I have always thought of myself as pretty healthy. I’ve never needed surgery, been obese, or even had a tooth cavity that I can remember.
But “healthy” is relative. Especially in this fast food-obsessed culture that we live in.
Is it healthy to eat a diet of low-fat yogurt and chicken breasts, but have frequent headaches? Is it healthy to eat turkey bacon and whole wheat bread but still fight adult acne? Is it healthy to eat processed food devoid of nutrients, as long as it’s low-fat, low-sodium, trans-fat and gluten-free? But then struggle with depression?
I don’t think so.
My “healthy” diet definitely wasn’t working for me, when I began my trips to Mexico. Every time I went to see my dad at Oasis of Hope, I would detox for the first three days. But after a week of eating their whole plant foods, I would leave with clear skin, and clarity of mind, feeling better than before.
I soon realized that something was wrong with my current diet, and that there was a far better way. By that point, I had read quite a few books about nutrition, natural cures and cancer, including:
The Ph Miracle
Natural Cures They Don’t Want Us to Know About
The Gerson Therapy, and
God’s Way to Ultimate Health
One of the first, but still most compelling things I came across was the testimony of Dr Lorraine Day, an MD who had completely cured her stage four breast cancer, by diet alone. I immersed myself in her website , ordered a copy of her books and dvds and then sent them to my dad.
Her story ignited the spark of hope in my heart for the healing possibilities that lay in plant foods.
I was already somewhat of a believer when I met the “walking miracles” at Oasis: people who had cured themselves with nutrition. I witnessed their joy when they came for their third or fourth checkups and found their bodies completely clear of cancer. I personally saw a few of them transform from weak, pale, and hunched over in a wheelchair, to walking and vibrant several weeks later!
I couldn’t believe the difference I saw in these people. I could not help but notice the miracles that happened when people flooded their bodies with the right kind of food.
Even my dad’s struggle and death could not dampen my desire to know more about this phenomenon. In fact, it only fueled the hunger in my heart to find the answers. To discover the antidote to the disease that took him away from us so early.
If there was a cure hidden in spinach, I was going to find it. So I kept searching and reading and asking questions.
I asked the questions that still beg to be answered: if food can cure disease, can it not also prevent disease? If we can heal our bodies of stage four cancer with raw living food and pure water, can we not prevent it by doing the same?
It was a simple concept, but one that formed the basis of a new lifestyle and diet for me.
I slowly began to incorporate some of the things I had heard about and seen. I took some online classes and continued to read every single book about health and nutrition I could get my hands on, including:
The China Study
Eat to Live
The Maker’s Diet, and
Healthy at 100.
It took me a few years to make sense of all the things I had studied and found. For awhile I became confused, because they all said something a little different. Some even contradicted each other.
But eventually the books along with all the testimonies and the miracles I had witnessed made sense to me. There was a common theme through everything I had read and seen. There was one thing they all agreed on. And it was this.
(Are you ready for it??)
And, for me personally it was:
EAT MORE PLANTS!
So that’s what I did. I ate more plants. ALOT more!
When I first started out, I was eating about 85% non-plant foods, and 15% plant fooods. I had every physical ailment mentioned above, and my digestion system was NOT working. At all!
I am happy to say that now those numbers are exactly opposite and I feel better than ever. I can’t even tell you what a difference this has made to my health. I am stronger, more energetic, and every single one of those problems have disappeared.
And so I ask you: Are you “healthy,” but tired? Have you made yourself at home with things like headaches or acne or constipation? Let me assure you, you don’t need to!
THERE IS A BETTER WAY.
Simply add more fruits and veggies to your diet. It may seem overly simplistic, but it works.
Make a goal to double your current daily intake of plants.
In his book, Eat to Live, Dr Furhman suggests eating one pound of raw veggies and one pound of cooked veggies, every single day. While this may seem a little over-the-top, let me remind you that the typical “healthy” diet in America, is so upside down on this. We are not eating nearly enough of the good stuff. I venture to say that most of our charts look a lot like mine did, at only 15% plant food, or less. And yet, this is the stuff that heals us!
Most of us are so far removed from where we should be, it takes a radical effort to come back into balance. If we are extremely depleted of nutrients, then we must take aggressive action to bring our bodies back to health again. Back to the true ‘normal.’ The way we were meant to eat and live.
So, load up on your greens. Gnaw on your celery. Sautee your broccoli. Juice your carrots. Fry your mushrooms. I don’t care, just EAT MORE VEGGIES.
I challenge you not to change anything else, and see if like me, you can’t feel a difference.
In my next post I will share one of my not-so-secret weapons that I use to drastically increase me and my family’s plant consumption. It’s called the Green Smoothie.
Stay tuned! And in the meantime, eat some spinach. Your mind and your body will thank you!