This interview is an excerpt from Kevin Gianni’s Raw Food Summit which can be found at http://rawsummitarchives.com. In this excerpt, Brenda Cobb share her personal regime for optimum health and more on the Living Foods Institute.
Raw Food Summit Excerpt with Brenda Cobb, the founder of The Living Foods Institute.
Kevin: What do you do now on a daily basis that keeps you at your health? Your optimal health that you are at now?
Brenda:: Well, I do my very best to eat as much as possible – organic. Now there are some times when I travel that, maybe I’m eating out and I’m not able to get organic, but I always try my best to do that. I like to juice and so I do some juicing. I like green juices because they feel really cleansing but I do a lot of blending where I will just throw some vegetables, and fruits, and sprouts, and divide them into the mix blender and turn it on and make myself a smoothie, and drink it. You know, I love salads and all the different fresh vegetables that go in them. So, I enjoy that everyday. I drink a lot of pure filtered water.
Brenda:: I used to hate water, Kevin, but I became a real fan of water when I realized how important it was to cleanse, and detox, and hydrate the body. And I do my very best everyday to get out and walk, at least 40 minutes. If I can, I walk a very comfortable 2 plus miles gently in 40 minutes. And that does me good to get out in the fresh air in the sunshine and get my body moving. And I stay away from candy, and dairy, and all that other stuff that I used to eat, processed foods. I don’t really eat that. I used to eat a lot of pasta, and breads, and all that. I don’t eat that stuff anymore. If I do occasionally, maybe have a piece of bread or something, it makes me feel tired almost immediately and heavy. And I don’t like that heavy feeling. I like the lighter feeling. I have a raw food powder that I take in my smoothie or my juice each day. And I take E3 Live which is a wonderful algae. That I have found really helps me. Occasionally I may take some herbs, if I need a boost, you know. Maybe a boost for my immune system if I’m working, working, working, and I start feeling tired just because I’ve overworked. You know, workaholics like me sometimes still need to rest.
Kevin: Now, now, you just led me into it. It’s just a great question here. You’re workaholic, how do you manage to sit down and relax? And how often does it come?
Brenda:: You know what, I force myself everyday. One of the things I do is I make myself push away from that computer, get out and put on my walking shoes, and go outside. I am fortunate in that I live next to a big beautiful park. I go over there and I walk. I look at the dogs playing and I breathe the fresh air and I’ll walk by the lake. Sometimes I’ll put on my iPod and I’ll listen to some motivating music. Sometimes I might listen to a motivating tape or CD. Other times, I don’t want to listen to anything. I just want to hear the birds singing out there. And so, I make myself do that.
Kevin: What is that … you’ve gone through all this and now you’re on a fantastic tradition, what do the next 10 years look like?
Brenda:: Next 10 years for me look like continuing to spread the word globally. I do a lot of traveling now in the States and abroad, and going out and teaching people about this way of living, and eating, and thinking, and being, and writing more books. I’ve written nine books over my nine years, and I’m working on a book now about emotional healing because I really do believe that that is such the core of helping people to heal.
I do a lot of radio now, other people shows. I love doing television and spreading the word in that way. I see myself continuing to paint and becoming involved. I volunteer and do things for my community, and I see myself doing more, enjoying more traveling not only in helping people to heal but for my own healing and spiritual growth, and just enjoying every moment. Because I realized that I’m not promised tomorrow and I don’t know if I’m even going to be alive tomorrow but I need to get the most out of this very moment right now while we’re talking is never going to come again, that this is a fleeting time.
I want to get the most joy out of being here while I’m here. I want to educate more people that I know that when I leave the planet that they will carry the work on. It doesn’t matter if Brenda Cobb is physically in a human body in the earth teaching. I hope to have thousands of people that have learned through my program and that they’re going to continue teaching others, so that the work can keep going on long after I leave the planet because I think it’s viable now and it’s going to become more and more viable as we go into the future, because right now the population is thicker than they’ve ever been. I want to do my part and empower other people to do their part to help bring a healing back, and I think that helps bring peace and love to the planet too. Not just where people get well but relationships heal, global relationships.
