Hi, I'm Susan! I’ve been cooking professionally since 1993, specializing in wholesome, natural foods. When I'm not preparing menus and meals for my private clients, I teach occasional cooking classes, and co-facilitate (and/or cater) workshops and retreats.
Anyone who knows me well will tell you I've been a natural health information gatherer since my early 20's. When it comes to diet - I have done a number on myself a number of times with some diet extremes. I’m forever curious to discover the healthiest diet and have used my own body as the ultimate test subject, sometimes with not so great results.
I was vegan for close to 8 years, macrobiotic vegan for about 6 of those 8 years. While I really wanted it to be the healthiest diet for me morally and spiritually, those high carbohydrate low fat menus just did not work for my physical body. I also tried an ayurvedic-leaning vegetarian diet, and a raw vegan diet, trying to find a way to be super-healthy while not eating any foods that had a face. I finally had to admit a vegetarian diet just does not work for me.
I started learning about candida albicans in 2003 when I'd first connected my own symptoms with the possibility of candida overgrowth. I dug through numerous websites and books, participated in online forums and co-moderated a bustling online candida discussion group with thousands of members at the time from 2004-2006.
Along the way I've been fortunate to come in contact with a number of folks who have been good teachers and mentors to me (and encountered a few quacks, to be sure).
I became a WAPF Chapter leader before raw dairy and grass fed meats were trendy, and was dabbling with paleo eating before paleo was "a thing". I am PSYCHED it has become a thing! I see so many people getting great health results adapting more of these recommendations into their diets. Check out the Recommended Reading section for all you need to know about “paleo”.
The good news for you, dear reader, is that when it comes to the common question "what can I eat??", I've learned what works for me and many of my clients - what gets results - which is what you will find here.
"Candida" is still a hot button, all these years later. There's the debate as to whether or not candida overgrowth causes people to experience symptoms of disease. And another debate continues about which foods are really the healthiest choices to regain balance when candida yeast is out of control. I'm no scientist and I'm not a doctor. But I do know that I've seen a lot of people feel a whole lot better when they follow this advice to overcome candida. The proof is in the pudding, as the old saying goes.