My passion for nutrition all came about from my own personal problems. Having suffered from various conditions throughout my teens, I was regularly being prescribed antibiotics, which managed to clear up the symptoms but perhaps didn’t deal with the underlying problems.
Although this was all manageable, it was when I went to university that I noticed things really start to slide. Fatigue, stress and poor diet all started to take their toll and it was then that I was diagnosed as suffering from Hashimoto’s disease and an underactive thyroid. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised, as after growing up eating organic and in season fruit and vegetables – my Grandfather had a farm in Poland where I spent my summers – my student diet revolved around wheat based products with lots of processed foods, biscuits and potatoes.
Fortunately, not everything in my diet was bad as when I returned home during breaks I was still able to enjoy fermented foods such as sauerkraut, various pulses including buckwheat and barley, home-made preserves, compotes, gherkins, pickles and beetroots. Because of my Grandfather, I had access to fresh home-grown vegetables, fruits, pork, poultry, eggs and honey. In the local woods we used to collect wild mushroom, billberries and sorrel.
You might be surprised to know that the penny still hadn’t dropped with me about the link between nutrition and health. A couple of years after leaving university I moved to London and as you would expect from someone finding themselves in a brand-new city without a job, place to live or any family and friends, my diet was not at the top of my mind.
My health failed to improve and I had regular visits to my GP to try and find the cause of my constant fatigue, bloated stomach as well as trying to find the right dose for my thyroid hormones hoping that that would be the solution to all my problems.
My digestive problems were becoming more severe and my GP eventually ran out of options and tests for me to do. It was then, that I started to look for solutions that didn’t involve pumping myself full of prescription drugs day after day and I decided to try a naturopath who had been recommended to me.