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Amy front of house hands togetherFor twenty years I suffered from an undiagnosed self-labelled ‘virus’. Every year, twice a year I was bed ridden for 5-7 days. I couldn’t go to work, let alone walk 2 blocks to the shop. I barely left the house. At the time it was simply unimaginable fatigue. Friends and family knew there was nothing they could do except wait for my ‘return’. At the conclusion of that week I would bounce back with gusto and like a typical ‘Type A’ throw myself onto the running track, increase my hours at work, perch myself up at the bar and re-commence my million-miles-an-hour lifestyle. With 17 years in the recruitment industry building desks and businesses I was accustomed to long hours and the heart pumping adrenaline associated with high stress – which became an addiction. To make matters worse I was a self confessed ‘hedonist’ – up for giving anything a go and pushing the boundaries all round. First to arrive, last to leave. Burning candles left, right and centre. Whilst I have always been a lover of healthy eating (I was the fruit salad queen) little did I know that my low fat, low protein, high fruit, high seafood diet was slowly reeking havoc with my body.

In 2008 I received some awful, life threatening news of my mother’s health (remarkably she is still with us). Whilst running someone else’s business I flew interstate on weekends making the most of every opportunity to spend time with my precious mum. Not surprisingly my ‘virus’ decided to challenge me, increasing in frequency. In 2010 I made the fateful decision to open my own recruitment company. 15 times that year I counted the arrival of the dreaded virus until one day I simply couldn’t get back up. And it wasn’t just the debilitating fatigue. My brain function had become so dysfunctional that I could no longer compute or concentrate long enough to read an email (let alone write one). I was suffering from such awful memory blanks and confusion that I would walk into a client meeting and apologise in advance if I stopped mid sentence with no idea what I was saying. Countless times I forgot my PA (and very dear friend) Jaz’s name.

In early 2011, following a multitude of tests, specialist appointments and thousands of dollars I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For anyone else with a chronic illness that has experienced the immense frustration of not knowing – you will understand the relief of having a name for your illness.

A biochemist produced a 148 page report detailing the off the Richter scale toxicity in my body. Mercury, petrochemicals, lead, pesticides – you name it. I was at a very dangerous point. I dare say if it wasn’t for the fact I have always eaten a clean and wholesome diet things could’ve been a lot worse. Little did I know what those tins of tuna, chemical-laden vegies and sugar-laden fruit salads were doing to my body. Not to mention the toxicity in my home and the chemicals I lathered and sprayed onto my skin. Slowly but surely my body had lost it’s ability to detoxify. Things got worse on the energy front. Many would understand just how bad. There were days I could not hold my arms up to my laptop, certainly not above my head to wash my hair. Or type a text message. My right arm would hang limp at my side or in a sling – a telling sign I would later learn when I had done too much. Stimulation was a killer, anything that created an adrenalin reaction in my body. It became impossible to be with more than one person in a room, to listen to music or watch television. Children were out of the question. Spending an hour with a girlfriend could see me horizontal for days. I would make the choice of having a shower or driving 200 metres with my puppy to a dog park (Wilson inevitably won that debate). I would struggle to turn the wheel of my car (with power steering). House work became impossible. At the point when I was lying on the bathroom floor wondering how I would get back to the couch, so very lonely having not seen a soul for days, I realised that something had to change.

So began my ‘path to wellness’. I was according to my Doctor a star patient and a very fortunate one, I recognise that. I am (if not anything else) determined and would do what I was told. I shut my business and removed all stress from my life (excluding the diagnosis that is!). I moved down to beautiful Tassie and at the ripe age of 39 moved back in with my wonderful parents. I removed all processed food, sugar, chemicals, gluten, caffeine and alcohol from my diet. Even my beloved fruit. I started eating a diet that was geared to eradicating heavy metals from my system – good saturated fats, the fat on the lamb, the skin on the chicken. Fish became my enemy. It was a wholefoods diet laden with fresh vegies. I discovered the Far Infrared Sauna and sat in it every day for months. I had around me an amazing team of specialists who kept me on track. I walked away from toxic relationships that drained my already depleted energy and I embraced new relationships that gave so much back. I commenced paced daily exercise excited if I could walk 10 minutes and not crash two days later. I learnt to mediate. Finally, I learnt to meditate.

