Oh hey there! Welcome to my first post on The Whole Life. Hooray!
I’m so glad you’re here and reading this! This is an incredibly personal journey for me, and it took a lot of courage and confidence to take this site live. I hope you enjoy reading what I have to share just as much as I enjoy writing it for you.
I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. As this post goes live, I’m currently at the tail end of a week’s recovery leave having just gone through my second laparoscopy to treat endometriosis. I’m incredibly fortunate that my surgery went to plan and that my results are at the positive end of the spectrum (well as much as they can be given the circumstances).
With that said, I’ve got a huge journey in front of me to continue my path to wellness, and I’m looking forward to putting in to action (even more so than before) the tips, tricks and life lessons I’ve learnt in the last year.
One of the upsides to surgery is the luxury of time to read and relax afterwards. It’s rare to get a forced shut-down period, even if you’re on holidays.
If you’re just getting started, I recommend getting your hands on these books. Other than looking great on the kitchen bench, they’re a good starting point and offer a bank of wellness knowledge.
The Whole Pantry, Belle Gibbons – This is possibly the best cook book I have ever bought. Beautifully presented, I get excited just looking at the recipes. All 80 or so are dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten free and vegetarian but still delicious, indulgent and satisfying. It doesn’t get much better!
Well & Good, Nat Kringoudis – If you have any questions about wellness and the female body, this is where you should turn first. Nat drills down into hormones, PCOS, endometriosis and everything else under the fertility sun. This book will help give you a simple, but educated understanding of the issues women commonly face.
I Quit Sugar, Sarah Wilson – This one doesn’t need much of an introduction, but it certainly deserves a mention. Sarah’s sugar bible is awesome! She helps breakdown the dos and don’ts of going sugar-free in an easy, digestible way. She also outlines how you can treat yourself come birthday/Christmas season. While the treats are ‘healthy’, they’re still damn good. Don’t underestimate them!
Beauty from the Inside Out, Dr. Libby – I’m yet to read this one, but I’ve just purchased it on the recommendation of a friend. This book explores how the body works (skin, thyroid, hormones), and what we can be doing (nutrients, vitamins, exercise) to help create beauty/a happier healthier you. I’ve heard lots of good things about Dr. Libby and have high expectations that the book is on to something very good.
Of course, this is a just a small snippet of what’s out there. I’d love to hear your favourites.