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Our Favorite Resources to Guide Your Wellness Journey

Our Favorite Resources to Guide Your Wellness Journey

Dear Friends and Family,

Are you overwhelmed with what to do next on your wellness journey? Maybe you are wondering where to start? The number of health and wellness books, journals, and videos out there is endless. It makes sense why you might feel overwhelmed. But to do whatever makes you "feel healthy" is not enough. Far too often, I hear friends of mine saying,

"Maria, I just don't know where to start. It all seems too hard and I'm running in circles on what to do next. I can never do all the things you do! It's too much."

Have no fear - you are not alone if you feel or have felt this way before.

Too many people neglect their health until something goes wrong. Far too often I would hear, even from my own family, "Maria, we are going to die someday anyway! So I'm going to eat this!" But don't you want to live this one life in a healthy, vibrant body for years to come? I do.

Why did I start?

The subject of health has become my "WHY" after facing many horrific health issues and helping my husband fight, and ultimately overcome, a deadly cancer.

I spent countless hours researching how to heal my health problems and my husband's cancer. I've traveled overseas to wellness clinics and met with holistic doctors in the Midwest. We transformed our lifestyle and eating habits and purchased wellness equipment. We've spent hours talking with doctors, cancer patients, naturopaths and many others who are fighting for their health about their experiences. I've stayed up into the wee hours of the night researching and learning... the list goes on!

I created a list of my favorite wellness resources that my husband and I used along our wellness journey. I believe these resources will help guide you on your wellness journey!

It is important to realize that while I can share my resources, YOU have to be the one to OWN YOUR HEALTH! That means you need to do the work too. You need to educate yourself, cross-reference the research studies, develop your own opinions, and try different things to see how they affect your body. Your life is an incredible gift from God!

Will you join me on the journey? I hope and pray you do so that you can become the best version of yourself and inspire others to do the same!

I've loved the journey of healthy living! I feel energized and empowered; I will not go back to the old me! Many friends of mine have chosen to walk on this wellness journey too and never regretted taking their health into their own hands.

Begin your journey to health and wellness! You will face mountains and valleys, but you will also encounter hope, faith, beauty, and love along the journey.


Maria Graves

Wellness Books

1. How Not to Die by Michael Greger

2. Earthing by Clinton Ober

3. Plan-A Diet by Cyd Notter

4. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

5. Radical Remission Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Kelly A. Turner

6. Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson

7. Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods by Anthony William

8. The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook by Ann Crile Esselstyn

9. Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman

10. The Complete Cancer Cleanse by Cheri Calbom, John Calbom, Michael Mahaffey

Spiritual Books

1. The Bible (NIV, ESV version)

2. The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan

3. Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell

4. The Power of the Cross by Tony Evans


1. Dr. Kim William, M.D. Cardiologist Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. www.nutritionfactsorg

2. Charlotte Gerson Dr. Esselstyn, M.D.

3. Dr. McDougall, M.D.

4. T. Colin Campbell, M.D.

5. Dr. Daniel Amen, M.D.

6. Anthony Williams

Movies/Documentaries/Video Series

1. Heal Documentary 2017

A documentary film that takes us on a scientific and spiritual journey where we discover that by changing one's perceptions, the human body can heal itself from any dis-ease.

2. Game Changers

A UFC fighter's world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie.

3. Cowspiracy

The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

4. Forks Over Knives

Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us, can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

5. The Truth About Cancer

Ty Bollinger lost his entire family to cancer. He refused to accept the notion that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery were the most effective treatments available for cancer patients and began a quest to learn all he could about alternative cancer treatments and the medical industry. Ty is the author of the Truth About Cancer which is a miniseries that shares knowledge from experts all over the world to protect ourselves, treat ourselves, and in some cases save our lives or the lives of those we love.

6. Cut Poison Burn

The film tells the grim tale of the half-century War on Cancer and focuses on the character of Thomas Navarro. In 1999, the four-year-old boy was diagnosed with brain cancer and thrust into the system of Surgery, Chemo, and Radiation and not allowed to be treated with a proven method by Texas Doctor Stanislaw Burzynski. The war between the Navarro Family and the FDA is perhaps this country's greatest evidence as to why there should be medical freedom.

7. What The Health

What The Health is a 2017 documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. Its primary purpose is to advocate for a plant-based diet.

Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases, and he investigates why the nation's leading health organizations do not want people to know about it.

8. Burzynski: The Cancer Cure Cover-up

The story of a pioneering biochemist who discovered a unique and proprietary method of successfully treating most cancers. This documentary takes the audience on a nearly 50-year journey of what both Dr. Burzynski and his patients have been enduring in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials of Antineoplastons.

YouTube Videos

1. Meat Your Future - Interview with Kim A. Williams, Sr. M.D.

Dr. Kim Williams has been vegan since 2003 and discusses the benefits of avoiding animal foods and adopting a plant-based diet. Sofia Pineda Ochoa, M.D. interviewed him on August 25, 2015, at his office in Chicago.

2. Daniel Amen M.D. Talks about Brain Health at Brendon Burchard's High-Performance Academy

Dr. Amen’s speaks on how to have a healthy brain.

3. The Secret of Sugar - The Fifth Estate

Gillian Findlay digs into the surprising science — and the reaction from the food industry — to reveal The Secrets of Sugar. Has the sugar industry been hiding an unsavory truth from consumers?

4. Plant-Strong & Healthy Living: Rip Esselstyn at TedxFremont

Rip Esselstyn, a former firefighter, and author of The Engine 2 Diet advocates a plant-strong diet to combat chronic diseases. Esselstyn inspired his fellow firefighting crew at the Austin Engine 2 station to follow a plant-based diet and dramatically heal their health.