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