Hi, I’m Laura! I started eating vegetables at the age of 28. It’s not that I hadn’t tried to before but, even as an infant, I would refuse any baby food containing fruit or vegetables. Every time we had vegetables at home, it was a struggle for my parents and torture for me. I don’t remember how old I was when my parents gave up, and meat and pasta became my main staples.
As I got older, I really became an expert at cooking spaghetti in arrabbiata sauce, macaroni carbonara, and risottos. Honestly, there was no shortage of rice and pasta on my shopping list.
At the age of 27, I began feeling ill. I was getting sharp pains in my stomach several times a day, my tummy would swell up like a balloon after every meal, and I felt weighed-down and even nauseous.
This was all caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter Pylori living in my stomach, which can lead to a peptic ulcer if not eliminated early enough.
I had this bug for four months but the worst part was that, even after I’d got rid of it, I still felt unwell and the doctors no longer knew why.
Eventually, and thanks to a naturopath, I learnt that all my gut problems were caused by emotional wounds. She taught me how to eat; how to eat everything. I decided – no more bread, pasta, cheese or sugar in my life and my fridge started to be packed with vegetables – what a pretty rainbow of colours! I’d buy good-quality meat, fresh fruits and vegetables from the local market, (especially leafy greens), legumes and seeds, and I loved (and still do) going to the supermarket and reading the labels on products.
I also began to devour books on holistic nutrition, and I discovered how you can heal yourself physically and emotionally by eating real food.
Bit by bit, my body detoxed from all the processed food I’d put into it, my skin changed colour, my nails no longer broke and my hair was healthy and strong. But the most important thing was that I felt full of energy. In short, I radiated happiness!
BECOMING MY AUTHENTIC SELF
My enthusiasm and love for food and photography began through producing my own food blog in 2012. I used to spend my entire weekends cooking and photographing. Yet, it was hard work, I loved every part of it! In my fifth year as a food blogger, thou, I missed out a big opportunity, and I couldn’t bounce back from the setback. This made me realised that I had to work on myself, so, in 2017, I sold the blog to embark on my inner journey.
It was a difficult decision for me. After all, food and photography have always been my passion. However, just as I felt I had to take a break from food photography before it would completely burn me out, I knew, full well, that I would come back someday.
My healing journey was amazing. I went on yoga retreats, met like-minded friends, assisted workshops, and read countless books. And the best thing is, I got qualified as a holistic counsellor and life coach.
It’s been a beautiful healing journey through which it has helped me remove old patterns, become stronger, and more confident to express my authentic self. And most importantly, it has offered me the map of how to uncover my next steps.
THE BEGINNING OF OMM FOODS
The first time I learnt about the chakras was in 2012 when my closest friend bought me La Biblia de los Chakras. Even though it took me a while, I fully grasped how chakras work, and how the chakras can bring you the balance that the body, mind and soul need.
My curiosity to learn more about the chakras led me to assist in countless workshops, learning chakra healing techniques, and practising Kundalini yoga and meditation.
But the big turning point was in 2018 when I bought myself Chakra Foods for Optimum Health. I was so inspired by it! I began exploring more the energetic connection between food and chakras, and a year later, I felt a calling. To start sharing my passion for food and cooking again.
Learning how my body and soul are connected to the foods I eat have given me clarity and wisdom to know myself.
I want to use my creativity and passion for food and cooking to encourage you to eat healthy colourful foods. Also, as a holistic therapist, I want to share with you the tools so that you feel empowered to take full control of your body and mind.
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My aim is to help you make wiser food choices and embrace colourful eating to feel complete, whole, and full of love.