MARILYN JOYCE, PHD, RDAuthor, Educator & Speaker
Marilyn Joyce, PhD, RD is a Registered Dietitian, with a doctorate in Psychology and Nutrition. With her beginnings in Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, as well as Yoga and whole person (Mind-Body-Spirit) wellness, Dr Joyce approaches nutrition and lifestyle practices from both, a scientific, and a holistic, perspective. As the Director of Nutrition for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in the mid-nineties, she helped cancer patients, from around the world, make major positive shifts in their health through changes in their eating and lifestyle habits.
Marilyn is an author, educator and internationally renowned speaker with more than thirty years of experience at the forefront of nutrition, health and education. Her thriving private practice spans the globe.
In her globally acclaimed best-selling book, 5 Minutes to Health, she comprehensively addressed what we eat, why we eat, how we eat, where we buy it, how we store it, how we prepare it, and how we think and feel about what we eat. The book was a step-by-step guide, setting out how to buy, store and prepare food, and was full of easy-to-follow healthy and delicious recipes.
Well, we have great news for all of you who are looking for all of that – and much, much more – in one source. In her newest book, INSTANT E.N.E.R.G.Y.™: The 5 Keys to Unlimited Energy & Vitality, Dr. Joyce has pulled out all of the stops! In this the one-stop guide to whole person wellness, she has uncovered and revealed all of the strategies she uses with her patients and clients – strategies that many people globally have willingly paid handsome fees to learn about. And she clearly and compassionately presents all of this information in a unique and memorable formula, for all aspects of healthy living. And you’ll love the fact that all of what she teaches is simple, quick, easy and FUN! And it makes complete sense.
Known for many, many years as both The Vitality Doctor™, and the Master of 5-minute healthy strategies and systems, Dr Joyce has developed instant energy strategies and recommendations that can be done in 5 minutes or less by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
And Marilyn doesn’t just come by her enthusiasm for nutrition and healthy living through training or inclination; she is also a cancer survivor. Here is her story.
“In 1985, when I was at the peak of my career and feeling like I had achieved much success in my life, I was diagnosed with melanoma. I had no idea what a serious illness that was, but as if that wasn’t enough, a week after I got out of the hospital for melanoma I was rushed right back into hospital, this time with uterine cancer, stage four.
I was only thirty-five years old, so it was a real shock, because in all of my experience I had been told that this was an older woman’s illness. Of course I plunged into all the reactions everybody else has. I went into denial and anger and felt like a complete victim. Then I tried everything I could find in search of a ‘magic bullet’ cure.
Finally, in 1989, it looked like the end of the road. I was in a wheelchair, weighing eighty-eight pounds, with just weeks to live. At that point the miracles began.
I had come to the point where I could only suck on ice chips… no solid food for months. A young man with a Vita Mix machine introduced me to Cantaloupe ice (seeds and all!). I was eventually able to start eating again; first fruits, then vegetables, then soy and whole grains. I continued a diet of whole foods in whole food forms, back-to-basics nutrition. A year later I had recovered, and the challenge I had set for myself was to run an uninterrupted mile. And I did – in thirty minutes… not the fastest mile, but I knew I had achieved a major degree of health again, that I had not experienced for several years!
What I’ve found is that most people live on expensive foods – they go out and buy all kinds of processed, packaged foods, as well as consuming questionable restaurant meals. And, believe me, these foods are expensive in every aspect of the word. Not only for your pocket book, but also challenging (expensive) for your body’s digestive system. Absorption and assimilation are compromised, due to the questionable nature of the foods consumed, making it difficult for your body to derive the necessary nutrition and life force elements to function optimally.
Add to that, the sedentary lifestyle most of us embrace, and the long-term potentially detrimental effects of such a lifestyle, and it becomes apparent that the results can be extremely challenging to our wallets in healthcare costs, alone! For most of us, these negative lifestyle factors are a way of life, so it amazes me when people wonder why they are tired, and why they get sick.
The answer is simple! We, as a population, need to rediscover back-to-basics eating – whole food nutrition – eating food that looks the way it does as it grows out of the ground or on the tree. If it is fish or meat it needs to be free range, with no antibiotics or hormones. And then add to that, whole body living – consistent exercise, relaxation, spiritual time, family and community involvement, healthy optimistic self-talk and an attitude of internal gratitude for all of the good things in life!
When I started putting INSTANT E.N.E.R.G.Y.™ together for my patients and clients, and the public in general, I realized that the difference between what most people do, and what I and my clients do, is that most people actually do eat packaged, processed foods. Even though many of those packaged foods are often organically based, they are still packaged, processed foods! And these same folks would come home from work and grab that infernal clicker (You know what I am talking about? The couch potato’s God!) for hours into every evening, never moving a bone of their tired worn-out bodies. Ironically, even just 5 minutes of the right exercise – you have to read the Chapter on Fit in Fitness, to get the answer to what that exercise is! – would have shifted their bodies from fatigued and worn-out to energized and full of life!
I have also noticed that people talk about how expensive it is to eat really healthy food, and to live a healthy lifestyle. I can show you that the opposite is true.
Let me demonstrate with the #1 objection – “healthy food is expensive!” One day I met a nutritionist friend of mine as we were both waiting in line to check out at the grocery store. She had two bags of groceries compared to my eight bags. My groceries cost less, and were all organically grown fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. She had packaged, processed foods such as chips and cookies – admittedly for her overnight guests, not the norm for her family. We talked, and over time she realized what I had discovered – whole food nutrition costs less and will keep you well. Processed foods cost more to begin with, and will keep you sick and tired – which in turn, costs more – in health care costs!
You can’t think straight if you are not getting the right kind of food into your body. And the right kind of movement with, and care of, your body! You won’t be able to exercise if you’re not getting the right foods (fuel) to burn. It is critical to eat vibrant foods that are nutrient-dense, loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, and bioflavonoids. They fuel every metabolic function in your body, and are essential in the prevention and healing of many degenerative illnesses, including cancer, fibromyalgia, MS, lupus, arthritis, heart disease and many more.
And of course, we can’t forget the care and feeding of our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We are multi-dimensional beings that require a multi-dimensional approach to our personal care. If any one aspect of our whole being is out of balance, we are setting ourselves up for illness. And let’s face it, the very nature of being human, seems to be fraught with the challenge of staying balanced. So, we all need every tool, strategy, idea, tip and system that we can get hold of to consistently create, re-create, and maintain balance.
It is important to emphasize here that, when it comes to illness, there are no ‘magic bullets’. There is no one thing that will be the answer for everyone. But a simple, high quality diet and overall lifestyle regime will at least give you a fighting chance. Add to that a more individualized program designed especially for you, and you will have the power in your hands again to create renewal in your health, renewal in your life.”
Dr Marilyn Joyce is the author of several unique, inspiring, and comprehensive books, including her best-selling books, 5 Minutes to Health, and, I Can’t Believe it’s Tofu! She is a regular contributor to Healthy and Natural Magazine, Health Editor and feature writer for New Perspectives magazine, was the official Registered Dietitian for the Original Hollywood Celebrity Diet, and is now the official Registered Dietitian, who developed and supervised the introduction of America’s reformulated version of the SoyPal Cookie Diet Weight Loss and Maintenance program, based on Japan’s #1 diet product.