Staying healthy is a combination of mind, body, spirit and faith.


My cancer diagnosis in March 2014 helped lead me to this realization. I had gone to the hospital for what I thought was an infection, but turned out to be a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer known as IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer). I was astonished. I ate well, exercised regularly and overall lived a healthy lifestyle. Cancer was the last illness I thought I’d contract.

That diagnosis changed my diet and life. After a year of traditional cancer treatment followed by an experimental clinical trial, I went into remission. I began to search for a health regimen that would support my continued healing, and eventually found Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a 3,000-year-old diet, hygiene and lifestyle regimen intuited by sages and first recorded in the Vedas (though it is not a religion). I like to say I was healed by God with help from traditional medicine and Ayurveda is keeping me that way. Although I’m a Christian, I believe there is much to learn from Ayurveda — particularly the principle that the food we eat informs our thinking, emotions and physicality. This same principle was explored in depth by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church.

For more information on Ayurveda, click here. I also highly recommend reading The Prime by Kulreet Chaudhary, which explains the regimen’s principles and outlines a 4-step program to get started.