In 2017, having been told by her doctor she would need surgery, Arlene Guzman decided she would seek a second opinion. It was a decision that would change her life. In a very good way.
Her doctor had suggested surgery for the fatty deposits that were growing on her liver. But that wasn’t her only problem: she had been diagnosed with diabetes, had thyroid issues, and weighed 275 pounds. Even if the surgery—which meant cutting out part of her liver—was successful, it would do nothing to address her other problems.
So she went to see a doctor in her native Nicaragua, who told her that while American doctors are good at performing surgeries, they are not very good at curing patients. He told her it was her diet that was the source of her problems and gave her some basic rules to follow: avoid all processed foods, avoid white carbs (bread, pasta, rice, etc.), and know where your food is coming from.
This was the path she chose to take, and within the first three months she knew it was the right one. It wasn’t an easy transition, especially for her family. But when they saw the changes that were taking place, in Arlene as well as in themselves, it changed everyone’s perspective.
Since then, Arlene has lost over a hundred pounds, is no longer diabetic, and has no issues with her thyroid. The credit goes to her commitment to healthy eating. She eats organic as much as possible and avoids processed foods almost entirely. “The body wasn’t made to digest all those chemicals and products,” says Arlene. For her, healthy food, real food, has become a top priority.
And that is why Arlene and her family are owner #804 of the Clipper City Co-Op. Healthy food has not just become a lifestyle but a mission. It is important to her and her family, but she’s also thinking about others and how the co-op can help them have a healthier relationship with food.
“As a member of the local community, I feel a responsibility to work to create healthier options. As a member of the Hispanic community, I feel a responsibility as far as taking the first steps, to lead others to the benefits of the co-op. It will help not only us but our children and grandchildren.”
Every meal at the Guzman’s house is homemade. Since her and her husband, Octavio, own and operate Guzmans Janitorial Service, this is not an easy thing to do. Located on 1501 Washington St., they have 33 employees and operate not only in Manitowoc and Two Rivers but in Sheboygan, Green Bay, and elsewhere. But the rewards are more than worth it.
Arlene’s story is one she is eager to share with others. Because she is happy with the change she has been able to make, and because she wants to help others through her example. It only makes sense that she’s a proud member of the Clipper City Co-Op.