Hi, I’m Michelle! It is nice to quasi-meet you. I’m thrilled that you’re visiting Twirly Bites!! I’m the author and creator this blog and I absolutely love to create and eat spiralized food. I’m in my twenties (age is irrelevant, right?), live in Toronto (Canada), and have a terrible knack for mixing up sayings – I think it has something to do with being left-handed. I love color, cycling, running, and… eating.
This is my personal blog that I have dedicated to spiralized vegan, vegetarian, and raw recipes. I hope that my cooking inspires you and a few others to cook fresh, clean, colorful, unprocessed spiralized meals. Feel free to contact me at any time. I’m a pretty avid user of Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well – pick your poison! Feel free to tag your photos #twirlybites to make it easier for me to find and “like” them. I won’t miss a post!
Seriously, don’t be a creeper. Let’s break the silence and get this going.
You a New Spiralizer?
If you’re new to spiralizing, be sure to pop on over to Spiralizing 101 where I’ve outlined the fundamentals of spiralizing, what you can spiralize, and my favourite recipes to get you started with eating spiralized twirly bites.
Why I do this
My goal is to inspire and connect with others through a common passion for spiralized food. I am passionate about food and passionate about people. I welcome you to take part in the evolution of Twirly Bites. Eating spiralized was at first, a way for me to have a little fun with my vegan cooking. Then it manifested into a way to substitute wheat and gluten food with other high-fibre, filling alternative – spiralized veggies! Now, spiralizing is a way of life and my first priority in the kitchen. It is an intentional way to bring health into my life. I never imagined I would create a blog entirely dedicated to spiralizing. I once thought that spiralizing was just for the “occasional” recipe and would be too limiting to ever cook entirely one way. Now, I see spiralizing as a creative challenge to create delicious and healthier substitutes for traditionally wheat-based meals, and I’ve realize there is an entire world of possibilities with the spiralizer. I do not get bloated, ever, anymore, and I feel better than ever! Whatever place spiralizing has in your life, I am certain you too will enjoy it being part of your journey in fun and health as well.
My Story and Journey into Spiralizing
When I was 4 years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was malignant; she got a mastectomy and began the Gerson therapy, an alternative cancer treatment which is based on the premise that our bodies should be cleaned from the inside out by eating a vegetarian diet and consuming pounds of vegetables every day (literally). So began the formative years that provided me with the foundation for my clean-eating passion today. At the time, my family’s dietary lifestyle made me feel isolated from other kids. Family meals at restaurants became more of an ordeal than leisure when my mother would bring her own pre-made meals accompanied by funny looking green drinks. Occasionally, we would even get asked to leave the restaurant because she would have to bring her own food. Her commitment to hourly juicing meant that every family outing was premeditated and calculated. My claim to fame is that the unhealthiest food in the house was ketchup – and I still to this day, have not learned how to eat cookies in moderation.
I was blessed to have a beautiful, nurturing, loving, stay-at-home mom. Her cancer returned for one last overhaul when I was 18 and she passed away on October 17, 2006. I consider myself lucky to have had a mother throughout my most developmental years. Though to be fair, I have probably changed more in the last 8 years than I did the first 18; our greatest periods of growth come from adversity and I am blessed to have had an amazing mother at all for 18 years.
My mother was a holistic eater. She made everything from scratch. I only learned to cook when I was 18, upon her re-diagnosis. I really didnt have to cook until then, so it had no positive place in my life and was more of a chore than an enjoyable activity. When she became ill and paralyzed from the waist down, I learned how to cook because I had no other choice. It was the summer from hell when my dad, my sister, and myself cared for my mother through her slow goodbye. A year later, I moved out for school when I was nineteen and ate like a pretty typical student for the first few years. It was when close friend of mine was diagnosed with a mental disability that we together embarked on a journey of natural holistic eating and I came back to my roots. It was then that I, for the first time as an adult, came to acknowledge the power that food has in our lives to nourish our bodies. I still remember chatting with my friend about her disability and how she was determined to self-medicate with healthy healing foods and to avoid western medication at all costs. In support of her journey, I realized that I knew more than I thought about healthy eating. My mother laid the brickwork for the choices I would make as an adult, both to eat well and to inspire others through my blog.
Welcome to our Twirly journey!
Enough about me. Welcome to our journey in Twirly Bites, where you and I can eat spiralized veggies one twirly bites at a time. You are a part of the experience of developing the content on this blog. You want to see a certain post? Let me know. You want to say hi? Don’t be a silent creeper.
You can expect to find an array of recipes and tips on Twirly Bites that are spiralized, gluten-free, raw, vegan, and vegetarian meals. Low-carb, high-fibre, low-fat, and (mostly) unprocessed. Thank you so much for your time, I promise to make it worth your stay. Receive all exclusive updates and content by signing up for the Twirly Bites newsletter. If you’re just getting started, start with Spiralizing 101 and make sure you get a copy of my free ebook, The Guide to Eating Well with Twirly Bites.