Growing up obsessed with nutella and milo (seriously) when I reached adulthood, I thought it was about time I grew up and get healthy. I got clean, ditched the processed packaged food, and felt great. I took it to the next level when I learnt I had sensitivities to everyday foods i.e. gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and refined sugar. In order to give my digestion system a break and to allow my gut a chance to heal I needed to find alternatives to the problem foods. It was at this point that I became really serious about health food, nutrition and wellness.

Taline Gabrielian

Taline Gabrielian

It felt limiting at the time, faced with a long list of no-no’s but once I got into experimenting with alternatives, I fell in love with the process. With new knowledge and techniques, I started to feel empowered. As I began to learn about the healing power of food and the truth around processed food, it felt like an awakening. As I read the labels on the packets in the supermarkets, I realised quickly that most of the food that we are accustomed to eating in the Western world offer familiar tastes and a sense of comfort but very little health or nourishment.

It just makes sense to nourish ourselves with fresh unprocessed food - food is our medicine and when eating wholesome healing foods, we are giving ourselves what we deserve, a chance at optimal health.  Seven years on and I’m still as passionate now as I was then! Coming up with unique recipes that tasted amazing, and helping others by offering recipe inspiration and motivation -  an addictive combination. 

I like to eat a majority plant based diet, mostly organic and preferably local. I don’t promote any particular diets as I believe what may work for me may not necessarily be right for you. What I do like to emphasise with Hippie Lane is to eat more fresh food, less packaged and refined foods, and to be easy on yourself. In a society where looks, outer beauty and diets of deprivation have been the focus, I’d like to take a step back and instead, view food as nourishment - to eat in abundance and to enjoy food without any guilt or restrictions.