Healthy Beginnings

I Gave Up My Stove!

The Discovery

I didn’t know that I was going to be giving up my stove the day I went to the bookstore for a vegan cookbook, I just thought I was going to learn how to eat healthier. My husband and I had both read “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins and we agreed that we would like to try veganism together. As I thumbed through the books, I came upon something completely bizarre, a book on raw food preparation called “RAW” by Juliano. This was a completely new idea to me but I was hooked! I kept reading and looking at the gorgeous food pictures and getting more and more excited. The book talked about having more energy and losing weight effortlessly. It talked about living longer and being able to enjoy those extra years feeling strong and vibrant! At 44 years old, I was ready to start turning back the clock.

A Life Change

My husband and I began our new vegan diet with an emphasis on raw foods. What would happen over the next 3 and a half years was a complete life change for me and a significant life change for my husband. We would weave in and out of raw, vegan, and standard american diets and ultimately when we ate cooked food it would reinforce how much better we felt when we ate raw. I sought out information almost daily and went to a Raw Culinary Arts School. I gave up my corporate job to teach others everything I was learning and developed a new mission for my life, to teach people how to live happier, healthier lives by making better food choices.

A Better Life

Through change in diet alone I lost over 30 pounds. I have more energy, more mobility, better digestion and elimination, and I am in a much better mood! I don’t know when my period is coming because the awful symptoms have disappeared. I use very little skin moisturizer now. I used to break out in itchy little blisters on my hands if I didn’t keep a certain brand on my skin at all times, a condition that started in my twenties. When the doctor wouldn’t prescribe any more cortizone cream I found one brand of moisturizer that would keep it at bay, I had to use it for nearly 20 years. I prefer to be healed than to suppress symptoms. I now live better because I learned to eat better. A simple foundation on which to build a life. A vibrant life!

Living The Mission

Over the next 12 months I will be here to help you discover the promise of raw foods: a happier, healthier life. This article was about me, how and why I came to the raw food lifestyle and what it has done for me. The next 11 articles will be about you and how you can take back control of your health and your life. The steps that you can take immediately to start feeling better will be the topic of next months article. The power is yours!

Schall Adams is a certified Raw Food Chef and Instructor. Her company, The Healing Meal, LLC provides classes, lectures, workshops, and personal chef services & training. For more information: or 775 412-1891