The Road Ahead : October 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 20 LIFESTYLE | WELLBEING THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2013 AS A CHEF since the age of 16, Alison Taafe has always loved food, but when her sister, Laura Du Pre Moore, (pictured with Alison, above), was diagnosed with breast cancer, her relationship with food took an unexpected turn. Born out of her desperation to help Laura, after exhausting all traditional treatments in Australia, Alison established the charity Eat for a Cure in 2010, which helped to raise money for Laura to receive the Hoxey Treatment at the Bio Medical Centre in Tijuana, Mexico. A large part of the treatment was a very strict diet and, as Laura's older sister and personal chef, it was Alison's job to interpret the long list of food 'dont's' and fashion it into a delicious and nutrient- rich diet. eating for life BRISBANE CHEF ALISON TAAFE SHARES A PERSONAL JOURNEY AND A TASTY APPROACH TO CONQUERING HEALTH CONCERNS IN HER NEW COOKBOOK EAT FOR YOUR LIFE. STORY BELINDA PETERS "I'd never thought of food as medicine until that point. I always thought of food as entertainment and passion. I was taught in the finer art of French cuisine, which has a heavy focus on 'all things bad'. It's been my journey as well as Laura's," Alison said. While it was Laura's cancer diagnosis that triggered Alison's journey of discovery into the medicinal effects of food, what Alison learnt was that certain foods could not only help with cancer, but other common health complaints as well. She's compiled her findings and more than 200 recipes in her book Eat for your Life. "What I learnt about Laura's diet can filter into everyone's diet. That's the message behind it," she said. Although the book is all about healthy food, as a chef Alison is still devoted to flavour and enjoyment and likes to focus on tasty, fresh food -- not deprivation. "We have to eat to live, but you can make it enjoyable. I'll always be a chef first and foremost; I'll never be a nutritionist. For me it's about style and flavour, but it's also about substance. I've got to get food looking good, tasting good and doing its job. It's more of a challenge." OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, WHICH HELPS TO PROVIDE A FOCUS ON THE SUPPORT NEEDED FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER. BCNA.ORG.AU ALISON'S TOP TIPS FOR EATING FOR HEALTH: 1. Find yourself a really good fruit and vegetable shop and butcher and make things yourself if you can. This way you know exactly what's in everything you eat. 2. Make one positive change every week, rather than trying to do it all at once. 3. Look into foods that have an alkaline effect on the body. Avoiding sugar, eating a lot of greens, and cold-pressed juices, almonds, garlic, ginger, turmeric and chilli are all good. 4. Read labels on all the foods you buy. Cut out excess salt, sugar and saturated fat in your diet and try to buy the freshest products, organic if possible. Eat for your Life is available to purchase from Alison's website: alisontaafe.com.