Pos­i­tive cook­ing

Chef and MS suf­ferer Jamie Fox saved him­self by fight­ing dis­ease with diet. KATE WIL­LIAMS tells the story of The Greedy Fox Com­pany

Devon Life - - The Greedy Fox -

Life was good for Jamie Fox. At 30, he pur­sued a life­long am­bi­tion to be a chef and, af­ter train­ing hard, was ec­static to land a job at Ply­mouth’s River Cot­tage Can­teen.

Six months into the job, his dream was shat­tered when he was di­ag­nosed with the life-lim­it­ing dis­ease, Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis. could de­velop his ca­reer as a chef, but that was sud­denly whipped away from them.

Jamie re­calls: “I think when you are di­ag­nosed with a lifeal­ter­ing con­di­tion you go through a pe­riod of grief for the life you ‘should’ have had. I felt down as I could not pro­vide for my fam­ily, we had a new­born baby and a lit­tle girl.

“I was placed on so many med­i­ca­tions that I lost all love for life and my pas­sion for food. My lack of move­ment and side ef­fects of drugs meant I put on five stone and the med­i­ca­tion left me with a per­ma­nently cloudy head.

For a time I very rarely left the house.”

Jamie be­gan re­search­ing al­ter­na­tive treat­ments for MS and re­alised that diet could be an im­por­tant fac­tor. He tried a ve­gan diet, cut­ting out all pro­cessed foods.

“I could no longer just ex­ist, I needed to start liv­ing again so I gave it a go,” he says. “Ini­tially, the en­ergy boost made me feel in­cred­i­ble, I felt like a new man and slowly weaned my­self off the 15 med­i­ca­tions I was on.

“I found it quite dif­fi­cult to sus­tain the diet, so I started sea­son­ing my food and ended up with lit­tle sea­son­ing mixes that I had made. And The Greedy Fox was born.”

Chang­ing the way he eats has turned Jamie’s life around, his en­ergy lev­els are up and he has lost his ex­cess weight.

Jamie says: “The Greedy Fox has given me back my life and con­trol of my ill­ness. Most of all, it gives me an op­por­tu­nity to show my kids that no mat­ter what life throws at you, you should get back up and turn the bad stuff into pos­i­tive stuff.

“There are days when I need to lis­ten to my body and rest. There is no cure for MS but at least now I have my life back.” the­greedy­fox.com

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