Guess how old Parm is?
I have friends who say that to everyone we meet.
It’s flattering, but I sometimes wish they wouldn’t.
Hey, maybe I’d like to meet someone younger?
so they can try it too – and it always does – then, great!
If that’s you, you need to know my story.
From the front rows of Chanel...to crying in front of the mirror
From the age of 19, I worked in the fashion industry for 30 years. I was a buyer for Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, sitting in the front row of Paris’ hottest fashion shows. It was fun, glamorous and sexy. I loved my job, and I was good at it.
In October 2015, I left a CEO position with a men’s fashion brand and decided to take a few months off before getting back into the grind. Except, a few days into my sabbatical, I couldn’t get out of bed. And when I did, my joints and heels were so stiff I could barely manage to hobble a few feet. I had deep, dark sunken circles around my eyes. Clumps of hair started falling out in the shower, and my face exploded in acne. To make matters worse, I started to get dark pigmentation on my face and neck, with every pimple leaving a dark scar.
Imagine hiding out in your home only to venture out early morning or late evening so no one will see you.
I was so embarrassed by the way I looked, I literally hid in my flat for over a year, seeking out doctor after doctor to help me. Eventually I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus which was the underlying cause behind Hypothyroidism, Chronic Fatigue, Adrenal fatigue, low hydrochloric acid, and about 18 food intolerances. I also had Streptococcus which I discovered is a co-factor of Epstein-Barr.
Fruit gave me back my confidence and my HAIR !
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Since image is right up there on the pyramid of personal needs for a woman, I focussed on Hypothyroid. I wanted my hair back !
I scoured the internet looking for miracle cures, soaking up every article like a sponge. Seriously, I must’ve tried every outlandish concoction of oils, teas, shampoos, smoothies. Need some ground fennel? I’m sitting with 2 kilos in my pantry.
Then, through my research, I discovered the power of healing through whole foods and taking my body’s natural pH from acidic to alkaline. I drastically changed my diet to 90% fruits and vegetables. I do eat animal protein, and I now know which choices won't aggravate my condition.
By following this eating plan, I started to feel better. I’ll admit that I was vain enough to want my hair and flawless skin back before anything else. So, I started creating smoothie and juice recipes with foods that help hair grow and reverse ageing. I drank these a couple times a day – every day.
Within 3 months, my eyebrows were thicker, my eyelashes were longer and all those gorgeous little baby hairs framing my face were growing. My skin started to clear and now I glow. A lot! It's considered virtually impossible to reverse hypothyroid and have your hair grow back without the use of drugs. Even crazier is the amount of time I did it in.
But that wasn’t all...
The other side effect that creeped up on me – in a good way – was that my body started changing. My stomach is flatter, bloating and puffiness has reduced significantly. About 8 months into this, I was staring at the body of my 18-year-old self. I am now the same size I was in my 20’s and my skin is taut and toned. This in itself is a miracle, because in my 40’s, I was prescribed Dianette – a birth control pill which clears acne, but caused me to gain about 5 inches of water in my thighs. When I changed my diet and started losing weight, the skin on my inner thighs was loose and flabby – well now, it’s tight, and getting tighter.
Inflammation, I see you!
Every day I see women walking around with symptoms I had, not knowing they can heal themselves. I can spot inflammation in almost anyone I see, male or female. And sometimes they just need to tweak their diet so they can prevent all the diseases that come with “getting old”.
Getting sick was a gift that I wouldn’t re-gift to anyone. But, I can give men and women like you the gift of my knowledge and experience to help them regain their health and beauty.
There isn’t a day that goes by, from the time I started my protocol, that I don’t tell someone about it. The secretary at the dentist’s office who was puffy with inflammation, the young man diagnosed with autoimmune disease in a cooking class, the young girl suffering from PCOS in my kickboxing class, my classmates, my instructors at college, my brothers and sisters, and my parents.
“I get it. But HOW?
Telling people to eat more fruit and vegetables wasn’t enough for them to implement themselves. They wanted to know what I ate and drank from the moment I got up to the moment I went to bed. So, I started creating informal “health plans”
New Career Path
I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC). In addition, although I never considered myself to be a great cook, when I started the healing process, I thought it wise to enrol in a cooking course so I wouldn’t starve!
I hold a Natural Chef diploma from London’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). Little did I know when I enrolled, that the need to feed and heal myself was going to launch a career creating therapeutic recipes and plans… to help heal you.
I can’t wait for the chance to do that.