My name is Annabel Ruffell and I am the founder of Journey for Earth, a global awareness company committed to inspiring change for humanity, the environment and animals, one choice at a time.
I am very passionate about food, the importance of educating ourselves about what we buy and how it affects our bodies…so when I stumbled upon Derek’s work I was inspired by his story and journey to health and mission to help others. We cannot underestimate the way in which food affects our minds and bodies!
Derek Henry, B.Kin, is a well respected holistic health coach and blogger who created Healing the Body to help people understand the fundamental principles to exceptional health so they can overcome their own health challenges. His popular Wellness Transformation E-Guide, Ultimate Reset personal coaching program, and THRIVE online holistic health program gives people step by step solutions to achieve a healthier body and mind, while empowering them to maintain that lifestyle.
1) What led you on this journey of health and healing?
A serious personal health crisis, in which no conventional medical professional could help me reverse, forced me to find a better way. I simply could not accept that at the age of 30 I would be married to harmful prescription drugs for the rest of my life that would make my condition worse over time, not better. I knew there had to be a better way to heal my body, and realized I was going to have to look past the popular medical system in order to find those answers.
Over a period of 7 years of research, using my body as a “lab rat”, and consulting with naturopaths and natural healers, I was able to fully regain my health largely under my own direction. As a result of my transformation, I was eager to help others overcome varying levels of illness through natural methods, in a fraction of the time and cost it took me, so they could be empowered in the most important asset of their life – their health.
2) What has been one of your greatest challenges over the years, either with the work that you do or in another area of your life, and how did you overcome it?
My single greatest challenge was overcoming my own personal health crisis. Being in severe pain in multiple areas of your body, and having to work 40 hours a week while helping to take care of a family while trying to figure out how to overcome your illness in a system that doesn’t support real healing, is an extreme challenge. Any one of those things is a “job” in and of themselves, but combining all of them is a recipe for a complete breakdown.
Quite simply, I overcame it with faith, determination, discipline, focus, following people who had already overcome serious illness, and an insatiable desire to learn more about how my body worked and what to feed it. Mindset was incredibly important, and I never thought for a minute that I couldn’t overcome my condition.
3) Describe an extraordinary moment you have had in your life that inspired/still inspires you?
I’m not sure any one moment is clearly more inspirational than the other, but most of my inspiration comes from within and from people who choose a healthy and holistic lifestyle. Being able to see someone overcome a serious health condition, due to determination, effort, and discipline, is very inspirational to me.
4) What’s your personal motto?
“Lead by example, not by words”. I live and do what I teach, and avoid giving “lip service”. Authenticity is extremely important to me.
5) One in five Americans go to bed hungry every night…how do you feel these millions of people can begin to take care of themselves and eat a healthy diet when they might not even have a permanent place to live or a job?
Taking care of one’s health typically has costs associated with it, just like anything else, and if money or a permanent home is scarce then you have to look at options outside of the traditional system. This could include exchanging services like working on a farm and helping tend to the garden plot, in return for working meals and food for the family (and possibly a place to sleep as well). Getting involved in a community plot and exchanging services for seeds, and learning how to grow your own food is another method to consider. Wild foraging (if it makes sense) can also become an important skill as well and could be very fruitful in certain areas.
If they can manage to hook up to one or more of these types of situations, and focus on just eating as clean and local as they can with a focus on whole foods, they have done the best they can to keep themselves healthy. Look into economical, yet nutrient dense foods you can prepare as well such as fermented vegetables, which will give you the most health bang for your buck.
6) I have been called “obsessive” by other parents for reading labels on everything and (trying) for the most part to avoid giving my 4 year old son sugar, GMO food, any kind of processed food etc. Having children yourself, what are your thoughts on this?
Many people simply do not “get it” yet, and that’s completely normal in today’s society of uneducated food consumers. They don’t fully grasp the “quiet” but present danger in consuming foods that cause health problems, and how their accumulation can lead to more serious problems. Furthermore, most have yet to definitively identify toxins lurking in our food supply as a fundamental link to the unwanted behaviours and health problems in their children. They don’t understand that in today’s world that there is little reprieve from some type of toxic threat, and we need to eliminate those that are clearly present. It’s not about obsession…its about awareness and being strong enough in your conviction to make conscious choices to not feed your children foods that do not promote well being.
If we truly care about the next generations quality of life we need to realize that the majority of our health issues today are due to complacency towards labels and our food. Parents who show due diligence with their food purchases should be labelled as a “passionate”, not “obsessive”, because they care about the well being of the next generation and are willing to take action on it, even when it might not be popular!
7) What is your greatest hope for our planet at this time?
My greatest hope is that people start respecting themselves, others, and the planet so that our bodies, relationships, and “home” can heal and become vibrant once again. I think how we treat others and the planet is a direct reflection of how we view ourselves, so some soul searching needs to happen on an individual basis before we can expect things to change for the better. In the end, I hope balance can be restored in all these areas, so the planet can be a place we marvel at, rather than take for granted.
What Journey are you on?
Annabel Ruffell believes in the power of each person to make a positive difference in the world. She travels to different schools in California giving lectures on her signature Heart Action® – all about the importance of educating ourselves about the food we buy and how our choices impact the world around us. She is also an artist and you can view her art at annabelruffellart.com. To book Annabel contact Annabel@journeyforearth.com. She tweets and instagrams @annabelruffell.