A year later I am so incredibly thankful and fortunate to have my life back and with it the choices of ‘normal’ people and the most extraordinary sense of possibility and opportunity. I recognise now that I was on entirely the wrong path and that CFS came along to teach me that lesson and set me straight.

And so begins my transformation. My passion now is to use my experiences to work with and inspire others, to help them reclaim great health through whole foods, clean living and boundless energy.

I look forward to sharing your journey.

Amy x

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  1. Congratulations Amy – your website is looking great! You must be thrilled to have it up & running… I was immersed in your story and am thrilled for you that you have found such a strong path of health.

    October 17, 2012
    • Thank you Alex, it is finally almost there, should be launching it within a week all going well! looking forward to catching up again soon x

      October 24, 2012
  2. Aims, this is amazing! i will be cooking the sweet omelette on the weekend. Can’t wait to see more recipes. WELL DONE.XXX

    October 30, 2012
    • Thanks Kyles! Any tips let me know, as I said, I can make that one in my sleep! x

      October 30, 2012
  3. Nik McCormack #

    Amy I am so incredibly proud of you. What a brilliant website! The content is fantastic (even though I know you are just getting started) and can’t wait for more!! You are inspiring, motivated and most of all such a beautiful person……..

    October 30, 2012
    • Nik, what lovely feedback you gorgeous lady. Thank you my special friend, that means a lot. ps pls can you hurry back to Melbourne so I can practise some recipes on you?! x

      October 30, 2012
  4. Andrew Christopher #

    Great work Crawf !!! I may have missed it, but Where do 3am kebabs fit into this program ?

    October 30, 2012
    • !! Thank you Andy, for providing the inspiration for my next post – watch this space my friend!

      October 31, 2012
  5. Maddi #

    Amy, so wonderful to read about your inspirational journey. I am also trying to embrace more whole food and introducing a lot more super foods into my diet. I haven’t had any major health issues but I have seen the benefits of RAW food living via friends here in Hong Kong. I am certainly a long way from being 100% raw, and don’t intend to go there, but I am loving my green juices, chia porridge, hemp milk and my dehydrator! And I am now addicted to yoga. So I would love to hear more about your journey as you continue.
    Love
    Maddi (Lawrence)

    November 2, 2012
    • Hi Maddi, thank you so much for your lovely email, it means a lot. It is so inspiring receiving feedback from people – it really does make it all worth it! Good on you for making those positive changes to your diet. At this stage in my life I don’t intend to go 100% raw either though I do strongly believe in including a good portion of raw food every day. Glad you like the green juices and chia porridge – I’m addicted to both! Oh and the dehydrator! I haven’t scratched the surfaces with that machine yet but intend to when I have a little more time.
      Thanks so much for following. I hope I can provide you with some yummy recipe ideas!
      Have a great weekend,
      Amy x

      November 2, 2012
  6. Nicky #

    A beautifully told story from a beautiful light and energy. Well done Aims xxx (ps has taken me a while to be able to read it – as I’m sure you’ve guessed – needed to be in the right space to process my own memories and feelings. Ahhhhhh I got there 🙂 ). Sending all the love and congratulations in the world. Nic 💜✨

    November 9, 2012
    • Thanks Nic, I didn’t expect you to read it and nor did you need to – but thank you for doing so and thank you for your lovely feedback, I appreciate it very much x

      November 9, 2012
  7. Hi Amy! I follow you on Instagram (mindbodywell) and decided to take a look at your website after perusing your photos. I love your candid take on sharing with readers your journey to better health. Also really like the format and topics on your blog.

    Look forward to reading upcoming posts!

    All the best!
    Kamila

    November 12, 2012
    • Hi Kamila, thanks so much for stopping by and having a look at my blog and of course for your lovely feedback. I see you too love your green juice! What do you typically put in yours?

      November 12, 2012
  8. Susie Parsons #

    Hi Amy, wow what an inspirational story and fantastic website. I understand what it is like to change your diet and it is not easy . I look forward to reading your blogs and your amazing recipes. Well done XX

    November 13, 2012
    • Susie thank you so much for your feedback – so lovely to hear from you! I hope you find a little bit of inspiration or motivation in here somewhere! I do hope you are well and happy x

      November 13, 2012
  9. oh wow… your story is amazing… scary, but so wonderful that you have turned things around. given me lots to think about!!! take care xx

    November 23, 2012
  10. Kelly Cobb #

    Loved your reading your story ! So glad you are well. I have been sick for years now. I was wondering if you knew of any Good Doctors near Dallas/Fort Worth Texas. I appreciate any ideas.

