About Me

I am Erin: an eater, an over-thinker, a cook, a reader, a watcher of good television (Mad Men, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, GoT to name a few), and some bad television (the Vampire Diaries… I know! It’s the worst). I am a lover, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a hard worker, a procrastinator, and a ball of nervous energy.

Dreaming of Almonds (and a nicer world) is a blog about the three things that are most important to me: food, family and wondering about humans (not necessarily listed in order of importance…!). Here you will find mostly healthy recipes, as well as a broader commentary on my family’s foray into food and life, with a side serving of human rights and social justice issues.

I started Dreaming of Almonds in April 2014, shortly after my mother was diagnosed with diabetes. When she was diagnosed I started searching for sugar-free recipes and treats for her to enjoy, and in the process was exposed to the world of wholefood living, which changed my own lifestyle. I had just had my second child, and was up at all hours of the night caring for him; so would do my research in the dark, on my iPad, during these wee hours. I was so sleep-deprived that when I did catch snippets of sleep, I would literally be, dreaming of almonds.

My food philosophy is not about rigid rules or strict diets. It’s about focusing on real, whole, fresh foods as much as possible. I find that this naturally leads to a lifestyle that is low in added sugar. I am an Ambassador for the I Quit Sugar program – you can read more about that here if you want to.

My background is in the community sector, and I am currently studying towards a postgraduate qualification in public health. I regard health as a human rights and social justice issue. However, I am not a health or medical professional and cannot provide advice on health or medical issues.

I am also a bleeding heart, a feminist, and a happy person who is often angry (mostly at politicians).

I live in Canberra, Australia, with my husband and two little boys.

Click here to get in touch.

Affiliations (Update at January 2016):

I am occasionally invited by companies to promote their products and services, in return for payment. Early on into my blogging, I decided that I wouldn’t do this – unless it was for a product that I already used, loved, and felt strongly about. An experienced professional blogger once told me:

“Don’t do it if it gives you that ‘icky’ feeling in your stomach.”
Sound advice, that has guided me well.

That is why I’m proud to now be ‘officially’ affiliated with I Quit Sugar and Well Nourished. Regular readers will know that I have written quite a lot (ha!) about both IQS and Georgia from Well Nourished over the last two years. They have both played a big part in my ‘health journey’: the way I eat and feed my family, my understanding and appreciation of real food, and subsequent experience of improved health. Since early 2014, I have enjoyed sharing my positive experiences with readers, family and friends.

As an affiliate, I will receive a small commission from IQS and Well Nourished sales purchased through this website. This will help to cover (some of) the costs of maintaining this blog – a labour of love, definitely – but at times, an expensive one! If you do choose to purchase your IQS or Well Nourished products via this website (by using the links from this blog to their websites), I thank you very much for your support. xx

ErinandBoys

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10 Comments

  1. Leanne Hewitt says:

    Hi Erin!!
    Keep up the great work, love your blog. Just gorgeous and a breath of fresh air literally to read xxxx
    Leanne Hewitt

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