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Ballet, Bodybuilding & Bread

My big Bs in my life.

Here is a little personal reflection on how life sometimes prepares you for the unexpected:

I am German so bread has always been a big part of my life. It makes up most of the German diet or at least how I know it. My teenage years, I spent all my free time dancing and doing ballet. This also involved watching what you eat and my mother was very clever, she taught me that if I eat the right things in balance they will make me strong, fit and healthy. When I got to university, there was less ballet available although I was very lucky in finding a fantastic teacher but I also got very enthusiastic about body building. To be honest, I absolutely love it! However, to get natural body building and your physique right it is crucial to know your nutrition, when and what to eat. Otherwise, all your hard work in the gym will not pay off. I learnt everything I could all about the optimum foods and what works best for me because it is different for everyone.

Ballet and Body Building are my personal passions, I did not do any of them professionally nor claiming I have done but they are my sanity, my strength and my zen. …after my family but we all need some Me Time, don’t we.

So, when Calvin came along, our bundle of joy, obviously dancing and lifting weights fell a bit to the side but little did I know how much they had actually prepared me for what was to come. At 3 months, Calvin showed first signs of having allergies, although back then we did not know nor the doctors. To be honest, I did not know much about allergies in general. He was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and then he ended up in Intensive Care when we introduced cows milk to him on doctor’s recommendation.

With the help of fantastic nutritionists, allergy specialist and a herbalist, I had to relearn what health and nutrition meant but fortunately, I already had an existing understanding of healthy eating to build on and how to make a diet work best for oneself and especially for Calvin. In short, our limited range of foods had to do the ultimate best for us and our health and it has been a constant search to continuously finding new great ones. However, one of the things we could not find was any commercially available bread that was allergen-free and help improve Calvin’s health, so I started working with what we could have, even though it meant standing in the kitchen at 5am making teeny tiny slices so we could have bread for breakfast and for sandwiches whilst being out and about. Calvin usually enjoyed resting on my back whilst I baked.

So, there are actually quite a few cool Bs in our lives: Our Bundle of Joy Calvin, a lot of Bread and even my old buddies Ballet and Body Building have sneaked back in.

I would always recommend whether it is for fitness, life style or health seek professional advice if you want to or have to make dramatic changes to your diet and training. From my own personal experience, there is always so much more to learn.

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Eat Like a Leither

This wonderful cook book full of healthy recipes and thoughts was produced with inspired creativity and skill by Leith Academy based in Edinburgh. I was asked to share a bit of our Food Start Up journey alongside other contributions by amazing chefs like Tony Singh MBE, Tom Kitchin, Neil Forbes and Martin Wishart as well as Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. The book has been on sale at selected outlets including at the Proclaimers Concert in Glasgow, right next to their merchandise.

Please see below a little excerpt of my contribution and some images from the book that were created by the students. Obviously all copyright belongs to the original artist/authors.

The wonderful cook book can be bought for £10 from Leith Academy.

Further details on

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2019/06/eat-like-a-leither/

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Raising funds

A lot has been happening the last 12 months, our priority and focus is on producing the best product possible and a big part of it is to raise funds.

I was lucky enough to being accepted into the Business Gateway 5-week programme to getting Investment ready.

https://highgrowth.scot/2018/12/14/eight-edinburgh-entrepreneurs-take-part-in-10th-gateway-to-investment-programme/

We received insightful talks from lawyers, investors and fellow entrepreneurs and I enjoyed sitting alongside other exciting Start Up businesses. One of the best things was that they allowed us to practice and it really helped to iron out doubts and mistakes. So I’m very grateful for this workshop and I have continued staying in touch with the people I met who have been utterly supportive.

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Gluten-free gratitude

I know we have been very quiet here lately but like a swan, we have been peddling underneath. It has been an adventurous journey so far but some of the unexpected turning up here and there but we are keeping focus on our goal: making the most amazing allergen-free products for you!

We are checking field to factory that all is safe and tasty.

Our gluten-free and allergen-free journey has been exciting and mainly made possible by fantastic people who joined, supported and helped us along the way. And I’m utterly grateful! So in short, I will have some concrete news soon 🤗

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Most amazing show

Hello to everyone who came to see me at my stand at the Allergy Free From Show in London. It was amazing to meet you all and to hear your stories and how our bread makes life easier. I am still very overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and that we were sold out by 3pm on Sunday. People from previous days came back with suitcases and cleared us out. I will contact everyone soon whose email address I collected in case you don’t hear from me within next week or want me to add you to our mailing list about the upcoming shop, please email me, Sabine, at happiness@calvinsgoodfoods.co.uk Thank you!

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Allergy Show, here we come

Finally the day is here when we present our allergen-free, gluten-free and grain-free coconut flatbread to the world! My bag is packed and I also have scissors, tape and my hi-viz for the set up ready. I cannot wait and looking forward to seeing you all there. Find us at stand A91 http://www.allergyshow.co.uk/london/visitor-info/exhibitor-list/entry/1/261021/?sort=1&dir=ASC&pagenum=2

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Thank You Allergies!

Gratitude to allergies? You might think what a bizarre thing to say and believe me if I could snap my fingers and the allergies would be gone...there is not much more I could wish for! However, we do everything we can and the allergies in our lives are simply the way they are and we have to accept them and live with them. They dramatically changed a lot in our lives, yet not necessarily to the worse. So, my following blogs will be about little examples how they make our lives better. They opened our eyes, we learnt a lot more, we eat much better etc but the most important thing they enriched us in are the new people they brought into our lives. Really amazing people whom we would have never had met if it weren't for the allergies. So, Thank You Allergies!

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