Who I Am and What I Do

I am a raw vegan lifestyle coach.  I give counseling on nutrition, raw vegan lifestyle, weight management, and pain management, as well was smoking cessation and goal achievement.

My story starts out a long time ago, and it starts out today, now.

I became a raw vegan in  1972.  I did not know that that was what I was doing, but it fit my lifestyle at the time: I was a full-time college student and I had a full-time job, and it was just easier to chop up some vegetables in my prized food processor, put oil, vinegar, and kelp powder in the mix, and eat my fill.

A year or so later, I found a book that gave recipes which were easy enough to do and still did not involve cooking, and I started making more interesting dishes.

Fast forward to 1994.  The leg I had injured in a bicycle race suddenly swelled up and turned yellow.  The orthopedist told me there was nothing he could do other than prescribe pain medication.  The second opinion was the same.  A friend told me about Reiki.  I trained in Reiki and became a Reiki Master, then a Karuna Reiki Master.  I studied aromatherapy, and crystal therapy.  I also trained as a medical hypnotherapist.  What happened, along the way, was that my knee got a lot better, and I became a more positive person who smiled a lot more

Fast forward to menopause.  Suddenly, for no reason I could put my finger on,  seemingly overnight (I mean, I never noticed it happen), I weighed 250 lbs.  At the same time, I was working as a medical hypnotherapist, and helping people with pain management, weight management, and smoking cessation.  I trained as a nutritionist to be able to help my clients more effectively.

Then, one day,  without thinking, I began to pay attention to what I was eating, and prepare my meals in such a way that each ingredient complemented all other ingredients in a meal.  I attribute this to my hypnosis work: I said those things to my clients, they ran through me, and, basically, I hypnotized myself to eat in a certain way, although I wasn’t aware of it.

How did I take off 100 lbs. in one year?  My easy way was to drink a protein smoothie, made with cashews and fruit, twice a day, and eat dishes prepared with raw vegetables twice a day.  Essentially, I limited myself to 3 meals a day, followed a raw vegan version of the Atkins diet, and,within the first 3 months, found that I had gone from a size 20 to a size 12. (I could have stopped there, but I was curious to see how far I could go)  Under my doctor’s supervision (she promised me she would tell me if I started looking anorexic), I went down to a size 2 within the year.

Last year, I received certification as a raw food chef.

I can help you reach your goal.