My thank you is long past-due. I came to your class at the Herb Shop in Orem back in May of 2010. I was hoping to find a way to help my two-year-old son eat vegetables, smoothy-style, but, I didn’t at all bargain for how I would change.
At first, I was wary. What you said about meat, dairy, sugar, etc. was so drastically different from the habits I’d been taught…and I thought I was a healthy person. There was so much I’d taken for granted with what I put into my body. I knew foods that came from the ground were good for you, I just didn’t have any idea what a difference basing your diet around them could make.
A few months after starting green smoothies and jumping into any of the 12 steps I could, all at once, I felt empowered. For the first time as a mother, I knew how to nourish my children.
That said, swimming against our food culture’s “current,” learning how to buy and prepare food again, dealing with food addictions– especially sugar, has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. At times, it’s been almost overwhelmingly discouraging. But, I keep with it because, it’s worth it.
The best physical representation I have of that is my ten-month-old daughter. Struggling with depression since I became a mother, I was done having children after three. Now I am the happy mother of four– to me, our new baby daughter feels like the direct result of my transformation from living the whole-foods diet you taught me. Thank you, thank you.
I can’t say enough good about the 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Your course is so well-thought out and organized to help people be successful in improving their diet– one step at a time, in perfect order. I’m so grateful that you are willing to speak out and risk yourself for us. I’m so grateful for how you’ve shared your knowledge, your life, your successes and things you’ve learned along the way. Thank you for being a grounded, voice of moderation in the health food world that I trust.
Attached is a picture of the most delicious thing in our life right now. Yum!