Back from Hibernation – My Personal Update

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This is the longest I’ve stayed away from blogging. I owe you, my readers an update of what’s been happening. I’m thankful for those of you who are concern about my silence. I do not usually write about my personal life on this food blog but it’s time I ask for support and share my story. Maybe my story might share some light with others that they are not alone in their journey, whatever it may be.

As my work is mostly online and being self employed, there are practically no official working hours sometimes I am toiling away till wee hours, updating social media or answering comments. When my head is down and working on a project, that becomes my focus. Self Care is something that I have to really work on to achieve most times. I have difficulty taking time out for myself. These 3.5 months have been time for self care.


You might have come across personal sites/blogs/stories of how someone recovers when they change their diet to eating healthier or plant based / raw / paleo diet.. When I first discovered those stories, I would read with awe and hope. Filled with hope that I could soon recover too.

My journey didn’t turn out that way. It has been quite a roller coaster journey since my health plummeted in 2010 after a few stressful years of running a small event management setup with a partner, coupled with bad eating habits since college and lastly poor genetic make-up. Mentally and physically, I was totally burnt out at the age of 33. My body’s battery was low, I had extreme fatigue that needed 12-14 hours of sleep that left me not able to work full time.

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The initial protocol from my naturopath of treating my candida infection, adrenal fatigue and leaky gut helped improve my fatigue after 2 years of treatment. I was very diligent with following my naturopath’s treatment and trying new things that I read about – with detox, supplements, food, raw food and finding out about my intolerance with wheat, dairy and pork. Even after eliminating these 3 food ranges, I still have occasional fatigue, absentmindedness, and it takes twice as long to complete a certain task compared to before my health condition changed.

When I thought I had found the diagnosis to my conditions, and got a grip on how to best manage it to get on with my daily life, something else hits me again and again. Last year, a new condition struck and my body developed a whole new range of more than 20 new food intolerances and severe digestion issues that caused insomnia for days. Coupled with dizziness, brain fog, and fatigue, it can leave me quite helpless for the day or days. Some days the symptoms hit me without warning, leaving me not able to complete tasks as planned.  Most of the time I would be left wondering what I had accomplished that day, because time passed by just so quickly.

A lot of time was spent reading and understanding my conditions. Cooking & blogging became a chore, instead of the little hobby that brought me immense joy during my initial period of fatigue. Working on taking care of my body can take its toll, mentally and physically. Yes, I had depressive days too, I’m not going to lie about that.

“The parts of your body that frustrate or sadden you are simply messengers asking you to eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe or perceive in a new way. See them as the gift that they are.”  - Dr Libby  | www.JustAsDelish.com

Working with Traditional Chinese Medicine a couple of months ago leads to a new discovery. I found I have Blood, Qi and Spleen Qi deficiency and my spleen is weak. Deficient Qi indicates that there is not enough Qi to perform a required function in the body, and the Lungs and the Spleen are easily andaffected in Qi Deficiency because of their important role in Qi production. The organs’ functions in Chinese medicine context is very different from the way organs are viewed in western medicine. Spleen Qi deficiency means that your body’s ability to generate Qi from foods eaten is compromised. When the spleen is imbalanced, there will be symptoms of digestive upset, low energy, nausea, vomiting, and a feeling of cold. It all started to make sense. The deficiencies are causing my absentmindedness, brain fog and lost of focus, which was why it took a longer time to complete a task.

Back in 2011, I was (and still am) grateful I fell sick during my early 30s, as my body could still recover fast and I’m still recovering. Falling sick then was the best thing that has happened to me and that period totally changed my life. It was a big wake-up slap that my life was totally out of balance, my priorities then were stressing my body and mind. It was during the darkest time that I found what truly is important and makes me happy.

Fast forward 4 years to 2015, it took me a longer time to accept this new change to my body, instead of fighting it. When I did, things start to change for the better. The month of March started to look brighter. Besides restricting my food, a new routine seems to be working well which includes:
Daily active time (housework, walking to the shops, or yoga);
Quiet time (yoga & meditation),
30 minutes afternoon nap;
Food to build blood Qi (red dates tea and black beans);
No electronics 30 minutes before bedtime and
Bedtime by 11.00pm.

