I am excited to share my love of plant-based raw foods and the joys of vegetarian cooking. I use whole foods that come as close as possible to their natural state without unnecessary processing. This includes fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouted nuts and seeds, natural sweeteners, fresh sprouts, fermented foods, high quality cold pressed oils and unrefined fats (mostly in the form of coconut oil and avocados). I also use some organic, free-range eggs and raw goat cheese. This is a lifestyle choice that makes me look and feel my best! I believe in eating delicious, wholesome foods that nourish the body.
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I am a landscaper by trade with a passion for healthy foods, smoothies, juicing, organic gardening, and simple living. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, 3 dogs and 1 cat. What a household! In a few weeks, I will be turning 42 years old, but I feel so much younger and happier than I did when I was in my 20’s. I wasn’t always like this.

I had always lead a life of the SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating and so I had acne, weight issues, allergies, digestive problems, stiff joints, mild depression . . . the list goes on. About three years ago, my digestive problems had gotten to the point that it was affecting my work and performance. I said “ENOUGH! There has to be a better way and I believe changing what goes into my mouth is a start.” Around the same time, I received a Vitamix high speed blender for my birthday. Things were lining up for me to change my ways – little did I know that what I would be getting into would change my life for the better.

I researched. I read. I played with recipes. I changed my diet to a plant based way of eating. I felt fabulous! The high quality, organic, fresh whole foods were healing my body. I still eat this way and have never felt better. I have recently been incorporating some raw goat cheese, local, organic eggs and once in a while some organic, hormone/antibiotic free chicken. I have learned thru this journey to listen to my body and what it wants – not what I think it should have. I have realized that you are what you eat and food can either help or hinder you. I have developed a symbiotic relationship with my body. Give it good, nourishing, whole foods and it rewards me with no digestive problems, no allergies, no more headaches or body aches, no colds or flu. It is a win-win situation. My vision has improved, lost weight naturally (I’m at my ideal body weight without trying), have clear skin and tons of energy. When I work outside heavily (work or fun), I recover so much faster – sometimes I don’t feel the effect of the work I did. There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does. I love the way I feel when I eat healthy!

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I have also noticed that with healthy foods, my depression (which I didn’t really know was there) has lifted. I have a passion and joy for living, sharing and experiencing life. I make a conscious choice daily to do good things for myself and to interact with people who are positive and uplifting. What started out with food to heal my body has gone onto another level to heal my mind and spirit. I am more present and open with my family and friends than ever before. I was like a child, who was sitting in the corner watching – now I am the child out there playing, living, experiencing, laughing and loving.

The fog has lifted. The REAL me has come out and I am learning more about myself every day. It didn’t happen over night – I work on it always. That’s what it is all about. Evolving, growing – being the best possible you. Open yourself to possibilities and enjoy the ride. We all have a choice on how to react to situations and people – change your thoughts and change your world. I do this all the time and it amazes me that all the little things that used to bother me don’t any more.

My wonderful husband, Scott has been such a champ and very supportive. When I first mentioned that I was changing how I ate to help heal my body, he was all on board. As long as the food tasted great, no problem. And boy, does it! Eating this way is more flavorful and fulfilling than the way I used to eat. A variety of whole foods excites my senses and taste buds. I am in culinary delight! Scott has benefited too. Lost weight, better complexion, arthritis doesn’t bother him hardly at all anymore, lowered cholesterol and tons of energy.

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Scott and I love to grow as much as possible in our organic garden. Each year, it GROWS! We grow several varieties of kale, spinach, swiss chard, cucumber, beets, onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, whatever I can get seeds for. The work is SO worth it when we get to harvest all the goodies for consuming. Nothing tastes better than produce fresh from the garden.

I love playing in the kitchen discovering and trying out new recipes. I look forward to share with you my creations and variations from friend’s recipes. It’s all about sharing and inspiring each other.

I ADORE my Vitamix blender! It has changed how I do things in the kitchen. Every morning, I make a HUGE green smoothie for me, Scott and our three dogs (Blackie, Meg and Gigi). They love their smoothies and come running when the Vitamix turns on and patiently sit, waiting for their small bowls of green goodness. I can throw a bunch of different veggies and spices into it, turn it on, and within a few minutes have healthy, nourishing, and TASTY warm/hot soup that is amazing. I can make dips, sauces, dressings, “out-of-this-world” smoothies (green and superfood), ice cream, the list goes on. I even juice in mine. Put in veggies with a bit of water to facilitate blending – 20 seconds. Put thru an inexpensive 1 gallon paint strainer’s bag (hardware store) and squeeze. Voila! Live juice! Drink within 20 minutes. Delicious! I use the leftover pulp for crackers or put it into the dog’s food – they love it!

