Rosy Cheeks Project and Digestive Health
“All Disease Begins in the Gut” ~ Hippocrates, Father of Medicine
I believe all healing begins in the gut.
The gut is responsible for the absorption and assimilation of the foods we take in.
The gut is also responsible for our mental health, producing serotonin – the brain chemical that produces feelings of joy and contentment.
The gut is the ultimate gatekeeper of health and wellness.
What is your mission?
As a self-medicated and recovering patient of chronic digestive ailments, my mission is to provide digestive solutions to sufferers of digestive ailments such as ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chron’s disease – digging deep into gut-loving recipes that promote digestive health.
Why did you start Rosy Cheeks Project?
One’s worst deprivation is lack of knowledge & understanding. One’s most valuable asset is good health.
I started RCP as a platform to share my knowledge of nutrition and my passion for healing the mind, body, spirit with whole foods. My goal is to make RCP a source of inspiration and education to motivate and teach others how to live a happy and healthy life by focusing on how to reverse digestive ailments with diet tips and gut-loving recipes made from nutritious, whole foods.
What does Rosy Cheeks Project stand for?
‘Rosy cheeks’ – Derived from the Chinese proverb “白裡透紅” defines crimson glowing cheeks as the golden standard for health and natural beauty. On RCP, there’s always a “project” brewing to uncover recipes and tips that promote glowing rosy cheeks.
How did your passion for nutrition begin?
No, I was not always a health nut.
My interest in nutrition began in 2013 when my body began to retaliate against my endless nights of partying and drinking. On top of stress from work and an imbalanced lifestyle, I was hit with sub-clinical hypothyroid, adrenal fatigue while dealing with chronic IBS. I experienced an instant decline in my physical and mental state. I was depressed and anti-social. I was lethargic and tired all the time.
Everything got out of whack and I had no idea what to do. I thought I was eating well, eating a primarily raw diet. Raw salads, raw everything! Because I thought food prepared raw provided me with the highest nutrient content.
Well, unfortunately, the raw diet made me sicker and more tired that ever. That was when I turned to my doctor, Dr. Google, for answers. But there was too much information out there. I was overwhelmed and had no clue how to decipher the supposed benefits of a ‘vegan diet’ over a ‘paleo diet’, or a ‘vegetarian lacto-ovo’…what diet? The deeper I dug, the deeper my interest grew. My interest then turned into a formal education in Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.
What is your education background?
A Business Management Graduate from the University of Toronto.
Currently studying to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
What is your food philosophy?
After experimenting with countless diets, adhering to strict diet guidelines that were ineffective and didn’t align with my body, I concluded that the best diet is one that respects my body’s needs at that moment in time. A ‘respectful diet’ is one that adapts to the changing needs of the body. I enjoy eating a mostly plant-based diet with ethically-sourced fish and chicken time to time. Making choices that are not only about serving myself but also serving the earth and the world in an authentic way is my food philosophy.
We should reflect deeply on what we buy and what we eat. What we buy and eat can contribute to climate change or it can help stop it. Eating is a chance to nourish our bodies and know that we are not destroy the Earth by doing so.” Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh