Hey everyone! I’m Vanessa, or Nessa to my friends and the founder and creator of The Pregnancy Pantry
I’m a mum of two, a wife and a total self confessed nutrition geek. I studied journalism before branching out and discovering my true passion and as a Nutritional Health and Wellness Coach specialising in VEGAN Nutrition & all things pregnancy I’ve been on a bit of a mission for the past five years to create, healthy, refined sugar-free sweet and delicious treats that not only taste amazing but are also packed full of nutritional goodness to enjoy during pregnancy.
I really don’t like the word diet, for me it conjures up images of counting calories and counting macros plus it comes with a whole host of restrictions. So I will always, where I can use the term ‘healthy lifestyle’ over healthy diet. I’m about good food, healthy food and home cooked food.
I started this site almost four years ago when I was on maternity leave with my son and what started as a blog about pregnancy and creating sweet treats to enjoy without the added sugars soon escalated into a site that included smoothies, breakfasts, dinners and snacks.
My love affair with all things nutrition goes back eons but it’s only recently that I’ve made the decision to branch out even further – to become a Nutritional Health and Wellness Coach and to complete a diploma in Vegan Nutrition. I’m a vegetarian, although in the past month have made the decision to start eating fish again, so whilst you’ll find a lot of meat free recipes on this site, I absolutely promise that for the meat eaters out there you’ll find a range of delicious recipes that contain plenty of meat based proteins
A healthy lifestyle is important at all stages in our lives but is especially essential during pregnancy.
You won’t find a list of articles preaching about the foods you should and should not be eating on this site but rather the benefits of certain foods and their effect on your body during pregnancy. You’ll find ways to incorporate different lifestyles into sustaining a healthy pregnancy. I honestly think these past few years has seen a huge change in the way we see food, with more and more people becoming conscious of the foods they eat, whether that be food that is more sustainable, and ethically farmed or just making the decision to consume foods that are unprocessed and fresh.
The blogs I write draw from personal experiences and my journey into motherhood, overcoming obstacles along the way and finally learning to accept change and the cold hard fact that sometimes life throws you a giant curve-ball that you just can’t dodge.For the past few years I have been on a personal quest to be more aware of not only what I put in my body but also how I take care of my mind as well, with the end goal allowing me to reach a better level of well-being in my day to day life. To be more mindful and to have a sense of consciousness about my surroundings is something I am constantly striving to achieve