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I hate for anything to go to waste around here. After juicing lemons, I’ll use peels/rinds to make my own natural disinfectant – soak in white vinegar in a mason jar for 2 weeks. Strain. Put into a spray bottle (1/2 lemon vinegar/ 1/2 water – can add essential oils) and you are ready to tackle grime, grit, bacteria, etc. for just pennies. The left over rinds go into compost bin. Even the resident ground hog and rabbits enjoy eating out of the compost. Hey, little is wasted here!

I am continuing to learn along the way. I try to absorb as much information as I can through books, blogs, websites, videos, and other forms of media. However, as we all know, you can’t believe everything you hear or read, so it is important to do a bit of self research, and root digging to find out what you truly believe and what works best for you. We are all different, individual beings. So being in tune with our bodies and listening to what it wants/needs – can be a beneficial thing.
Some simple truths I like to live by:

Try New Things
Make work into Play
Make your Own Inspiration
Love What You Do
Stop Holding Yourself Back
Exercise Daily
Eat Healthy
Work Hard
Worry Less
Dance More
Love Often and Be Happy
Choose only the Best for You and Your Family

My journey started when I was looking to heal my body with whole foods. In three years time, much has happened with me. I have grown emotionally, cleansed emotionally, brought up patterns and thoughts and changed them for the better. Believe me, I have accumulated a lot in almost 42 years. However, I feel you are NEVER too old to change. You only have to CHOOSE it and then do it. It will take some practice and consistency, but it will become a part of you if you are willing to be better. Thoughts, attitudes and perceptions can be just as toxic as food can be, so incorporating healthier foods into your life is only part of the equation. Incorporating healthier thoughts, attitudes and perceptions can make a huge difference toward a much happier, less stressful life. My journey is still ongoing and I can’t wait to see where it will take me. I LOVE my life!

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  4. Kibby, this is one of the most refreshing “about me” sections I’ve ever stumbled upon in the healthy food blogosphere. Thank you for your presence in a world that often feels intimidating. I have been vegan for ten years, but only embarked on a “clean eating” path for the past three years. My life changed for the better….at first. Now that I’ve been immersed in this ‘world’, I find myself struggling even more than usual with obsessing about my diet, and have become a bit overwhelmed with the things I read that have an ‘all or nothing’ approach (like 80/10/10 vs. high-fat/no sugar vs. paleo, etc etc…..so overwhelming!). I love your blog because it seems to incorporate all the elements of healthy/detox living without forbidding things like sweet potato cookies! ; ) It’s one of the most ‘balanced’ approaches I’ve seen, and I really really appreciate that!

    I’m excited to become a regular reader. : )

    • Hi Raechel! I want to get to know YOU better, my dear! THANK YOU! You don’t know how much this means to me to hear this. I have been the same as you – listening to others, following others, etc. and it IS overwhelming. Then one day, I said to myself – STOP! I am “ME”, I am not them. What they do and eat may not work me and vice versa. I have REALLY embraced this philosophy “of sorts” and it works for me. Took SO much pressure and stress off myself. I have planned on doing a post on this soon and you have inspired me to do so real soon. I like your blog too and will be visiting you more there. Thanks again, you are amazing! :)

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  6. We have a weekly seminar at our Wellness Clinic in Norcross. I have been following your posts on Facebook and would love to connect with you about you doing a talk and demo on your wonderful way of life as part of our Revive and Thrive Wellness program. If you are interested you can email me a christineoster@yahoo.com and we can exchange numbers to connect. Bless you for posting such awesome stuff!!!

    Chris Oster
    Assistant to Dr. Michael Gallo
    East West Wellness

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  8. Hi, I’m so glad to have found your blog. I really look up to the fact that you are not tied down to any rigid dietary guidelines and would rather choose whatever makes you feel best. By the way, I’m very jealous of your ability to grow those amazing vegetables! I don’t have much of a green thumb myself…

    • Hi Quincy! Thank you! Believe me, I’ve been there with the rigidity of some food ways but found it to be too strict and stressful – who needs that! So, I do what feels right to me as long as it falls into certain guidelines for my own personal dietary needs (gluten-free being the biggest), easily digestible and food combining to a certain extent. AAAwww! You can do grow some veggies. My one secret to growing them – I talk to them lovingly to grow big, beautiful and vibrant. I tell them how amazing and gorgeous they are. They just puff up and get bigger. Give it a try. Houseplants work this way too. :) Keep in touch!

  9. Hi, I stumbled upon your blog totally be accident. I had to bookmark it, because I don’t think I’d ever be able to find it again. I was curious about your use of Aloe Vera as a food. I have been trying to find those lovely large leaves with no luck. I have a tiny plant that I have used for topical applications, but it does not have that nice, gooey gel I saw in your video. I live in a remote area and depend mostly on online shopping. Do you have a resource where I could look for leaves? Do you think buying a big plant is a more reasonable solution. I’m in Freedom, WY. Winter temps get down to 30 below, summers are 85-ish during the day and 60-ish at night. Thoughts?

