Raw food ruined my life
Self-employed designer Roz Woodward hoped switching her diet to raw foods would give her health a boost, but instead it almost killed her.
The 42 year old saw her weight plummet to a dangerously low six stone after she became obsessed with eating only raw fruit and vegetables.
It was only after visiting a mystic that Roz was able to get her diet and her life back on track and began to rapidly regain her health.
Roz had been a vegetarian since her teenage years but it was only when she was had to give up her work in London to become a carer for her father in Dorset that food started to become a major issue.
Away from her friends and clients she was under tremendous pressure to care for her father who was suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
Feeling like she had lost vital control over many aspects of her life she sought comfort in food as one aspect of life she could exert full control over.
Her vegetarianism had led to an interest in raw food and she now became obsessed with the superfood abilities of raw fruit and vegetables.
At nine and a half stone Roz was already a healthy weight but she became convinced that her new raw food diet could super charge her health, and even began to believe it might hold the key to cure or at least manage her dad’s Parkinson’s Disease.
But despite her passion for her new regime friends were clearly worried and it wasn’t long before they began commenting that she was losing lots of weight.
And she wasn’t feeling great, she had no energy and began finding it difficult to concentrate.
Roz said: “I failed to see what damage it was doing, I had lost a shocking amount of weight, my hair was lacklustre, and I had no energy.
“The raw food diet even affected my personal life. I couldn’t go out to restaurants because I could only go to those which offered a raw menu.”
Eventually Roz stepped on the scales and was shocked to discover that her weight had dropped to six stone. She realised it was time to take action.
Roz was aware of Cardiff based Helen Wingstedt, known as the Realistic Mystic as she uses her abilities to help people help themselves.
After just one session Roz found she was able to easily eat bread again for the first time in months. Soon she had added fish to her diet and her weight began to return to healthy levels.
She said: “Best of all I felt incredible. The sessions with Helen transformed not only my health but my whole life. I felt more confident than I had for years and was back in control of my own life.”
Roz has a new outlook on life. She has developed an honest relationship with food and knows this is permanent.
“Life is opening up again. Before I worked with Helen my life was narrowing. She has helped me see forward and I see life from a different perspective.”
Helen uses her gift to help people deal with the difficulties of 21st century life.
She said: “Of course there are those who aim to take advantage of the vulnerable and promise them everything from a cure to cancer to getting messages from the deceased. I don’t claim to do that, on the contrary, I help with the harsh realities that millions of people face every day which is why I have become known as the Realistic Mystic. I provide fresh perspectives and adjust the emotional and psychological status quo giving people the leg up they need to start healing and helping themselves.”
Helen believes the modern world can learn a great deal from ancient cultures when it comes to treating emotional problems.
She said: “Ancient cultures can teach us a lot about healing issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, stress disorders and eating issues. Ancient cultures did not have the communication technology and medical science we have come to rely on for everything today. They understood not only the human sensory system but the super-sensory system which people today would use words such as psychic, intuition, healing, telepathy, sensitivity, and clairvoyance to describe.
Children who were naturally gifted in the super senses were trained for decades to learn how to perform this service for their community. Revered as a ‘Priest’ by the community, they also provided spiritual guidance.”
Roz is certainly convinced that Helen has a very unusual gift. She said: “Helen is much more than just a healer. She understands how people work. Helen is a symbol of hope for me. She has shown me that mid-life doesn’t have to be a crisis.”
Now Roz has life back on track. She is rebuilding her design and photographic services business, creating artwork for a book and exhibitions, and looking forward to the possibility of a relationship.
When she once thought that she was past the possibility of having a family of her own she now sees it as something that could still come into her life. She is excited about the future for the first time in years.