so who is the raw vegan life coach ???
hi there ! it’s amy here, a.k.a. the raw vegan life coach. and that is momma star beside me in the photo. thank you for your interest in me and what i do. it is truly a privilege to share with you and perhaps be your health coach. so a bit about me and my qualifications…i am a certified detoxification specialist, holistic health coach, wellness educator, raw vegan chef, yoga and meditation teacher and sustainable living aficionado with over 15 years experience. my european training is quite unique and i have studied with extraordinarily gifted teachers and healers on both sides of the atlantic.
i love nature and all things natural. this is reflected in the way i live my life and approach health and well-being. passionate about helping people, animals and the planet get healthy, i am a committed environmentalist with a masters degree in international environmental policy. as an animal rights activist, i care deeply about all creatures great and small.
for as long as i can remember i have wanted to change the world. i have come to realize that to do that you simply have to be the change you want to see in this world – just like gandhi said. and i am committed to doing just that. to make this world a healthier place i am starting with myself, leading by example and helping as many people, animals and ecosystems along the way♥
my story…in a coconut shell
i have always been athletic and considered myself healthy. growing up I did all sorts of sports – gymnastics, softball, tennis, biking, swimming. and i was a cheerleader:)) i could ski all day but après ski for me was a warm shower and bed. after a mountain bike race, which on occasion I won, the person fast asleep under a tree was me! for years i participated in an annual bikathon from new york to vermont – 100 miles a day for 3 consecutive days. peddling that distance was a huge challenge for me and by the third day i was completely exhausted and it took days to recover. i kept wondering, why was i so tired after physical activity ?
when i reached my 30s i even felt tired upon waking up in the morning having slept through the night. daily naps were a necessity as my energy levels were always very low. there were other health concerns including chronic diarrhea, sinus infections, nausea, dizziness, poor skin quality, cold hands and feet and unquenchable thirst. i would get sick several times a year with cold and flu, sore throat and lots of congestion. it would taken a long time for me to recover from these illnesses and i would be in bed for days at a time. once i fainted while on the toilet and ended up with a black eye ! another time i fainted after a meal in an indian restaurant and the paramedics came and took me to hospital. i didn’t understand why all this was happening because i really believed i was healthy – afterall i had been vegetarian since i was 17. emotionally i was a bit of a mess as well. anxious and depressed i felt completely overwhelmed by all the suffering in the world. ashamed to be human, i did not want to be a part of the human race which was responsible for inflicting so much suffering on animals, people and nature.
for my 40th birthday i went to see a herbalist. within minutes of walking into her office i was in tears. after an hour of muscle testing i left her office with instructions for my first detox – a 6-week herbal protocol during which I was to follow a vegan diet. i had wanted to go vegan for years but so addicted to dairy was i that it just didn’t seem possible. but now i was under doctors’ orders and willing to follow them.
within days of eliminating dairy from my diet i started feeling so much better – lighter and cleaner in my body-mind. when the herbs were finished and the detox was over, i felt so good i just decided to stay vegan. weeks turned into months, months into years….and now, eleven years later i am still vegan ! dairy is a thing of the past and i am so grateful for that. there was a time when i actually could not imagine life without pizza and ice cream. once i realized the truth behind dairy – the damage it causes your body, the unimaginable cruelty inflicted upon dairy cows, and the enormous environmental impact there is simply no joy in eating those foods and in fact eating these foods causes tremendous harm to all the things i care so deeply about. but let me tell you a little secret….i do from time to time still eat pizza and ice-cream – the raw vegan version that is ! which is far better on in every way.
in addition to eliminating all animal foods from my diet, in going vegan i stopped wearing animal products like leather and down. all cosmetics and household products are cruelty free, no animal testing (look for the leaping bunny !) no longer do i visit zoos or aquariums (unless to protest !) or support in any way any form of animal exploitation. in making these changes i just kept feeling better & better – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. now my diet and lifestyle is in alignment with my truth. i feel a deep sense of inner peace which is the ultimate gift of this diet and lifestyle. going vegan is the best thing that has ever happened to me:))).
in may 2011 i went 100% raw and experienced more amazing health changes. this was the most challenging and stressful period of my life as i was going through a divorce. eating only raw food was the easy part and i was totally committed because i knew that a raw vegan diet would support me on every level. and it certainly did.
six years later i am still completely raw and the past 3 years i have been eating a fruit-based diet. which has brought me to yet another level of health that i never even imagined was possible. i feel healthier now than ever before and guess what….my eyes are literally changing color ! my mom said i was born with brown eyes and while they have lightened over the years they have been brown all my life. however, in april 2015 i had my first iris photos and analysis which revealed the true color of my eyes – they are blue ! the news shocked and excited me and now i am determined to detox until my natural eye color reveals itself. which is exactly what is happening ! right before my very eyes i can see the changes in the color of my iris, i can see the toxins being eliminated from my body, and I can feel my body getting stronger and healthier with each passing day.
detoxification is a long and winding road. it is a simple path but it is not easy to follow. it is the most important journey you will ever take as it leads you back home. back to your true nature. more than anything else i want to experience my true nature as a human being. totally connected to source at one with all of existence. detoxification is the way. it is a spiritual journey that transforms you on every level of your being. won’t you join me ?