By now you know that I am a total foodie and that my biggest love affair is food. Eating is a universal ritual and tradition across many cultures in the world. Food is at celebrations, milestones, daily living and even funerals. It is a part of everyday life and my personal favourite part of the day. It is a magical sensory experience where textures and flavours come together to create pure joy, deliciousness, happiness and love. But food has also been medicine to me and my family from the day I was born and even though I don’t like to admit it – because as far as I am concerned their lives only started when they had me (only joking), it was a big part of my parents’ lives before that had me too. I think I’m just jealous that I missed out on some epic munching experiences with them pre Mira time, haha.
Food or should I say my food choices have nearly killed me but they have also saved my life. Food truly is medicine and medicine truly is food. I have used a combination of plant-based nourishment and holistic healing in my journey to healing from severe burnout, extreme adrenal fatigue and intense anxiety. Facing rock bottom on a physical, emotional and mental level led me to make extreme dietary choices in order to kick start my healing. I started with a detox programme at a wellness clinic under the guidance of a medical doctor specializing in Traditional Chinese Medicine and embarked on a vegan keto diet for nearly 6 months. It was through this experience that I had to learn about food in a whole new light and get very creative in the kitchen, but it also taught me how to make absolutely everything delicious even when staying away from certain food groups to assist in allowing your body the time to heal. I learnt to make biscuits, muffins, cakes, naan bread, wraps, crackers, pizza, pasta, rice and mash from vegetables, nuts and seeds while doing vegan keto and it gave me a whole new understanding of food combining and creativity.
Eating this way was extremely beneficial for me at the time and it kick-started my wellness journey but I am a firm believer in eating a rainbow based diet of plants, vegetables and fruit as well as incorporating grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. My life’s lesson is balance and boundaries, in all areas of my life and definitely in my love affair with food too – so this detox taught me incredible lessons and I learnt so much about my body that has carried me through this lifetime. The most important part of anyone’s healing journey is to truly learn to listen to your own body, your own unique intuition and inner knowing because your body knows what it needs to heal we just have to learn to listen to it.