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Julie Daniluk 2016

Hello Friends,

Thank you for stepping into my world! I feel most alive when teaching people how to heal with food. To that end, I have created this page as a place for you to discover more about me and what I do.

I am honoured to witness people awakening to healthy gourmet food! I don’t believe in rigid diets or meal plans because I think they are outdated methods of control that are bound to fail. Instead I enjoy inspiring people to look at healing choices so they can find their own LIVE-IT. For my full bio, check out my press kit. If you have read my story before, be sure to scroll down to catch 24 quirky things you may not know about me! I love combining my love of teaching with creating positive food experiences so people can fall in love with food that loves them back :-)
From Near Death to Full of Life
My heath journey began when I was very young (see more about that below), but I became a healer when I battled back from an attack of a digestive infection that nearly killed me in Thailand.  The infection ravaged the lining of my gut. I was no longer able to digest starches and developed allergies to dozens of different proteins—dairy, wheat, rye, spelt, corn, peanut and potato, to name a few. After years of coping with pain caused by inflammation, I thought to myself, enough is enough! I decided to give everything I had to healing. 
I spent four years rebuilding my gut bacteria and repairing the lining of my digestive system. In the process of healing myself, I recognized that other people who struggle with inflammation and digestive distress desperately needed the information I was learning and the results I was accomplishing. I decided to write my healing journey into my bestselling book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, which has helped hundreds of thousands of people live a more vibrant life.  Now, every day that I choose a healthy option is one in which I can feel greater clarity, fluidity, energy and happiness. Every day that I choose a healthy option is also one in which I can feel the gratitude of wellness. And now I have a community that supports each other in creating juicy vitality in the world!
My Early Struggles with Food
My mom and dad are superheros. When I was seven, my mom figured out that food allergies were at the root of my health problems. When they took me off sugar, red dye, artificial preservatives and flavors, I blossomed overnight. I slept eight hours for the first time in my life. I was able to focus in school and my grades improved dramatically . As long as I stayed on a natural diet, I was a transformed kid. 
I was happy, calm and confident until I discovered my secret passion: cookies and ice cream. When I turned 16 years old, I went back to eating refined foods as a way to rebel. Despite how horrible I felt after eating foods I was allergic to, I found myself unable to stop. I would eat and eat until the food would just come back up. I did not know then that this behavior was called bulimia. At the time I thought I was the only one on the planet who ever ate this way. This secret ritual continued for years. I tried to only do it when I was at home alone and I would hide the evidence.
The effects of bulimia eventually took their toll. My teeth started to lose their enamel from all the sugar and stomach acid. My stomach lost its ability to digest my meals correctly. Even if I ate something healthy, if it contained a bit of something that didn’t agree with me, I had to fight to keep it down. 
Because my stomach became very weak from years of abuse, I started to have more bouts of food poisoning (which happens when the pH in the stomach is not low enough to kill of bacteria or mold in food). Although my sister tried to help me, I found it hard to slow down my bulimic episodes because I didn’t know how to replace my only coping mechanism. Food had become my drug of choice that helped me forget any emotional pain.
I Decided to Take My Life Back
Living with an eating disorder in my early 20s, I can relate to that feeling of being out of control. I started months of tough therapy where I learned to express my true feelings and draw boundaries with people. I was able to dissect the reasons for my self-abuse with food. I slowly started to assemble a toolbox of other coping methods that helped me heal. 
By addressing emotional eating issues, it is possible to break free of habits that no longer serve us. It took 7 years to really stop the binging for good and heal my gut. I want people to have a faster way to access the true cause of pain and find their inner vitality, and that is why I have become certified as an Emotional Eating Coach from the Institute of Psychology of Eating. 
My desire to be fully engaged in life began to outweigh the few moments of pleasure I got from tasting something I was allergic to. I also learned that I could make treats that didn’t cause allergic reactions, so now I have my cake and eat it too. I owe a great deal to my husband Alan Smith who gave me such important feed back and encouragement in the early days. By listening to my intuition about food and learning which foods were nourishing, I became a more conscious and caring person. My greatest hope is that I can help others find that escape out of food prison.
Are you ready to live life to the fullest? Are you ready to make friends with the food you eat? Are you ready to experience the joy of juicy vitality?
Julie Daniluk 2016
24 quirky things you may not know about me:
  1. I love to free dive and my breath hold record is 3 minutes and 3 seconds.

  2. I used to play the tuba… I know it is geeky but the training helped me learn to play the didgeridoo… and that is slightly cooler.

  3. I used to binge eat cereal, popcorn and rice crispy squares.  I healed my food addiction with lots of TLC and therapy. The best gold nugget I have mined so far is that we are not broken. Even when we are sick or binging or overfed and undernourished, our soul is not broken. Our soul is learning amazing lessons along the path. I love the concept from my teacher Marc David that our pain in our past makes great fertilizer for a fertile future! I am now a certified Eating Psychology Coach.  

  4. I have a genetic disorder called Factor 5 that can cause life-threatening blood clots. Thank goodness I found out with genetic testing and now take natural blood thinners daily including Vitamin E, Turmeric and NutraSea Fish Oil. 

  5. I almost died scuba diving in Cozumel, Mexico when my equipment failed. It was scary in the moment, but it spurned me on to dive 5 continents. My depth record is 173 feet. Sharks, ells and stingrays are my dive companions. Dolphins and seals are incredibly fun to play with. Check out my latest dive video here.

