I’m the author of Raw: A Midlife Quest for Health and Happiness, a memoir, forthcoming on She Writes Press, May 22, 2018, and Secrets of My Sex, a collection of narrative poems. My poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appear in Mind,Body,Green; The Sun; Lilith; Calyx; Two Review; Onthebus; Pearl; Literary Mama; and elsewhere. My essay, “Writing Naked: The Benefits of Exposing Yourself Through Memoir” is published in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey. My work has also been anthologized in Grandmothers’ Necklace, and in Writing Our Way Out of The Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. I’m a featured columnist at SheWrites.com, the world’s largest online community for women writers.
When Bella Mahaya Carter adopted a raw, vegan diet to heal her chronic stomach problems, she never could have predicted what a challenging, yet revolutionary journey it would send her on—one that would ultimately heal her body, mend her mind, and awaken her spirit.
In an effort to cure chronic stomach problems, I adopted a 100 percent raw, vegan diet, which helped my symptoms, but didn’t cure them. Since there was nothing medically wrong with me, I looked to my mind for answers, and discovered that unconscious, negative thoughts were sabotaging my health and happiness. I was also surprised to discover a cesspool of anxiety and fear, provoked by living in a complex, fast world. I knew I had to learn how to slow down, face my fears, and let go of things beyond my control. This effort is the heart of the journey of my memoir, and it dragged me, kicking and screaming, into spiritual adulthood.