Let Louise help you cut through the propaganda that stands between you and a healthy diet.

Eating Ourselves Sick Author Louise Stephen

When I was younger, I didn’t really take my health too seriously. In fact, like many young people I took it for granted. It took losing my health to appreciate my health and truly understand the famous quote by Augusten Burroughs “When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”

In hindsight, I realise that I had spent my adult life passively digesting messages around health and diet that were less about science and more about marketing.  Worse, those messages were contributing to an epidemic of suboptimal health that was affecting ever-growing numbers of people, including children.

I spent many years between my life-changing diagnosis and life-saving surgery learning everything I could about why suboptimal health was becoming the ‘new normal’ for millions of people around the world and what we could do about it.

Is it too late? I don’t think it is – but education is key. ‘Eating Ourselves Sick’ is my contribution to this educational process. My book has been described as ‘eye-opening’ and I hope that it opens your eyes to a healthier life.


“The diet related chronic disease issue is not just about pain, suffering, hospital visits and medical bills. It’s about the loss of human potential.”

Louise Stephen

The Story Behind The Book

Once upon a time I enjoyed good health. Until I didn’t. And it wasn’t until I had bad health that I realised what was gone. But it was too late.

And once it was gone and I was enduring the daily misery of dialysis, I started to wonder why people around me were also experiencing suboptimal health. As a former management consultant, I was always interested in ‘drivers’ of consumer behavior and trends and so I started reading widely on drivers of poor health.

Were people always this unwell or was this a new thing?

A chance viewing of a documentary about the lack of chronic disease in a remote indigenous community and a thorough reading of the classic ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’ by Dr Weston Price became a lightbulb moment.

I realised widespread suboptimal health was a ‘new thing’. And it was rapidly becoming a global disaster.

But what was driving it?

One of the major forces was clearly the way in which our diet had rapidly changed over the last fifty years. We had shifted our dietary habits and preferences from simple home cooked meals made from fresh ingredients to packaged, processed food made from refined grains, sugar and seed oils.

We were eating ourselves sick.

I wrote my book to educate others about what I discovered and provide insight into how our diet of refined, poor quality food can ruin our health.

I hope my book can inspire you to rethink what you eat before it’s too late.

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