Hello everyone 😊 Today's #shareyourstory Wednesday is featuring Ashley from @celiacandthe6ix Read on to know about her experience with celiac disease ❤️. . . My name is Ashley and I have been living with Celiac Disease since 2005. During my teenage years, I went through a period of unexplained weight loss despite not making changes to my diet or exercise routine. I also felt tired during high school, despite getting an adequate amount of sleep. I felt nauseated after eating and couldn’t find a solution to the breakouts/rashes I would get on my neck. My physician, who was quite uneducated on Celiac Disease at the time, kept telling me I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome but I didn’t quite buy that diagnosis. After falling ill on a vacation with my family, I was finally able to convince my doctor to send me to an allergist for answers. My allergist started running a series of tests on me, including the Celiac Disease Panel (blood test). The results from the test confirmed my diagnosis. . . At the time of my diagnosis, it was actually quite difficult to grasp what exactly I was dealing with. In the beginning, there was no social media and limited literature available for me and my family. There was a lot of trial and error in finding out the hidden sources of gluten too. In my early days as a Celiac, I would definitely say it was quite restrictive, especially since restaurants weren’t well educated and I got sick often while attempting to dine out. In the present, I feel that there is a greater awareness of food allergies and autoimmune disease like Celiac Disease, and for the most part, many establishments take it seriously. . . Starting my account @celiacandthe6ix two years ago is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve met so many other people living with Celiac Disease in Toronto and all over the world. Social media is so powerful these days. You can find people living in countries and cities you want to travel to and have conversations about their safe spots to eat, it’s actually quite amazing!
Yesterday's lunch 💚😋. Super easy pasta replacement recipe if you're looking to include more veggies into your diet! I'm sometimes reluctant to eat all greens but this dish didn't make me feel like I was missing out on flavour. And it was super quick!. How I made it: . 1. Finely chopped handful of Brussels sprouts and sauteed in coconut oil with salt and pepper. Added a bit of chicken broth for flavour and to help cook faster. . 2. Spirilized a zucchini and sauteed in coconut oil on medium heat for about 2 mins. . 3. Heated up ground turkey I had made the night before. . 4. Put it all together and voila! Super quick and tasty. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or complicated! 😊 🙌. . . . . . . . . . #holisticnutrition #torontonutritionist #mealprep #holistic #sustainable #glutenfree #realtalk #feedfeed #f52grams #eeeeeats #cleaneats #eatrealfood #spoonie #wholefoods #autoimmune #local #brainhealth #foodasmedicine #wellness #seasonal #guthealth #organic #detox #nourish #healthyfood #fresh #paleo #plantbased
Welcome to another #shareyourstory Wednesday! Today Isabelle is sharing her story with epilepsy and other illnesses 💜. . My journey started at the age of six-year-old. I was constantly sick and disoriented. In my hometown, doctors were baffled with my condition. Two years and three comas later, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of eight. They caused me to have epilepsy. At 9-years-old, I had a brain surgery. Unfortunately, the surgeons could not remove the entire tumour. I kept having seizures and had to stay on medications to control them. Meanwhile, my health kept acting up. At the age of 11, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic disease which makes my body my worst enemy. I also was diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases (their names are a mouthful!) which causes me to live my life with excruciating pain. Progressively, my asthma also got worst. Recently, I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder where my mood shifts from “high” to “low” during changes in weather. . Growing up with chronic illnesses, seizures and “being different” was not easy. I was bullied throughout primary and secondary school. I was often told I would not survive, that I wouldn’t graduate high school, that I wouldn’t go far in life. However, I had my family and my friends – my greatest support! Being told I couldn’t do something translated to: “You can do it!” in my mind! And so, I did what I wanted to achieve!. . I left my hometown and moved to Toronto. I am currently in my last year of University pursuing a Specialized Bachelor in Translation with Honours, with a Certificate in Professional Writing and a Certificate of Bilingualism. I am a woman of passion. I am attending Chef School at George Brown College in my free time. I was a radio announcer and journalist for over 7 years because I enjoyed it. I have been working with children since the last 8 years because children are the best teachers! I was a sign language interpreter and do side projects in translation. . Life is short; I savour every moment of it! Living my life on the edge, pursuing my passions and enjoying every second of it are my motivations to wake up in the morning!
