Model Rozanna Purcell is the latest celebrity to delve into the world of cooking with her own brand of healthy recipes.
The Tipperary model is whisking up dishes with a distinctly healthy twist by opting for vegan, raw, and gluten-free creations on her blog, Natural Born Feeder.
The former Miss Universe Ireland is following in the footsteps of the country’s other beauty queen, Rosanna Davison, by lauding the importance of fresh and whole foods in her diet.
The 22-year-old said she has started her blog because she is so passionate about food.
“Like most models I have an important relationship with food. However mine has been with me from a young age.”
The sports-loving beauty said she has been experimenting with the Paleo diet which mimics the diets of cavemen and includes meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
“I’m not someone who advocates a certain type of diet and I love exploring with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, raw. I am by no means ‘anti’ any food groups and I appreciate that people will have differing requirements for their way of living.”
She said her childhood on a farm shaped her healthy attitude towards food and exercise.
“Growing up you could say we were subconsciously a healthy family. Nothing was deprived but it was all homemade, from local farms or our own garden.
“There was none of this pre-packaged business or use of microwaves, just real whole foods.”
The model, who is training for a half Ironman with her boyfriend Bressie, a judge on The Voice of Ireland, said she has strict rules about avoiding processed foods.
“I avoid processed goods and foods containing words and additives I can’t even pronounce.
“Cooking like this may appear more time-consuming but I can guarantee you that the end result is far more rewarding not only for your health, but for the all important eating experience and the salivating taste buds.”
Roz is set to qualify as a nutritionist this summer, and plans to enter the world of diet and nutrition when she stops posing for the cameras over the next couple of years.
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