January 2022

Welcome to Life Diet Health! I hope you will find some tasty recipes, new ideas and pick up some tips along the way. 

This blog is now 7 years old! I use it all the time for my favourite baking recipes (banana bread, coffee cake, shortbread biscuits, biscoff brownies, fruit crumble, creme caramel, bread rolls) and post a new recipe weekly (currently on a Thursday around lunchtime UK time).

biscoff brownies on a wire rack
One of my most made recipes – Biscoff Brownies

All of the recipes on here are still vegan, but many now contain wheat and / or sugar as I have learnt that I can tolerate these in small doses on an irregular basis.

My physical health is much improved from when I started this blog and I am certain the move away from consuming dairy played a major part in this. I still have to use my mobility scooter and still have to pace my activities, but generally I can get out of bed on a morning, which is always a good thing!

If you think you can… you are right!

My mental health, as no doubt as many others, suffered a lot during the Covid pandemic – not helped by the loss of my Mother and my Uncle. However, I am still here, still experimenting in the kitchen creating new recipes, still furthering my studies on nutrition (there is a lot of science to learn) and I have found the focus generally beneficial to my wellbeing.

I hope you will stay and have a look around, tell me what you’d like to see more of and drop me a comment or two (I do love to chat)! Remember to sign up to my updates and receive a new recipe direct to your inbox every week!Β 

I will leave the previous updates on here, more for my benefit than anything, but feel free to stay awhile and have a read if you like!

Also find me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook @LifeDietHealth

Speak soon

Laurena x

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About Life Diet Health: June 2020

The world has changed and most countries are in lockdown due to Covid-19. We have used this time to update the Life Diet Health website and review the content offered.

We hope you love the new look of the website and can now more easily find your favourite recipes!

In the future we will be looking at our early posts and hopefully taking new enhanced photos of our food! We know there are a lot of poor quality images (although it is fun to see how far we have come)! and we will try to rectify this!

The lockdown has given many people a time to reflect on their lives and establish a deeper connection with themselves and others. We hope you have discovered something new during this time – be it a love of baking, a realisation that you can actually grow vegetables or that ‘me-time’ is very important!

Please feel free to comment on any of our recipes and share them with others using linkbacks! You can also find us (@LifeDietHealth) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and Pinterest, so feel free to share there too! Sign up for email updates so you get our weekly posts straight to your inbox! Exciting new content coming soon!

Take care! Stay safe!

2018: New Year, New blog!

Finally I’ve moved to a self-hosted website! πŸ™‚ I have imported all the previous posts from wordpress.com so you can see all the recipes on here now instead.

So, I still follow a plant-based diet πŸ™‚ Although this was primarily for health reasons the more I learn, the more this is increasingly for environmental and ethical reasons too. The recipes on here are all plant based, all gluten free, all refined-sugar free and unless otherwise stated, all invented, created, tested and tweaked in the Life Diet Health kitchen.

We love hearing what you think, so please take a minute to leave comments, like, save, follow and share (using @LifeDietHealth or #LifeDietHealth ).

Have a look around, enjoy and chat soon!  πŸ˜€


update: 1st Bloggiversary: 6th January 2016

So a year has passed and I have survived my first year as a food blogger! I have created 161 posts and made lots of friends along the way. I have now been following a vegan diet for a whole year along with trying to keep wheat free (and mainly gluten free), avoiding refined and processed foods and more recently reducing my sugar intake. I’ve had a whole year of drinking green tea and herbal tea without one drop of coffee. I’ve gone from craving chocolate and cheese, drooling over cakes, salivating at fresh bread and cookie smells to eating just what my body needs when I need it. I have made healthier versions of cakes, pastries, cookies, biscuits and chocolate and although I have not restricted my calorie or fat intake this year, I have lost 10kg somewhere along the way! πŸ˜€

My health is slowly improving. I have tons more energy than I had previously – although that doesn’t stop me from overdoing things and then feeling wiped out! (I might learn pacing skills one day)! My aches and pains still come and go but my body is now able to deal with them in a much better manner. I finished my nutritional dissertation this year as well as completing a plant based cookery course which has taught me some great techniques which I wasn’t aware of.

You would think after a year I would have got my head around WordPress but it still puzzles me how to put things where I want and how to like a comment from my phone! Hopefully this year I’ll make a few changes (I did change the theme) and make the blog more user friendly!

