19: #TBT1 Khalil Rafati – Healing addiction through natural living


Khalil Rafati is the owner of Malibu Beach Yoga as well as SunLife Organics, a series of popular juice and smoothie bars. After many years of drug addiction and severe depression, Khalil discovered juicing, yoga and meditation. He began to experience miraculous changes in his physical and emotional well-being. It became his personal mission to love, heal and inspire. Khalil remains a mentor to recovering addicts and he previously owned and operated Riviera Recovery, a transitional living center. At the invitation of Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan, a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Ladakh, India, Khalil joined the board of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. He also serves on the board of the Siddhartha School, which seeks to preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture and language and provide children in the remote Himalayas with a well-rounded education.

In this episode Khalil talks about what he did to break his heroin addiction.  His path to healthy living started with juicing, and even though his first juice tasted nasty, he said he could feel the difference in his body.  From that point, he was hooked.  As he was in recovery, he shared juicing with everyone he came in contact with and saw each one change in a positive way.  His results are nothing short of amazing.  Khalil also graciously shares tips for doing a complete lifestyle change, so that you are actually reversing the aging affects of your bad habits.  You won’t want to miss one minute of this amazing episode!

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Our Favorite Moments:

@2:30 – How Khalil got into recovery

@3:20 – The inspiration for Sun Life Organics

@7:15 – The one element in recovery that changed his life

@15:30 – How Khalil looks younger everyday

@17:57 – Connecting to your food in a different way

@19:20 – Why sugar, meat, and bread is terrible for you


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Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

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