While Juanita enjoys a number of activities and interests, she is very passionate on the subjects of nutrition and health, especially in the sub-categories of alternative medicine, essential oil therapy, aromatic medicine, herbalism, whole foods, etc., organic gardening, and the many aspects of home life, including green living, self-sufficiency, etc. She has studied these topics extensively and continues to further her education and bring the knowledge to bear in her personal life, as she is a special diets foodie, grows her own organic produce as much as possible, and tinkers at making natural home remedies.
Juanita finds enjoyment in a great many things. She loves the outdoors in any form, working in the yard or garden, taking long walks, reading a good book in the sunshine, going to the park with friends, and other such activities. She likes going to the beach and driving to the mountains. She also enjoys cooking and baking allergy-friendly foods, cleaning (it's true!), communicating with friends, etc. She has a natural affinity for writing, whether it is writing long and engaging letters to friends or personal pieces in the form of poems or prose. She plays piano and likes listening to many genres of music. She adores her niece and nephews!
Juanita enrolled in a correspondence college in the autumn of 1997. She was required to read through the mandatory texts and then submit thorough, grammatically free-of-error reports on the completion of each course. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in August of 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Religious Education.
As Juanita's journey in health has led through a diversity of special diets, she, being a lover of good food, has taken the best from these diets and utilized them in creating appealing, unique dishes that do not sacrifice delicious taste in order to be "good for you." She is very familiar with the trending special foods diets and can speak and write with knowledge in these areas.
Juanita has read numerous books and magazines on the subject of gardening, pertaining to creating of decorative borders, rose gardens, combination planting, etc., and also more practical gardening, such as organic vegetables, fruit and nut cultivars, culinary and medicinal herbs, etc. She has not only implemented these studies into her own gardening style, it has enabled her to educate others in this field as well.
Juanita loves being home and is particularly passionate about making it a happy and safe place to be. With rising concerns over the toxins and contaminants that are lurking in common household products, she has become adept at formulating non-toxic and potent cleaners, as well as researching safe, effective personal products, how to stretch a dollar when on a tight budget, interior decorating, food preservation, self-sufficient living, etc.
Juanita is renowned in her circles as a deal-finder and dollar-stretcher. In our economy, it is necessary to know some of the tricks of the trade, and Juanita has made it a goal to master these. She is still learning! Included in her money-saving arsenal are "couponing" (not quite extreme), shopping sales, online purchasing, buying in bulk, etc.
Juanita is rarely sitting with nothing to do. She is always involved in some project and usually has a to-do list that is impossibly long! She loves to crochet, sew, read, play piano, design and plant gardens (for herself and others), concoct home remedies, re-finish and paint/stain furniture, decorate both interior and exterior areas, raise chickens, preserve foods, make lacto-fermented foods, etc.
Juanita began having health struggles over 10 years ago, and after years of exhausting the allopathic medical route, seeking for answers which it did not have (except to write prescriptions for symptoms), she turned to the ever-widening options in alternative medicine. She has been to nutritionists, iridologists, internal medicine specialists, chiropractors, naturopaths, etc. It has been through such experiences that she gained any significant help at all in her health concerns, fueling her passion for further understanding of these emerging fields of medicine.
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