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How I became an organic freak

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rainbowfood2Some 25 years ago, I was sitting in a bustling cafe in Santa Cruz, California, enjoying my morning coffee and a muffin. I had just moved there from my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. I had left a life of theater and rain in Vancouver. My goals were few at that time in my life: I wanted to live in the sunshine, learn to surf, and ride my bike to work. A lovely looking man smiling brightly sidled up beside me and asked if the seat beside me was taken. It was the only seat left in the cafe. We began chatting, his name was Will, and I learned that he was an organic citrus farmer in town to sell his organic oranges. The tiny town of Santa Cruz and beyond in Aptos and Capitola, had about 7 natural food stores that he sold his fruit to. I was taken by this unusual man and his unusual work. He also traded stocks on the stock market, which he was doing that day in the cafe. He seemed happy and successful. We began dating. He introduced me to yoga, vegan living and the world of organic and natural foods. I was smitten. With all of it. Soon I moved to live with him at his Hawkeye Organic Ranch where he farmed predominantly oranges and grapefruit in the Coachella Valley in a tiny town called Mecca. So began my education into organic living and farming. I was immersed wholly and completely into this land of fruits and nuts!

Around Will’s farm, we were surrounded by conventional farms that used toxic chemical pesticides, including large farming operations like Dole. I would go on a morning run and inhale the pesticides in the air from the early morning aerial spraying. This just seemed insane to me. How could an organic farm be surrounded by all these conventional farms and still be organic? We began to farm in the San Gorgonio Mountain Range north of Will’s farm far from all the industrial conventional farms. Apples and various vegetables. After three years, Will and I parted and I moved to Los Angeles, but my love of organic living never waned. Twenty five years ago there were no organic foods sold in Trader Joes and Ralph’s. I would add my suggestion weekly in TJs suggestion box and I would talk to grocers in the standard grocery stores to please buy from organic farmers. I began to write a book called the Organic Revolution. I never finished that book, but I realize now, that book could still be written, for while we have made great strides in this country where organic foods and farming are concerned, the multinational corporations such as Monsanto have placed a great threat to small farmers everywhere, in the US and beyond.

My family thought I was nuts. I have preached organic living to them all the years since. I still do. I am now raising my two boys to understand the difference between organic and non-organic foods, so they can make informed decisions about what they are putting into their bodies away from home.

Fast forward to August 4th, 2016. I am sitting in a convention hall at the Gaylord Hotel in Orlando, Florida, listening to author, organic farmer and green foods visionary Dave Sandoval talk about a business deal he recently secured with 60 farmers in Thailand, who oversee 200 farms, to turn their brown and Jasmine rice farms organic, and how he went up against Monsanto to secure the business for his three year old company, Purium. I sat there, one woman in a room of about 1000, imagining what was possible when the company grew to be six years old, and then ten years old. What would the environmental and economic impact be as this company grew? I was smitten. Again. And so the organic revolution continues.

In addition to having lost almost 30 pounds of postpartum (10 years postpartum!) weight enjoying daily non-GMO organic superfoods, I have also ended my 25 year daily coffee habit, I have regained the energy I once had some 15 years ago before I gave birth to my boys and I am watching my skin, hair and nails grow and glow.

I have aligned with this company wholeheartedly to help pregnant, nursing and postpartum mothers and others to drop weight, to regain their optimal health and support them in creating health (and wealth!) in their lives and their families and communities. I was honored to rank Diamond with the company on October 31st and I have just returned from celebrating at their Diamond Trip this weekend where I toured their Long Beach facility, learned a great deal more about the products, and enjoyed time spent with fellow Diamonds who traveled to be together from around the world. To me, this is more than offering non-GMO, organic superfoods products to my friends, colleagues and community, this is an extension of my birth into organic living some 25 years ago. This is a movement, the US food movement, which impacts every country around the world, as Purium farms with partner farmers all over the world. Their products ship to Canada, the EU and soon Australia. If you are excited by what I am sharing with you here and want to transform your health or your experience of wealth in your life and pull in a second stream of income, please reach out to me by commenting here or send me a message via Facebook. I am committed to the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual transformation of human life on earth and my work with Purium is a big part of that. Learn more at www.mypurium.com/radiantdawn. (Be sure to reach out to me if you want to enroll, so I can ensure you receive up 30% off of the products). I am here to support you in creating a life that lights you up. To your health!

Can a 51 year old lose 20 pounds of postpartum weight 12 years later?

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IMG_1295Last October, a client contacted me and shared that she had just completed a 10 day cleanse, had great results and shared a video with me on Facebook. The video revealed that the company is dedicated to offering organic superfoods for weight loss and radiant health. I was immediately sold. It was just a matter of determining when I would be able to start, as my life, of late has been incredibly scheduled and I knew it would take planning. Finally, I ordered the products, did the 10 day cleanse, lost about 7 pounds and then promptly went on vacation. Not the best way to keep the weight off and support what I had begun on the cleanse! I kept on with several of the products that are the foundation of the cleanse and was determined to do the cleanse again.

Fast forward to this past Spring. I ordered the products for the cleanse again, did the mental preparations for a strong experience, and I ended it on Mother’s Day. I lost about 11 pounds. This time, after the cleanse, I had a plan. I also hired a health coach. I was resolved to keep the weight off and continue losing. A little over 4 weeks later I had lost 22 pounds and 14.5 inches. I was astounded. These pounds had hung on for 12 years! I just didn’t know how I was going to lose them. I knew I needed a system and I knew that Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers was not it. This cleanse was originally created for stars who wanted to drop weight right before all the big awards shows. Living in Los Angeles, and being married to an actor, I got it. The pressure is real. But I rejected my own internal pressures for 12 long years, choosing to focus on raising my kids and building my business, and seriously, nurturing a long time love affair with chocolate and sugar.

Something shifted when I turned 50. I was at the tail end of experiencing a Candida overgrowth and I was on a very strict diet to eliminate it. I had been making poor food choices after the death of my Dad. I just didn’t care. Cookies, pizza, you name it. But with the onset of my 50th birthday, I made a decision: to be the healthiest I could be for the next 50 years while living on planet earth.

So, as I write, I am in the final month of a three month commitment of clean and healthy eating using these products. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, a little protein, no coffee, no alcohol, minimal grains and absolutely no sugar. I would like to lose another 5 pounds to be back down to my pre-baby weight. Finally. So the weight loss continues and my commitment to my health is greater than ever.

Through this time of transformation I am experiencing an up-leveling of my experience of greater self-love, as I continue to nourish myself. I have fallen in love with these products and have no intention of stopping any time soon. I know that my daily diet alone isn’t fortifying me the way that it must, in order for me to be the best I can be, and my family is enjoying them as well. Just like any mom, getting my boys to eat vegetables regularly is a big deal. Knowing that they are eating organic superfoods on the daily really makes me happy.

If you are struggling to lose postpartum weight or any weight for that matter, I am beginning another cleanse in August and would love to invite you to join me here. Also, if we aren’t friends on Facebook, please friend me here. If I can do this, you too can have your own health transformation, no matter how long you have been desiring to lose the weight.