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If you would have told me 10 years ago what I would be doing today, I would have told you that you were crazy! I was a speech language pathologist who owned a successful private practice serving my community. My visions of the future at that time entailed growth of service lines in areas that my employees wanted to expand their skills and caseloads.  I was very comfortable in my career and respected for the quality of therapy I provided as a clinician and that my clinic provided as a whole.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

At that time, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was running on autopilot. I was doing what I needed to do because it was what needed to be done. Sure, I was tired, but who wouldn’t be keeping the schedule I kept? Sure, I had chronic pain, but I had rheumatoid arthritis and nothing helped so I just lived with it. Doesn’t everyone hurt? It’s part of getting older. Sure, I was overweight, but everyone is overweight. I can’t diet because I lose 10 and gain 20.

It wasn’t until I started eating produce in capsules, a product called Juice Plus+, that I learned what I didn’t know. My pain was GONE! My energy was back! Over time my weight fell off. I went from a negative health cycle that I was oblivious to because it was my normal life of 20 years, to a positive health cycle that was mind blowing to me because it was counter to everything I had experienced over the previous 20 years despite thinking I was healthy.

I don’t want it to sound like Juice Plus+ was a miracle pill that immediately cured me. Looking back in hind sight that is what it felt like, but food isn’t a miracle cure. Or is it?

A bridge over troubled waters…

The first thing I realize looking back now and realizing how ridiculous it was to miss how sick I was, was the calibration of my world. I had worked in nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers, clinics and home health with people who had suffered strokes, degenerative diseases such as ALS, Parkinsons and MS. I worked with families and children who had congenital birth defects, diseases, and developmental delays. I worked with individuals who had multiple diseases raging havoc on their lives. They were debilitated, sick, and many were hopeless.  In my own family chronic disease ran rampant and was a fear factor, but I was young enough I was immune to the effects…for now. Lucky I’m not like any of them! Compared to my patients and family members, I was a pillar of health, or at least I thought I was. I didn’t take it for granted. I truly gave thanks that I was dealing with what I had instead of what they had. It could be worse was always my mantra.

Until I began to feel amazing and then I realized THIS is how we are meant to live! Health is not the lack of disease. Health is the vitality and energy to LIVE full out. Pain and weight gain is not normal, nor is it a part of the aging process.

Juice Plus+ was not a miracle cure, it was a catalyst for change. It was the bridge between surviving and thriving. How do I know it wasn’t a miracle cure? Because 3 years after I had the experience of no pain, great energy and weight loss, I was diagnosed with Lupus and Lichen Planus. I remember telling the doctor she was crazy because I felt better than I had ever felt in my adult life, “I don’t have Lupus”.

Well a skin biopsy showed otherwise. After, more research and learning I recognized that I had been experiencing the flares of Lupus for 11 years but had been treated as acute infections morphing into chronic conditions as well as symptoms I just wrote off as my normal.  I recognized that having a new label to a condition I had lived with for a very long time, did not negate the amazing health I was enjoying. I understood that my body was continually healing because of the nutrition I was flooding it with every day, specifically 30 fruits, vegetables, and berries of the purest whole food concentrate available in the world (not my opinion, proven by research).

Juice Plus+ wasn’t the end, the cure; it was the beginning, the catalyst.

You can’t change something you’re not aware of.

I am a product of the SAD (Standard American Diet) Lifestyle. I ate well, which just meant I ate a lot and I ate out a lot. Food is how we reward, celebrate, socialize, console and sooth in our family. Heck, it’s even a significant aspect of my job as a speech language pathologist. So I am good at food!

What I wasn’t so good at, was understanding the POWER of food. I never would have dreamed that food could replace all of the medicines in my cabinet over time. Stomach meds, gone. Pain meds, gone. Allergy meds, gone. Skin meds, gone. Antibiotics, gone. Antifungals, gone. Prescriptions, gone. Food truly is medicine!

But if you would have told me this 10 years ago, when I was a pill popping clinician treating patients for their symptoms, because we don’t address the cause as therapists, I would have thought, “How nice for you, I’m glad you had a good experience. I’m fine.”  I wouldn’t have seen the relevance because I was so entrenched in the SAD life.

