Lydia Rose Sifferlen-The Hands That Feed You
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Lydia Rose Sifferlen preparing staff lunch
Lydia Rose Sifferlen has been to hell and back in her relation to food. As a child she suffered with chronic stomach pain and multiple allergic reactions to the foods she ate. Her parents gave her the middle name “Rose” because her cheeks were so rosy, but what they didn’t realize was that it was actually a rash. At the tender age of ten she began to eliminate foods that she thought were making her ill, and at eleven became a vegetarian. While this increased her passion for animal rights and her painful awareness of factory farming, it did nothing to improve her health, which only got worse. As drawn as she was to food and cooking even in adolescence, and despite her deep intuition that food held a key to her healing, nothing she cooked or ate made her feel any better. In fact, she descended into a cycle of serious eating disorders, fluctuating between 80lbs and 300lbs in weight in the course of a year. Despite outpatient treatment, numerous hospitalizations, attempts to eat health-supportive foods, and a deep desire to get well, she continued to struggle with bulimia, serious depression, a suicide attempt, and then serious alcoholism. Doctors prescribed a litany of antidepressants, which made her feel disconnected from the world around her–like she was living in a separate bubble and unable to reach or be reached by the people she came in contact with. She repeatedly tried to take herself off of the medications but was unsuccessful. Doctors insisted she would need to take them for the rest of her life.
Eventually Lydia Rose began to lose her teeth and suffer from fainting spells and subsequent concussions. Out of desperation, she began eating meat again in 2007 and noticed a slight improvement in her health. In 2009 she was diagnosed with celiac disease and eliminated gluten from her diet. She immediately began to feel better. Then she discovered Nourishing Traditions and poured her passion for food and cooking into preparing nutrient-dense traditional foods. She experienced a near-miraculous turnaround in her health, as the downward spiral she had experienced for so many years turned around and began spiraling back up. She joined a Weston Price chapter and began to connect with others who were passionate about food and healing. She discovered the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Natasha Campbell-McBride and felt like she was reading the story of her life. She became convinced that all the problems she had suffered through in her life were the result of a serious gut dysbiosis she had had since birth.
Lydia Rose has been following the GAPS protocol for nine months and has never felt better. Completely medication-free, she has rediscovered her joy and found positive channels for her passionate interest in food. She is here at Three Stone Hearth because she knows first-hand the healing power of real food and wants to figure out how to share that blessing with others in the context of community.