Making friends with healthy food
FROM a battle with an auto-immune disease the concept of Friendship Food was created, a natural recipe book written by Allora businesswoman Felicity Philp.
Mrs Philp was diagnosed with the auto-immune disease Scleroderma in 2001, and was recommended a special diet by a natural healer.
"The healer suggested cutting gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs and refined sugar from my diet for three months - an elimination diet," she said.
"I was quite sick - I wanted to try something natural."
It was from this experience that the mum-of-four decided to write a natural recipe book and start the business Friendship Food.
"Six and a half years ago I decided to write the book," she said.
"Some good friends came on board to help - it sped things up."
Close friends Kate Owen and Julie Reardon co-wrote Friendship Food, which has attracted a positive response from readers.
"We're not experts but we would like it (the book) to become a portal for people to make good health choices," Mrs Philp said.
"We just wanted something clear, concise and easy."
The three women have recently returned from a 10-day promotional tour of the USA, appearing on morning TV shows in Sacramento and Richmond, Virginia.
"It was a fantastic experience - the book was received really well," Mrs Philp said.
"There's a lot of people out there who are sick and don't know they have options."
There's a lot more in store for the Friendship Food team in the coming months, with the group set to kick off an extensive tour around Queensland before Christmas.
"We also have something coming up with the UK Scleroderma (Society)," Mrs Philp said.
"They are happy to help us promote the book and possibly attend an event next year, which is very exciting."
Alongside her book, Mrs Philp also runs another business Salt of Life which sells a number of natural products at Cafe Jacqui's and the Allora Butchery.
Published in February
Contains 74 gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, egg free and refined sugar free recipes
Available for purchase at the Warwick Visitor Information Centre, Spinewise Chiropractic, Hynes Newsagency and Allora News