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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.


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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Plant-based Diet

FRESH FRUIT AND VEGGIES - For Plant-based DietOne of the first and most important steps you can take to improve your health is to gradually switch to a plant-based diet of fresh organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Dr. T. Colin Campbell has stated, “The most powerful drug-free weapon against sickness and disease known to man is a whole foods plant-based diet. There is overwhelming scientific support for one simple plant-based diet.”

Are you aware of the following statements? ‘You are what you eat’ or, ‘the foods you eat today will determine the diseases you will develop later in life.’ According to Dr. Fred Bisci, “It’s not just what you put in your body. It’s what you leave out that’s of top importance!” I totally agree.

Based on conversations with countless people over the last 15 years, I have formed the opinion that most Americans experience a serious disconnect between the type of foods and beverages they consume and the diseases they develop later in life. Because the ‘foodless food’ consumed does not usually impact health immediately, it is difficult for people to see a connection. Nevertheless, it is there, and the evidence is indisputable.

To live a long, healthy life and to be in control until the end, it behooves you to consume a plant-based diet of fresh organic fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. I agree with Dr. Richard Schulze that “… (T)his wonderful and amazing planet contains all the natural substances that we could possibly need, not only for our food, but also for our healing and health. We just have to open up our hearts, have faith, live clean, and use these natural gifts, and then step aside and watch the healing, even watch the miracles happen.”

ROASTED VEGGIES - For Plant-based DietWhen you consume a plant-based diet, you will experience an immediate improvement in your overall health and energy level. Many natural health experts agree that a plant-based diet can help slow down the aging process; boost your immune system, and lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, and other diseases!

Another benefit of consuming a plant-based diet 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 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.

Switching to a plant-based diet requires a complete mindset shift and major lifestyle modifications, especially regarding your dietary habits. Replacing animal-based food with a plant-based diet takes time, a burning desire, a firm commitment, and plenty of self-discipline.

A plant-based diet is discussed in detail in my book, My Journey to Vibrant Health… and how you can get there, too.  The e-book is available on and the Kindle edition is available on You can purchase the paperback edition from this website.

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