During my twenty years as a globetrotting DJ, I played many gigs on the island of Ibiza, Spain. I also lived in Ibiza, when I first moved to Europe in 1991.

Living in Ibiza in 1991

Living in Ibiza in 1991

For those of you who don’t know, Ibiza is a famous place for nightclubs, DJs; the music and fashion scene in general.

There was one trip to Ibiza though, that I’d never forget: the year was 2005, and I was trying to quit smoking.

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Playing Ministry of Sound club in London while smoking

I remember comparing quitting smoking to having to deal with my father’s death, as it was one of the most difficult things I had gone through in my life.

I couldn’t bear the thought of being defeated by an addiction. I always thought I’d be stronger than that.

While waiting for my flight to Ibiza at Gatwick Airport in London, I was dying to smoke a cigarette.

Anxiety flooded me, so I ate some fast food just before boarding the flight, and remember thinking: I will stop smoking when I arrive to Ibiza.

On arriving to the island, I felt intense electricity that swept my whole body, and an urge to smoke that was killing me.

Of course, I ended up lighting up.

The lesson I learned on that trip was that eating the wrong food doesn’t help your body when trying to fight addictions. This lesson stayed with me thereafter.

I tried using various methods to quit smoking afterwards, which included nicotine replacement therapy such as patches and gums, but nothing worked.

I even did a treatment using the pill, Chantix, for a few months but that didn’t work either.

What did worked for me (in part), was reading Allen Carr’s books.

Allen Carr was a British author who published books about quitting smoking and other psychological dependencies. His approach had a huge impact on my understanding of addictions.

But I have to say that, even adopting Allan Carr’s philosophy to quit smoking wasn’t quite enough for me; I was still hooked on cigarettes.

I thought to myself in despair that this may be my destiny and I would die from a smoking related illness.

I didn’t care about dying, itself, because death is certain to us all. However, I didn’t want to die from a horrible disease, like smoking.

Luckily, help was at hand.

As soon as I discovered the science of Natural Hygiene, and started reading literature by Herbert M Shelton; things changed.

I learned how to incorporate raw food into my daily life in a way that made my body become my ally and my friend; this was a critical point.

By eating correctly, my own body started rejecting toxins, and I became stronger and only then did I find the inner power to quit smoking for good.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you live in harmony with nature, nature finds a way to help you.

And this is what my program, Health For Life, is all about; and why I wrote it.

It’s about how to incorporate raw food into your diet in a way that makes your body become your ally; you can overcome disease and get heathier in a variety of ways.

It’s also the same program that helped my mother defeat cancer.

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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