Mission

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. – Hippocrates

For the past few generations, we’ve come to accept illness as a fact of life when the truth is that most modern diseases are preventable – we just haven’t been given a chance. Most of the foods we eat are laden with chemicals, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones. Supermarkets are filled with packaged products made in science labs, with artificial ingredients we can hardly pronounce. The food of today is a far cry from that of our ancestors.

Whole, unprocessed foods have nutrients that help to repair our body, provide us with energy and support our immune systems. Most modern “foods” do just the opposite.

My hope is to empower others to take ownership of their health to prevent and reverse disease. Eating unprocessed foods, being active most days of the week, surrounding yourself with love and staying positive are the keys to a healthy life.

Treat your body like it’s the only one you’ve got – because it is.

 

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What’s with the avocado?

 

First, its looks are deceiving – most people think it’s a vegetable when it’s really a fruit. The same can be said for healthy eating. To outsiders, eating unprocessed and healthy foods is a form of deprivation and punishment. But in actuality, once you start eating clean your taste buds come alive, “boring” foods take on new life and you start to feel how your body responds to what you eat. It’s not a one size fits all kind of deal – each of our bodies is unique and responds differently to different foods. Not everyone does well on a Vegan diet or a Paleo diet or a Cookie diet (yes, it exists). The key is to figure out what foods work for you and to eat them in the forms closest to how they are found in nature.

Second, it’s a food that most people never eat in its natural state. As a kid, I would eat chips upon chips with guacamole but never the avocado itself. On top of that, the guacamole that we ate wasn’t homemade, but came from a package – full of preservatives, artificial and “natural” flavors and ingredients that I could not pronounce. The first time I actually ate an avocado as an avocado, scooping the buttery insides out of the skin with a spoon, I had a nirvana moment (I swear I heard angels sing).

Lastly, the avocado is a superfood. I know that word is thrown around a lot these days, but the avocado truly is a shining example. Not only is it delicious and versatile (you can use it as sandwich spread just as easily as a salad topper and smoothie smoother) but it’s the epitome of food as medicine. Avocados are rich in fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, which help to support heart health. They also contain folate, an alphabet soup of vitamins (B5, B6, C and K) and potassium, along with protective carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene and zeaxanthin that function as important antioxidants to fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system and protect your body against free radical damage.

Basically, avocados are rock stars.