In 1975, while attending college and taking pre-med classes, I was exposed to the physiology or function of the human body in a serious way. This was the first time I became a vegetarian. I realized that our bodies were created to be more an herbivore than a carnivore. I remained a vegetarian for about one year and then gradually slipped back into my old eating habits, and paid for this over time. I developed the same diseases that many people suffer from such as high-blood pressure, blood sugar problems, chronic fatigue, excess weight and chronic low back pain.

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In October 2002, I stood on the podium at Sandals Resort in Port St. Lucie as the Champion of Publix Triathlon Series?—?Masters Division. This 10 race event was the premiere triathlon series in the state of Florida. There I was, accepting the race series trophy for the top triathlete over the age of 40. At the same time, I was celebrating my 17th year free from alcohol. Later in the year, I was named an honorable mention All-American Triathlete by the United States Triathlon Federation. By this time I had competed in 75 triathlons since 1990 (along with over 100 running events?—?including three Walt Disney World® Marathons).

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I want to tell you what a great change the Hippocrates Diet made in my health. By the time I entered me program three years ago, I was so sick I was unable to get out of bed. I had been ill for at least ten years with chronic bronchitis, chronic fatigue, candida, cystitis, anemia, and severe allergies to almost everything. It felt as though my whole system was breaking down.

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As a mother of two children and a music teacher with my own private studio, I was doing something I really loved, but I wasn’t happy. My life was very hectic, I didn’t know how to pace myself, and even the physical environment I was in added to my stress, I saw it as ugly, unhealthy and unnurturing. It offered no stimulation in areas of art and creativity. Always being the provider drained my own creative energy and eventually made me sick.

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On the surface everything in my life seemed fine. I just turned 45 years old and was seemingly in glowing health. I had the quintessential New York life: I was independent, strong, wise and full of humor while managing a successful vegan restaurant. The deeper truth was much different. Hurt and exhausted, I retreated from feeling anything real. Years of burying painful emotions led to a constant state of stress that depleted my body of energy and health. I worked long hours, fueled by coffee in the morning and soothed by wine in the evening. I had many friends yet avoided true closeness. I told wicked jokes, wielded a worldly cynicism, and flirted wildly, affirming myself as a “powerful” woman who needed no one.

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