  6. I was arrested for GMO protesting in my fish tomato costume in 1999. I jumped up on a checkout counter and started yelling that we all deserved to know if GMO’s are in our food. I was banned from ever entering a Loblaw’s grocery store again! Learn more about that here.

  7. I am addicted to lipstick and lip balm. Because I like to apply it 10 times a day, I make sure to only buy 100% natural product. Women eat off 3 lbs of lipstick in their lifetime so I know it is a critical action for our health. Want to learn more, read my friend Gillian Deacon’s book There’s Lead in your Lipstick.

  8. I despise the taste of cayenne or hot peppers yet adore the heat of horseradish and ginger. Alan says I eat more ginger than any human alive. Learn more about the inflammatory issues with nightshades like cayenne to find out if it is the culprit of your pain by reading this article I wrote

  9. I only eat off handmade pottery because many people in my family are potters. Look for all the ceramic art in my food photos. My mom’s pottery is featured on page 324 of Meals That Heal Inflammation, and also on pages 208 and 217 of Slimming Meals That Heal

  10. I hated cross-country running as a kid. I was once so far behind in a school race that I faked falling into a huge mud puddle on the course and limped across the finish line covered head to toe in mud to avoid admitting I was dead last! It turns out that I have a gene variation called NOS3 T/T that reduces my exercise tolerance. Now that I take Nitric Oxide support, my ability to exercise has gone through the roof! 

  11. I adore food facts and often pin up research papers in the bathroom to memorize facts before breakfast. Here is a cool one.

  12. I love to change the lyrics to songs to make them more empowering. For example, whenever I sing “All Star” by Smash Mouth, I change the lyric to “Somebody once told the world was going to mold me so I got the sharpest tools I could find” (instead of “Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me, I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed”).  Alan is even more inventive by rewriting the lyrics of love songs to include our names. 

  13. I am half Ukrainian, half Scottish… it makes me extra thrifty and conscious to avoid food waste. I truly get a thrill by making something delicious from all the food bits in the fridge. To learn more about how to eat organic on a budget, click here

  14. I used to have posters of the band “The Police” on my bedroom wall and went to bed dreaming of Sting. When I saw him in concert, I jumped a barrier and pushed my way to the front row. He looked down at me and winked. I melted! I appreciate that Sting has aged so well and is a great mentor in the yoga community. I practice classic Hatha Yoga six days a week and I think it one of the most incredible tools to stay healthy and happy. To learn more about who I study with, check out www.shambunata.com

  15. I love well written recipes but prefer not to cook from them! I like to improvise with whatever inspires me and is in season (or in my fridge!). It was only out of necessity when I was rebuilding my health that Alan started to help me capture the now over 400 delicious and healing recipe creations found on my blog and in my books.

  16. I was born on D-day (June 6) and have a feeling I was a soldier in my last life. I can fire a gun with good aim, feel incredibly calm in a crisis and love to cook enough to feed an army! 

  17. I love breakdancing and break out the robot at any opportunity, much to Alan’s (my husband’s) embarrassment. Check out some of my favourite dance tunes here.

  18. All my greatest fashion finds have come from thrift stores. I just adore recycling clothes and hunt for 1960s vintage dresses. You can check out my latest finds when I appear on the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV

  19. I hate coffee even though my husband owns an organic fairtrade espresso bar called Rise Espresso www.risecafe.ca. I am a tea toddler and sip awesome mixed brews that I like to forage wild foods when travelling to my teaching events. Want to join me?

  20. I have a look-a-like sister named Lynn who is also a Gemini. She works with me at Julie Daniluk Consulting and it is handy to have someone who can anticipate your every move. It’s almost as good as having a second brain! When you write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. she will be the first one to help you out. I am so excited that she will be launching her own book next year. Stay tuned for more amazing info. 

  21. I have cold feet and a warm heart. I sleep with a hot water bottle between my feet to balance my body. I believe strongly in regular detoxification and I have done nearly every detox program out there after being poisoned by pesticides and heavy metals. If you want to learn about how I detox and how it can reset your health in a powerful way, click here.

  22. My absolute worst food intolerance is cane sugar. An accidental exposure can make me lose up to 24 hours of productivity. My speech becomes mumbled; my handwriting is scratch, my mood plummets. Is your food intolerance reducing your performance potential? Could sugar be causing your low moods? Find out more here or read this interesting article about sugar and how it affects the brain.   

  23. Because sugar is off the menu, I rely a great deal on fruit for sweet pleasure. Mangosteen, lychee nuts and local berries top my list. I try hard to focus 80% of my diet on local food but when I need to have a hit of the tropics, I enjoy broiling pineapple coated in cinnamon. It tastes like a cinnamon bun! 

  24. I have always wanted to fly. I love roller coasters so much that I actually have gone to Amusement Parks by myself to get maximum ride time in. I was an air cadet in high school (I know I can hear the jokes now) and I still dream of getting my pilots license. I have clocked over 200,000 miles in the sky (due to lecturing for work… yes I find ways to carbon offset). I love every single minute I am in a plane. Check out these two videos (Open Your Eyes: We Can Fly and Everything's Amazing and Nobody Is Happy) to remember the miracle of flight. Did you know that if you fast (not eat) before and during a flight, you dramatically reduce jet leg? Here I go with studies again… I can’t help it, I just love sharing health as a gateway to our happiness!

Thanks for reading this far. You’re Marvelous!

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