My parents have always eaten really healthy. So it was inevitable I would maintain this through adulthood.

I was the kid in primary and high school who always took home cooked treats to school. We never were allowed to indulge in prepackaged foods. You would never have seen me with TimTams or Thins chips. Because of this I was constantly swapping lunch box items with my peers. Funnily enough they always seemed to want the home cooked slice, muffins or muesli bars. I guess this was the first case of me seeing “you always want, what you can’t have”. In the early days, I never understood what “healthy” was. And I thought my parents gave me those food options because they were saving money. I come from a two teacher household, so money wasn’t ever an issue – but feeding four hungry children wouldn’t come cheap, especially come teenage years. I was met with jealousy often. “Jealous about food? How utterly ridiculous”, I hear you say. I wanted the bright coloured packaging, I wanted the sweetness, I wanted the crunch of a chip – but they never came.


Fast track to my 24 year old self and I am so glad my parents instilled healthy behavior / balanced nutrition into my life. Healthy lifestyle and good nutrition begins at an early age – you take on the habits of your parents without knowing, because you don’t know any better. My parents were models for great eating behavior and I have that to thank for my eating habits now. To this day I still treat the items we weren’t allowed to eat as kids, as “sometimes foods”, which would have been a hard habit to get in to as an adult.

I have now lived out of home since 2007 – so the past 7 and a half years I have been my own ( and by own I mean without adult guidance, not literally living on my own). It’s hard when you first move out because all you want to do is say “screw it, I’ll eat what I want, because I can now”. I did for the first month or so, but then I began to realise that I really needed to get my eating habits sorted and that I should probably put into practice some of the health wisdom my parents had taught me. I thought I would publish one of my favourite family meals growing up and one in which I cook regularly for myself. It’s so simple and healthy! Oh ya Mum and Dad for leading me on the right (healthy) path.




  1. Half a Butternut Pumpkin
  2. 4 Potatoes
  3. 1 ltr of vegetable stock (fresh if you can)
  4. Tabasco Sauce
  5. Splash of any kind of milk


  1. Dice up pumpkin and potatoes.
  2. Heat stove, add pumpkin, potatoes to 1 ltr of stock
  3. Boil like you would for mashed potato – until everything is super soft
  4. Blend with a handle held mixer until really smooth
  5. Serve with Greek yoghurt for a healthier choice to sour cream


Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

5 thoughts on “Healthy Food Habits & Homemade Pumpkin Soup Recipe”

  1. Ahhh yum!

    I can so relate to this! I used to be the kid with an apple and a big oil’ bag of carrot sticks- I was so envious of the kids with dunkaroos, roll ups… There were even kids with two minute noodles for lunch! The first thing I bought when I moved out of home was white bread (which mum never bought) but I very quickly learned how disgusting it is. I thank mum everyday for my good habits!

  2. Hello!
    Good morning from France ๐Ÿ˜‰ even though I’m Spanish.
    I really liked your post, especially in the era of precooked, pre-packaged food, arggg…I felt the same way when I was younger, my parents have always cooked everything at home using what I consider “normal food”, just all the produce you find in the supermarket.
    In Spain we have pretty high standards for food, since great homemade food is prepared in every house. However, in the last years, the big influence from other countries and fast food restaurants has overpowered the traditional eating style and it is a pity.
    Anyway, I’ll keep on with the healthy, homemade, natural food, feels much better!
    I’ll keep on following your blog, I’ve just discovered it and I already love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hi! Aw, France – how fun!
      Yes, I can only imagine the fresh product in Spain! I love Spanish food, so I am a little envious you get to eat it frequently back home.

      Thank you for reading and your thought out comment. I love that you shared your own experience with me.

      Ally x

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