Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Miranda Martinez from Viva Raw! Check out her words of wisdom and her raw food fairytale in this candid interview.
1. What brought you to raw food, what’s the story there?
I had a weight issue since I was a child and you can say I’ve been on a diet or about to go on a diet all my life until I came across raw vegan foods. I have to say that my initial motivation to become a raw vegan was to lose the weight I’ve been carrying around for most of my adult life and I had heard it was easy with raw foods.
I was able to go from a size 20 to a 4 and I’ve been blessed that keeping the weight off has been much easier with raw vegan foods. Now I’ve become such an advocate for the raw vegan lifestyle because I’ve discovered I not only look better, but I also feel amazing. I’m very grateful to have found the raw vegan lifestyle and that I was very smart to give it a try. It completely changed my life.
2. What’s your view on dabbling when it comes to eating raw?
I think that everyone has to do whatever works for them and their lifestyle. I advise to incorporate as much raw vegan, organic and fresh as they can in their daily food intake.
Depending on the amount of raw vegan food you eat, that’s how many upgrades you will see in your health. That has definitely been my experience.
3. What is your favorite savory raw recipe?
My favorite savory raw recipe is my Mexi-Mole Tomato Soup from my e-book “Easy & Raw: Recipes and tips to achieve your goal weight on a raw vegan lifestyle”.
You can find the recipe by clicking here.
4. What has been the most life changing aspect of eating more raw food for you?
Since my weight issues had been so out of control for most of my life, I think I can honestly say that being able to have a handle on them is the most life-changing aspect for me. I had given up and at that point in my life, I didn’t think it was possible to be where I am today. It is truly a miracle.
5. What one thing would you recommend for someone’s health and well being outside of raw food?
Actually two things: Enjoying your life – it’s an absolute must! And staying active is very important, making sure that whatever you do is something that you love to do. Whether it’s yoga, going to the gym, ballroom dancing, running, cycling… Just make sure you enjoy it.
6. Do you feel like you’ve got a handle on your life purpose, or is it something that emerges gradually?
I do have a handle in my life purpose. I know where I’m supposed to be, what I’m supposed to be doing and my goals I’m working to accomplish. I do have a path I’m following. And, at the same time, I’m very aware and open to any opportunities that present themselves. Who knows where that new path will take me!
7. Tell me about the project you’re most excited about right now, and how people can get their hands on it.
Before becoming a raw vegan chef and coach, I had been an actress/producer. I’ve been in the film/acting industry for over 12 years now. Right now I’m very passionate about my first full feature film I’m currently funding.
My film company Barú Films completed a short documentary called “Nevada & Pine” in order to raise funding for the film. The documentary and the full feature film of the same name is based on the story of Rachel Valadez who infiltrated gang territory to find her son’s killer, during San Antonio’s bloodiest year. You can view the documentary and all about my film company here.
8. If you could summarize your experience with raw food, what one word would you use?
Thank you Miranda!
Thanks again to Miranda, and I hope you enjoyed this interview. I love the concept of including more raw food as a way to get “upgrades” to your health. Definitely my kind of lingo! ;)
Until next time, where we’ll have more interviews and raw articles.