Time and change are very fluid things. Recently, I was away on my own at a workshop retreat for the first time in a year and it struck me that a year is not just a very long time, but also a very great distance. Last May, my mom was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In the course of just one year, my relationship with my mom, her relationship with me, and our relationship with food all shifted in dramatic and magical ways.
Once my mother was diagnosed, there was never any question about my role in helping her sort through the various treatment options. We both knew I would be her main support system and that I would research and guide her and be her cheerleader along the way. But I would be lying if I said that I was sure she would listen to me.
My mother, however, came to the table prepared to do whatever it took to get herself healthy again. At 84, she proved to me (and to everyone lucky enough to be in her presence) that she was not giving up. She listened to everything that I recommended and dubbed me, affectionately, her personal CEO. She moved in with me for the duration of her treatment and allowed me to serve her with a healing plant-based crisis diet that supported her remarkable recovery. Strong will, some rather open-minded doctors and the love and support of her family enabled my mom to morph into a much healthier version of her former self.
At 85 my mom is slim for the first time in her life. She is back to playing competitive bridge, taking poetry class and playing piano. She has more energy than the Energizer bunny and has recently moved to a new apartment nearer to me. She continues to eat and drink the way I taught her during the past year, all plant-based.
As I reflect over the past year, I am acutely aware now of how much I have been able to help my mother to get her life back in full throttle, and in fact to be better than ever at 85! This powerful experience of sharing my nutritional expertise with someone who is so important in my life, and then seeing the results, has led me to create new ways to empower you, too.
My mother began her clean food journey at 84. What this experience reinforced for me is that it is never too late to begin again. You are never too old or too set in your ways to create new habits. You can make your life what you want it to be. You can take control of your health, and with guidance and support you can heal what ails you. That’s the power of Nourished Body and Mind.
I invite you today to become the CEO of your life. And if you need a hand getting there, I am here for you.
With timeless love,