Up until a couple of years ago, I was living the everyday life of a twenty-something single girl in London. I was working full-time in a demanding job, aimed to work out at least 3 to 4 times a week and tried to catch up with my friends and socialise in the evenings and weekends. These events usually involved eating out and the occasional drink or too as well. I did not think of nutritious food, enough sleep and treating my body as it deserved to be treated. Little did I know my gut was in constant inflammation causing all the symptoms above.
In the last 7 years I have learnt some very valuable lessons about my own health and about the essential nutritious food that your gut requires to function well.
At the beginning of 2015, I was diagnosed with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and additionally I had fructose and glucose intolerance. I was also diagnosed with lactose intolerance. I had to have my gallbladder removed as I had a huge stone in it and my organ was not really functioning either. Once it was removed, doctors confirmed I had cholecystitis.
Most of these illnesses are non existent anymore, I am healed. Healed by eating the right food and being consistent about it. Lactose intolerance is something I will always have, as you are born with it.
Throughout the years, especially since I was diagnosed, I have read a lot of studies and books about nutrition, digestion and how our body works. I have talked to many of my friends and interestingly, many had digestive issues too.
The last couple of years of struggles have taught me a couple of things; most importantly to listen to what my body says. To care about my health, to rest, sleep and to treat my body, soul and mind as it deserves it.
I have decided, after my experience and seeing how other people struggle with food that I would like to help others. I would like to show them how we can all live a healthier and happier life by choosing the right food and still enjoying life.
I have started studying again to be a Nutritional Therapist to be able to truly help people to heal and enjoy life and food again.
This site is aiming to share my experience, to give a platform to other people suffering with these or similar symptoms or various food intolerance to connect and share what they have learnt and to show how you, I and we can all overcome the everyday challenges.
I have learnt to cook and I have learnt how important homemade, clean, natural, unprocessed food is. I have been following the paleo diet for a couple of years now but with all the additional food intolerance I have, I had to be even more mindful and reinvent recipes that my gut would appreciate.
The biggest challenge I have been facing with is the limited amount of time I have in a day. I was working full time, commuting 2 – 2.5 hours every day to work so to fit in cooking all my meals every day has always been a difficult task. Now, with a tiny baby that needs my care day and night, it is even more difficult to find time to cook.
I have learnt to structure my life better with cooking bigger portions and freezing food if needed and I have come up with some quick lifesaving recipes to help me through the tough days.
I have found some good food products, which I will show and explain why they are better to eat.
I hope you find all this information useful and we can connect and create a movement to empower each other and maybe create some greater solutions for the future for us suffering with food intolerance, for all the busy full time and part time workers, for busy mums, for anyone who would like to feel healthier and happier and to everyone else thinking about their health, which is our unique wealth.