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Luke & Charlie - The Kitchen Shed

Welcome to The Kitchen Shed!

I’m Charlie, recipe creator, food photographer, clean eating food blogger and brains behind The Kitchen Shed. This is my ginger bearded husband Luke, and he’s in charge of the website design, technical support and general blog geekery. Together we are the team that makes up everything that goes on here at The Kitchen Shed.

I first heard about Clean Eating not long after I had my first son, 9 years ago. One of my friends posted about the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno on Facebook and I looked into it. I bought all of the books and felt that after years of health and diet research, I had finally found what I was looking for. Clean Eating just made sense to me and completely supported My Food Philosophy.  Clean Eating helped me shed my baby weight, develop a love for health and fitness and inspire me to run my first 10k race.

The Eat Clean Diet cookbooks were great, but honestly, I found that a lot of the food was not what I would usually eat and some ingredients and recipes just didn’t seem to translate to my lifestyle and situation. I eventually came across some clean eating recipe blogs which were amazing and some of the recipes became family favourites. However, all of the blogs I followed were based in America so I was again somewhat limited to the ingredients or products readily available for me to purchase in the UK. To read more about my favourite health food blogs click here.

That is how the idea of this blog was born. I love to cook, I love experimenting with food so I wanted to create a clean eating recipe blog and social network that would relate especially to people in the UK with the products and ingredients that we have available. With the help of my super clever husband we started up The Kitchen Shed on my 26th Birthday, January 2014. You can read about our first year of blogging here.

Are you wondering why this blog is called The Kitchen Shed? No? I’ll tell you anyways… We started this blog during the 15 months that we spent living in my in-laws garage conversion. My kitchen was literally once a shed that stored my brother in laws bikes but it become the home of this blog and the place where my favourite clean eating recipes were created. To find out more about our garage adventure and to see pictures of my Kitchen Shed click here.

I really hope you find the recipes and information on this blog useful. The Kitchen Shed is all about real people on real budgets looking to eat real food. If you have an questions or need some advice then you will always find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as right here on the blog.

Wishing you energy and enthusiasm on your journey,

Charlie & Luke x

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    Laura
    6th December 2015 at 12:14 am

    Please can you add me to the mailing list.

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    Sue kane
    3rd February 2016 at 11:45 am

    Will eating clean support/affect my chemotherapy treatment? I feel I should be doing as much as possible to make good choices to make me feel well.

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      The Kitchen Shed
      9th February 2016 at 8:59 pm

      I think it is probably best to speak with your Dr about the best foods to help support you during your treatment, just to be sure 🙂

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      Debbie
      21st July 2016 at 7:20 am

      I have done alot of reading around this area and looked at much of the information available online, most of what I read is that cancer cells love to feed on sugar and the object of encouraging the body to heal and boost the immune system is to flood the body with oxygen, ie loads of veg as fresh and raw as possible, salad, fruit, good fats like avocado, minimise sugar, processed food and bad fats. Also much being said now about the benefit of exercise especially rebounding to help the lymphatic system. I spoke with a doctor at a Fitfish retreat a few weeks ago who is just about to go to a conference on exercise and cancer.

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    Keeli
    16th April 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Finally a good british webpage, I am new to clean eating and have been struggling to find recipies with foods available in a small town so I have been having the same meals, which has already become boring . I now cannot wait to get started on some different foods

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      The Kitchen Shed
      12th August 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Great to have you on board Keeli!

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    carol
    29th April 2016 at 8:15 am

    Please add me

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    Sarah Longfield
    13th September 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Your site looks amazing. I’m also a runner and I’m wondering what you use to fuel on your long runs? Currently using standard energy gels but I want to change to something better for me but hopefully just as convenient to carry around. Any thoughts?

    Also I’m looking forward to trying out your banana bread recipe.

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    Tracey Reed
    29th November 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I have recently found your fab website and already tried some lovely recipies. I’ve always tried to eat healthly but have got caught in the trap of emotional eating since I became a parent. As I approach my late forties and the dreaded menopause years I want to cut back on sugar and generally revamp my diet. Cooking is not always easy in our house as my son has ASD/ADHD and sensory issues impede his very limited diet but I am slowly getting my daughter and husband onboard. This will not be a popular question lol, but as a regular excerciser and healthy eater I find it hard sometimes to keep the weight on, any tips would be gratefully received! Thanks so much!!!

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    Mike Hannay
    8th February 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Like your story, Like your approach i.e. driven by your experience and the need for more UK based recipes. If you’ve not qualified yet good luck. Seems you’re heading in the right direction I reckon. I’m going to use the info you provide to influence my fuelling – I’m a Ironman Triathlete – GB age group team don’t you know. Despite this I really struggle with weight control and to get a balance in fuelling. In fact no balance and mega binging on dense calorific sweet stuff using all the training and racing effort as an excuse. In reality it probably undermines the training and racing. Anyway, it’ll be interesting if clean eating will make a difference. Surely can’t be a negative thing.

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    Lesley Trute
    22nd March 2017 at 9:33 am

    I am soon to be 69 and am stuck in the comfort eating regime; which I know causes over weight and lethargy. I am looking forward to trying some of these recipes!

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    Anita Barker
    23rd March 2017 at 9:57 am

    Have had your link sent from a fellow 21 Day Challenger. looks great and your based in UK!
    Love the look and feel of the site and big up for the design Ginge! I have one too the are very special lol.
    Looking forward to trying some recipes as we try to eat clean but run out of ideas and get bored.
    the one thing that concerns me personally is that I had a heart attack in 2013 and we get told low fat etc so how does this compare or are their any guidelines?
    thanks Anita

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    Louise
    28th May 2017 at 12:37 pm

    The Sausage Jambalaya is one of our favourites but the recipe doesn’t come up any more. Please can you add again.
    Thank you

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    Nalita
    17th August 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, I know you are doing your own thing & bought a lot of books about clean eating cut can you recommend any of those books that are UK based where the ingredients are easy to get & not too expensive please? Thanks, Nalita

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    Pasquale
    2nd September 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Charlie, thank you for your story, very inspiring and I will definitely try all of the recipes that you create for this website

    I like what I see in your website, and I started to recommend it to my colleague and my clients to try your recipes.
    the ingredient are well balanced and most of the time I find recipes that I am interested to try it out
    keep up the good work, and thank you

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    melanie gill
    31st October 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Love your site. I have been a member for a couple of years. You have inspired me to set up my own business helping others achieve their health goals. Keep up the good work Charlie!

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    27th May 2018 at 3:11 am

    I thought I was on your mailing list but I don’t receive your great advice and encouragement anymore. Have you stepped away from blogging? I don’t see any recent posts? I hope you are well and that I’ll start seeing your posts again soon!

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    5th August 2018 at 6:13 pm

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