It all started with a bag of chips…
As a young girl, I remember watching a commercial that said eating chips contributes to heart disease, which looking back is very interesting considering that commercials these days advertise the exact opposite message! However, I remember telling myself and my family that I can’t eat chips because it’s going to give me heart disease. My family thought I was a bit overboard and assured me it was okay to eat chips, but I insisted that I did not want to eat any chips! As simple as that moment was, this was the beginning of my desire, and eventually my life long journey, towards finding true health.
Growing up, I would read every diet and nutrition book that I could find and workout as many hours as I could in hopes of being the healthiest that I could be; however, despite my best efforts I still found myself sick. I was battling with ongoing bladder infections, painful menstrual cramps, constipation, and chronic fatigue. Eventually, I came across the works of Harvey Diamond and Herbert Shelton, who promoted natural hygiene. I incorporated the diet for a short time and felt great, but then eventually found Dr. John Mcdougall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard and many other doctors and nutritionists who promote a low-fat, plant-based diet in preventing sickness and disease. I was very intrigued with the research and decided to embrace this low-fat, plant-based diet. By incorporating this diet and lifestyle, I was fortunately able to overcome many of my physical ailments.
Yet, even though I was experiencing amazing improvements in my health, I found out in 2010 that I had a 9 cm cyst on my ovary that I had to surgically remove. Shortly after, I was then diagnosed with endometriosis. Over the course of 5 years, the ovarian cysts kept returning and I had to go through another 2 laparoscopies to have them removed. Though I hardly felt any pain from the cysts, I knew that I had to dig a little deeper with my health to help my body overcome these last internal challenges.
I realized that my diet, though much healthier than the Standard American Diet, included too many grains, refined flours, refined sugars, and other foods that are acidic to the body. After much research, I decided to study raw food nutrition and adopt a raw vegan lifestyle that was high in water rich fruits and vegetables, greens, sprouts, nuts, and seeds. This was the breakthrough that I had been searching for in improving my health. I have since overcome these last remaining physical challenges and am now experiencing amazing vitality, energy, and phenomenal health! My ovarian cysts have not returned. I was able to conceive and have children at the age of 38 after years of not being able to have children. Furthermore, I rarely get bladder infections and when I do, my body naturally heals itself without antibiotics. When our bodies are in an alkaline state, saturated with nutrients from raw living foods, it will do what is was designed to do, which is to heal, restore, and rebuild itself.
My passion for health has now transpired into purpose, leading me to create Pure Living Nutrition in an effort to inspire and educate others on the amazing and healing benefits of raw living plant-based whole foods. Food is a powerful medicine, and if we tap into God’s living foods, we will experience healing and vibrant health!
Cheers to amazing health!
Julie Jack, Ed.D, CHNP, CPT