    Thanks,
    Kelly

    December 11, 2012
    • Hello Kelly and thank you for your lovely feedback. I am sorry that you have had a tough time of it (if it’s any consolation I had a relapse a few weeks ago and am still not fully recovered – I think this process is going to be a lengthy one!). I could refer you to the most AMAZING Dr if you lived in Melbourne, Australia however I am not aware of any in the States. It is so worth doing your research tho, they really can make all the difference.
      All the very best of luck to you Kelly. Sending you loads of healing energy x

      December 11, 2012
  11. Al #

    Aims I had no idea of this background. You have done an incredible thing for yourself and no doubt will help others. i offer love and support wherever I can xxx

    January 4, 2013
    • Hey Al, thank you for checking out my blog you lovely thing! I hope you find a little piece of inspiration in there somewhere. Chronic illness has transformed my life Al and for that I am very, very grateful! x

      January 4, 2013
  12. Angela Sloan #

    Wow! Good on you Amy. So glad to hear you’re well again and all the best for the new path x

    January 16, 2013
    • Thanks Ange, so lovely to hear from you and thanks for visiting my blog! Hope all is well with you x

      January 16, 2013
  13. Kelly Cobb #

    Hello. I have posted before and thanks for your redponse last time. I just wondered how to go about finding someone to get to thd root of my health issues. How did you come across your Dr. In Australia? I have been to several but none no anything about detoxifying, cfs, etc.. Any pointers would be great.

    God bless,
    Kelly

    January 17, 2013
    • Hi again Kelly, nice to see you back. Sorry to hear you have still not had any luck on the Dr front. I was very lucky to be referred mine by a work colleague about 9 years ago. If however I was in your shoes I would start trying to find online support groups – assuming you are on facebook that would be a great place to start. There are some fantastic CFS specific groups on FB, many of which are in the States. I was following many of them whilst I was really unwell. I found them to be such a great source of information and people were often speaking about Dr’s and making recommendations. Alternatively go and join a CFS support group, I wish I had done that when I was unwell b/c it was such a difficult illness to navigate on my own. I know your energy is probably very limited so just do what you can. In the interim can I suggest you be really careful to consider what toxicity is around including what you you are eating. Your body is struggling on many fronts so now it’s about helping it heal. Also, with respect to your diet there are a few typical steps I would always suggest someone take to assist – remove sugar, gluten and additives from your diet. Do it in baby steps if you need to but just removing what you can and replacing these foods with healing foods (such as what you might see on here!).

      All the very best Kelly, the right Dr will appear in your life don’t you worry. Right now it is about manifesting that – thank the universe for providing you with a truly integrative Dr who takes the time to get to the root of your illness. Imagine yourself seeing that Dr. Do this everyday, believe it. He or she will come into your life because that is what you are projecting. Never imagine yourself sick and unwell on a fruitless search for a Dr!

      Much health and happiness,
      Amy

      January 17, 2013
  14. What a fantastic story, sounds very similar to my experience. Bless, I look forward to hearing more of your journey 🙂

    January 17, 2013
    • Thank you very much, though sorry to hear you have been through the ringer too! I hope you are out the other side now also?

      January 17, 2013
      • Thanks Amy, I’m much better also and slowly on the mend 🙂

        January 18, 2013
      • 2 steps forward 1 step back? I feel like that’s my motto these days!

        January 18, 2013
  15. Yeah I know what you mean, I seem to be on an upward swing these days but my problem is adrenal fatigue and burnout. We are certainly in the right part of the world for healing. Tasmania and NZ are beautiful 🙂 How are you doing this week ?

    January 30, 2013
    • Hi there. I am doing well this week thank you – a lot better than last! I am learning my limits that’s for sure. I have no choice but to do a LOT less and to stop every time I feel a symptom coming on…far out that is hard! I am actually in Melbourne now, I left Tassie in ’93 but get back there frequently. I hope you are having a good week too 🙂

      January 30, 2013
      • It certainly gets frustrating doesn’t it, your mind wants to do things but the body will not abide. Baby steps is what I constantly tell myself and at least when we WILL get better, we will be much wiser for the experience and help some people out along the way 🙂

        January 30, 2013
  16. Kandy #

    This is really inspiring for me facing some challenges presently makes you feel very lonely. Nice to hear about your journey.

