Saying YES to Treats, Sustainable Lifestyle Changes, and 5 Pillars of Health with Janae Devika – #018

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Janae was very sick as a child.  She always had something that required treatment from traditional medicine.  Nothing seemed to really cure her sickness, so they turned to alternative medicine, and she still continued to struggle with health issue.  In her 20’s she realized her liver and other organs were shutting down.  Finally, turning to homeopathy, she was advised to go on a plant based diet.  She tried many incarnations of plant based diets, and continued to get sicker and her organs were shutting down.  Surgery was recommended for her and she had her large intestine removed and part of her small intestine.  Now, her diet had to include no fiber, and she was even more limited with her diet.  Now, she developed a whole new set of problems – high blood pressure, acne, hair loss.  In a quest to eat more fruits and vegetables, she discovered a Vitamix blender, and her journey to health began.  After 3 weeks on a raw food diet, all of her symptoms began to go away.  She lost 30 pounds, her vision improved, her energy improved, and her health would never be the same.


Janae is a nurse who teaches whole food eating, and makes healing foods appealing and exciting for her clients.


Janae has some keys to making a healthy change in your diet that can be lasting:

  1. 1% to wellness -take small steps
  2. Making sure everything you eat is delicious
  3. Making changes that you can lie with for life.


Janae created “Café Janae” in order to help feed people delicious, nutrient dense food that they could not believe was raw.


Bad Foods:

  • Refined carbs – all the white stuff – potatoes, flour, cakes, cookies, etc.
  • Highly refined fats – partially hydrogenated oils, vegetable oils (canola, etc.)
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Artificial chemicals, flavorings, MSG, pesticides on non-organic fruit


Good Foods: (Low Glycemic, Low Inflammation, Promote Cell regeneration and function)

-whole grains and complex carbs – whole grains, quinoa, gluten free foods, sweet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes.

– Healthy fats and oils – nut oil, avocados, seeds, raw virgin coconut oil, EVOO

– Raw local honey, maple syrup, stevia, dates

– Spices, herbs, vanilla, essential oils


Don’t take something away without replacing it with something BETTER!


1% to wellness principle:

If you had to make a 1% a week change in your behavior to achieve optimum health, could you make that change for life?  In 2 years, you have made a 100% change.  Add, don’t subtract.  Drink one green smoothie, eat one salad, eat one raw dessert –these are great adds, so then as you keep adding them, they push out the bad behaviors as you implement the good behaviors.


Pick the easy things first and focus on that.  When you do the easy things first, the hard things drop by the wayside without too much drama.


If you do the good things as a daily practice, then it can compensate for the times when you get weak and cheat.


Janae wrote a recipe book, and it has recipes made from raw foods and delicious things that are healthy and good for you.  Then you can say YES to your treats.  Because these foods are nutrient dense, then you are actually nourishing your body.  (The Healthy Desserts, Eating for Health Series.)




You immune system is designed to keep things that are foreign out of our body systems.  All of the processed food we eat triggers our immune system to think it is fighting invaders.  We are putting our bodies in a constant state of inflammation, and causing chronic disease.  Inflammation creates dysfunction of the organs and cells.  By reducing our consumption of processed foods, we are reducing the constant immune response, which leads to disease.  Eating anti-inflammatory foods helps calm down the immune system.


Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Eat:

  • Anti-oxidants
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Omega 3 oils
  • Produce


Conditions that can be healed by eating an anti-inflammatory diet:


– Hyper-tension

– Depression

– Anxiety

– Acne

– Obesity

– High Cholesterol

– Digestive dysfunction

– Immune dysfunction

– Irritable Bowel Syndrome

– Crohns Disease

– Cancer




*Dark green leafy greens can reverse and reduce the risk of macular degeneration


Depression, ADHD and other behavior issues can be cured by food.  There is a strong gut and brain connection, so healing the gut can be the key to healing the brain.  Many of the brain issues are actually gut issues, which can be healed by eating anti-inflammatory foods.   Science is now saying the gut is actually the “second brain”.  This is especially evident in dealing with children that are having issues with ADHD and behavior issues.


Cancer cells are fed by cancer.  So the first step in curing cancer is to starve the cancer cells by denying them of sugar.  High sugar diets lead to high incidents of cancer.


Ways to implement 1% to Wellness:


  1. Knowledge – This is new for them and they need an education on it.
  2. Education – Exposure to a new way of thinking and new way of eating.
  3. Empowerment – The psychology of behavior change is incredibly important.   Consciousness vs. conditioning with our eating habits can help behavior change.  Why are you eating what you are eating?  Make a conscious choice about your foods, rather than just eating what you are conditioned to eat because of your bad habits.


5 Pillars of Health:

  1. Eating
  2. Emotions – psychological health, EFT
  3. Exercise and rest – sleep and exercise balance
  4. Environment – limiting physical and emotional toxins
  5. Empowerment and Education – knowledge to make the right choices




Links and Resources:


Janae’s Website –

The Body Empowerment Training Series

Membership Website – One year to health, and a community


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Until next time, remember to eat consciously, because the world needs a healthy and vibrant you!

With Love <3
Dr. Anh


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