Thank you to everyone for reading, liking, commenting and following, and if you haven’t or you’re not… come on! We’re all friends! πŸ™‚

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New Blog: 6th January 2015

The short version…

I am a Nutritional Therapist with a love of cooking and baking. I live in England with my wonderful husband and football crazy son. My health is not great as I suffer with several chronic illnesses which I am steadily trying to improve through my diet. Please be patient if I don’t blog for a few days as I’m probably in the middle of a fantastic new recipe! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

The more detailed version…

I decided to start this blog at the beginning of 2015 as writing is something I always do, just never remember where! I have worked in catering for numerous years holding almost every position imaginable including a short stint as Head Chef and I have recipes stashed away everywhere. A food blog therefore seemed the ideal place to start! πŸ™‚

In 2010 I was working several jobs, every hour possible with never a minute to breathe and then my health took a beating! Suddenly I was incapable of doing the most basic of tasks including getting out of bed and eating! I was lethargic, fatigued, had blurry vision, fell over if I stood up too long, I couldn’t walk in a straight line without using a wall to lean into and I found myself having to crawl on hands and knees just to get from the sofa to the bathroom! My whole body was a constant ache and certain parts of my body when touched made me reel in pain as if I’d been branded with a hot iron. I saw Doctors, had x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, nerve conduction studies, lung tests and blood tests. Once I collapsed outright and spent the whole day admitted on a hospital ward but they told me I was a “mystery” and it must be because of my “Lupus”.

I’d got off lightly with my lupus previously (suspected since 2005) nothing much to worry about apart from frequent mouth ulcers, needing the odd wrist splint occasionally and a butterfly rash across my face which just looked like I’d caught the sun (even in winter)! I developed more symptoms, pins and needles in my arm, severe stomach cramps, losing vision on my left side, light sensitivity, heightened smell awareness, intolerance to noise, painful gums, semi-conscious episodes and a reaction to sudden temperature change. So the next four years were spent regularly visiting the hospital particularly to see rheumatology, pain management, ophthalmology and neurology. I was given medicine after medicine, some gave me more frequent migraines, some made me hallucinate, some made me sick, but nothing would take away the pain and the fatigue.

Finally I was diagnosed with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Osteoarthritis and possibly POTS… to go alongside my Lupus (SLE), Raynaud’s Syndrome and Freiberg’s Disease. All this time my husband and my son had been looking after me, cooking, cleaning, dealing with the everyday stuff and even feeding me when I was unable to even drink from a glass or hold a spoon. My pilates, my swimming, my gym visits, the exercise classes… everything had stopped. My friends… that’s when you know you have “real” friends! I couldn’t go out but they would visit or send flowers or make nice gestures which real friends do. πŸ™‚

Cut to the here, the now… 2015! I still have my health problems. Most are classed as chronic illnesses which won’t go away but there are things we have learnt along the way which make things easier. For instance, I have learnt (not very well) to pace myself and stop when I need a break, I can talk into my laptop and it types for me πŸ™‚ a massive plus! My laptop can also read to me so I can see what you’re all posting! πŸ™‚

I have been studying nutrition for numerous years but my latest qualification requires a dissertation and my subject is how food affects our health. I have been a vegetarian (and/or pescetarian) for over 25 years but this year I am trying something new πŸ™‚ This new way of eating started out for research purposes but is proving so beneficial that I will aim to continue. As you will see from my posts they are all vegetarian, however as I am dairy intolerant I had already switched to using dairy free products (except chocolate during my weak moments)! However, now I am totally dairy free and egg free too πŸ™‚ which with ditching the fish would class me as a vegan for diet purposes. However, not content with that I am testing a wholefood diet free from refined sugar, processed foods and also free from wheat and yeast. Already in this short period, my energy levels are gradually increasing, my pain levels are reducing and I no longer constantly think about food because what I am eating actually satiates me and is full of nutrition rather than empty calories! You’ll find on my blog recipes which follow these principles, many cooked by my husband, some cooked by (or with) friends, some even cooked by my son. My intention is to post daily (not necessarily at the weekends) and to give you the chance to benefit from some of delicious meals, snacks and cake which are helping me in my journey. πŸ™‚ If you have read all the way to here thank you πŸ™‚ I am pleased to share my story with you. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments and I will try to respond as soon as possible.



  • Susan Reno, In Twine: Eat, Play, Grow, Make 30th January 2015 at 20:24

    Wow, lots of great looking recipes! Glad I found your blog, I’m always on the lookout for new gluten-free recipes to try. Thanks for the follow!

