About Me: (at least a couple of sentences; ex: family, interests, hobbies, favorite quote, personal mission statement, etc
I have always been passionate about food and my parents share that I had a “sophisticated palate and was a gourmet foodie” from very early on in life. Due to some fairly dramatic health challenges, I started searching for natural ways to improve my symptoms and began to explore alternative healing, diet and lifestyle changes. It was 6 years ago when I became enlightened to the vibrancy and healing aspects of raw food, changing my diet nearly overnight, and marveled that the majority of my health symptoms disappeared within days. Jumping into this way of eating with both feet quickly re-educated my palate, which ultimately created an overall reality shift for me. My new appreciation for real, whole, fresh food brought forth a beautiful perspective on the culinary world for me, but the food was simply the catalyst that opened the door to what has become the most exciting journey of learning, growing, healing and sharing.
My personal story of life transformation was first published in super-model Carol Alt‘s book, The Raw 50, and has since been shared in a variety of publications, online journals and websites. I’m blessed to be the author of a number of books, including Raw Food Cleanse (Ulysses Press 2010), Raw For the Holidays, Revealing Your Inner Rawk Star, Falling Into Raw, Resolve to Evolve and Go FRESH.
I am the creator and Program Director of the international virtual holistic retreat center and web community, RawFoodRehab.com, which is what keeps me most busy these days. I consider myself a social architect, as my passion is fueled by helping to connect others and building a sense of community for health conscious raw food enthusiasts.
Besides my love for creating beautiful raw food and drive for cultivating a meaningful, supportive community, I am a daughter, wife, mother, sister, step-grandmother and passionate about helping to inspire others to live their best life possible.
How did you hear about our community?
It came to me in a series of dreams.....
What dietary interests do you have? (clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, weight loss, etc?)
85-99% on any given day
What is your motivation for joining Real Food Rehab? (moral support, education, recipes, inspiration, fitness tips, etc.)
All the above and more!
RFR Oath: I acknowledge that everyone is at a different point along their health & wellness journey and I will respect the individual progress and needs of others as they make lifestyle choices and changes of their own. I promise to do my best to keep this community drama free, and solicitation free. I understand that posting inappropriate material, personal attacks, personal or business solicitations or spamming of any kind can result in administrative action and/or removal from this community. I pledge to be respectful even if I do not agree with another member's opinion. Agreed?
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Thank you, I appreciate being part of the wider community seeking a healthier way of life. i have a greater appreciation for eating live healthy foods which grows each day, as I make them more and more a part of my life.
Hi Penni, thank you for welcoming me into the Raw Food Rehab, I am so excited. I 've been a vegan for two years and this year I decided to become completely Raw. I do have a question I am experiencing light headedness, sneezing and outbreaks on my face. Is this normal