It wasn’t easy learning and growing, but I did it anyway. My life was forever changed by Brian, Anna Maria, and the people I met. At graduation, I cried with gratitude that I was lucky enough to find these angels on Earth.

It wasn’t easy leaving the Hippocrates nest, but I did it anyway. I went home and did my best to stay on the program. I juiced. I grew sprouts. I chopped vegetables for hours. I found a place that shipped wheatgrass. I applied the knowledge that I gained.

It wasn’t easy changing the way I lived, but I did it anyway. My family thought I was ridiculously obsessed with food.

My friends were shocked that I had stopped drinking alcohol. It seemed that all of my conversations with people were about how much I had changed. I believed these changes were for the better. Not everyone agreed.

It wasn’t easy staying on the Hippocrates Program, but I did it anyway. I carried a portable juicer to every place I traveled. I planned every meal and never left my home without raw food. I stayed on the program faithfully for fifteen months. I felt fantastic. My mind was sharp. My body was toned. My spirit soared. I radiated pure bliss.

It wasn’t easy falling off the program, but  I did it anyway. It happened while I was traveling on an unusually difficult work assignment. I did not plan appropriately, and my emotions got the best of me. I remember Brian telling me once that wheatgrass and green drinks were essential to staying on the Hippocrates Program. I now completely understand his wisdom. Although I had stayed raw, weeks had passed since my last shot of wheatgrass and my big glass of green drink. Without the proper nutrition, my body became hungry. I started craving everything in sight and became overwhelmed with a sense of deprivation. It wasn’t easy lying to myself, but I did it anyway. I told myself that eating Taw and living food was much too restrictive. I convinced myself that life is too short to miss out on the cooked food pleasures. I disregarded my natural knowing. I was at a Japanese Restaurant and started by eating rice. Rice became sushi. And sushi started me back on the road to all the unhealthy foods that I ate prior to coming to Hippocrates.

It wasn’t easy making myself sick, but I did it anyway. I ate anything and everything. Occasionally, I would return to the Hippocrates Program only to fall off time and time again. I discovered that I can really hurt myself by this on again-off again cycle of raw foods. just when my body would be cleaned out after a few weeks back on raw foods, I would eat pizza or some other fast food. My body paid a big price.

It wasn’t easy going unconscious, but I did it anyway. A fog came over my mind. I numbed all my feelings. I tuned out what I had learned at Hippocrates. I gained fifty pounds in four months. I completely disconnected from my spirit.

It wasn’t easy facing my internal demons, but I did it anyway. I woke up. I stopped lying to myself. I decided to stop killing myself with the Standard American Diet and the crazy on againoff again cycle. I found a reason to live a better life. I worked hard to understand and appreciate exactly who I am. I realized that I am a better me when I am living on live food and following the Hippocrates Program.

It wasn’t easy living on the Hippocrates Program until it became easy. One day, I consciously and peacefully chose the raw and living foods lifestyle. After all I had experienced, it became the easiest choice of all.

Many wise people have told me that what I believe becomes my truth. As long as I believed it wasn’t easy to be on the Hippocrates Program, it wasn’t easy. As soon as I shifted my beliefs and perspectives, the program became easy.

Armed with a completely new outlook, I started re-creating the bliss that I once experienced from the Hippocrates Program. I revisited everything I learned from Brian, Anna Maria, and the people I met at Hippocrates. I reread their books and reread my notes. I found an Alissa Cohen cookbook called Living on Live Food. I have become masterful at making great-tasting living foods. I never feel deprived.

The Hippocrates light inside me has been reignited. It is easy to sprout. It is easy to find wheatgrass. It is easy to make green drinks. It is easy to feed my body and nourish my soul in the ways that I learned at Hippocrates.

Everything about the Hippocrates way of living is easy for me now. My life is easy now. The Hippocrates Program is no longer something that I do. It has become who I am.

Elaine Biskuvic is a graduate of the Hippocrates Health Educator Program. Her email address is Elaine@BeingValued.com .

Vol 27 Issue 3 Page 52

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