Raw Vanilla Tarts, Raw Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and Cauliflower Buckwheat Pizza (all Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Egg Free) during a private class

Raw Vanilla Tarts, Raw Salted Caramel Cheesecake, and Cauliflower Buckwheat Pizza (all Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Egg Free) during a private class

I am back blogging again. I miss the joy of sharing, but I will not be able to blog as frequent as before. I started drafting this post a few weeks ago, but it just never seem right for it to be published. Please be patient with me. There’s many new and exciting projects for me this year, that needed my attention too. I’m having more classes this year and the one I’m most excited about is the kids class at Alam Kreatif. However teaching kids also demands a lot of my time, as children education is more complex from adults’.

Moving forward, the recipes here will be focused on allergy friendly ingredients and healing for the gut. If you my readers would like to read about my progress, I’ll share them from time to time. Despite these minor challenges, I’m blessed to be able to do work with my passion and make the world a little better. Thank you for reading and supporting Just As Delish. Much love to all of you who support what I do and enable me to make a living from all the things that give me a sense of purpose and belonging in the world.

Till the next recipe, take care!

XOXO, Shannon

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14 Comments

  1. Dear Shannon, thank you for sharing all the marvelous receipes. I stumbled upon your blog, when I was checking for a particular receipe.
    And discovered your frankness and honesty. Age does catch up with us, although some smart Alex would say age is just a number.
    Just praying and wishing you well.

    • Thank you, Sharon dear. Receiving your prayers and well wishes is indeed comforting in this crazy hectic time of the year. Each of us faces different life challenges, and age does not matter when we are going after our dreams.. the challenges should not be the reason why we should stop. Carpe Diem!

  2. Hi Shannon I just found your blog a few days ago and want to let you know that you should b proud of yourself for the work you’ve done here, it’s wonderful. I know that it takes courage to open up to others, especially on the web. I hope your health continues to improve and that you keep blogging ! You never know who you’re secretly inspiring!

    • Oh thank you Kim for your kind words and encouragement, nice of you to drop me a note even though you are just passing by. I have gotten much better past one month, still recovering and feeling much more energetic. and yes I will definitely continue blogging. Hugs

  3. Oh gosh, Shannon. I had wondered about you, and I am sorry that I did not enquire. It has been quite a few years for you, but you are so wise. We can’t know everything, even about ourselves. Our bodies change as we get older but I suppose some peoples’ does so more than others. I too acquired mysterious, overnight allergies and intolerances, some worse than others but I’ve got used to it all and try to respect the ‘new’ me and not mourn to much the ‘old’ me. Best wishes with your continued recovery. And yes, I will be wanting to keep up with your posts on this recovery, and renewal. All best, Kellie xx
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    • No apologies needed Kellie. I’m grateful to have your virtual friendship and kind thoughts. You are right about not able to know everything. I wouldn’t be having such a hard time if I knew that a few years ago. Life is always a mystery, and it’s me who’s trying too hard to understand that makes it so frustrating. Sometimes just trusting is a good thing.
      Take care!

  4. Hi Shannon! I am so glad that your are OK and you are getting better. Keep it up and don’t stop smiling 🙂
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  5. Thank you for sharing so honestly.
    Isn’t the web world a funny place? No one sees your struggles or really knows what you go through and what your life is really like.
    You always seem so positive and I have always loved your recipes. The important thing now is that you get your health back on track, fully and we will still be here, thinking of you and anticipating the good things you will share with us 🙂

    • I’m really happy to know that I’ve made an impact in your life, no matter how small it is. I didn’t reveal much about what I went through because I’m still trying to figure out my own life and health. How many people in real life actually show us their true self? Everyone have their own struggles, big or small, and it’s best to be kind to everyone we meet, because we do not know what they’re going through.
      I hope to be sharing more recipes soon. Take care Megan

  6. So happy to see your post. Glad to read that you are on your road to recovery. Missed reading your blog. Take care & God bless. Xx

  7. Sorry to hear about this, do take more time out for yourself and you will slowly (and surely) recover 🙂 *Hugs*
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