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Virginia Harper

Author, Teacher, Counselor

After receiving a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and Takayasu Arteritis at the age of twenty-three, Virginia Harper began a macrobiotic program of preparing and eating whole foods while learning to change her lifestyle to accommodate her body’s specific needs. Within months, she was symptom free. This relief came after seven years of suffering the painful effects of digestive inflammation that required several hospital stays, harsh drugs, and unacceptable surgery proposals. This healing experience taught her the important connection between food and health and how to tap into her innate healing abilities. 

For the last forty years, she has consulted with clients all over the world and influenced thousands of people to create a healthy, pain-free life without inflammatory intestinal diseases. Her focus is to educate people to heal their mind, body, and spirit with the preparation of plant-based nutrition individualized to their needs.

Virginia is recognized as one of the leading teachers and counselors for digestive distress. She is the author of Controlling Crohn’s Disease the Natural Way.  Also, she is the founder and director of You Can Heal You… one meal at a time, which teaches people how to turn on the body’s healing abilities through balanced food choices and preparation. Virginia founded the Mobile Macro Meals Club, which delivers seasonal macrobiotic meal preparations to homes in the Nashville area.  Also, she established Kids Healing Crohn’s & Colitis, a non-profit foundation and educational support tool for parents and children. 

Virginia resides and consults from her home in Franklin, TN.  She taught in Alicante, Spain, where she was a macrobiotic counselor for the SHA Wellness Clinic for five years. Virginia enjoys coordinating and leading healing workshops, speaking to various groups in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Virginia can be reached through her website

March 2024 Cruise Classes:

Macrobiotics 101

You may know macrobiotics as a philosophy or a system of balance. In this class, Virginia will detail the macrobiotic practice. The food, the combination, the cooking styles, and how to ingest it all play a role in how the diet balance works. When those parts come together, they create a personalized system for health, vitality, and sustainability.

Angry Gut: Modern Cause/Traditional Cure

Digestive Inflammatory disease is on the rise with over three million people diagnosed with Crohn’s and Colitis in 2023 alone. Virginia will detail her complete recovery from Crohn’s disease and colitis by using a plant-based program and traditional evidence-based remedies. Understand inflammation and how it is the precursor to a plethora of modern-day conditions including Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, a serious condition associated with COVID-19 in which different body parts become inflamed. It is important to keep the microbiome balanced and intact to allow your body to heal and prevent disease. We will discuss various topics of interest including raw versus cooked foods, proteins versus carbohydrates, and juicing versus chewing.

Discussion Group: Recovery Panel Follow-Up
moderated by Virginia Harper

Everyone is welcome to attend this inspiring class! Its purpose is to provide encouragement and inspiration with more focus on healing through the thoughts and experiences of some remarkable individuals who not only survived life-threatening illnesses, but who are thriving in busy, active, lifestyles today. Each of the speakers will offer insights into what was paramount in their healing journey. Your healing and recovery questions will be welcomed as part of this class.

Individual Consultations and/or Workshops Available:

Macrobiotic Consultation with a Gut Focus

Virginia has consulted with hundreds of individuals, guiding them to overall wellness through healing the gut. Her educational instruction is appropriate for individuals – young and old – who want to heal their mind, body, and spirit using whole, uncontaminated foods. Her expertise is facilitating the healing of the digestive tract at any stage of disability. During this introduction evaluation, she will personalize a wellness program directed towards the individual’s current state of health, which includes menu and cooking recommendations. After the in-person evaluation, a three-day menu to jump start your journey will be emailed. Through the use of macrobiotic principles, Virginia’s approach to nutrition complements medical treatments and dietary restrictions. Virginia understands that transformation happens with slow, consistent guidance and recommendations must be adjusted as the body responds to changes. Therefore, she also offers a long-term coaching program to support your health direction. Included with the consultation are two follow-up coaching calls. Additional coaching is available to all clients who register on the cruise at a special reduced price once you have completed two coaching sessions.

$400/person, 60 minutes



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