Hello and welcome to The Wellness Temple 🙂
Thank you so much for visiting my blog! My name is Bianca and I’m a corporate lawyer living and working in Sydney, Australia. In my spare time, I love to read, learn, talk and embrace all things ‘health and wellness’ – which includes a huge love affair with food and cooking!
So here’s a little bit about me and why I decided to start this blog…
When I was 13 years old I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis which is an incurable inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Over this time, there have been many lows – I was having flare ups/relapsing at least twice a year which often ended up in me taking high levels of steroids or in hospital to get things under control quickly. All I knew about IBD was what the doctors told me and the medication that kept me in remission… a constant cycle of drugs and doctors. I quickly became content with the fact that for the rest of my life I would have to take medication if I wanted to live.
Up until about mid-2012, things took a turn for the worst and I was confronted with the reality that I would need surgery to remove my colon. Bottom line. In my mind, this illness that I had been living with for over half my life suddenly became very real, and very scary.
Faced with the ultimatum that I would spend the rest of my life with a bag outside my body to collect my stool (sorry, there’s no polite way of describing this!), I was determined not to settle for the conventional doctors’ advice this time round. I decided to seek alternative advice from a naturopath – a decision which undoubtedly changed the course of my life.
Today, I can confidently say I’m kicking IBD’s ass one day at a time!
So how did I get here? I have learnt SO much in the past few years about the body’s natural ability to heal itself. I have basically eliminated all wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, processed foods and any other inflammatory foods from my diet with the aim of healing my gut. There is no denying this change was hard, especially if you’re a bread lover like I was! But for me it was as simple as focusing on what I could eat rather than what I couldn’t – and trust me there are so many yummy foods out there that you won’t look back!
My goal is to empower others living with IBD, or with any inflammation in the body, to realise the importance that diet and nutrition plays in our wellbeing. I will share with you all my favourite recipes, nutrition for inflammation, information on supplements and probiotics, the power of self-healing and the importance of developing a spiritual practice to heal your gut and in turn, heal your life. More than anything I want this to be an open forum for us to engage and talk openly about health, wellness and living with disease – so I would love to hear from you!
Happy reading and remember your body is your temple so treat it well!
‘Enrich yourself with the tools to nourish and heal your body.’
This blog is based on my own personal journey with natural wholefoods and herbal medicine. I am sharing this information with you for educational and informational purposes only. For medical advice, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider. Unless otherwise advised, all recipes that appear on this website have been prepared by me and are my copyright property. All persons commenting on this website acknowledge that they are strictly liable for their own comments.