Last night I attended a speaking engagement by Paul Nison, a raw foods chef and educator and awesome beard-haver. From his Facebook fan page:
Raw Foods Chef and Educator Paul Nison has been eating a raw food diet since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis many years ago. With no other choice but surgery according to the medical profession, Paul decided to stop eating cooked foods. Today he is 100% cured of this so-called "incurable disease." Paul has been featured on The Food Network and in several magazines and newspapers around the world. He travels the world giving lectures on the raw food nutrition and raw food prep classes to show people how easy and fun the raw life can be.
Paul spoke about his experience with Inflammable Bowel Disease, what his life was like leading up to the diagnosis (in a word: chaotic!), and his journey to curing this disease and living a happier, healthier life. His story is very similar to many stories being told now, about people reversing some of their health problems with diet and exercise.
Quite a crowd gathered for Paul's lecture; every seat was taken and there were several people standing. Paul was a wonderful speaker, peppering his stories with puns and bad jokes (and I love bad jokes!). He emphasized that "overeating and undersleeping are the main causes of disease" and "laziness and constipation are the first signs of disease." He believes in eating less, and eating earlier. He also put a lot of emphasis on reducing stress, warning that a healthy diet won't truly make someone healthy if they're outrageously stressed out.
Paul was a wonderful speaker, and while I don't share his religious beliefs, nor do we share the exact same diet, he had a lot of good advice for anyone eating any kind of diet.