Author, Blogger, Whole Foods Cook & Speaker
Jo lives with her family in country Far North Queensland, Australia, where she runs her Quirky Cooking business from home and enjoys the country life. Jo has always loved cooking, and was blessed to grow up in a family where whole food cooking was the norm. Jo’s mum encouraged them to learn to cook from an early age, and cooking for her became a way to express her creativity, as well as a way to nurture her family.
Despite eating mostly wholefoods, however, Jo struggled with food intolerances as a child (not knowing what was making her sick). As she got older, her health grew worse. When Jo’s own children came along, they also had similar health issues, and Jo began to search for solutions. Jo started experimenting with alternate ingredients, and healthier versions of old favourites. At the end of 2008, Jo decided to share her creations on a blog (Quirky Cooking) to help those who also needed healthy, allergy-friendly recipes. In May 2014, Jo published my Quirky Cooking cookbook with Thermomix in Australia, and within a week it was a best seller. Jo began to teach in seminars and classes, showing how and why Jo cooks the way she does, and sharing her recipes and tips with audiences all over Australia and overseas.
Over the last couple of years, Jo’s focus has shifted from ‘allergy friendly’ to ‘gut healing’, as Jo began to understand the importance of a healthy digestive system for overall health. Her son’s struggles with severe anxiety and OCD led them to the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet, in an effort to heal his brain by healing his gut. Jo decided to start this podcast to document our journey of healing through GAPS, as well as to share the stories and research of others on a similar mission.