OUR STORY

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My name is Shari McIntyre (formerly Shari Darling).  My husband Shawn and I are partners in our company, FRESH DOH.  Our mission is to support people, like you, in living a fulfilled life with excellent health, a life free of suffering from physical and/or mental ill-health.

A little about my background… As Shari Darling, I specialized in wine and food and the partnership between them for almost 3 decades, writing International award-winning and bestselling books and cookbooks, conducting wine courses and cooking classes, creating wine-related learning tools, and working as a newspaper and magazine food and wine editor and journalist.  My work in sensory science (as it pertains to food and wine pairing) is still utilized in colleges and universities across Canada, including George Brown College in Toronto for sommelier and chef training.  Suffice it to say, I’m a foodie!

FRESH DOH blossomed as a result of my having survived an 8-year caregiving tour of duty before I met my husband Shawn and before the creation of FRESH DOH.

I had cared for my deceased husband, Jack Schropp, who lived with and died from Alzheimer’s.  Jack was a former Navy SEAL Commander (Ret.) and then left the military and became a Landmark Forum Leader for over 21 years.  During 2 of his 3 tours in Vietnam Jack was exposed to Agent Orange. We strongly believed this was the source of his developing this devastating disease.

Once diagnosed, I used my energy and skills to research how food impacts Alzheimer’s and its symptoms.  Partnering with our functional medicine doctor, Dr. Morty Levy, we began a complete lifestyle change, embracing an anti-inflammatory diet.

Inflammation and brain shrinkage are 2 of the 5 hallmarks of Alzheimer’s.  Dr. Levy and I felt we could impact some of Jack’s symptoms by making his brain healthier by reducing or eliminating the inflammation and hopefully slowing brain shrinkage.  This meant eliminating gluten, wheat, and refined sugar from our diets and adding in specific healthy fats, foods, and pharmaceutical grade supplements. This anti-inflammatory approach is similar to a Celiac, Paleo, diabetic-friendly, anti-inflammatory, and whole-food (unprocessed) diet.

Living this lifestyle for more than 3 years did not halt or reverse Jack’s Alzheimer’s.  However, it completely transformed our quality of life.  Jack’s medical doctors, friends, and family all witnessed some of the symptoms completely disappear.  I called these mini-miracles in a book I wrote about this journey called the Dementia Diet, available through Amazon.  

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Even though the disease progressed, Jack became healthier in many ways, still swimming up to 25 lengths in the YMCA pool at least 3 times per week, and regularly walking 3 miles at a time.

In having taken on the diet myself, l lost a great deal of extra weight and became overall healthier and more emotionally and mentally able to maintain my caregiving duties.

Living this lifestyle lead to the creation of FRESH DOH.

The one thing I found difficult with this diet was refraining from noodles and pasta.   I tried noodles manufactured from chickpeas, spinach, red peppers, and butternut squash. The texture certainly didn’t satisfy my need for that “al dente” craving, that density, and chewiness of wheat pasta. I even tried low carb noodles made from the Japanese konnyaku root (also known as shirataki).  Jack winced and said they tasted like a bad cold.

I realized that I’d have to develop a recipe myself to make grain-free noodles from scratch. I tested different grain-free pasta and noodle recipes on our family and friends.  Through trial and error, I developed what I believe was and is a delicious grain- and refined sugar-free pasta/noodle recipe.

My friends loved them.  My close friend, Michelle Leduc Catlin, was the first to declare with enthusiasm, “Shar, you really need to make these noodles commercially and sell them to the public.”

I thanked Michelle for her idea and continued to focus my energy and attention on caregiving while perfecting my recipes for grain-free pasta, bread, flatbread, biscuits, and double pie crusts for myself and friends.

On January 14, 2018, at 7 p.m. EST, Jack transitioned. I felt my life was pointless. However, with time and powerful coaching from Jack’s fellow Landmark Forum Leaders, I moved through my grief.   After a time I rediscovered that living a fulfilled life is about living a life of purpose, one that makes a difference for others whenever and wherever we can. When lived with a higher purpose, life becomes meaningful and, in time, beautiful again. 

I was blessed to meet Shawn.  On October 5, 2019, we married.  Shawn is a beautiful person, brilliant, and an expert regarding physical strength, overall health, fitness, and eating well.  He has contributed immensely to my life and has brought important and positive ideas and elements to our company, FRESH DOH.  

At FRESH DOH we follow the philosophies of many western medicines and naturopathic doctors, including, but not limited to:

Our FRESH DOH mission is to use our wisdom, experience, and passion to provide delicious products to help you achieve and maintain true quality of life. 

Our FRESH DOH purpose is to contribute to your life and to others…in Jack’s memory and honour. 

Our FRESH DOH commitment is to provide support so that your culinary journey is fun and diverse and comforts your soul.

Our FRESH DOH products are hand-made in Canada with quality ingredients in a certified gluten-free facility. Our comfort food products are grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, non-GMO, natural, low carb, Paleo and Keto.

We invite you to join our FRESH DOH community.  We wish you a healthy and delicious long life!