Emily Janes Story
My Story
"My family has a long history of ill health, and from a young age I’ve felt the impact that ill health can have on an individual and the people around them.

I started accumulating symptoms from the age 9 starting off with bladder and bowel problems, which deteriorated over the years. At age 15 I was bitten by a tick in Germany and contracted a bacterial infection called Lyme disease. Over the next year, more symptoms started appearing with increasing frequency until age 16 when I was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery during my GCSE’s.

My health continued to slip away and at age 17 I was too ill to go to school. I became housebound, only able to go outside in a wheelchair.

After a long search and countless visits to specialists resulting in trials of innumerable medicines and treatment regimes I decided to take matters into my own hands and so I started a new treatment later that year. One of the requirements of the treatment was to eat no grains, low carbohydrate and only healthy, natural foods. High in protein and good fats, getting carbohydrates mainly from vegetables and occasionally fruit.

Without hesitation I started to eat unprocessed, natural foods in the place of my old grain-laden diet. Within the next few months I was able to get up and walk around the house. I could do the small things which seem so trivial now such as standing up in the shower, making breakfast or even staying awake for longer than a couple of hours during the day. Ever so slowly I started to feel I could do more. I was less bloated, my abdominal pains faded away, my skin became smoother and healthier, colour returned to my face and my eyes had life back in them.

After a while having chicken and broccoli every day became a little monotonous, so during the times I was well enough to get up and about around the house I became determined to make the most of my new way of eating. Totally excited at how my health was returning I was adamant I would make the most out of healthy foods. So I spent my time in the kitchen trying to recreate the foods I had loved when I was younger and fashion them in a way that eliminated the grains and processed foods and incorporated the healthy wholesome foods that I could eat now.

There’s no rule saying brownies have to be high in carbohydrates made with flour, heaps of refined sugars and processed. So why couldn’t I make a brownie that I could eat? I’d just have to be a little creative...

In between recovering and studying at home, and then later at part time school for my A levels, I experimented. I noted down foods I fancied, combinations I thought would go together and how it could work.

I love food and with my mum and sisters also being unwell it was incredibly important to me to be able to give the people that I loved, food that I knew was good for them and mostly that they would enjoy!

As I was well enough to get out and about by myself again, it became blindingly obvious that there weren’t any fun foods for people like me. There were the “diet foods” and the foods containing heaps of chemicals but after my health experiences I wanted to eat something tasty but healthy.

After a few frustrating trips out, I decided to do something about it.

I know the great impact that this way of eating has had on me and so I started my range, “Emily Jane’s Foods,” to offer real foodies a healthy and great tasting alternative to the unnatural, grain filled, high carbohydrate products available at the moment.

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