Kevin: When do you think that this information becomes a mainstream but when do you think that people accept this as a feasible, viable way to heal themselves?
Brenda:: I have seen a lot of improvement over nine years. Nine years ago when I began talking about raw and living foods, people looked at me like I was totally … I had flipped. They had no idea what I was even talking about. I had even to explain what a raw food was. Now though, I am finding that more as I talked to people, I will hear people say, “Oh, I’ve heard of this.” So more people are becoming aware than used to be. Now I hope I’m still on the planet when it becomes mainstream. I would love to see within the next five years that everybody thinks about doing this first and not doing drugs, surgeries, and all that kind of thing. Of course, I will be ecstatic if it happens within 10 years. I think that there is going to come a time, Kevin, that people look back in history and they look at this period of time as being very barbaric before we got back to original laws of nature. I think people are going to look back and say, “Do you know that people back in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and 1970’s and 1980’s, and 1990’s and 2000, were puting poisons in their body? They were cutting out body parts that they have a problem with thinking that was going to fix the problem. I do think everyone is going to recognize that everything is energy. That energy healing is going to become more and more mainstream. That people are going to come back to that original laws of nature and God that are there to support the body to heal itself, can’t exactly say when that timeline is going to be, but I believe it is moving quicker than ever in that direction.
Kevin: What can you say to someone who has listened to this call who is sick? What’s the first step?
Brenda:: Well, the first step is wanting to do better, deciding that you’re not going to accept sick as your reality. That you’re not going to give that power. You’re not going to be telling everybody about how sick you are and that you’re doomed. You take the approach of – “No, I’m going to investigate, I’m going to study, I’m going to research, I’m going to find out how I can help myself to be better because I want to be healed. And I’m going to focus everything on becoming well totally.” Get somewhere that you can get the knowledge and the training that you need wherever that is, whether it be at my center or some other center that you find. Learn about the living foods way. Try it for yourself. Put yourself on it for 30 days. See the difference that it makes in yourself. Many, many, many years. Don’t give up. Go after being well and a quality of life is more important than quantity even, but certainly let’s get some quality and some quantity going hand in hand. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Kevin: Tell us a little bit about the Living Foods Institute.
Brenda:: Living Foods Institute is in Atlanta, Georgia. We do workshops and programs to teach people. We really have become known for our Ten Day Healthy Lifestyle program. People come from all over the world and they learn. They get in the kitchen, hands on. They get to prepare the foods everyday. They’re in emotional healing classes everyday and learning how to heal their emotions, mental thinking, and dealing with stress. They’re learning about herbs and essential oils, and they’re getting colonics and reflexology, and foot baths, detox treatments, and many other detox treatments that we do. It gives people the opportunity to transform. We teach people how to cleanse, and detox, and nourish, and rebuild, and heal. If they’re healthy, people come to go to the optimum level of health. If they’re unhealthy, they come to heal. Nine times a year, we do a 10-day course in Atlanta. And we do have people that come with every type of situation.
We limit our classes to a maximum of 35 people and so everybody can get their hands on experience and really get in there and get it all with a gusto. People stay either in hotels, motels, bed and breakfast, or with a student or a teacher who rents out rooms in their homes and then they come to the center from 9:00 to 6:00 every day, and participate in all of the programs.
I will tell you one thing, people are transformed. I see time and again that after 10 days, people are just different. They look different. They tell me they feel different. Their attitudes are different. Even the most hopeless situations are leaving with hope. We’ve had many times people leave and go back to their doctors and get re-tested and find that severe illnesses and cancers and even metastasized cancers have disappeared from the body, and that is always amazing. All I can say is that’s just a miracle from God when that happens so quickly. It took me six months to heal but I’ve seen people come go through my 10-day course and go back to their doctor and everything is gone from their body. I’m just amazed at that and just keep giving thanks for it. But I think what if it’s possible for one to do it; it’s possible for everyone to do it. Kevin: Wow! That’s just amazing. You’re doing fantastic work and I thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us.