Hi! I’m Natasha Octon, Creator of Natasha’s Food Adventures!
I’m a Recipe Developer, Photographer, Wife, and Mama living in Temecula, CA. A lot has changed since starting my food blog over 7 years ago. One of the biggest is being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after my son, Orion was born almost 2 years ago. It was my wake-up call to properly take care of my overall health and fitness. This is why I focus on wholesome and balanced recipes the entire family will love. I firmly believe eating healthy and nutritious food doesn’t have to be bland or boring!
How Did I Find Out I Had Diabetes?
I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes at only 14 weeks during my pregnancy. At the time, I was hopeful that the early diagnosis was just a rare situation only to discover several months after he was born that I was indeed a type-2 diabetic.
This was a life-changing moment for me. You can imagine living a life as a food blogger already and not worrying about diabetic restrictions and then suddenly everything is different. I refused to give up on a life of delicious food but knew that I had to make a change to take better care of myself, and set a good example for my son.
The term “healthy” means something different to everyone. Since my diabetes diagnosis, a question I’m asked quite often is if I’m on a keto diet. The answer is no. I have found that eating healthier carbs from whole foods, still helps me balance my blood sugars better than if I were to cut them out of my diet. Restrictive dieting is hard to sustain long term. Instead, I like to focus on eating more veggies, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and of course protein.
Will you find recipes on this website that aren’t the most nutrient-dense? Absolutely, but at this point, most of them will be older recipes from before my diagnosis. I leave them here so that you can still enjoy them if you’re looking for something a little different. Plus, it’s a reminder of the life I once lived and how far I’ve come on my food blogging journey.
I hope you enjoy the recipes I’ve included here! Thanks for visiting my blog.
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Please note: Everyone has different nutritional needs and you should always discuss any major changes to your diet with your primary care provider. I am not a dietitian, nutritionist, or doctor so please seek medical advice elsewhere.