For as long as I can remember, I have been a lover of food. However, my awareness and education on the types of food I consume has always continued to evolve. I never realized how important food is to our overall health, and by choosing the wrong types of foods (i.e. processed foods, artificial sweeteners, canola oil, etc.) can negatively impact not only our overall health, but our overall well-being.

When I was in third grade I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  As I got older, my body continued to fight itself, and my immune system continued to weaken. When I was in fifth grade, I was infected with the shingles virus, an auto-immune virus common among people over 70 years old; not so much for an 11 year old. As I grew up, I continued to struggle with low energy, weight gain, and brain fog, and I was constantly getting sick. I didn’t feel like I could keep up in sports or participate in fun activities with my friends because I was simply exhausted. What I settled for as “my normal” was in fact not normal, but I didn’t know any better and didn’t realize how the foods I was eating and the lifestyle I was living were the direct cause. Because I was always tired and not feeling well, I would turn to carbs (gluten), and because I was always sick, I would turn to antibiotics (the #1 gut destroying “solution” out there). It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I finally saw a holistic nutritionist, and she told me to remove gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine from my diet. I thought she was absolutely crazy and instantly wondered what I could eat after limiting all of those options. This was before the “gluten free trend”, and there weren’t a lot of options or alternatives for eating this way. However, I knew I had to do something if I wanted to feel better, so I made the life change. I slowly reintroduced coffee into my life, but I only drink it moderately, and I can’t let go of my dark chocolate after dinner, but I continue to live a gluten free and dairy free life.

Six years later, I can’t begin to describe the difference this change has made to my life. I exercise 5-6 days a week, I work a full-time job, and I am able to incorporate many passions into my life, all thanks to the renewed energy and clarity I feel. My love for food has continued to grow as I work to educate myself on our food system, what is important to avoid, and what is important to provide our bodies. We live in a very toxic world, and it is important to understand that food is not the only thing that causes havoc on our bodies.  Anything from the laundry detergent we use to wash our clothes or the shampoo we use to wash our hair can have a direct impact on our overall health and our gut. I created this blog because I want to share my passions with you, and I hope that you can experience the amazing change that I did. No one is perfect. We can’t do everything right. That said, we are in this together, and the only way we can learn is from each other. Let us all live a healthy life while maintaining a healthy gut!