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Aussie transplant

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to the masses

It seems with each week comes a new fat-packed, deep-fried, fast-food offering from one of the many chains lining busy roads across Long Island. And every time an advertisement for one of these purveyors of preservatives flashes across the television screen, it seems to signal the need for a shift in eating habits.

In the spirit of providing healthier options for eaters, and helping people in general, Liana Werner-Gray is using a Massapequa platform to guide humanity away from a lifestyle of expanding waistlines and deteriorating health.

The author, speaker and health advocate comes to Organic Corner, 37 Broadway, for a raw food cooking class Sept. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., where she will be teaching visitors how to make raw breakfast (chia seed cereal), lunch (weight loss salad), dinner (spaghetti using zucchini) and dessert (chocolate balls).

She will also answer any questions people have about losing weight, treating acne and other skin issues, and even how one can fight cancer and diabetes with diet.

“Anyone who comes down can expect to be in a cool, colorful place with a healthy vibe,” she said. “People want to know how to take care of themselves and how to lose weight, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about healing the whole person.”

Werner-Gray was born in Australia, growing up mostly in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Before coming to America in 2010, Werner-Gray experienced a health scare that forced her to examine the lifestyle she was living—and make some drastic changes to heal her body, as well as her mind.

“I was addicted to junk food and my health started to deteriorate. I was bloated, had bad acne and lots of chronic problems, and I was only 21,” she said. “Then I learned I had a precancerous tumor in my throat.”

It was during this time of upheaval that she founded The Earth Diet, a movement where she directs a team to create and share recipes designed to help people treat a range of conditions including cancer, diabetes, addictions, depression, acne, heart disease, obesity, and more.

The Earth Diet began as a personal challenge for Werner-Gray. She set a goal of eating only foods from the earth for 365 days, and decided to write a blog in order to keep herself accountable, and not go back to binge eating junk food.

“Over the course of that year, I just began to feel so good about my body and I started to feel so empowered,” she said. “When I was eating junk, I was all over the place. I was always down, depressed, negative and insecure. But now I feel connected to myself and to my environment.”

And it was all of those positive effects that spurred Werner-Gray to expose more people to The Earth Diet.

“My joy is in helping others,” she said, adding that The Earth Diet is not strictly for vegans or vegetarians but for anyone that wants to add organic food to their diet. “It comes naturally to me.”

Ambition also seems to come naturally to Werner-Gray. She was named Miss Earth Australia in 2009 and was awarded “Best in Environmental Speech,” “Green Achievers,” and the “Innovators Award.” She has also starred in films and continues to work in the entertaining business while promoting a healthy lifestyle. She self-published The Earth Diet book last year and looks forward to a wider release with a new version through Hay House Publishing next year.

Werner-Gray said all the hard work does not seem so difficult when she hears stories from people who have taken on The Earth Diet. And when she meets the masses in Massapequa, she hopes to convince even more people to make a life change, from the ground up.

“It is the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced,” she said. “Knowing that I have helped people, it keeps me going and keeps me wanting to help more people.”

For more information on Werner-Gray, check out www.theearthdiet.org and www.organiccornerny.com. Tickets for Werner-Gray’s raw food class cost $29, but space is limited so call 516-798-5670 to reserve a spot. She suggests visitors come hungry as all the food she prepares will be available to eat.