I had dinner with the lovely Liana Werner-Gray, founder of The earth Diet at an extraordinary raw food restaurant Pure food and wine in NYC. Liana is a beautiful, centered and passionate woman, you’d never think of her having to deal with a junk food binge eating addiction for five years. When a pre-cancerous tumor, the size of a golfball surfaced Liana knew she had to change. FInd out what Liana did to self-heal and to end the binge eating for good!
Do you know why you started binge eating?
I believe it came from a disempowering thought i had of myself “I’m just not good enough.” I started to binge eat on junk food and noticed after a few months that I was doing it more and more until it became a weekly thing. It kind of snuck up on me. I felt stressed and eating junk food made me feel better for a moment and gave me some relief. I felt at the time nervous about finishing my final year of schooling, and I did not get as good of as grade as what I wanted and felt like I wasn’t good enough. I felt like I could not live my dream life. So perhaps eating junk food was a form of punishment that I thought I should be better.
Did people around you know about it or was it a secret?
It was definitely a secret. I was so ashamed of it and did not want people to know. I thought something was really wrong with me and I didn’t want people to view me as weird. I thought I was the only person on the planet who treated my body like this haha I really had no idea! I had no idea that other people out there did the same thing. I kept it a secret because I thought no one would understand. As soon as I started my blog I confessed and it was like a huge weight lifted from me, I felt better immediately. I realized it wasn’t that bad and that I had the power to change it.
Did the tumor grow overnight?
It actually popped one day and bang it was right there. I remember the exact moment it happened I was at a music show and it popped and I felt it and thought ‘ouch I have a swollen gland’. Over the next few weeks it hardened and that’s when I went and got a biopsy and learned it was a pre-cancerous tumor and something that I should heal and shouldn’t be in my body and that it could cause me a lot of health issues if it were to get worse.
What did the doctor recommend?
I saw a few different doctors. One doctor recommended that I have radiation. Another recommended I have it removed. That’s when I left the hospital. It did not feel right. So I went and found some natural doctors who were excellent and would support me in treating it naturally. These treatments included cutting junk food, eating lots of nutrition and especially vitamin C, juicing daily, doing meditation, relaxation, acupuncture, reflexology, clay baths, colonics, coffee enemas, hypnosis and massage! I also thought more positive thoughts. i tried a bit of everything! I put a lot of love and nourishment into my body!
What made you turn to natural remedies?
I remembered what the aboriginals taught me when I was younger about how they lived off the land for hundreds of years without technology just using earths natural ingredients and how they did not suffer with illnesses such as cancer. I also read books about people healing them-self by cutting out junk processed foods and instead consuming a lot of nutrition like juicing, and doing more natural holistic treatments. I believed it could work. It made more sense to me to go natural rather than surgery or radiation. I believed I could use natural remedies to heal myself.
How did you change your diet?
I started to eliminate processed junk foods from my diet. It was a process because I still had strong cravings once per week. I incorporated more juices like beet, carrot, celery and ginger, and then green juices with spinach, celery and cucumber. I drank bentonite clay to absorb toxins. I incorporated more raw foods. And I started to create my own recipes that were made with natural ingredients but replaced my favorite flavors like chocolate using cacao and honey.
What was the hardest thing for you to change?
I still had cravings for candy and chocolate! It was very hard to give that up until I created recipes using natural ingredients that replaced these things! Now I crave the Earth Diet chocolate over processed chocolate!
What food will you never touch again?
Ultimately I would never want to eat processed junk foods that use ingredients that are genetically modified like corn and soy, I won’t drink milk (unless its nut milk!), I won’t eat things with MSG or aspartame or refined sugar. Those are the worst things for our health!!!
Why did you start the earth diet blog?
I became sick with the tumor and healed it by April 2009. During the healing time I gradually cut junk foods from my diet, but it was hard, and I was still craving and eating them, but thankfully much less than I had previously. When it came to October 2009 I wanted to cut junk food from my diet completely as I was fed up of eating foods that provided me no nutritional value at all, and I was fearful that I would begin the cycle again. I wanted complete transformation. i needed something “big” to hold me accountable and was finally time to rid junk foods for good! So one day I decided I would start a blog and would write daily what I ate during that day! I knew it would hold me accountable and that I would be able to stick to it if people actually read it and were counting on me! It worked!
What 3 cancer fighting foods should everyone eat?
1. Beet! Raw beet can be juiced with carrot and celery! Or eat it on a salad. It is extremely powerful and cleanses the blood, liver and digestive system. If someone has built up toxins in the bowels, beet will lift any compacted waste! It keeps the body extremely clean.
2. Orange juice! Oranges are so powerful, and very high in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to keep our immune system very strong.
3. Lemon! Lemon is extremely alkalizing! Many people believe that no cancer can survive in an alkaline body. You could incorporate lemon into your diet each morning with a cup of water to make “Lemon Water”.