HOW I MAKE IT WORK...

DISCOURAGED BY A BODY THAT SEEMED TO BE TURN­ING AGAINST HER, THE PSY­CHOL­O­GIST, 36, FELL INTO A PAT­TERN OF POOR HEALTH. THEN SHE FOUND THE POWER OF POS­I­TIVE EAT­ING – AND VOWED TO HELP OTH­ERS DO THE SAME

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - as told to Louise Ed­wards

Jayta Szpi­ta­lak trans­formed her life with food.

My health prob­lems started when I was preg­nant. I’m quite short: just 150cm tall. Which in Amer­ica, where I’m from, legally earns me a hand­i­capped park­ing per­mit.

Dur­ing both of my preg­nan­cies, my ba­bies ba­si­cally wouldn’t fit, so they lay side­ways. I looked enor­mous; more than that, I was in ter­ri­ble pain. My ab­dom­i­nal wall sep­a­rated the width of two fists, which was the largest sep­a­ra­tion my sur­geon had seen. Though I had surgery to fix my abs I still looked preg­nant, which had a sig­nif­i­cant emo­tional ef­fect.

To com­pen­sate, I turned to eat­ing and be­came ad­dicted to sugar. Of course I was fill­ing my body with chem­i­cals, so I was over­weight and had no en­ergy. The tip­ping point came when I was look­ing at old pho­tos from fam­ily hol­i­days and re­alised I didn’t look like me any­more.

It sounds vain, but it’s not. It’s about be­ing com­fort­able in your skin. And I wasn’t. I cringed when I saw my­self, and that’s not healthy. When you can’t look in the mir­ror, you’re not go­ing to be the best pos­si­ble part­ner, daugh­ter, or mum.

I threw my­self into get­ting healthy. Along the way, I dis­cov­ered func­tional foods – which aren’t just nu­tri­tious but have pos­i­tive ef­fects on both your phys­i­cal and men­tal health. I’m a bit of a re­search nut, any­way, and I started look­ing into the an­tiox­i­dant turmeric. Turns out it’s ef­fec­tive in staving off in­flam­ma­tion and helps in the treat­ment of de­pres­sion. This sim­ple herb that threat­ens no com­pli­ca­tions to a per­son’s health is so ac­ces­si­ble, and doesn’t need to be pre­scribed. It was an eye-opener.

Re­search in­di­cates that up to 90 per cent of the neu­ro­trans­mit­ters cre­ated in our gut af­fect our men­tal state – hence the gut’s rep­u­ta­tion as our “sec­ond brain”. And be­cause so much turmeric is hard to digest, the so­lu­tion is to fer­ment it. I be­gan to use sprouted and fer­mented foods in my diet and my health def­i­nitely im­proved. I also felt more pos­i­tive.

I be­gan to rec­om­mend fer­mented foods to my pa­tients. The feed­back was won­der­ful, and I felt a re­spon­si­bil­ity to make this pub­lic. But in Aus­tralia, it was hard to find fer­mented turmeric or sprouted foods. I wanted those prod­ucts here, which led to the launch of my com­pany, Fer­men­tan­i­cals.

My de­sire to change my­self came from a truly gen­uine place; be­cause of that, I was bet­ter equipped to help oth­ers make the changes they need in their lives.

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