Welcome to A Wholesome pasture. I am Nirmala – an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, passionate health & wellness advocate and wife to a wonderful husband AKA the love of my life.
In 2011, a diagnosis of an Autoimmune illness called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis made me look at what I ate, the way I lived and chose to think. I realised I had to make the conscious and difficult task of changing many aspects of my life if I wanted to live a fulfilling, pain free and healthy life. It expanded my life in ways I never imagined… for the better.
A wholesome pasture is a place I come to share my journey of healing from my chronic illness holistically and living a healthy life through lifestyle changes. Read my story here and here. I have also written a post on how I manage my autoimmune illness holistically here.
So why real, whole and clean living?
I believe that keeping it real and authentic in life is key to finding happiness, healing and good health. To be our authentic self and the acceptance of the less than perfect parts of us does not mean weakness but true strength. When we start to ask ourselves tough questions and answer those questions truthfully and embrace our imperfections and be authentic and real with ourselves and others that is when the healing truly begins. I try to keep it real in my life and practice self love and self care plus I also eat real food.
Good health ALWAYS starts with eating clean, real and whole food but it is never just about the food that nourishes our body. Good health and wellness goes beyond just the food we eat. This comes back to keeping it real as well, so this is a wellness blog and not just a food blog because changing my diet has only helped me that much and I am not going to pretend otherwise. Focusing only on food is missing the bigger picture of what it really takes to have a healthy life and heal from chronic illness. It is about nourishing the mind, body and spirit as a whole.
I don’t believe in dieting to lose weight or staying healthy because it does not work in the long run. Elimination diets work great in the short term to heal leaky gut and identify food sensitivities that might be hindering the healing process but following any long term very restrictive diet would be missing out on vital nutrients that we need for our good health. Thus, healing our body should always be about eating nourishing foods and not just eliminating foods.
What I do believe in is eating nutrient dense, low sugar, unprocessed, real, clean, organic, fresh food – the way our great great grand parents ate. Eating this way has made the biggest difference in my health and weight. Apart from this, choosing food that are naturally gluten, dairy, soy and egg free – stuff that I am highly sensitive too, improved my health to a level that it has not been at in years. Doing an elimination diet enabled me to find out that I was highly sensitive to gluten, dairy, soy and eggs. Keeping them out has allowed my gut to heal that much faster and I am still able to get nutrients from other food sources without missing out on much. Recent studies have also shown that many autoimmune illnesses are exacerbated by gluten consumption.
Why organic? Well, pesticides, herbicides and petrochemicals used in conventional farming have been linked to a number of chronic illnesses. Read more about why I eat organic here. If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy organic food then simply eating whole foods that are unprocessed will make a wonderful start towards your wellness journey. In my cooking and recipes I use mostly organic produce and products and all of them are also glutenfree. Some of them are also egg, dairy, soy and nut free. Just because you can’t eat some foods doesn’t mean you have to eat awful and bland food nor do you have to make complicated dishes that take hours to prepare. It is possible to cook for you and your family delicious, simple and homemade meals everyday.
Clean living for me and my husband goes beyond food- it is a way of life. Using natural and sometimes one ingredient products on our body and around our home has become part of it. Studies have shown time and time again that man made chemicals in our food, personal care/cosmetics and household products that we use have been linked to a multitude of illnesses with chronic exposure. We can’t avoid man made chemicals in our modern world but every little bit of effort we make counts towards the healthiest life we can possibly live.
No matter what background we come from or how different we are from one other, we all have one common goal that is – to be happy. I believe when we invest in our health and be grateful for what we already have, happiness comes naturally into our life.
My goal is to bring awareness, healing & hope to others like myself, who are battling chronic illness through my blog.
So, thanks for stopping by, your visit brings me great joy and I hope that my place of health and healing will become yours too. 🙂
I am not a licensed physician and am not qualified to diagnose or treat anyone. The information on this blog is based on my personal experience, research and my training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. It is to be used for educational and informational purposes only and is not to be misused as medical advice. You remain responsible for what you do with the information on this site and any application of the information on this site constitutes the explicit waiver of any liability on our part.
Please be smart and don’t stop or start taking any medication, supplements or change your diet without first consulting with your doctor. I am here to share my journey in the hope of bringing more awareness to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – a chronic autoimmune illness and give hope to fellow sufferers that it is possible to bring the symptoms largely into remission and live a healthy and happy life by making holistic changes either with or without medication.
A qualified functional and integrative doctor helped kickstart my healing journey and I definitely did not do it all by myself. I continue to consult Functional and Integrative doctors for follow ups regularly. I did do my research and educated myself in order to manage my illness better, bringing my symptoms largely into remission and am in the best place I have been in years. I have also trained with the largest nutrition school in the world, Institute for Integrative Nutrition as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
Finding a doctor registered with the Institute for Functional Medicine or the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine will be the first step towards recovery and working together with a trained health coach who can guide you through the process will be the next step for anyone looking to manage their chronic illness in a holistic way.
I am here to give you hope that you can feel healthy again, it will not be an easy process and possibly a long one but you will make it through better and brighter you have ever been.