SHARON FEANNY is the 53-year-young svelte, beaming bundle of pure good vibes that has been a leader in Jamaica’s wellness scene for decades.
Born and grown in the teeny, yet massive in heart, Caribbean island, Sharon is the one woman army responsible for launching the country’s most robust yoga studio to date, Shakti Mind Body Fitness, as well as several other major wellness projects.
She has played a big part in putting the breaks on longstanding practices of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles, leading a cultural shift that has popularized physical activity and clean eating as pillars of a life well lived. Most poignantly, Sharon has also touched the lives of many – humbly, wholeheartedly holding their hands into the inner peace and zen of a healthier, more mindful lifestyle.
With all of that said, Sharon has also waged many inner battles of her own. In 2012, after shutting the doors to Shakti, moving across the island, and leaving her close knit community behind, she found her spirits low and her stomach plagued by a relentless case of unending indigestion that just wouldn’t budge. The changes had left her uncertain, depressed and ill.
Sharon couldn’t imagine then that a renewed relationship with FOOD would restore her health and renew her sense of purpose.
In the midst of those darker days, a friend introduced Sharon to detox through eating only clean, wholesome foods. For 40 days she eliminated all processed, refined foods, sugar, caffeine, wheat and dairy from her diet, and stocked up instead on whole foods, and organic fruits and vegetables. She also slowed down and incorporated restorative yoga, meditation and a slew of gentle, daily self-care practices into her lifestyle.
By the end of the period, Sharon says she felt like a new woman. Her digestive issues had cured completely. She felt happy and inspired. Her mind was clear. She was sleeping like a baby, and her low energy had been replaced by vitality.
She realized that if this approach to eating and living could help her – a health buff who worked out incessantly, practiced yoga and had already watched what she ate – then she needed to introduce it to the rest of the world, who was probably suffering too.
The journey led her to launch her Live Fit Detox program. In 2013, she created a 7-day and 21-day detox protocol, began hosting retreats, and later, an online detox program, which all include clean eating, yoga, meditation, and Sharon’s unique gift of guidance, community and connection. Living her brand motto to “Live Fit, Live Life, Live Love”, Sharon has since then successfully helped thousands of people throughout Jamaica and around the world recover their health, transform their lifestyles and find peace, love and joy.
Now a bonafide food entrepreneur and clean eating advocate, Sharon has also built a solid reputation for her mouthwatering food. To make her special blend of clean eats available for everyone, everywhere, all time, this month she launched her Live Fit Kitchen cookbook. The cookbook is jam-packed with some of the tastiest, healthiest recipes you’ll find, and is available on Amazon.
Here is an amazing recipe from Sharon’s book to test for yourself… This caliber of mouthwatering, healthy food is sure leave your tastebuds, mind, body and spirit on a natural high!
RAW BOK CHOY with ROASTED NUTS & SEEDS
Yield: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
2 pounds bok choy, finely chopped
1 small red Onion, diced
¼ cup mixed nuts and seeds (such as sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup wheat-free tamari
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup brown sugar or honey
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Combine the bok choy and onions in a large bowl.
- Spread the mixed nuts and seeds on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes.
- While the nuts are toasting, combine the vinegar and tamari in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cool, then stir in the olive oil and brown sugar.
- Pour the dressing over the bok choy.
- Add the roasted nuts and seeds, toss to combine, and serve!
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