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My Health Retreat on Maui

From March 30th – April 6th, I spent seven days in Maui, HI on a health retreat lead by Michael Klaper, MD, with the help of a talented group of experts on health, wellness and vitality.

Dr. Klaper is an experienced, caring physician who shared healing secrets from 40 years of clinical experience in acute care as well as preventive and nutritionally-based medicine. He is currently a staff physican at True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA.

Our participation in this very special holistic event included a private medical consultation with Dr. Klaper, plus one full week of fresh fruit and vegetable cleansing juices and plant-based cuisine, inspirational talks, health lectures, cooking classes, and transformative yoga sessions in a beautiful luxurious retreat center, Lumeria Maui.

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Edna hanging out at Lumeria Maui

After breakfast each day, we met as a group with Dr. Klaper for a lecture and Q&A session exploring ways to optimize healing in our body – and in our life.

Alese Jones, Yoga Professional, invited us to commence on our own path of knowing our true self, with the time honored teachings of yoga and meditation. She encouraged us to explore our full potential and taught the importance of creating a strong physical foundation so the mind can find rest and the spirit can be joyous.

Chef Chad Sarno, New York Times Best Selling Author, Culinary Educator and Self-Proclaimed “Plant-Based Promoter” taught us how to prepare delicious, health-enhancing meals.

Beautiful surroundings

Beautiful surroundings

Alan Cohen, author and Inspirational Life-Coach provided a warm blend of wisdom, intimacy, humor and vision for our personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

During five of the seven days, I participated in a freshly-made juice fast. To my surprise I did not get hungry or weak in anyway. With exception of a slight headache (for a couple hours on the third day), I felt terrific with greater clarity and a deep feeling of gratitude.

We started each day with meditation and yoga followed by breakfast. For those of us who participated in the juice fast, our breakfast consisted of a pint of freshly made fruit and vegetable juice and all the filtered water and herbal tea we desired. In fact, this was the “recipe” for all meal times. Those who did not participate in the juice fast consumed light plant-based cuisines.

Although options for free time excursions on Maui were available, the focus of our program was rest and restoration. As a result, we were encouraged to partake of the healing foods and extraordinary event location Dr. Klaper chose for us.

Serenity at Lumeria Maui

Each day during the retreat built upon the next, deepening our understanding of our body, food, awareness and life. I enjoyed the calm beauty and relaxing walks through lush tropical and edible gardens as well as the optional, and wonderful, spa treatments.

This was a magical, week-long healing journey that enriched my life in many ways. It was a week of rest and restoration and imaginative re-visioning of my health and life. I felt, and continue to feel, lighter, healthier, and more balanced.

Thanks Dr. Klaper!

 

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Healthy Body Weight

It’s an indisputable fact that overweight and obesity are growing health problems in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.”

In addition, health experts acknowledge that heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer are obesity-related conditions and some of the leading causes of preventable death. These conditions “…Affect an estimated 97 million Americans and are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States” says the CDC. CDC also estimated “an annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.”

Dr. O’Shea says, “Most overweight people are really starving. They’re always hungry because the body is craving and continually hoping for real nutrients, instead of the constant river of foods that are devoid of nutrients.  And that brings us to the holistic view he says: support the body so it can do what it does.”

“The solution to losing weight is a whole food plant-based diet, coupled with a reasonable amount of exercise. It is a long-term lifestyle change, rather than a quick-fix fad, and it can provide sustained weight loss while minimizing risk of chronic disease,” says Dr. T. Colin Campbell and I agree.COLOR  DIAGRAM FOR WEIGHT LOSS - For Healthy Body WeightOne of several benefits of consuming a plant-based diet and adhering to the R.E.B.A. Principles discussed in my book, My Journey to Vibrant Health… and how you can get there, too is, as your body becomes healthier you will naturally lose weight—and continue until your body reaches its ideal weight.

Even though I was overweight when I set out upon my health journey, ridding myself of asthma—not losing weight—was my priority. Nonetheless, when I switched to a plant-based diet and whole food nutrition my body became healthier and less toxic, to my surprise I started losing weight automatically. And I continued to lose weight, slowly but surely, until my body reached its ideal weight, which remains stable today.

Learn much more in my book, My Journey to Vibrant Health… and how you can get there, too.  The e-book is available on smashwords.com and the Kindle edition is available on amazon.com. You can purchase the paperback edition from this website.

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