About Me

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I have now been on my remarkable journey for almost 5 years which begun quite by accident at age 53. So how did I get here? Let’s backtrack twenty-five years or so . . .

 

As women in our society, we are told by doctors to do as follows:
1. Eat dairy for calcium. That would include yogurt, milk and cheese.  
2. Add whole grains to your diet. It is known to ward of chronic diseases and help maintain an ideal weight.
3. Eat soy to lower cholesterol, calm hot flashes, prevent breast and prostate cancer, aid in weight loss and to ward off osteoporosis.
4. Eat lean protein such as chicken, pork and lean meats.
5. Eat beans and legumes – another great form of protein.
6. Reduce fat
7. Reduce processed sugar
8. Reduce alcohol
9. Reduce sodium
10. Keep moving
11. Drink lots of water
So I followed the rules.

 

This is the "old" me.
This is the “old” me.

Breakfast consisted of whole grain toast and full-fruit jam and a cup of coffee. Sometimes it was eggs with whole grain toast. Sometimes it was hot cereal. Heartburn and lethargy usually followed along with being hungry two hours later and on the search for something to eat.

For lunch, I’d always pack a huge salad topped with a lean protein. In my case, it was some form of soy . . .  grilled, flavored, baked, filling. So filling that I continually had “trapped gas” right after. The waistline on my slacks would get so tight and the pain caused me such misery.  Two hours later, I was on the hunt again for some form of snack, sugar or caffeine.  I usually packed some form of nuts, seeds, dried fruit or real fruit and hoped that would satisfy that need.
By dinner time, I was totally exhausted and did not want to cook. I tried to keep dinner healthy – lean protein and veggies or “whole grain pasta” with sauce and some form of protein. Exhaustion set in again soon after and I was on the search for something “sweet”!

 

I constantly suffered from heartburns, migraines, gas and was always exhausted. I didn’t get it! I was eating healthy. I was following the guidelines for the Standard American Diet. I worked out constantly. Yet I was gaining weight and absolutely miserable.

 

Hello 50!!

 

 

Then at age 50 everything tailspun out of control. I had so much pain in my knees and in my joints. I couldn’t get up from chairs without moaning. I couldn’t walk up the stairs that I always bolted up without getting exhausted. If I dropped something on the floor and bent to pick it up – I couldn’t get back up. My blood pressure was rising. Doctors told me that I had arthritis and that this is all “just part of aging”.

 

Hadn’t Slept in 3 Years!

 

I hadn’t slept in 3 years. The pain in my knees kept me up. I would toss and turn. They’d feel fine for 3 minutes and then the pain would start again. I lived on Advil and lathered on China Gel.

When I hit 53 – some of my friends were going on The Paleo Diet. Eating only the foods that cavemen hunted or harvested. It consisted of lean protein, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. NO dairy, sugar, processed foods, legumes (including peanuts),  grains, soy, alcohol and starches (white potatoes). This intrigued me.  Since I basically eat this way – lots of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. I thought I’d like to try this. It just meant giving up the soy, dairy, whole grains and white sugar.  
I read everything I can about Paleo and searched all kinds of recipes on the web for ideas and I started my journey never giving it a second thought,  Three days later my husband and I were standing in the kitchen when it hit me. I turned to him and exclaimed that “I slept through the night after 3 years – all night — pain-free!!!!!”  I continued by stating “I don’t know what it is, but there is definitely something about eating this way and I definitely want to continue”.
A Miracle!!

 

This is the new me!
This is the new me!

What happened was my migraines were gone. My bloating was gone. The pain in my gut and joints were gone. My energy level soared. I could bolt up those stairs again. I could get out of my seat without moaning. I could drop things and bend down and get back up. I could workout for an hour straight without getting winded, beat red and having to stop for water. I slept through the night! I was happy again! And it showed.

My body was redistributing. My skin glowed. May hair shined. My smile broadened. My focus became sharper.  So here I was, the new me. I was creating all kinds of Paleo friendly dishes including nut mylks (milk made from nuts, seeds or coconut). Nut mylks require a milk bag – something to separate the pulp from the milk. So I went on Amazon.com and ordered one from Diana Stobo. When it arrived, the label had her website so I decided to check it out.
Raw is Born!

 

What happened next surprised me! I began reading all about RAW living and it intrigued me. I LOVED the science behind it. It was very close to the Paleo diet except it’s strictly plant-based foods.  Nothing cooked. No meats, chicken, fish, bacon, eggs. I read her recipes and watched her videos and saw how easy dishes were to make. I had to try this – if only just to challenge myself to make foods that would still please the “hard to please”. I felt that I was eating way too much animal protein on Paleo and knew I wanted to cut back.

 

Eventually, I became certified in “Uncooking” . Everywhere I went, people kept asking me what I was doing? I looked so healthy and happy. Of course they all thought I was crazy when I told them that I eat RAW foods. Their curiosity led to so many questions and then to them asking for advice, recipes and ideas. So that’s when I decided to create a website where I could post my hints, tips and recipes to and direct them to that. And that’s how Rejuvenation And Wellness – RAW was born!

 

 

The Journey Continues!

 

 

I continue to learn about eating a whole food plant-based diet. I do inform people that I do not eat a 100% RAW diet. I eat an 80/20 diet. Eighty percent RAW and 20% my choice and usually only after 6 p.m. or dinner. I still like to keep my choices  plant-based but it could be cooked. I will include fish in dinner if I feel like it. And on a rare occasion that I am at a party or dinner and only meat is served – if that meat is “calling my name” and I have to try it – I will. No guilt involved. If I eat something that includes one of the “no” foods or decide to have a cocktail – I know that night or the next day, I will have some sort of headache or heartburn. My choice. My decision. No guilt. It works for me.

 

As I continue to experiment with new recipes, new products, new workouts, new ideas – I will post them to share. Many times I use other RAW Chef’s recipes in my own home and I like to share those as well. Why not use a recipe that’s already been tried and tested!  And if it comes out delicious – I love to share it with other people.  I always give credit to the Chef or author!  It’s a win-win situation!

 

So I hope you enjoy what you see. If you have something you would like to share – a recipe, a book, a product, a workout, your story, your journey – feel free to reach out to me at michele@rejuvenationandwellness.com or feel free leave a comment below!  

 

 

Looking forward to sharing our journeys!!

 

Enjoy!

Michele 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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