    January 30, 2013
    • Thanks for sharing Kandy and good luck on your health journey 🙂

      January 30, 2013
  17. mardi Hogarth #

    Dear Amy, I have just read you story. What an amazing achievement! I’m so glad you are on the mend now. Your story is so inspiring. I’m looking forward to trying some of your recipes – they all look delicious! (There are many of us who have lived on the can of tuna, salads and fruit!)
    Congratulations on your wonderful website and I wish you every success. x Mardi H.

    February 5, 2013
    • Oh hello Mardi and how lovely to hear from you! Thank you for visiting my blog, I so appreciate your feedback. It has been such an exciting venture to date, so much is happening and all so quickly but it feels right and that’s the main thing! I hope you enjoy some of the recipes, there are many more to come in my cook book which I hope will be ready to go in a couple of months, all going to plan!
      I hope you are well. No doubt you had a lovely break at CB over Christmas? I am pining for some CB time, it’s been way too long between visits for me.
      x

      February 5, 2013
  18. Lisa H. #

    I just discovered your site from your posts in Instagram. I was just told last night that I can’t have lactose but more likely I have celiac disease. I have been looking for advice that makes sense to me and I love your site. Although I think I will be making use of Google quite a bit since I am in the US and measurements and some ingredients aren’t familiar. But educating myself should be fun and not drudgery!

    February 8, 2013
    • Hi Lisa and thank you for visiting my blog, I’m so thrilled you’ve found some inspiration here that will help you make the necessary alterations to your diet (I promise the process will become simple in time!). I think you should find most ingredients in the States, certainly most of the superfoods I use. All the very best of luck with your new diet, I am sure you’ll notice the changes in your body very quickly indeed x

      February 10, 2013
  19. Zak #

    Thanks for sharing your story. I have finally visited your blog and looking forward to further visits and learning more about eating whole foods.

    Zak_alom Instagram

    March 3, 2013
    • Hello Zak and thank you for visiting and of course for reading my story. I hope you find some inspiration in there somewhere. Ok, so next I need to see you on my THI FB and twitter page and I think we’ll have all social medias point covered yes? 😉

      March 3, 2013
  20. Shari #

    Your story has resonated with me. I am currently going through a tough time with my health and being told there is nothing wrong, that my bloods are perfect and it must be anxiety. I am constantly exhausted and find washing my hair, cooking a meal (which I force myself to do, as I need to eat well), and cleaning the house such a huge effort. Thank you for sharing your experiences as they are very inspiring for those of us going through something similar and feeling so alone in it all. 🙂

    March 22, 2013
    • Hi Shari, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for reading my story. I am sorry to hear you are having a difficult time – I certainly understand the frustration of not finding a diagnosis…and not having enough energy to wash your hair. I hope you find a holistic practitioner who can help you with your recovery sooner rather than later. I also hope you find some helpful posts in here that will help you on your road to recovery. Be kind to yourself and only do what you really need to do. Don’t push yourself, if vacuuming is too much let it go! The carpet can wait! You need to maintain your energy to the best of your ability. Good luck x

      March 22, 2013
  21. Buffy #

    Amy – just popped over to your blog and signed up. Yeah baby send me some of that holistic goodness!

    x
    Buffy

    March 23, 2013
    • Hi Buffy, thanks for visiting and for signing up, it’s lovely to have you! Hope you find some inspiration in there somewhere sunshine.
      Amy x

      March 24, 2013
  22. Amy – just popped over to your blog and signed up. Yeah baby send me some of that holistic goodness!

    x
    Buffy

    March 23, 2013
  23. Danielle #

    Do you have a recipe book? You food/cooking looks Devine I’d love to grab a recipe book

    April 28, 2013
    • Hi Danielle, I am launching the first of a series of eBooks in about 4 weeks. I will be sure to keep everyone in the loop don’t you worry!

