My name is Aurora Raisbeck, I'm originally from Italy but now live in England with my husband Brian. That's us!
The question I get asked most is: How can you put up with the English weather having lived in Italy most of your life?
Well, the truth is I love it here, the temperature is just right for me, not too cold in winter, not too hot in summer... If only it didn't rain so often it'd be perfect!
The next question people ask is ... you've guessed it ... about the food. Don't you miss Italian food?
Oh yes I do, but the problem is while I was still living it Italy I became intolerant to wheat, tomatoes, olive oil, peppers and a few other things that are so common in Italian cuisine and that I loved. After all it's not a bad thing for me to be away from them!
There's nothing like a set back in your life to make you stand back and reassess things.
For me, it happened when I became ill with ME/CFS in 1992. Apart from the usual symptoms of ME (debilitating fatigue, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, brain fog, swollen glands, etc.) I also developed food intolerances that just added to the problem.
With the help of a nutritionist in Italy I managed to find out which foods where causing me a problem and by avoiding them, I was able to have some relief.
But this sparked an interest on the subject.
If certain foods were responsible for some of my symptoms, could I get better if I found out which foods where suitable for me?
The answer wasn't as easy as I hoped. As it turns out ME/CFS doesn't always respond to a change in diet, although the right diet can have a tremendous impact on some symptoms. In my case I found that a combination of nutrition and acupuncture is the answer to my problems and I'm getting better every day.
Problem was... because of my condition I had to give up work as a dental nurse. Now the question was: How long would it take me to be well enough to go back to that job? But, more importantly, did I want to go back to that job?
What I was really passionate about was the subject of nutrition. In fact, while I was still working as a dental nurse, I started studying nutrition seriously and even after I had to leave work I carried on studying as much as my condition allowed.
In 2009 I finally managed to qualify as a Diet and Nutrition Advisor as well as doing courses with the Open University on Nutrition and Human Biology. I simply love finding out all I can on how the body works and especially how it reacts to the environment we live in, the choices we make as far as food is concerned and how these choices affect our health (you'll find that these subjects are all discussed on this site).
So what started as a hobby it turned into a passion!
The next question was: Could I possibly find a job that would allow me to use the things I'd learned? Yes, possibly I could have set up my own practice and started looking for clients, but in order to do that I needed to invest a lot of time and energy, which I still didn't have.
I needed another solution ...
When I was studying for my Nutrition courses I was doing a lot of research on line and I remember how disappointed I often was because I could never find satisfying or complete information on the subjects I was researching.
Some sites would only give superficial information, others be to technical, still others be very dogmatic.
If somebody stated that a certain food was good for a certain condition, I wanted to know why; whether there was any evidence to support it and how it actually worked. Time and again I would go away feeling that there had to be something better out there.
I often thought "It's very well to list all these wonderful superfoods, but how easy is it to find them?" Many of them are very exotic or very expensive or very difficult to find. Not everybody can get hold of them.
How about everyday foods? What are their health benefits? What conditions would these foods help to treat?
This is where I started to dream. Wouldn't it be wonderful if I
could build a website that could answer all those questions? I would
know exactly what people would be looking for, because I had been in
their position myself.
But I was only well aware of my limitations: To be able to create a website I always thought you needed to be a computer wizard, which I'm not, or pay somebody a lot of money to do it for you, which I don't have.
So I had serious doubts
that I could do it. No good using one of the many site building tools
out there, because I wouldn't know what to do with them! Even if I went
as far as creating a page, how would I go about getting traffic?
It's funny how often things happen right when you least expect them to.
As it happened, some friends told me about SBI! and how they were helped to build their own website from scratch. They too had no idea how to go about it, but SBI! gave them all the tools and the help they needed.
I immediately saw the opportunity I was looking for. I started doing some research on SBI! and soon realized it was the answer to my problems. It could actually help me make my dreams come true! It could help me to make a living doing what I love!
And so it did! It really lived up to my expectations, in fact, it went well beyond them. I had no idea what I could really achieve when I first started, but it's opened up a new world in front of me, and I can't wait to see how far I can go.
I remember how hard it was to force myself to go to work when I wasn't feeling well. Now I can't wait to work on my website and see it grow under my eyes!
If you too want to know how to transform YOUR dreams into reality click on the banner below or read my About SBI! page.
In the meantime, I really hope you enjoy reading all about the healing power of various foods and really benefit from the information I've presented.
Knowing that I've helped even just one person in whatever problem they might have is the biggest reward I could get!