Happy Tuesday! I've really been resonating with this message lately ❤️ One of the bravest and perhaps most difficult things to do is to tell the truth about who we are, flaws and all; to talk about our past, our current situation, and our hopes for the future while remaining completely honest. It can be difficult, but in the end so rewarding because when others learn the truth about us, they can love us for who we really are, not a facade we put up when we're afraid of being vulnerable. Also, when we put this into practice we see everyone goes through difficult situations, no one is perfect, and we can all learn from one another! Hope this resonates with you too 😊. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #holisticnutrition #torontonutritionist #selfworth #holistic #sustainable #selflove #mindfulness #feedfeed #f52grams #spooniewarrior #cleaneats #selflove #spoonie #selfcare #autoimmune #epilepsy #brainhealth #chronicillness #wellness #healing #authenticity #organic #vulnerability #nourish #healthyfood #soulfood #wellness #spirituality
Welcome to another #shareyourstory Wednesday! Very excited to share Megan's story with Crohn's disease, and how it played a role in shaping the amazing person she is now and the creation of her own business! 💛. . . In 2006, when I was in the midst of high school, I started having intense, abnormal gastrointestinal symptoms; diarrhea multiple times a day, excruciating stomach pain, nausea, cramping and bloating. The doctor said it was probably just the stress of high school. The symptoms got worse and it definitely wasn’t just “stress”. In my first year of university, in 2008 my parents and I needed more answers. We asked for further testing, which revealed a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. Once I knew what I was dealing with, things started to get better…and once things got better I realized how silenced digestive diseases are. No one talks about them! In my second year at university I started a blog to document my journey with Crohn’s (@thegutgazette) and I started a support group for students and faculty on campus with digestive issues. . . I’ve had lots of hurdles with Crohn’s since I was diagnosed, but the diagnosis has really created a passion for me. I love talking about digestive health and I’m very involved in the digestive health community. I’m honoured to be a patient research representative for a Canadian-wide research project studying the relationship between the mind and gut, and I love the work I do with my blog The Gut Gazette – which has gone through lots of changes throughout the years. Last month I took the next step with The Gut Gazette and launched a line of products: Healing Heat packs and Oh De Toilet (perfume for the loo before you poo). . . I’ve never let my Crohn’s break me. It’s really shaped who I am and has allowed me to help others in the process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #holisticnutrition #torontonutritionist #selfworth #holistic #guthealth #selflove #mindfulness #warrior #chronicillness #spooniewarrior #chronsdisease #selflove #spoonie #selfcare #autoimmune #chrons #brainhealth #chronicallyill #wellness #healing #authenticity #butyoudontlooksick #vulnerability #invisibleillness #awareness #findacure #wellness #spirituality
Happy Monday! It's crazy chilly outside🌨️❄️ and all I'm craving is a curry or a warming soup like this squash and pumpkin one I made a while back. . . For many of us with a chronic illness eating the right food is critical (actually for all of us!😉) We may have food allergies or sensitivites and may have to be extra conscientious of keeping sugar content down. It's really important to make food our friend, to learn to listen to our bodies and eat intuitively, to learn to love ourselves enough to eat nourishing foods that energize us, and also to enjoy our meals!. . . On the path to healing or optimizing our health, food is a critical companion 💛💚. Hope everyone has a great rest of the day and stay warm!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #holisticnutrition #torontonutritionist #chronicillness #holistic #sustainable #glutenfree #healing #feedfeed #f52grams #eeeeeats #cleaneats #eatrealfood #spoonie #wholefoods #autoimmune #spoonielife #brainhealth #foodasmedicine #wellness #seasonal #guthealth #organic #detox #nourish #healthyfood #fresh #chronicallyill #plantbased