Where do I begin? Well, let’s start with: I am a full-fledged foodie, a mad kitchen scientist, a card-carrying chocoholic, and a self-taught cook. But that’s not what brought me to this point in my life.
Here’s the skinny on my before and after story:
That’s me in 1997, hanging on to the lip of 40. From a distance, I may have looked healthy, but it’s what you didn’t see that was most telling. Physically, inflammation raged through my body. Emotionally, depression had turned me into a walking zombie with a hall pass. Coffee and diet pills got me up in the morning. Then there was the nightcrawling, stress monster of insomnia that had to be put to bed with alcohol and sleeping pills.
Needless to say, I was a mess and in denial of my condition.
My aha moment was two-fold. First, my brother died of a heart attack. Then I was diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease and had to undergo extensive implant surgery, and would be dentally challenged for six months. That’s when I decided to put my knowledge of nutritional science to work, along with my blender, juicer, and food processor to whip up gallons of smoothies, assorted tonics, and soup purees.
Fast-forward ten years. I’ve since traveled across Indonesia, South America, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Egypt to bury my brother’s ashes. Why? Because he dreamed of going to all those places, but never went. A bittersweet reminder of how precious life is and how little time we have to waste it stressing the small stuff.
After returning from my travels, I wrote a book about my journey and life experiences: Chasing Summer. Through it all, I’ve learned that life is a gift. How we live it is a choice, and I plan to live every day as if it were my last.
Now, 20-years after that first photo was taken, I am healthy and happily poised on the edge of sixty. And to celebrate, I had this photo taken. And no, it wasn’t airbrushed or Photoshopped. That is me in the raw, testament that it’s never too late to “get your glow-on,” because health and wellness are ageless, and time is relative.
Eat, live, and inspire. Namaste.