Mother and Wife
Public Speaking Addict
Child of the Living God
Life Coach and Strategist
Professional Interview Coach
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN...
When I was six years old, I started classical ballet training with the Royal Academy of Dance. 19 fun and fantastic years of dance taught me so many life lessons.
Before I retired from dance, I was honored to become a royal member of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Court in London, England due to my ballet accomplishments.
Although dance was a huge part of my life, I never wanted to become a professional dancer. I chose a career path in Architecture, (yeah, I’m kind of a nerd).
IMMEDIATELY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
I TOOK A POSITION AT A LOCAL
AND WITHIN A YEAR...
I was promoted to Senior Interior/Exterior Commercial Designer. I was working on multi-million dollar remodel projects.
Although I had no formal education in design, I just happened to be really good at it! For several years I worked and attended college simultaneously. I was enjoying my architectural career and I was at the top of my class.
One day I woke up and God inspired me to make a major change in my life.
He vividly showed me I was not going to be able to save people’s lives by painting the right color on a wall.
He wanted me in the field of nutrition to be able to save people’s lives through His Biblical health message. Although it was a tough decision to leave my career, job and life, nutrition was no stranger to me. I was born and raised a vegan.
health nuts. Well, my parents might have been a little crazy, but I thank them every day for raising my sister and I healthy and happy! When I decided to go into the field of nutrition, I started to volunteer at a local health organization. I was still an architectural student, working at the architectural firm and I was a member of a classical ballet dance company an hour and half out of town (I put hundreds of miles on my car during those years.)
I quickly got involved in the health organization’s community weight loss seminar. I started as the emcee, and a few short weeks later I took over the fitness portion and started to co-lecture the seminars with two physicians. My fitness program was so successful that the participants asked me to create a fitness plan that they could use long term. That experience inspired me to author my first book, “Strength Training Made Simple” by Marcie.
hirty-five years ago, being a vegan was not popular and trendy like it is today. My family and I were looked at like we were crazy, hippy
ONE DAY I WOKE UP
AND GOD INSPIRED
ME TO MAKE A MAJOR
CHANGE IN MY LIFE.
HE VIVIDLY SHOWED ME I WAS NOT
GOING TO BE
ABLE TO SAVE
PEOPLE'S LIVES BY
PAINTING THE RIGHT
COLOR ON A WALL.
AROUND THE SAME TIME...
I was changing my major from architecture to nutrition, God impressed me to attend a religious university out of state. Now, when I say God impressed me, I’m not joking. When this happened, I was currently enrolled at a university in Los Angles, I was enrolled in my classes, I had paid for my books and school was starting Monday. Well, the Tuesday before school started, my parents suggested I attend this religious university out of state (This was God impressing me to get a move on). I told my parents they were crazy!
THEN I PRAYED ABOUT MY
SITUATION AND I ASKED GOD
WHERE HE WANTED ME TO BE.
Thursday morning I woke up at 7am. I told my mom I was transferring schools. I called my new school; they said they wouldn’t admit someone that fast. I told them to try because I was packing my bags and hitting the road that night to drive across two states to get there in time to start school on Monday. I was the fastest student they had ever admitted in the 109 years they had been in existence. I arrived at my new school late Friday night. The dorm had not even received word that I was coming. They found me a room and I started school that Monday, majoring in Nutrition, Public Health Promotion.
GOD, ONCE AGAIN, WAS DOING MIRACULOUS THINGS IN MY LIFE!"
fter a few months at my new school, I needed to find a job. I went to the campus bulletin board and found a list of jobs available on
campus for students. There was tutoring, front desk assistant, or line worker in the cafeteria. Then God moved my eyes to the professional job opportunities for non-students. The first job opening I saw was for the Public Relations Coordinator for the university. Bingo, I found my new job. The position required 5 to 10 years of experience and a degree in public relations, I had neither. To be honest I didn’t fit any of the qualifications they were looking for.
God inspired me to call and schedule an interview anyways. After doing loads of research on public relations, I showed up to my interview. As I was seated, my interviewer said, “This is not a student position.” I said, “I know” then I asked her to interview me, not as a student, but as a professional. She hesitated, but proceeded. Two weeks later I was offered the job of Public Relations Coordinator and Special Projects manager at my university. God, once again, was doing miraculous things in my life! This job allowed me to work directly with the State’s Lieutenant Governor, the president of the university and many other state and school officials.
One day I woke up and God inspired me to make a major change in my life. He vividly showed me I was not going to be able to save people’s lives by painting the right color on a wall. He wanted me in the field of nutrition to be able to save people’s lives through His Biblical health message. Although it was a tough decision to leave my career, job and life, nutrition was no stranger to me.
I was born and raised a vegan.
DURING THAT TIME IN MY LIFE,
I WAS SO BUSY!
However, once a year I took the time to watch the Miss America pageant. This has been a fun family tradition my whole life! After watching the 2007 Miss America pageant I thought to myself, I can do that.
I Googled the closest local Miss America pageant and decided to sign up. Within that same year I had won a local title and now I was on my way to the State competition. The Miss America Organization is the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world!
By competing I was getting money for college. Some of the major parts of the competition were interview, community service outreach and talent. I decided my community service project was going to focus on the health of my state.
MY PLATFORM WAS, DISEASE PREVENTION - MAKE A HEALTHY CHOICE TODAY
I wanted to integrate healthier food in high school cafeterias. I was able to work with the Lieutenant Governor’s office to accomplish some pretty great stuff! I competed for my state pageant; I received 4th runner up and the overall platform award. The Hope Heart Award (named after Bob Hope) said that my platform had the greatest impact on my state. Yes, I am a pageant girl, and no, I never competed again. After my amazing experience within the Miss America organization I became a pageant mentor and interview specialist for the Miss America Organization.
