That is My favorite Picture of Myself! It was taken back in 2006 when I was 26 at the grand canyon. We had hiked 5 miles down the north rim and stopped to eat and do some yoga before heading back up. This left me covered in red dirt, but I have always been the kind of girl who likes to get dirty. My friend and I were on a Vacation in Arizona that included going to the Raw Food Festival.
My health journey started after I graduated high school. I became a vegetarian while I was a freshman, but I was a junk food vegetarian. My mom said to me, “You cant be a vegetarian, you don’t like vegetables!” I had been a sugar addict since 5th grade. Being able to find any sweets my mom tried to hide from me. However after high school, my desire to loose weight started me down a different path. A path where I started to like vegetables and being very active. I became an avid cyclist and trained for centuries. When I was 24 I became a massage therapist and was introduced to the idea of eating Raw Food. I dove in! I started going to raw food potlucks and health talks. I read lots of books and tried many new recipes. I also was trying different detox plans. A little by little I started to add raw food to my plate.
By the time I was 26 I was a “raw foodist”. I had completely eliminated processed sugar, refined carbs, and dairy from my diet. I felt amazing! I lost all the weight I had gained and was full of vibrant energy. After I came back from Arizona, I felt like I had found the holy grail. But stress crept back into my life and the honeymoon period was over. I may have found the diet that feeds my body, but I still did not know how to deal with stress in my life. I am a stress eater! As my weight started to creep back up over 6 years, I kept trying to get back to where I was when I was 26.
Then when I was 33 I found the missing piece to my puzzle. I began to deal with all the emotions that I had spent so much time burying. And most importantly I developed a relationship with God. So now 8 years later I am back to the weight I was in the picture above. I am grateful everyday for what has been given to me. All the people who have helped me along my way. All the “gurus” who have shared their wisdom. And most importantly my friends, mentors, and family that have help my hand. My path was not smooth or easy, but it has brought me to where I am today. Thank You!