Marsha HebertName: Marsha Hébert

Book Title: EAT for Life with Marsha Hebert: Gluten-Free and Lactose-Free

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 What is your book about?

In this cookbook, EAT for Life with Marsha Hebert: Gluten-Free and Lactose-Free, are recipes that has been meticulously created, taking into account the nutritional benefit of each ingredient and their contribution to a balanced meal. You will find easy-to-follow instructions, each recipe photographed, and a variety of nutritious, delicious recipes to improve health.

What inspired you to write your book?

Eat for LifeI am like one of the millions who struggle with gluten and lactose intolerance and find no easy solution that fits into my budget, lifestyle, and taste. For many years I was depressed and fatigued. In 2011 at 38 years old, I started to develop arthritis and my anemia was getting worse.

The word “EAT” became the foundation for building my cookbook. Eating should, Evolve with lifestyle, Applicable for better health, and Tasty with delicious flavors.

I was born in Jamaica, and started cooking when I was 6 years old and never stopped. Natural food was our only option until I arrived in Canada at age 12, where it was too easy to be unhealthy. I went back to what worked. In March 2016 at 43 yrs old, my doctor gave me a clean bill of health. My anemia is gone, my body fat is 15%, I am fit, and look like a twenty-something. As a mother of a young adult daughter, I feel I am being a very good example of how easy it is to have better health.

Can you describe your writing process?

I hate writing. I wish I had the money and the time to let someone else do it. This was a journey I am truly blessed with, and I did it knowing there were others like me who needed help. My writing process consisted of getting divine inspiration for every recipe. As I mentioned earlier, I have been cooking for over 30 years, so I learned about natural foods and all the nutrients that are good for our bodies. I took one ingredient and built around it. I have a business background, so organization was key. I started with wanting to celebrate 30 years in Canada in 2015, and in essence, created 30 recipes broken into different meal categories of what I eat every day. 

How did you come to do what you’re doing today?

I wanted better for myself and my daughter. I believed the blessings I was given and I wanted to share with others the joy of better health. Before I left the corporate world, I received my certification as a personal fitness chef and then started studying at Alive Academy for the Registered Nutritional Consultant Practitioner certification.

Can you describe a typical day in your life?

My typical day starts early, around 5am, when my body is full of energy and ready to go. I spend about an hour of meditation in God’s Word. Then, I make my morning green juice and start in my consulting practice around 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. Evenings are for cooking with my daughter and attending personal or business events. Bedtime around 11pm. I enjoy every moment.

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

The joy of helping others and seeing their lives getting better. I take where they are at and use every ounce of myself to let them see that who they are is good, and life gets better when they get better. I love it!

Are there any people and/or books that have inspired you along your journey?

My all-time favorite I have used ever since I came to Canada is the “Company’s Company” cookbooks; I have them all. I like the ease and everyday ingredients used in the series. 

Can you share something that people may be surprised to learn about you?

Most people are very surprised that I have a young adult daughter because I look like I am in my twenties.

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me is to develop The EAT for Life Bootcamp and eliminate lifestyle diseases.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am a geek at using natural foods to heal.