ALLOW ME TO
Shortly after my state pageant in Washington, my mom became very ill.
I decided to move home to take care of her. I left everything; my job, my school and my TV show just to come take care of her. It was the best decision I ever could have made. After a while, she got back on the road to recovery. However, now my education and career were put on hold. What now…
AN OLD COLLEAGUE OF MINE
RECOMMENDED I APPLY FOR
A PAID INTERNSHIP,
in the second largest hospital network in the nation.
I had nothing to lose, so I went ahead and applied. During the application process I discovered every other college student in the nation wanted this job too. By the grace of God, I was chosen to be in the final three. I went in for my last interview, once again, not exactly qualified. But I got the job! I was now the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Business Development with my first assignment to assist in opening a new 250 bed hospital. I immediately moved and started a new career. It was during this job that I wrote my fourth book (I forgot to mention that I wrote two children’s books earlier.) My book thoroughly depicted the hospitals surrounding community profiles and their market share information.
ABOUT A YEAR INTO MY NEW JOB,
I MET THE LOVE OF MY LIFE BACK IN MY HOMETOWN
I now wanted to move home, however, I wanted to stay in the hospital industry. I started to pray for an opportunity to present itself. One day I got an unexpected phone call from a local hospital offering me a job. I immediately accepted the invitation to come and interview. Once again, I was not officially qualified for the position. God was just opening doors for me again! Several weeks later I was given the job of Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Medical Staff at one of the largest hospitals in my hometown.
In 2012 I was blessed to marry the love of my life!
I was married on the beautiful coastline at Dick Clark’s Estate in Malibu. Yes, you read that right, I got married at the one and only Dick Clark’s house. I planned my wedding for over nine months. During this time, me and my family made friends with the Clark family. Dick and his wife Barbara lived on the property. They opened up their home three times a year for events. This particular year they had a Walt Disney corporate event, an Oscars after party and my wedding.
WATCH OUR LOVE STORY
years ago. My mom and I started tossing around some ideas. We put together a business plan and found investors and we were moving along smoothly. When I was blessed to become pregnant, I immediately put my business on a fast track to start producing the material we were so very passionate about sharing. I teamed up with the world-renowned Dr. Scharffenberg, M.D., M.D.H. Together we produced a nine-volume cooking show called “Don’t Have A Cow” get it here today.
The cooking show describes the food groups we should be selecting from to best prevent cancers, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and much more. My mom and I also published a cookbook; it is designed to be a transitional cookbook for people who want to incorporate more whole plant-based foods into their lives.
had a fire stirring in me from when God initially inspired me to make a change when I was working in the architectural firm many
SHORTLY AFTER I
WAS MARRIED, I
CONFIDED IN MY
HUSBAND THAT I
WAS BEING LED BY
GOD TO OPEN MY
EDUCATION AND A
We have also produced a documentary on my mom’s miraculous life story. This little business my mom and I started many years ago was called ValMar Health. It is a combination of my name and my mom’s. Get it, Val (Valerie) Mar (Marcie) Health.
My mom came up with it.
DURING THIS TIME, I WAS
BLESSED TO BECOME PREGNANT
WITH MY SON KOSTA
He is absolutely incredible, right alongside his terrific sister, Adoniah. My two children have become my life. I became a hard core, stay at home mommy. It’s to the point where I have chosen to only work at night because I don’t want to miss one minute with my beautiful kiddos. This beautiful obsession is the greatest journey of my entire life. I am raising my kids completely vegan and refined sugar free.
In addition I am homeschooling them. One of the coolest things we are doing as a family is my children live a media free life. Yep, completely media free. My husband and I decided to take out the TV’s in our home. To date, my kiddos have never watched a movie. My daughter, who is five, does not know who a Disney princess is. To make my kids even more incredible… they eat everything healthy! We garden together and we love living a whole and healthy life.
INSPIRED ME TO
HEALTH. AS A MOM I
RAISING MY KIDS IN
A PURE AND SIMPLE
BOY-OH-BOY IT HAS
conducive to what was really important to us. So, we packed up and left most of our old life behind and started over! We moved from the bustling city to a quiet country house. We are now trying to create a wholesome environment to raise our children in. Within a matter of a few months, we started living a completely new and definitely different life! We are learning about this farm life as we go.
So far it has been a little crazy, sometimes difficult but mostly rewarding! We are trying rid our lives of all negative distractions. Like I said earlier we do not have a TV in our home. We do not allow our children to use any type of smart technology. We live off of fresh air and activities!!! This is how life should be! My children are third generation vegans. My children have been vegans from the womb. We are all foodies! We love food! Food is life! We are planting a garden; we will see how well that goes. But, we love and live off of a plant-based diet.
y husband and I made a list of the things that were imperative to raising our family. Upon conclusion, we discovered our life was not
ALL OF MY EXPERIENCES
HAVE PREPARED ME FOR
THE MOST AMAZING JOB YET!
SPREADING GOD'S HEALTH MESSAGE
to Moms who want to become health warriors in their own home. I finally have a job I am qualified to do. God has given me the knowledge and background needed to promote health through His teachings.
I finally have my dream job!
SO I PRESENT TO YOU
FAITH AND FOOD 360
A health education company that uses media and training to equip women with tools to become health warriors in their home! I am sharing all of my mom’s secrets and life experiences with you so you can become the person God designed you to be!