Friday, October 15, 2010

Have You Ever Seen a Healthy Vegan? #10

Courtney Pool

Courtney Pool is a freelance writer, nutrition and cleansing coach, and blogger ( She is a supervisor at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, founded by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., author of live vegan nutrition books, including Conscious Eating and Spiritual Nutrition. At the Tree of Life, Courtney also teaches nutrition and cleansing classes and runs the official Tree of Life blog. She is a blogger for

Courtney has been eating raw, plant-based-only foods for over 5 years and has Juice Feasted and fasted for over 146 days total, including a consecutive 60 day Juice Feast.

Courtney coaches and writes on the topic of healing emotional eating and eating disorders, and how raw food nutrition, supplementation and spiritual inspiration can support healing.

Courtney grew up in a standard American household with a mother who loved baking. As a varsity, state-ranked competitive swimmer and water polo player, Courtney’s high school dietary habits were what she would call ‘abominable’, consisting primarily of pasta, breads and sugar and lots of fast food. After seeing the documentary 'Supersize Me', an interest in health and nutrition was awakened, and a host of books and months of research later, Courtney happened upon the book The Food Revolution by John Robbins and went from eating an organic omnivorous diet to a vegan diet within a month.

Courtney's inspiration to begin eating vegan foods was due to a heart-opening in relation to the treatment of animals, a desire to keep her health optimal and not encounter the many diseases that currently befall much of our society, and as a support for her budding interest in personal growth and spirituality. Later, Courtney discovered the wonders of live, raw vegan food and within a year moved to Patagonia, Arizona to work with Gabriel Cousens, M.D. at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center.

Courtney is passionate about raw food nutrition, healthy lifestyle practices, cleansing and detoxification, youth and raw food, fitness, personal development and spiritual practices. Her favorite vegan foods are cabbage, sprouts, nuts, and the superfood spirulina!


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