For those who do not know me, my name is Adair Rogers. I am 28 years old and from Atlanta, GA. While in high school, I was in a really bad car accident. I broke my ankle in two places and dislocated my heel. The doctors told me I was never going to walk again. I had early signs of a-vascular necrosis, which meant there was no blood flow going to my ankle. I had torn all of the ligaments in that area. This was one of the points in my life where things completely changed for me. I instantly started getting into acupuncutre and alternative medicines. I was only 16 and was not going to let this defeat me. Six months on crunches, a lot of acupuncture and massage therapists later, I beat the odds. The blood flow returned, bones healed as best as they could, and the rehabilitation process began. Of course I changed as a person, but I didn’t understand the effects of food on overall health. We didn’t grow up eating a lot of fast food, so that never crossed my mind. Truthfully I remember hating going to fast food restaurants with friends. If I was stuck at McDonalds, (not that this is healthy) but I would order a cheeseburger, SANS meat and cheese. I basically ate the bread with ketchup and mayonnaise.(Gross yes, but def a healthier option for a young child to make) HA. Or if you remember this far back, McDonalds had chicken fajitas. Those were my go to. Getting back on point. My mom always cooked dinner. For the most part it was healthy. Especially for what we knew was healthy 15 years ago.
After high school I studied and graduated from the University of Georgia. I had a degree in Advertising and Spanish. While in college, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and Cadiz, Spain. Needless to say if you asked any of my friends I wasn’t always health conscious. I definitely packed on the freshman 15 and never said no to drinking on the weekends. I tried my best to workout while I was in school. What really got me was living in Italy!!! In fact I gained 20 pounds in the six months I lived there. I say every bite was worth every pound, but it took me forever to get those twenty pounds off. TONS of dieting and exercising. A year later I was back to my pre-Italy weight… and within 2 years back to pre-college weight. That included a lot of walking to and from class, subway roll ups, Barberitos salads, and random dinners made at the Pink house. I opted out of a lot of dinner parties that year, but it was worth it!
After college I moved to Charleston, SC where I was hired to teach high school Spanish for 4 years. Teaching was probably the best diet of all. I taught 6 classes a day without a free period and 25 minutes for lunch. That did not leave much time for snacking or eating in between, so I lost more weight and was back to the size i was at age 16. Perfect! This is when I finally started getting serious about my health and figuring out real nutrition. As I aged, I started to have more and more problems with my bad ankle. Arthritis continued to worsen. I was determined to not let this take over my mobility. With the help of an amazing acupuncturist, Dr. Catherine Jones we set up a detox to figure out what foods could be effective my mood and most of all my ankle.
This was the 2nd point of my life that was the most life changing. Those three weeks of detoxing showed me more about myself than I ever knew. It truly transformed me into a better person. At this point in my life, I was dating someone who did not drink, which made the detox easier. I had someone to hang out with that wouldn’t tempt me to drink. Once the detox was over, I tried to eat meat and dairy again, but became violently ill. I ended up in the emergency room three times in a week trying to eat the way I did pre-detox. It was time for a change. I found out dairy was a major cause in my ankle’s mobility. For about a year I became a vegan. I think I bought every single vegan cookbook off Amazon.com. I was definitely culture shocked. Not only could I not eat anything, the thought of alcohol made my stomach turn. I lost friends and had to say no to a lot of social activities and basically everyone stopped asking me to social activities. Even though this was a tough and strange time, I wouldn’t take any of it back. It was all for the best and made me the person I am today.
After awhile I began incorporating fish back into my diet. Now I am a pescatarian who does not eat dairy. I had a lot of help from a nutritionist name Dr. Tiffany! I also owe her extreme gratitude in my health. She is also the person who introduced me to Kangen Water. My love and joy. The high ph ionized water filtration from Japan that saved my ankle. After three weeks of drinking the water, 85% of my arthritis went away. For the first time in 10 years I could get up and walk on my arthritic ankle at the age of 26. I was instantly hooked and bought the expensive machine. Dr. Tiffany and Tom Maletis from then on out shared their knowledge of the water with me and trained me to be a distributor. To learn more about the water please check out my website. www.inspiredbywater.com After becoming a vegan and drinking the water, I found strength and courage to try new things. I started participating in swim competitions. Including Alcatraz two years in a row. I also complete part of a half ironman in Charleston, SC. I would have ran if I had a healthy ankle, but physically could not. I did the 1.3 mile swim and 60 mile bike ride, while my boyfriend at the time ran for me. All goals that I am extremely happy for completing. I am currently in the works of deciding on my next one.
Continuing on: I loved Charleston and thought I would have been there forever, but my fate changed the summer of 2011.
This past summer was the 3rd turning point in my life. My friend Mary and I spent our teacher summer vacation completing the Pacific Coast highway tour. It was supposed to be a two week trip. We started in LA, went to Santa Barbara, Santa ynez, Big Sur, Carmel, Santa Cruz, and San Fran. On our way to the airport, I canceled my flight and dropped my friend off. I told her I was keeping the rental and staying longer. I had no idea what exactly I was doing, but i had this overpowering source of energy telling me that I had to do this. Three canceled flights later, I called my boss and told her I would not be returning to Charleston for the following school year. I explained that I would be back in a few days to pack up my things and move to California. Within two weeks I flew back East, packed up my life, and headed to sunny California.
For what? I had no idea at the time, but I knew it was right. One main reason was for the Kangen Water machine. I knew that it was something that I could sell more of out West and people understood it. California also just fit my no meat, no dairy, healthy lifestyle. So now, I am working at Georis Winery on the weekends, personal training at Golds Gym during the week, and starting nutrition school in March. Am I happy? Extremely! Do I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders? Most definitely! Am I so glad I took the leap of faith, moving somewhere that I didn’t know a sole? Best decision I made in my life. (Besides buying the Kangen water machine :) )
Anyway, that is my life story. I hope you enjoy this blog. Please send me any questions, comments or concerns. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you. Also, I hope that I can inspire you to take a leap of faith and make positive changes in your life!