Welcome to Good Food Lyfe! I’m Holly – a Nutritional Therapy student, event manager, Boston Terrier lover and confessed chocaholic. I’m here to share my health and wellness adventures, and hope to inspire you to hack your health goals through nutritional tips and lifestyle advice.
My own Good Food Lyfe started back in 2013, when I jumped on the Paleo bandwagon (you can read posts about my initial journey here). At the time I had just turned 30, was recently married, and although I looked healthy on the outside, I generally felt pretty ‘blah’, had low energy, and was sick of going on low-fat restrictive diets every time I needed to lose those holidays kilos. My first Whole30 was tough, it forced me to completely shift my perception on food and what I defined as ‘good food’. It also left me feeling reenergised, happy, strong, and about 5kg (10 pounds) lighter.
Over the next few years I followed the Paleo lifestyle to varying degrees – I dabbled in CrossFit, sought out Paleo cafes and restaurants, followed Paleo foodies and in general found my health and wellbeing improved.
Fast forward to 2015 and a series of stressful events left me in a major health crisis. Between May and October of that year I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, PCOS, amenorrea and infertility. My Dad also lost his battle with cancer during this time and I was suffering crippling anxiety and depression.
Like so many out there, I found the support of conventional medicine failing me, and sought out health advice from Functional GP’s, Naturopaths, and Chinese Medical Practitioners. I educated myself through countless hours of reading research papers and books by renowned doctors, pharmacists and scientists. And they all basically said the same thing – food is medicine. Not in those words of course, in many many more, but that was the take home message.
Over the last 18 months I’ve been able to heal my body and mind through the foods that I put on my plate. My body is still sensitive (and still healing), and I’ve suffered numerous setbacks when my nutrition was not on point, but I’ve been able to shift and come back to real whole foods as a basis for a healthy life. While I’m still a work in progress, my symptoms and lab indicators have improved without the use of drugs, and I am returning to my old happy self.
I hope you’ll find something on this site to inspire you to live a Good Food Lyfe!