South African actress Euodia Samson has proved she’s just as proficient in front of a stove as she is on a stage, with the release of her first cookbook, Heal Your Gut.
The Cape Town-born actress and TV personality is best known for the roles in movies such as the Netflix original, Angeliena, as well as the Showmax film, Twisted Christmas.
While Samson has dazzled in TV shows such as Arendsvlei, Waterfront, Onder Draai die Duiwel Rond as well as her iconic role in Tussen Duiwels, what many may not know is that she is also a Tension and Trauma Release Therapist and an Integrated Wellness Consultant – with a passion for simple, delicious food that promotes health.
Her latest venture has seen her releasing her first book, in a quest to promote healthy living and a zest for wellness for herself, her family and all of her supporters.
Finding herself facing an empty nest, after her sons moved out, the 52-year-old health and wellness ambassador started a daily Facebook Live show which has been very well received.
‘’It’s been absolutely amazing when you get inbox messages to say that for the first time in their life they feel they have control of their health and weight. One woman lost 43 kg since she started following me and told me for the first time she can play with her children and wear heels again. One lady told me that I brought her out of depression and that 25 thousand dollars therapy couldn’t do it,’’ she said.
Many of her followers/viewers wanted the information she shares in a hard copy form, and the self-published book was born.
‘’Speaking about health and wellness, mind, body and soul, the platform was a perfect vehicle to reach more people and many said how they benefited. My followers started calling it “class” as they learn so much during each of the Facebook Live sessions. They then requested I put the low carb meals I cook during my life, in a book. At first, I was very reluctant as I thought one can Google low carb recipes if you want them. But “the class” insisted. I decided, if I was to do a cookbook, it would be more about the information on why your gut health is important for overall health and wellness than just recipes”, said Samson.
The cookbook delivers on its promise with detox plans, cleanses, meal plans and even food triggers and nutritional info. The book also touches on her personal journey.
“‘Having battled weight gain, health issues like pre-diabetes, hypertension and suffering from anxiety, I discovered the Banting/Keto lifestyle nine years ago. I believe that saved my life as I was definitely heading towards getting cancer as I already had a lump removed from my breast at 19 years old,” says Samson who teamed up with Prof Tim Noakes in the early days of his community outreach program Eat Better SA.
Samson believes that there’s a perception that eating healthy is only for the wealthy and that there is also much misinformation about what exactly healthy eating is.
‘“So the ordinary South African living on a budget or even under the bread line needs to understand why they are sick in the first place and how to get healthy within 2 weeks if they follow the information given in this book,” she said.
The book is dedicated to her parents who died 18 and 15 years ago respectively. ‘“Mommy died of colon cancer and daddy died from stroke complications. The bulk of the information is about why Gut Health is so important and then there’s a 14 detox program. The recipes are simple and basic with ingredients that you can get local and cheap.”’
The book retails at R260 each and can be ordered via Whatsapp on: 079 152 7478.
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