I'm Julie Daniluk, RHN, NNCP.
Thank you for stepping into my world! I feel most alive when teaching people how to heal with food. To that end, I invite you to discover more about me and what I do.
I don’t believe in rigid diets or meal plans because I think they are outdated methods of control that are bound to fail. Instead I enjoy inspiring others to look at healing choices so they can find their own anti-inflammatory LIVE-IT.
If you have read my story before, be sure to scroll down to catch some quirky things you may not know about me! I love combining my love of teaching with creating positive food experiences so people can fall in love with food that loves them back :-)
From Near Death to Full of Life
My heath journey began when I was very young (see more about that below), and I became a healer when I battled back from a digestive infection that nearly killed me in Thailand. The infection ravaged the lining of my gut. I was no longer able to digest starches and developed allergies to dozens of different proteins — dairy, wheat, rye, spelt, corn, peanut and potato, to name only a few. After years of coping with pain caused by inflammation, I thought to myself, enough is enough! I decided to give everything I had to healing.
I spent four years rebuilding my gut bacteria and repairing the lining of my digestive system. In the process of healing myself, I recognized that others who struggle with inflammation and digestive distress desperately needed the information I was learning and the results I was experiencing. I decided to write my healing journey into my bestselling book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, which has helped hundreds of thousands live a more vibrant life. Now, every day that I choose a healthy option is one in which I can feel greater clarity, fluidity, energy and happiness. Every day that I choose a healthy option is also one in which I can feel the gratitude of wellness. And now I have a community that supports each other in creating juicy vitality in the world!
My Early Struggles with Food
When I was seven, my mom figured out that food allergies and sensitivities were at the root of my health problems. When they took me off sugar, red dye, artificial preservatives and flavours, I blossomed overnight. I slept for eight hours for the first time in my life. I was able to focus in school and my grades improved dramatically . As long as I stayed on a natural diet, I was a transformed kid.
I was happy, calm and confident until I discovered my secret passion : cookies and ice cream. When I turned 16 years old, I went back to eating refined foods as a way to rebel. Despite how horrible I felt after eating foods I was allergic to, I found myself unable to stop. I would eat and eat until the food just came back up. I did not know then that this behaviour was called bulimia. At the time I thought, "I'm the only one on the planet who eats this way." This secret ritual continued for years. I tried to only do it when I was at home, alone, and I would hide the evidence.
The effects of bulimia eventually took their toll. My stomach lost its ability to digest my meals correctly. Even if I ate something healthy, if it contained a bit of something that didn’t agree with me, I had to fight to keep it down.
Because my stomach became very weak from years of abuse, I started to have more bouts of food poisoning (which happens when the pH in your stomach is not low enough to kill off bacteria or mould in food). Although my sister tried to help me, I found it hard to slow down my bulimic episodes - I didn’t know how to replace my only coping mechanism. Food had become my drug of choice, helping me forget any emotional pain.
I Decided to Take My Life Back
Living with an eating disorder in my early 20s, I can relate to that feeling of being out of control. I started months of tough therapy where I learned to express my true feelings and draw boundaries with others. I was able to dissect the reasons for my self-abuse with food. I slowly assembled a toolbox of coping methods that helped me heal.
By addressing emotional eating issues, it is possible to break-free of habits that no longer serve us. It took me 7 years to really stop the bingeing for good and heal my gut. My desire to be fully engaged in life began to outweigh the few moments of pleasure I got from tasting something to which I was allergic. I also learned that I could make treats that didn’t cause allergic reactions, so now, I have my cake and eat it, too! I owe a great deal to my husband, who gave me such important feedback and encouragement in the early days.
By listening to my intuition about food and learning which foods were nourishing, I became a more conscious and caring person. My greatest hope is that I can help you find your escape out of food prison.
Are you ready to make friends with the food you eat?
Are you ready to experience the joy of juicy vitality?
Are you ready to live life to the fullest?
I invite you to create for yourself the possibility of buoyant energy, joyful movement, delicious decadence and Juicy Vitality!
Quirky things you may not know about me :
- I love to free dive and my breath hold record is 3 minutes and 3 seconds.
- I was a tuba player… I know, I'm a geek. However, the training helped me learn to play the didgeridoo… and that is slightly cooler.
- I was a binge eater - usually cereal, popcorn and crispy rice squares. I healed my food addiction with lots of TLC and therapy. The best nugget of truth I have mined so far, is that we are not broken. Even when we are sick or bingeing or overfed and undernourished, our soul is not broken. Our souls are learning amazing lessons along the path. I love the concept provided by my teacher, Marc David, that our pain in our past makes great fertilizer for a fertile future! I am now a certified Eating Psychology Coach.
- I have a genetic disorder called Factor 5 that can cause life-threatening blood clots. Thank goodness I found out through genetic testing - now I take natural blood thinners daily including Vitamin E, Turmeric and NutraSea Fish Oil.
