Hi. Hello. Nice to meet you.

I’m Leslie-Anne Weeks, a carb-loving, slightly awkward stay-at-home mom and professionally-trained cook on-hiatus living in Toronto. Food excites me - talking food, shopping for food, cooking food, thinking about food - all of it. In 2013, after completing my first whole 30, I discovered that the paleo style of eating really worked for me. I am not a zealot -  I love an occasional crusty slice of sourdough bread as much as I can get down with a bowl of zoodles and meatballs. 

After graduating from the University of Toronto, I found myself working uninspiring desk jobs, making excel sheets and dreaming of winning the lottery and going to culinary school. One day I realized I didn't need to win the lottery to go to culinary school - I applied to George Brown Chef School and started my training. After a year and half of making consomme and veloute, I graduated and decided to take the plunge and enter a post-graduate Italian culinary program. I immersed myself in all things Italian and ended up training in Italy at the international culinary school ALMA and in a tiny village at a fantastic Michelin starred restaurant, La Palta.

Throughout my culinary career I have worked in everything from assistant food styling for a kids cooking show, to being a kitchen-ninja and occasional judge for a kick-ass taste test column, to fresh pasta-maker. I've taken a break from the daily culinary grind to stay home with my two sweet kids who cook up their own kind of mischief. 

I'm a farmers market nut, nothing gets me more excited than nosing around a new market and seeing inspiring people creating wonderful food. From Pasta to Paleo is my excitement for healthy AND delicious ingredients, recipes and producers wrapped up in a website.

If you'd like to contact me, I'm available at leslie@frompastatopaleo.com

Leslie in bilegno, italy. 2009. home of 70 italians + 1 Canadian + La Palta RISTORANTE

Leslie in bilegno, italy. 2009.
home of 70 italians + 1 Canadian + La Palta RISTORANTE

from pasta to paleo - the first post

In 2013, embarking on the terrifying prospect of starting the whole30, I wrote my first blog post that started this delicious voyage of healthy eating: 

day one: carb addict

Hello, I have a problem. I am a carb addict. I think most people are but I am sick of it. I want to have energy without sugar. I want to be able to keep up with my wee toddler. I want to be healthier and I want my whole family to be healthier. I want to teach my son good eating habits. I do not want to become diabetic. I  want to have more children and would like to have the healthiest pregnancies possible. I want to be proud of my food choices. I would like to not instinctually reach for a sugary snack. I need a health reality check. I am an all or nothing kind of person.  I needed a plan to guide me through a detox of sorts. and I think I found it. Two days ago, I read‘It Starts with Food’ in one ravenous sitting. It didn’t teach me anything I didn’t already know, but reinforced a lot of ideas that I believe to be true. I am no stranger to the idea that whole, real food from natural, organic and good places are the best option. I have taken classes in nutrition, I am a trained cook, I agree with the tenets of Slow Food, I worked at a beautiful restaurant in Italy that created the most gorgeous seasonal creations. So how do I not practice what I preach? When you know better, you do better? I know better and don’t do better. This must change. It’s easy to get sucked into quick and sugar-laden food.  I want to stop it. So, I am.

Whole30 is a plan that basic premise is “Food should make you healthy” and that sugar, grains, legumes and dairy can have negative impacts on your overall health. The plan is a 30-day, no cheats allowed way to re-set your body. For more information, check out this .pdf of the plan.

Here we go, wish me luck.