February 18, 2009


Journeying into the New Year takes me back a couple of years ago when I was faced with the realization that I desperately needed a new beginning.

I was overweight and in t
he first stages of obesity. I was in a relationship I wasn't happy in, with a man I had very little in common with. I was in banking, climbing the corporate ladder working on another promotion, but I absolutely despised my job. I was miserable and felt trapped in every aspect of my life.

I knew that if I didn’t drastically change the direction of my life, I wo
uld end up settling for a life I did not want. Beyond that, I felt I really needed to do something that had meaning and some importance in the world.

So what do you do when you’re faced with a quarter-life cris
is and you desperately need a new beginning? You risk everything for the chance at happiness, for the chance at something real. So I did the unthinkable, I called off the relationship, quit my nine year banking career, cashed out my 401k, packed up everything I owned into storage, and took off to California to pursue my passion for healthy living… not really knowing where I was going to end up when I got back. I just knew I had no choice!

I enrolled into the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute specializing in raw
food cuisine, and began my journey to a healthier and happier life. Since my return from completing the program I have lost a little over 35 lbs, and I'm happier than I’ve been in a very long time.

Today I hope to inspire others with the message that there is a better way to live. That you don’t have to settle for poor health, depression, or obesity. Nature is magnificent and when we begin to live in the perfection of nature we unlock the secret to radiant health. After all, we do have a choice the choice to live vibrantly healthy, enjoying and embracing every moment along the way.

Change is inevitable with new beginnings, where you find yourself giving up so much in
exchange for so much more. The comfort of your past and everything you have ever believed in must be let go of, in order to make room for the new.

But I can honestly say that life opens up the most beautiful opportunities when you finally make the decision to open your heart, stay true to yourself, and begin to live with integrity. My decision to embrace a raw food lifestyle has given me a new appreciation for the healing power of nature, while taking my health to a whole new level of radiance.

1oo% CookedFAT & Miserable

AFTER80% RawHappy & healthy!


  1. Great post, it's both inspiring and written with a true instinct.

  2. Thank you Tera, I appreciate your response :-)


  3. You`re beautiful. What courage and grace. Thank you for inspiring.

    Much love,

  4. Gabrielle,

    Thank you for your kind words! Much love to you too, you are a beautiful soul.


  5. This was so inspiring to read. I hope to attend a raw cooking school myself one day.

  6. Amber,

    It would be lovely if you attend a class sometime!


  7. you are truly inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story. It is so important not to settle in life.

  8. Adria,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read the article!


  9. What a glorious transformation!

    I particularly loved this statement:

    Nature is magnificent and when we begin to live in the perfection of nature we unlock the secret to radiant health.

    So so true.

    Thank you for sharing your radiance.

  10. Earthmother,

    Thank you, and I'm so glad you enjoyed that bit :-)


  11. I have been very curious about raw food diets; I gave up red meat 20 years ago and eat mostly organic but I would like to introduce more raw foods into my lifestyle. Do you recommend the green juice first? Do you recommend a juicer? maybe I need to read more of your blog...

    Thanks in advance. I will read more. Great blog.

  12. I think a good place to start is by introducing more salads into the diet and definitely green smoothies! That's because they're both easy to do, no need for pricey equipment. Once you become accustomed to eating more fruits and veggies you can explore all the other stuff like juicing. Here's a simple green smoothie recipe that I love!

    1 large chard leaf (with stem)
    1 banana
    1/2 orange
    1/2 cup strawberries
    1 cup water

    Cut everything into smaller pieces. Using a standard blender blend all ingredients until smooth!

  13. This is a great!
    Very informative and inspiring !
    Thank you Mila for your time and great inspiration!

  14. Thank you Larisa!

    You have been a wonderful inspiration on my journey to weight loss. You are forever my fitness guru :-)


  15. wow, i just found your blog (love it!) and am checking out some of your past posts ... what an amazing transformation! ... & btw, you're just stunning!

  16. You are sweet Lisa, so glad you like my blog :-)


  17. Amazing how lifestyle/ awareness/ consciousness revealed the authentic you. I think every person has a true beauty, and some so sensitive it can only surface with a pure way of living and loving. Your beauty is inspiring : )

  18. This is a RAWMAZING post! I really like it. I am blessed I found your website and I will start reading all your posts.
    I am into raw foods myself this is my 2nd. year and it has been wonderful.
    Where did you go to school and where do you teach now?

  19. Wow, thank you Narda!

    I went to the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in California. These days, I primarily teach online via this blog/social media and ebooks ;-)


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