Lee and her Superchargedfood blog have helped countless people worldwide improve their nutrition!
What circumstances led to you the health and wellness industry?
About seven years ago, I was a single working mum with a fast-paced career at the ABC in Sydney, when I suddenly became quite ill. I became overly tired, felt aches and pains across my whole body, my hair started falling out and my skin was covered in hives. I soon found myself in and out of hospital and was later diagnosed with autoimmune disease and fibromyalgia. After struggling with numerous amounts of steroids, antibiotics and immunosuppressant drugs, which only made me feel worse, my doctors agreed that I could wean myself off medication if my health started to improve with dietary changes. I researched the medical capabilities of food and ingredients and began to simplify my diet and steer clear of triggers. After seeing changes and links between my diet and the symptoms I was feeling, I began to create recipes, document my process and discoveries. From this I planted the seeds that became the roots of my blog.
Did you ever experiment with a fad diet, and what was the outcome?
After I became aware of the link between diet and health, I started experimenting with consuming less amounts of trigger ingredients such as additives, MSG and highly processed foods. When I removed these from my diet I noticed a big improvement in my health; my energy levels improved, my hives disappeared and my immune system started to improve.
What basic food principles do you follow?
I think it is really important to intuitively give your body what it needs to feel better. For me, I follow a simple, clean and natural diet. I like to eat nutrient rich, easy to digest foods that are anti-inflammatory and good for gut health and the immune system. Things like smoothies, soups, bone broths, fibre-rich veggies, seasonal fruits, grass fed meats and omega-3 rich fish are staples in my diet. While I mostly stay away from foods that are pre-packaged, processed or full of sugar, I think it is important to have a balance and allow yourself treats every now and again.
Do you think everyone should follow similar principles?
Everybody is different inside and out and I think that diets and food requirements will change from persona to person. It is best to listen to your own body and experiment with different ingredients and foods until you find what is best suited for you to make you feel better.
What advice might you have for someone who doesn't really understand the concept of 'listening to their body?'
When listening to your body, it is vital to be mindful about what you’re feeling during and after you consume food. To do this, you must be completely present while you are eating. When you are stressed, upset or rushed, your nervous system goes into fight or flight mode. This reduces blood flow to your gut and makes the digestion process more difficult. At meal times it is important to put aside everything else so that you can focus on the food that is presently in front of you. Try to avoid eating while standing, working or checking your phone. Slow down when you’re chewing and enjoy the different flavours and tastes on your palate. To give your digestive system all the support it needs to optimally digest your food, be mindful of what you are eating and the amazing process happening inside your body!