Aglaée Jacob is a registered dietitian and a passionate health coach. She’s the founder of Radicatanutrition.com where she shares her health tips. She’s the author of several books such as “Digestive Health with Real Food”, which is the one that interests us as it was designed for IBS and IBD patients.
Welcome to Stop Autoimmunity. It’s a pleasure to have you here. Could you introduce yourself to our readers in case some of them haven’t heard about you yet?
Hola! I’m Aglaée Jacob and I like to describe myself as a gut-friendly and non-diet dietitian as well as a heart & soul nutritionist. I’ve worked as a dietitian in various fields for over 10+ years. The first half of my career, I was mostly a “conventional” dietitian and practiced based on the food pyramid I was taught in dietetic school… only to find that it was not helping my clients nor me.
Losing faith in nutrition and food as medicine, I then decided to quit my job and backpack in South America for a few months. This experience was life-changing because it really allowed me to become much more open-minded, I became fluent in Spanish… and I also caught a parasite that completely screwed up my gut and digestion (even after eradicating it)!
This is when I threw everything I knew out the window and started doing my own research and looking into holistic and alternative medicine and nutrition. I was able to heal myself and help so many of my clients do the same that I decided to write my first book “Digestive Health with REAL Food” followed by a companion cookbook of the same name.
I also love talking about nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and babies and this is why I co-host the podcast Real Food Mamas (on iTunes and at RealFoodMamasPodcast.com).
While I continue to be passionate about digestion, most of my attention is now focused on helping women heal their relationship with food and their body.
I continue to practice in that way seeing clients from all over the world from my home on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada where I live with my husband and 2-year-old son.
When I’m not working, I really enjoy doing yoga, eating chocolate, spending time out in nature (and we have such beautiful spots on the island where I live), playing with my son, connecting with the moon, practicing my Spanish, and dreaming of the other countries I’d love to travel to.
You’re pretty well-known in the holistic health world, how would you rate your health, from 0 to 10? Could you describe your health problems, past and present?
Currently, I would rate my health at about 9/10, only because I’m not getting as much sleep as my body would like since my son was born… something that most moms would understand! But otherwise, I’m blessed with great health! Better than ever, actually, thanks to all the work I’ve been doing!
In the past, I’ve dealt with severe and chronic digestive issues, including post-infectious IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and multiple food intolerances.
I’ve also been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), a common hormonal disorder that is the first cause of infertility amongst women. Fortunately, I used food and natural strategies to balance my hormones and was able to decrease the number of cysts on my ovaries to conceive naturally and give birth to my adorable toddler at home.
Lastly, I’ve also dealt with disordered eating and an eating disorder called binge eating disorder. This is also something I’m now free of and this is also why I’m so passionate about helping other women learn how to reconnect with their body and eat normally again.
We know that you’re the found of Radicatanutrition.com but what’s your background in the field of nutrition?
I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and have been working as a registered dietitian for over 10+ years. I probably learned even more about the art and science of health and nutrition through my personal and professional experience working with hundreds of clients. I’ve now been running RadicataNutrition.com for about 4 years, after transitioning from my previous platform Paleo-Dietitian.com.
As you probably know, we’re especially interested in natural treatments for chronic diseases. You have written a book called “Digestive Health with Real Food”, which we found quite interesting and is strongly recommended in our library. What was the purpose of this book? To whom is it directed?
When I faced my own digestive issues, it was really difficult to find the information I needed. I could find bits and pieces in different places but it took hundreds of hours of research to finally have a plan to heal myself.
I wrote this book to be the book I wish I found when I was struggling with my digestion. This book is for anyone with digestive issues and/or an autoimmune condition ready to find out how to implement a customized and efficient elimination diet to heal their gut. It’s also the best way to identify food allergies and build your own optimal diet for the rest of your life!
What’s your opinion about the current state of research on natural treatments for chronic diseases? Do you think that holistic measures are starting to become integrated in the health system or are we still a long way from that?
I believe we still have a long way to go! I think that most of the people I work with are still very unhappy with the help (or lack thereof) they get from conventional medicine. The current system is geared towards acute disease, not chronic disease, as you probably know and is letting many people suffer unnecessarily.
Band-aid solutions that deal with the symptoms are sometimes offered but most doctors aren’t able to find and correct the root cause underneath these symptoms, which is the ONLY way to have long-term health.
Thanks for letting us interview you and we wish you great successes so you can keep helping many patients.
We strongly recommend reading the book “Digestive health with real food” if you’re suffering from any kind of digestive issues.