Susan Schenck: I Adore BEING In My Body!






I love my body! I adore BEING in my body!

But this wasn’t always the case. At age 16 I went on my first diet and gradually developed an eating disorder: anorexia. It lasted for three years and I got down to 95 pounds at 5’4”. Due to the starvation I was putting myself through, I became obsessed with food. Overnight, the eating disorder flipped over into its twin, bulimia: bingeing and purging. That went on for a hellish seven years. I finally got a grip on it and stopped purging. I began to exercise, reading that repetitive motion such as swimming and running can calm a person with eating disorders. Over the decades, I came to love being in my body.

The yo-yo dieting continued nonetheless. Over the years, I have lost hundreds of pounds–the same ten to thirty pounds over and over! I have tried every diet from Atkins to Zone.

I counted calories from age 15 to 34 for nineteen years. Then I quit for nineteen years. It worked until, at age 39, I went on Prozac. I gained 40 pounds in just a couple of months!

I went on a raw vegan diet for six years. I lost but then gained weight from eating all the nuts, trying to get some protein.

Finally, at age 52, I tried an 80% raw paleo diet, which included raw eggs and lightly steamed meat. I also went back to counting calories. I got my weight down from 160 to 122, where it has stabilized for three years. I feel like now I know what is important: high raw (fruits and veggies), meat and eggs to stabilize the blood sugar, moderate on the carbs and a food journal in which I count calories. (This keeps me from fooling myself.)

The key for me to love my body has been diet & exercise and also knowing which supplements to take. I eat a high raw diet with some steamed meat and vegetables. I work out at the gym twice a week, bounce on a mini-trampoline at least ten minutes most days, do half an hour of yoga a day, walk at least forty-five minutes most days and do half an hour of facial exercise. I have integrated these habits into my life so I can multi-task (ex: do face and yoga while watching TV, walk while I am going downtown anyway). I keep fit so that I can go hiking, skating or do anything I want. Two days ago I climbed a steep hill, 1100 feet, to see a gorgeous waterfall that cars cannot get to.

I cherish my body’s health more than anything except for my mental and spiritual health. But they are all intertwined: the healthier my body is, the sharper my mind and the higher my spirits! I have gone on to write two nutrition books sharing with others all the insights and information I have learned. and

Susan Schenck, LAc, is a raw food coach, lecturer, and author of the 2-time award-winning book, The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet, which has gained a reputation as the encyclopedia of the raw food diet—as well as Beyond Broccoli, Creating a Biologically Balanced Diet When a Vegetarian Diet Doesn’t Work. Go to and register for the free newsletter to get a copy of the first chapter of The Live Food Factor.

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