In June 2003 at 23 years old, I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, a rare Autoimmune disease. I struggled with reaching my feet and lifting my hands above my head due to severe connective tissue inflammation. My menstrual cycle was so irregular I had even gone 70 days between cycles.
My Journey to Wellness Begins
So I quit my corporate job, moved back home with my mom and took my savings to see a Naturopathic Doctor. He put me on several herbal concoctions and an anti-candida diet. I avoided all things packaged and processed and completely stopped ALL sugar intake, including fruit. I was overridden with Candida from the inside out. I began losing weight quickly. I maintained this system steady for 3 months until I couldn’t afford it anymore. I had rid my body of all yeast overgrowth, walked around 20 pounds lighter, and started hiking and doing yoga regularly.
Relapse and Injury Created an Opportunity to Grow
physical independence. During my recovery, I began reaching for comfort foods again. Due to the lack of physical movement and the foods I began eating, I gained back the pounds and battled with the disease and Candida once more.
After a little more than a year of limited mobility, I moved to Germany and started to incorporate walking and yoga into my lifestyle again. I ate rich German food and comforts of home for the first year until I started school for Holistic Medicine. My first class was a Certificate in Nutrition,
Bodycare, and Herbalism. Then in January 2006, I did a 30 day juice fast and became vegetarian thereafter.
My First Juice Fast
When I sway into less than healthy eating (ie. Kettle chips, cooked foods, gourmet, gluten-free breads, pastas or crackers), my body alerts me straight away. These foods are 100 times healthier than what I used to eat but they are still less than optimal for me. This doesn't mean I don't need knocked over the head with consequences from time to time, because I do occasionally indulge until my body suffers. Thing is, I now KNOW BETTER and tend to live most of my life with few symptoms and even less suffering.
This January 2013, I embark upon my longest juice cleanse of 60 days and I will be blogging about it here. In addition to my cleanse, I will be coaching the 10-day Juice Cleanse several times each month throughout the year. It's a fully online program - read more about it here.
Need motivation to add juice to your lifestyle? Watch the documentary, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflicks tonight!