Hannah’s Pantry is all about enjoying your favourite foods regardless of health issues or food intolerances.
I use natural and simple ingredients to create delicious vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free treats that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves to indulge but wants to do so in a nourishing way.
How it all began
When I first decided to start Hannah’s Pantry I wasn’t sure how honest and open I wanted to be about how it all began. Endometriosis (Endo) isn’t a well known condition and it certainly isn’t one that is openly talked about.
The pain and fatigue Endo causes can be scarily debilitating at times and not to mention put a huge amount of stress on your day to day routine and relationships. For years I bounced back and forth on various medications and treatments and it was after a number of laparoscopies that I began to realise medication could only help so much. I either accepted this and lived with the symptoms or I made a positive effort to seek alternative methods of healing.
In 2015 I made the decision to drastically change my diet and gain back the control I had lost over my body. It was a huge challenge but by far the best decision I have made yet. The aim was to find a way of living a pain free life, and of course being the support system that they are, my family jumped in and helped me on my path to recovery. I was inundated with library books and internet print outs of other sufferers who had found a way to take control of their symptoms.
With it still being argued as to whether Endometriosis is an auto immune condition or not, I took on a huge amount of knowledge on inflammation, digestion and gut health and how the 3 are all so closely linked to the immune system.
I began to understand that we are affected so heavily by the foods we feed our body and especially the effects sugar can have on those with a compromised immune system, which Endo sufferers have.
It was with all the above in mind that I began to experiment with various foods. At first it was only small changes, but my confidence very quickly grew and as I started to create such delicious recipes, baking and cooking became a kind of addiction.
Feeling a million times more in control of the symptoms Endo throws at me, I can now honestly see the importance of limiting my sugar intake and incorporating as many foods with anti-inflammatory, immune boosting properties into my diet.
I do not believe in a restricted diet but have instead have found a way to enjoy my favourite foods with a nutritional twist and it really is crazy how small changes have gone such a long way in decreasing my pain, bloating and sluggishness.
I still have ups and downs with my symptoms but can 100% say I have improved my life for the better. It has taken me a couple of years to find a balance, but on a day to day basis I feel more energised, less bloated, and am generally pain free most of the time. It is quite amazing how food gives our body the energy to heal in a natural way. Food is power.
What I’m doing now
I never expected Hannah’s Pantry to grow into what it is today so quickly. It all began as a hobby and never in a million years did I think I’d become a business woman or entrepreneur.
I began by selling my cakes to local cafes which was a huge hit and led me to become a trader at Greenwich Market. This was a massive milestone for me and it really is an amazing feeling having others with health issues or food intolerances visit week after week for a great slice of cake!
From the moment I realised my cakes were being so thoroughly enjoyed, I knew I wanted to take this all further and make my cakes readily available via an online shop.
It is so incredibly exciting to see Hannah’s Pantry growing so quickly and I want to do the best I can for you. Please engage across any social media and let me know what you think.