A Package and a Story

If you’re a first-time visitor, you may have missed my recent delivery of packages and upcoming reviews or the Sunday fun and news. Be sure to check ‘em out! 😀


About the Package

My most recent package came from Alissa Cohen. I had contacted her way back when I first started doing reviews/contests here at HWJ.

I never heard back and just assumed my email had been lost in her junk folder or that she wasn’t interested in my offer.

Then it happened: I received an email from someone who works with her, saying that Alissa had been swamped and that they’d just worked their way down to my email. I was told a package was on its way to my house and that they were excited for me to look over and share Alissa’s book and DVD. And, as you can see, there are two of each. You know what that means?! When I post the review, a contest will launch! The winner will receive their very own copy of Alissa’s book and her DVD, Living on Live Food.

Eeeek! :-)

Alive With Alissa

Alissa Cohen, Living On Live Food, book, DVD


And the Story?

Words can’t express the emotions that overwhelmed me when I opened this package. It all came flooding back…

A few years ago, I sat on the opposite side of this computer screen. I was overweight, had a non-working bladder, was very, very ill, and was hopeless that I’d ever get better.

As I searched online for answers, I was compelled to study the healing benefits of raw foods and juices. One of the places I ended up, was Alissa Cohen. Her passion for raw foods inspired me. Her testimonies of what raw foods and juices can do gave me hope.

Tears filled my eyes as I stared into that box, looking at these books and DVDs.


I never knew I’d now be on this side of the computer screen with a healed bladder (I had to wear Depends in my twenties) and over 100 pounds thinner.

And now I have this fantabulous opportunity to review Alissa’s book and DVD! AND host a contest so you can own a copy of each yourself!

I’m so grateful to be where I am today. I’m not perfect by any means. I still have some pudge I’d like to get rid of. I still suffer with a bad back (from domestic violence). But I’m so much better than I ever thought I’d be.

And as I type this, barely able to see the screen through my tear-filled eyes, I want you to know that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. It may not be easy. It doesn’t happen overnight. But the sun will shine on your life and health – if you’ll dedicate yourself.

And like Alissa, I’m here to share my journey and provide inspiration and hope. Please don’t give up. Hold on. Hold on tighter than ever before.


“Brighter days are up ahead – you just can’t see ‘em yet.” – Winnie Neff (my grandmother)


Thank you for sharing your journey with us, Alissa, and for this awesome opportunity!


To be inspired by Alissa, visit www.alissacohen.com.


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23 comments on “A Package and a Story

  1. I would love to read Alisa’s book! I read her blog and love what she’s done with it and can’t wait to hear more inspiration from the book. Thanks Michele for the great post and how this book is moving you and inspiring you!

    On other matters, do you like the Amazing Grass chocolate protein powder? I have been told it can be used to sub out for cocoa powder in recipes by 50%. LMK what you think, private email is fine :)
    .-= Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)´s last blog ..Vegan Chocolate PB Chex Mix, Broccoli Salad, Sweet Potatoe Fries =-.

  2. I am so glad that we met through Raw People, Michele. You are an inspiration to ME. I had the pleasure of interviewing Alyssa for LovetoKnow, but YOU are more inspirational to me – and I love your writing. Keep it up! Love and rawsome hugs – Jeanne, Seven Oaks (organic farm and consulting/writing)

  3. Ohhh no no no…. now you’re going to make ME cry, and I’m at work! Oh honey, your story always wants me to reach out and give you a hug! I’m so glad you connected with Alissa – now and then.

    (Darnit – where’s the tissue?)

    • Aw, Tiffany, I’m sorry I made ya sniffle!! *passes the tissue* (It’s the least I can do!) Oh, sorry you can’t reach it. It’s kinda tricky getting it to push through your side of the computer screen! 😉

      Seriously, though, I do appreciate your kind words!!! *hugs*

  4. I’m so proud of you and how far you’ve come! You may be on the other side of the screen, but those two sides are light years apart. :)

  5. Michele,

    I love how you put yourself out there for all of the world to see. Raw emotions that pass not merely to your readers, but through them. You have such an inspiring story. Very few people face what you have, recover and truly make something from the shattered remains.

    You have.

    I’m joyous whenever I visit here Michele. I know others feel the same way.

    I’m proud to say I know you.


    • Wow.

      George, I don’t even know what to say. All of your comments have brought even more tears to my eyes!! Thank you so much. I’m just blessed that you all feel this way!!!! And I’m proud to know you, too. 😀

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