Foodie Lee Holmes

An ill­ness forced this nutri­tion­ist to com­pletely re­think her ap­proach to food

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It took be­ing di­ag­nosed with a de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness for Lee Holmes to find her life’s path.

Sev­eral years ago, a six-month blur of de­pres­sion and lethargy led to Lee be­ing di­ag­nosed with an auto-im­mune dis­ease and fi­bromyal­gia — a con­di­tion that causes wide­spread pain and ten­der­ness in the body.

She re­jected health ex­perts’ sug­ges­tions that she start tak­ing a cock­tail of med­i­ca­tions and in­stead, be­gan to re­search food and nu­tri­tion in an at­tempt to eat her­self well.

Now it’s a way of life — and a busi­ness — for the busy mum who shares her har­bour­side apart­ment in Syd­ney’s east with daugh­ter Tamsin.

“When I came out of hos­pi­tal, I didn’t want to con­tinue tak­ing all the drugs I’d been pre­scribed, so I changed my diet by omit­ting gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar,” she says. “Then I grad­u­ally started to feel bet­ter.”

Lee re­cently re­leased her fifth book and says she has never felt hap­pier or health­ier.

But de­spite her close re­la­tion­ship with food, Lee says her favourite room isn’t her kitchen but a glo­ri­ously warm sun­room.

“It has light fil­ter­ing through the shut­ters and it’s al­ways warm and cozy,” she says.

“It also over­looks the start of the Syd­ney to Ho­bart yacht race which is a big plus.”

This prox­im­ity to the har­bour is a big part of why Lee has called Syd­ney’s eastern sub­urbs home for al­most 10 years.

“I like it be­cause it’s quiet and parts of it have man­aged to main­tain a 1950s fish­ing vil­lage vibe where real life is bet­ter than fic­tion and with­out the hus­tle and bus­tle of other coastal ar­eas,” she says.

“I love the charm of its laid­back style, tran­quil­lity and peace­ful­ness.”

Wooden uten­sils ten­sils I love to use e wood in the kitchen. en. That is my ruler from high school I use e it to mea­sure cake tins. I’mm a bit of a ran­dom cookk so I makek sure I am do­ing things prop­erly when I file my recipes.

Plate This is my go-to bowl with ev­ery­thing I need for daily cooking. At any one time you’ll usu­ally find it filled with gar­lic, lemon, turmeric, gin­ger, nut­meg, cin­na­mon, curry leaves and some de­hy­drated


Horsee fig­urines I love horses and amm an an­i­mal

lover and I col­lect­edected them on my trav­els.

Chicken plplate My part­ner Justi Justin bought me this on a rece re­cent trip to New York. He kn knows I like quirky plates. It It’s re­ally fun and the chic chicken has a good sense of hu­mour.

Book This is my lat­est cook­book. I’m not a veg­e­tar­ian, I’m a flex­i­tar­ian. How­ever I do love to eat veg­eta­bles quite of­ten and I wanted to cre­ate a book that has de­li­cious and healthy veg recipes that ac­tu­ally taste re­ally amaz­ing.

Knit­ted egg cov­ers I was given th­ese as a present. I par­tic­u­larly

like the Vik­ing one. So hot right now and so

on trend.


K-Cook This is my multi cooker which I use for quick and easy-to-make meals. It takes me all the way through from break­fast to lunch and then din­ner and takes the place of 10 ap­pli­ances in the kitchen.

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