About Louise

I was born a month premature and spent quite a while in an incubator. I’ve been told that I looked like a “kitten” and no one thought I would live over a year!

From my mum’s stories, it appears that I subsisted on watermelon juice instead of milk as a baby! Not really off to a nutritious start, but it sure fostered a life-long love of watermelons.

Growing up, I ate a fair amount of whole foods, with plenty of seafood. My mum cooked a lot, and everything she cooked was delicious and fresh!

But I hardly ever ate beef and really disliked burgers! I always got the Filet-O-Fish at McDonald’s…

Everyone kept telling to drink more milk when I was growing up in England. I had to drink it at school, and my mum would always make me drink a glass of HOT milk before she would left me leave the house in the mornings. I did not enjoy it.

What I did enjoy were cookies. When my mum wasn’t at home, my dad and I would eat an entire tin in front of the TV for dinner.

It wasn’t long before I became a chocolate addict (although I rarely ate it naked!).

My favorite after-school snack was cheese on toast (literally what it sounds like…). It’s made by placing shredded (white) cheddar cheese on top of a piece of bread and cooking it in the oven.

Throughout school and college, I played a fair amount of sports. I wasn’t ever that good at anything, but I enjoyed the team aspect of sports.

My favorite sport was badminton, and I played it until I busted my right shoulder and both my knees a few years ago.

I started drinking coffee during high school, but switched to tea during college. I love tea (esp. black tea with milk)! I could write a book about the joys of tea, and one of my favorite quotes is “Where there’s Tea, there’s Hope.” However, I am sensitive to caffeine and have to limit myself.

College was definitely a pot-pie era for me. Some friends still recall “dinner” at my place being frozen chicken pot pies that would be shoved into the oven when they arrived. I’m sorry!

College wouldn’t have been complete without the pot noodles and instant ramen phase! This phase might have lasted a bit too long for me…omg, so delicious!

I became calorie conscious in my last year of college and read the nutritional panel of every food in the supermarket for its calorie value (much to the annoyance of my housemates, who had to go shopping with me). I was always hungry and also rather miserable.

When I first moved to the US, I became enamored with fine dinning and ate out practically every meal.

Not much to say about law school except that it was a free pizza fiesta!

A lifetime of eating badly was starting to show…I had gained fat, started suffering from severe allergic reactions, and was prone to terrible stomach aches. I decided to try going low carb but made the mistake of starting right before a final.

I had knee injuries from badminton but convinced myself somehow that I would be able to train and run a 10K. I managed it, but injured my knees further. I now refuse to run.

I started low carb again after my initial failed attempt. I discovered that I love cooking and experimenting with recipes.

I started blogging at LoCarbolicious.com about various low carb/paleo recipes and related issues (including a post about tea!).

I realized after a while that I had switched to eating a Paleo diet!

I started blogging here at Ancestralchef.com about all my Paleo eats.

My first iPad e-book was published, which you can download for Free onto your iPad here.

I started crossfit to regain those toned arms I used to have and to build strength in the hopes of avoiding new injuries!

Finally, tired of having to cook just about every meal and leading a hectic life, I decided it was high time someone produced some delicious grain-free foods. And so I co-founded Louise’s Foods in early 2012.

What’s Next?

Check out the Blog to find out what I’m up to now or Follow Me on Twitter, Google+, or Pinterest for the latest.

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Comments

  1. Lynn says

    Tank you so much for the iBook recipes. I am gluten-free so these Paleo recipes will fit right in with my eating plans!

  2. susan storey says

    Hi Louise, I love coconut oil, but one time I had spread it on toast and got a really bad stomach ache. My daughter says the same thing. Could that possibly happen. I wont eat it anymore on toast, just in baking. I also love your website so much..thank you Sue Storey

    • says

      Hi Susan – I have found that taking in large amounts of coconut oil when you’re not used to it can cause stomach upset. I would start taking in coconut oil slowly and see if that helps.

  3. Frank Vannini says

    Sorry to see that Louise’s Foods has been discontinued. It seems as if you have gone through what i am considering with some trepidation. About 10 years ago, I developed a vegetarian pate recipe for my kids school sandwiches, that i have called Papa Pate. I haven’t met a child or adult that didn’t really like the spread and wanted more, either in as a sandwich or cracker dip. It is very high in protein, low in fat and sugar – an all around ideal food product. With all the health talk and recent legislation regarding improving school lunches, i figured these would be a great addition to kids menu, as well as seniors in nursing homes – as an initial market. Of course i have a “secret formula” that i have never divulged, but my web research tells me that food analyst companies can reformulate/reverse engineer the product. I have a good friend in Boston, who is a patent attorney, and he told me years ago that he made a good living breaking other peoples patents. So you can see my concern….new yummy food product, that industry giants could snatch and run with the ball and box me out. :-( Thanks for listening!

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