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With gratitude for the style of the great Rudyard Kipling

If you can see that food is beyond fuel, that it becomes every cell in your body, and by choosing strong building blocks, you discover how to recreate yourself;

If you can believe that how you do something is an indication of how you do all things; that how you respond when a waiter brings the wrong order and whether you choose to treat them with respect plays out into every area of life;

If you can conceive the cause in a matter; when you have a complaint, if instead of dumping it on someone, you get underneath the problem and see what you are committed to, and choose to shift it such that you never fall victim to circumstance;

If you can breathe in the morning with awareness and gratitude as a meditative practice; if you can nurture your soul by becoming very still before the busy-ness takes over, getting in touch with something much greater, losing the boundaries of your body and feeling connected to everything in the world;

If you can travel alone to a land where they don’t speak your mother tongue, and get lost, even sick, and feel autonomy from how others define you; if you can swim ecstatic in the aqua blue ocean with your lover and have one single day without shades of grey;

If you can miscarry, and miscarry again and still hold hope that life will sprout from your womb; if you can get so ill that you feel you may cough up your lungs or throw up your stomach, yet recover and never lose compassion for those still sick; if you can stare death in the eye, see the last breath leave your loved one, and choose to carry on and thrive;

If you can feel terror and push ahead, knowing that to be powerful, you hang out with powerful people; to be creative, you hang out with creative people; if you surround yourself in the life that you want, it starts to rub off on you;

If you can get to the root of why you eat the way you do, why you crave certain foods, and shift into a live-it versus a die-it; if you can let go of dieting that has a beginning and an end, and live each day with juicy whole foods that leave you empowered; if you can let go of nutritional dogma and understand that there are 7 billion diets for 7 billion people and only you can reveal what you need to heal;

If you can communicate authentically with people and tap into exactly what is to be said; if you can be with someone, and let go of looking good, of trying to do it right, and just stand in true presence with them; if you can define success not by how much money you make but rather how free are you to choose your life;

Then you will be relaxed, connected, energetic, open and free…

You will be joyful, my friend.

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Julie Daniluk RHN, bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation (Random House Canada/Hay House USA and UK), has helped thousands of people enjoy allergy-free foods that taste great and assist the body in the healing process. She is also the co-host of the Oprah Winfrey Network's Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that highlights the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition.

After graduating from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, Julie went on to become a co-operative owner of one of Canada's largest health food stores, The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, where she acted as the Chief In-Store Nutritionist. Julie has also studied Culinary Arts at George Brown College and herbalism at Emerson Herbal College.

She enjoys contributing to various publications such as Chatelaine, Readers Digest, Vitality, and Alive magazines. Julie is regularly featured as a health expert on the CTV's Marilyn Denis Show and has a weekly spot as the CTV News Network's nutritionist.

Julie has made over 500 appearances on various TV and Radio Shows including Dr. Oz, CTV's Canada AM, City TV's Breakfast Television, CBC Radio and the Global Morning Show.

Julie's book Meals That Heal Inflammation will be released in the USA and UK June 15, 2012 by Hay House Publishing. 

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  1. I love Rudyard Kipling and I love your take of on the greatness of “If” in our lives. So much surrounds our ifs. Thank you.

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