Changing Your Diet Can Be A Radical Act of Self-Love
Seven years ago I was faced with a huge decision: change my life, radically, or live with the likelihood of remaining devastatingly ill.
In 2006, after wrapping up a successful first year as a PhD student, and training for the Chicago marathon, I lost my health completely. I had no idea what was wrong with me, but I could barely stand or stay awake. I had hot, fiery pain all over my body. I knew that something horrible was wrong.
The illness struck hard and fast, and it baffled a long list of medical specialists. A diagnosis remained elusive for 5-years (eventually Lyme Disease was confirmed). Over the course of that time, I was told that nothing was wrong with me.
I quickly discovered that I was on my own. It was going to be up to me to figure out how to regain my health. And, I was willing to do what ever it took. I was willing to change my life, entirely.
Each of us has the power to transform our lives. It just takes action and patience.
Now, here’s the good news…
For the first time in my life, I started to analyze my diet. I started to get honest about what I was putting into my body — and, let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty.
I ate cake for dinner and bread, galore. I rarely ate veggies — all I wanted was sugar and white flour. I constantly ate processed, GMO-laden food and take-out. I guess you could say that I was eating the standard Canadian diet. And, I thought nothing of it.
Saying ‘No’ to the Standard Canadian Diet is a revolutionary act
Just think of how entrenched our society is with white bread, sugary food, chemically contaminated GMO products and animal-based foods. Most people wouldn’t be able to imagine a life without packaged and processed foods.
We want food fast. We don’t want to be inconvenienced by cooking.
Did you know that you can profoundly change your health by simply changing your diet?
I discovered that I wasn’t powerless on my journey to recovery. In fact, I had all the power. And, I want you to know that you have power, as well. If you are battling chronic illness, or if you’re slowly sinking down into the rabbit hole of lost energy, lost vibrance and lost passion for love, life and liberating fun, take action now…Let food be your medicine.
My dance through the labyrinth of diet transformation has been a 6-year process. You can see the journey I have taken in the figure below (click the image to enlarge).
Changing my diet to incorporate massive amounts of plant-based nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals, while eliminating sugar, has been the catalyst to my recovery. I’m happy to report that I’m almost back to the girl I used to be: energized, vibrant, fun-loving and a social butterfly.
During my 2-year treatment for Lyme Disease, I followed my medical treatment, obsessively. And, at the same time, for the last 6-years I participated in the most radical act of self-love: I let food be my medicine.
Here’s Your Call to Action
Are you ignoring your diet? Do you know what you’re putting into your body?
You have the power to transform your life — just by welcoming the power of plants into your diet.
When you decide to take charge of your health, and to change the types of foods that you choose to nourish your body, don’t be worried by what people say. Have the courage to make a radical change in your life because you deserve to feel happy, healthy and free.
Need some ideas on how to rock a healthier diet? Here you go!
- Eat a more plant-based diet
- Start juicing
- Reduce sugar intake
- Make super food smoothies
- Reduce animal-based foods (how about meatless Monday?)
- Eat one new veggie each week
- Join a vegetarian, vegan or raw food group, and find out what all the fuss is about