Welcome to My Wellness Blog

Hi, my name is Andrea.

You could say that I am a self-taught Candida and auto-immune expert. After all, I had my own share of Candida, hayfever, perennial rhinitis, low thyroid, blood sugar imbalances and lots of other issues, including dental cavities and lack of energy. It took me years to figure out how to get my life back on track and experience true health and wellbeing.

I am passionate about empowering people (especially women) with knowledge and the right tools to reach their full potential. 

I'm a hands-on mum of two lively boys, a wife, dog lover and knitter. I am passionate about health, nutrition, eco-living and natural remedies.

Cooking meals from scratch and talking to my boys about anything and everything is what I mostly do. When I have a spare moment I love reading and educating myself about new aspects of nutrition or I simply knit. 

Why Happy Sunflower? I am someone who LOVES the sun and needs strong daylight to feel energetic and happy. Sunflowers are my favourite flowers and in many ways I am like them - turning to the sun and looking happy and strong when in sunshine. So to be a happy sunflower is my ultimate goal. 

Having been quite a sickly child myself I was always wondering why some people never got sick while others did a lot. At the age of 16 I started to read books about natural lifestyle and cook wholegrain rice and pasta. When I reached 18 I became vegetarian and felt deeply happy about not 'harming' any living creatures with my diet and lifestyle. But I was eating a lot of dairy and my health started declining. A few years later I adopted the macrobiotic diet. I ditched all dairy and lasted on this wholegrain-based diet for about 10 years.  After my two pregnancies and what with a busy lifestyle and all the changes that pregnancies cause long-term, this diet stopped working for me, too. I tried a few experiments with vegan and raw diets and came back to being vegetarian. To be honest, at this point I was quite fed up with all my health issues.

I was constantly tired and getting one cold after another, I had a mouth full of cavities, my hair was falling out, I had a constantly runny nose, could not digest fats and felt bloated after each meal, the Candida was raging. I was getting desperate. Yet, I knew I had the potential to heal and feel like the old me again but I didn't know how. I didn't have enough cash to pay for specialists' therapies and consultations, either.

So what did I do? I became my own nutritionist and healer.

I wish there was a blog like Happy Sunflower when I first started on my own health journey. It would have saved me hours, days, months, sometimes even years to find all the relevant information and 'test' things in practice, trial and error style.

All the info out there can be very overwhelming and quite often we can come across completely opposing statements or theories. One thing won't be suitable for everyone, either, as we have different digestion types, live in different climates, our ancestors come from different places etc.

But there are many aspects of wellbeing which are based on common sense and even tested and verified by scientific trials, using all the latest technology. These are the discoveries I want to share with you. 

I have recently started studying for a holistic nutrition diploma so I can get to understand the human body on a deeper level and give an even more informed advice. 

I hope that my blog will inspire you to live a healthier life and reach your full wellbeing potential. I'd love for you to stay in touch and walk this health conscious journey with me. 

If you feel like you have reached a blind alley on your own health journey I am here to help. From the depth of my heart I wish to empower you with knowledge and practical tools so you can reach your own vibrant health and happiness!

A healer does not heal you.

A healer is someone who holds space for you

while you awaken your inner healer, 

so that you may heal yourself. 

                                        - Maryam Hasnaa

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