Talk about the underdog in life making a name for himself, Khalil Rafati was a heroin addict who was homeless living on skid row in Los Angeles, weighed 106lbs and didn’t care for himself.
Today he now owns a chain of juice bars in Malibu and L.A which is often frequented by stars such as Anthony Kiedis from Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It took him 5 long years to get there.
When he first moved to Los Angeles he was set out to start his own business and forget a childhood filled with sexual abuse, he began restoring cars and was pretty successful, having clients such as Slash and Jeff Bridges. Needing to make more money he began selling drugs on the side which eventually led him to trying heroin.
Taken from his newly released book ‘I Forgot to Die’ he talks about the time he accidentally overdosed on IV heroin at a house party and then a year later was almost killed when armed police shot through his door and raided his house.
By 2003 Rafati had served a stint in Los Angeles County Jail and reached ‘the bottoms of all bottoms’, he said.
‘There was no more digging left to do, all of my shovels were broken,’ he said. ‘I was done.’
Rafati became dedicated to his health and sobriety, but the real moment his life changed was when a friend introduced him to ‘juicing and superfoods’.
‘The results were remarkable and instantaneous,’ he told Sober Recovery.
That’s when he started up Sun Life and made signature drinks like the Wolverine smoothie, ‘The Elixir of Life’ and ‘The Happy’
But when it came to the patients, Rafati was witnessing firsthand just how much his creations were helping their health.
It was then, Rafati said, that he knew he had to open SunLife Organics.
And he did, with the help of $50,000 he had saved away in gold coins in addition to financial support from a professional gambler.
Rafati’s mission for his first store was simple. He wanted to ‘love, heal and inspire’.
Wow what a remarkable story for a Monday morning!