This blog is for everyone who has been struggling to implement healthy food and lifestyle choices, has restrictions due to allergies/intolerances, or simply would like ideas and inspirations about nutritious yet super delicious food options. I will show you that healthy living doesn’t heave to be complicated and should never feel like you are deprived of anything. You will be surprised how satisfying this new way of eating can be. Who said healthy food can’t be delicious? All recipes are gluten and dairy-free, Paleo and most are AIP. I can’t wait for you to discover a new world of tasty foods that will nourish you and make you feel your best. Besides recipes you can also expect to hear about sustainable living and other lifestyle related posts. I strongly believe that living a healthy and happy life goes hand in hand with living in a eco conscious way and I hope I can inspire you to live the healthy and happy life you deserve to live.
Meet the Author
Hi, my name is Annika. I am a certified integrative nutrition health coach and a certified AIP coach and I am passionate about creating delicious recipes for people with food restrictions and living a sustainable lifestyle. I was born and raised in Germany and currently live in NYC with my husband. Following the autoimmune protocol since 2015, due to struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, has helped me manage my symptoms. In 2016 I started this blog to inspire others to take charge of their own health and find delicious alternative food options.
I have experienced firsthand the impact of food and lifestyle on my own health. Struggling with a lot of sickness during my teens and early twenties, traditional Western medicine was not able to help me. After many years of frustration and sickness and trying all sorts of therapies, I came across the then relatively new concept of food sensitivities and the “leaky gut syndrome” . I was able to stop taking asthma medication and finally being healthy again simply through not consuming dairy and gluten anymore. That experience completely changed my life and my outlook on food as medicine. Through an extensive cleanse, I was also able to stop taking thyroid medication that I had been put on during my years of constantly being sick.
Unfortunately, years later, major stress, unhappiness and a certain laziness to stick to the diet that I knew was good for me, made my health crash again, and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I was working as a professional dancer at the time, so that was a huge setback in my career. I took the medication the doctor prescribed for a couple of years because besides the joint pain, I suffered from severe inflammation in my eyes and I was very scared to lose my vision. The medicine definitely helped to relieve the symptoms and I could eventually resume dancing, but I knew I had to change my eating and lifestyle habits more. It was not until I started having seasonal allergies to a degree where it was difficult to work even with taking antihistamines that I finally hit a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew the solution would not be to pop more pills and I decided that I had to put my health first and drastically make a lot of changes.
From that point on, I went on a mission to clear out everything that is toxic and bad for me and fill my life with only nourishing things and happiness. I went on an autoimmune protocol, step-by-step got rid of toxins, changed my job, pursued my happiness, and I have never felt better than now. I spent a couple of months on educating myself as much as I could on the subject and also started seeing a functional medicine practitioner. Diet played a huge role for me but also exercise, getting rid of stress, making sure to prioritize happiness and living more sustainable. I didn’t even notice how unhappy I was until I made all these changes.
This journey has been incredibly empowering and I wanted to share what I have learned with the world…that is how 50 Shades of Avocado was born. I truly believe that most diseases and injuries people in our societies struggle with are avoidable through living a healthy lifestyle and my mission is to help people avoid having to go through what I went through. In order to be able to help as many people as possible I decided to become an integrative nutrition health coach and graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2017. Through sharing my story and my own experiences I want to show you that even being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease doesn’t have to be the end of your health, career and happiness. For me, embarking on this journey was the start of something really amazing, even though I could not see it back then.