Nancy Addison CHC, AADP is a nutritionist and health consultant, #1 best-selling, international award-winning author, radio show host, and lecturer who has helped thousands of people overcome health disorders. She is the owner and founder of Organic Healthy Life, where she shatters the stereotype about healthy eating.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in Dallas Texas, with a family that always had a vegetable garden, fruit trees, and animals in our yard. I have been a nature-loving person from the minute I was born and spent much of my time out in nature.

When I was 2, I became extremely ill from a penicillin overdose. Th e doctors told my parents I wouldn’t survive the night. My father told me he prayed so hard that, when I lived, he said that he knew for certain that there really was a God. I survived but was left with acute anemia as a result. As I grew up, I craved any food that gave me energy. I started eating lots of sugary foods between my mother’s meals.

My doctor told my mother that if I wasn’t careful, I would become diabetic. My mother started watching everything I ate. She made me high-protein chicken, egg, and salmon salads to take to school for lunch, and she made sure I ate well at breakfast and dinner. My mother carefully did everything the doctor directed her to do for me. I avoided becoming a diabetic. It was at this time that I began to understand that there was a connection among diet, nutrition, and health.

Since I was warned about eating too much sugar, I drank a diet, Dr. Pepper, thinking it was a better choice. I traded sugar for fake sugar and caffeine. Growing up in the 60s and 70s in Texas, my diet consisted of the “normal,” standard food and drinks of the day. In Texas, that included fried foods, barbecue, trans fats, white refined foods, diet sodas, and packaged foods. I thought we were eating well at the time. We were living the American dream and enjoying the newest type of foods on the market.

I was a caffeine and sugar addict because I was seeking energy.

Since then, I’ve found nourishing ways to conquer sugar and caffeine addictions and be healthy. After the birth of two babies 13 months apart, I was over 50 pounds overweight, tired, and stressed. I was experiencing acid indigestion and headaches, macular degeneration, and I developed carpal tunnel syndrome. My doctor told me I had hypoglycemia, and an x-ray showed that I had scoliosis.

When my father and the personal doctor died of cancer, my son was 1 year old. That was a turning point for me, and I knew I wanted to see my grandchildren grown up.

I really dug in and started learning as much as I could about nutrition, health, and holistic healing. I began to study nutrition and health. I wanted to lose weight, get healthier, and raise my children without the health problems I had in my childhood.

I had also become acutely aware of the unhealthy farming practices that were becoming mainstream, where animals were being given hormones to make them grow faster and fatter, as well as the addition of antibiotics being given to the animals to keep them alive, all while they were being raised in unhealthy environments.

I was finding alternatives to buying this type of food. Since I was married to an environmental trial lawyer for over 23 years, I learned a great deal about the impact environmental toxins, air quality, plastics, dry cleaning solutions, water quality, electromagnetic fields, and more… have on our lives and our health.

As I changed my recipes and the quality of food that I was using, my health problems disappeared: My acute anemia disappeared; I lost the weight I had gained (and I have stayed a healthy weight ever since); I don’t even think of having headaches and
indigestion any longer; my children’s pediatrician told me that they were the healthiest children he had ever seen, and I feel really good.

With a lot of various physical therapy, ballet, chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue massage, and a supplement, I have also gotten scoliosis to be something I don’t even consider a problem any longer.

I still garden and grow a good amount of my own food from organic, non-GMO seeds, in organic soil, with clean, mineral-rich water. I feel that is an important thing to be able to do in today’s unpredictable world.

I have become a Certified International Wildlife Rehabilitator and love being around animals. I feel that they teach us to be better humans beings and keep us grounded.

I have studied health and nutrition for over 35 years. I’m always adjusting what I eat. I know that the highest-quality food is always the best. I am still learning something new every day. What I do believe is that, when we give our body the right tools, it can do miraculous things in the area of health.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I had known early in my life the possibilities of various learning modalities that were available to me. For example, I think I would have gone to Chiropractic school if I had known about it in my teenage years.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

It is amazing to me how many of the people in my profession don’t focus on the true quality of the food and liquids. In addition to that, many of them recommend unhealthy oils to people or tell them not to use oil at all, which I feel is extremely unhealthy.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

I think the darkest part of my life was when I was a teenager struggling with prediabetes, macular degeneration, acute anemia, and scoliosis, all of which I think was a result of my pediatrician giving me an overdose of penicillin which nearly killed me.

I spent the last 35 years of my life trying to heal myself from what medical doctors had done to me in my early 30 years of life. Now at the age of 66, I feel better than I ever did and haven’t been ill in so many years, I can’t even remember that last time I was ill. I have learned that our bodies are amazing and they have a true ability to heal when you provide the right ingredients or lifestyle.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I feel one of my biggest parts of my work or success today is my consistent research in the areas of health and nutrition, which is ever-evolving and constantly being updated. I don’t turn away from the information I may find challenging or against what I previously thought. I am constantly rethinking various aspects of health and lifestyle, so I can keep Updated on any type of challenge we are facing today.

In addition to that, I also try to be true to my heart and honest with anyone listening or reading my information.

What is your morning routine?

I wake up around 5 or 6 AM.(I never set an alarm, unless I must for an appointment.) I meditate and pray first. Secondly, I do an oil-pulling detox, brush my teeth, and then drink a large glass of warm, mineral-rich, structured water. Then ideally, I go outside for a walk or time to sit in nature, which I feel, sets the tone for my day.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

One of the best habits I have now that is simply a normal part of my daily routine is deep breathing, meditating, and mentally focusing on what is good in my life.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

First of all, I like to make lists, so I can see what all my tasks are for the day, week, or month. I like to put all my commitments or goals all on a calendar where I can see either the whole month at one time. I find that when I set a time for something to be finished or completed, it is easier to look at my day or week and set out a schedule to work by.

Then when it’s time to work, I turn off my phone, don’t answer the door (if possible), and don’t answer emails, or do anything else, until I complete my work. This allows me to focus without interruption, so my train of thought stays on task for long periods of time. Sometimes will do this for hours or days at a time, depending on what my project requires.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

The Holy Bible, because we are spiritual beings having a physical experience and nothing is more important in life than our relationship with our spiritual soul and our Divine Creator.

The Secret Life of Plants (1973) by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. It completely transformed the way I view life in all aspects.

The Invisible Rainbow, The History of Electricity And Life by Arthur Firstenberg. It completely examined the use of electricity and how it affects all living beings on this planet.

The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Shelley Redford Young and Robert O. Young Ph.D. – this completely changed the way I addressed digestion and disease.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Dance in the sunshine and your heart will catch the light!” & “The Main Ingredient Is Always Love!”