I would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves. My name is Amber and I am 32 years old. Originally from San Diego, California I moved to Australia nearly five years ago. I have 3 children, ages 12, 7 and 3. I came over from the U.S for a boy. We were married for 3 years but unfortunately things didn’t work out…. but our youngest boy Dane is a blessing so no regrets! I met Monique at ground school for the airline we both work for over two years ago. Monique is 28 years old, born and raised in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. After finishing ground school in Wagga, she moved to the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Its hard to describe our friendship as anything more than “meant to be”. Sometimes you just meet someone and everything just clicks? That was the case with Monique and I. She is my sister in every sense of the word… the only thing missing is a blood relation. We started this journey of health together a year ago, striving to find the perfect balance to support energy for a physically taxing career and looking for ways to boost our immune systems. Working as flight attendants, we are constantly exposed to germs. Working at altitude in a confined area with an abundance of germs, combined with the exhaustion that comes with shift work had caused both of us to be constantly fighting virus after virus. I had the added bonus of small children at home who seemingly catch and spread one cold after another. We began our search out of frustration and near desperation. Initially we quit all sugar, including fruit. All grains and processed foods were eliminated. This was a really good start, however, I still was feeling unwell and my digestion was suffering from all of the animal protein. It was about the time that I nearly burst an ear drum at work, flying with yet another sinus infection that I decided to try something new. I bought a Nutri-Bullet and did a five day green smoothie cleanse. During this time I was at home sick, watching movies like “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Food Inc”. These movies changed my life. I made the decision that I no longer wanted to support the meat or dairy industry. So I became completely vegan. Monique being my sister and dedicated to doing this journey together, came along with me! We have maintained the no sugar approach while making Paleo/Vegan dishes that are delicious, comforting and satisfying. Packing breakfasts, lunches and dinners for our flights when we are away on overnights as well as learning what we can order out at restaurants has been a fun challenge for both of us.
So there you have it, thats us in a nutshell. We hope that you will benefit from some of our experiences as we explore the world of health and nutrition together.