“I joined your Connecticut Holistic Health & Lifestyle Alliance Meetup group in October of 2009, and with each event I would learn a little bit more about living healthy, and then I’d research further information on the Internet. Although a good part of my diet for the first couple of years was still what I’m now able to recognize as nutrient poor, or even unhealthy, it took some time for me to develop a functional understanding of living a healthy lifestyle.
It was when I learned about Gerson Therapy and how it reverses so many chronic diseases (and even heals advanced cancers), that I began to see for the first time that food TRULY is medicine – but it can be poison too. I learned that what we put into our bodies absolutely matters.
Last year, in May of 2012, I finally got to a point where I put together all that I had been learning from your Meetup events and other sources over the last three years or so, (Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Dr. William Davis, etc.) and I began eating really healthy.
At the time I weighed 253 pounds, and being 6-feet tall I was on the verge of being obese. (Look at the before and after pictures.) I starting eating big organic salads with nuts, berries, and seeds, and started eating my own homemade super healthy vegetable-bean soups almost every day. I bought organic fruits and vegetables as much as I could, (I learned about the “Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen”) and I cut out all kinds of processed foods and nutrient-poor foods after learning about the terribly unhealthy ingredients in so many agribusiness food products today. I began juicing and making healthy smoothies as well.
For more than a year now, I have maintained eating probably 95% high-nutrient foods on a regular basis. Now I am 183 pounds – that’s 70 pounds less than I was just over a year ago, and it has happened without any dieting. I did not think in terms of weight loss and restriction and limitation; I only thought in terms of eating for health, eating foods for the nutrients in them. This is something I learned from Dr. Joel Fuhrman and his PBS specials – so I never pressured myself the way I did when I was on diets.
But it’s not just weight loss that I’ve experienced over the last 14 months. I feel so much BETTER now. I don’t have the sluggishness that I used to think was normal. I also do yoga and exercise three times a week since I’ve learned how important exercise is along with nutrition for staying healthy. My chiropractor, who is very knowledgeable in nutrition, has told me that I have added YEARS onto my life by getting healthy. Many friends and relatives have told me that not only do they notice that I’m in great shape, but they also comment that I look HEALTHY – my skin complexion and physical energy being two clear examples.
Thank you again Rosa, for what you have created with the Connecticut Holistic Health & Lifestyle Alliance Meetup group. It absolutely makes a real difference in people’s lives. I am living proof of that. It was your Meetup group that gave me the initial start back in October of 2009 to begin thinking in terms of living a healthy lifestyle. It took until May 2012 – two and a half years later – to acquire enough knowledge to become really functional with it all, but look where I am now!
I am really grateful for all the ongoing Meetups you put together, because they allow me to continue to maintain a positive focus toward a holistic healthy lifestyle, and to expand my awareness of healthy living, as I still have lots to learn. Thank you so much!”