Instafoodie of the Week – Mandy @changeroomfoods

Hello food lovers! I hope you are doing well. It’s time for our Instafoodie guest.

Let me present to you – Mandy. She is from Melbourne, Australia.

mandyShe is a writer & recipe developer. Her instagram account is being followed by 23.1k people.

Great photos and awesome ideas are the main attractions of her feed.

She was kind enough to share with us some of her precious time and to answer our interview questions.

Let’s have a look.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Mandy and I am a community pharmacist by trade. I’ve always loved food, fitness and helping people – the latter is why I became a health professional – and I am so grateful that I am now able to combine those three loves into my everyday.

One of my earliest memories is coming home from school as a six year- old, going to the refrigerator, and opening it to see what healthy ingredients I could use to cook up a healthy afternoon snack (mind you, my idea of cooking was very different as a six year- old child!). If I succeeded in creating something tasty, I would take out my little notepad and write up the recipe, give it a fancy name and draw the way it should be plated up – there was no such thing as smart phones or iPads back then! Even then, I dreamed of one day creating healthy and delicious food for people young and old.

This dream remained so dear to me that, last year, I took a leap of faith and quit my full- time job as a pharmacist. By this point, my food blog, Change Room Foods, had already lead me on many incredible adventures, and I was convinced that inspiring positive, healthy change was my one true calling. Since then, I have been working on a very special venture called Mumma B & Me – it is now finally nearing completion. Stay tuned!

What is your biggest dream?

My dreams and aspirations change daily – the more I realise what I am capable of achieving, the bigger my dreams get – and I think this is a good thing. I never want to remain stagnant, I always want to improve and become a better version of myself. It therefore makes sense that my dreams change (and grow) with me. Ultimately, all I want is to live a life that I can be proud of and happy with – the most important thing in life is happiness.
What is your greatest achievement?
I have been fortunate enough to have created many incredible memories and achieved many proud milestones over the past few years, but none of them would have been possible had I not decided to follow through on my dreams to create Change Room Foods. It remains my greatest achievement to date,and I look forward to doing so much more with it.

Change Room Foods has opened so many doors, introduced me to so many amazing people – including people I look up to, taken me on so many adventures, taught me so much and really developed me as a person. It was a huge risk, leaving behind the security of a full- time job as a health professional, and I’ve certainly had my share of challenging and seemingly impossible days, but when I ask myself whether I’d have it any other way, I know the answer is a resounding,”No.”

What is your inspiration?
Inspiration is easy to find these days – with platforms like Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest, “inspo” is just a scroll and click (of the mouse button) away! I’m an easily inspired person, and will often take screenshots of anything from bucket list travel destinations, other people’s food photography, dream homes, beautiful gardens, impressive outfits, restaurant fit- outs, pictures of the rainforest or ocean.. Everything and anything can stir my emotions and get me thinking.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

I hope that the next five years will see me kick a few career goals – I hope Mumma B & Me is a success and that Change Room Foods continues to take me on many exciting adventures – and I also hope to achieve a few personal milestones, too, such as marriage and starting a family.

Five years ago, I never would have dreamed that my life could be what it is today. I hope that I can look back in five years’ time and feel the same sense of achievement and wonderment.

And now let’s take a look at some of her creations.

Sweet potato, quinoa and coconut soup (with homemade Life Changing Loaf and a small cup of homemade kombucha)
IMG_20150408_220425 Homemade teriyaki mushroom (brown rice) donburi (with bok choy and a soft- boiled egg) IMG_20150527_165801 Raw matcha mousse cake IMG_20150716_191050
Mandy, thank you very much for being with us today! Good luck with your adventures and all the best for your future projects!
Bye bye food lovers!


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