when to buy organic and when to save your money

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to the year so far, and are thinking about how you can make changes this year to result in a better you for 2018.

Throughout my health journey, one of the biggest thorns in my side has been organic food.  It can be incredibly expensive depending on where you live.  I once paid $12 for two organic chicken breasts on a quick trip to New York in 2015!  The great news is that not everything you eat needs to be organic.  Being smart about which foods you buy organic can help you get healthy without breaking the bank (more…)

food and health: why you literally are what you eat

It’s funny how one seemingly insignificant event can change your life forever.  Five years ago, I found myself ill with what I was told was glandular fever.  I couldn’t get up from bed, I couldn’t stay awake, and I had difficulty taking care of even my most basic needs.  I had to be medically excused from work, and I remember casually mentioning to my HR representative that this was the second time I experienced this in my life.  She told me, “you can’t get glandular fever twice.”  No, you definitely could, because I had these same symptoms 11 years before.  She assured me that I couldn’t, and suggested that I ask my GP for a test to confirm a diagnosis.  It turns out that I never had glandular fever before.

After two months in bed, countless blood tests, specialist referrals and appointments and steroid treatment, I was diagnosed with Sjogrën’s Syndrome.  Made famous by Venus Williams, Sjogrën’s occurs when the body starts attacking its exocrine glands.