Cheryl Mothes, Financial Advisor to Edward Jones, Natural Nutrition Advisor and Co-Owner of Fresh Healthy Café in Cape Girardeau
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Cheryl Mothes, financial advisor to Edward Jones, natural health nutrition consultant and co-owner of the Fresh Healthy Café in Cape Girardeau, was getting ready for work one morning in 2019 when she overheard Gayle King talking about a new study linking Fried Foods and Breast Cancer in Women on “CBS This Morning.”
The story struck a chord with Mothes not because it was new information, but because it was old. The day before, she had read the book “How Not to Die: Discover Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease” by Michael Greger, MD, and discovered a study in it that linked fried foods to breast cancer. Rather than being new, however, the study was 37 years old, from 1982. Realizing how long this information had been around and how few people knew about it, Mothes pointed to the urgent need to educate people about the nutrition.
It was this desire to educate the public about health that inspired Mothes to earn a doctorate in holistic nutrition from the College of Natural Health in 2020. As a nurse in her early career, she says it was “tragic “the little he was taught about nutrition. during nursing school; she believes that it is by educating doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals about lifestyle medicine and the healing power of food that the lives of individuals and the health of the community as a whole can be transformed.
“I enjoy helping people in my career as a financial advisor; it’s really my passion. But I’ve also had this desire all my life to help healthy people, and they’re not mutually exclusive,” Mothes told B Magazine. “Nutrition is the foundation of our health. … This transition of becoming cleaner and healthier is really our goal and helping people learn how to do it.
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Mothes’ journey to better health began in her early 30s, when she worked on the family farm in Kansas raising cattle. It was then that she decided that she would no longer choose to eat animals for the sake of humanity and health, and a few years later she also decided to give up eating dairy products. After making those decisions, she says she couldn’t believe how much better her body felt. It’s a lifestyle that speaks for itself: Mothes says she hasn’t had a sick day in 26 years.
Along the way, she continued to learn more and more about how the foods people eat negatively or positively impact their bodies. As she and her husband, Rick Hetzel, began to eat cleaner and cleaner, they found themselves limited in dining options at Cape Girardeau. It was then that they decided to provide the community with another option for healthy eating and to use the restaurant as a means of educating the community.
So they opened a Fresh Healthy Café franchise adjacent to Fitness Plus at the Saint Francis Healthcare System in January 2019. The restaurant’s goal, Mothes says, is to help people eliminate unhealthy foods and replace them with healthy foods. healthy.
“Nutrition is our business. That’s our whole goal,” says Mothes. “The only reason for [Fresh Healthy Café] is to give people options. Some people need transition foods. For example, giving up meat is sometimes easier if you have an Beyond. [Meat Plant-Based Patties] Burgers. Then you can go for bean burgers and then fall in love with salads, because that’s key. We need greens and everything that goes with it.
As Mothes became more involved with the business and its mission, she found that she wanted to write for Fresh Healthy Café and for the Saint Francis Healthcare System, to teach people how the foods people choose to eating can heal or hurt their bodies. This led Mothes to his doctoral program.
During her program, the book “The Blue Zone Solution: Eating and Living Like the Healthiest People in the World,” by Dan Buettner, had a profound impact on her. The book discusses the similarities between five places in the world where people live the longest – Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and Loma Linda, California – with a diet high in vegetables, nuts, and beans, with less emphasis on meat, dairy, and alcohol; a strong social network; observance of daily rituals; a healthy physical environment; and a sense of purpose. The book also lays out plans to help American communities become Blue Zone communities.
Mothes has a bold vision for the health of Cape Girardeau County: she wants the community to become a blue zone community. She is doing her part to make that goal a reality by speaking to nutrition groups, sharing health tips on KHIS Radio every morning, and virtually attending the International Plant-Based Healthcare Nutrition Conference that is held in Palm Springs, California, each year to bring the knowledge she relearns to the community. She donates six health books each month through her book ministry, leaving the books in random places throughout the community with a note telling people to pick them up and read them.
Recently, she has also worked to educate healthcare professionals about lifestyle medicine, to help them implement it into their practices to prevent and reverse disease. These efforts can be as simple as replacing candies and chips with fruits and vegetables on a food cart to promote cellular healing while patients are in the hospital, to having a doctor ask patients to commit to reducing their meat and sugar consumption and walking 30 minutes a day. Additionally, Mothes and Hetzel are opening a second Fresh Healthy Café location at the intersection of Mt. Auburn Road and Kingshighway Street in Cape Girardeau in July; this location will feature a drive-thru window.
Mothes says financial advice and nutritional advice go hand in hand. Wealth, she says, is more than financial and includes health; having financial freedom means nothing if you don’t have the health to enjoy it.
“I just don’t want to miss an opportunity to share with people what their life could be like in something as simple as choosing the right foods,” Mothes said. “[Think about] how miraculous our bodies are and how miraculous foods God has given us in this format, just this way. And it’s perfect the way it’s made for us, easy and inexpensive, and so I’m passionate about sharing that. »