My New Roots is a food blog run by the wonderful Sarah Britton, who is a holistic nutritionist.
I stumbled across her site a year ago when my health was in a bad state and I was doing a lot
of research into my condition. After the birth of my daughter in 2010 I was diagnosed with auto-immune
hypothyroidism, hashimotos, which at the time was quite severe. My blood levels were through the roof
and my doctor had never seen anything like it - nice to be unique. My doctor told me over the phone what
my condition was labelled, told me I'd have to take drugs for the rest of my life and that they were waiting
for me at surgery. And that was that.
Whooaaa! Hold up, back up, back up. Was he not going to inform me about this condition?
How it had come to manifest? Give me any information about it at all? Clearly not.
Not satisfied with this paltry summary of my health issues I set sail on an adventure of discovery about me and
my body, what goes in it and how it gets effected on a molecular level. I am a vast believer that the body can heal
itself given the right environment and so far my discoveries and desire to heal myself have been working a treat.
My initial TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels were 150 (normal is 0.2 - 4) and they are now 4.2 and I'm on
a small dose of the thyroxine drug. Diet, exercise and now meditation are playing a big role.
My plan is to now get my levels lower so I can have another baby (fertility generally occurs when thyroid levels are
inbetween 0.2 - 2) and then get off the drug. You never truly appreciate your health until it starts going wrong and in
a way I'm grateful this blip happened to me otherwise I'd never be on this journey learning about my body and really
our health is THE most important thing in life.
What we put into our bodies is so important and it's our choice everyday, we have the power to make change.
So finding My New Roots was a breath of fresh air. Sarah is in love with food and the immense power it contains
and wants people to be active participants in their own health and healing. Almost everything is gluten free and vegetarian
(I do eat meat though) and is pure food porn to look at. The photos are thoroughly gorgeous and make you want to eat the
food up there and then.
Here are three of her most recent recipes:
She also recently did a TED talk in Amsterdam. Check it out.
I hope you enjoy her site as much as I do and that you enjoy your health. Embrace it and love it.