One word can be used to describe Sally-Ann – health. Held in high esteem not only in South Africa but around the world, Sally-Ann Creed has an impeccable reputation in the health and wellness industry on both sides of the Atlantic. Proof of that is her massive fan following by the general public and health leaders too.
She spent most of her early life sick, with chronic asthma, sinusitis and panic disorder, undergoing many operations to her sinuses (13 in all), and spending 13 long years as a ‘victim’ of panic disorder and agoraphobia.
Upon regaining her health through healthy eating, she qualified as a Nutritional Therapist and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, from the International Academy of Nutrition in Australia. Having found that clean food and the right supplements could dramatically change her life she wanted to help others. Her story is related in her best-selling book ‘Let Food Be Your Medicine’, which is an easy to understand guide to healthy living (updated 3 times), and which is about to undergo its 4th expanded updated edition.
For over 18 years, she has been in the media spotlight appearing in dozens of local and international magazine and newspaper articles due to her vast knowledge of health and nutrition. She has been a guest speaker at many prestigious events around the world, including those for specialist physicians, churches, societies and schools, bringing a message of hope through food and wise supplementation. She was the resident health writer for the Today magazine and later Joy magazine and writes for several ‘healthy’ publications including the South African Journal of Natural Medicine. She is now a resident writer for the popular LCHF magazine, Lose It! Her newsletter reaches thousands of readers across the globe each month with an ever increasing following on social media.
- What are you most passionate about?
Professionally I presume – that would be educating people on how to eat healthily
- What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Getting married to one man for the rest of my life. I knew it was forever, and thankfully it worked.
- What makes you angry?
People who set themselves up as experts and pervert nutrition into fads – there are too many fads; people are desperate for truth.
- If you inherited an acre of land what would you do with it?
Grow organic vegetables and supply them free of charge to the community
- Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Probably a gatherer! Although I am a rabid hunter (for information)
- How many pairs of shoes do you own?
About 10 pairs, I’m not overly fussed about shoes.
- If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
A delicious, REAL FOOD supper made from single-ingredient foods where everything is made in-house.
- How would people communicate in a perfect world?
The way we used to before technology all but destroyed one-on-one conversations, relationships and real-time communication. There is nothing like sitting down and focusing on one person for the entire time you are with them. No phones or iPads, just being ‘present’ with that person, and giving him/her your FULL attention.
- What do you work toward in your free time?
What free time? Well, let’s say I did have free time, I’d love to write more and spend more time with my husband and dogs
- If you woke up and had 300 unread emails and could only answer 30 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
Well that’s easy! I get between 200 and 300 a day every day, and I have to get up before 5am daily to try to deal with them! The first ones I answer are always people I know personally – whether they are important or not.
- Name 3 things in nature you find most beautiful.
Horses allowed to run free, unspoiled walks on the mountain or in a forest and a garden which is clearly loved, but which the family and animals are allowed to play in.
- Have you used plastic bags for your shopping in the last two weeks?
I have I confess, 2 bags …. I do try to use my own bags though, and have a HUGE variety of them – special hessian ones acquired from all sorts of places around the world. They are strong and durable, and even washable. I love them!
- What would you say are some small steps that people can take to improve their relationship to the environment?
I think by not throwing away valuable parts of meat and vegetables, and actually EATING them, or putting them into compost is a great start; I hate to see any kind of edible material wasted. Second, stop buying boxed, plastic wrapped and tinned goods – buy the real ingredient and make it yourself. There will be very little waste in your home.