I am so grateful to have discovered the healing powers of whole living foods. Today I am healthy and happy and have never felt better in my life! I am 120 pounds lighter and have more energy than I imagined possible! I am medication free, clear headed and feel more balanced and peaceful than ever before.
I've discovered a lifestyle that suits me beautifully and has completely changed my life. It all began with Green Smoothies made with lots of leafy greens, veggies and fruit! My story begins pretty typically.
I've struggled with my weight my entire life. I've been overweight ever since I can remember. In all my childhood photos I am smiling for the camera but quietly aware that I was different from my friends. Although I was always self conscious about my weight, I was really outgoing and made friends easily. Yet I was constantly comparing myself to my friends. They were skinny and pretty and I always felt like the odd girl out.
My life was a never-ending attempt to lose weight. I began dieting quite young, going to my first Weight Watchers meeting with my mom when I was 11 years old. The cycle of yoyo dieting had begun. I tried high fat, low fat, weighing, measuring, counting calories, counting points, shakes and starvation, diet pills and even a hypnotist. Although I did lose weight on each of these weight loss attempts, I always felt deprived and unhappy. It was such a chore.
I based so much of my self worth on the number the scale reflected. Each failed attempt at a diet took a toll on my self esteem. When I was losing weight I was truly happy and each time I regained it I would mentally beat myself up for it. Basing my self worth on the numbers reflected on the scale was so damaging to my self esteem. Yet I continued to do just that for the next 40 years.
My journey began in Feb. 2010.
At 51 years old I found myself at a really low point in my life. I was at my heaviest weight of 240 lbs. and I had been suffering from bouts of chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and it was wreaking havoc on my body. What had once been social drinking had become an unhealthy daily routine.
I had absolutely no energy or desire to do all the things I had hoped to do by his time in my life. Suddenly it felt like my life was flying by and I had lost control of where I was headed. I knew it was time to make some big changes and get my life on track once and for all.
On February 19th, 2010 I put down the wine and picked up the green smoothies. Green Smoothies were now my drink of choice!
I began to search of the best ingredients for cleansing, losing weight and restoring my health. I went online and did some research. It was time to begin treating myself kindly and start nourishing my body. While doing my research I stumbled upon Dan McDonald the Liferegenerator on You Tube. His message was so very simple.
Add more fruits and vegetables into your diet and let the changes unfold naturally. He showed how you can easily do this by making Green Smoothies. I had never heard of these smoothies, but they sure looked delicious! He was blending leafy greens with fruit into a thick shake and I knew right there and then that I could definitely do this!
Green Smoothies opened the door to a whole new healthier lifestyle for me and life as I knew it was forever changed! My unhealthy cravings disappeared, my appetite was more balanced and I began craving fruits and veggies, foods that never much appealed to be before. I felt in control for the first time in my life!
In the beginning I simply added a green smoothie to my daily routine. I was still eating what is considered a standard dinner at this time, but it wasn't long before the green smoothies began working their magic and those dinners were quickly losing their appeal. The weight was falling off effortlessly, my energy was increasing daily, my head was clear, my skin glowed and I felt wonderful! I attribute this and all the amazing changes that followed to simply adding greens into my diet daily.
Once I began nourishing my body with green smoothies, wonderful changes occurred. I found myself looking at food differently. I was drawn to foods that made me feel good. Foods that were nutritious and delicious and left me feeling satisfied. Foods that made me tired and stuffed were no longer enjoyable, so I began to let go of them with no effort whatsoever. To my surprise my palate was changing slowly but surely. Before this, I rarely ate any fruit or vegetables at all and I didn't know a thing about greens except for iceberg lettuce. Now I was not only eating fruits and vegetables on a regular basis but enjoying them! I couldn't believe it.
Gradually I lost my desire for meat, it just didn't appeal to me anymore. Next I replaced dairy with healthier alternatives, easily letting go of them without any hesitation. Never once have I felt like I was missing a thing, never once I have I felt deprived. I replaced these choices with lots of new and vibrant foods, many I had never even heard of before! Around this time I was introduced to the raw food lifestyle, which is enjoying your food in it's natural state, uncooked, living and vibrant! I attended weekly classes at my local raw food cafe, eager to learn all that there was to learn! I was fascinated to learn that heating your foods, rather than eating them in their natural state, will destroy the nutritional value and kill important enzymes our bodies need. This made sense to me so I began moving towards this style of eating with ease.
I felt even more energetic, lighter and just plain fabulous! I knew that I had finally found a lifestyle that I loved and knew that I would happily continue. Today I enjoy a diet rich in raw, natural foods and I am absolutely thriving!! This is what I had been searching for my whole life! My mind, body and soul... all in sync!
This was nothing I set out to do, but I am so glad that Green Smoothies lead me in this direction. It was just a natural progression that has provided me with the most amazing benefits of renewed health, weight loss and a feeling of total well being. I feel years younger and have never been happier! I am blessed to say that I have not experienced any Lyme Disease symptoms whatsoever and have had barely a cold in all this time. I am healthy and life is oh so good!
I am very grateful for the life I live today. I feel so blessed to have discovered the healing magic of Green Smoothies and look forward to sharing their magic with you!