Printed in the Shopper News February 8, 2017
Vestal residents, Kevin and Cheryl Hill have no shortage of passion when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, they’ve have made it their mission to help teach others just how easy it is to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. The couple will be opening the newest location for Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters on Sevier Ave this spring, but this store will feature an entire section dedicated to health and nutrition.
In 2015, when their daughter Olivia was three, the Hill’s took her for a hearing test because she wasn’t speaking as clearly as their son. She was also suffering with massive amounts of nasal congestion, sneezing, and other allergy symptoms, but the test results kept coming back normal, and none of the medical professionals seemed to be able to get to the root of the problem.
“We took her to her pediatrician and two Ear Nose and Throat specialists who wanted to remove her tonsils and adrenals, and put ear tubes in,” Cheryl explains.
Exasperated by the situation, Cheryl and Kevin decided to try Olivia on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet, and the results of their decision were mind-blowing.
Cheryl says that, “. . . after just four days without dairy or gluten, Olivia was like a different person. She stopped sneezing, and there was no more of that congestion and discharge.”
Kevin and Cheryl were so inspired by Olivia’s blossoming health that they decided to make the whole family dairy and gluten free. They read books and watched countless documentaries about Eating Clean: a lifestyle change that encourages the complete removal of processed and refined foods from the diet as well as eliminating toxins from the home environment. Eating Clean also meant removing all refined sugars, chemical additives, preservatives, non organic, GMO foods, and of course, the elimination of dairy and gluten.
After a year, the entire family saw drastic improvements in their health.
Kevin says, “I felt like I woke up from a 20-year fog! I stopped feeling sluggish and sick all the time. I had so much energy without caffeine, and I even began to sleep better.”
He also dropped 35 lbs and continues to lose weight.
Meanwhile Olivia continues to thrive along with her brothers, Caleb, Josiah, and Benjamin.
Cheryl explains that clean eating is about, “feeding their children’s brains instead of just filling their bellies,” and she does this by carefully choosing the food from local farms or CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), and making much of their food herself. She even makes sunscreen made of organic oils, kombucha, and baked goods made of non wheat flours.
With the new store opening this spring, Kevin and Cheryl are driven by a “moral and spiritual imperative, to help others make the ultimate transition to optimal health.