The junk food journey that got me here

10:16 AM, Jul 27, 2009   |    comments
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If you are what you eat, boy, have I been working hard to get rid of years of Twinkies, soda, licorice, doughnuts, cakes, cookies, pizza and decades of daily fast food runs that made up my DNA!

The sugar-induced pigfest ended when I had a health scare in 2002.

My body certainly was "whispering" that it's time to slooooow down. No more working double shifts and forgetting how to feed myself.

I soon realized eating whole foods and using products that actually had ingredients I could pronounce made a dramatic difference in my health.

My focus as a reporter also changed.

I started paying close attention to studies about nutrition and soon realized eating fresh, simple foods and cutting down on my exposure to everyday chemicals (cleaners, hairspray, etc.) made me feel great.

I don't get too carried away.

For me, it all boils down to "will it help or hurt my immune system?"

I keep it simple.

Now, I'd like to share the latest natural health news and easy, fresh recipes so you can feel better too. I've also brought together a team of holistic medical doctors to answer your questions on nutrition, food and integrative approaches to wellness.

Working in a newsroom gives me the opportunity to research the latest studies, see if there's any truth to the next health trend and connect you with some of the Bay area's top holistic medical doctors to answer YOUR QUESTIONS.

We can swap favorite, fast & fresh recipes, healthy habits and which natural products REALLY work.

You can read my professional bio here:

Heather Van Nest, Heather's Natural Health, 10 Connects

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