My Journey to Health & Vitality

“I am 100 percent sure it is possible at any age to change our destiny into one of pain-free, vibrant health by intelligently utilizing the power of superfoods, superherbs, raw and living foods, and holistic healing technologies.” ~ David Wolfe, Superfoods

I read that recently and thought, Wow, now that’s a bold statement!  And then I paused to reflect on my own life journey, and my whole-hearted belief in that statement began to emerge.  You see, I have not always been the vibrant and healthy person I am today.  In fact, it is  the struggles I went through growing up that have me so passionate about spreading the world about holistic health and healing.

I grew up in a typical Midwestern family in the 80’s, where the busy times of 2 full-time working parents made fast, processed foods mainstays in our diets.  Let’s just say I ate my share of mac n’ cheese, pizza and McDonald’s in my day! 😕

The cost for me was a very compromised immune system.  I was sick all the time.  I had chronic headaches, so much so that one doctor stupidly said to my mom (in front of me, at 12 years of age), that I possibly had a brain tumor!  Seriously, I cannot begin to express the fear that instilled in me.  It was an absent-minded, passing comment by this doctor, but to me, it was my life flashing before me.  It took me months before I could talk to my mom, my best friend, about how terrified I was.  Of course, she had tossed the thought aside as crazy, but never knew that it had been eating away at me in the meantime.

I also had recurring tonsillitis and cystic acne, so was constantly on antibiotics, and suffered with severe candida as a result.  I eventually grew immune to the antibiotics they were pumping me full of, and more and more drugs were added to try and deal with the “situation”.  Oh, and my digestive system was an absolute train wreck!

I could write an entire post on my experiences with the myriad of ways the medical community masks symptoms rather than rooting out the underlying cause of the symptoms and poor health, but for the purpose of this post, it suffices to say that my experience was destined to be a never-ending road of medication and misery.

My journey to health and vitality began in college, when I was blessed to live with a thriving vegetarian couple who taught me about eating organic and bringing awareness to what I put inside my body.  I began to understand that my energy and quality of life were in direct proportion to what I chose to nourish myself with.  And yes, this process of exploration went far beyond food, to things such as my exercise, my spiritual practice and the level of fulfillment I felt in my relationships and my career.

Throughout this process, as I became increasingly healthier and more self-aware, I noticed that my desire for less healthy foods began to fall away naturally.  I began to really understand the saying “we are what we eat.”  I could see it in my skin and feel it radiating from every cell of my being.

And so began my understanding of what I now know as the “crowding out” principle.  Unlike most diets, which restrict you from this or that, the diet for optimal health and vitality holds that instead of taking foods away from people, how about adding foods in?  I found very quickly that the “good” food made me feel SO good that the “bad” foods just became increasingly unattractive!

Everything about my life changed when I began to make conscious choices about the foods I was putting in my body ~ my energy, focus, connections, appreciation and results.

And for the most part, the severity of my problems subsided.  Considering the place I’d come from, I was pretty much on Cloud 9 of what I thought was possible with regard to my health!

And then, in October of 2003, I was introduced to Superfoods.  All I can say is ‘woah, baby!’

David Wolfe defines superfoods as “the most potent, super-concentrated, and nutrient-rich foods on the planet – they have more bang for their buck than our usual foods.  Extremely tasty and satisfying, superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimum choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body.”

If you have any underlying issues such as back pain, headaches, joint inflammation, skin problems, threats of cancer, insomnia or simply find that you are losing your full capabilities and that your quality of life is not aligned with your vision for your life, then stay tuned for my next post.  I will be diving in to the first 5 of the Top 10 Superfoods, as recommended by well known raw-foods guru David Wolfe in his phenomenal book, Superfoods.  Consuming superfoods has dramatically impacted the abundance, joy and overall health & vitality I experience on a day to day basis.

If you or anyone you know can relate to any part of my story, then please feel free to pass this post along to your friends and suggest they stop back next week as well!

