I grew up on treats like white bread dipped in pure white sugar and orange crush soda. Gives me the shivers to think about it now, but like most kids, my health and my longevity wasn’t exactly on my radar. By the time I was 15, I was a sugar-addict. Obsessive thoughts of sugary delights dictated how I spent my day: Was I going to cook bread pudding or blueberry scones? I found it hard to concentrate, and my energy was erratic with manic highs, and depressing lows. I felt distracted, compulsively thinking about food, and more nervous than nurtured by what and how I was eating. And even though I exercised a ton, losing weight was a constant struggle. I hated my bulging body. I felt endlessly frustrated that I couldn’t make it do what I wanted, namely “get thin”. My life was a constant yo-yo of punishment and reward, hope and despair. My body was a “thing” I resented, rather than a friend that was giving me messages about where I needed to respond and heal.
Because of my painful struggle, I would spend the next 30 years researching nutrition and vitality, exploring new ways to cook, learning about the fascinating medicinal properties of food; trying to understand the implications of “good” fats verses “bad” fats; and basically discovering how sugar, white flour, and some fats wreak havoc on our body’s systems. It came down to chemistry. Yet I found it nearly impossible to find substitutes on the market that were as gratifying as the sugary stuff! Frustrated, I realized that if I wanted to get off the sugar-addicted-hamster-wheel and live a truly healthy, long life, I’d have to go deeper. I’d have to slowly wriggle out of the sticky grips of sugar and starch, and make my own alternative healthy, delicious substitutes. And, even more important, I’d have to start responding to the emotional voices inside me that were lonely, scared, and starving for more love and compassion.
Now, I am courageous and creative with what I eat. I’ve thrown out the idea that all fat is bad for example, and I’ve developed an intuitive sense for what feels “right” for me. My diet is varied and adventurous. I’m fascinated by food and I’m continually learning about new recipes, superfoods and methods. And, I no longer struggle with my weight, nor do I crave sugar. My body is my partner, my friend, NOT my enemy. I befriended a Vitamix and food dehydrator, and together we mix up magic – a new kind of “treat” that I serve up as part of what I lovingly call my “Longevity Recipe.”
My adolescent’s motivation to “be thin” shifted to the desire to “be healthy,” and today it has expanded and transformed into living a bountiful, long life where I have a diet that nurtures me, a family that honors my gifts, as I do theirs, and a great life reflective of Mother Nature’s beauty and healing goodness.
~ Ame Wauters
Benefits of Choosing Whole Foods
I think there is a growing desire to reconnect with what we put into our bodies. We want eating to be fun AND healthy. It’s not something to just fill our hungry stomachs, but a source of aliveness and joy. We need quick and easy snacks for our busy lives, yet we know we can’t fall prey to all the processed junk on the shelves of our mainstream supermarkets. We want to have vibrant, disease-free bodies well into our mature years, but we also want to enjoy our lives, and not feel deprived of good tasting, fast, food. So, we need easy, fast recipes that will allow us to sustain new habits of cooking at home.
I, myself, enjoy dehydrating whole, raw food, such as nuts, seeds, vegetables and spices, because they are easy to store and keep as a fast, and nutritious snack. Raw food has it’s natural enzymes intact, allowing our bodies to digest and assimilate the nutrients more easily, and giving us more energy. You will also eat less volume with raw food because your body will be getting more of the healthy oils that help us feel satiated. And, since the sugars are not processed, your energy will be sustained for longer periods of time. Raw food is also more easily released from our bodies, unlike gluten and other flour products that tend to clog up our delicate systems.
As for the medicinal properties found in plant based foods? Well, it’s endless. Food IS medicine, yet it does not have to TASTE like it! When we eat food that heals us AND tastes delicious, we are rejuvenated and feel more ALIVE.
Now being healthy requires a lot more than a diet rich in whole food, but what we eat plays an integral part. Exercise, developing and expressing our passions, loving our friends and ourselves, feeling connected, and expressing how we feel, are all part of the longer longevity recipe. Yet, I have found that eating more living food (food that still has enzymes and super nutrients in tact) can help open the box to reveal and heal all of the other vital pieces of the puzzle.
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I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I received my coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was educated in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, and my own life experience, I can help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals. I will help you craft “a longevity recipe” that is unique and catered just for you.
I am not a doctor, nor a nutritionist. I am simply passionate in the arena of health and have been researching and experimenting with food for over 30 years, and I am Certified Health Coach. I do not make any claims that the recipes or products I offer are a cure for cancer or other diseases, however, there has been extensive research done by countless health professionals that have agreed that an abundance of whole, plant based foods can make a significant difference in the health and well being of our bodies.