One of the things I haven’t done all that much on this site is talk in great detail about how I came to be interested in holistic nutrition and other aspects of a natural, healthy lifestyle. I’ve alluded here and there to how I dieted excessively when I was in my late teens and early twenties, and how that caused some major health issues, but I haven’t really told you about what happened after that (mostly because it was so long ago…I am now 42).

When I was writing my forthcoming book One Simple Change, however, I decided it was important to talk about how I messed up my health, and how I got it back via good nutrition and natural medicine. Why? Because that experience is what set me on the path that’s become my life’s work: to inspire others to eat a nourishing diet and to live a healthy lifestyle. I won’t rehash the tale here (you’ll just have to read about it when the book comes out!), but I will tell you that I’ve been passionate about doing research and learning as much as I can about diet and health for the last 20 years. I spent 5 years in naturopathic school and have continued to study nutrition and other aspects of holistic health on my own ever since; I did a ton of research when I was writing One Simple Change, and there are many pages of scientific references in the book as a result!

If you are interested in learning more about nutrition and health (and I assume you are, if you read my blog), I recommend you check out The Healthy Life Summit coming up in a couple of weeks. It’s like a conference, but it’s online and it’s FREE. There are 35 speakers, and I’m looking forward to hearing from some of my favorite personalities in the Real Food movement: people like Diane Sanfillipo (who will talk about detoxing from sugar), Julia Ross (she’s speak about healing the mind and body with food), and Jenny McGruther (who will discuss techniques for making real food easy and affordable). I am also excited about the talks on healthy skin care, hormones, metabolism, GMO’s and sustainable farming.

Click here to sign up for the summit, or to pre-order the podcasts and slideshows for a discounted price if you’re not going to be able to listen to the summit live.

I can’t wait, and I hope you feel the same way!

*Disclosure: I recently joined The Village Green Network (VGN), a group of bloggers dedicated to spreading the word about natural and organic food, healthy lifestyles and green living. The Healthy Life Summit was organized by VGN and I’ll earn a small commission if you preorder the summit materials via the links above. Please know that I only share affiliate-related “stuff” that I stand behind 100%…that’s always been the case and it will be the case for as long as I write this blog.

 

5 Comments

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    Art & Lemons — March 13, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Can’t wait for your book to hit the shelves and the summit is right up my alley.

    • Winnie replied: — March 14th, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

      Thanks Nikki!

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    wendy (healthy girl's kitchen) — March 14, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I wuv you Winnie! You make me smile. I’m so glad we can look back at those days 20 plus years ago and know that they are long gone.

    • Winnie replied: — March 14th, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

      Aw, luv you too Wendy. So strange to think about how long we’ve know each other!

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