Wow, here I am approaching my 60th birthday this week! However, I am quite excited about it, not like so many I have known who broke into tears upon their 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th birthdays, etc. I remember when I was young thinking that 60 was old, even ancient!!! Not any more. I can hardly wait to say “I’m 60 and loving life!”
Let me explain why this is so exciting for me. I may be the number 60, but I definitely feel more like 30. I am healthy, energetic, love the Lord, and I am excited about life. I began following a mostly raw plant-based diet in January, 2012, a little over a year and a half ago. Since that time, my life has changed! At the time that I started, I had arthritis in both knees so bad that it brought me to tears to go up and down stairs. We moved from a two-story home to a single-story home, knowing that the arthritis would get worse with age. I also had arthritis in both thumbs. I could not twist the lid off a jar because of the pain and lack of strength, nor could I even pick up a book with one hand. In addition to that, I had plantar fasciitis, high blood pressure (taking medication at the time), daily sinus headaches and occasional migraine headaches, and more. I always thought it was all just part of growing old, and I was taking far too many Excedrine tablets to get through each day!
Then I discovered a book called “The Hallelujah Diet”, written by George Malkmus. I was surprised and excited about what I read. If you have not read this book, please do yourself a favor and get a copy. I learned so much not only about health and nutrition, but about people who had actually reversed many illnesses and diseases including cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS, and more. I am one of those people who jumps into things with both feet, although many have transitioned into this program quite successfully. I immediately changed out my kitchen, replacing everything with healthy alternatives, and began following this new lifestyle of health and nutrition. I am being totally honest when I say that almost every one of these symptoms was gone within the first 2-3 weeks of following this program. I monitored my blood pressure daily and gradually weaned myself off my blood pressure medication. I have not had a headache, migraine, or even a common cold since I have changed my health lifestyle! In addition, I also lost 20 pounds, 2 sizes. What a wonderful side effect of eating healthy! I didn’t have to count calories or carbs, and I ate as much as I desired, never feeling hungry.
Okay, so I feel great! Wouldn’t you like to feel great too? Of course you would. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and now I am energetic and happy. In March of 2012 I was able to visit Hallelujah Acres in North Carolina, the home of the Hallelujah Diet. I went to several seminars, including Rhonda Malkmus’ culinary class. This was spectacular. I not only heard a number people talk about what this program had done for them, I also learned how easy it is to make delicious, healthy meals that any family would enjoy. It was during this time that I felt the Lord call me to become a health minister and share what I had learned with others. Upon arriving home, I immediately signed up for the online program to become a Certified Health Minister. I graduated in July 2012, and have since developed my own business. This is not a multi-level marketing program. I was given the freedom to use the information I learned to create whatever source I desired to help others become healthy.
I have chosen to mainly offer culinary classes like the one that I attended last year at Hallelujah Acres. I truly enjoy these monthly classes. I show the attendees how easy it is to make healthy and nutritious foods. They eat everything that I make and discover how delicious eating healthy can be. If you are within the Santa Maria, CA area, click on the Services tab for information, registration, and payment for each class. In September I will be hosting an Italian cuisine class. Who knew you could eat delicious Italian dishes that are not only meat and dairy free, but gluten free as well? I can show you how. The October class may be a nice fall soups and comfort foods class. Nothing like a nice bowl of hot soup, chili, or Shepherd’s pie on a cool fall day. November/December will probably focus on holiday dishes and sweets & treats
As a health coach, I will spend time with you evaluating your current health lifestyle, finding out what your goals are, and working with you to put together a personalized plan to help you meet your goals. I will be available to assist you on your path to good health. Coaching may include such things as teaching you how to use juicers or other kitchen equipment, taking you shopping to help you learn to read food labels, where to shop to get the healthy items you need at the best prices, and other areas where you may need assistance. Plus, I am there to encourage you along the way.
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60 REALLY DOES FEEL LIKE THE NEW 30!