I have been fortunate, lately, to be surrounded by healthy people…both in an emotional sense and a physical sense.
This past weekend we were lucky to air a show we taped with Peter Van Stolk, the CEO of SPUD and Dr. Michael Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. What a pleasure speaking to both of these men. They are well versed and well lived in the world of organic food and it’s health benefits.
Peter uses a phrase we have begun to adapt in our own home 'food is the new pharmacy' and it is a phrase Dr. Murray has been advocating for over 30 years through his books, his speaking and his teachings.
When you ‘need’ to create a healthier lifestyle, for whatever reason, it can be extremely overwhelming. As many of you know, it is something I have been delving into for the past year. There is a lot of information out there, A LOT. And depending on the celebrity endorsement, many of it can be misleading if not completely off base.
This week’s Backyard Philanthropy show in particular discussed the discovery of natural foods; go to your farmers market, meet the farmers who are growing beets, strawberries, carrots. Or perhaps, discover the world of free run, non medicated chickens. Or it could be a soap, a piece of clothing.
We are fortunately here in the lower mainland to have access to a lot of farmers markets. In Ladner, we have what I believe, is one of the best Sunday markets. Unfortunately, it only runs from June to September. So during the week and during the winter months, I use SPUD and have been a client on and off since 1987!
Having just completed my Isagenix 30 Day Cleanse, I am now moving into discovering how I can keep my body healthy, make it even stronger, more resistant to disease and stress (something I have plenty of). After 30 days, I lost 15 lbs, and a total of 29 inches off my body combined. On top of that, I feel good and have a lot more energy.
I will still be maintaining my Isagenix program as I value the program and actually really like the French Vanilla shakes. As a non breakfast eater with my hectic lifestyle, it is one of the best lifestyle changes I have made.
On the show, we asked Dr. Murray about juicing, a ‘fad’ that I thought was, well, a fad. Turns out juicing is actually incredibly beneficial to us. It helps us with what I learned regarding ‘free radicals’, increases our absorption of antioxidants, flavins. All of this aides us in reducing the risk of heart disease, developing diabetes, and prevention of many other diseases associated with aging, weight gain, menopause, exposure to unhealthy lifestyles.
So this week, I will be getting a slow juicer from SPUD and have signed on to participate in their new 'juicing box' program. Bare in mind, I have never juiced in my entire life and my only experience was when my older sister went through a phase of drinking carrot juice and turned orange!
Dr. Murray did say…’better red than dead’. So maybe my skin will get a lovely red hue from juicing beets out of my Organic Autumn Harvest Juicing Box!!
Stay tuned for what’s next…and how my juicing experience is going! I have become a big fan of Dr. Murray and he challenges anyone to come up with a juice he hasn’t created yet! I take him up on that challenge!
In the meantime, especially during the holiday season, I will forge ahead into creating that optimal lifestyle of health and well being. I start drop in badminton tonight…wish me luck, it’s been 25 years since I played!