Diagnosing my gluten allergy immediately taught me two things: 1) My health is entirely in my hands. I am not a defenseless victim of poor health. 2) Eating well feels really great! At the time, there weren’t quite so many gluten-free junk food snacks. Or at least, I wasn’t aware of them. So I cleaned up my diet quite a bit and felt terrific.
That inspired me to get a health evaluation at a naturpathic clinic. Darkfield microscopy showed that I had candida, or yeast, in my blood. I picked up a copy of The Yeast Connection and discovered a whole host of other symptoms that I could potentially overcome as well. After reading this book, I gave up processed food and sugar. I had quite a sugar addiction, so it wasn’t easy, but I was committed to being healthy. After 30 days, I felt better than I could ever remember.
It wasn’t for another year or so that I started learning about raw food. By this time, I was hooked on the idea of becoming optimally healthy. A DVD about preparing raw meals and a lecture by Victoria Boutenko about the power of leafy greens was all it took to push me, full force, into raw foods. You wouldn’t understand unless you tried it for a few weeks, but trust me, eating raw food feels amazing. It’s a whole new world.