raising real healthy families, naturally.
WITH MARYANA LISHMAN | HOLISTIC SKIN AND GUT HEALTH EXPERT
When Maryana Lishman gave birth to her daughter in 2011, she didn’t expect her precious girl would soon develop itchy and weeping skin. It seemed everyone was quick to dismiss the initial dryness as “normal” and indicated it would resolve soon on it’s own - but it actually got worse. Her girl, not big to start, developed raised lymph nodes on her neck and began to lose weight...
When the doctor told her to stop being silly, that it was just bad luck, had absolutely nothing to do with food and suggested the only treatment was stronger steroid cream, Maryana chose to pursue her instincts and do things differently. First, she got a second opinion with a more compassionate doctor which led to being able to pursue appropriate testing which discovered her daughter had multiple IgE-mediated food allergies. She wasn’t even six months old and had not yet started solids, but the family were issued an EpiPen Junior to be carried at all times. Maryana felt dismissed and not filled with hope during appointments with the allergist and dietitian whose recommendations were to stop breastfeeding, get her baby “hooked” on hypoallergenic formula, bathe her in foul smelling baths and lather her skin in cream designed to keep it in a constant cycle.
Maryana took matters into her own hands and started researching a holistic solution to resolve her daughter’s symptoms from the inside out. She dramatically changed her lifestyle and the way she ate to address what she considered the underlying root causes of these conditions. Not only did she remove the known allergens, she also cut out other foods that were difficult to digest and discovered many other ways to help bring her girl back into balance. It worked.
Today her daughter is almost 9 years old and is thriving with beautiful smooth skin. While she is able to enjoy a significant range of flexibility when it comes to what she eats, the principles of being raised on real food remain a consistent element of their lifestyle.
Maryana gained a online following after she created her first holistic family wellness community to share her journey and insights, The Healing Tribe, which currently has thousands of members from across the world. In 2013 she studied with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to create the Raised on Real Food project to work more closely with families to help them apply the principles she learned and take control of their wellness - to which many credit her with being their absolute game changer.
She is passionate about helping families connect the dots, build a strong nutrition and lifestyle foundation to build smooth and supple skin and support their innate immunity.