    • Hi Teri!
      Thanks and I am so glad you stumbled upon the blog and hope you enjoy it.

      I don’t know of any source to purchase the large leaves on-line. You might be able to source a plant thru a nursery or garden center – ask if they can order one for you – that’s the only option I can think of. I know that aloes will melt in cold weather such as you describe and experience. If you had a large plant (my mother-in-law has one) is to keep it in a large pot indoors near a sunny window. They are temperamental that if they get too much water they will “melt” too. They like to keep on the drier side to thrive. You could also check with your local grocery store or one that is closer to a city you might live nearby and ask the produce manager about probably getting some for you. The cost might be better for you to purchase a large plant in the long run depending on what the grocery store charges. Hope this helps. Keep in touch!

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  11. Hello. I saw your review of “SunWarrior” for mercury chelation on another website.

    I am mercury poisoned and have done copious amounts of research into biochemistry over the years.

    I left the following comments there and am reposting them here in case that website would not send them to you:

    Hello, just a quick note. Cilantro and other items that sort of chelate mercury (like chlorella, activated charcoal, clay) are much more likely to cause pleasant reactions at first followed by worsening.
    Please be careful, and look into the concept of “frequent dose chelation”. Many mercury-poisoned folks have experienced problems later on when cleansing with things which cause mercury to redistribute further into the body, organs, and brain.
    The writings of Andrew Cutler are very accurate and useful regarding mercury poisoning and can be found summarized online.
    Above all, don’t take ALA (alpha lipoic acid) as a supplement if your exposure to mercury ended less than 6 months ago, or if your blood mercury level is high. It will equalize mercury across the blood brain barrier, and you will end up with lots of mercury in your brain.
    Regards,
    A mercury-poisoned fellow who has done copious investigations into biochemistry.
    Reply
    Anonymous says:
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    June 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm
    Oh, also – don’t take ALA as a supplement, period. It chelates mercury, and if taken less frequently than every 2-3 hours continuously for at least 72 hours (also known as a chelation “round”), infrequent dosing can cause a lot of redistribution of mercury.
    ALA is a chelator. Other things, like sauna, activated charcoal, clay, and cilantro either loosely drag mercury about, or more tightly bind to it. ALA binds fairly tightly, and cilantro is used as a last-resort alternative because its half-life in the body is unknown.
    Re: cilantro, this means that you may have lots of spikes and dips in chelator levels in your body.
    This is problematic because chelators don’t bind irreversibly to a metal. They instead do two things:
    1) Mobilize heavy metals by binding to them
    2) Occasionally drop heavy metals wherever the molecule is travelling through at the time.
    The reason to dose frequently (at the half-life or more often) is to keep chelator molecules in supply so dropped molecules are likely to be picked up again. The reason to chelate for 72+ hours is to allow enough time for chelator molecules carrying heavy metals to be excreted.
    Random dosing of chelators or things which drag mercury/heavy metals around is very bad because when mercury redistributes, it can end up more tightly bound up, in more vulnerable places that it’s more chemically attracted to.
    So, it can move, say, from relatively harmless bone to quite harmful reproductive glands, adrenal glands, or other organs. And, it will be harder to remove because it’s bound more tightly to tose tissues.
    I hope that explanation was fairly clear – mercury plus EMF sensitivity to the computer makes my mind foggy while typing, still.
    Please do be careful. Later toxicity can be very, very unpleasant.
    Oh, saunas also kick up mercury, and once again, merely kicking up mercury does not guarantee excretion of it. Be careful of things which mobilize mercury.
    Nothing is guaranteed to make all mobilized mercury take a one-way street to excretion. Anything which kicks up mercury will cause some redistribution, so it should be done with thought and care.
    Best regards,
    Anonymous

    P.S. Please do note that neither “alternative” nor “mainstream” are guaranteed to result in health, and health is an area in which humans are extremely prone to follow their biases.

    Because of this, information is often quickly dismissed. One of the most common quick dismissals of information is of it as “mainstream” or “alternative”, depending on the person’s inclinations.

    This message was intended as neither.

    One of the most valuable pieces of knowledge/wisdom regarding health is: Simply having good-feeling results is not proof that a method is safe or good, or works the way you think it does. Be aware of the uncertainty behind any conclusions you espouse.

    Learning about biochemistry and healthiness is going to be a continuous string of realizing errors and getting better; if you believe that medicine will improve in 200 years in a similar fashion to advances made from the 1800’s, then you by definition know that some significant percentage “accepted” stuff that “everyone” thinks nowadays will be backwards and wrong with better information.

    And, the most important part is that this applies equally to the theories you like most as to the ones you think are obviously wrong (e.g. Big Pharma/Agribusiness, etc.)

    Hopefully, your journey will go a lot better with the above.

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