      April 29, 2013
  24. Belinda #

    Hi Amy, Thank you!!! What an amazing description of your journey and such similarity to my own! I visited many GPs, who couldn’t give me any answers. I then turned to a brilliant naturopath and with her knowledge and my googling, juicing and eating raw foods….I am now on the mend. 🙂 But just like you I too have relapses and have to stop when my body says to. But having come from total exhaustion; sleeping all night (9-10hrs) and not being able to wake up in the morning, AND sleeping 2-3 times every day, particularly after eating or exercising (nothing vigorous, could only manage 15-20minute walk), to…. an abundance of energy and no daytime sleeping and just 7-8hrs sleep a night, is totally life changing!! Congratulations on your website and blog I love your work and look forward to following you 🙂

    June 1, 2013
    • Thanks for your lovely note Belinda. I do hope you can get to the bottom of any lingering issues soon. I have been 150% for four months now and to be honest I have never felt better. I have also pretty much been working 7 days straight for weeks – proof in itself that I am entirely free of CFS! How wonderful is it to have your life back and the choices of ‘normal’ people? I am full of gratitude for the energy my body now has and its sheer capacity!

      June 2, 2013
  25. John Groom #

    Hi Amy, I would be keen to catch up some time. Apart from the fact that it would be nice to say hi, I think I may have some common ground and would welcome the chance to chat.

    Cheers
    John x

    June 6, 2013
    • Sure John, send me an email to amy@theholisticingredient.com will be good to hear from you. I am crossing everything (for your sake) that you don’t want to chat about CFS in relation to your own health…!

      June 6, 2013
  26. Kate #

    Hi Amy, what a lovely, well written and candid blog you have here. Thankyou for shedding light on what is a very subtle yet overwhelmingly frustrating condition. I can identify not only with your description of the symptoms of CFS (you poor thing having to go through that!) but also the need to make informed diet choices. I’m an A type also and it is simply not negotiable that I follow the key pointers for diet and lifestyle prescribed to support our vulnerable digestive and nervous systems. We do place so many demands on ourselves and life is so full on that often we can’t hear or don’t have time to listen to what our bodies are telling us. Paring back and achieving a quality peace is what I know I have had to do and seems to have been what you have done also. 🙂 Kate

    June 7, 2013
  27. Incredible story, what a special journey you have been on. very inspiring stuff! lost for words x

    June 25, 2013
  28. Hailey #

    Hi Amy, thank you for sharing your story!

    It’s such a relief knowing that I’m not the only person – feeling physically tired most of the time although I’ve been to many GPs and all test results came back normal. It’s also frustrated that I cannot explain to my family and friends why I’m sooooo tired and want to sleep too much and cannot do much at all and it seems that I’m so lazy!

    I was then diagnosed with chronic depression/anxiety and on anti-depressant for years. But deep inside I know something else is wrong (physically) and i’ve told myself many times to put my health as first priority and quit the stressful job ect… but sadly, I’m not taking it seriously enough that my health is still suffering 😦

    Would be great if you can let me know which tests you took and where/how to take those tests as I’m desperately to put a name to my symptom. Thanks heap!

    July 4, 2013
    • Hi Hailey, sorry to hear you have been having a difficult time with your health. Do know there is a way through – it just requires an amazing Dr, lots of self discipline, a good diet, lots of self love and a heap of patience! My Dr, Dr Iggy Soosay, is in Melbourne. The tests I had are carried out by only a small number of practitioners in Australia. They are very extensive blood tests (also expensive, but well worth it for me). I would highly recommend contacting Dr Soosay, he is incredible. Good luck! x

      July 6, 2013
      • Hailey #

        Thank you soooo much for your response Amy. You’re just incredible in many ways! I’ll contact Dr Soosay & may contact you for a CTC just to meet you in person & for sure I will absorb many more valuable advices. Love xo

        July 9, 2013
      • My absolute pleasure Hailey – good luck! x

        July 9, 2013
  29. Julia #

    Amy – I have just found you and am in tears! Being diagnosed with Ross River Virus (which is so awfully debilitating)last year and pushing my body between two jobs, two very busy young teens and a working away husband, I think that CFS is about to stop me in my tracks. I feel that my adrenals are exhausted and cant give anything to anyone. Will be searching for a Far Infrared Sauna in Brisbane. Looking forward to reading your ebook too.You are just what I needed. Bless you!

    July 10, 2013
  30. Madeleine Vizard #

    Such an inspirational story. I had glandular fever about 4 months ago and am still absolutely exhausted. This has definatly made me want to see some specialists and adjust my diet.

    July 28, 2013
    • Oh that’s great news, you are making steps in the right direction by the sounds of it. Awesome.

