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Tamara fulfils nutritional needs of diners in a hurry

Tamara Sykes has started a cooking business cooking meals for people who don’t like to cook, can’t cook or are time-poor.
Tamara Sykes has started a cooking business cooking meals for people who don’t like to cook, can’t cook or are time-poor. David Nielsen

WITH people leading such busy lives, preparing healthy meals is often something for the too-hard basket.

But an Ipswich business woman is hoping to reverse the lifestyle habits of a greasy fast-food culture and prove healthy meals can be cooked fast as well.

Tamara Sykes launched Perfectly Yum, based in the CWA Hall in Limestone St, to cook healthy meals for the time-poor. Interest in the service has soared on social networking site Facebook, with the page reaching almost 500 likes.

Ms Sykes started her own food revolution after taking up the fitness sport, CrossFit.

She adopted a 'Paleo Diet' synonymous with aiding weight loss and used by many athletes in the CrossFit scene.

The Paleo Diet consists entirely of non-processed foods, including lean meats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy fat sources like olive oil and avocados.

She has included Paleo recipes among her menu.

Ms Skyes said those who have tried the new cuisine for the first time have enjoyed it.

"We all grow up with processed food, but we can have different flavours through spices and cooking," she said.

She always aspired to enter the culinary world professionally and finally took the plunge in July after becoming fed-up with her previous job.

Her customer base is building, with many jumping at the chance to have healthy cooked meals.

"I've had a few shift workers. All the people they work with find it hard to eat healthy because you don't want to cook when you get home. One family have a fortnightly meal," she said.

She said some children she cooked a meal for didn't like vegetables and were reluctant to try her sausage rolls and lasagne. But with the vegetables hidden away out of sight within the meal, the kids loved the taste.

"They said they were the best sausage rolls they'd ever had," she said.

Ms Sykes posts new meals and recipes on the site constantly, gathering rave reviews from Facebookers.

For more information on Perfectly Yum search for it on Facebook.

Topics:  paleo diet




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