We really enjoy connecting with other local primal health enthusiasts and one such person we've been lucky enough to meet is Katrina Harrison, the creator of an amazing blog called Feeding Two Growing Boys.
Katrina is a lovely person, a wealth of health information and has kindly given her time to answer some questions for our blog so you too can get to know her and hopefully find inspiration in her and her family's health journey.
Us: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your health journey
KH: I am Mum to two boys aged nearly 4 and 5.5 years old and the owner /blogger /recipe developer / researcher of Feeding Two Growing Boys.
I always considered myself healthy, but like most people who have found the real food lifestyle, it took a major health crisis with my youngest to get us to where we are today. I am a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason and that the challenges presented to us as a family have allowed me to help others navigate their way through their own healing journeys. It's been a long process but the results have been very rewarding.
Us: What is Feeding two growing boys all about and how did it start?
KH: Feeding two growing boys is about sharing healthy REAL food recipes with like-minded people who are looking to eat additive, preservative and colour free food (and allergy friendly). Just the way nature intended.
I also have a specialised interest in gut health/healing diets (specialising in the Autoimmune Paleo diet) the Paleo lifestyle, eczema and food allergies/intolerances as well as the overall role food plays in the way our bodies function.
I had many friends ask me to share allergy friendly recipes in my own personal circle and it just made sense to beginning sharing these with anyone and everyone who could possibly benefit from the research and personal experiences I had been through with my youngest. So in September 2011 Feeding Two Growing Boys Facebook page was born and proudly has over 6,222 followers to date!
It is a place I hope inspires, encourages and promotes a safe environment for discussion for Mums, Dads and carers who are navigating the scary world of having a child with life threatening food allergies and intolerances.
Us: What are your health and wellness goals for the future?
KH: To be happy and healthy - sounds clichéd but having nursed a child from his worst to now being a "normal" functioning child all I can wish for is a long and happy healthy life. If we can outgrow even one of his IgG (intolerances) or IgE responses (confirmed allergies) would be a bonus, but if we don't then that is ok too.
To be able to raise two boys to be grateful, grounded and the healthiest they can be both physically and emotionally is my main goal in life. As a Mum I don't think I could ask for more.
Us: What advice would you give to people going through a similar situation to you?
KH: Always trust your gut instincts, they are rarely wrong. Doctors and specialists may have years of study behind them but they are not trained to look into a illness holistically and 9 times out of 10 give a bandaid fix and hope to be done with you. Knowing the power of food as medicine and everything you put into and onto your body plays a part in your overall health is key. Without a healthy gut your overall health is going to suffer and no pill or potion is going to make it go away. It takes hard work and commitment to reverse or manage an autoimmune condition and the rewards when you make the commitment are well worth it.
Us: What is your favourite quote or affirmation and why?
KH: "Nothing ever goes away until it teaches you what you need to know". Pema Chodron
As I mentioned I am a firm believer in everything in life happens for a reason. Lachlan's health issues and all the challenges thrown my way in the last nearly 4 years, I believe have a greater purpose. It has allowed me to find my passion in helping others navigating their way through similar challenges and has made me appreciate even more so the little things in life. We still have a while to go and I am forever learning everyday something which is very exciting.
Us: What is your favourite healthy meal to make for the family?
KH: Eating real food means we eat a huge variety of what nature has to offer seasonally. The boys don't have much they won't eat or like (other than their allergies/intolerances) so I am very lucky in that sense!
I have had rave reviews from everyone (both children and adults) who have made my hidden fruit & veg chicken patties which can be found on the blog here I developed the recipe after having a flurry of parents wanting to know how to get more fruit and veggies into their fussy children. These are a great addition to a nutrient dense breakfast, make a very easy school lunch and a quick and easy dinner option too. We always have some on hand in the fridge at our place.
Us: What are your favourite books, DVD’s, websites etc relating to health and wellness? And who inspires you?
KH: After my boys, books are my next love. If it's interesting I will read it. I have many favourites from cookbooks to self help/motivational and of course books on Gut healing and holistic health.
There are so many inspirational people out there in the health and holistic world it's hard to pin point one person who inspires me. I would have to say anyone out there who is spreading the word of real food gets my vote!
My daily inspiration is my boys , especially Lachlan (Master nearly 4). He has been through so much in his life and has had so many diet changes, tests and eliminations done but takes it all in his stride. He recently told me he wants to be a chef who "cooks safe foods, for people like me, and a fireman". I must be doing something right! :)
My parents are also a great inspiration to me, from a young age I was taught to believe that I could achieve anything I put my mind too, something that has served me greatly in my years and every day I live my life challenging myself to be a better person and Mum.
Us: How can people find out more?
KH: You can find us on Facebook, on the website where I blog recipes, book reviews, our story and progress, and blog posts, and on Pinterest :)
Us: Thanks Katrina, it was great chatting to you and getting to know you a bit better. We're sure others will find inspiration in your story and your journey and we appreciate what you do :)
-Clint & Aimee