Foodie Lee Holmes
An illness forced this nutritionist to completely rethink her approach to food
It took being diagnosed with a debilitating illness for Lee Holmes to find her life’s path.
Several years ago, a six-month blur of depression and lethargy led to Lee being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and fibromyalgia — a condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the body.
She rejected health experts’ suggestions that she start taking a cocktail of medications and instead, began to research food and nutrition in an attempt to eat herself well.
Now it’s a way of life — and a business — for the busy mum who shares her harbourside apartment in Sydney’s east with daughter Tamsin.
“When I came out of hospital, I didn’t want to continue taking all the drugs I’d been prescribed, so I changed my diet by omitting gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar,” she says. “Then I gradually started to feel better.”
Lee recently released her fifth book and says she has never felt happier or healthier.
But despite her close relationship with food, Lee says her favourite room isn’t her kitchen but a gloriously warm sunroom.
“It has light filtering through the shutters and it’s always warm and cozy,” she says.
“It also overlooks the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race which is a big plus.”
This proximity to the harbour is a big part of why Lee has called Sydney’s eastern suburbs home for almost 10 years.
“I like it because it’s quiet and parts of it have managed to maintain a 1950s fishing village vibe where real life is better than fiction and without the hustle and bustle of other coastal areas,” she says.
“I love the charm of its laidback style, tranquillity and peacefulness.”
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