Hello and welcome to my blog!
I’m Beatrice, a French woman who has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease (ankylosing spondylitis) in February 2007. After almost 11 years of taking a lot of strong painkillers (from Sulfasalazine to NSAIDs and anti-TNF drugs) I decided to heal myself naturally.
It took me a while to find out the right way to heal naturally. When it comes to food, you can read so many books and articles on the subject, and not one agrees with the other. Some say you should be a vegetarian or vegan because everything coming from animals provokes inflammation while others on the contrary will say that you should eat a lot of meat. Then, there’s also the question of should I cook my food or should I eat everything raw? Should I go on a Whole30, Paleo, AIP, Dr Seignalet’s (...) diet? Turns out, for me, the answer is none of them or a little bit of them all, depends on how you look at things.
So after taking an intolerance test I discovered that I had to remove 18 foodstuffs. Amongst them are very common allergens like gluten, cow dairy, yeast, eggs, but also some that are usually not suspected as a potential culprit ( green peas, peaches, pomegranate, ginger, honey, agave sirup…). If you want to see the full list of my intolerances and my mother's, you can click here.
My point is, you won’t find on this blog any indication on what you should be eating. Everyone is different so the best diet for you is the one that is custom-made for you. If you can afford it, I strongly recommend an IgG test to find out your intolerances. If you can’t afford it, try to figure them out by yourself ( I know, easier said than done) with an elimination diet followed by reintroductions.
What I’m going to do here is share my recipes with you. As a flexitarian, you will find recipes with meat or fish, but also vegan or vegetarian recipes. All of them gluten-free. My goal here is to show you that you can have a gluten-dairy-egg-whatever-free diet without being miserable and frustrated. As a real food lover (yes all clichés on French people loving their baguette or cheese or pastries are completely true when it comes to me LOL), with a cooking passion, I decided that going gluten-egg-cow dairy free wouldn't keep me from enjoying my meals. Because enjoying your meals is absolutely essential for this to work out. If you don't enjoy your meals or feel frustrated with your free-from-food, you won't be able to keep up the distance. You will fall off the wagon from this "diet" probably even before seeing the results. But most importantly, if you don't enjoy your food, in the end you might "get the blues" or might even feel depressed (Believe me I've been there!). And if your mind is not feeling well, your body won't. That's the reason why I want to share my recipes with you.
I will also share with you all my tips for a less toxic life (about cosmetics, makeup, feminine hygiene, cleaning your home...) and last but not least, how to reduce your stress, manage your emotions and feel better.
The most important thing to know is that your mind and your body go together. In order to heal yourself you need to take care of them both.
With this method, not only did I stop taking any drugs for my spondylitis but I also lost 15 kilos of overweight (click here if you want to read more about my weight loss), cured my keratosis pilaris, gained a lot of energy, stopped being cranky when I’m hungry, learnt to listen to my body and much more.
Hope this blog will help you either to preserve your health or to get it back, both naturally.