The countdown is now officially on.
We’ve completed the hard work, put in the hours of writing and recipe creation and soon, FUEL will be ready for you to invite into your kitchen (and home) to help you start living a healthier and happier life.
As cliché as it sounds, writing FUEL has truly been a journey.
One that has had its fair share of challenges.
One that we almost quit at a few stages.
But there was something bigger driving us as it grew and developed and one that is probably the true passion behind a “simple” recipe book.
Without going into too much detail here, we learned that eating (and preparing meals) was more than just putting food on a plate and serving it to people.
For us, it was a way of sharing one of the things that had helped us change our lives – good food.
So as we approach #fuelday, we came up with #fuelitforward.
A simple concept where YOU get to share something forward to someone you believe needs a little help and support, maybe some gentle encouragement or just a sign that someone believes in them.
We have faced our fair share of struggles in the past and I (Gareth) as The Bouncing Chef, have received some of my greatest help and support from some truly special people around me.
People who encourage me to keep going when my challenges feel like they are going to overwhelm me.
People who support me.
People who offer me advice and help that has truly changed the way I live my life.
Living with Bipolar and Schizophrenia can be tough at times.
It has led me down some dark and frightening alleys and in the past, has contributed towards me making some decisions I sometimes regret.
But one of the things that has helped me hugely over the last few years was simply taking my focus off myself and helping other people.
It just so happened that, through circumstances, I stumbled (or should I say, was forced) into cooking for people.
At first, I found it extremely difficult. The added pressure and stress of preparing food for people had an adverse effect on my own personal mental health challenges.
But each meal I prepared, I poured my heart and soul into.
I pushed myself to learn.
I pushed myself to create new things.
And in doing so, I started to slowly realize that “someone” had a gift for not just cooking, but also for sharing one of the most important things ever with people – eating good, healthy food.
And that is where #fuelitforward stems from.
The willingness to share something with someone in the hope that it fuels them on to take better care of themselves.
To look after themselves.
To have a better relationship with food which, in turn, helps them have a better relationship with who they are.
As we approach #fuelday, we have decided to give people the opportunity to nominate someone they feel needs some help and support right now.
We (Jeroen and I) have put together a selection of “things” that have truly helped us on our journey.
And every few days, we will be sharing these with you.
You will need to tag them in the relevant posts and we will randomly draw the names of who will get the gifts.
At the end of the day, the best way to truly own something in your life is to give it away to someone who needs it just like you needed it and for us, there is no greater gift that doing that.
So there you have it !!
We hope you enjoy it and we do hope you take part because at the end of it all, we have a pretty cool opportunity for you to nominate yourself in too and we can’t wait to share it with you all.
Let’s start to #fuelitforward together.