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Annemarie and Bri

Annemarie’s mother decided it was time to detox. World War II had just ended. In the aftermath, Annemarie’s father, a hotelier, moved their family from Denmark to a part of Argentina known as “beef country.”

While settling into their new life, her mother visited a local health spa, where she learned about a twenty-one day vegetarian cleanse. Concerned about her family’s health, she decided to try it—and that the rest of her family would try it along with her.

“My mother was difficult to resist once she’d set her mind to something,” Annemarie recalls. So despite the protests of Annemarie and her siblings, the family ate mostly fruits and vegetables for three weeks.

In the months and years that followed, everyone in Annemarie’s family enjoyed generally good health. “My mother was convinced that our month-long vegetarian diet was the reason for this, even decades later,” Annemarie recalls, her eyes twinkling.

“I was eleven years old,” Annemarie says, “but I remember our family cleanse like it happened last month. It marked the beginning of my lifelong interest in the power of food to promote health and healing.”

This passion ultimately led Annemarie to become a writer, teacher, and advocate who has inspired millions of people around the world to better health through natural foods. She has written four books on nutrition, including the classic Food and Healing, which has been translated into six languages.

In 1977, Annemarie founded the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, the first cooking school in the U.S. specializing in natural foods. She continued to serve as Chairman until recently.

More than a professional pursuit, Annemarie’s passion for helping others eat healthfully and enjoyably is a true vocation. “I’m at my best when helping others learn to nourish themselves and the people they love,” Annemarie says. “That is why to this day, I still teach people how to cook using my own kitchen,” Annemarie says. “Just as I did when I first started.”