In Health & Abundance,

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45 Responses to “My Journey to Health & Vitality”

  1. Fantastic post, you do feel different depending on the types of foods you eat. I’ve been Vegan since 1992, ate fairly healthy before that time too. Even as a child, I was fascinated with nutrition, so read as much information as I could on the subject. In those days (1980’s) that meant trips to the library, since I couldn’t just hop on the net and look for the info. 🙂

    Processed foods simply aren’t part of my lifestyle. I eat whole foods. I stick as close the natural source as possible. I remember one of my friends told me the way I ate was extreme. I smiled, and jokingly asked him, “Are you telling me that consuming processed foods that are just imitations of real foods is normal?” Eating whole foods used to be the normal, however in our fast paced society, some people have reached for substitutes that aren’t always healthy choices.

    Making smarter food choices is a great idea for everyone. Yes it can benefit those who don’t have noticeable health issues too. Even a person doesn’t experience noticeable issues; I fell in that category and noticed improvements too.
    .-= Moondancer´s last blog ..Strawberry Oatmeal A simple breakfast =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you so much, Moondancer! Sounds like you have a beautiful grasp on health and vitality. 🙂 I love you story ~ I can completely relate! Thanks for stopping by and contributing with this great comment.

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  2. Thank you for being so open Beth, it’s great to read personal stories as they are the most inspiring. I’m happy you found the way to a healthier future and I hope many will join your path. I know I will!
    .-= Alison @ Femita´s last blog ..19 Superfoods to Defy Your Age and Stay Young Forever Part 2 =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You’re welcome, Alison. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. I agree, personal stories are the easiest to connect to and definitely the most inspiring. I’m thrilled to hear you’re with me on this beautiful path of health and vitality!

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  3. Beth,
    This is great information about sustaining your health through the foods you chose to eat. I am not up on all the different superfoods, so I look forward to your upcoming posts.
    Val 🙂
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..What’s Your Focus =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Val. I’m happy to share what I’m learning and find most effective! 🙂

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  4. Hey Beth, i really adore your ideas about food. Nice post.. 🙂 It really talks about health and keeping yourself healthy and fit.
    .-= Jon Alfredsson´s last blog ..Cool Productivity Tool Keeps You Organized =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I’m not surprised this post resonated with you ~ I get the feeling you’re a healthy one yourself! 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!

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  5. Thanks Beth for the article. It brought back old memories for me. I grew up on a farm and we always had fresh food products and interesting to note I was rarely sick.

    Michael

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s awesome, Michael. I’m curious, do you still eat local? If not, have you noticed a shift in your health as a result? Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great post Beth, I am so into organics and eating healthy, I cannot wait to read the rest of your information that you have coming.

    LoriL

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes Lori, I knew you’d enjoy this post after visiting your blog last week. 🙂 We’ll have to connect on skype or phone soon!

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  7. Hi Beth,
    I am so glad that you ended up living with the couple that introduced you to healthy food.
    The ‘crowding out’ sounds like a much better way to go about changeing than restricting. People seem to want what they ‘can’t’ have.
    I enjoyed reading your post.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

    Love and Joy
    from
    Yorinda
    .-= Yorinda´s last blog ..Joy is the Goal =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I am too! Thanks Yorinda. Yes, the crowding out principle makes so much more sense. Taking things away only leads to people wanting them. Add in so much goodness that your body feels fantastic and wants more and more….and also you’ll be more full and won’t have room for the bad stuff!

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  8. Beth,
    I appreciate you sharing your journey to health, to date. I’ve tried all kinds of lifestyles and eating styles and have found my own balance, yet there’s always more to learn and I look forward to learning more from you.
    Thanks so much,
    Adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..The 3 C’s of Relationship- Chemistry- Compatibility &amp Commitment =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Adam, we’ll have to chat sometime about the lifestyles you’ve explored. That would be fun! I find that one style doesn’t tend to suit me, rather I take my favorite parts of each….because they work for me.

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  9. Hi Beth, great post. I try to eat superfoods when I can, but I definitely don’t eat enough. I’ve bookmarked the book you recommend buying and will buy it soon so I can start eating better.

