Raw Food Saved My Life

Paying it Forward: How Going Raw Saved My Life


I have been a carpenter for about 30 years and a diagnosed diabetic for more than 20 years. At age 51, I was kicked out of a diabetes study at Baylor Diabetes Research Center, Dallas Texas, for being too well!

That’s right, according to the allopathic medical doctors, I am no longer a diabetic!

When I was diagnosed at age 33, I was 421 lbs – nearly 250 pounds overweight. My blood pres-sure was averaging 220/160 (normal is 110/80) and my blood sugars were often in the 200 – 300’s (normal is 70). I was also experiencing diabetic neuropathy (tingling in the hands and feet, lack of grip-strength in my hands and Restless Leg Syndrome).

To make matters worse, I had been incapacitated and bedridden from the complications of a work- related accident for approximately two years. I had fallen three stories, landing straight down on my legs. The impact compacted my neck and severely injured my legs. I had to undergo double reconstructive knee surgery.

Once I was able to move around again, I began assisting a couple of guys with some raw food potlucks. The raw food concept was all new to me, but it seemed interesting and I wanted to help out. Before long, they decided to open a restaurant and offered me the carpentry project. Just like that, I was building “The Organic Garden Café” in Beverly, Massachusetts, a new raw foods restaurant. At that time, I was just building a restaurant— juicing and the raw food lifestyle were still “someone else’s thing.

The extensive knowledge of the owner, Robert Reid, piqued my interest, opened my mind and inspired me to look deeper. Although still foreign, the concept of eating mainly raw foods was an awakening for me. One 17 year old art student was so full of compassion and willingness to help me explore this new way of eating, that I was floored. The folks I met were pleasant, patient and open to guide me along a new path to health.

After building the “cafe that saved my life” and learning more about eating raw foods, I stopped working carpentry and went to work in the restaurant. I began by learning the art of sprouting. After that, I worked in the prep area and eventually graduated to making food. Before long, I got all the equipment for myself (Vita-Mix, dehydrator etc.) and began to use it.

I learned the raw food philosophy from these good people and it has literally saved my life. I lost a couple of hundred pounds, evened out my blood sugar, lowered my cholesterol and changed my lifestyle. The knowledge really got to me.

It took seven years of aggressive action, following the raw food philosophy and taking the exercise outside, rather than the traditional in-the-gym method. Through hiking, swimming, rock climbing and enjoying high-energy dancing, I managed to make the progress I have made. The doctors said I would never walk normally and never return to my trade. Had I continued on with my old path, they would have been correct and I probably would not be alive today! However, because of my choices of therapy, I can walk, ride a bike, drive and do all manners of work.

Taking the alternative path was not an easy journey, but perseverance has paid off BIG! Beginning with living foods and herbs to replace conventional medicines, then learning about homeopathic, ayurvedic and naturopathic philosophies and finally doing much rehabilitative exercise, I managed to lose 200+ pounds and repair or reverse many of my previous conditions. My leg injuries and other complications from the accident have virtually disappeared along with the diabetes and its complications, including the diabetic neuropathy, high cholesterol and more. I have achieved an unprecedented state of health and movement, beyond what I could ever have imagined. Today, I feel better than I have ever felt in my life!

I returned to carpentry for a few years, only to find that I’d rather find ways to share this healthy path with others. I use what I have learned over the past 10-plus years to work with individuals, such as helping the elderly to age well and assisting children and adults with diabetes to live a healthy life without drugs.


In my new life, I spend my off-work hours hiking more than 30 miles a week, both on land and sea. (Yes, I actually bike in the ocean by mounting my bicycle onto a pontoon!) I go Reggae, Hip-Hop and Ska dancing 2-3 nights a week. I practice outdoor yoga….and I work full time! I work like I am 25 years old! I run up and down 30 ft ladders, doing carpentry work five days a week (when I am not helping someone turn around their health). Who needs a gym?

As for the study, in the end the numbers for my blood sugar are now in the 70-80 range (as opposed to the hundreds), a phenomenal change. The clinicians said my resting heart rate was 47 and that I had the heart strength of a 25 year old athlete! My diabetes A-1C test showed a 4.9! It had been in the double digits, up around 11 or 12.

Dealing with my diabetes head-on has really taken my experience of life to the next level. I juice every morning, eat monster sized salads for lunch and drink juice again or eat banana coconut I-scream for supper. Although in the kitchen, I am still Chef-Boy-R Duh; inexperienced, clumsy and messy. I usually manage to make some things that satisfy my penchant for elaborate foods – although I often end up eating all the ingredients before the recipe is complete.

