A Student of Life Was Born
Minta ‘s health journey began at age 17. Unlike many people who come into a healthy lifestyle or “raw food” diet because of declining health, Minta’s journey toward well being was sparked by the dramatic transformation that she witnessed in her father.
Minta’s father, Ray, was able to heal himself from near obesity, food and sugar addictions and even chronic depression through simple dietary alterations. Through self-education on the truth about the food industry in America via an assortment of books about the “ideal human diet,” Ray developed his own system of healing, and was able to release 80 lbs without any exercise at all! (Not that lack of exercise is a suggested but the point being Ray’s healing was accomplished by simply making better food choices.)
More impressive to Minta than his physical transformation, was the emotional shift that occurred. Before his change, their relationship was almost non-existent. It was the joy and light that began to shine from Ray that truly inspired Minta to learn what changed him. How was it possible for food to take someone slowly dying inside and make them glow!?
The answer was simple. The truth always is. We literally are what we eat. Suddenly a light went off in Minta’s head that completely changed her thinking. She told her father that she wanted to learn everything she could, and his reply was “If I tell you you’ll never be the same.” He was absolutely right. The two began to rebuild their rocky relationship as Minta started following her fathers very simple program focusing on adding the good foods, rather than eliminating the bad foods. In fact, Ray wouldn’t even tell her the worst foods that she should avoid as she begged for the information. Ray was sincerely committed to allowing her body to make the necessary changes on its own by adding the proper fuel. From Ray’s research he came up with these 5 core ingredients for a healthy body; healthy water, lots of healthy fat, plenty of unrefined sea salt, fruit sugars and the key, pro-biotics.
The Miracle of The Body (No Discipline allowed!)
The journey was far from easy. The first year was especially difficult after learning so many things about the state of food in America. She recognized the abundance of toxic ingredients in all the food around her, but still found herself craving these highly addictive foods. When she wanted to use her discipline to eliminate certain foods from her diet, her father was adamant about her not denying her cravings. It was essential that she never feel or think that she was “on a diet.” The emotional and psychological stress you endure when you tell yourself you can’t have something you crave can cause acidic reactions in the body creating more damage than the food. Instead, Ray counseled her to take baby steps. To listen to her body and trust that it would make the changes on it’s own. That if she gave her body daily nourishment via the five essentials, her body would naturally become un-attracted to the foods that didn’t “feed” it.
Over the course of the next couple years her tastes began to change and her diet began moving toward brown and wild rice, beans, vegetables, fruit, coconut, nut butters and lots of super food smoothies until one day in August of 2007 her fathers program had proved itself 100% effective. After over two years of gradually being less and less attracted to refined sugar, dairy, breads, pasta etc., one morning she awoke and found that all of her addictions had completely disappeared. Not once since that morning has she ever been attracted to those foods in anyway, nor has she had to use an ounce of discipline to not eat anything other than whole living foods.
With that a new Minta was born. Minta is dedicated to turning her body and her life into a living experiment for attaining optimum well being with the goal of inspiring others. She has lived and continues to live by the simple quote that we are all familiar with; “be the change you hope to see in the world.”
Raw Food What?
Minta’s first year of being totally raw with out really knowing that there was such thing as “Raw,” also presented it’s challenges. The first few months consisted mostly of trying to find foods that her body wanted and needed. She basically found herself living off flax crackers and fresh guacamole. This initial difficulty in finding “real food” is what led her to the discovery that she’d unknowingly become part of a huge “raw food movement” going on all around the world and that Southern California (where she was living) was a leader in raw food awareness.
After a few years however of finally having a way to classify and define her lifestyle, (a “raw foodist”) she eventually found herself shying away from the term because it put borders and boundaries on a lifestyle that she had naturally come into with out any rules or discipline surrounding her food choices. Unfortunately, she found that the term tended to give others the impression that she was living a life of dedication and intense discipline. In other words, that she had chosen a raw food diet for personal reasons rather than the fact that the diet chose her when she allowed herself to really connect to the earths natural food resources.
This fact was the catalyst for Minta to create this website. To share her knowledge with others and let them know that although there are certain lifestyles that are certainly healthier than others, you don’t have to subscribe to any labeled lifestyle in order to find your own body’s balance.
Ray Allred’s essential five ingredients are still at the core of Minta’s lifestyle but she eventually found her own way and developed her own systems, and is now living a lifestyle of health, prosperity and the joy that naturally accompanies a life of looking and feeling 100% yourself all the time.
Sharing & Inspiring
Along the way Minta discovered her passion for sharing food education with as many people as possible. She has found so much joy and fulfillment in helping others to drastically improve the quality of their lives by simply opening their eyes to the state of food today and the possibilities for positive change.
Minta’s desire to make a positive change in the world and her love for children led her to volunteering at orphanages in Africa as well as teaching pre-school in California. These experiences clarified how little emphasis is put on food education in schools. She has witnessed first hand how the information taught from kindergarten all the way through medical school is completely misguided.
The backward, corrupted and basically non-existent food education programs in America and around the world have reached a tipping point. Sadly though, people are turning to pharmaceutical and medical communities to solve the obesity epidemic, the enormous rise in diabetes and the staggering statistic that 1 in 2 people in America will develop cancer. Unfortunately our society has yet to evolve past looking for quick solutions in pills designed to treat symptoms, rather than focusing on prevention. The “symptoms” don’t need treatment, the lifestyle needs change.
Minta strongly believes that nearly all symptoms, allergies, and even genetic diseases can absolutely be prevented through food choices and education. “Genetics load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger” -Gabriel Cousens, M.D.,M.D.H, D.D. The answers to these intense and very serious problems are so much simpler than we are led to believe. Let food be thy medicine. Give your body what it needs and allow it to be the miracle is was meant to be.
Random Facts about Minta
Favorite Form of Exercise
With the exception of rebounding and yoga, Minta prefers all forms of exercise that require you to be outdoors, that truly utilize your body’s full potential. Some of her favorite activities include hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, bicycling, roller-blading, and snowboarding.
With the possible exception of water, there is NOTHING more vital than sleep. It is ideal to sleep during the hours the sun is down allowing your body to fall deeply into REM. Minta’s focus has always been to be in bed before 11 PM.
What You Didn’t Know About Minta
Minta grew up on a small island off the coast of British Columbia, Orcas Island. She grew up on 40 acres of forest, dirt trails, and creeks. She spent her childhood riding motorcycles & hunting. She was home-schooled through 7th grade & graduated with only 37 classmates.
Minta’s Life Lessons
Minta’s Delicious Desert For 2
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