The good folks at the Egoscue Method — my exercise therapists were Mike Kenny and Joan Adams — showed me how I could bring my body into proper alignment so I could experience not only a pain-free life but begin getting into the best shape of my life. Pete Egoscue's 'Pain Free' is an excellent book, but because I suffered from pain and misalignment (I would later learn, in so many bodily regions), I needed one-on-one care.
Mike was my first trainer, and he showed me how to do simple stretches and exercises for me to begin reversing the chronic back and neck pain and carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes, which affected my fingers. I had lived with this pain for 10 years, and it was getting continually worse. My way back to proper posture and a resultant pain-free life was a zig-zag. It took several months until my body began to strengthen itself from doing these 'e-cises', as they're called, for me to feel comfortable. In time, I improved my posture and gained muscle, leading me to other exercise.
My goal might be perfect health but I'm content never to achieve this. Even if I did everything right, I still have to walk down streets and breathe in fumes from vehicles and contend with other environmental and human-made toxins.
At 37, I am in the healthiest state I've ever been and know that I'm continuing to rejuvenate, feeling younger all the time.
Finally, I'm tapping into my potential and am excited to learn and master practices such as meditation to continually unlock my potential.
Yes and no. I often interchange the words "fruitarian" and "mostly fruitarian." Fruit comprises the bulk of my calories, but I also eat greens and a healthful amount of nuts and seeds on a regular basis, so "mostly fruitarian" is the term that best describes me.
Some continually feel extraordinary and others decline in health. I think it's important to read when adopting this lifestyle and get information from a variety of sources you trust. I also think it's important to make supplementation a key focus of study.
I supplement in some key areas — Vitamins D3, B12 and K2 and with barley grass juice powder — to help me stay healthy.
All their stories — plus about 70 more — are on my website as part of Fruit-Powered Digest. I'm building a large tapestry of transformation stories so people can be convinced of the powers of a low-fat raw food diet.
Doubters would have to give this diet an honest run for a sustained period of time before being able to cast legitimate doubt. Even if they haven't mastered it after, say, three months — and I wouldn't expect most to — I can just about guarantee that everyone would say they feel better than they did three months ago.
Not at all. I can still have a sense of appreciation for the smells of some cooked foods, but I know these foods aren't fit for consumption, and I would not entertain the thought of eating them, let alone eating for entertainment over optimal fuel or raw foods.
My Favourite Green Smoothie
Interview with Taz, raw foodist living on the mountains of Spain
See also: natural health remedy library entry for pain
Victoria Boutenko: Green for Life (about green smoothies)
Iranian raw vegan: Moein; an Interview
Ulla is the Editor of Cheap Health Revolution, covering natural remedies and health solutions.