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What Is Making You Sick?

What Is Making You Sick?

We have witnessed a new way of cooking, a new way of looking at foods with the range of popular cookbooks available today.  One that we love, and now have available for you is “Life Changing Food”.  This book is full of recipes to nourish and revive with whole foods, gluten-free and paleo.  What we also love about the book is the recipes are also thermomixer friendly.

Jo Whitten, the co-author of “Life Changing Food”, was raised in a healthy home environment in tropical Far North Queensland, where whole foods were the norm.  Every meal produced from scratch, with many of the ingredients home grown in their backyard, or locally sourced.  

They didn’t eat this way because it was the in thing to do, they ate this way because money was always tight.  Nothing went to waste.  They learnt from their Mother to shop in season when ingredients were cheap, or grow it yourself.  Nothing went to waste.  This upbringing shaped the way Jo cooks today.

On top of all the fresh ingredients, there were other pantry staple items used in the cooking.  White flour, white bread, white sugar, cheap powdered milk and plenty of starchy carbohydrates to fill hungry stomachs.

Even though Jo ate a healthy diet, she developed chronic hay fever, often felt stomach illness and struggled to put on weight.  By her teen years, Jo also developed acne, hormonal issues and gut issues with dairy products.

 Jo looking happy and healthy with her family.

Jo looking happy and healthy with her family.

As a mother of four young children under the age of seven, Jo was exhausted, extremely underweight, struggled with low blood sugar and low blood pressure, had constant headaches, hay fever, colds, chest infections, dark circles under her eyes and was extremely stressed.

A naturopath discovered Jo developed “leaky gut” and explained how gluten, dairy and sugar were affecting her.  Jo went gluten, dairy and sugar-free for three months and the changes to her health were amazing.  By changing her diet and enjoying only whole foods, Jo began to enjoy life without the issues above, and she slowly balanced her blood sugar levels.  

Jo was so inspired by her improving health,  in 2008, she started a blog called “Quirky Cooking”, to share the recipes she developed to suit her new way of eating.  Jo’s love for whole food continues to grow, and she is still fascinated with the links between diet and health.  Jo now dedicates her life to spreading the message of whole food, which has continued into her new cookbook, which we guarantee you will love.

Click on the link next to this article to purchase.

What have you noticed with your diet and the links to your health?  We would love to start a forum in the comments section below.  Your information will be inspirational to others.

Thank you for reading and enjoy cooking from the gorgeous book.  The recipes are easy, healthy and have great illustrations.

Here are some of our favorite recipes.  Be warned, these recipes will make your mouth water.

 Roast strawberry and chia pudding.

Roast strawberry and chia pudding.

 Beef and quinoa patties.

Beef and quinoa patties.

 Middle Eastern Spread.

Middle Eastern Spread.

 Sweet Potato and Shepards Pie.

Sweet Potato and Shepards Pie.

 Pomegranite and Lychee Cake.  Surprisingly easy.

Pomegranite and Lychee Cake.  Surprisingly easy.

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