I enjoy creating and cooking at home and the social aspect of enjoying a meal with family and friends and I really love sharing my thoughts and ideas with others so  *poof* GoodFoodWholeLife was born!

My journey to good health has been a long one and as it is with most people is still ongoing.

At the young age of 16 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis (a disease in which tissue that normally grows inside the uterus grows outside the uterus. Its main symptoms are pelvic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and infertility.) after always having terribly painful and erratic menstrual cycles and what seemed like constant gastrointestinal upset. It took about 3 years, many tests and finally surgery to get to a diagnosis. After my surgery in 2001 to remove the “foreign” tissue I felt like a new woman (or I guess a new young lady back then) and naively ignored doing the right thing to treat my IBS symptoms. My pain-free existence only lasted about 2 years before it gradually began creeping back into my life but by this stage I guess I started to learn how to live with it and when I needed to I managed all of my symptoms with various pain killers and medications.

Isn’t it funny how long you can sustain a lifestyle with pain and discomfort before you one day crack and then things change forever! This happened to me in August 2013, we had just been on a 3 week holiday to North America (where we got engaged YAY) but where unfortunately I gained a few extra kilos that I was not happy about. My gastrointestinal upset was there with a vengeance and I think I was just all round unhappy with how I looked and felt. I knew that I had always had some sensitivity to gluten and dairy and I finally felt brave enough to take charge of my health so like most people do I headed straight to google for answers! Somehow (and I wish I could remember now) I stumbled across this term called Paleo, it seemed to be linked in with all of my symptoms and was popping up everywhere.

I decided to take the plunge, bought a couple of cookbooks, joined some Facebook groups and started following a Paleo lifestyle. Within a few weeks I lost the extra kilos I was unhappy with and with most of my symptoms gone I started to feel much much MUCH better in my head and most importantly in my tummy. For quite a while it was an 80/20 existence to try to balance in with the “real world” but if I am honest with myself now it was probably more like 50/50 and while I was still feeling good, I wasn’t feeling great like I did when I first started out. Randomly an abnormal (totally unrelated) test result came back which led me to finding a naturopath/nutritionist and integrative GP. It was here that a condition called Leaky Gut/Intestinal permeability was explained to me and it was instantly clear that I have been suffering from this for a very long time. Test results confirmed the horrible imbalance of gut flora and also showed I have been suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. Like with most things, I dove head first into what I needed to do to “heal my gut” and began adhering to strict Paleo 100% of the time (no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no legumes, no refined sugar, no processed foods) plus I increased my intake of gut healing foods and natural supplements. More than 2 years on and I am still on my journey to optimum health but can I tell you the improvement from that low point back in 2013 is incredible and I’ll never look back!

Life balance is key for so I try to maintain a pretty active lifestyle by training regularly at Code99 Crossfit and I spend loads of time relaxing and enjoying life with my hubby, our German Shepherd “Harvey” and our family and friends.

This is my space to share recipes, food inspiration and thoughts on health and well-being.


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