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Date: Fri, Feb 8th, 2013 12:00:00 am

Numerous times over the past year I have been asked about my diet. The two main questions I am often asked are; "Are you 100% raw?" and "Do you eat meat?". The reason that there is confusion about my diet is likely because it has changed many times over the years. I am writing this article to clarify any confusion about how I eat, and for the possibility that my experiences may be of some benefit to you. Please allow me to take you on a quick journey through the evolution of the eating habits of Sarah Heipel.

To give you some background, my diet growing up was mostly processed food. I was raised by two very loving, but also very busy parents. The food we ate at home was usually out of a box or a can. I was only given milk or juice to drink. At our house, healthy eating meant eating a three meals and a piece of fruit each day, and restricting chips and pop to the weekends only. My eating habits have improved a lot since then!

1998 - read the book Fit For Life, by Harvey Diamond and decided to give up dairy products and practice "proper" food combining. Within a week the acne I'd had for 8 years completely cleared up.

2006 - attended a seminar with David Wolfe and was introduced to the concept of raw, whole food nutrition and the benefit of consuming food with enzymes still intact. I went 90-100% raw vegan for 3 years after that presentation. The most significant observation was an overall increase in energy and skin/ hair / nails quality certainly due to an increased consumption of nutrient dense foods and elimination of refined sugar, salt, processed foods and gluten.

2010 - Added fish, eggs and steamed vegetable back into my diet on occasion when healthy options were available to see if I could increase my body temperature by improving adrenal & thyroid function. I had also been craving these foods. It felt really good, and it worked.

2012 - There is no longer a label to describe my diet. I now consider myself an Organitarian. I created this word to describe a person who eats mostly organic whole foods. The biggest shift in the way I eat today is the addition of intuition to guide my food choices. This is the best I have ever felt. When we are not confused by emotion or our own rules about food, the body speaks clearly.

I drink fresh greens juice and smoothies regularly. I eat a lot of vegetables; raw, steamed, or pureed and I drink a lot of herbal and green tea between meals.

I have only mentioned a few of the pivotal shifting points here to keep this article short.  If you are interested, here is a list of the health practitioners and books that have inspired and shaped my eating habits the most over the years:

How To Eat, Move & Be Healthy, Paul Chek
Diet For A New America, John Robbins
Sunfood Diet, David Wolfe
The Body Shape Diet, Dr. Cass Ingram
Green For Life, Victoria Boutenko
The Body Ecology Det, Donna Gates

Author: Sarah Heipel

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