This was me just 4 months ago. As you can see, I am very passionate about food. I have always believed that I could eat whatever I wanted, and was proud of how my digestive system could “handle anything!” However, I am realizing that this might not be true. Unfortunately, my body no longer seems very happy with some aspects of my lifestyle, and it is showing it’s dislike in the form of chronic sinus issues and a weak immune system.
I have had sinus issues for years now that have been continuously getting worse. I originally went the “normal” route of speaking with my family doctor, and then going to different specialists. I had many different tests, and tried many different antibiotics and nasal sprays. After getting nowhere, I decided to look into my problems with a more holistic approach. I am currently working with a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and an osteopath to see if I can turn my health around naturally. I have been learning so much from them, and have started to do a lot of my own reading and research. I have become really interested in whole food plant-based eating, as well as making my own body care products such as body butter, face scrubs/masks and shampoo! Through all of this learning, what I am most happy about is that I can continue my love affair with food, while making healthy choices that will make my body feel good. I am very excited and curious to see if this holistic living will have a positive impact on my health!
Basically, I am having so much fun learning about and transitioning into a more holistic lifestyle, that I would like to share my experiences with you!
That’s me! Growing up, I didn’t really think of myself as being holistically minded, I just had a strong connection with my sweet Grandma and the way she did things. She played a big role in my life, and was raised on a farm before coming to Canada, so always encouraged us to play outside, had an amazing flower and vegetable garden and thought aloe vera could cure everything.
Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken steps to keep connected with the things she taught me, while also learning more about how I can live my life more holistically. I cut meat out of my diet in 2009 after watching a series of documentaries. I like to think of this moment in my life as the time “things got real” and it showed me that I should be paying closer attention to how I grow, select and buy my food… as well as how it’s treated before it reaches me.
Since switching to a plant-based diet, I’ve also started to educate myself and cut out a lot of toxins from the cleaning and beauty products I use. I love learning about holistic living and how I can attempt to do things in a more natural, self-sufficient way. It’s something that Erin and I have definitely bonded over during our years of friendship, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you too!