Courgetti Blogetti

Who am I?

My name is Laura Elfes, 16, vegetarian, Pinterest (and Instagram) lover and gym enthusiast. I am currently in my GCSE year, full of stress and exams, this blog is to help me release some steam and to share the things I love with people around me. My dad can’t eat wheat so I’m always experimenting to find enjoyable food for him so he doesn’t miss out. With weird and wonderful ingredients and recipes appearing everyday, I love to test some out when possible!

Why Blog?

I wouldn’t say I’m an average health food blogger, first off I’m quite new to the block, never shared recipes, written online, or even taken many good photographs. I am no chef or professional baker and almost all of these recipes required a few attempts, therefor they are well loved! These are recipes that I enjoy making (and eating) and are cooked to my preference, everyone is different so your favourite may not be mine. I am always thinking about food, the next recipe to try or the next food magazine to read. I started blogging to share my excitement over new recipes with people who will want to try them; and at least save my sister from having to listen to yet another dish I am going to be attempting!

How did you discover healthy foods?

Healthy eating started to draw my interest when I started at the gym, the menu in the café had foods that I had never even heard of and I wanted to understand them. Next, as a Christmas present, 2015, my aunt sent me a Deliciously Ella book and my parents gave me a smoothie machine. From then on, my love for vegetarian and vegan food bloomed.  I discovered many youtubers, such as The Happy Pear, Joe Wicks The Body Coach and Nicola Whitehead. And soon, instead of baking a plain sponge with jam and buttercream (as nice as it can be) I was trying new, different flavours like vegan peanut butter cake or granola bars, which I now prefer, and no I’m not lying either! Finding the ingredients turned out to be the hardest part. Holland and Barrett, although my favourite food shop, is out of a 16 year old’s price range, which made me develop my blog ethos: to create cheap and healthy food.  Whether I’m in the free from isle in Tesco or finding a bargain in TK max, there are ways round it! A lot of my recipes use normal ingredients as living healthy can be super cheap most of the time. Its just learning how to avoid the marketing and health claims that are seen everywhere these days.

Why Courgetti Blogetti?

The name came from when I was making courgetti in the kitchen with a spiralizer for dinner, I had asked my sister to help me think of blog names and she was so proud of the name! Follow me on Instagram @laura_elfes, or Facebook and Twitter @courgettiblog to see my lifestyle first-hand!

Why did you join the gym?

Over a 6 month period I had finally found a sport I was enjoying and slowly improving in: running. Although slow and VERY unfit I realised that I loved it. After one run out in the open, huffing and puffing around Poole parkrun, I finished my first ever 5k. Yes I had been promised a cake if I didn’t walk, but sure enough I was back the next week, and I didn’t need  cake at the end this time!

After suffering knee pains soon after, I was told that I lacked arches in my feet which had caused this, and I had to give up running. I retreated to the gym to complete all my strengthening exercises till, one day, the instructor from one of my mum’s classes invited me in and I never looked back. I am now at my fittest ever and back into running too, after wearing insoles which help most of the time.  Exercise makes me feel so much better and its my way of dealing with tough decisions or to get away from the world for a while.

Why start this blog?

I’m just here to show you my way of life because if I can help someone find a new gluten free recipe for their coeliac friend or even just be inspired to eat a few more greens, then I’m going to be pretty satisfied. This is me, it’s how I choose to live, learn and grow stronger. I also want to show people that healthy living is cheap, how to avoid emptying your purse and cook hearty, whole dishes that benefit you so much more than processed and packaged food that lines the supermarket shelves!