"At first, I just felt like my whole body was achy, and this went from acute attacks to me, for example, a knife was hijacked on my shoulder. Then I got into the pain that it felt like she had a nail that went through my joint. There was no idea what going on. "
He tried to work hard with pain, drowning it from long hours in the kitchen. For a new chef trying to enter this industry, there was a normal 16-hour shift and 90 hours a week.
"It was really brutal, but as you cut your teeth and learned to become a professional chef. We worked hard. Unfortunately, we did not always work wisely."
But the hard work was repayable. The Mullena star was warmed up in the culinary world. Outside of his restaurant work, he began appearing on shows such as The Next Iron Chef and Chopped. He did not have the time to deal with the mysterious sorrows of his career.
However, long hours and physical work started paying more for Mullen's health. He took on weight and suffered a more acute attack, as chronic pain spread throughout his body.
Then one morning he so badly woke up his hip pain, he could not move. A trip to ER and MR revealed that his hip was full of fluid. Mullenam was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease.
"I, like many people, think that arthritis is a disease or an elderly person's disaster. It was shocking to find out that it was a debilitating disease that would permanently and permanently affect my life and my well-being. It was really intimidating."
Bailing from the fact that his illness can leave him in a wheelchair or by hand that is no longer able to cook, Mullen stood on the wall.
"I had to make a choice whether I just wanted to assume that I was sick or if I could look for something out of it. I promised myself that I would be ready to change my life." I'm going to do it, but I'm about to take control of my health. "
So Mullen began to prepare ways to improve his health, starting with nutrition.
"I came from a professional experience knowing how to make the food really delicious, but I really did not really know what was going on with this food. So many of the foods I eat were the effects of inflammation on my body."
Mullen stopped eating processed foods and all foods known as inflammation. With everything he ate, he asked, "Does this help me or harm me?"
Those who helped, he described "heroic dishes".
During this interview, Mullen would allow CNN to filming him to prepare lunch: a small piece of hard-boiled eggs and collages, radishes, cucumbers, shallots, avocados, anchovies and virgin olive oil.
"It's just a salad that is really delicious and rich in great things. Whole fats from virgin virgin olive oil and anchovies, as well as omega-3 and tons of vegetables."
Although these foods test the label "hero", he says that everyone should find the right mix of food they work with.
"For me, it might be avocado, but for someone else it might be almonds. I think it's really important for everyone to start to understand the foods that make them very good."
The changes were dramatic.
There was a time when even getting out of bed was Mullen's challenge. He is now painless and practicing yoga, lifting weights, bikes and cooks without fear of an arthritis attack.
"I'm glad I'm sick. I'm glad I've gone through this really difficult and horrendous life, because I came out with a bigger sense of purpose."
He now strives to be a hero for others with similar pain. Malton's "Real Food Healing" and "Hero Food" cookbooks share how he has re-discovered his preparation and eating pleasure.
"It is very important to remember that you can eat really good health and at the same time eat well for pleasure, indulgence and joy."