By Deepthi Nair
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Kamilla Omarzay, founder of “The Snack Society” was inspired to create the online initiative which promotes “eating clean” after suffering stomach problems….problems she was able to treat by changing her diet.
Eating clean does not mean missing out on the best things in life. This is the motto of The Snack Society, an online initiative in Dubai which offers treats free of refined sugar, gluten, dairy, additives and preservatives.
“The Snack Society is a great platform where I can share my love for healthy eating and show everyone that it can be made simple, delicious and doesn’t have to break the bank,” says Kamilla Omarzay, founder of The Snack Society.
It was health woes that inspired Omarzay to try out a different way of eating. “I have suffered from stomach problems since I was 20.
I have tried all sorts of conventional and Ayurvedic treatments but to no avail. In May 2015, I visited a doctor who specialises in traditional Chinese medicine and she recommended I go off gluten, dairy and follow a plant-based diet,” she recalls.
Removing these from her diet proved to be even harder after she strolled through the ‘gluten-free, dairy-free and organic’ aisles in supermarkets.
Not only were the desserts overpriced, but tasteless as well, she found. This was when Omarzay decided to bake healthy versions of popular desserts and chocolate bars such as Mars, Bounty, Snickers and Twix.
“In the beginning, it was challenging to adjust, but once I felt the difference and how my symptoms started to lessen, I felt amazing and continued eating this way.
I would share my home-made recipes with family and friends and they absolutely loved it and it felt natural to launch into a business,” she adds.