      July 31, 2013
  31. Sarah #

    Hi Amy, I found your website through your Instagram. Thank you for posting your story, it really helps to hear how others have overcome and learnt to live with fatigue and just that someone understand what youre going through. I’m 28 and have been diagnosed with post viral fatigue. It’s so hard to explain the condition to people and they don’t understand why you can’t be the person you were before. I believe mine was caused by my high stress job working 15 hour days and travelling abroad 4 times a month with my job. You think your body can cope with anything you throw at it and if it doesn’t youre led to believe its all in your mind and that you have failed. Ive now realised to except it as a blessing as if my body hadn’t stopped me and if I had carried on the way I was I could have ended up with something more serious down the line. Something like this helps you to find your true self and who your true friends are and above all understanding how important your life, your mind and body is and that you should live your life for you and not for others and their expectations. I’m going to try your eating plan and recipes this week and ill let you know how I get on. Thank you again.

    August 17, 2013
    • Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely words. You have a fantastic attitude which is just so important for your recovery. Every challenge or difficult situation has a blessing, every single one. I wish I had listened to the signs as you did before I ended crashing completely! But there was one of my significant learnings and a necessary one. All the very best for your recovery. Here’s a tip: only every imagine yourself doing star jumps – what you radiate you attract!

      August 19, 2013
  32. Madeline Moloney #

    Hello,
    I am an 18 year old yr 12 student who has had CFS for over two years now. As a result of my illness I’ve had to do my last year of schooling over 2 years and even only 2 periods a day at school is a stuggle. A couple of months ago I radically changed my diet and I feel so much better because of it already! I loved reading your story about how you got over the illness the same way I’m trying to, it got me so excited, you have given me hope!! I can’t wait to use some of your recipes! Thankyou thankyou! 🙂

    August 19, 2013
    • Oh that is such great feedback, I am so happy to hear it. Food is most certainly thy medicine!
      My recipe book is testament to my recovery and full of all the food I ate during my recovery (and now). The only difference is I was strictly off sugar (definitely refined but also any fruit other than berries, honey, maple syrup etc). If you are interested in buying the book I would recommend replacing any sweeteners I have used with a stevia, as pure as you can find. Giving up sugar is essential as part of your recovery, it’d be my very first recommendation. Have a read of the sauna posts as well. They had a huge impact on me! Good luck Madeline x

      August 20, 2013
  33. Such a breath of fresh air to read your story Amy as my story is much the same 🙂 Do you still exclude fish from your diet? Also how did you track your heavy metals in your system?

    Once again thank you for sharing

    Regards
    Carly

    August 23, 2013
  34. Thank you for sharing your amazing story! Mine to is very similar to yours and I’m happy to say after being diagnosed with CFS 1 and 1/2yrs ago I’m on the mend.
    Just wondering do you eat fish at all anymore? and how do you track your Heavy Metals in the body?

    Once again thank you for sharing 🙂

    Carly

    August 23, 2013
    • Hi Carly, thanks for following my blog. I am very glad to hear that you are on the mend, that is fantastic. I now eat about 1 piece of salmon every fortnight and otherwise only small fish on the odd occasion, like sardines. I buy red atlantic salmon from Alaska – it’s mercury count is negligible. I am no longer tracking my heavy metal count, I know because I am well that they must have reduced markedly. If you want to have an analysis done you can contact my Dr, Dr Iggy Soosay in Melbourne.
      Good luck with your path to wellness.
      Amy 🙂

      August 23, 2013
  35. Emma #

    Amy – congratulations on the website, it looks terrific and the recipes are amazing. What an ordeal you have been through but so good to hear you have emerged with such positivity, a new focus and the ability to help others. All the best to the family too.
    Best wishes,
    Emma (Warren)

    August 24, 2013
    • Hi Emma, what a lovely suprise! Thank you for your kind words. As it happens this website is on it’s way out – I am having a new website built which is very exciting.
      I hope you are well, are you still in Melbourne? I have just had ten days in Tassie, mainly down at Coles Bay, it was perfect albeit a little short.
      How funny I am sitting here typing to you and a U2 song comes on..fitting!
      I hope you are well, so lovely to hear from you.
      Amy x

      August 24, 2013
      • Emma #

        Hi yes still in Melbourne (with hubby and 2 girls) and loving it. Probably still working too hard too so I should take note of the messages on your site! Saw your pics of Coles Bay – gorgeous – we have our own place on the Great Ocean Road that we use for respite from the city intensity – amazing how therapeutic the beach can be!! Coincidentally (reading some of your other blogs) Dr Soosay is in the same practice as our doctor, Dr Bagot – they are both great and we live just nearby – small world!! Keep well – would be lovely to catch up for (the holistic version of) a coffee sometime. Best, Emmaxx

        August 24, 2013
      • Emma I’d love to catch up with you and I LOVE my coffee don’t you worry! Well there you go re Dr Bagot. I feel I owe Dr Soosay so much. He actually wrote the forward for me recipe book. My number is 0400 618 350, please give me a buzz some time and let’s organise it. Are you based in the city? x

        August 25, 2013
  36. Denise hanley #

    Hi Amy,

    Can I ask you a question?

