Letter from Publisher
Nick Abbott and Lanette Erby, partners and co-owners of Greenscape Gals
Welcome to our New Healthy Cuisine issue. I had a more hands-on role this month than in the past, so Teona asked if I would share a bit about my own experiences shifting to more natural habits. Food has shaped my life in many ways, not all of them good. The big lesson for me is that what we put into our bodies is of utmost importance.
As a lifetime sufferer of eczema that turned into full-blown psoriasis 15 years ago, I was continually told by doctors that there is no cure and to get used to having it forever. Like many others, I elected to take the pharmaceutical route, never considering to improve my standard diet. Beer, bacon sandwiches, fried chicken wings and fast food accompanied a regimen of topical steroids, ultraviolet light blasts and biologic injections. I was overweight and grumpy and would eventually decimate my immune system to the point that the doctors feared I had multiple sclerosis… but at least my skin was clear!
An MRI came back negative for brain lesions, but the episode provided the motivation I needed. I quit the biologics and despairingly watched as the skin condition returned to cover 80 percent of my body during the following few months. Determined, I put my scientific background to work and powered through research until I discovered I have some pretty weird food intolerances caused by years of abuse to my internal organs. Since partially figuring out the puzzle—I still learn something new every day—the psoriasis is disappearing fast... so fast that I fully expect to walk down the aisle at my wedding in October completely free of both psoriasis and pharmaceuticals.
In addition to eating local and responsibly prepared food, I make my own laundry detergent, saline solution, toothpaste and other personal care and cleaning products. There are some people in my life who call me a hippie, but I have an autoimmune disorder in remission without the intervention of conventional medicine, so I don’t take them seriously. It also helps that I’m not alone.
In fact, Greater Indy is a community embracing the natural revolution, particularly evident in our access to natural foods. The area is home to more than 30 farm-to-table restaurants, Tyner Pond Farm—profiled in our local feature, “From Tech to Table”—delivers pastured meat and local produce to your door, and numerous health food stores, farmers’ markets and a grocery co-op make healthful groceries and products widely available and affordable. It has never been easier to make the transition to healthy and sustainable living, so take the leap! You’ll be glad you did.