“I met Sarah Mirkin about 6 years ago when she worked with Cedars Sinai Medical Group. My doctor sent me to see her because my cholesterol was 204 (he wanted it under 200). She looked at my diary and the first thing she told me was that I was going to have to stop drinking so much mocha mix and juice. Immediately I thought to myself, we are not going to get along. I told her you don’t understand, the mocha mix does not have any cholesterol. Sarah replied, “it has ingredients that will raise your cholesterol, such as hydrogenated oil”. I raced home to read the ingredients and there it was big as day. I also tried to explain that the 32 ounces of juice I drank every night before going to bed was 100 % pure juice. Sarah said, “I understand what you are saying however when you take the juice from the fruit you lose the fiber and have 100% sugar”. My first lesson on reading labels. After that I went on a shopping tour at Whole Foods Market where she taught me how to shop for healthy foods and our relationship continued from there. Needless to say I got my cholesterol down to 168 and went from a size 12 to a size 6 in about 2 months. Six years later I am still a size 6 and have maintained my health eating habits.”

— Shawnee Moore

Lyda Mclallen