    As you don’t have sugar in your daily nutrition, do you consider fresh and dried fruits a different type of sugar as its fructose or do you limit or only allow yourself certain types?

    Just reading your story on FB eliminating sugar from your diet and seen how it effected your system & energy levels, i don’t have any real sugar based foods in my diet but i do use fresh and dried fruits in some shape or form whilst creating some meals or treats and wondered how or what way your took to having fresh or dried fruits in your diet.

    Thanks

    Denise x

    August 29, 2013
    • Hi Denise,
      Lovely to hear from you. I choose fresh berries over anything else and limited quantities. Now that I am ‘well’ I eat the odd bit of other fresh fruit, eg 1/3 banana, half a pear etc but not ever day. Whilst it is far better than eating refined sugar your body still treats it as sugar. As for dried fruit, I use fresh dates on occasion, goji berries, incan berries, cranberries.. but only on occasion. I used to use a lot of stevia but unless it’s 100% stevia I choose not to eat it. So I’ll now choose organic maple syrup or raw honey also. That being said, we are all different. I know that my body does not sugar and I feel it so it’s got to be seen as a treat. I think a bit of fresh fruit is good for us, once we are well.
      Not sure that helps?!
      x

      August 29, 2013
  37. Sarah #

    Hi Amy,
    I was just wondering are your recipes similar to a candida diet plan? If so would you recomend following the candida diet plan or can I follow your book and will it have the same effect? Did you suffer from candida with your cfs? if so do you have any tips
    Thanks so much 🙂

    September 6, 2013
    • Hi Sarah, if you have candida you can’t follow all of my recipes, no. Tho with many you can replace sweeteners with stevia. There are some fruits used these days in my recipes. I have not had candida though during my recovery my diet was essentially that of a candida diet plan. Good luck 🙂

      September 7, 2013
  38. Andrea La Rocca #

    Hi Amy. I am loving your blog & recipes, well done for your determination in healing yourself. But I cannot understand the amount of fat you consume? Surely this is bad for heart disease & cholesterol? Also my husband loves his tins of Sirena tuna which I am aware are full of salt & mercury. Are there any other little horrors contained within those tins. Please keep the blogs & recipes coming as they are inspirational. Andrea La Rocca

    September 11, 2013
    • Hi Andrea, thanks for your lovely feedback. I am not sure what you mean about the amount of fat I consume? Compared to the majority of the population i would eat very little. I eat a ‘good’ saturated fat with every meal, such as coconut oil, organic butter, avocado or olive oil. It is essential for the healthy functioning of our bodies. During my recovery I needed even more b/c of the huge levels of toxicity within my body. Fat combines with heavy metals and helps eradicate it from your system. The issues arise when you eat a diet full of processed foods and trans fats, neither of which I touch.
      I choose never to eat canned tuna (fresh tuna too for that matter). Tuna is full of mercury, the canned stuff isn’t good. Also, the tin may not be BPA free which is a whole other issue!
      Have a great day,
      Amy

      September 12, 2013
  39. Leanne #

    Hello Amy,
    I have just been given your site & have read your story. After reading it I kept thinking it was my story. So many similarities . I have just been diagnosed with CFS (FINALLY I know what is wrong) . So everything is very new & unknown to me. Where to start & what to do???? I have had to give up my Practice Manager position & at the moment spend most of my days just at home as I have no energy & the aches & nausea just flatten me.
    It is so hard to know where to start. I refuse to let this get me down but rather focus on what I need to do to understand & help my body recover. I have always been (what I thought) a healthy eater but know don’t know what is good for me & what is not. Any advice from you would truly be appreciated.
    Take care
    Leanne

