About me

My name is Rowena Kelly.   I’m from Dublin, Ireland.   I started Natural Fuel in September 2013 as a trial.   I wanted a new creative outlet for myself and so decided to begin a blog.   It began as a food blog, a place to record my recipes and explore my love for healthy, plant based food.  As the months went by I began to include more of my passions on the blog, while keeping the emphasis on healthy, natural, holistic well being.  I have branched out from food recipes to also include posts on natural beauty and skincare recipes, fitness, holistic health and my love of nature.  I hope that you gain some inspiration here on ways to naturally fuel your own life, be it through food, creativity, fitness, mindfulness or nature.

In terms of my food recipes -I’m a long time vegetarian for ethical and health reasons.  I cook without dairy and eggs and I always use organic where possible.  My definition of ‘healthy’ recipes are ones that use plant based foods and minimal use of processed ingredients.  My interpretation of ‘healthy’ does not necessarily always create low fat meals, but any fats will be the good kind!  I don’t count calories and I love to pig out!  I avoid processed white sugar but love naturally sweetened desserts.    I rarely follow recipes, I prepare to absorb information from a lot of different sources and then make a meal according to my own tastes and methods.   I would encourage you to do the same with my recipes here.   Have fun, experiment, add ingredients, adjust flavours.  Obviously baking methods generally need to be more rigidly adhered to due to the scientific properties needed for the end result.

I am really enjoying my blogging journey so far.  When I first began this blog,  I felt very exposed and a little embarrassed to be starting such a public venture.  At the beginning, only one other person knew about it!  Thanks to their support and belief in me,  I kept going and began to spread the word about my blog.  Over time my confidence increased due to the unexpected and much appreciated enthusiasm and encouragement from both friends and strangers.  I find blogging really enjoyable and therapeutic.  I love getting a chance to interact with and sometimes even inspire and support people from all over the world through my blog, and I learn new things every day.  It has given me a new hobby and an exciting new focus in my life, as well as added confidence and self belief.  I love getting a chance to use my creative talents, and learn how to develop them.  For example, the quality of my photographs has increased over the months and I look forward to learning how to improve this and develop a new skill. Following from my experience of starting a blog,  I would encourage everyone to jump in and undertake a new challenge or pursue a new interest or talent now and then.  Life is too short not to put yourself out there and try everything that ignites a spark in you!

A little more about me  -I live in Dublin, Ireland and I work in social care.  My current job involves supporting children and their mothers who have become homeless as a result of domestic violence.    I love travelling, nature,  yoga,  reading, painting, learning new things, animals, connecting with and meeting new people – the usual.   And cooking obviously!

Sometimes after reading my blog people are surprised to see me guzzling wine or tucking in to unhealthy food!  Although I love the feeling that good food and fitness brings, life is for living and I don’t believe in obsessively restricting my diet or actions.  Sometimes wine and junk food is exactly what you need and that’s okay!  Do what makes you feel good :-)

I always welcome interaction and feedback so feel free to get in touch with any ideas or comments, or just to say hello!

Rowena

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25 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hi Rowena,

    Just stumbled onto your blog and I really like it so far – you have a great attitude towards life and healthy living. Looking forward to reading more in the future!

    Sian

  2. Hi Rowena, I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog today! You have a great “about” page and very interesting recipes. Looking forward to seeing your future posts and connecting with you..

  3. Hi Rowena, I stumbled across your blog recently and I’m so glad I did! I love your posts so far. Your day job sounds extremely important, but I also assume takes an emotional toll. Keep up the wonderful, compassionate work. I look forward to following your journey!

    • Hello, thanks so much for your kind comment, it means a lot to me, it gave me a boost! :-) I love your blog also so we have that in common! ;-)
      Talk to you soon,
      Rowena

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  5. Hey there Rowena! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” What a compassionate life you lead between your work and ethical vegetarianism. I love that! And your blog is a delight. I’m so glad you found me because it connected me to you. It’s a pleasure to e-meet you and I look forward to more of your posts! Celeste :)

    • Hi Celeste, thanks for getting in touch, nice to connect with you! I appreciate your kind comment about the compassion, you could say the same thing about yourself in relation to the psychotherapy, I have suffered in the past with depression and anxiety is no stranger to me so I find your own profession very admirable also :-) Looking forward to following your blog and learning more about you. The way that you got in to this lifestyle interests me, it’s fantastic news that your husband’s health has improved due to the diet change!
      Take care,
      Rowena

      • What a thoughtful response girlfriend! Depression and anxiety are the common colds of psychotherapy. They’re a lot more common than most people realize. I’m glad your bouts of depression and anxiety are in the past. I’m so glad we’ve connected! Celeste :)

        • Yeah it’s such a common issue but there is such a big stigma about talking about depression or anxiety, which is sad and very damaging and debilitating to so many people. That’s why I’m open about discussing it, because it’s shouldn’t be seen as something to be ashamed of, it should be as acceptable to discuss as a common cold! ;-) every little helps! Keep up the good work!

          • You are so right about the stigma being an issue. I went into psychotherapy because I had serious anxiety when I was younger and therapy really helped me. But, it was hard for me to even get that therapy because I felt ashamed of my anxiety and ashamed to see a therapist. I share all this with my clients because it makes them feel less ashamed and more comfortable talking about their issues. I think the stigma is lessening to some degree, but it’s certainly still there. Celeste :)

    • Hi Priya, thanks for the encouragement! :-) I’m really liking yours too, will definitely be getting some baking inspiration at your blog! And I love the illustrations!
      Take care,
      Rowena

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