No gluten, no dairy, no refined sugars, what DO you eat?

Oh man, plenty! Our Food philosophy is all about making choices that empower us, like choosing foods that nourish our bodies. We want to inspire people to put their health and wellbeing, first.  This means opting for unpackaged, unprocessed, natural, whole foods that are free from additives and preservatives. At The Cheeky Project,  knowing and understanding where our food comes from is important, for it not only allows us to make informed decisions, but lets us take control of what goes into our bodies.

We want to turn back the clock, and  return to the way food used to be, before mass-production and the introduction of “foodstuffs”, that are created by people in white coats in a laboratory. It’s about choosing the types of foods our grandparents would have eaten: local, in-season, pesticide free. Think grass-fed meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, pasture raised eggs, fermented foods, nuts and seeds.

The Cheeky Project is where healthy means more.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found naturally in several types of grains, such as rye, wheat, oats and barley. According to Coeliac Australia, on average, approximately 1 in 70 Australians suffer from coeliac disease, a condition where a person’s immune system reacts abnormally to gluten, causing small bowel damage. However a staggering 80% of this number remain undiagnosed. Those without coeliac disease may still suffer side effects from eating gluten, otherwise known as non-coeliac gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance.

What is dairy?

Dairy products are made from the milk of mammals such as cattle, goats, sheep. Certain components within dairy products can cause issues for those who do not have the digestive enzymes to break down these proteins, such as lactose and casein. This can cause adverse reactions such as digestive issues, inflammation, sinus problems.

What’s so “cheeky” about the way you eat?

Being “cheeky” is about making and eating delicious, scrumptious food that just happens to also be healthy. I love nothing more than to see my  friends and family genuinely love and enjoy the meals  I have just prepared, only to tell them afterwards that it was gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! You can almost imagine me doing a cheeky, little giggle, and saying: “Ha, see!”

What about your lifestyle?

At The Cheeky Project, we believe in reducing our exposure to toxins, living in the present and moving our bodies to keep them healthy. After we started cleaning up what we put in our bodies, it made sense to start looking at what we put on our bodies and around our home. Where possible, we always use chemical free, low-tox household and beauty products.

I’ve always been an active person, but as a result of some health issues over the last few years,  I have had to opt for more gentle, lower impact movement health activities, like yoga.

Why do you eat and live the way you do?

Eating nourishing food and reducing my toxic load, has been remarkable in helping me restore and replenish my health, even to this very day. The way I see it, we can’t control everything, and we certainly can’t remove all of the toxins from our lives, but we can control what we put in to and on our bodies and we can reduce the amount of toxins we use in our homes. Through nourishment and movement, we give our bodies the best chance to be healthy and balanced.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Your adrenal glands produce hormones, one of which includes cortisol. This hormone helps the body  deal with stress, as part of the “fight or flight” response. When you are “stressed” for a prolonged period of time, your adrenal glands become exhausted. This as result, leads to a variety of symptoms.

The term adrenal fatigue, also known as adrenal insufficiency,  is used to describe a collection of symptoms related to the insufficient production of cortisol by the adrenal glands.

Symptoms of this can include: fatigue, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, inability to remember things, unexplained hair loss, a feeling of being wired but tired, inflammation, among other things.