  • Life Diet Health 1st February 2015 at 23:33

    Hello Susan, let me know if you try any of the recipes πŸ™‚ I love your butternut squash soup recipe and the gorgeous photo on your blog but I couldn’t find a like button?

  • anapparentmind 12th February 2015 at 18:09

    Hi – I nominated you for a Liebster award
    have a look here https://onevegandayatatime.wordpress.com
    enjoying your posts
    thank you

    • Life Diet Health 22nd February 2015 at 00:06

      Thank you very much… look out for my response soon! πŸ™‚

  • Susan Reno, In Twine: Eat, Play, Grow, Make 17th February 2015 at 18:42

    Sorry for not responding sooner, I just saw your reply today. I think you will find a ‘like’ button if you click on the post and scroll to the bottom, versus just reading the post on my home page. Not sure why that is, but I think that’s the case. Thanks!

  • Catherine 24th February 2015 at 14:27

    So happy you visited my blog which brought me back to yours! You and your family are true inspirations while managing health issues and concerns! Instant smiles right here! I was excited to read about the benefits you’ve noticed with healthier choices of food. One site that amazed, alarmed while educating me was foodbabe.com. I think you’ll value this too. Excited to view more of your recipes! Wishing you blessings and continued improvement through food! πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 24th February 2015 at 15:28

      Catherine thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚ Checking out Foodbabe now… Vani’s story is great and it is wonderful to see that others are realising that it is commercial food which is causing lots of illness! Hoping that you don’t get many more ‘Many Surprises’ and that you find some useful recipes on here! πŸ™‚

      • Catherine 24th February 2015 at 18:12

        Education is so important! I was shocked, sickened, all of the above. No doubt, commercial food is such a contributing factor! You are so sweet with your comment for “Many Surprises”! I’m looking so forward to your recipes! Enjoy your day! πŸ™‚

        • Life Diet Health 24th February 2015 at 21:36

          Thanks Catherine πŸ™‚ you have a fab day too πŸ™‚

  • Tony 24th February 2015 at 14:29

    HI. Thanks for stopping by and liking something. I am enjoying my visit to your little corner of the blogosphere. Cool recipes!

    • Life Diet Health 24th February 2015 at 15:31

      Thanks Tony! I love the coconut oil article on your blog… many (most!) of my recipes include coconut oil πŸ™‚ such an amazing product wouldn’t you agree!

      • Tony 24th February 2015 at 15:42

        I absolutely agree. I use it in most of my cooking. Pasta with coconut oil and parmesan cheese is delicious and so easy to fix.

        • Life Diet Health 24th February 2015 at 15:57

          Ooo… that’s just given me an idea for a coconut based pesto πŸ™‚

  • ohiocook 24th February 2015 at 17:09

    Thank you for following my blog!

  • Sophie33 25th February 2015 at 07:28

    Nice to meet you! I have chronic pain since 2006! It is in my both arms & right leg. I don’t work anymore but do 8h/week voluntary work. Since then, I started to eat more healthy but it didn’t change my chronic pain. So, you have a lot of diseases together,…Hang in there,…I will be thinking of you!

    Thanks for following & commenting on my blog, Sophies Foodie Files so that lead me to your lovely blog here! πŸ™‚

    Many greetings from a foodie from Belgium! xxxx

  • Life Diet Health 25th February 2015 at 08:54

    Hello Sophie πŸ™‚ Thanks for dropping by and for the comment(s) πŸ™‚ Can I ask what your current diet is (you can email me at Laurena@LifeDietHealth.com) as if I could try to help you with your chronic pain in any way that’d be great πŸ™‚

  • icecreammagazine 3rd March 2015 at 16:35

    ….of course I do! xxxx

    • Life Diet Health 3rd March 2015 at 23:16

      πŸ™‚ Lol.. Thank you Panz! I’ll be back to see what you’re up to again soon!

  • Guidance Fitness Personal Training 16th March 2015 at 14:30

    Congratulations on your dietary success and thank you for following my blog. You should check out the book, Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. It is very informative. I wish you well and continued success.

    • Life Diet Health 16th March 2015 at 22:37

      Thank you Bob πŸ™‚ Your wife’s weight loss is amazing! Well done for the personal training πŸ™‚

  • Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus 28th March 2015 at 23:46

    Thank you for joining up with us Life Diet Health, I hope you will be blessed by what we share, my Lupus disappeared recently, it was diagnosed 15 years ago and confirmed over the years and yes I had some of the Symptoms you shared about. I still have another disability but give thanks to God for His many interventions in my life and for saving it more than once.

