Raw food business grows in Gladstone
FROM the kitchen to the outdoors, Heidi Briggs leads a wholesome life.
Last year she started her whole, raw food business, Gypsy Organics, and she said it was a trend that was taking off in Gladstone.
She and her friend Jenny make vegan, gluten free and sugar free snacks such as cheesecakes, salads, dips and slices.
What started as a stall at the markets has now expanded.
She said they had recently started selling their baked goods to local cafes.
"I've always been interested in alternative living and healthy ways of living and eating," she said.
Ms Briggs, who was once a vegan, said she appreciated the options in vegan foods.
"I was heavily into sport at the time and I was an unhealthy vegan too ... being a vegetarian you can still eat hot chips and snacks," she laughed.
"I was surf boat rowing and I was quite weak, I had no muscle tone and the easiest option was to go back to eating meat to sort my diet out," she said.
She said her favourite vegan food that her business sold was raw chocolate.
"I always shared healthy food with everyone and I'd make healthy treats for my friends and family and they encouraged me to make my own business, to fill the void in Gladstone."
Ms Briggs also has daughter Elkee, 1, who keeps her busy.
"She's a funky little character, she's easy going and happy to just hang around and play with her toys."
Ten years ago she moved to the Gladstone region with her family.
"Everything was booming at the time so we came here for my parents' work and I've stayed ever since.
"I enjoy it because we've got the beach, river and bush, everything's here.
"If you're an 'outdoorsy' person it's great, plus you've got all the industry work that can support you with a good, ongoing income."