Bargara Post Office’s Mandy Healey is blown away by the community support given to help her publish her first cookbook.
Living most of her life with debilitating pain caused by gluten grains, Mandy is passionate about sharing her story, and healthy recipes, in hope of helping others.
Mandy recalls a time in her life when she was so ill that doctors said she only had days to live, but after finding support and changing what she ate, Mandy has exceeded expectations and turned her life around.
“I am one of the unlucky ones who can not take any grains,” she said.
“Before Craig and I bought the Bargara Post Office, I was in the health and wellness industry for 10 years helping people suffering from the devastating effects of coeliac disease, as well as other gluten related disorders.
“I’m a trained and certified gluten educator and (I) suffered all my life from the debilitating pain caused by gluten grains.
“It is my dream to publish this cookbook; actually it’s more than a dream with nearly 60 recipes already created and a publisher confirmed for my gluten-free, grain free recipe book.”
After realising the cost involved with publishing a book Mandy, who was a manufacturing jeweller for more than a quarter of a century, made the tough decision to sell her treasured personal items to follow her new passion.
“I’ve also sold my most prized possession, my jewellery manufacturing work-bench and tools – that broke my heart – however I realise, and I truly believe, that I am going to be able to help thousands of people with my book,” she said.
Along with selling her jewellery making items, Mandy set up a display inside the Bargara Post Office detailing her passion and plans, and within a week the community has rallied together to help.
“It makes me so teary to know there is so much support out there,” she said.
“I set up this display and people, including young children, have come in with donations and it’s just wonderful.”
Mandy hopes by publishing a book on her lifestyle changes, and providing gluten free recipes, she will leave a legacy to help others.
“When I was a manufacturing jeweller, I never had an apprentice to pass my trade on to somebody else, so now I want to give others information that took me more than 10 years to collate,” she said.
“I spend all of my spare time on writing, and it was supposed to be educational, a comprehensive step-by-step guide helping people understand gluten, but now it will be full of recipes too.”
To find out more about Mandy Healey’s dream of becoming a published author check out the Bargara Post Office Facebook page.