My journey began because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired...sound familiar?
I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr (which is the technical term for chronic mono) several years ago and often experienced flare ups that would knock me out for several days and/or weeks! It was all I could do to make it through the day (with lots of caffeine), only to go home and park myself on my couch or bed for the rest of the evening! I would "drag" myself out of bed in the morning to do it all over the next day (unless of course it was the weekend...which often times were spent never getting out of bed except to occasionally find something to eat or more commonly go get something to eat.)
At 40 years old...I thought, was this it? Was this how I was going to be for the rest of my life? I was overweight, feeling horrible, no energy, depressed! I had tried every magic potion, lotion, pill, latest fad diet, remedies, colloidal silver, Green Tea HP, HCG you name it and I bet you I have tried it including doing the recommended 'right way' by diet and exercise. Sometimes it would work, but it was always temporary and before you knew it, I would pack on the pounds and then some, only to be right back where I was before (if not worse)! You see, I have a great obsession/passion for food! Food and cooking good food was/is my drug of choice and gave me immense comfort! My husband shares the same passion with me and together our health has suffered, his health in some ways more than mine. Something had to give...and our health was giving, boy was it giving!
Every year a work colleague/friend and I travel to a work conference together. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had incorporated juicing into her diet (so much so, that she packed her juicer with her on this trip). My husband went along often times on these trips and we noticed a huge change in her this year compared to last year. She had what seemed to us, boundless energy! She had lost 25 lbs., and looked absolutely radiant! We started asking her about her juicing and since we were both struggling with our health, we were open and willing to here what she had to say. Luckily we had several days with her to ask her all kinds of questions that would come up. We were so intrigued that we almost bought a juicer on our trip so we could get started. We remembered that we had bought a juicer 10 years ago during one of our "health kicks" and were hoping it was still in the basement collecting dust. We came home, found it and the adventure began!
In 6 weeks, I had lost 17 lbs., and 3 inches off my waist! I had more energy and felt amazing! In another 2 weeks, I was down 23 lbs., and 5 inches off my waist (17 inches total throughout my body)! At 12 weeks, I was down 28 lbs total and currently at my goal weight I had set 3 short months ago!
My eating habits changed dramatically as well as my cravings for unhealthy foods are diminished almost non-existent. My obsession/passion for food has shifted as I look at it differently now.
I am skinnier and healthier than I have been since my 20's and actually feel better than I ever remember feeling! Others are noticing and commenting on my transformation! I get lots of requests for advice and help in doing what I have done. So, here it is...everything I have learned and continue to learn will be incorporated in educational classes that will be offered to anyone that is ready and wants it!