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I love food. Growing up, the kitchen was the centre of our home. My diet was reasonably healthy but I always had a fascination with sweets and would often sneak in chocolate and processed foods. As I grew older I increasingly relied on store bought snacks, believing they’d give me quick energy. Instead I often felt tired and drained. I also suffered from eczema, muscular pain, frequent colds and insomnia. I sought medical advice and received several types of treatment but these conditions continued with little or no improvement. In two years I visited six dermatologists for eczema but there were no answers, only steroids which further irritated my skin.

I realised my food intake could be improved. There were many options including juice cleanses, detoxes, fasts and even eliminating entire food groups. I decided these dietary changes were too drastic to be sustainable and came to the realisation that enjoying food while improving my health was the only way it was going to work for me.

Then, I received results that confirmed what I had suspected for some time, I was gluten intolerant. It was the gluten in commercial breads, cakes, pastas, cereals, sauces, dressings, soups and so many other packaged foods, combined with high levels of refined sugar and processed foods that were dragging me down.

I began experimenting with real food ingredients in chocolate and cakes, combined with wholesome breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The difference in nutritional content was remarkable and I began to feel better almost immediately. My lethargy abated and within weeks my skin showed signs of improvement. My sleep patterns changed from weeks of chronic insomnia to sleeping peacefully most nights. I was so happy with my new energy and strength. I decided to start creating weekly meal plans to make sure the positive effects could continue. The meals were designed to focus on nutritional needs first but to also include healthy treats with calories considered.

Today maintenance is easy. I enjoy creating alternative, clean meals. I feel happier, lighter and more energetic than ever.

I’m so excited to share my nutritious and indulgent Cake Cleanse recipes and meal plans with you.
Deborah Schipper

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