About the author

My name is Kerrie, I’m 26 years old and live in South Australia.

I’m a science researcher and I love being at the forefront discoveries! I have a huge passion for learning and I’m constantly seeking out new information. Every day in research there is something new or challenging.

I particularly love the chemical and biological sciences. My university studies over the last seven years have centred around biochemistry, microbiology, immunology and cancer. I am a trained immunologist and I’m close to finishing my PhD.

Before all that, I grew up outdoors climbing trees and running about with the cows we had on the farm. I’ve always been active without actually participating in organised sports or fitness.

My childhood was beautiful, but life became really challenging after the onset of bipolar disorder when I was fifteen. For the next ten years I suffered long depressions which I hid from everyone around me. Because of that, I also developed a myriad of other conditions and symptoms including severe social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Finally, after the suicide of a family member, I made the decision to get professional help and was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.

Since then, I’ve continued to battle long episodes of depression and occasionally hypomania. I’m working with a team of doctors to find the best combination of medications for this condition as well as undergoing lots of psychotherapy.

The motivation for a health and lifestyle overhaul is to be able to reduce the bipolar disorder severity. It’s not curable, but with a healthier lifestyle I’ll be able to manage it better and reduce my reliance on medication.

I’ve come a very long way in recent years. I also have a very long journey ahead of me, but I’m enjoying that journey and I’m inspired by the hurdles I’ve already overcome.

I love my body and I want to treat it with respect. I can only get out what I put in, and I intend to fuel myself healthily!

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7 Responses to About the author

  1. Kerrie, thanks so much for stopping by and liking my post. I so much enjoyed reading about YOU! Continued success on your health journey and I’ll be stopping by again soon 🙂

  2. Great “About Me” section! I also suffered (still suffer?) from anxiety. Two or three years ago I was literally paralyzed by my anxiety. It began to interfere with everything I used to enjoy: relationships, work life, social life, and my own relationship with myself. I ALSO developed a terrible stomach condition called IBS and also Colitis– landed me in the hospital for a week. I was basically stressing and dreading myself to sickness. I was always scared to do anything for fear of having a flare up or a bad day or fainting or some other scenario I’d maybe experienced once before. Going to/being at work became a problem. And forget it if I had something important or nerve wracking coming up. I am a teacher, but a few years I was still in school for it, and had to observe random teachers in random schools god knows where. I had to take a zillion exams. I had no idea hwat was wrong with my body and I had no idea how to handle what I was experiencing. Over the course of a year, I did a lot of research and found an entire community online that was dealing with my exact issues. I read people’s bios and felt like I was reading my own. It was a true breakthrough, and after that I started taking advice and suggestions. Ever since I took control of my health, my diet, and my mentality, I have made enormous strides in how I feel. Like you, I wouldn’t say I’ve conquered anxiety entirely, as I still get waves of anxiety whenever something new or spontaneous pops up– I am most comfortable in a routine. But I am EONS ahead of where I was a few years ago. And I really feel like I owe it to making a real concerted effort for myself and my own well being, both with food and with emotions. Learning to smile and/ or breathe when I feel anxious has helped me a lot. As has losing 20 pounds and cutting out a lot of foods that were making me sick. It’s been a long journey, and I still have a lot more to do, but I’m always happy to see other people who have had issues like mine succeed at reversing a vicious cycle. Cheers.

    • Thanks! 🙂 It’s great to hear other peoples’ success, it’s such a good feeling and a real accomplishment when you work hard at something you fear and beat it! Social anxiety can be so debilitating – I could hardly talk with all my colleagues for the whole of last year even though I often needed so much help, and I stopped sitting with the rest of them in our lunch break after the first week because I just found the pressure of spending that whole hour sitting with people so stressful, if I thought of adding to the conversation or was asked a question I felt like fainting. Fainting was a big problem for me for a while when I was a teen. It seems so silly but it happens and it is the most difficult thing to face up to and improve! Thanks again, and hope you continue to have as much success your journey! 🙂

  3. Hi Kerrie, what a fantastic background you have for someone blogging about health and nutrition – it is great when someone actually knows what they’re talking about – I am scientifically trained myself and am always a bit sceptical about all this “free radicals” and “antioxidant” talk and am never sure what is truth and what is marketing. But I do believe in keeping an open mind and trying things out and I’ve had very encouraging results by detoxing (even though some doctors in my family insist detoxing doesn’t exist 🙂 ). You sound a bit like me when I was younger, I had lots of anxiety/shyness issues as a teenager that I tackled in my twenties. I think once you have awareness of the problem, you will progress little by little. Luckily, I’ve found adults can be more open minded and friendly while teenagers can be mean and you can choose your friends and social circles rather than being stuck in school, so hopefully it will get easier. Good luck!

  4. Kabira says:

    Great posts you had going on your blog – last one was 9 months ago – will you continue?

  5. Juanita Ruby says:

    I just read your article on raw cacoa versus
    Then I read a bit about “Nourish Your Life”, then clicked on “more about me” – You sound truly amazing. I live in America, have MS and just wish someone with your passion and talents would research MS and get tot he bottom of this disease. You have the heart and the smarts – two things I woudl say researchers need!

  6. Laura (So Ca) says:

    You’re an amazing young lady. Our brains are the sexy part of being a woman! You will have a long happy productive life, and remember, we’re all mortal. Carpe Diem (Latin for “Seize The Day”).

    The USA is a mere shadow of its former self.

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