    September 13, 2013
    • Hi Leanne, sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If I can say one thing to comfort you..please know there is ALWAYS a blessing in a challenging situation. At my diagnosis I knew something amazing was going to come out of my ‘predicament’ and that it did, ten fold. It’s entirely because of CFS that I am now doing what I do. My website is dedicated to my path to wellness so I hope it proves useful for you. Have a look at each of the 9 ‘holistic ingredients’. All of those had an impact on my recovery in one way or another. My eBook, which you can buy on this site for $18, is a tribute to the diet responsible for my recovery (tho’ I would replace any natural sweeteners with stevia or rice malt syrup). It demonstrates how simple it is to eat whole foods that are both nourishing and health promoting. It is gluten, grain, sugar and additive free. The recipes on my website should also help you however once again, be careful with sweeteners during your recovery.
      Take care and keep positive. Only imagine yourself doing star jumps in the future, never an alternative.
      Amy x

      September 16, 2013
  40. Carmel #

    Amy in reading your story it brought back memories of my years when a virus had me totally in bed for a week or two but then would bounce back and one time was die to a petrol poisoning tagged was in the soil in a house I lived in. Many years later I was diagnosed with a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and 8 years later after a huge healing journey with many lessons learnt I still have the frustrating illness. I eat so well and similar to what you mentioned but just can’t seem to shake it. Would live to know some of your protocols you did.

    October 28, 2013
    • Hi Carmel. This website is dedicated to my return to health and includes all of those ‘holistic ingredients’ that impacted on my wellness. Hopefully you will read lots of helpful information on the website. I also wrote an eBook, A Nourishing Kitchen which is testament to my whole foods diet, a diet that had a huge impact. Finally, it was the CTC treatment that I provide that freed me of CFS in the end. You can read more about that on my website also. Good luck.

      October 30, 2013
  41. Amelia Hill #

    Hi Amy 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your story! I am so thrilled to hear about how well you are doing.
    Serious illness is a game-changer like no other. A powerful catalyst for change & total self-transformation… this I have learned this first-hand. But, hey I’m not telling you anything you haven’t already lived through.. right?

    I would love to know more about the 148 page toxicology report from the Biochemist.. Could you elaborate with further details, the name of the test & where you had it done?

    Once again .. So happy for you & I wish you continued fantabulous health! Woohoo!

    PS I’m now following you on instagram!

    Amelia
    xx

    November 4, 2013
    • Hi Amelia, thanks for your kind words. My blood tests where administered through my Dr, Dr Iggy Soosay in Melbourne. He is one of a handful of Practitioners in Australia who run this particular test and provide a report that details specifically what you need to eat and a number of other action steps to help remove the toxicity from your body. Feel free to contact him directly for further information. Good luck. Amy

      November 5, 2013
  42. Amelia Hill #

    Thank you so much for your reply, Amy 🙂 So appreciated!
    Amelia x

    November 12, 2013
  43. Everyone loves it when people come together and share thoughts.

    Great site, stick with it!

    November 27, 2013
  44. Emma Clarke #

    Hi Amy, I’m a friend and pt to Rachael Campbell and I was sharing my story about my mum with her this morning and she sent me your details. My mum has CFS for 25 yrs yes that long and it’s heartbreaking to still see her differing after this long. I know everyone is different with CFS and she has tried many ways to get well. Just hoping you may have some different strategies and information that could help. So happy to read your well now :))

    December 14, 2013
  45. Beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing. I just found your website and I’m soaking cashews for the coconut cashew chia seed cream right now. I’m on a semi-permanent candida diet and I just got a blendtech (similar to a vitamix), so I’m super excited to try out your recipe and browse your site! Thank you for all that you do and share!

    December 28, 2013
    • Enjoy the new kitchen gadget Samantha! The coconut cashew chia cream is such a yummy recipe, I hope you enjoy. ~ Sarah x

      January 1, 2014
  46. I’m recovering from cfs, I’m actually doing a lot better! But now I am dealing with some pain issues. I’m trying the paleo diet. Do you feel your diet is close to paleo?

    February 3, 2014
    • During my recovery I ate only whole foods and they included meat, chicken, veg, a tiny bit of fruit and nuts & seeds. Also yoghurt, butter, coconut oil. I did eat quinoa. Now my diet is very similar tho I eat chick peas and other legumes and the odd bit of rice if out. I don’t follow any diet principle except that I eat as close to nature as possible. Good luck!

      February 3, 2014
      • Thanks! I’m also dealing with reoccurring candida so I’m hoping to knock that out too.

        February 3, 2014

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