By Mandy Roe • Photography by Brian W. McDonald
Having grown up in a family of outstanding cooks, Dothan, Alabama, resident Mandy Roe learned an appreciation for good food and how to prepare it at a young age. Several years ago, when she began lacking energy and struggling with allergy, sinus and digestive issues that didn’t heal with medicine and surgeries, her mother, who had been following the Paleo diet for some time, suggested that food might be the root cause of most of her health problems.
“The next day, I cleaned out my kitchen and stopped eating processed foods and grains and, amazingly, all of the issues I had been suffering from cleared up,” Roe says. “My health returned, I was able to start doing CrossFit and have been in the best shape of my life ever since. From then on, I have been a believer that food can either help or harm our bodies. Eating quality organic, nutrient-dense foods and avoiding grains, refined sugars and carbohydrates is essential to keeping our bodies healthy.”
“Since making the change to eating more whole foods, I have challenged myself to find ways to clean up those not-so-good-for-you foods that I used to.... [subscribe to read full article and see more photos]