Twitter Handle: @Gastro_Chef
Who am I?
My name is Brendan and I am a Toronto based PhD scientist with a love and passion for food! I also just so happen to have ulcerative colitis. After failing on 90% of available medications I decided to pursue diet as a method of control and achieve remission.
My blog and website are to provide a resource of foods, recipes and tips based on personal experience and clinical scientific data to help those seeking control of IBD or to simply achieve overall GI health through diet. My recipes are based largely on the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) but do make some exceptions based on my own experiences and understanding of the human body and how it functions. If you would like to read more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet click here!
What makes me qualified to write this blog?
Well nothing really other than being a food enthusiast… I also bring a healthy dose of scientific perspective to all my cooking and food choices. I have an honours bachelors degree in biological science, a master’s degree in biotechnology and am currently working towards my PhD in immunology. On top of my education I have a sick love affair with food and will do anything in my power to produce the best meals and treats for any diet! It is my hope that I can bring new ideas while also sharing the science behind my choices and provide layman resources for anyone out there!
Why grain free?
The answer to this question is complex but the answers lie in what the modern diet has evolved into. Childhood obesity is at an all time high, the prevalence and incidence of gastrointestinal associated diseases is on the rise as well, the common link — Diet. Foods and grains on the market today are nowhere near the foods our parents or grandparents ate and because of this we need to think more carefully about the foods we eat and how are body processes it. Often the foods we love put such an unnatural stress on our body that our natural homeostasis (the happy zone for our body) is perturbed to unhealthy levels. It is my hope that this blog serves to not only help those struggling with establishing a healthy lifestyle but to also to teach everyone to question what you read in the paper or the news or hear from a family member, to question the claims new products make and to always make informed decisions. Most diets out there claiming to help you become healthy only serve to trick you into a diet based on starvation. Using common sense and a rational approach you achieve all your fitness and health goals by following a diet based on substitutions rather than eliminations.