My Path Back to Wellness

Some of you may know that I’ve made some pretty major changes along the way on my path back to wellness.  I’ve eliminated what was once chronic inflammation,  lost a pant size, and feel better now than I did in my 40’s.  Now 60, I’m in some of the best shape of my life.  I had to eliminate a lot of foods to get to this point: eggs, dairy and most grains.  Dairy was the hardest, but had the most significant payoff.  And now I don’t miss it at all.   I would kill for an egg salad sandwich, but that’s another story.  For me, complete and total elimination of dairy has enhanced my sense of well being in a major way.  I no longer feel panicky and short tempered.  I’m a much more energetic and resourceful person.  My dogs like me more and my husband says I’m a completely different person.

I walk.  Several times a week for 30-40 minutes…a nice brisk walk.  Through my neighborhood,  usually accompanied by my husband and dog.

I drink water – first thing in the morning, often with Vitamin C added for it’s anti-inflammatory, health promoting qualities.  Did you know that Vitamin C and E work together to rid your body of antioxidants and other toxins?  That’s why I take extra C and E along with a good multi.

Super important for health is an essential fatty acid supplement – I’m taking Hempseed Oil at present.  I try to take some every day, and include it one of today’s recipes, Cilantro Pesto.  My younger fellow students in herb school eliminated cramps and cravings during their menses by adding EFA’s to their diet.  Essential fatty acids are highly anti inflammatory and healing to our internal organs.  And, our cells are composed of oil and water – the oil we eat is the oil our cell structures are made of, so it’s important.

I eat a whole-food diet that includes a lot of greens – raw, steamed, sauted.   In addition, I blend up a green smoothie – mostly as a dessert or mid-afternoon pick me up – almost every day using a powdered green formula.  My motto is “Greens With Every Meal.”  Chlorophyll, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes are all contained in greens and nutritive herbs.  A “Berry Green” smoothie is a delicious and simple thing to add to your daily food intake.   By adding 3/4 cup of berries, you give your body the gift of a big dose of flavonoids to go along with the amazing array of nutrients in the greens, and you are on the path!  Your body will thank you!!

Cilantro is such a powerful green.  I modified a traditional pesto recipe, make it every couple weeks, and eat 3-4 Tbs per day while it lasts (about 4 days).  Cilantro helps carry heavy metals out of the body, while Nettle provides a vast array of minerals, Brazil Nuts = Selenium, Pumpkin seeds offer excellent fiber and nutrition, and Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano have antibiotic, antiviral, and many other healing properties.  Tasty, too.  Here’s the recipe:

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro – one bunch
Other greens – one packed cup (dandelion, chard, sorrel, lettuce, violet leaf)
Herbs – fresh or dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano
Dried Nettle – 3 Tbs
Brazil nuts – 4 or 5 nuts
Pumpkin Seeds – 3/4 – 1 cup
Garlic – 3-4 cloves
Hempseed oil and/or Olive Oil – 3/4 cup
Sea Salt – to taste (about 1/2 tsp)

Process all together to form a green paste – or to whatever texture you like.  This is delicious on flax crackers (Flackers), or on almond flour tortillas (modified from the Spunky Coconut cookbook) with a layer of hummus.  Or just eat it off the spoon.  Remineralizing, loaded with chlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes.

Here’s my simple, delicious “Berry Green” smoothie recipe:

1 c coconut milk
1 tsp mixed powdered greens (equal parts chlorella, nettle, wheat grass, barley grass)
3/4 c berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries)
5 drops vanilla stevia
1/8 tsp sodium ascorbate (Vitamin C)
1 tsp – 1 Tbs Hempseed oil

Blend and enjoy!

One more thing that has been incredibly healing for me are weekly infrared saunas.  My husband constructed a portable one for me that works really well in the bathroom.  I pre-heat the sauna for 30 minutes, sit on a comfortable towel-covered chair and hang out for an hour.  I always feel great afterwards.

Wishing you good health and a peaceful holiday season!



About Sarah Wadleigh

I am a Clinical Herbalist, Organic Gardener and Nutritional Consultant for people and companion animals. I live in Madrid, New Mexico with my wonderful husband, two little dogs and a big cat. My practice revolves around helping people create health through whole-food nutrition, nutritive herbs, lifestyle and self-awareness. With more than 20 years of experience as an animal nutritional counselor, I offer consultations to improve the health and well-being of our four-legged friends, as well as their humans. We can work together via Skype, in person,or over the phone. Let's create health for ourselves and our animal companions! Contact:
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5 Responses to My Path Back to Wellness

  1. Cynthia says:

    What an informative post, Sarah – thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. I am definitely going to try your green smoothie now that I have the recipe. Awesome!

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  3. Sheri says:

    Hello. I have just recently became knowledgable of the importance of vitamin c and all good, that it does for you.
    My daughter had brought her 2 dogs to our home and they were ill, and it wasn’t long after that our 2 dogs became gravely ill, and still are, from distemper. But her 2 dogs are fine, Anyway, after the vets informed us that there is nothing they can do, except hospitalize them(& chg us gobs of more money) I began researching myself. & I came across “THE POWER HOUR” byDr. Klenner?. talking about Sodium Ascorbate, and all the animals he has saved.. I immediatly went to buy some. But I don’t know HOW, to mix it. There is so many directions and I , just am not certain, that I will mix it, where it works and heals , as it should. Otherwise, I won’t be helping my dogs at all.. I’ve got 227g bottle of powder, a 1Liter & /or a 500ml bottle to put it in, so that I may give a shot in the muscle as often as needed. (which I’m not sure on that either). I am not good with math or coverting weight or anything else, for that matter, so PLEASE Help. I’m running out of time—No- My two dogs are Running Out Of Time.
    I also have a new 5mth old grandbaby that is now over 12lbs. He only weighed 2lbs-12oz,. IF’ it is safe to give him some with water, can you tell me the mixture on that as well?
    I just want to learn, ‘The Correct Way’, the 1st time. I can’t afford to screw this up.

    Thank you so much,

    • Hello Sheri,

      I would start with simply adding the sodium ascorbate to their food. Oral dosing is based on body weight. For a dog who is ill, start with the recommended dosage by weight and increase by 1/8 tsp for small or 1/4 tsp for large dogs each day. When stool becomes soft, or non-cylindrical, lower dosage slightly and stay at that level.

      Small dogs, under 20 lbs receive 500-1,000 mg Vitamin C
      20-50 lbs – 1500-3,000mg vitamin C
      50-100 lbs – 3,000-6,000 Vitamin C

      Supplementing with spirulina + brewer’s yeast in equal amounts in addition to the Vitamin C will supply B vitamins and minerals that are needed for healing, and will help the Vitamin C work. 1/2 – 2 tsp per meal of the spirulina and Brewer’s Yeast blend per dog. How big are the dogs? How old?

      These supplements work best when given with a whole food diet of real meat and vegetables (not dry or canned food). And most effective when the total daily dose is spread out over the day. You could make a broth, carrot juice or even used scrambled eggs, and then add Vitamin C, Spirulina and Brewer’s Yeast, giving numerous small meals throughout the day to the dogs who are ill. Even giving this combination with water every hour would not be too often. I would also supplement the dogs who are not ill – with a lesser dosage, but be consistent.

      For the baby, 100-200 mg of vitamin C every 2 hours if ill is a safe dosage…. Get a copy of “Feed Your Kids Right” by Lendon Smith, M.D. for more info about other supplementation for infants and children. You can find a used copy.. Or refer to . Right now is the time to start supplementing, so it’s good that you are looking into it.

      I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have further questions or concerns.


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