I tell you this because I believe that if I had received my diagnosis 3 years earlier, before I had experienced the healing from nutrition and felt how amazing it feels to be healthy, I would have taken the medications they recommended for my cluster of autoimmune diseases and I believe I would be dead today. At best, I would be in and out of the hospital like so many others I watch suffer with Lupus and autoimmune or chronic disease.

I tell you this because I am you. I know how hard it is to have hope when you are so sick of being sick. I know how easy it is to be hopeless when nothing helps and you think you are just losing your mind. I know how hard it is to get up in the morning when your give a damn is busted. I know how easy it is to get trapped in autopilot because you are just trying to keep it all together.

I tell you this because if you do nothing else, just try adding Juice Plus+ consistently into your diet every single day for at least 4 months. It may not be a miracle cure but it surely is a catalyst that will help change you from the inside out. Food is the most powerful medicine you can put into your body and not all food is created equal. Food is your foundation and it matters.

The amazing thing that happens that I see routinely is the awakening from the dull SAD surviving to a bright WOW thriving. Hence the lifestyle program I have developed to help others find that same joy that I found through health and healing.

This is why I am still shaking my head in awe at where I am today, living a life I never would have dreamed as an author and speaker gearing up to travel to all 50 states this year to celebrate turning 50 years old. Endorsing a nutritional supplement that changed my life, knowing it can be a catalyst for change for you even if, like me, you don’t see the need or the potential.  Setting goals for my next 50 years of life! Who does that? I do and I hope you do too!

Yes, there is more to it than just whole food supplements, but I can tell you that without them, I wouldn’t have started the journey. I couldn’t have crossed the bridge on my own. I didn’t know what I didn’t know and I would never have done it. That’s why I believe God brought Juice Plus+ into my life. Maybe that’s why it’s being brought into yours too?

Juice Plus+ and Living WOW

Juice Plus+ is not Living WOW and Living WOW is not Juice Plus+ but they do fit together seamlessly. Why? Because as I mentioned above, Juice Plus+ was my bridge from surviving to thriving. It was my catalyst of change when I was too ignorant and hopeless to realize I needed it. It worked anyway!

As I started on my transformation journey I learned the HOW of nutritional healing with antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols, and other micronutrients with the support and impact on all systems of the body as we regenerate cells every day. The foundation for physical health is food and it can not be understated.

However, it became apparent to me when I received the autoimmune diagnoses that there was more than just the nutrition. I had to do a deep dive on the lifestyle. Honestly, much harder because I didn’t have an easy hack like Juice Plus+ to put all the lifestyle pieces together. This part of the journey, the final 5 years was where I put it all together and realized that we are all living SAD and with a few consistent tweeks daily we can all live WOW. We can move as a society from living SAD to living WOW and hence the birth of the Living WOW Lifestyle Program.

So yes, you can live WOW without Juice Plus+, but I can’t imagine why you would want to. It’s a simple hack that gives the foundation of physical health and makes it easier to address the other lifestyle components, because let’s be honest, it’s hard to give a damn when you hurt and are exhausted. At least it is for me. If I have the foundation, I can build on it. If I don’t, it all comes tumbling down.

Juice Plus+ is a direct distribution product so you will not find it in retail stores. I am a representative and you can order it through me. Of course, you can find loads of product information and research on the website, stonehouse.juiceplus.com and you can even order there, but I hope you would let me serve you by answering any questions you may have and making sure you have the best products to meet your needs. I was gifted with an amazing experience when I began taking Juice Plus+ with a great representative and I would hope to have the opportunity to provide you with the same amazing experience.

Choose a WOW life not a SAD life

The deep dive into the Living WOW Lifestyle Program and coaching with me, CallyRae, is available for a limited time as an open participation preview on RisetoShine.life, but will be closing to a membership portal in June so take a peak and get signed up so that you don’t miss anything when we close the doors and take the plunge.

By being a part of our community of Rise to Shine and Living Wow you can join us whether in person or online. If you are in Idaho we would love to have you join us at our Healthy Living Revolution and Change Your Story events. You can find the calendar of events on the website! If you are somewhere else in the US, we are planning to visit all 50 states this year and would love an excuse to meet you as we inspire healthy living across the nation. Contact us to schedule an event in your area! When you are online you can friend and follow the RisetoShine blog, You Tube vlog channelFacebookInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn. Please share this blog and resources with those you know who want to start thriving. I know there are way too many who are just surviving! Shine on!

US map of 50 states we will travel in 4 trips the year we turn 50

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