- I almost died scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico, when my equipment failed. It was scary in the moment, though it spurned me on to dive 5 oceans. My depth record is 173 feet. Dolphins and seals are incredibly fun to play with, while sharks, eels and stingrays are my dive companions.
- I was arrested at a rally for GMO awareness in my Fish-Tomato costume in 1999. I jumped up on a checkout counter and started yelling that we all deserved to know if GMO’s are in our food.
- I am addicted to lipstick and lip balm. Because I like to apply it 10 times a day, I make sure to only buy 100% natural products. Women eat up to 3 lbs of lipstick in their lifetime, so I know going natural is a critical action for our health. Want to learn more? Read my friend Gillian Deacon’s book There’s Lead In Your Lipstick.
- I despise the taste of cayenne or hot peppers, yet adore the heat of horseradish and ginger. My husband Alan says I eat more ginger than any human alive.
- At home, I only eat off handmade pottery because many people in my family are potters. Look for all the ceramic art in my food photos. My mom’s pottery is featured on page 324 of Meals That Heal Inflammation, and on pages 208 and 217 of Slimming Meals That Heal.
- I hated cross-country running as a kid. I was once so far behind in a school race, that I faked falling into a huge mud puddle on the course and limped across the finish line covered head to toe in mud - just to avoid admitting I was dead last! It turns out that I have a gene variation called NOS3 T/T that reduces my exercise tolerance. Now that I take Nitric Oxide support, my ability to exercise has gone through the roof!
- I adore food facts and often pin up research papers in the bathroom to memorize facts before breakfast.
- I love to change the lyrics to songs to make them more empowering. For example, whenever I sing “All Star” by Smash Mouth, I change the lyric to “Somebody once told me, the world was going to mold me, so I got the sharpest tools I could find” (instead of “Somebody once told me, the world is gonna roll me, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed”). Alan is even more inventive by rewriting the lyrics of love songs to include our names.
- I am half Ukrainian & half Scottish… it makes me extra thrifty and conscious to avoid food waste. I truly get a thrill making something delicious from all the food bits in the fridge.
- I had posters of the band “The Police” on my bedroom wall and went to bed dreaming of Sting. When I saw him in concert, I jumped a barrier and pushed my way to the front row. He looked down at me and winked. I melted! I appreciate that Sting has aged so well and is a great mentor in the yoga community. I practice classic Hatha Yoga six days-a-week and I think it's one of the most incredible tools to stay healthy and happy. To learn more about who I study with, check out www.shambunata.com
- I love well-written recipes, yet prefer not to cook from them! I like to improvise with whatever in-season foods inspire me. It was out of necessity, when I was rebuilding my health, that Alan (my husband) started to help me capture the over 400 delicious and healing recipe creations found on my blog and in my books.
- I was born on D-Day (June 6) and have a feeling I was a soldier in my last life. I can fire a gun with good aim, feel incredibly calm in a crisis, and love to cook enough to feed an army!
- I love breakdancing and break out The Robot at any opportunity, much to Alan’s embarrassment.
- All my greatest fashion finds have come from thrift stores. I just adore recycling clothes and hunt for vintage 1960s dresses. You can check out my latest finds when I appear on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV.
- I dislike coffee - even though my husband owns an organic, fair-trade espresso bar called Rise Espresso. I'm a tea-totaler and sip awesome mixed brews that I like to forage when I travel to my teaching events. My record for live events and media appearances in one year is 184, and I plan to break that!
- I have a look-a-like sister named Lynn, who is also a Gemini. She works with me at Julie Daniluk Consulting and it's handy to have someone who can anticipate your every move. It’s almost as good as having a second brain! When you write to firstname.lastname@example.org, she's always the first one to see the email and help you out. I am so excited that she will be launching her own book soon!
- I have cold feet and a warm heart. I sleep with a hot water bottle between my feet to balance my body. I believe strongly in regular detoxification and I have developed several popular online programs to help people cleanse safely.
- My absolute worst food intolerance is cane sugar. An accidental exposure can make me lose up to 24 hours of productivity. My speech becomes mumbled; my handwriting becomes scratches; my mood plummets. Could your food intolerances be reducing your performance potential?
- Because sugar is off my menu, I rely a great deal on fruit for sweet pleasure. Mangosteen, lychee nuts and local berries top my list. I try hard to focus 80% of my diet on local food, yet when I need to have a taste of the tropics, I enjoy broiling pineapple coated in cinnamon. Move over cinnamon buns!
- I have always wanted to fly. I love roller coasters so much that I actually have gone to Amusement Parks by myself to get maximum ride time. I was an Air Cadet during high school (I know, I can still hear the jokes now) and I still dream of getting my Pilot License. I have clocked over 200,000 miles in the sky (and yes, I find ways to carbon offset). I love every single minute I am in an airplane. Did you know that if you fast (not eat) before and during a flight, you dramatically reduce jet leg?
- Ultimately, I love sharing health as a gateway to happiness!