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Meet Ilana - Founder of Stylish Spoon

 

It is so empowering to know what to eat to feel good inside and out. I am so excited to share my super delicious recipes and tips for living well with all of you!

Hi and welcome to Stylish Spoon and the Shop, where you can now purchase some of my super healthy, delicious baked goods for local delivery to lovely New Yorkers like you!  

If you’re not in the Big Apple, this website has PLENTY for you too, including:

           Healthy recipes
           Stylish entertaining
           Kids party and snack ideas
           Decor, organizing, and small space living tips
           Insider details you won’t get anywhere else (For instance, I can tell you where the best New York City chefs like to shop!)

 

Here is something you should know – I love food. As in, I pretty much think about food or cooking or eating out ALL. THE. TIME. I get this next-meal-mentality from my dad who asks what we’re doing for lunch before our empty breakfast dishes hit the bottom of the sink.

Sharing recipes was just the beginning for Stylish Spoon. I found that most of my New York City friends didn’t have time or energy to cook – and didn’t know where to begin when it came to healthy eating. That’s when I created my OatMEAL Chia Cups, to give them a super healthy and super delicious option. Yes, there are lots of gluten-free and vegan baked goods on the market. But there are so few wholesome treats that I feel good eating (and feel good after eating.) My baked goods are handmade with love in small batches out of the cleanest ingredients I can find. Simply baked, and simply delicious.

My Story:

Healthy baking is in my DNA. My mom was an excellent baker. She was also a health nut before anyone had heard of terms like clean eating or Paleo. The woman was sprouting her own grains in mason jars on the counter. In 1980! I spent many hours in the kitchen under her feet. I watched her make amazingly decadent desserts for birthdays and parties. Her specialty was crème de menthe pie. More often though, I watched her bake whole grain muffins and quick breads that she naturally sweetened with honey, maple syrup, molasses, homemade apple sauce and dates.

My mom died of breast cancer when I was 9. She was 46 years old. I sought comfort in her kitchen. I was one of the few 10 year olds who came home from school to bake muffins. Using her muffin tins and baking tools made me feel connected to her.

My baking was not as healthy as my mom’s. As I got older, cookies became by baked good of choice. I would come home from school and eat my feelings. As a result, I packed on quite a bit of extra weight. While I wasn’t really self-conscious about my weight (I totally thought I was big boned!), I felt unhealthy.

I had my aha-moment when I was studying abroad in Israel. I always knew I wanted to have kids, and I decided right then to start living a healthier life so I could be around for them much longer than my mom was for me.

There, in the middle of the desert, I taught myself how to cook. I bought Israeli cookbooks and researched recipes on the “inter web.” I devoured every piece of credible research I could find on health, wellness and nutrition. My journey has been a narrative of necessity.

While losing weight was not my main motivation, I did end up losing 40 pounds. I went from a size 14 to a size 4 after 6 months of changing my lifestyle for the better.

In 2005, when my husband Etienne and I got married, I started to have serious stomach issues. Everyone said it was the stress of planning a wedding, but I knew it was more than that. When we got back from our honeymoon, I decided to try cleaning up my diet by cutting out all common allergens for a few weeks and limiting myself to only whole, super easy to digest foods: lentils, fish, brown rice, fruits, and veggies.

After two weeks, I slowly added other foods back into my diet, one at a time. And wouldn’t you know it? IT WAS GLUTEN. When I added gluten back in, I was so sick! I was bummed because there are a lot of healthy whole grains, especially sprouted grains, that were a part of what I ate on a regular basis. Under the care of a gastroenterologist, I eliminated all gluten from my diet. Cutting out wheat made a world of difference in how I felt and looked. Gone were the days of feeling bloated, itchy with random rashes, and having low energy.

I know what you’re thinking. But listen, I was gluten-free BEFORE THAT WAS A THING. I’ve been at cocktail parties talking about food and people will ask me, with a skeptical tone, “What CAN you eat?” The answer is, a lot of delicious foods that just happen to be naturally gluten-free. (This isn’t ANOTHER gluten-free blog though; it’s a blog for everyone who loves to eat well.)

It is so empowering to know what to eat so you feel good inside and out. I am excited to share my super delicious recipes and tips for living well with all of you!

 

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