    I eat a lot of fruit, a fair amount of vegetables and I drink a lot of water but I know I can do much better for myself.

    I get headaches every so often and also have backpain so hopefully the superfoods will help me.

    Thanks Beth and I hope you are well 🙂

    Gavin Mountford
    .-= Gavin Mountford´s last blog ..The 3 Step Process Of Attraction Marketing =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Sounds like you are doing great, Gavin. I have seen various superfoods help a few people with backpain and many people with headaches (myself included). So yes, be sure to check out the book, and my next post! 🙂

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  10. Hi Beth,

    Greath article! I wish I knew back when I was a kid what I know now about nutrition. The bad skin, digestive issues, allergies.. I was reading something recently and it said if it hasn’t grown from the ground, come from the sea or breathed the air, don’t eat it! I try to keep to fresh foods and for the most part avoid processed stuff. That said, I think I’ll always have a soft spot for chocolate 🙂

    Thanks again,

    Andrew
    .-= Andrew Sayers´s last blog ..More time- more money- more life We all want that right =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I fully agree with what you read ~ that should be a motto for everyone to live by! And I can relate, my soft spot is for chocolate as well! As long as you’re eating dark chocolate though, you’re in the clear! (see my next post). 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Andrew!

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  11. This is a fantastic post, very nicely done. I make a conscious effort to avoid fast foods and I try to encourage my kids to do better as well. My smoothie this morning had 1tbs of flax seed oil, 1 tbs of chia seeds and 1tbs of flax seeds. Looking forward to your review on the Superfoods.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, Brenda! Well done on you’re smoothie! I find that smoothies are the easiest way to get superfoods into my son….fruity goodness with hidden wonders! 🙂 So great to hear that you are making conscious choices and modeling those choices for your children! That is what is needed most!

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  12. Hi Beth, I have been learning more about “raw” living food and actually a friend of mine, EJ Sjames just wrote an ebook of recepies http://www.uncomplicatedraw.com. I have made some tasty things from her book. Thank you for the post and sharing your story. I appreciate it.
    .-= Lesly´s last blog ..The Environmental Working Group =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Ooh, thanks for sharing that link, Lesly. I definitely incorporate a lot of raw, living foods into my diet, so always appreciate a good recommendation. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Beth,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your post and your story.

    Just in the last 3 years have I begun to learn the valuable information that what we eat makes all the difference. I have not gone strictly with the superfoods but I’m doing much better than I did for so many years, and definitely stay away from processed foods.

    I love sharing this knowledge with my family as well though they don’t always appreciate it. My youngest has said she’d like me to go back to the way I used to be, but that is never going to happen. Once you know, you can’t go back!

    I’m thrilled about all the health improvements you have experienced over the years as you added good foods to your diet and eliminated the bad. The sharing of your story will enlighten so many people.

    I look forward to your next post on superfoods and your great way of educating us about our health, our most valuable asset!

    Dawn and (Dave)

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks so much, Dawn! There is not really any sort of strictness around adding superfoods ~ it’s not a diet per se, just amazingly nutrient dense foods to add in to give your health a boost from our increasingly depleted resources. So sounds like you are on a great track and making important changes. Congratulations! That’s what it’s all about! And keep sharing this information with your kids no matter what they think now. You will all be happier for it as they get older and more aware! 🙂

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  14. Hi Beth,
    I have recently been on a very carefully controlled diet, avoiding all processed foods, eating organic whenever possible, grass-fed beef, etc.
    The effect on my overall health and vitality has been huge. I have generally preferred healthy food in the past, but found it easy to slip into bad habits, especially when traveling and depending on fast food and convenience foods!
    I’m looking forward to learning more from you about superfoods.
    Alan
    .-= Alan Jenkin´s last blog ..How much information are you revealing on Facebook- and how much is too much =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Congratulations, Alan! Way to go on taking control of your health and vitality. There are many convenient healthy foods ~ we just happen to live in a world where fast and easy prevails, tempting us at every turn. The best thing you can do when making those choices is pause to think about how you will feel when you put that food into your body. Sounds like from your results shared, you will be making some smart choices over time! 😉

