Good, no fuss food can be easy
‘‘I’m young and I’m fit, so how come I’ve got gestational diabetes?’’
Palmerston North-raised wellbeing coach and author Lauren Parsons found herself pondering this in 2014 during her third pregnancy.
She was living in Canberra at the time and working on the book Real food less fuss, which enjoyed its Palmerston North launch last week.
Having the condition caused her to pause, to do more research into diabetes, and to rethink parts of her book.
‘‘It was a learning experience. I used to teach about diabetes, but experiencing it for myself was something quite different.’’
Real food less fuss - a guide to eating for optimal health - combines the diabetes experience with her 16 years in health and wellbeing to include tips for maintaining stable blood sugar levels.
However, she said it was much more than just another cookbook.
‘‘It encapsulates my entire approach to nutrition, and how people can enjoy their food guiltfree, while keeping things in balance.
‘‘It’s designed to make eating real food easy, even for those who are time-poor. It helps people on a practical level with meal plan- ning, with time-saving tips and quick easy recipes. It also covers the mindset side of things, including how to ditch diets and have a relaxed attitude to food.’’
The city introduction of the book at Christian Community Church attracted a good crowd, and involved Parsons doing cooking demonstrations interspersed with an inspirational talk, and fielding questions.
Parsons grew up in Hokowhitu and attended QEC. Before she moved with her army husband, Parsons set up the Hot-Whitu Chicks, a walking group for women that started with the aim of stepping it out for breast cancer awareness, personal fitness and friendship.
Real food less fuss, was designed by Charlene Luca, of Feilding’s Fresha Creative.
A percentage of proceeds from every book sold goes to Bellyful NZ - a not-for-profit organisation that provides free meals to families with newborns or young children who are struggling with illness. To win a copy of Parsons’
Real food less fuss with The
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Lauren Parsons during the Palmerston North launch of her book ‘Real food less fuss’.