Gluten & Dairy Free. Our Why!

Gluten & Dairy Free. Our Why!

Anyone will tell you, making major lifestyle changes can be overwhelming at best. So when you are trying to implement sustainable dietary change for your whole family, who all have years of ingrained habits, it is no easy feat. How do I know? Because I would consider myself an accidental expert in change implementation on many fronts. More specifically, we have evolved our diet significantly with many drastic changes over the past six years. Two years ago our whole family went on a radical dietary change to support my eldest son Matthew who, for health reasons, needed to try a gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar and processed food free lifestyle. We needed to drastically reduce the inflammation levels in his body and it was an overwhelming success.  At the time, Matthew had been taken off a strong medication to try and control the inflammation and the autoimmune reaction his body was having due to a pathogen called Aspergillus.  This is commonly known in CF circles as ABPA (allergic broncho pulmonary aspergillosis).  Matthew suffered a severe reaction to a medication called Methylprednisolone (a powerful steroid to reduce inflammation) and it was deemed that this was no longer a viable option for him.  At this stage, something had to give and so I turned to complimentary medicine with the blessing of Matthew’s doctor and supervision of the hospital dieticians. To say it was difficult wouldn’t really even start to explain those first days. I look back and wish I had have known what I do now. It didn’t need to be as hard as it was and there were many things I could have...
Body talk

Body talk

Image supplied by Kate Heaslip Photography When I was growing up, in fact until I had children of my own, I knew very little about the human body and almost less about my own.  There is probably a combination of reasons why: disinterest; lack of guidance; not being in the school curriculum; and of course being preoccupied with social life, dancing and drama (I wanted to be an actor/performer when I was younger). Background – I knew nothing! When Matthew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) he was 4 weeks old and like most people I knew NOTHING about CF.  Naively I thought that CF had something to do with some sort of physical disability similar to that of Cerebral Palsy.  We walked into the first appointment where various members of the hospital team went over the basics of what CF was, the mechanics of it, how to manage it, what to look out for…. You get the drift! Overwhelm to action! I was totally overwhelmed.  I knew little about the human body and my overwhelm was intensified by the immense grief I was going through. It made me realise if a person has little idea about the mechanics of their own bodies, how can they make informed decisions?  It starts with us right?! As the years went on I learnt more and learnt to listen to my own body.  Did you know your body talks to you?  It does! And if you listen carefully and pay attention it can tell you a whole heap about how you really are! Matthew was 3 and Joshua was 4 months old when I started to study Naturopathy. ...