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  15. Beth, what a great story and post. I could not agree more. As a food scientist I have witnessed many examples of what food can do to a person.
    A great example is a young girl who suffered from acne. She has tried just about everything she could get her hands on, but to no avail. At one point I mentioned to her, that I somebody once told me that milk could be a reason for acne. Now, this your woman drank a lot of milk. So, not drinking was very hard for her. But since she was desperate she tried. Within 2 weeks her acne was practically gone! The power of diet.
    I can tell you many more stories just like this one, but I won’t bother you with all of them. Just wanted to say, I relate to your story.
    I am happy for you that you are doing so well these days and I am looking forward to your posts on superfoods!
    Karin.
    .-= social bookmarking´s last blog ..What you have to get right when uploading your videos to YouTube =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, Karin, I have not only personally experienced the power of nutrition, but worked with many people who have similar stories. A food scientist? Wow, I’d love to connect on skype sometime and hear more about what you do. Thanks for sharing, and I appreciate your support!

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  16. Well hello sister,

    Long time no hear! Nice to see you still sharing fantastic information. Thank you for sharing your story and how came to be super healthy and why we should all take care of ourselves better.

    There was so much of your story that rang true with me, apart from the Tumour bit!?? Wow that must have been heavy.

    I will promise to drop in more often.

    Beth 🙂
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Enter SocialMedia-Butterfly =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you miss Beth! I am glad you connected with this story, and am thrilled that you stopped by! We shall speak soon. 🙂

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  17. Hey Beth…your journey sounds way too familiar. I had very similar experiences along the way. There are just too many people who never find there way out of that quagmire. I am glad you are around helping people see that they can actually have energy and feel good in their lives. Sometimes it takes a whole lot of patience and effort…but in the end…I, like you, am a living testimony to what is possible.
    .-= Bruce Backman´s last blog ..Are You Educated about the Supplements You Take-Buyer Beware Safety May be an issue =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I knew we were kindred spirits, Bruce! 🙂 And you are right, far too many people never even know that there is another way to be feeling and experiencing life. That is why we do the work we do. And why the Health Crushers are SO needed! 🙂

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  18. Hi Beth,

    Thanks for that… I always try and take the best care of my body including watching what I eat.

    Reading your story and your discovery of super foods is compelling and reminds me of the ‘awakening’ I had also about 7 years ago.

    Thanks for sharing

    Chris
    .-= Christopher Reid´s last blog ..Australia SEO Experts Startling Revelations You Need To Know To Stay On Top Of The Search Results… =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, it really was an awakening! I’d love to hear your story….let’s connect on facebook and then chat sometime on skype! Thanks for visiting, Chris.

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  19. Beth,

    Wow! You really went through a lot. It is also amazing how you turned your life around… very cool! And the super cool part is that you are helping others to feel great and regain their health and vitality.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna
    http://TheCoolestCouple.com

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, but it’s all good. It’s through our trials that we become who we are. I wouldn’t be the person I am today had I not gone through everything I did. And so now I get to pass it on….ah the beauty. 🙂

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  20. I would commend you on actually doing what you say. It was an inspiring post and I am sure it has and would benefit many.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Oh yes, I definitely practice what I preach ~ and this was my experience. I’m glad it was inspiring! 🙂

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  21. I’m really pleased to read this post, it will really inspires readers to have their healthy living.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Ed. So glad you’re finding value here!

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  23. Healthy living is not an easy task for most people. But if they only knew, it will be very worth it in the long run.
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    bethallen Reply:

    I know….it definitely takes work, but that’s the only path to the health and happiness we all desire. I think that if people had a momentary glimpse of what their happy, healthy life would be like, they would certainly try harder. But that’s not the way life works, right?! So we have to stand in faith, and try because we believe it will be worth it. Because it is! 🙂

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