Uforic Food Cafe Torquay

A Foodie’s Transformation

Hi! I’m Lisa Mary Cummins (nee Foreman) and I’m the creator of Uforic Food.

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Photo: Kari Teagan Photography

I started this blog to share food stories – but if you’d like to know a little more about me, then here goes!

I’m 29 and live in Geelong, near Melbourne, Australia. I have an amazing new husband, Matt. We have just opened our very own family business, LMC Media Solutions and are currently in the process of building a new home!

Below is our little family. We have a gorgeous and loyal dog named Angel (centre) and two fiesty kitty cats – Princess Penelope (aka Penny, left) – and Gus on the right.

I have worked as a journalist in NSW and Melbourne and am in communications for a community organisation. See further examples of my professional writing here.

My two passions in life are, somewhat predictably, writing and food.

Cooking has been a great passion of mine ever since I was a little girl. Every night I would watch my mum cook dinner, and try and remember everything she did. I would often help her and when mum got busy with her business – I began, at the young age of 10, to cook most of our family meals.

My lovely mum and I

This was seldom ever a chore for me. I started off using packets and jars to make stir-frys and things like that. For a long time, steak with this special sauce I created using every different sauce bottle in the pantry from barbecue and tomato to soy and canned tomatoes was considered by my brother to be a specialty of mine. On reflection, I’m sure it tasted pretty horrible – but mum, dad and Dave would sit down to it once a week with no complaints – if anything, there was always plenty of encouragement.

My mum and my brother 🙂

By the time I was 14, after deciding that I wanted to leave school and be a chef, my dad convinced me to do a course in hospitality as part of my year 10 studies. That’s when I quickly realised that real cooking wasn’t about opening jars of simmer sauce and adding it to meat and chopped vegies.

My dad and I

But, surprisingly, it did two very different things for me. It confirmed in my head how passionate I was about food and ingredients – and how much I DID NOT want to be a chef. While I worked with lots of yummy food, learnt heaps about cooking, produce and flavours – I also realised during my one-day-a-week course that you have to have a super thick skin when working with chefs, not mind being surrounded by four walls and no windows and like washing dishes in scoldingly hot water. I’m just not cut out for that!

But I do love home cooking – where you don’t have to fuss too much, but get to sit down to a meal that is delicious without spending four hours in the kitchen chopping and preparing. It can be done, and I hope my recipes help to make your life just a little easier … and tastier too 🙂

My whole life I have also been very overweight – and so my stories have changed. I don’t just write about any old food. It has to be delicious – but now it has to be MOSTLY healthy too. I go by the motto of “everything in moderation” – so no boring lettuce leaf only recipes here! If you want to read about my weight loss journey so far – see below for the links! I have lost just over 20 kilos and I am feeling very proud of how far I have come. But, there is still more to go, and so, the journey continues!

Don’t forget to hit subscribe at the top of the page to receive regular updates and recipes from Uforic Food. You can follow the blog on Facebook here or on Twitter here. It’d be great to have you at the Uforic Food table. Alternatively, email me at lisamary@uforicfood.com and I’d be happy to add you to the list 🙂

Lisa Mary XO

Chapter 1: Can you be a foodie AND lose weight? I’m determined!!

Chapter 2: A snack of the healthy kind

Chapter 3. Losing 4 kilos, plus an awesome laksa recipe!

Chapter 4. Love, a great restaurant, chocolates and losing 6 kilos … what a week!

Chapter 5. It’s all about setting short-term goals – plus a tasty salad recipe

Chapter 6. Meal planning – a necessary evil to a healthier lifestyle

Chapter 7. So close, and yet so far … 11 weeks in and it’s getting tough

Chapter 8. Reaching my first major goal – and yummy breakfast muffins

Chapter 9: Weigh in Tuesday – disappointment or elation?

Chapter 10. The journey continues …

Chapter 11. Afraid of your own success? It’s not as strange as it sounds

Chapter 12. Healthy food is fast food

Chapter 13. The great exercise meltdown … yes, again!

Chapter 14. And the doctor said …. does weight loss really improve inner health?

Chapter 15. The Food Diaries Begin – Day 1: Bad habits exposed!

Chapter 16. Food Diary Day 2: Many lessons learned

Chapter 17. Food Diary Day 3: New beginnings

Chapter 18. Saying goodbye to the old me

Chapter 19. Read, set … GO!

Chapter 20. Sometimes you have to find the strength to say “NO!”

Chapter 21. Food – my biggest worry

Chapter 22. The big 2-0 … did I make it?

Chapter 23. All I can say is … thank you!

Chapter 24. OMG – I’m freaking out!!

Chapter 25. Indulgence: Sometimes it’s Crucial. Plus a Recipe or Three!

Chapter 26. Mexican chicken soup … a solution to pesky leftovers!

Chapter 27. Enough is Enough! – Or is it?

Chapter 28. It’s ok – I promise – I won’t have another outburst

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my journey so far. Feel free to share your stories in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer: I am not a dietician, doctor or selling any sort of weight loss product. I am simply sharing my stories and experiences as I move slowly towards a healthier lifestyle. Understand that weight loss is an individual process and what works for me may not work for you and this site is not about advice, but about sharing stories. Of course, medical advice should be sort before embarking on any kind of weight loss. Thank you.