At a young age I experienced health problems. Despite numerous doctor appointments and a plethora of tests, no one had any answers as to why I was so ill. Unfortunately I also experienced health issues in high school and college which at times were debilitating. Toward the end of college after having been to many specialists and receiving many wrong diagnosis’ (along with suggestions that my health problems were psychosematic) my parents convinced me to try one last specialist, Dr. Arnold Kresch of Stanford University. Dr. Kresch finally had a diagnoses for me; endometriosis. After performing surgery to remove my lesions, Dr. Kresch encouraged me to research how nutrition could be a powerful force in my quest for health.
For the past 15 years I have been able to manage my endometriosis through diet and exercise. I have personally experienced the healing powers of nutrition and was able to nurse myself back to even better health than before through a healthful whole-foods diet.
From May 2010 – July 2013 I followed a plant-based and gluten-free diet (which included eggs). In July 2013 I began craving meat again and listening to my body I began including them in my diet again. The meat and eggs I consume are pastured meat and eggs…Meat from animals raised as nature intended. I do not think we are meant to eat meat from factory farmed animals because THEY are eating diets they are not meant to eat and by virtue of that WE are not able to process their meat well, nor are they as nutritious as they should be.
I am the mother of two and my youngest has suffered from various allergies since she was quite young. While she has outgrown many of those allergies, she will most likely always have an issue with gluten and thus whatever I bake or cook is gluten-free. Eggs are beginning to agree with her, so I will begin experimenting with baking that includes eggs again.
At the present time I feel best eating a diet that is heavy in vegetables and also includes fruit, nuts, seeds, and pasture-raised eggs and meat. I do not eat dairy or grains and have been avoiding legumes as well due to digestive issues.
I am passionate about sharing my nutrition knowledge with others and through the years have done so through Veggie Grettie, and have been a Recipe Columnist for One Green Planet, GoodVeg, and Culinary.net, as well as a freelance writer (featured on Crazy Sexy Life), and a Brand Ambassador for NEXT by Athena.
Peace and health!
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