Walking The Healing Path

In December 2017, Janae P. began experiencing debilitating symptoms from an unknown illness. Janae is 23. By January, she was paralyzed and couldn’t walk. She experienced severe pain in her joints and muscles. Her vision was also affected. Janae eventually learned how to walk again. In the meantime, doctor’s were unsure what to make of her symptoms. They were certain it was an autoimmunity, but did not diagnose her.

I started working with Janae on April 1st. By Week 2, Janae was no longer taking any medications. When we met, she was on all kinds of meds for anxiety, ADHD, and pain- a strange mix of depressants, stimulants, and yes, opioids.

Here’s What Janae Says: 

“I feel more in control of my emotions and my body. Going off my medications- this milestone was especially important to me because it was my own choice. I definitely wanted to be done with this after the first 4 weeks but I think it was important that I continued to learn more about bettering myself inside and out.” ~Janae P.

“… My body felt the most pure/clean that it has ever felt and my skin looked and felt really good.”  ~Janae P. [about a particular part of the program]

Janae was hesitant about the responsibility it would bring, but decided to walk the healing path anyway. She followed the program I created for her, which stress management techniques, breathing and meditation exercises, foods to support her particular condition, self-care rituals, and so much more! We worked through some of her anxiety issues and she developed an outlook that many years of therapy and harmful prescription medications were unable to provide her with (she’d been going to therapy since childhood!).  Her spirits lifted, as she began to put her situation into perspective and gain control of her life. Around this time, doctor’s finally gave her a diagnosis. Janae was told she has an autoimmune disease called, Guillain-Barre syndrome. It affects the nervous system. By the time, she received the diagnosis, she was already well on her way to complete recovery. 

It brought me GREAT Joy working with Janae. I’m thankful that she was open and willing to take her own health into her own hands. At first, she had trepidations (her mother kinda forced her into this!). But, before I committed to help her, she affirmed that she was indeed ready to receive her healing. Janae Courageously Walked The Healing Path!

ARE YOU READY TO RECEIVE YOUR HEALING?

Let Me Know What’s Ailing You. I’m Happy to Help!

Walk The Healing Path … I’ll Be Your Guide

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Motha Nature’s Sanctuary

In 1999, I endeavored to form an organization offering wholistic wellness education to low-income mothers. I was already teaching women empowering self-care practices, parenting and homemaking skills. With the organization I dreamt of, we would teach them even more: natural birthing techniques, parenting methods, nutrition, cooking, massage therapy, yoga, floral arrangement, decorating, hospitality, money management, making HempTherapy products, etc...

Although the formation of that organization did not transpire, I continued to facilitate wellness workshops, utilizing my own funds, and soliciting help from friends to teach classes in areas I didn’t cover (like finance). Working with those mothers was truly a joy. My desire to create an organization, enabling me to do that work full-time, grew stronger and stronger. Even though I tucked the vision away for future fulfillment, it kept popping up! The once small vision expanded into a pretty BIG picture. Eventually, it morphed into what I’ve been calling Motha Nature’s Sanctuary. This is what it looks like:

An open space, sitting on 400-acres of land, tucked deep into the woods with many brooks, streams, and creeks of running water. Motha Nature’s Sanctuary operates as an organic farm and farm store; a rental space for hosting events; a natural retreat with guest cottages; a wholistic education facility; and, an elementary school. It’s also a place where young families live rent-free, while learning valuable life skills, as part of a 5-7 year residency and certification program. They work on the farm and at the other facilities on the property. In this sacred space, parents are afforded the priceless opportunity to live, learn, and work inside a nurturing community that prepares them and their children to go out into the world to do great things!

I attended Farm Business School in 2013, wrote a 5-Year Business Plan, and projected the opening of Motha Nature’s Sanctuary for 2018. IT’S 2018 NOW! The sanctuary is not yet a physical place, but … IT WILL BE.  … Really Soon! ….. 

For Now  .. Motha Nature’s Sanctuary ..

Is An Online Healing Community

Become A Founding Member

LET THE HEALING BEGIN!!!

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Friday Food Fun~ Provisions: Ground Food & Fruits

Happy Friday Food Fun Day!! {I know, that’s corny, but I’ll be sharing recipes with you on Fridays.}

So, I’ve developed a routine over my many years of being Vegan {when I became Vegan}. During Fall and Winter, I try to continue my Summer routine of sticking to as much fresh food as possible. Although I do indulge in pasta, rice, and other grain dishes, I do my best to keep it at a minimum {you know, starches end up converting to harmful sugars that lead to diabetes, etc..}.

Here are some, often overlooked, substantive produce items that may serve as main dishes; replacing those starches and grains. By the way, these fruits and veggies are nutritious, delicious, and filling!

I’m talking about what’s commonly referred to in *the Caribbean as “ground food” or “provisions”. These are root vegetables and tubers, like: dasheens, eddoes, yucca, cassava, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. Ground food is high in mineral content, calcium, and other bone-building nutrients. To learn the difference between sweet potato & yam {from one of my old blogs}.

Plantain, green banana, and breadfruit are usually cooked along with provisions- adding vitamins that pair well with the minerals found in said ground food. {Plantain and banana grow as plants. Breadfruit comes from a tree. These are not ground foods, btw}.

Ground fruits {a term I made up- I think!} are what I’m calling yummy squashes, of limitless varieties. They grow on vines in patches on the ground. Some of these are butternut, acorn, pumpkin, dumpling, hubbard, delicata, and kabocha. These fruits {and most ground food} are excellent starter foods for babies, as they’re high in Vitamins A, D, K, {yes, D & K!}, and various minerals. Roots and ground fruits are formative/building- block foods. Uncut/opened, all of them can be stored in a mildly cool space outside the fridge or in a drawer inside the fridge. They’ll last for 3-8 weeks, or more.

Provisions and ground fruits may be roasted, stewed, and boiled {even fried, if you must!}. Prepare them to stand alone as a main dish, a soup, or combine them in mains, soups, or stews. Roasting is my preference; except for green bananas, which I always boil and add coconut milk, evoo and/or coconut oil, and spices {sometimes I fry them}.

For a well-balanced meal, make a plate of provisions, ground fruit, sautéed or steamed greens, and a fresh salad! Try this for a week’s worth of meals. You’ll notice how fit and energetic you’ll feel.

*You’ll notice that I reference “the Caribbean” a lot. That’s because one of my parents is from a Caribbean island, I used to live there, I practiced a RasTafarI way of life, and sometimes I speak RasTafarI. Anywho, enjoy your provisions!! 😉