I have navigated my way through many learning adventures as a diabetic, but by far the raw food lifestyle has achieved the most results, both in my life and in the lives of those I am privileged to help. As I retire from carpentry, I am positioning myself to become a diabetes coach.

I have been studying to get certified. I have certifications so far in herbology, iridology and naturopathy. I am also a massage/movement therapist. I continue to study and gain knowledge because it is time to take what I have learned and “pay it forward.”

Mother Teresa said “We are pencils in the hands of a loving God, who is writing love letters to the world.”

Peace,  Wayne

3 Responses to Raw Food Saved My Life

  1. Alessandra says:

    Wow….I love reading stories like yours. I have been raw on and off for the past 2 years at least…hoping to make this year the year. I am currently on day 6 of my 112 day juice feast…..no real issues…just a few pounds to lose (30-35) just want to be healthy and vibrant and full of energy. Love your posts, your energy…and just wanted to say hi.

  2. Gypsi323 says:

    Wow! Congratulations on your story. I have been struggling bad recently.

    I have been trying juicing and have had about 4 quarts a day.. Then I have to eat whatever is in the house..My daughter lives here too and buys her own food. SAD food. I have never been diagnosed with diabetes but the sugars are telling me I am a diabetic.

    Sometimes I just give up because her food is fast and easy. But I know these are not good for me., Been fighting with sugars. Just within the past few months my sugars have shot through the roof 450… So I have been trying to stick with juicing to lower them.. but either I am not using the correct mixtures or not eating enough. Sugars are still up there and I feel pressure in my face. I am 53 and look all puffy and red some days. Over all I feel fine except the pressure. it is like a bad headach without the pain. Sometimes I do feel tiny sharp pricks in the heart area…

    No I have not gone to doctor yet. I do not have insurance to cover but I know I should. Is there some advice you can share? My mixture of greens are two heads of romaine, one head of celery, cucumber, an avocado,(I feel better with the fat) sometimes I add goji berries, and hemp butter.

  3. Wayne says:

    Ok! so let’s hack on the issues at hand! BTW Hi… sorry, I’m a little bit hound.. right to the point ya know?… First order of approach … is to do something, that alleviates the consequences of not knowing… you can’t possibly know what is right, unless you get some kinda consequences from the “other choice” ?!?!? Reductio ad Absurdium. So now that we have met on that point… let’s proceed from there. How you got in this condition is very important… but to you mostly. I am very interested (because of certain aspects of your note), in seeing how far we can take this thought … you being healthy… as far as we can , by double teaming it ! Your knowledge of what you can do.. coupled with some things I might have learned together with a dose of faith… and a little old fashioned hope… we could change things… !!!! Whaddaya think?
    Fist off, I would check into herbs… like Gemmenna Sylvestre, Dandelion Root, Cinnamon, Marshmallow Root, the supplement Chromium Picolinate… and further, if you decide that is your best help… There are suggestions that good researchers make… there are no certain results… but an admonishment is made, hope-ing you’ll investigate this line of thinking.
    There are many reasons for our insatiable side… to be in chron-trol over he rest of ourselves… we can deal with those as we progress. I have been enlivened so much by some of the insights… that I am able to think better, process better, interact better… life is really freakin good!
    Secondly… I will go get some links… to provoke your thought… sometimes the best rep for a new thought is not me… sometimes it is… depends greatly on the mental posture of the hearer.
    Search http://www.youtube.com for David Wolfe, Juliano, Loren Lochman, Doug Graham, Angela Stokes, Gabriel Cousins, Brian and Anna Marie Clements, Ann Wigmore, Steve Meyerowitz… I have more. See if ya have interest in any of these short informative videos.
    I do have some advice though… I would check Ann Wigmore wheatgrass Steve “Sproutman” Meyerowitz wheatgrass/cereal grass nutrition… It’s where I am headed next.
    I am researching the Alkaline/ Acidic effect on us… I am leaning towards hybriding that thought to the one I am currently holding. I am also scopin out “Natural Hygiene”.
    I am aimin to stay ahead of the natural digression away from vibrant life. I am aiming for “youthing” instead of aging! I am AIMING!
    So I encourage you to AIM! Take a stand to yourself only…”That nothing less than vibrant life will do!” and that “Nothing, nothing, nothing…tastes as good as vibrant life feels!”
    From there… we can go on an adventure, only imagination can dictate!
    Let’s get them sugars in side the fence!
    Tag yer it.. this is my forum… so let’s hack! Tag yer it! Way-know

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