Danielle Walker: How Food Saved Her (+ Can Save You Too)

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This week, I sit down with New York Times bestselling cookbook author, health advocate, and self-trained chef - Danielle Walker. Danielle was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder at a young age, and through specific lifestyle changes she was able to begin to calm inflammation, heal her gut and reclaim her health. In this episode, we break down the ups and downs of the autoimmune journey, how it impacts your relationship with food, your body, and how to finally feel like yourself again. Learn how to rebuild your health through self-empowerment, food changes, and how to support yourself through your health journey.

Danielle Walker is a New York Times bestselling cookbook author (Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple, Celebrations, and Eat What You Love), health advocate, and self-trained chef. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at age twenty-two and suffering for many years, Danielle found health through dietary and lifestyle changes. Inspired by her own health journey, Danielle shares her gluten-free recipes on her blog at daniellewalker.com as a beacon of hope for others. 

For over a decade she has been a pioneer in advocating for a grain- and gluten-free lifestyle, having earned a spot on the coveted Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2015. Her delicious recipes have satiated the palates of autoimmune sufferers, kids with food allergies, healthy eaters, and foodies alike. From nostalgic comfort foods to healthy holiday swaps to quick-and-easy meals for kids, Danielle has created thousands of recipes as well as kitchen, food, and parenting hacks that make life easier and healthier. 

Danielle regularly shares her health journey, recipes, and expert tips on the Today show, The Doctors, E! News, Access Hollywood, Home & Family, and many other nationally syndicated shows. Her work has been featured in People, O Magazine, USA Today, Shape, Women’s Health, Parents, Well + Good, and more. 

Danielle’s first memoir, Food Saved Me, will be released on September 14th, 2021. In Food Saved Me, Danielle pens her first memoir, reflecting on the journey that brought her here: a decade-long cycle of diagnosis, trauma, debilitating sickness, remission, recovery, setbacks, hope and healing.

A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • How emotions are linked to certain foods that you eat and how to alleviate away from these cravings
  • How to mitigate feelings of isolation from limiting certain foods from your diet
  • What to do when autoimmune flares begin recurring even after following healthy protocols
  • How traumatic loss is tied into flare ups + Danielle’s personal grievance and how she rebuilt her own health and wellness
  • What Danielle has to say about The Art of Being Well

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Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.