Interview with Collette from ‘Cut out the Crap’
I am thrilled to introduce Collette White who is my first mum to be interviewed for my new blog “Mumday Monday” dedicated to all the inspirational and inspiring mums out there!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Mum of 4 (Miss 10 Miss 8 and twins Master and Miss 2) and happily married to a wonderful supportive man, Josh.
What is “Cut out the Crap” all about?
“Cut out the Crap” is my self published recipe book. It is full of scrumptious recipes that are all Gluten Dairy and Preservative Free. It was created out of pure necessity in my life after I was diagnosed with multiple allergies and I was sick of eating boring food and cooking two meals of an evening. I have a second book out also which is called “Cut out the Crap for Kids” – this Kids book only came out in June 2012 and is proving to be just as popular!
Have you noticed a general increase in allergies over time, or are we just more aware of them now?
I have often asked myself and others this same question. My personal opinion is that it’s a bit of both. We now have greater technology to diagnose health issues which doesn’t leave people guessing “what’s wrong” as would’ve been the case many years ago. However, I am certain that our fast pace lifestyle that lends itself to convenience eating from packets, jars and fast-food (which are generally filled with chemicals) has led to our bodies fighting back and saying “enough is enough” …. At least that’s what I think my body did.
What does healthy eating mean to you?
It means everything! Healthy eating gives me the energy to chase after my children & lead my busy life without having to rely on a 2pm sugar fix! It also means me feeling good within my skin and it means adding longevity to my life and that of my family.
I want my children to have the best opportunity to grow both mentally and physically and reach their potential. This is why I decided that our home would be Additive Free.
What are you kitchen pantry essentials?
Oh! Where do I start?! I always have rice pasta, rice flour and tin tuna. Perfect to throw together a Tuna Mornay if needed. I also always have eggs, quinoa, chickpeas and herbs and spices.
How do you juggle raising kids with your career, while still finding time to nurture yourself?
To be honest life is a little crazy here at the moment juggling it all. 4 kids and an at home busy business I don’t have a great deal of time for nurturing. I ensure that I do lots of little things that add up and make a big difference in the end. Like eating healthy, drinking lots of water and fresh home made juices. Going for daily walks to the park with the twins is great for all of us and I am very strict with my skincare routine.
I would love to say I go to the Gym or have regular massages but I am at a “season” in my life where this isn’t possible.
My “time out” is a weekly bath with a good book (when all the kids are in bed!)
What are some of the things you value most in life?
God, my family and my friends. This is what brings me the most joy and happiness.
What’s next for Collette?
I am currently working on my third recipe book which is on track to be released October this year. I think after that I will have a break from creating more books for a while (I say that now!!!) and concentrate on my business and what I have already. I take one day at a time and I will never limit where my books could lead me. I never thought that 4 years ago I would have 2 books out (and one being a best seller) so who knows what the exciting future will bring!
Would you like to share one of your kids favourite healthy treat recipes?
I would LOVE to!
1 cup dates
½ cup craisins
½ cup pepitas
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup agave nectar
pinch of salt
1 cup of puffed rice
Preheat oven to 180c.
In a food processor place all the ingredients except for the puffed rice and mix well for 30 seconds.
Add the puffed rice and mix for a further 20 seconds.
Line a lamington tray with baking paper and press date mixture firmly and evenly into the tray.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes at room temperature and then cut into pieces (I do mine like muesli bars).
Allow to cool completely at room temperature before storing in an airtight container.
Perfect for all ages, a tasty and SUPER healthy snack for schools and work.
Connect with Collette:
Website and blog: www.cutoutthecrap.com.au