Dr. Parrish's Books
Dr. Charlene Parrish has recently published her first book, “30 Pounds in 3 Weeks”, about her personal weight loss journey, and how she has managed to maintain over 100 pounds of weight loss for going on 4 years.
With over 30 years of experience with natural health research, the Thomasville resident holds a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, which she received 12 years ago. She is not a medical doctor but is sought after internationally as an educator, writer and healer.
“I have been on a diet since third grade. That would be really funny if it were not so sad, ” is the first sentence of her book as Parrish talks about her personal struggles dealing with her weight issues throughout her entire life, and the way she viewed herself.
“This book really isn’t for people wanting to lose 5 pounds or 10 pounds. This book is for people like me, who have tried everything,” said Parrish.
One experience with losing weight that Parrish remembers and talks about in the book is when she used to ride her bicycle in town. She recalled wearing her large orange hunter vest, helmet on top of her piles of curls and being 100 pounds heavier. Even though no one ever said anything, Parrish knew they were making fun of her. Today, as she rides her bike in town, she receives thumb-ups and genuine smiles of encouragement.
“30 Pounds in 3 Weeks” not only highlights Parrish’s experiences with losing weight and keeping it off, but gives testimonies with color pictures of other people who have been very successful on Parrish’s diets, favorite recipes and “stupid things they tried that did not work”.
Dr. Parrish’s book is an easy read with a Southern style, much like if she was speaking with you personally.
With 30 pounds in 3 weeks seeming like a dramatic amount of weight to lose in such a short amount of time, Parrish commented on the safety of her diet.
“I would never share anything with others that was unhealthy. I consider myself much like the “cupbearers” in the Bible who tested the king’s wine before he did. I’ve tried it and it worked. I say that I’m the “cupbearer” throughout the book.
After going to her own doctor numerous times and having blood work done, he told her to keep up what she was doing. Parrish is considered to be as healthy as can be, and has lab results to prove it.
Charlene M. Parrish, ND is the owner of Sweet Basil’s Health Foods & Wellness Center, located at 330 N. Broad St. in Thomasville, GA, (229)228-0730.