So a special highlight of this trip has been visiting the Ann Wigmore Institute, which is right here in Rincon. Dr. Wigmore is one of my heroes and has been one of the biggest influences on my personal nutrition theory. She studied food science for over 35 years, and is the “founder” of raw food in the modern, Western world.
Dr. Wigmore always stressed how the mighty enzyme was key to health and life- it is after all, the life force of our food. She also stressed the importance of blending foods, to predigest them, and her Energy Soup is the basis from which my Green Smoothie is based!
Dr. Wigmore was a big fan of eating weeds. Wild crafted herbs and plants are very high in natural antioxidants and minerals- much more so than commercially grown crops that could never survive on their own in the wild without the protection, sprays and pesticides that basically keep them alive. Wild plants have a very strong and potent life force.
My favorite sprout- the mighty sunflower sprout! An integral part of Dr. Ann’s Energy Soup. Leola gave me an in-depth lesson on their composting and sprouting process- also showing me how they work the soil. She showed me their special, refrigerated room where they keep their heirloom seeds!
This was a special moment for me- to be with a portion of Dr. Wigmore’s ashes, which lie beneath this heart-shaped rock. Dr. Wigmore proclaimed that she would live to be 120- and I have no doubt she would have. Very tragically, she passed away in a fire that engulfed the room she was staying at in Boston when she was 85 years old. This always makes me tear up.
Still, her amazing and important work lives on in the millions of people that she has influenced all over the world. Her spirit is very much alive, and to all of you that have tried Green Smoothies in your life, you can rest assured that she too has also touched your life and health, through me, in a special way.
Lots of love,