Welcome to Good Food Lyfe! I’m Holly – a Nutritional Therapy student, Event Manager, fur-parent to Busta Rhymes the Boston Terrier, and confessed chocaholic. I’m here to share my health and wellness adventures, and hope to inspire you to reach your health goals through nutrition 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, I generally felt pretty ‘blah’, had low energy, and was sick of the cycle of restrictive low-fat diets and calorie counting. My first Whole30 was tough, it forced me to completely shift my perception on food; but it also left me feeling reenergised, strong, happy, and comfortable in my own body.
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 continued to improve.
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, amenorrhea and infertility. My Dad also lost his battle with cancer during this time and I was suffering crippling anxiety and depression. Later my digestion also suffered, as I faced a downward spiral of IBS, SIBO and food intolerances.
Like soo 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’. My drive to take control of managing my health led me to the Nutritional Therapy Association where I am currently studying to become a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Over the last 2 years I’ve been able to heal my body and mind through the foods that I put on my plate. I’ve reversed Hashimoto’s, my skin has cleared, my energy has returned, the brain-fog has lifted, I no longer suffer from daily anxiety attacks, and I’ve regained my zest for life . I’ve suffered numerous setbacks when my nutrition was not ideal, or my stress levels got out of control, but I’ve been able to refocus and come back to whole foods as a basis for a healthy happy life.
My mission is to help others deal with the stressors of modern life and use the nutrients from real food to balance the body and hopefully avoid illness and disease.
I hope you’ll find something on this site to inspire you to live a Good Food Lyfe!