Every time I meet new people and tell them that I’m a budding nutritionist, they ask me, “So what do you do?” I tell them that I offer one-on-one consultations to help people boost their health and help treat gut issues, inflammation, acne, compromised immune system, diabetes, addiction, anxiety and depression using food, movement and mindfulness as my tools. Most of the time I get raised eyebrows. Is what I do really so hard to believe?
When I was 26, my mom passed away after her battle with cancer. She was officially diagnosed in 2011, and a year later, she was gone. During that year, her and I did all the research on ways to complement her treatment using holistic methods, such as anti-inflammatory diets, switching all products to eco and body-friendly ones, herbal treatments, Traditional Chinese Medicine, meditation and positive affirmations.
She was very pure at heart, always honest and always impeccable with her word. Growing up I remember how she would always be sponsoring children in third-world countries, and anytime an opportunity to donate to a charity would pop up, she would give without a second thought.
Early in 2012, my mom’s battle ended. Along the way, I learned about antioxidants, vegetarianism, nutrition, toxins and organic vs. pesticide-laden foods.
Today I am mindful of eating a whole-foods based diet and steer clear of processed foods, hydrogenated oils and sugar. It’s not easy – especially when you our society is built upon convenience and grab-and-go options are everywhere, but the discipline and effort I put into it is worth it. I am very happy with my body, my overall health and how I feel.
The most noteworthy change that I noticed since I started eating this way is my general mood. I used to have quite extreme mood swings and severe anxiety. I believe that the instability of my moods and anxiety triggered me to rely on alcohol and drugs to numb the discomfort. Alcohol in high quantities is totally the worst, so I only drink on occasion now – I would say on average 3-4 drinks a month. My body used to be so inflamed – especially in my face, which as a young woman was very upsetting – and today I don’t have that concern.
There’s a lot of work and research out there that has proven that diet, exercise and meditation can reverse Type II Diabetes and cancer. I discovered Kris Carr in 2011 when I learned that my mom had cancer. Carr has been my hero since. She, along with others, is living proof of someone who reversed stage 4 liver cancer with the aforementioned tools. Another woman I look up to is Rebecca Katz who is a chef and food educator and supports cancer patients with whole foods in the Bay Area.
Our reality is the result of our thoughts, and our thoughts – conscious or unconscious – can be affected by the quality of our food. I have personally experienced the shift in my mindset when I switched to a diet that is 95% whole foods (with the exception of cake on people’s birthdays), drastically reduced alcohol consumption (no more hard partying), and started regularly exercising.
I am a better person now than I ever was in my twenties. Not that I regret anything because I know that every step I took have led me to where I am now. I’m not perfect, but I am happy. So if you don’t believe that food can be a key to a happier life, please reconsider. And if you feel that eating healthy is hard or burdensome or not yummy, then let me know and I can help make it a lot easier for you. My goal is to help people achieve their best life through food, exercise you love and meditation. To learn more, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.