Nourished Again was created to help inspire food lovers to get creative in the kitchen with healthy and nutritious ingredients. Not only will you find delicious recipes here, but I also hope I can help you learn something about food, what it really is, and why each ingredient is so important.
I’m Jess! I enjoy learning about health and the human body and how it reacts with food. I enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I do not have any special training with food or cooking other than what I learned in nursing school and information and tips I learn from books, articles, journals, etc. In fact, currently I work as registered nurse in infectious disease (this is the part where you cringe). That being said, food and health is not just a hobby, it’s my life. And it’s yours too! Finally, I have discovered my passion for healthy, whole foods and veggies and I want to share with you my journey to health. Maybe I will inspire some of you to begin your journey or at least help you along the way. And I’m sure some of you will be helpful to me too!
(My Not-So-Healthy) Health History
I want to share with you how I got to this place in my life. Not too long ago I was not taking care of my body. I was working 16 hour shifts, night shifts, evening shifts… any shift anyone else didn’t want. I was drinking coffee at all hours of the day and night when I was working. When I wasn’t working I would enjoy my weekends going out to bars and staying up all night. While I don’t regret the memories and friendships I have made, this lifestyle caught up with me. It caught up with me quick. I began to feel awful. I was getting migraine headaches two to three times a week. I had no energy. I was anxious all the time. I never wanted to go out and do things. I was always cold and uncomfortable. I began to gain weight. My hair was falling out. My nails wouldn’t grow. My skin was dry and cracked. I just felt awful. I wasn’t me anymore. And believe it or not, I just thought it was because we were having a rough winter in Vermont. I thought once summer rolled around I would bounce back in no time.
In March 2015 I sought out a naturopath to help me with recurrent migraines. I mentioned the other symptoms only because he asked. I really just thought I needed some good ole healthy sunlight and to drink more water or something. Little did I know what my body was struggling with was much more.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and hypothyroidism.
Did not see that coming.
For those of you may not know, Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune means the body’s immune system attacks it’s own cells and tissues. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the body attacks thyroid tissue and causes hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s affects about 8% of people in the United States alone and about 80% of those people are women. It is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the U.S. and the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S.
Along with that, I had several vitamin and mineral deficiencies. I was placed on thyroid hormones along with a multitude of vitamins and supplements.
Since then I have also been diagnosed with endometriosis, SIBO (a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine that is common in autoimmune patients), and have had two outbreaks of shingles on my face.
While I have still struggled to find balance (I’m talking about you, shingles outbreaks), I have been virtually free of migraines, my hair has been growing better, my nails are growing healthier, my skin is less dry, I have lost weight (not that I am worried about my weight), and I generally feel better. Unfortunately I do still struggle with many symptoms, but it’s a work in progress.
So here we are. Me and you. You might not have an autoimmune disease. You may have other struggles that brought you here. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you just like food. And that’s awesome too. What we do have in common (I hope) is that we’re both interested in health and food, and we understand there is a connection between the two. We’re looking up recipes and we’re going to the grocery store and we’re picking out veggies and we’re planning our next meal. That takes effort. Good for you. Pat yourself on the back because it’s not easy. But we know how rewarding it is to nourish our bodies with the real food it needs. There are no basic answers on how to be healthy. It’s just a journey. I’ve created this blog for both me, and for you.
I really hope you enjoy what I have to share on this blog.
Take care of yourself. You are all you have.