ShadyFoods is a mobile platform that focuses on bio-nutrition to help those with Chronic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders, Dietary Restrictions and other health ailments find holistic alternatives and use food as medicine. Everything from food, herbs, environmental irritants to leading technology to encourage community interaction. ShadyFoods is a tool of empowerment, knowledge and wellness that aims to help our community find the missing puzzle pieces to their bodies and have the best wellness outcome for their unique biology.
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When I was 15 years old I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE, an autoimmune disease that causes your body to fight healthy tissues. At that time, I was a freshman in HS with no idea what Lupus was. Ironically, years prior I participated in a Lupus walk to raise awareness but made no correlation till’ recently. “Shannon, you tested positive for an Autoimmune Disorder”. I immediately vomited and ran to my best friend's house to cry. Now I can laugh but it shows to prove that there is so much misinformation out there. A part of me was relieved to finally hear an answer after years of experiencing joint pain, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue and hair loss. Doctor after doctor turning me away saying that I was crazy. Literally, they conducted a psych eval. I returned to my sophomore year trauma ridden , moon-faced and 65lbs heavier from the prednisone. My intolerable pain and fatigue stripped me from my passions of dance, drawing and being a normal highschool teenager. The remainder of my highschool career was filled with various doctor visits, sick days and working to occupy my time. Once I turned 18, I was on my own to attend my doctors appointments and figure out my health. I had no idea what to do, what to say and how to manage such an illness that had showed me such misfortune. While dealing with an intense depression and anxiety disorder I began to seek something higher than myself. I was never one for church and the bible but I found peace in Yoga. The more I practiced, the more in-depth I became aware of my body. I began to see that the food I ate made a major impact on how I felt. In time, I realized nightshades were my worst enemy along with processed foods and dairy. Before I was aware there was a food healing community , I did my own research and became my own healthcare advocate. More times that I can count I have found myself standing in the grocery aisle researching foods to better my eating habits. Sometimes, I just sit and ponder at a restaurant table looking at the menu wondering if I'm going to have a reaction from that hint of tomato they put in my dish. I grew frustrated not feeling well and not being able to live my life the way I envisioned. So I became my own guinea pig. After conducting a scientific experiment on myself and collected enough research to sustain my health. I decreased my Lupus activity and began to build my own personal mobile application to research foods. I realized I couldn’t be the only one tired of searching for food properties in grocery store dead zones. I soon found out that there was an entire community of people who shared a similar story. Although we had all this information, it was still very hard to find and digest. There was a variety of sources and questionable credibility. It was a sort of “ Here’s your information, fend for yourself”. There needed to be a platform where information was credible, accessible and bio-specific all under one roof!. Going through this rollercoaster is what compelled me to start ShadyFoods. Today's medicine is not designed on the cause of disease but rather treating the side effects. We’ve become accustomed to the convenience of processed foods and the over prescribing of medications has deteriorated our health. We have forgotten to take care of our most prized position...our health. I wanted to deliver a sound correlation between food, nutrition and disease because it has been a taboo conversation we like to avoid. People have minimal access to credible food data that will provide them with useful information. Western medicine is built around the pharmaceutical industry and leaves little to no room for the nutrition aspect of health. We are currently providing band aids when we should be looking at the root problem. ShadyFoods is a mobile platform that allows users to take their health into their own hands. Our team is dedicated to helping our users learn about their health and the healing power of food. We understand that no two users are alike therefore no two illnesses will react the same.We focus on bio-nutrition to help those with Chronic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders, Dietary Restrictions and other health ailments find holistic alternatives and use food as medicine. We are providing accessible information and technology at their fingertips. We can help our community find the missing puzzle pieces to their bodies and have the best wellness outcome for their unique biology. We are committed to bridging the gap between food and technology to make everyone their own healthcare advocate. Having Lupus has changed me at a soul level. It has changed my way of thinking , creating and emoting. It has also derailed a lot of my dreams which makes me work harder. I embody the lifestyle of healthy living and using food as medicine. I know the power first hand and it is important to me that I share what has helped me with others.
Shannon is the Founder & CEO of ShadyFoods. She is a Food lovin' crystal rockin' booty shakin' healthy eatin' universe embracin' #GirlBoss. Shannon is a Jersey Girl with a New York spirit. Shannon studied at The School of Visual arts for Interior Design briefly before deciding to embark on full discovery of herself. Before starting ShadyFoods Shannon ran a holistic art shoppe called HoliStatik and curated live art shows to share her work. Since then, Shannon has become an ambitious self made entrepreneur who designs, codes and creates magic. She has been a featured writer on TheMighty and MindBodyGreen. Shannon is currently studying at IIN to become a Certified Integrative Nutritionist Health Coach to share her mission with the world.
WHAT'S THE 411?
What is ShadyFoods all about?
Shady Foods is a tool of empowerment, knowledge, and wellness .. We are dedicated to helping our users understand their complex health issues and the food you consume every day. We believe our unparalleled attention to providing concrete research and interactive technology will serve our users well in accomplishing their goals of feeling better in their day to day lives.
What does ShadyFoods do?
ShadyFoods is a mobile platform that focuses on bio-nutrition to help those with Chronic Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders, Dietary Restrictions and other health ailments find holistic alternatives and use food as medicine. Everything from food, herbs, environmental irritants to leading technology to encourage community interaction.
Why is it important?
The correlation between food, nutrition and disease are a taboo conversation. Western medicine is built around the pharmaceutical industry and leaves little room for the nutrition aspect of health. We are currently providing band aids when we should be looking at the root problem. With so much misinformation out there, coupled with the fact that no two people are alike and every ailment responds differently in each person, it makes figuring out the root cause of health issues confusing to say the least.
What is bio-specfic nutrition?
No two people are alike and every ailment responds differently in each person. Which is why we’ve crafted our algorithms to target our users individual needs. We review each user's health assessment and produce the best holistic alternatives and food to begin there bio-specific wellness plan. As our relationship grows, we will be able to understand our user better and provide them with the best options based on their unique biology.
What is Universal Research? Why not Global Research?
Our favorite question! We thought long and hard whether to use Global or Universal. Since we are building ShadyFoods from a holistic perspective we believed it would be wise to consider that our earth's transformation has been shifted from more than our contribution. When you think about it, the earth we live on is not the only thing that causes food and environmental changes. The sun and the moon are in the gravitational pull of our Universe. The sun helps our food to grow and the moon controls the tide which then helps the water cycle to assist in watering our plants. In the early civilizations they used the moon as a harvesting tactic to grow their crops. This technique has grown into the term Moon Gardening and is still very popular!
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