I love food. This might not come as a revelation since I'm a trained naturopathic nutritionist. Though despite helping others improve their health through dietary means, for a long time I hadn't nailed my own diet. For many years throughout my teens and early 20s, I suffered mild depression and various symptoms of what I didn't know was nutritional deficiency - anemia, weak tooth enamel, low mood, brain fog, dry hair and skin and mild anxiety.
I experimented with improving my own health through trying various diets - raw, macrobiotic, gluten free, vegan, etc . If it exists, I'm sure I’ve tried it! I was a vegetarian for the entirety of my teenage years - and suffered from depression (though no one linked the two).
I had my first baby at the age of 23, and during the pregnancy I considered myself to be eating very conscientiously - lots of sprouts, quinoa and raw foods, thinking that it was a healthy diet despite it being winter in West Wales! I was surprised when halfway through my pregnancyI came up in a rash that the Drs wanted to give me antibiotics for (despite the cause being a “mystery” to them) which was fixed in one session of acupuncture - I was told by the acupuncturist to go home and eat a warming lamb stew! At this point on my journey, I was still a raw vegan enthusiast, and didn't consider meat to have much nutritional value - it also didn't sit well with me morally, to get my sustenance from animals when we had an abundance of choice for nutrition intake. I trained as a qualified naturopathic nutritionist, moved to Italy and had 2 more children. I was still eating grains, processed food (naturally lots of pasta, albeit Kamut/Spelt/gluten free etc) my skinand hair was dry, my teeth enamel was weak and I felt “highly strung”, “foggy brained” and stuck.
I thought it was “just me”, that was my nature and it was due to anything else but diet.
It was only when I took my children to the dentist and discovered that they,like me had weak enamel that I felt the need to really reassess the way we as a family were eating- as up until then there had been no tangible signs for concern around their health or development.
I was forced to really examine our families’ health and diet, to understand what the reason behind our weak enamel. It was then that I discovered Weston Price.
Weston Price was a dentist in the 30s who travelled the world looking at state of peoples teeth, documenting the correlation between healthy /unhealthy teeth and diet. His findings were very interesting: The healthiest teeth belonged to the people who ate a traditional diet, rich in vegetables, fruits and vitamins A, D E & K (found in animal fats) and low in grains and refined sugars. There is much anecdotal evidence to show that teeth can and do remineralise when the body is provided with the right toolkit.
Read more about Dr Weston Price here
Its no accident that the diet is very similar to the GAPS diet (Gut And Psychology Syndrome http://www.gaps.me)
I am a GAPS practitioner so this diet made a lot of sense to me. It makes sense that a diet rich in pastured animal fats and Vits A, D E & K that heals the gut lining to heal any imbalances at mind level will also heal the rest of our body - including tooth enamel.
If you'd have asked the teenage me if I could ever see myself roasting bones to make broth, making meatloaf out of chicken heart and livers etc. The answer would be a resounding NO! However, after experiencing how nutrient dense food can heal and maintain health of the digestive, nervous and endocrine systems (and of course how eating processed foods can damage these systems - leading to symptoms such as depression, mood swings, weight loss, enamel loss, dry hair and skin etc) I see this way of eating as medicinal, in a nutrient lacking world.
As for my moral stance - I see that we are honouring the animal by using all the “offcuts” the parts which are usually thrown away these days. We need less meat in volume as the bone marrow, heart & liver are more nutrient dense than the muscle meat.
Today our diet consists of local fruit & vegetables, raw dairy, fermented foods, bone stock,wild trout oil and pastured eggs, meat and fish.
It is a full time job sourcing high quality foods with a budget of a family of 5 living in London, let alone meal planning and cooking. This is why I have decided to create a supportive programme for busy parents at greater value for money, my aim is to make nutrient dense meal making simple and hassle free. Saving you both time and money, using my experience and knowledge I will do all the research and meal planning for you - based on the way your family eat, but making it as nutrient dense as it can be.
My work is centred around supporting parents and helping families find the best way of eating for them, considering their ancestry, heritage, genetic “blueprint” and healthy history. I am passionate about living sustainably, about the health of the person and planet. To find out more about my work or to work with me, please click here.