Achieving health is one thing, but maintaining it over the long term, every day, for your whole life, after the novelty wears off, is a whole different matter. This isn’t a sprint to the finish. Health is a life long journey.
I am a naturopath , (ex) scientist and mum with a food intolerance to dairy (and a few other odd foods sensitivities unfortunately). I also have 2 children and as a family we’ve eaten a mostly plant-based diet since 2012.
Since I wasn’t born a naturopath and I wasn’t aware I had an issue with dairy until I was 14 (I was born into a big Italian family with a mum who is a great cook), I had the opportunity to develop a taste for some foods which aren’t really so healthy. I also had some health issues (like discovering endometriosis and ovarian cysts, migraines and eczema) which led me to experiment with different dietary options and ultimately inspired me to leave medical research to pursue studying naturopathy (find out about my education here if you’re interested). So when my daughter was diagnosed with being dairy and soy allergic as an infant, I was probably more prepared than the average parent is when they come out of the hospital at 2 am, yet I was still overwhelmed because for one thing, infants eat different foods to adults, and my daughter was allergic, not intolerant, so I had to be more careful with the foods she was given. Also, she was fussy with textures. So when my son came along and he also had a dairy sensitivity I had even more motivation to make this work for us. (Fortunately now, a few years down the track, my daughter outgrew her allergy, although both kids remain intolerant to dairy).
Back in late 2011 though, around the same time I’d graduated from naturopathy and began practicing in my own clinic, I found I was attracting people with combinations of food sensitivities. To my surprise, these people were coming after seeing doctors , specialists, and or dieticians. They were coming mostly for ideas, for “the how”. “How do I live my everyday life with these dietary ‘restrictions?’” was the unasked question. And so I began making more recipes and trying to give them more options. Because I realised that at the end of the day, my ability to really help someone improve and maintain their health depends on my ability to help them with the “how” of health.
So I thought I’d start with some basic recipes, but in 2012 one of my friends encouraged me to pursue the idea I had to create a food sensitivity-friendly cooking show to help show people “how” to start with the cooking side of things. I launched that cooking show in 2015 and since then, this site has become a place I share my more general thoughts and experiences as a person trying to be healthy (and not just as a clinician giving health advice). Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a new trend in clinic and in my personal life and so I’ve been on a mission to reduce clutter, reduce stress and get my health back on track, so if you’d like to read about that, you’ve come to the right place:-).