I started playing in the kitchen a little bit. Soon after, I made my very first meal: corn and carrots sauteed in butter, 2 hard boiled eggs and some slices of ham. I was already happy with that! When I came to the US I started cooking for myself again. Then, I met my husband and noticed how bad his food choices were, so I tried exploring the world of spices for the very first time. They smelled so good I don’t know how I was not interested in them before! Time goes so fast yet I still consider myself an amateur cook. And as a newbie, I wanted to learn the healthier ways of cooking so I researched every single day and until today I haven’t stopped. Keep in mind that we still haven’t fully cracked the code to the mysteries of the human body and even doctors and fitness experts themselves admit this fact. This is why we see so many types of diets and different opinions about health and weight loss.
My husband works a lot and sits a lot. To counter the effects of his busy lifestyle, I have to be very critical about ingredients. I thought, how can I help him stay fit with very little exercise? Sure, it wasn’t ideal but you cannot force anybody to exercise (oh, no!). I followed different pieces of advice, diet plans, and different cuisines believed to be healthy. But he continued to gain weight and his muscles were almost invisible. He grew some fats and folds on his neck and back. It was an impossible task because I never had to think about anyone’s health but my own before I met him. I didn’t stop trying and I finally realized that it is not about the type of cuisine or diet plans! It was about getting rid of the bad ingredients. As I continued researching about super foods, which are mostly berries, herbs, and spices, I remembered my childhood when all these natural flavors were enough to make a meal tasty! I started incorporating them into our meals immediately. Yes, you can make great tasting food with natural ingredients! Every day I learned how to enhance different flavors naturally. The result? Weight loss.
According to my readings, diseases arise from sedentary lifestyle: eating packaged food, lack of exercise, and using synthetic ingredients, which importance I completely ignored before. We used to buy biscuits and chocolate chip cookies from the store from time to time to treat ourselves when were happy on a weekend trip. We totally disregarded the accumulating effects of eating a little of this and that to our body. Our lifestyle change began back in 2015. I started working out on August 1, 2016 (better late than never) while my husband tries sporadically since he comes home tired from work. I know that lifestyle change is very difficult in the beginning and a lot of people find change difficult to juggle with a 9-5 job. Try it little by little, setting a goal day by day then week by week to eat home cooked meals that you prepared yourself instead of eating outside. And while you are in that phase you can try these recipes instead of hitting the gym immediately. Lack of motivation will not help you in the gym. It needs will power in the beginning as you transition to having the dedication to make it your habit and part of your regular routine. Hopefully, these recipes will make you love eating healthy and start living happier.
Maybe you want to know what benefits we have experienced so far with healthy eating? See, I used to suffer from tinea versicolor — a completely embarrassing skin problem caused by a yeast infection or candida. My back was full of patches since I was sixteen. It started as an itchy patch on my lower back that spread throughout my entire torso and shoulders. I also suffered from back and shoulder acne that left scars and black pigments on my skin. I literally tried everything! I can give you more information if you email me. But now, these are gradually fading and I feel more energetic and confident. As for my husband, he used to have skin problems around his nape called Folliculitis Keloidalis. When he has a breakout the pores are inflamed and hair follicles in that area are trapped causing so much discomfort. Just accidentally touching his nape hurts him a lot. He also used to have a protruding cyst on his leg since he was a teenager (he can’t remember the exact year when it first appeared), which is about half a centimeter in size. Even his behavior started to change for the better. He is less anxious, less angry, and less lethargic. He also had adult acne from time to time not to mention constant bloating. Now, all of these are history! Your body will tell you when it is unhappy but you need to listen and be very observant to the changes that you feel and see physically. The best advice I can give you is to eat only home cooked meals so you can control the ingredients of every single meal. It is hard but you can. Nothing wonderful is easy!
Finally, I dedicate this blog to those who have found themselves wanting to try a healthier lifestyle. When you find yourself ready to work out, do it! Every ingredient, every sauce, will be made from scratch. They can be tedious but some will be very easy! Be patient and be persistent in trying to maintain your healthy eating and workout. Soon, you will never see fast foods as food ever again. That I promise you! Let me put a Disclaimer: Everything in this blog is the result of our experiences and the product of my readings. All photos were taken by me/my husband. I hope you enjoy the content of this blog. You can see our healthy eating journey on Instagram @spiceverse where I make easy-to-make yogurt smoothies for breakfast, hearty lunch, and dinner recipes. Always remember: Love your body!❤️
The contents of this blog are solely based on our personal experiences. All our health issues that have been cured by our healthy eating habits are based on thorough research. Every person has different tolerance levels, adaptability, health condition, and genetic predisposition. Please do not treat our advice as professional diagnoses. Follow our diet at your own risk. Adverse reactions to the food we suggest is a sign of intolerance to a particular ingredient. If you have previous health conditions your doctor diagnosed you for, consult your physician upon the first sign of allergy. All the ingredients we use in this blog are natural and organic unless otherwise stated. We by no means suggest that they are safe for everyone. Please refer to your physician and medical history for food restrictions. If you experience significant reactions like rash, nausea, or vomiting, your needs may be different from ours. Please stop the diet immediately and seek medical attention. We have been dedicated to our food plan since 2015 and have never been sick ever since and therefore advise you to find the diet that best suit your current health needs.
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