This is me. My name is Kirstin Mapstone, and I am 22 years old born and bred South African. As of December 2015, I have a BSc Food Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch, and have recently moved my life back home to Pretoria where I have embarked on an exciting new adventure – studying Dietetics at the University of Pretoria.
As a qualified Food Scientist and Dietitian-to-be, I hope to make an impact in educating people about how to make healthier food choices on a daily basis with the resources that they are able to afford and use to nourish their bodies. I also hope to make some kind of impact in the food production sector, with regards to providing more food that is nutritious and genuinely better for consumers. I have a passion for food and nutrition education, particularly in a country that has a mixture of wealthy people, educated people, and lower-income, less educated consumers that might not have the same resources and information available to make good food choices for themselves and their families. So many consumers take advantage of quick, easy, and highly processed, convenience foods instead of spending time in the kitchen to prepare meals from wholesome ingredients. We think that cooking takes up a lot of time, effort, and requires Jamie Oliver-like talent, but in actual fact it’s really not that difficult. Often all that people need is a bit of guidance, time management, inspiration, and a few good ingredients.
I’ve decided to start this blog as a place where I can share knowledge as I learn more about the human body, nutrition, and dietetics as a profession. I want to share wholesome recipes centered around fresh, real food, as well useful resources that each of you can use to learn more about food and how to best nourish your own body. I would like to encourage each of you to take your relationship with food into your own hands, to think about where your food comes from and what it will do to help heal and nourish your body, and to make educated decisions about your diet and lifestyle. I hope that over time I can encourage each of you and empower you to make choices that will slowly but surely bring about positive changes in your diet, energy levels, and lifestyle. I hope to encourage each reader to take baby steps in the kitchen, and to learn to love cooking meals with fresh ingredients. I hope for each of you to learn how you can best look after the beautiful body that you have been blessed with.
“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.”
I have no formal training in cooking, and am by no means a skilled chef, however I love to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes and ingredients all the time. Each and every day I try to take chances in the kitchen, to experiment, and am often pleasantly surprised at the outcome of what one can create with the most unconventional ingredients. I have a large collection of cookbooks and recipes from blogs that inspire what I like to prepare, share, and eat (see Useful Resources for some of these inspirational books and blogs).
I want to invite and welcome you to join me on this adventure 🙂 To TASTE good, fresh, wholesome food, SEE the way in which it can heal, nourish, and energise your body, and to LEARN a few important things along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and welcome to what I hope will become a home to many nutritious recipes, a library of information, and a platform upon which a community can be built.
Here’s to new adventures!