Keep reading if you're curious about The Food Phoenix, and what it means to me
Why is there a tree incorporated in the logo?
The tree symbolises enduring strength and protection. Ancient trees stand tall and witness the passage of time, trends and even civilisations. Its roots anchor it deep into the earth. Meanwhile it lifts its leaves to the heavens. It symbolises nurturing and vitality, while its leaves release life-giving oxygen. It can also produce fruits and nuts to nourish us. In addition, trees symbolise recovery from illness. A single tree can provide shelter and food for a community of animals. On the other hand, a forest can support an ecosystem.
Why The Food Phoenix?
I’ve passed through trials and experienced loss and sacrifice myself. As a result, the mysticism of the phoenix resonated with me. When I experienced challenges regarding my own health I was able to improve it through dietary and lifestyle changes. My catalyst to use diet and lifestyle changes to improve my health began with greatly improving my acne. But the benefits didn’t stop there. I’ve been able to reduce the visibility of my stretch marks, improve digestive symptoms, and manage anxiety and depression. In addition I’ve used natural approaches to improve pain in lots of places including headaches, and joint and muscle pains. Just as importantly, I now have a much more normal menstrual cycle. I’ve also used nutrition and behavioural changes to manage my weight.
Previously I had used medications for many of these problems. But this felt like it was putting a band-aid on things to hide them. I felt like medications never really got to the root cause. I was pretty shocked when diet, lifestyle and supplements could improve symptoms more effectively than the medications I had taken for years.
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Gadolinium and Toxicity
However, eventually I was to discover that my health challenges were mostly related to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a genetic condition for which there is no cure. Heavy metal poisoning from gadolinium and other toxic elements also did not help matters. You can find out more about my struggles after receiving aa single gadolinium based contrast agent here.
I had made paediatrics my career and life. However, I had to face the fact that the job that I loved also contributed to my ill health in many ways. I tried every way I could imagine to claw my way back towards health. But with great sadness I realised that that part of my life was over.
Support for transformation
Fortunately I had the support of family and friends and a renewed desire to find solutions, not just for myself, but for others in similar situations. I dedicated myself to learning more about health, wellness, nutrition and lifestyle. And now, forged by adversity, I have reemerged and begun a new chapter.
It's not just about food...
Food was the first step on my journey of discovery. But it’s only one element necessary for living a vibrant and healthy life. Lifestyle aspects, such as stress management, exercise, sleep, rediscovering your joy, and being part of a community, are also important. In fact, for some people, they are arguably even more so. But I enjoy the onomatopoeia of the Food Phoenix. So that is who I have become.
I think that many people are also seeking to engage in regeneration, revitalisation and rejuvenation. If you’re one of these, then the choice of the phoenix symbolises my mission to support you in your epic transformation.