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 10 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 current approach is a diet of real, whole, fresh food and eating and living this way has brought forth a beautiful perspective on the culinary world for me. Honestly, the food was simply the catalyst that opened the door to what has become a 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).
In addition to being the creator of Real Food Rehab, I'm now working as the Director of Tulsa Oklahoma's largest farmers' market group, 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 real food enthusiasts. I'm 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?)
clean eating, plant-based, paleo, real food diet
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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That's easy to answer Penni. I simply felt like a failure - had nothing to share as I wasn't taking care of myself. I felt guilty as I always loved the support but was never particularly supportive of others' efforts to improve their health by better eating habits. A high raw diet always tugs at me to return. It will be so scary if I haven't gotten a grip by spring when I will be 70 years old. I really am looking forward to seeing more of you.