Lifestyle

CQU academic harnesses healing power of clean eating

CLEAN BILLING: Angela Zagoren says she discovered the power of clean eating when she was searching for a cure following a diagnosis for MS.
CLEAN BILLING: Angela Zagoren says she discovered the power of clean eating when she was searching for a cure following a diagnosis for MS. Peter Lawrence

WHEN traditional medicine fails to provide real solutions to some of our most debilitating diseases, it is not unusual for patients to look outside the box for help.

Even health professionals who have been entrenched in the rigid philosophies of medical science have been known to look to alternative therapies when medicine has failed to provide answers for their own ailments.

That's certainly the case for former psychologist turned health consultant, Angela Zagoren, who advocates a "clean eating" approach to overcoming disease. In her final stages of her PhD at CQUniversity in 2010, Angela suffered an acute attack on her lower limbs which put her in a wheelchair for months.

After a second attack, and numerous doctor's visits and tests, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Separate MRIs found two lesions, signalling the autoimmune condition and confirming Angela's worst fears.

"I felt angry, frustrated and powerless at the prospect of having a chronic disease … The penny dropped that all the energy I had spent on fighting the diagnosis would be needed in cultivating acceptance and hope for the future."

Despite being ready to throw the towel in on her studies, Angela was encouraged to complete her thesis by her supervisor Associate Professor Matthew Rockloff.

"I was grappling with fear about my career prospects, questioning whether anyone would want to employ a psychologist with MS. Thankfully, my supervisor was incredibly supportive."

With her thesis submitted and her second baby on the way, Angela turned her attention and energy to fighting her disease.

Disillusioned with the limited solutions provided to her by doctors, Angela focused on psychological strategies such as 'mindfulness' to cope with her pain, reconnect with her body, and tend to its needs.

With her wealth of research skills, Angela began reviewing medical journals, online research databases and library books, and was surprised to discover the sheer volume of alternative treatments for MS. She began experimenting on herself by increasing her vitamin D levels, exercising and strengthening her muscles, and changing the fats in her diet.

Angela credits her discovery of the powerful role of food in preventing and combating disease to an inspiring book by Perth-based emergency doctor Professor George Jenlinek, Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis.

"Here was a man who prevailed over his disease despite tragically losing his mother to MS before his own diagnosis at the peak of his career. I immediately connected with his dedication to research and his search for alternative treatments. I was overjoyed to learn his diet and lifestyle changes had kept him relapse-free for over a decade. I'd never heard of such a thing!"

It was Jelinek's story that gave Angela the confidence to trust her instincts that "clean food" was the answer to healing her body.

She has since proven that "sunshine, an exclusively wholefood plant-based diet, mindfulness and exercise" can make huge changes in health and well-being.

And in her case, help to prevent a recurrence of her MS symptoms.

Ten months into her new food and lifestyle program, a routine MRI of her brain and spinal cord showed no sign of any new or old lesions - a completely normal scan.

Angela is now symptom free and out of the wheelchair. She's a busy mum of two young boys dedicated to sharing her story in the hope it will help others in their quest for health solutions.

Angela has developed her own website www.cooking formyspirit.com.au to share her knowledge about plant-based nutrition and how to claim your life back from disease.

Although Angela knows that diet overhauls are rarely a one-size-fits-all remedy, she says it's important to listen to your own body when it comes to deciphering foods that cause harm or health.

Angela is currently in negotiations with publishers for commercial books that will merge established academic, evidence-based research with her own practical applications and has plans in place for a plant-based cookbook, due to be completed by the end of 2014.

She also conducts consultations for people seeking personalised health interventions.

Topics:  clean eating diet health lifestyle



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Horror drug-fuelled Rocky home attacker sentenced

Ryan Webley

Ryan Webley's LSD experiment went horribly wrong.

Jobs to apply for in CQ right now

Engineer with red hardhat working on a panel. Technician checking wires at panel in power plant

From administration to trades, there's something for almost everyone

Woman threatens neighbour claiming he drowned puppies in bucket

Puppy

She was heard yelling 'I'm going to kill you... you killed the dogs'

Local Partners

Woman threatens neighbour claiming he drowned puppies in bucket

She was seen pacing past his house yelling 'I'm going to kill you... you killed the dogs'


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Excitement builds over Da Vinci exhibition

Da Vinci Machines is on display at Rockhampton Art Gallery from 18 March until 25 May.

Exhibition features in excess of 60 models of machines

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to events in CQ this weekend

Aussie Shakespeare is a frenetic and good-humoured canter combining classic Shakespearean stories and characters with Australian themes from cyclones to football to the revolving door of federal politics.

Everything you need to know about events in the region

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Big Bang spin-off to be about kid Sheldon

Jim Parsons in a scene from the TV series The Big Bang Theory.

Actor Jim Parsons has dished on an upcoming Big Bang Theory spin-off

How Adam Brand’s Nashville dream fell apart

Country music singer Adam Brand talks about how heartbreak stopped him chasing his Nashville dream.

SINGER reveals how heartbreak stopped him from chasing his dream.

SHOALWATER: Protest efforts against land acquisition ramp up

Craig mustering cattle off the marine plain at their Marlborough property about and hour and a half north of Rockhampton

Online petition attracts loads of signatures, rally next week

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!