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!