About Joyce

Joyce leaning against a tray of wheatgrass from the waist up.

Joyce truly is a pioneer in raw and living foods. During her forty-year career as a natural healer, she has empowered thousands of people throughout the world to transform their health with the live food lifestyle. During the first decade of her life as a raw foodist, Joyce was closely mentored by raw food heroes Dr. Ann Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas. Today she travels nationally and internationally helping people transform their lives spiritually, emotionally and physically through the methods handed down to her by the living-food sages.

“My life after 40 years of practicing and teaching the live food lifestyle has been one of deep personal fulfillment, self-awareness, higher consciousness, peace of mind and vibrant health,” Joyce said. “Each day I awaken with love and joy in my heart and a deep feeling of God within me.”

An interview at 2014 Natural Health and EcoFest with Veggie Patti.

Joyce is dynamic, warm, and engaging as she shares her experiences and expertise on natural healing through live foods, nutrition and internal detoxification. Her books, classes, workshops and retreats have inspired thousands of people worldwide to make the choices and lifestyle changes necessary to achieve vibrant health. Joyce is a Certified Naturopath, Certified Nutritional Consultant, and I Act Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Instructor. Her passion and dedication to the healing power of the raw and vegan foods lifestyle comes from a deeply personal and heartfelt place.

Joyce sitting outside on a wooden bench.

Inspiration and Healing

Joyce turned to the lifestyle to address a painful health challenge in 1980 after reading Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Ann Wigmore and Survival Into the 21st Century by Viktoras Kulvinskas. These books―her introduction to the concept of using living food to heal the body―were given to her by a dear friend who practiced the lifestyle with her family. Even though she was not immediately ready to go raw, Joyce was already a vegetarian and couldn’t help but notice the vibrant health and joy so pervasive in her friend’s family. A year after receiving the books, Joyce’s own painful struggle with fibroid tumors and depression began and she turned to Dr. Ann Wigmore for help.

“The tumors were causing me to lose a lot of blood and I was weak from anemia. I was going through a divorce and was also experiencing feelings of depression. As I drove home from the doctor’s office with my diagnosis, I began to think about what I had read in Dr. Ann’s and Viktoras Kulvinskas’ books. I wondered if the body really could heal itself,” Joyce said.

“In 1980, this line of thinking was somewhat radical. Yet, I thought, maybe I really could do this. I walked into my house and picked up Dr. Ann’s book. I found the phone number to the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, which she had founded in the late 1960s, and I made the phone call that ultimately changed my life’s course.

“I spoke personally with Dr. Ann and I could feel her compassion and love for me. As I listened to her wise words, I was overcome by the feeling that I needed to go to Boston and meet her. I arrived at Hippocrates Institute in the fall of 1980 hoping my body would be healed. I had no idea that I was about to have the most profound experience of my life. I could not imagine that, in addition to physical healing, I would experience an amazing level of energy, clarity, peace of mind, well-being, and spirituality unlike anything I had ever known.

“After just two weeks at Dr. Ann’s institute in Boston, my tumors dissolved and my anemia was abating. My energy came back and I no longer felt depressed. In fact, I felt as though I was looking at the world through someone else’s eyes and experiencing life through someone else’s body. My recovery was so amazing that I felt a burning desire to learn everything I could about natural healing through raw and vegan foods. I wanted to make sure that I would continue to feel as healthy, happy and energized at home as I did at the institute.”

A New Purpose

“Looking back to that time I now see the fibroids and depression as a blessing in disguise. I am extremely grateful for my experiences because now I have the privilege of teaching, supporting, and motivating others on this amazing path of optimal health and wellness.”

After her amazing healing experience, Joyce dedicated herself to becoming an expert in the field of living foods and raw nutritional healing. In 1987, she was trained and became certified in Dr. Ann Wigmore’s Health Practitioners Program. She studied intimately with and was mentored intensively by Dr. Ann and Viktoras Kulvinskas, both of whom have received international acclaim for their work in the area of raw foods nutrition.

Joyce used her personal experiences and training from the living food masters to open Health Horizons, a center in Brighton, Michigan, dedicated to promoting the many benefits of living foods. She has contributed greatly to the field of raw foods nutrition. In 1986, Dr. Ann selected Joyce to be the president of the Midwest Living Foods Association. In 1987, Joyce collaborated with Dr. Ann in the development of the Health Practitioners Program for Hippocrates Health Institute. Joyce also is a past director of the Creative Health Institute in Union City, Michigan.

Joyce shares the story of her journey to health and happiness with the sincerest hope that it will inspire and empower people to actively pursue true vitality, optimal health, and blissful happiness.

An interview series with Joyce Oliveto.

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”

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