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Margie’s Healing Superhero Ways

I met Margie in February at one of Warren’s health and cooking classes. Her journey is so inspiring!! Margie, you are a serious rock star. Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!

When & why did you change your diet?

I became macrobiotic on 04-01-2007. I had been diagnosed with lung cancer for the second time. Once at the age of 30 and next at the age of 40 and I am a non-smoker. My doctor told me I had 5 years max left to live. 

At that time, my daughters were 20 and 16. Ten years prior to my second diagnosis, I had read an article about an amazing woman, Mina Dobic. She had survived a cancer diagnosis (given only 2 months to live) by living a macrobiotic lifestyle. I had saved the magazine and filed it away for 10 years. I contacted Mina and she became my counselor. She is simply amazing! I am and always will be forever grateful to her. I did everything she suggested.  It has been over 9 years and I am healthy!    

After the shift, did you notice any changes immediately/down the line?

After the shift, I lost quite a bit of weight, not that I needed to, but eating so clean everything just falls off (including any unwanted growths). My skin got very clear and my energy is fantastic! These changes all happened very quickly once I cleaned up my diet.  

What is a typical days food?

– breakfast: Breakfast is typically, miso soup prepared with at least 3 veggies, steamed or blanched greens, such as kale, collards, or bok choy, and a grain such as polenta, brown rice, or oatmeal.  

–  lunch: Lunch is typically beans, rice, another green, and maybe a sea vegetable, such as arame.  

– dinner: Dinner is typically a soup and/or a stir-fry with noodles and lots of veggies.

– snacks: Snacks are typically nuts, avocado with corn tortillas, sometimes corn chips or popcorn, or tea. I stay away from sugar.  

What are your favorite places to eat out (in whichever city you spend the most time)?

 I live in Orange County and there aren’t many healthy restaurants to go to, so I usually go to L.A. When in LA, M Café and Real Food Daily are the two main places I dine at. In O.C, I usually just go to Mother’s Market and eat in their diner. Native Foods once in a while, but it’s not organic, so I don’t go there very often.  

How has it been for your family and friends to see you make the shift to macrobiotic eating?

Five years after I made the change to a macrobiotic diet, my mom and sister both became vegan. My daughters both were vegan for a while, but now just eat some chicken or dairy (of course everything organic). They usually eat vegan during the week and on weekends, when they go out they eat other foods. I had encouraged my family to read a few books (mainly The China Study and of course The Kind Diet) and they decided on their own to make the changes.  

Thank you Margie!!!

Have you had a similar experience with your diet? Share in the comments below!