Who I am...

Hi....My name is Priscilla... now more affectionately known as 'GramScilla' by my 4 adorable grandchildren.  My husband, Dave, is my main support and probably my biggest fan as he has undergone the renovation of being a pharmaceutical sales rep (for 33 years) to advocating for eating good, real food while living a toxin & drug-free life.

Meet the Team

This is me...

Creator & Administrator

of

eat2heal.net

...and this is my family... (in 2003)

who is the main source of my motivation & inspiration...

There have been 3 more 'sweet things' added since then but until I can find a more updated photo, this will have to do...

The 10 Mantras

I have adopted 10 mantras / idioms that I strive to live by not just in a nutritional sense but in other aspects of my life.  Some are somewhat original...some not so much.  I share them from time to time throughout my posts but wanted to have a list of them somewhere altogether:

Mantra #1:

"Ignorance is not bliss."

Mantra #2:

"You can have your cake and eat it too---you just have to eat less cake!"

Mantra #3:

"Simplify---Eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

Mantra #4:

"When you know better---you do better."

Mantra #5:

"You are what you eat most of the time." (not... "Most of the time, you are what you eat")

Mantra #6:

"Too much of a good thing---is not a good thing."

Mantra #7:

"The Solution lies in the Balance."

Balance is not equalizing good and bad--- but balancing what we learn to be good.

Mantra #8:

"Your level of success is based on your level of commitment."

Mantra #9:

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Mantra #10:

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."

 

Eat 2 Heal

My Story

I grew up in a farm setting in old Mexico where my family raised and lived mainly on fruits & vegetables. Other than the normal (at the time) childhood diseases (chicken pox – measles – mumps – etc.) and a bout with tonsillitis wherein I had my tonsils removed, I was an active, healthy child.

My dad was a Farmer & my mom was also a farmer's daughter so thanks to them I think we had the biggest garden in town.  (I still remember the endless weeding, yardwork, and bottling/preserving of the crops we raised.)

In my teens I continued to be very active (basketball – cheerleading – etc.) but felt that I was somewhat overweight - (maybe 5 lbs----those were the days my friend) and experienced times of fatigue. In retrospect my hormones were probably a little imbalanced due to the onset of puberty along with week-long fasting bouts (to lose weight) and the over abundance of fruit and PUFAs (bad fats) in my diet.

Mantra #1 is born:

"Ignorance is not bliss."

In college I was introduced to fast food and the concept of eating low fat foods. Even though I continued to be very active (college sports, etc.) the extra pounds started to creep on and stuck like glue. My life long battle had begun and it was many years before I learned the devastating fact that low fat foods cause imbalances that make you fatter---not skinnier! I did recognize at this time that an excess of sugar (although I didn't fully understand why) was a big factor in my weight control battle.

Mantra #2:

"You can have your cake and eat it too---you just have to eat less cake!"

In my 20's & 30's I got married, had 5 kids and tried to prepare & eat what I thought was a healthy diet ---lots of whole grains and low fat food. My weight wasn't a big issue but I had alot of fatigue and depression. I didn't realize these issues were results of imbalances that could have been helped with a balanced diet. Ok ok...I was a little busy.... Unfortunately, the government food pyramid was (and is) a big misconception of what a balanced diet is and should be. (At least we have the evidence now that refutes this false information....pssst....help pass the word....)

Mantra #3:

"Simplify---Eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."

When I hit 40 I started to experience more (what I thought were aging) symptoms: sore muscles – digestive disorders – skin issues - etc.  Once again being too busy, I tried to ignore these symptoms and neglected making any productive changes while I suffered in silence... 🙂 

By my 50's I had gained 25-30 lbs – developed fibromyalgia – had bloating, acid reflux, & other gastro intestinal issues that I refused to be diagnosed for – on top of which was added the big 'M' (menopause)...I was pretty miserable and I felt my health and life was on a downhill slippery slope---Time to Intervene!

Mantra #4:

"When you know better---you do better."

Thus began my detoxing journey: Juice Feasting – Enemas – Eliminating Toxins - etc.  I discovered that while detoxing is important, it is also vital to nourish the body so that it has the fuel and nutrients necessary to promote healing.

Mantra #5:

"You are what you eat most of the time." (not... "Most of the time, you are what you eat")

Finally, I began an intense refining of understanding how real food vs. processed food affects the body as well as the importance of nutritional balance and elimination of toxic substances---PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) – GMOs (genetically modified organisms) – various metals – etc.

I started to eat more saturated Fat – less glycemic Carbs – and good Protein.

The proper balance of these macro-nutrients is vital to gain proper balance of our hormones. Our bodies are pretty awesome and forgiving but we cannot continue to promote abuse (crappy eating) and not develop consequences (disease and symptoms of disease).

Mantra #6:

"Too much of a good thing---is not a good thing."

Today---in my 60's--- I feel healthy – energetic – pain managed and virtually symptom-free. (At least when I am behaving myself.)  A pleasant side-effect is that I have lost and maintained my extra weight even though that wasn't my specific goal.

I think I need to include the fact that hubby, and hopefully other family members, have been greatly impacted for the good and benefited from adopting changes in their eating lifestyles.

I strongly feel that the results of my (health) journey of 50+ years is not exclusive to my personal experience.

I am willing to share what I have learned along with what I am still learning in hopes of aiding others to feel & be more energetic, healthy and enjoy life to the fullest!

Mantra #7:

"The Solution lies in the Balance."

Balance is not equalizing good and bad--- but balancing what we learn to be good.

I have developed a program along with suggestions of how to carry out the program and apply it to your lifestyle.  While this is not new information, I have discovered some unconventional methods to motivate and encourage us all to heal and maintain a more manageable lifestyle.

Mantra #8:

"Your level of success is based on your level of commitment."

If we are committed to learning, changing & maintaining our lifestyles, we will be successful in being more energetic and healthy.

Mantra #9:

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

I heard this idiom all of my life and the longer I live the more converted I become to it.  It requires much more effort and time to 'unlearn' something and 'fix' it than it does to do it right from the beginning.

Mantra #10:

"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink."

This is another saying I heard as a child growing up and thought it literally pertained only to horses.  I finally realized I was one of the 'horses' and that learning & gathering information was the 'water' I sorely needed to drink.

 

Hi.  I'm Dave, Priscilla's husband.  I was a pharmaceutical sales representative for 33 years and believed in and promoted the great benefits of cholesteral lowering drugs and blood pressure meds.  I bought into the concept of eating a low saturated fat diet, with limited red meat and dairy.  I have family history of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes from my father and older brother, and asthma and reumatoid & osteo arthritis from my mother.  I was alarmed at my family history tendencies and started to take conventional meds and dietary advice to counter my risk. I knew well the bad side effects of the meds I was selling, but my perspective was I NEEDED to take them or die or have a heart attack or stroke.    My wife had always prepared what she thought was good nutritious food for our family from the start but we ate some of the wrong foods because we thought low fat, lots of whole grains, canned food,  canola oil, pasteurized milk, etc. were non-toxic acceptable foods.  As she learned new concepts, she integrated the healthier foods and avoided the bad foods.

I retired 5 years ago from my job and about then I started to seriously follow my wife's suggestions regarding eating the right kinds of food and avoiding the bad food.  She had learned through the years, the dangers of low-fat, processed foods and I realized I NEEDED to take responsibility for my health, eat right and avoid the potentially toxic pharmaceuticals that I had believed in for 30 + years.   I now feel the best I have in many years.  I am at my optimal weight and truly believe I am overcoming my risk of disease by following Priscilla's guidelines.  Thanks honey!