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From Chronic Fatigue to Wellness Practitioner meet Amy Crawford from the Holistic Ingredient + a Tasty Recipe for You

September 9th, 2019  |  Interviews

I met Amy via Instagram – along with more than 30,000 others who follow her amazing food diary and inspiring recipes. I feel very fortunate to have Amy share her story with the Nourishing Hub and explain how Combined Therapy Cocktail (CTC) has positively transformed her life.

When chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) put a swift end to a million-mile-an-hour corporate career, it also created the most incredible life transformation imaginable. Now free of CFS, Amy credits her return to health to a whole food, sugar/toxic free lifestyle combined with extensive energy healing and a range of therapies called CTC (Combined Therapy Cocktail) of which she is now a practitioner. Amy’s business The Holistic Ingredient and her whole foods eBook, A Nourishing Kitchen,combine her passion for food and cooking, toxic-free living and healing therapies.

Combined Therapy Cocktail (CTC)

A 2-hour treatment that will totally transform you life.

If you knew you could change your life in just two hours, and be free of every single thing that has been weighing you down for years, you’d do it too wouldn’t you?

Less than a year ago, ALL of the below bullet points applied to me. A few months later, following one two hour, life transformational treatment, not one of them did.

  • Fear of spiders
  • Fear of public speaking
  • A feeling of not being good enough (at lots of things)
  • The fear of not being able to free myself from my recruitment career
  • The fear of the unknown
  • The feeling of being stuck, knowing there was something else but having no idea how to find it
  • A need to please others
  • Guilt
  • The fear that I would never be free of CFS
  • The belief that every time I get overwhelmed I’d have a CFS crash
  • The belief that I needed 8 hours sleep a night, or I wouldn’t function

…..and believe me that wasn’t the extent of my list.

 For many years I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. At 39 years of age I shut a successful business and was forced to give up the life that I knew (including my independence) and move in with my parents, unable to look after myself any longer. Thankfully a year with them saw me very close to returning to full health. However towards the end of my CFS recovery there was something inside of me that just wouldn’t shift, that wouldn’t allow me to break free from the illness that had plagued me for so long. I’d muddle along for a few weeks feeling a million bucks, telling everyone that I was finally ‘free’ and 100% healthy. Then my to do list would get out of control, I’d get overwhelmed and hey presto! I’d crash flat on my back for days. It became a terribly frustrating cycle. I soon came to realise that this cycle was triggered entirely by emotion; it had nothing to do with my physical health at all. It was at this point that I knew I needed to focus on my spiritual and emotional health to jump that final hurdle and I thank my lucky stars that I discovered the life transforming therapy, Combined Therapy Cocktail (CTC).

What is CTC?
Combined Therapy Cocktail (CTC) is a life transformational bundle of therapies that frees us of every single thing that holds us back from feeling and being amazing. CTC combines a number of therapies in one personalised ‘power’ session that gets to the root cause of every limiting belief, addiction, illness, negative emotion (you name it) and clears the lot, just like that. CTC includes Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguisitc Programming (NLP), Time-Line Therapy and Reiki. Each session is designed to specifically address the list of issues the client brings to the table.

How did CTC transform my life?
One day I had CFS, the next I was entirely free of it. Seriously. I literally walked clear of that awfully debilitating illness (and all of the other bullet pointed issues) following one CTC treatment and never looked back. It was so transformational I can’t tell you. The paralysing fear of public speaking that had been with me for 20 years? Gone. That feeling of not being good enough (which had me questioning my ability to write a successful recipe book, or build a business as therapist), gone. That need to please significant others by making decisions I knew would please them (albeit not myself), gone. All of it simply disappeared. It was like I was an entirely different person. The weight of all of that ‘crap’ had completely lifted. I felt totally empowered and free. I felt amazing.

A couple of short months later, I made the best decision of my life. I became a CTC Practitioner and am now blessed to be facilitating huge life transformations in others.

Amy is a Holistic Health Practitioner and writer of The Holistic Ingredient, a blog where she shares her love for toxic-free living, whole food recipes and her quest for boundless energy. She is also the author of the highly successful whole foods eBook, A Nourishing Kitchen. Should you be interested in learning more about Amy’s CTC sessions, please feel free to email her on

You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram

Below is one of many mouth watering recipes from Amy’s recipe eBook A Nourishing Kitchen. The book is filled with inspiring recipes – ranging from her Lime &  Coconut Bircher Muesli to her Raw Carrot Cake Overnight Chia Parfait yum yum! Click here to purchase your copy of the Nourishing Kitchen

Thai Inspired Quinoa Fish Cakes

If you’ve got cooked quinoa and left overs in your fridge you have a whole heap of quinoa potential right there. You can combine all sorts of ingredients to produce delectable hot cakes in a flash. Before you do though, have a go at these spicy fish cakes – they are full of flavour and goodness that are guaranteed to delight.





1 cup cooked quinoa

200 grams wild Alaskan salmon (or cooked salmon)

1/3 cup coriander leaves and stems, chopped

3/4 – 1 large red chilli, finely chopped

1/4 cup quinoa flour

1 egg, whisked

2 teaspoons fish sauce

2 shallots, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 kaffir lime leaf, finely shredded

1/2 lemon, zest and juice

A pinch of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt

1 heaped teaspoon coconut oil (2 if runny)


Combine all ingredients (bar coconut oil) and form into 4 even paô?°Šies. If the mixture is too sticky, add a liô?°Šle extra quinoa flour.

Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Cook the paô?°Šies for 3-4 minutes each side or until golden.

Serve with a light side salad and a dollop of lemony mayonnaise if your heart (or tummy) so desires.



Very Lemony Mayonnaise


I love the decadence and visual the word ‘dollop’ conjures up. A dollop of mayo suggests thick, creamy deliciousness that results in extra zing and oomph in a meal. Without the added preservatives and sugars of a store bought mayo, this one comes with a whole lot less guilt. Dollop away I say!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes


1 cup grape seed oil

1 egg

2 tablespoons lemon zest, finely grated

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic sea salt

What to do

Blend the egg on low speed in a food processor. Add the lemon zest, juice and salt and blend for a few more seconds. With the motor still running slowly drizzle the oil into the mixture. If you can’t keep the motor running, add very small amounts at a time until the mayo is thick and smooth. Ideally this process will take at least 4 minutes.

Pop the mayo into a jar and into the fridge. It should keep for about a week.

From Amy’s wonderful Nourishing Kitchen ebook


Simone DennySimone Denny is a qualified Life Coach, a Mind Detox practitioner, Epigenetic Health Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator, Podcast Host, and Speaker. She runs wellness workshops and international health retreats, where she shares her passion for mind-body wellness. After many years in Investment banking, Simone now teaches corporates and individuals how to find and live on purpose.


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