30-Year Vegetarian Remedies Constipation, Skin Rashes and Joint Pain

We have a thriving community on Facebook that routinely brightens my day.  About a month ago, a member named Melody posted a glowing statement about her health and our eBook. Then, she stuck around and started helping others with their questions. As I saw it unfolding, I had to know more…

“Wow you just look fabulous. What are you doing?”

Well, I was vegetarian for about 30 years. And things were okay, but I was heavy. I was a lot heavier than I am now. And I was starting not to feel so good. So I did some research, and I went raw for three years. And I felt even worse, but people in the raw community tell you how great they’re feeling, and how their skin is clearing up, and how everything’s moving and everything. But maybe the first month I felt like that, but then afterwards things were clogging up, if you know what I mean. And my face was broken out. My hands were cracking.

“I had a huge rash along my neck and down my arms. I just felt horrible.”

But I stayed with it because I really believed in the raw lifestyle. I really believed in it.  And then I went to a Chinese doctor, and she started telling me to eat a little meat. And that I should steam my vegetables. And it’s like, “No, I can’t do that.” So, I stayed with that for awhile. I went to her treatments, got my acupuncture and my herbs, but things weren’t progressing as well as I expected. I was still constipated. I still had a lot of rosacea in the face. And I just didn’t feel terrific.

“No, I can’t because I’m a raw foodist. I can’t eat meat.”

And so I was talking to a friend who has, I believe he has Crohn’s. And he was telling me that he’s on this diet for people who can’t digest their food very well. And I said, “That’s me.” And I said, “Well, what are you eating, mostly vegetables and fruit?” And he goes, “No, Melody. It’s mostly meat.” And so I bit the bullet and I did my research. I got on your website, and I got the book. And I fixed my chicken soup, and cooked my fruit. And things were clearing up…

“But I was still constipated, so I contacted you guys.”

I said, “You know, I’m doing this, but I’m still constipated. What can you do?” And someone wrote me back. I don’t know if it was you or Jordan, but you wrote me back and said, “Take some fat. You’ve got to have some fat in your diet.” So, I bought some coconut oil and I started scooping it in my mouth.

“It really worked. And I ended up losing 37 pounds so far.”

Yeah, I just feel fabulous. And the big deal is that my joints don’t hurt. At the end it was getting so bad that standing on my toes, bending my toes really, really hurt. I mean, I would do it just because I knew that those joints needed to move. But oh my gosh it hurt. My knees hurt, bending and stuff. And this is, I mean it’s such a big deal for me. I mean, I’m stronger in my yoga practice now at age 60 than I was at age 40 when I was a vegetarian.

So, for me, this works. There’s no inflammation. My face is cleared up. My rash is gone on my neck. My rash is gone on my arms. My skin is clear and soft. And I really, really feel good, so I know that my digestion is working now. Yeah, it’s just fabulous. And people ask me,

“Well, you know you don’t have to do that forever.”

And it’s like, well I don’t know why would I want to eat any different? Right now, this is really working. I’ve been on this diet probably since March. And so it’s been pretty quick, I think. The first month I started noticing my joints. And I started losing weight. I probably wrote to you right away, because I knew that that’s what I needed to do was I needed to poop. And so I’m sure I wrote to you right away. And so things started moving. And I didn’t do things perfectly, but I figured that’s okay too. If you don’t do things perfectly and it still works, gosh that’s pretty cool.

I don’t eat any crap, I mean, I’m not eating any flour, or gluten, or grains or anything. But I have my date nut rolls that I like. And those are my sweets. And I probably eat too much bacon now because it tastes pretty good.

So, you saw significant changes within three months?

I did. I did. And I still hear things from my yoga students, “Wow you just look fabulous. What are you doing?”  It’s like, I changed my diet. And I’ll tell them all about it. And then they’re going, “Oh, I could never do that.” And it’s like, yes you could. If you hurt, you could do it, because you want to heal your body. Oh, that’s the other thing is that your website, putting out those messages every day gives me good information. It taught me that when my nose drips after I eat, I’m eating something that doesn’t agree with me. If I had acid reflux after I eat, I’m eating something that doesn’t agree with me. If I can’t poop, there’s something wrong.

Yes, I’ve got to poop. Everybody’s got to poop.

I eat fabulous. I mean, I’m going to have a nice chicken breast. I’ve got some butternut squash in the refrigerator. I’m going to fix that. And I’ve got greens in the garden. I’m going to go cut some kale and Swiss chard, and stir-fry those. And it’s going to be a fabulous meal.


Wow, seriously inspiring right? She did this at 60! It’s never too late. Huge thanks to Melody for taking time to chat with me. She is located in the Saint Louis area if anyone wants to meet up with her and take some yoga classes!

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