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Loretta Harmes aka 'Nil-By-Mouth Foodie' ate her last solid meal six years ago due to a rare condition
At the age of 19, she was awarded a seat in the top-most culinary institute in England but she had to discontinue.
A British chef named Loretta Harmes has not eaten a solid meal for six years ago, Yet, this has not dampened her passion to be in the kitchen and cook up a delicious storm.
The 23-year-old woman is diagnosed with a rare condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). It is a genetic disease that affects the connective tissue in our body. One of its many problems occurs in the intestines that cause a lot of issues while eating.
For Harmes, consuming any kind of solid food would result in excruciating pain in her stomach. Her last meal was roast potatoes that she could not even finish because of how much trouble it caused in her body. Since then, she is surviving on liquid meals.
According to BBC, the syndrome was diagnosed only after her mother took her to several doctors. Many of them investigated the cause. Eventually, when she was diagnosed with this condition, the doctors stated her stomach has become partially paralyzed. The other symptoms included migraines, severe neck pain, racing heart, etc. She will be getting surgery as well.
Initially, when she was diagnosed, Harmes faced a hard time. It had an adverse impact on her mental health and had attempted to commit suicide a couple of times because of how hopeless she felt.
However, she is slowly coming around and is back to doing what she loves the most- cooking.
At the age of 19, she was awarded a seat in the top-most culinary institute in England but she had to discontinue. Now, she continues to cook and posts on her Instagram page called 'Nil-By-Mouth Foodie.' She uses her social media platform to raise awareness not just about her condition but to also inspire others who may be going through a life-altering disease to never give up.
"The cooking itself is what I get pleasure from being in the kitchen is a real creative outlet for me," she told the British news organization. Further, she added that it helps her relieve stress and works well for her anxiety. With no eating involved, she cooks food with her 'eyes, nose and gut'. A familiar smell from a dish could evoke a memory in her and from there she can if it is tasty or not.
Despite it all, she does miss eating a lot. At times, she even feels awkward in public gatherings where people are eating and drinking merrily. However, it does not deter Harmes' spirits as she believes she can cook up a delicious meal and make others happy, even when she cannot eat it!