Eating for Peace, a 501 C-3 non profit educational organization, is the inspiration of Cecilia McDonald whose son Paul was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) the summer of 1989. He died a year and a half later, at the age of 6, after undergoing the regimen for ALL at the time.
Immediately upon having received the initial diagnosis, Cecilia and her husband Lynn, began educating themselves, and experimenting with a macrobiotic diet. The effects of eating this traditional way became evident immediately. Not only was there an increase in energy and vitality, but most significantly, peace reigned in the home. Their was less tension, less squabbles. One member's way of describing the experience was, 'It is easy to be good'.
25 years later the McDonald family still appreciates this new way of looking at food as 'life changing'. They are grateful for this gift they received in the midst of the sadness and sorrow of Paul's illness. They admit they would have never eaten this way, if Paul had not gotten sick. It seemed, that by his death, he had given them life. Because they had experienced the power that food contains, they agreed they would never go back to their original standard American diet. Lynn and Cecilia and their four remaining children, experienced many physical, mental, and spiritual changes for which they are grateful. Out of this gratitude came the desire to share it with others. Thus Eating for Peace evolved. Cecilia studied at the Kushi Institute where she received the Macrobiotic Leadership Certificate. She brings to her students and worldwide friends, knowledge of the power that is in food, and the gift of eating for peace.