What camera do you use?
A Canon 760D with an 18-135mm lense.
Who took those fab photos of you on your Philosophy & About page?
My super-excellent wedding photographer, Alex Motta of Motta Weddings.
How do you edit your photos?
I exclusively use Photoshop as I’ve been teaching myself it for 15+ years and it’s comfortable for me, but if you’re just starting out I know a lot of food bloggers use Adobe Lightroom.
What do you do as a job?
I’m lucky enough to now work with what I love (food, photography, social media, marketing). If you’d like to work with me shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did your ‘Healthy Natty’ header come from?
That is my handwriting combined with some watercolour paint I splashed on a page combined with my ability to photoshop!
I’ve read you saying you were sick when you were younger, what with?
I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.
What is that?
Good question! No one knows exactly, but it causes an insane amount of symptoms and not everyone has the same ones – for me, I was incredibly weak (sometimes paralysed), couldn’t stand for more than about 10 seconds, couldn’t process any information (so no reading/TV/music), it was hard to digest food, I was in pain, I had insomnia… you can read my story as written for Mia Freedman here or more about CFS here.
How long have you been better and how did you get better from CFS?
I’ve been fully recovered since 2010. I think, for me, it was a combination of an experimental (at the time) treatment, a complete change in my diet and the amazing support I had. Please note that there is no one treatment that will help all CFS sufferers, so just because it worked for me it doesn’t mean it will for you.
What is the treatment you used with CFS?
This is the web site to read about it.
I have CFS now, what do you recommend?
I get asked this all the time and I can’t recommend any treatments etc as not everything works for everyone. What I can recommend is finding a good, supportive doctor and getting properly diagnosed. Concentrate whatever energy you have on learning to listen carefully to your body – don’t ‘force yourself’ to do things. Also please be super wary of people seeking your money in exchange for their expertise or product – sadly so many companies take advantage of people with CFS as it can feel so hopeless for sufferers.
Did food cure your CFS?
No, not alone, but changing my diet drastically certainly helped me get through day to day and I believe supported my body a huge amount. CFS affects the muscle, digestion takes muscles, easy to digest food (lots of vegetables) helped me a lot.
If you have any other questions you’re welcome to contact me directly.