To heal the world by sharing good news and good food.

Who am I? I am a health coach yearning to help others feel better and live a more fulfilling life. I specialize in helping others understand food, how it can be both beneficial and damaging and how to know the difference. I am a living testimony of how food, faith, and mental clarity can completely transform your health. My life story is below.

I am a Lupus survivor! The diagnosis was given to me when I was only 16 in 1998. At the time, Lupus was not commonly heard of and my family was terrified. I survived as best as I could and did pretty well being normal. But in 2007 my body began giving me signs it was not doing well. The signs were brushed off as lupus symptoms. By 2009 my body was beginning to lose the fight. I landed in the hospital and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension as a secondary to lupus. My health spiraled south quickly and by 2011, I was ready to take my last breath. In the emergency room, surrounded by a lot of my friends and family, I began settling my accounts.

Thankfully my pulmonologist is a quick thinker and very skilled. He put me on an intravenous drug. It was on me 24 hours a day and I was told I would be on it for life. The moment I was hooked up to that machine, I felt extreme sadness, guilt, and self-pity. It took me a while to recover from the stress of that moment but I vowed to make a change. At the time for myself. It would later turn out that I was making a change for others as well.

I began seeing a functional medicine Doctor one year later. She didn’t doubt for one second that I could come back from this. Her faith was strong enough to push me in the right direction. From that day forward I made changes as if I had no other option in life. In my mind change was all I had. She taught me the importance food, supplements, and a healthy mind. I learned that in order to heal I must change my mind set.

I began to change dramatically and my health improved. In 4 short years I was taken off that intravenous drug because my tests were consistently above average.

My strength comes from an almighty God. I have always believed that He would make everything alright. I have put my faith in the fact that I am in control of nothing and I must trust Him to get by. He has made me driven and determined to reach whatever goal is set before me.

I am much healthier now. Doctors are constantly lowering my medications and will soon realize that with whole foods, my immune system will perform as it should and I will not need drugs to help me live. Until then I march on.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Phil 4:13

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1


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Experiences mentioned here are personal experiences. You should always seek advice from your own physician.


  1. Margie Bonilla says:

    Janeris, this is awesome! I didn’t know you actually had a blog with your recipes and life stories. Jessica shared with me and I will be sharing with my sister who has MS and has chosen not to take the treatment. I believe this might inspire her. Love ya and keep on sharing your story. What a blessing to all those who read!


    • janerisphoto says:

      MS is a big one I have learned a little about. A gluten free diet can help your sister more than you can imagine. I hope she will follow so that we can learn more together.


  2. Wow your story is amazing…my grandmother who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 3 months to live changed the outcome of her story by changing the way she ate and following natural healing. We were blessed to have her for 10 more years and she never received chemo. Like you she had a very optimistic outlook on life which in my opinion was her saving grace. I love your story, your recipes and photos…continue with your journey we will cheer you and be inspired along the way.


  3. Jules says:

    Hello! I also have lupus and have decided to use food (on top of meds) to try and heal myself. Thanks so much for writing this blog and sharing some tips, I look forward to more 🙂


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