“Life so far has cracked me wide open and the light seeds are ready to be scattered. Where there is light, there is love. ‘Sharing is caring!’ my Soul screams. And so I will.”
Hi. I’m Shirley.
Welcome to my world 🙂
I am a Food Scientist, Clinical Nutritionist, Project Manager and a South African Food Farmer. I love to grow, eat and make food that is naturally nutrient dense and that means I spend a great deal of my time in the food garden nurturing new seedlings or in the farm kitchen developing or testing new nutritious recipes.
My life is all about producing food, undressing food and sharing what I discover through my stories.
With a lifetime love forcomplying to rules (weird – I know!), and an inquisitive wondering about where food comes from and how it gets made, I ended up studying Food Science in beautiful Stellenbosch for 5 years. I loved and hated every moment of my studying career in Stellies and learned how to develop amazing food products that have since been launched in the food world with much success locally and internationally too.
After studying, I worked in fresh food Retail for 8 years and left that frantic corporate world to write about food, farm my own food and eventually launch my own food business, Nude Food – a registered food business since 2012.
A passionate desire for growing my own food, nurturing nature and healing myself with food, is apart of how my company, Nude Food originated.
My personal journey in and out of good health, using food as my medicine to heal, inspired me to focus on undressing food – that is, to know where my food comes from, what it’s made up of, how it’s made, grown or cared for and most importantly, how it makes me feel.
Through my Nude Food blog and other social media platforms, I aim to educate and facilitate sustainable wellness through inspiring positive changes in the food world and encouraging healthful lifestyle choices for improved personal well-being.
I am super passionate about organic gardening, growing my own food and preparing fresh food daily. My days are usually planned around garden and kitchen activities that depend on the moon cycle and seasons. Learning how to grow organic food that is full of healthful nutrition has been a fun journey that I aim to share in hope that others will do the same and grow their own food too!
With almost 20 years experience in the food industry – I absolutely love love love what I do! I love everything food and am passionate about doing things with authentic intention to operate ethically in the food world and comply to what is valid, ensuring safe and good quality food for all.
It’s been quite a journey getting from Food Science ‘varsity class rooms, to Corporate retail shop floors, kitchens and boardrooms, and now my own privately owned Fresh Food Farm, Production and Food Consulting business. I have found Farm life in South Africa is best done with a Dachshund by you side!
On a part-time basis, I offer private Consulting to Food business’. Basically, if you are involved in any type of Food business – I am the person you’d want on your team to help you launch an ethical and law-compliant food business.
Collaborations and consultations are always welcome. I believe in getting it right from the start. It’s invaluable to know the food laws and regulations in the food area you are getting into – it is the best thing you could do for yourself, your business and your customers! Wasted time is wasted money in business, right?!
With all things, be gentle. This world is hard enough… I choose loving kindness and compassion, I pray you do too.
Thanks for connecting!
“My Soul wants to plant seeds of light into the world through me and if not now then when and if not me, then who.”
Shirley Wittig – the NudeFoodie 🙂