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Feel like you need a dictionary to read food labels? Well, this week’s guest has made a career out of educating others on which sneaky food additives and ingredients to avoid to reclaim and protect their health.

These days, Mira Dessy is known as The Ingredient Guru. But she was once happily working as a database administrator. Then, health issues snowballed to the point where she could no longer work. It began with an irritable bowel then progressed to an immune system collapse and then to five different autoimmune diagnoses: ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s disease, Raynaud’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and a form of POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome). She remembers living her life on the sofa.

Mira proactively began taking control of her own health. She had always eaten what she thought was a healthy diet. But around that time, a friend gave her a book on artificial colors that changed her life. That was the moment she realized that there’s way more inside what we eat than we realize, and she began digging deeper to find hidden sugars and preservatives in things that she thought were healthy foods.

With dedication to a clean, anti-inflammatory diet, Mira gradually regained her energy and normal digestion, and got her life back. She eliminated all signs of ulcerative colitis, along with the symptoms of four autoimmune disorders.

Her experience inspired a complete career change. As The Ingredient Guru, she is a holistic nutrition professional, author, and a popular public speaker. She knows that it’s not just what you eat, but what’s in what you eat. Mira is a board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner who has been working with clients for over 15 years, helping those with chronic health issues find nourishing solutions for wellness.

She can be found online at The Ingredient Guru and on Instagram.

In my conversation with Mira, you’ll hear…

  • How IBS deteriorated into five autoimmune conditions
  • How she eliminated all traces of ulcerative colitis and the symptoms of four other autoimmune disorders
  • The diet changes that allowed her to regain her energy and vitality
  • What she found when she began looking more closely at foods she thought were healthy
  • Some of the stealthy ingredients to look for on food labels
  • What her diet looks like these days
  • The mind-body practices that helped her get better
  • Why keeping a food journal is critical
  • How buying in-season food helps your health and your bank account

And following are links to resources mentioned in the show…

Mira’s book, The Pantry Principle.

The Pantry Preparedness Masterclass (offered occasionally).

Hear how Mira Dessy, The Ingredient Guru, eliminated all signs of ulcerative colitis and four other autoimmune disorders by paying close attention to every ingredient she ate.

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