Jenny Johnston – Nutritionist

“Food can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison”

Food should make you feel good, and fill you with energy and vitality, if it doesn’t then something is wrong, the body is is out of balance.

Symptoms are the body’s way of telling us that things are not right. You can go on ignoring them, but sooner or later your body will find a way to slow you down and make you take notice! This happened to me when stress caught up with me recently, I’d been kidding myself I cold handle it all. I bulged a disc in my back and found myself spending the best part of a month in hospital!

One of the best non-invasive, non drug approaches you can take is to have a look at your diet and how you are nourishing yourself. Many chronic illnesses boil down to inflammation, toxicity, nutrient deficiency and/or some type of stress.  Stress is a huge problem! Let’s define stress for a moment – its anything that upsets your internal state of wellbeing and makes the body take corrective action. It can only compensate for your poor treatment of it for so long. Food is sometimes part of the problem, but it is always part of the solution. Food provides chemical signals to the body to up-regulate pathways and turn on self healing mechanisms.

Food is such a big part of life. I totally believe that food should be celebrated and enjoyed.

You should be able to have your cake and eat it too!

Sometimes you just need to get real and undo some of the issues first. Then you can enjoy the bounty that life offers.

Members of my family, like your family have various health conditions. My son Jack had gut and sleep problems from day one. At 18 months of age it was clear something wasn’t right. Jack was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder, and it still brings me to tears to remember how it felt to get that diagnosis. The failure I felt, that I didn’t protect him.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “does diet help”, I would be a very rich lady by now! Jack is living breathing beautiful proof that diet can make all the difference in the world. It took over two years to fix his severe gut problems, but I’m positive that while there is no cure, this pulled him out of his insular autism world, and now Jack is happy, healthy, quirky and thriving at mainstream school.  To read more about Jack’s story of healing and recovery click here

I’ve battled post-natal depression after the birth of my daughter and won; despite a family history of mental health and mood disorders. I grew up in a diabetic household, and other family members have auto-immune conditions. All in all, I’ve been through some stuff, and I’m the kind of person who leaves no stone unturned.

I believe in the naturopathic principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself.  I can help you learn listen to your body, and figure out what it uniquely needs.

At Your food matters we treat the person, not the disease.

Jenny studied Nutritional medicine at the Australasian College of Natural therapies, is a certified GAPs practitioner, member of the Bio-individual Nutrition institute, and a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).


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