If there's one thing I know to be true beyond birth and death it is this - the human body can heal itself of even the fiercest of chronic degenerative illnesses. AKA - lifestyle illnesses - diseases created by the way we live our lives. Our bodies are innately designed to repair, to regenerate, to thrive. Optimally. My philosophy of health is that if you are mindful with your body, you will be mindful with the planet. What you do to the planet, you do to your health. If you eat real, you can heal. If we all eat real, the planet heals.
For almost every day of my life, strangers have stopped to ask me "what are you?” So, I'll start by introducing myself with the simplest answer to that question. The short version is I am a Malawi-African born to a Punjabi/Malawian Mom and an Austrian Dad - they separated when I was three. A year later, my mom met my soon to be step-dad, East Vancouver raised, who was on the last leg of his trip around the world. 12 months after their first encounter my mom and I traversed the globe with all of our belongings in tow. The mosaic beauty of British Columbia stuck with us, and has been my home ever since.
The long version is that I'm still creating what and who I am each day. Science tells me one thing - I'm the expression of my DNA which is a reflection of the environment I'm exposed to or create for myself. I'm also the sum of my values and philosophy, spiritual and physical life experiences, and the nutrients and toxins that I consume daily.
However, I'm really just like everyone else - despite the colour of my skin, the experiences I've had, or where or who I came from - I'm a spiritual being having a human experience.
I'm loving every moment of this glorious existence - the good, the bad, and the ugly, and I'm an optimist. I thrive on hope. I believe in miracles and I experience them every day. I've been called a Master Manifestor and bringing my ideas and dreams to fruition is what I do well. Loving deeply and feeling the interconnectedness of EVERYTHING is my gift that I pour freely into this world. I care deeply for the environment, our planet Earth, and this universe in which we live. It pains me to live in the 21st century seeing what is happening. But - instead of wallowing in the doom and gloom of our ways, I return to my deeply seated roots and I stand on the shoulders of the giants before me.
I work diligently, to share with you what I've been privileged to have studied, experienced and learned in my life.
My great-great grandmother escaped from a slave trade line-up when she was 8 years old in Africa and as a result, I'm here today to do the work I do.
Out of 18 full-rides in the USA, I chose to play tennis in Mississippi and ended being the first "black" woman ever in an all white Sorority which caused quite the political stir when they tried to ban me in 1994.
I started the Multi-cultural Stepping Dance off to unite black and white frat houses.
Because I'm neither "white" nor "black" I was able to flow freely between and hear the deep extent of the racism that still pervades the deep south.
During that same era I was randomly caught in two gun fights - mental health and diabetes triggered - which probably fuelled my curiosity for what I do now.
I was lost in the Golden Triangle because of an opium addicted guide and later found by a Burmese refugee with his rifle and his horse. It was Ellen Degeneres and George Costanza that really saved me.
I walked away from thousands of dollars and my business the morning that the Twin Towers collapsed so that I can pursue a life of purpose.
I've received a death threat in China for doing the work I do now.
The 'FDA' said we can't use the word 'healthy' to describe the menu in our restaurant - we only serve unrefined and unprocessed plant-based meals and beverages - hahaha!
I nearly died of Typhoid in Nepal on the same night my cousin died of Typhoid in Malawi - but I was saved by 4 tennis colleagues that I hadn't seen since I was 15 years old. My cousin wasn't. We adopted her 1 year old son who's now 21 years old
All in all, what these stories show is that I'm either watched over by angels or that I come from a long line of people that simply persevere no matter what. And that's the message I share with my clients so that they never give up from finding the answer that will help them overcome their chronic health diseases. That is what is truly life-saving about the work I do.