I grew up with a Lebanese mother (and Irish Father), so food, cooking and eating were an integral part of my childhood. As a young girl I learnt how to cook mostly with meat, chicken, vegetables, white rice, garlic and olive oil. It was a healthy diet and research shows that eating the diet of your ancestors is one way to better health, but the problem was I was always struggling with my digestion, weight, Endometriosis and my emotions.
Due to these early gut and reproductive issues, I was lucky enough to have been drawn into the wonderful world of organics and natural health; this was virtually since birth, and professionally since 1994. I believe in keeping food and medicine as natural and as close to it’s original state as possible. This means without the use of toxic chemicals, GMO technology, irradiation and without using intense farming practices.
My passion led me into mainstream media in 2001 in the hope of educating others on the virtues of living a clean and natural life, easily. I became a wholefood chef almost by accident, (or destiny), which led to studying and qualifying in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine (1996), then writing 4 books on the subjects of ‘Food as Medicine’ and natural health. I am currently writing my 5th book titled A GUT FULL. It will be published in September 2017.
It wasn’t until my early 20’s when I completely changed my diet and went organic with my food and cosmetics, that my health improved and my weight found a happy place. I still struggle sometimes with some of these issues but I now know this only happens when I let stress get out of hand, and subsequently my body tries to tell me it’s out of balance. I now mediate! And listen more closely to my body’s whispers – before they turn into shouts!
Nowadays there are so many more diets out there and everyone of them professes to be the best for all of us. There is no such thing as a universally applicable ‘right’ diet, plus many times we forget to consider the health of our planet in our dietary choices. I feel the future of medicine will involve further investigation into the gut’s micro-biome and it’s role in our overall health. I believe we’ll also be looking more closely at our own individual genes – before any medications, diets and other recommendations are made for each individual.
Continuing my love affair with social affair to help impart my knowledge, and running my own practices – it gives me much pleasure being able to educate others on how to shop, cook and eat in a S.L.O.W (Seasonal. Local. Organic, Whole) way.
Yep, it is possible to have a great tasting diet that’s good for you, and the planet – as well as being affordable and realistic.
For me there is no doubt that the food we eat affects your health and state of mind. On top of that, even the most healthy, natural foods can make you sick simply because you are not eating them correctly, or because your gut is unhappy. Many may disagree with me, but after a lifetime of study and practice there are few things I am more sure of.
– Janella Purcell