Letter to a Diabetic

Raw Food Diet Before and After Picture

Here is an email I just received last night from a gentleman….(not the one above – he is just a lovely example of a man who completely changed his habits and his life!)

Good afternoon Mrs. Talifero,

I purchased one of your raw empowerment programs a couple of months ago that allowed me some free email access. I need to use one now ;o)

My issue is willpower. All of you and Mr. Talifero’s points on raw foods are on point along with the awesome powers that it can yield as a result, but willpower to stay halfway consistent with this diet is just as important.

I’m a type 2 diabetic and I’m frustrated. I know what I need to do, as my life literally depends on it- but I still eat meat; I still eat sweets, and I still drink very little water at all. Why is that? Do I need essential oils like Majoram to help with an addiction issue? or is my mind just not that strong when it comes to diet.

I can’t sleep at night because of my diabetic nerve pain. I know that I could just add two to three green juices to my diet, and yet I don’t. Please advise.

– LJ


Here is my response to LJ….


Hi LJ,

My intuition is telling me that you need to get in touch with your intuition.

Rather than getting advice from others solely, you are ready to seek within for advice from your higher power, the part of you that has access to all the wisdom that you have gathered in your experiences so far.

Only you know your own body, your history, your mental state, your emotional state, your spiritual state, your beliefs, your preferences, your addictions and how you best overcome them, and only you know your goals, desires, and destiny!

I believe that you will find the answers within. Yes, follow that intuition and use the Marjoram essential oils. (I love the Oregano Oil!) Follow your intuition that desires to strengthen your mind. What would be the best way to do that? Reading, studying, doing yoga, having a daily ritual or practice, giving up one toxin a day or a year, writing a book, standing up to someone, taking a trip? Something completely different? Only you know!

And that intuition that you should add 2 to 3 green juices to your diet daily; is there a way that you can make that happen, perhaps starting with 1 green juice a week? Is there a place locally that makes green juice? If it helps you get started with this habit, it may well be worth the extra money. Do you have a good juicer, one that is fast and easy to use like the Breville? Do you have some yummy juices (see  http://jinjeetalifero.com/?p=2403 for my tasty green lemonade recipes!)

Should you go from 1 green juice a week to 2 a week and then from 3 a week to 1 green juice a day? Should you also drink an almond milk a day to help regulate blood sugar? And have a big salad a day for fiber, with apple cider vinegar for B12. Maybe. If that resonates with you.

Perhaps the research you have done on health and diet in your life is perfect for you and includes everything you need to know to start you out on a breakthrough path right now, simply by planning and intending to do what you know is the right thing for you, and then exploring for the directions within to find out how to navigate to and on that unique path!

Please don’t think I’m trying to avoid giving you a consultation. I could have just told you what I think you should do in a much shorter email. But as I was reading your email I felt very clearly from your words that you do already know what to do! Maybe you just needed to hear that!

One thing that I can add to the picture is that I think you are too hard on yourself. Humans don’t generally have willpower consistently. Humans are generally lazy. So we find ways to trick ourselves in to doing what we know we should do. Usually, to be successful, we just have to trick ourselves into good habits, making our lazy creature-of-habit natures work for us instead of against us.

For instance, one thing that has worked for me is not allowing myself to think of foods that aren’t on my “allowed foods” list. Another thing is the “Seal” game, which is the 100% raw game, in which you don’t allow yourself anything not 100% raw. You keep a seal on your raw diet. Some people prefer the “fruitarian” game. These are forms of “being on the wagon” with food; ways in which you don’t have to use willpower, because you are creating a new habit instead. This helps a lot if you have food addictions.

Rather than using willpower, try making it fun to eat raw and to exercise. Throwing yourself completely in to this lifestyle can be really fun! It is fun to see major shifts and to feel great!

And remember, brain science has taught us that it only takes 21 days to form a new habit or to dissolve an old one. Just knowing this can motivate us to face the difficulties involved in changing how we do things, as we know it will get easier! Soon it will be second nature, a habit, almost automatic, so no willpower or creatively tricking ourselves will be required any longer.

Our Spring session of the 21 Day Raw Cleanse begins Monday! We can help you make the raw lifestyle into a habit with our 21 Day menu planners and shopping lists, and daily motivational emails with both physical and emotional exercises to keep you inspired and excited!

I hope this helps!



NOTE:  The Program starts Monday, but the early bird special ends Friday at midnight!

In Joy!



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2 Responses to Letter to a Diabetic

  1. Kerstin says:

    Lovely answer Jinjee!

  2. Betty says:

    I would like to encourage LJ. There is nothing wrong with you. We are all different, you might just need a little more support and encouragement. You can be successful in adopting a healthy lifestyle, and hopefully reversing your diabetes. Pray and God will give you the strength to persevere. Remember to thank Him when your prayers are answwered. I am 80% raw and my arthritis has been reversed. I am down from a size 20 1/2 to a size 12 dress. Feel fantastic trying to increase my water intake, but I know it will happen. All the best.

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