About Director Roseanna Gorman
Up until a few years ago, I was constantly exhausted, stressed, couldn’t sleep, and couldn’t focus. For far too long I was told that how I felt was “normal” – most people had one or two of these issues.
The incidence of Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gastrointestinal problems and general systemic inflammation was on the increase and apparently all you just needed to do was take a pill to fix it.
For a while, I believed it – I thought that this was just how life in western society was. Being tired and stressed out about money, work etc was just part of the game, and eating a diet of processed , High carb, high sugar foods was inevitable.
In early 2014 I had reached my limit and I decided that it was time to lose some weight and change my overly busy, rather unhealthy lifestyle. I would survive off store bought sandwiches and snacks during the work day and I couldn’t understand why I would have sugar cravings and irritability in the afternoons. So, I attended a hardcore bootcamp which promoted extremely intense exercise for long periods of time combined with a diet which promoted calorie restriction. I wanted to lose weight and I did… for a time at least.
It then occurred to me that I was treating the symptoms but not the root cause, as a scientist and Microbiologist I wanted to know more and started to research the impact of the western diet on health and fitness and also the current thinking and research on how to tackle it.
Around the same time a friend introduced me to the Paleo diet. The idea of eating fresh, unprocessed foods largely consisting of meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts sounded great to me – so I dove right in. Fast forward to 6 months later – I had more energy than I could have EVER imagined previously, my mind was clear, I felt stronger and happier in myself, and my sleepless nights were a thing of the past. Oh, and I was leaner than I had ever been.
What I didn’t realise at this point was the effect I was having on my Intestinal Microbiome. I discovered that we are 10 % human DNA and the rest is made up of the DNA from our microflora.
The bad diet ,stress, environmental factors and lack of activity was adversely affecting my Intestinal Microbiome and setting up a cascade of systemic inflammation and the net result was the Inflammation presenting itself in all my symptoms
I was lucky as I hadn’t got to the stage where I had Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis or severe gastrointestinal problems but I was horrified to discover the amount of people who were suffering for diseases attributed to systemic inflammation
.It was at this point that I decided to leave my old life behind and move to sunny Spain to create Aurora bootcamp- a Paleo Lifestyle bootcamp focusing on helping people learn about and make a transition to a healthier lifestyle, which didn’t involve calorie restriction or over exercising and was sustainable……… and not only that, enjoyable.