Why I Choose To Live Additive Free – Tracey’s Story

It started a few years ago when my little sister (Jo) would call me and tell me about her day.  We would talk about all sorts of things, as sisters do, but mostly Jo would ask for advice.  Advice about her daughter (my niece), who, at the time, was around three years old.  Jo would (almost) be in tears while telling me about Eva, she was trying to reach out for help and I had no idea (we live in different states so it was hard for me to understand the effects of what was happening with Eva).

I would say stuff like – she will grow out of it, it is normal behaviour, wait till they are teenagers then you will really know what tantrums are…

But as time went on, I began to realise that the behaviour displayed by Miss Eva was not typical of a well adjusted three year old.  She would not lie down for quiet time and watch a movie, she would not sit and listen to stories and when she was in a ‘mood’ she was not able to communicate with others around her.

I had to think back a bit (as my kids are a fair bit older), but I know, at the same age, my kids were able to do those things. They would sit and listen to stories all day if they could, they loved their quiet times in the afternoons and would happily watch The Wiggles for an hour or so.  They were talking well, sleeping well and generally behaved (for the most part) in an acceptable way.  Don’t get me wrong, they were not angels, and could ‘throw a whammy’ with the best of them, but I was able to reason with them.

As weeks went on I started to listen more and more to Jo, she had started eating a ‘bit different’.  She was paying more and more attention to what she was feeding Eva, and she was starting to notice some real improvements.  As skeptical as I was, I still listened, I was intrigued I guess.

The real crunch came after my eldest daughter started getting headaches.  The sort that went on for days.  The doctors just put it down to a viral thing and had no answers.  I happened to mention to Jo one day, during one of our many phone calls, about this.  Her first reaction was to ask me what they take to school in their lunchbox.  Of course, I was thinking to myself “why the heck would that matter, she obviously has a brain tumor or something.  What does her lunchbox have to do with anything?”

But I went along with it and described to Jo a typical lunch.  BBQ Shapes was a staple.  My daughter would take them every single day.  Just like that, Jo was right onto it “Do you know what is in them; read me the ingredients on the packet”.

Umm ok, I’ll play along (all the while thinking my sister had gone cookoo).  As I read out the ingredients, Jo was telling me what each one meant and the reactions that they can have.  Needless to say that box went into the bin and we have not had them since.

But the biggest shock of all was that within a day, yes just one day, my daughter was no longer complaining of headaches. They had completely gone, just like magic – poof!

From that moment on I wanted to know more, I wanted to know what other things might affect our health.

I had no behavioural issues to worry about, but what did worry me was that the health of my family was being affected by the food I was feeding them.  Some of the chemicals were linked to cancer, skin irritations, headaches, liver problems, thyroid issues and so much more….it was totally scary and I might have had a little freak out moment!

I have always baked and cooked and love being in the kitchen, but would also buy snacks, take-away and the occasional packet mix to compliment my cooking.  Well not anymore!

I started changing our diet.  Slowly, changing things in my pantry to organic or as natural as possible.  We started growing more of our own fruits and veggies (just the easy stuff as I don’t have a green thumb at all).  I already had a Thermomix, but had never really used this to its full potential (it now gets a regular workout).

Over time we had transitioned into (pretty much) an additive free family and no one really noticed, or cared.  In fact, both kids were eating a larger range of things, their taste buds were changing and I was getting requests for soups, zucchini slice and fruit salads for school lunches (I often wonder if aliens came and took my kids and replaced them with ones happy to eat fruits and veggies – the verdict is still out).

I started paying closer attention to things – like mood swings.  Why is the whole family is a bad mood – what had we eaten?  Most of the time I can connect it to food (but of course there are times, with teenage girls, that I can’t, and this is generally once a month!)

It was like a light bulb had gone off, I realised that some of my health issues had gone away as well.  I had suffered quite bad vertigo for a few years.  Some of these attacks would have me bed ridden for nearly a whole week.  I am proud to say that since going additive free I have not had an episode of vertigo at all.

Then there were other things I noticed, my hairdresser commented how healthy my hair was and asked if I was doing anything different – umm yes I was eating better.  My nails were super strong and my skin was clear.  I was sleeping better, I was eating better and I had lost a couple of kilos (#bonus).

As the months went on, I found it easier and easier and I realised:

  1. Jo was not totally ‘cookoo’ but was in-fact an inspiration,
  2. The more I learnt the more I wanted to know and
  3. That if I can make changes, anyone can.

I was the most skeptical person out there, but I will cross my heart and promise that eating additive free will change your life.  This might be in a massive way (like Jo), or in a more subtle way (like me).  But either way it will make a difference.

If you would like to know more about eating additive free click on this link.

It will totally change your life (I promise)

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7 comments for “Why I Choose To Live Additive Free – Tracey’s Story

  1. Aimee
    May 31, 2016

    So great to read why you started your journey, which in turn made my journey so much easier.
    Love how you notice a change in your girls hehe Aliens…
    Keep it going y look u are totally wonderful Jo.
    Aimee x

    • Aimee
      May 31, 2016

      You are a WONDERFUL ?

    • Aimee
      May 31, 2016

      You are awesome ?

  2. Jackie
    June 14, 2016

    Omg, I’m about to read Jo’s story but I think I have Eva. This nearly had me in tears. Everyone says that your child will grow out of it and my child throws tantrums too. I don’t think people realise that it’s all day everyday. I’m off to check out Jo’s story. Love your work ladies.

    • <a href='http://www.additivefreemadeeasy.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Sistermixin'</a>
      June 15, 2016

      Hi Jackie, thanks so much, if there is anything we can do to help please let us know. Jo is amazing and has done so much to help her family, she is truly an inspiration. Good luck with your journey xx Tracey

  3. Sonia
    June 15, 2016

    I love reading about other ‘whys’… I thought we were eating quite well. . (We were compared to other families).. anyway mine starts as a little selfish. I have pancreatic tumours which no one knows exactly their type… they are cancerous like skin cancers but on the inside and a lot trickier to get to without major surgery. . So I was suffering extremely painful episodes with other awful symptoms I won’t mention here and the doctors couldn’t offer help other than pain relief and fluids after 10-16 hrs of agony. For four years I had test after test after test. .. injections, scans, operations etc etc etc… I feeling like crap so I began to research my diet. .. I found that eating mostly a vegetarian diet these ‘attacks’ became less frequent and less violent. .. I came across sistermixin by absolute luck one day and began to follow. … so I did follow and with their help and my own persistence…. and becoming vegan I’m proud to say (hopefully not jinx myself) I haven’t had an attack in under a year!
    So the more I read the more I became aware. .. of course this is also about my children but hubby and I need to be healthy to be here for them! I love and can’t thank Jo and Tracey enough. .. xxx THANK YOU

    • <a href='http://www.additivefreemadeeasy.com' rel='external nofollow' class='url'>Sistermixin'</a>
      June 15, 2016

      Sonia, the credit is all yours, YOU have done all the hard work, YOU have chosen the food you want to eat, YOU are amazing, we love you to bits xx Tracey and Jo

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