    I will look forward to your yummy food.

    Blessings – Anne

    • Life Diet Health 29th March 2015 at 19:46

      Hello Anne and thanks for visiting my blog. That’s amazing that your Lupus has disappeared! πŸ™‚ One less thing to worry about and yes, God’s interventions are many and great πŸ™‚

  • bobleponge216 14th April 2015 at 05:59

    Any blog that I open up and see doughnuts, chocolate and buns staring at me is one I should visit more often.
    Thanks for stopping by and reading mine as this led me to yours.

    • Life Diet Health 14th April 2015 at 17:44

      Doughnuts, chocolate and buns with a healthy twist that is! ☺

  • apsara 3rd May 2015 at 03:02

    Glad I came to your blog. Thanks for sharing your story. I’m also on a GF, vegan path. Will learn a lot from your site!

    • Life Diet Health 4th May 2015 at 14:31

      Welcome to Life Diet Health Apsara πŸ™‚ I’m sure we will both learn from each other! πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Pamplemousse 3rd July 2015 at 07:18

    Wow! What a journey you are on! Way to keep at it and remain positive despite all your health challenges! What an inspiration! I look forward to perusing your blog ?

    • Life Diet Health 4th July 2015 at 01:15

      Welcome to Life Diet Health Pamplemousse. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the encouragement! πŸ™‚ I’ve just had a quick look at your blog and when I get back to having spare time I am definitely checking it out again! I think I might have your tea mocha for breakfast tomorrow… how ingenious! πŸ™‚

  • Tony 15th August 2015 at 16:34

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking something. I am very impressed with your perseverance at overcoming your health handicaps. Keep up the good work!

    • Life Diet Health 15th August 2015 at 19:20

      Thanks very much Tony! Lots of good work on your blog too! πŸ™‚

  • Elaine @ foodbod 28th August 2015 at 15:23

    Nice to meet you, and interesting to read your story, I think you and I could definitely share some experiences, AND some food πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading more xx

  • amnestymontreal 10th January 2016 at 15:03

    Hello old friend, about time I wrote a comment ! Will check out some of your suggestions as per our enjoyable phone call today πŸ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 10th January 2016 at 17:30

      Hello and Welcome! πŸ™‚ Old indeed… almost half of my life! πŸ˜› Make sure to keep checking back – you’ve given me some ideas for more vegan experimenting! πŸ™‚ x x x

  • PantryPortfolio 2nd May 2016 at 04:11

    SO looking forward to following your blog and seeing what you create. You have such a powerful story that highlights the importance of food and how what we eat impacts how we feel. Looking forward to reading more and more of your posts. πŸ™‚ –Deb

    • Life Diet Health 4th May 2016 at 11:01

      Thank you Deb πŸ™‚ I love your blog name as I am fortunate enough to have a pantry (much to the envy of many)! I really like your ‘experiment’ section on your blog…my whole blog would have to go in that section though! :p

      • PantryPortfolio 5th May 2016 at 02:26

        Oh wow – thank you. That means so much! I am currently house hunting and the first place I go is to investigate the pantry that hopefully exists. And I do love experimenting as well! So many recipes to learn and try! Looking forward to connecting more.

        • Life Diet Health 5th May 2016 at 17:58

          Hope you find somewhere soon with a great pantry and a big garden πŸ™‚ Keep in touch x

  • CHCooks 20th May 2016 at 06:37

    You have a lovely blog and I am glad to have found it, thanks for visiting my blog too! πŸ™‚

  • Thabo 7th November 2019 at 01:18

    Hi Laurena,
    After touring your amazing website, I had to read your profile. I’m so sorry that you have to deal with daily pain. As a caregiver for a mother who is a pain sufferer I have some appreciation of what you have been going through. That said, I am impressed by your courage and your determination to not let your illness define who you are. The fact that you have such a zest for creating food that leaves people happy and in awe speaks very well for you.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 7th November 2019 at 07:45

      Thank you very much Thabo. I’m glad you came to check out my website- I was wondering when you’d have a look! ? I need to come back to your website for some more tips… I’m looking forward to reading more articles from you. I hope your Mother is doing okay and once again well done you for taking care of her. Speak again soon.


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