Good, no fuss food can be easy

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘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

Tribune go to lau­ren­par­sons.co.nz/win­re­al­food­less­fuss

PHOTO: KIM SAR­GENT/SUPPLIED

Lau­ren Par­sons dur­ing the Palmer­ston North launch of her book ‘Real food less fuss’.

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