In 2014, my 26-year-old husband was diagnosed with heart failure cause by a rare, unknown virus. The virus attacked his heart so severely that it left him at risk of having a heart attack at any time. His doctor told us that if his heart did not vastly improve within three months he would need a heart transplant.
After my husband was released from the hospital his doctor left us with little hope for the future and prepared us for the worst possible outcome. His actual words to us for the final consultation before his release was to keep our fingers crossed. We knew my husband had a short time frame and wanted to do everything possible to avoid him being put on a heart transplant list.
That’s when we decided to meet with a naturopathic clinician that was recommended to us by a family friend. He is a nationally recognized clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, and one of the top clinicians today for integrative healthcare. He recommended my husband go on an anti-inflammatory diet to help bring down the inflammation in his heart that was causing so much damage. This diet consisted of all organic, gluten-free and dairy-free foods. He also put him on a vitamin and supplement program that was concise and strict. We left his office that day, feeling for the first time, a kernel of hope in this war to try and save my husband’s life in such a relatively short amount of time.
I started to create recipes to help heal my husband’s heart. I then decided to create an Instagram account documenting our journey and sharing my recipes with others who might be struggling with their own health issues and looking for help or for people who just needed some healthy recipe ideas.
I started to realize that I could turn what some might consider a tragedy into something truly positive. I really started to experiment with food and what came out of that was amazing. I felt like for the first time I found myself, my calling – the only thing I’ve ever been this passionate about in my entire life. Creating healthy meals that are full of nutrients to heal your body, but that also taste like delicious, gourmet, savory foods.
Day in and day out I experimented with new recipes. I entered the exciting world of gluten-free and all the obstacles that came along with it. Who knew that gluten is in just about everything in the entire world? Well not really, but you get the point. So that meant experimenting with new, foreign ingredients and really doing my homework on how I can make this bland food actually taste good. I really began to enjoy the challenge of experimenting with new flavors.
My recipes really started to resonate with my Instagram followers. I started to gain a following in a very short amount of time and I was overwhelmed by the e-mails and comments on my feed I was receiving from people telling me that my recipes had changed their life and made them view healthy food in a completely different way. This added fuel to my fire and inspired me to keep going and creating more recipes to not only aid my husband in his recovery, but help heal others in the process.
Flash forward two years later and my husband no longer needs a heart transplant. Better yet he is healthier than he has ever been in his entire life and his heart is now within normal range. His doctors who had given us little hope for the future began calling him a modern day miracle, but we knew it was not a miracle. Food truly saved my husband’s life.
My goal is to help others realize the importance of what you put into your body and how healing food can truly be. I want to show people that your taste buds should never have to be compromised and how easy it is to eat healthy while still eating delicious foods.