(Grand Junction, CO)
Two years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed many years before with IBS and advanced spinal degenerative arthritis. I had been living in pain but suddenly it was impacting even my ability to work. I refused to use pain medications, and was in a struggle to find some sort of relief and balance to live my life as much as I could. Prior to the diagnoses I was heavily active, rockclimbing the big walls of Yosemite and desert cracks of the Canyonlands, running half marathons, kayaking, backpacking and living life with vigor.
I felt stuck and in pain. I met Rhonda, and through our friendship and her gentle coaching I started adding raw foods into my diet. I then decided to do a week-long raw food diet. I was amazed how much better I felt! My IBS was gone. I decided to commit to a 50-80% raw diet. It has been an easy thing to do. I found that I prefer raw over other foods and can tell immediately in the way I feel if I "slip" and eat processed foods.
I have been doing this for three months now, and have noticed that my pain has reduced dramatically, my recovery time after climbing is normal (instead of a week or weeks of pain), and I am considering going back to work fulltime!
Eating raw foods is now a lifestyle for me. I am healthier, happier, and feel so much better. I recently got a juicer and a vitamix and LOVE my green smoothies every day. I am trying to gently "coach" my family and friends to "pay it forward" the with the kindness that I received from Rhonda!
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