My name is Beth Wiles, and I am the one responsible for this website. Let me tell you a little about me. I recently remarried and am a mother of 3 adult children, plus now have a 9-month old grandson (as of February 7, 2010). I have always been fascinated with nutrition and the healing power of food. I credit that passion to my step-mother who has taught me over the past 30+ years. She is a nurse and has always been full of information regarding nutrition and diet.
It has been a quite a journey that has brought this website into existence. My very own quest for health over the past decades of my life (this is an ever-evolving work in progress to attain optimal health – for each and every one of us!) has fed a passion of mine for research of anything medically and nutritionally related. My grandfather was a research scientist, so I believe I have taken after him with my curious mind that is always wanting to know more and absorb everything like a sponge.
For about one year, I had known that I wanted to create a website in my ‘free time’ (ha!) while working full-time and racing against the clock 24/7 in this rat race of life. I also had planned to begin online distance education in the fall of 2009 in ‘my free time’, to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health (still plan to do this, but will be late spring-early summer 2010).
Well, one door closed and another one opened for me when in late June 2009 it was announced that the electrical distribution branch at which I was employed was going to be closed in just 2 weeks due to the recent economic downturn. This had been an industry career for the previous 8 years of my life. It was very difficult to say goodbye to the great people that I had worked with in the industry, mostly the customers that I had taken care of over this time.
But the most exciting thing for me was that I realized this could be my opportunity to take a different career path and follow my other passion in life – take the next steps to follow my dream of helping others in their quest for optimal health, including my own family!
Interestingly, though, I was not quite prepared for what was in store for me in the next short months!
I had already been consuming a decent diet (though not perfect) which included lots of green salads. By my estimation, I had already been eating about 40-50% raw diet on a fairly consistent basis since I love veggies so much.
One day in mid-September, I was researching and stumbled upon some books on Amazon.com. I can gladly say that these have changed my life so much for the better! Let me explain a little further.
The first book that I ordered was Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko. From there I clicked on other books (you know how Amazon.com shows other books that might be of interest?) that looked fascinating: Ani Phyo’s ani’s raw food kitchen, Matthew Kenney’s everyday raw and Matthew Kenney’s and Sarma Melngailis’s Raw Food Real World. I love how you can preview pages in the books!
I have always loved to prepare food for my family and friends, so I found myself drawn to the amazingly tasteful photos of the food in these raw food ‘un’ cookbooks. I had read some on the raw food diet (or living foods diet), but I had not made a conscious decision that it was for me. What I do know is that my body had been guiding me to eating more fresh fruits and vegetables – in fact, I craved them all the time.
I could not wait to receive my new books in the mail! I began consuming green smoothies in late September and accepted the Green Smoothie Challenge in early October and have never looked back. I consume one quart of green smoothies every day! I received my ‘un’ cookbooks soon after and began learning a whole new way of preparing foods that I find to be amazing!
I began my very high raw food diet (not 100%, but 90-95%) in early October, as well. Some try to consume at least 75-80% raw, which I believe is quite do-able. I am not vegan, yet I have not been consuming any dairy and very little meat (over the holidays ate some and taste it now and then). I do eat salmon about once per week. I am planning to re-introduce meat into my diet once I am able to move forward with plans to find a good source for meat from pastured, solely grass-fed animals (I believe that meat itself is not the bad guy – it is how the animals are raised that makes the meat so unhealthy with the omega-6 fats, disease, and hormones).