FOOD IS EVERYTHING.
Food can heal us, make us healthy and strong. It can bring us joy and comfort, nurtrure us, and strengthen our bonds with the loved ones.
The right food choices can recover our planet, too.
MEET OUR TEACHING INSTRUCTORS
sugar-free sweets, fermentation, natural superfoods
Spices, indian cuisine,
traditional palestinian cuisine
Dr. Shivani Sood
Our Food Philosphy
We believe that there is no universal diet that suits everyone. What is right for your health depends on where you live, your personal body type, your lifestyle, your age, and many other factors. We do our best to provide you with unbiased information about food and nutrition and bring it to your kitchen through our online programmes.
It is however a widely accepted fact among health professionals, that predominantly plant-based diet is the most beneficial for our health and environment. We do tend to focus on vegetarian food, and our courses are 90% vegan and gluten-free (except for traditional breads, where wheat is commonly used).
All our courses teach how to use whole foods, deriving inspiration from traditional cooking. Our chefs mostly work with natural foods and avoid the use refined sugar, refined white flour, table salt, pre-made products etc. In fact, a big part of our work is dedicated to researching and documenting the ways the food is grown and processed, around the world. You can learn more in our Documentary Series: The Origins of Food That Matter.
Happy Bellyfish is a family company. It was started by Anastasia Sharova and Srikant Singh, who come from the families of traditional cooks from India and Russia.
Over the last 15 years, together they lived in five countries: India, Russia, South Africa, Germany and New Zealand. During their stays they observed a worrying trend: despite these countries being so different and far away from each other, the diets of their people were becoming more and more similar, and so were their health problems.
Driven by their own health struggles, Anastasia and Srikant started exploring healthy eating traditions of their native regions. It was a big revelation, that a lot of modern nutrition advice was correlating with the way our ancestors ate during the times of abundance.
In the modern world, there is a stigma attached to traditional home cooking. It’s considered to be a time-consuming and difficult practice, that falls into hobby category, while in reality it belongs to vital life skills. With Happy Bellyfish, Anastasia and Srikant hope to change that.
Online Healthy Cooking School was created with the mission to preserve the traditional knowledge, adapt it to the reality of today’s life and make it easily accessible for healthy life seekers around the world. Now, Happy Bellyfish is a growing team of passionate traditional chefs, nutritionists and even farmers, who share the same mission of re-connecting to real food for the health of our bodies and our planet.