Today I am doing a little something special on the blog. I know that a lot of people come to raw foods when they need to lose weight, almost like a last resort. But what happens when you’ve tried all the diets and you still cannot lose the weight? Photo credit: Victoria Since I’m no…Read More
This is an interview with photography expert and raw food recipe artist Susan Powers of Rawmazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions Susan. Enjoy the interview everyone! 1. What brought you to raw food, what’s the story there? Health issues. I was a gourmet cook, a sommelier and a…Read More
When I first went raw, I jumped in with both feet and went 100% raw for 30 days. The first few weeks I found myself eating tons of nuts! I know it’s not uncommon for people transitioning to raw food to overeat nuts, so I decided to share my story and advice about nuts. Why…Read More
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Wendi Dee from Pure Jeevan! Check out her words of wisdom and her raw food fairytale in this candid interview.
1. How did you get into raw food, what’s the story there?
I was obese with a long list of health problems. Essentially, I thought I was going to die at a
young age and leave my daughter without a mother. So, I gave living one more chance…and jumped
into the raw food lifestyle to see if it really could heal the body.
2. How has your diet changed since you first went raw to how you eat now?
My diet has dramatically changed from the beginning of my raw journey to now. In the beginning I
ate a lot of gourmet, rich recipes to mimic cooked foods. Now, I eat mostly salads and smoothies.
3. What’s an average day’s intake of food look like for you?
There is no average. I follow my body’s messages on how much I should eat each day, what I should
eat, and when I should eat. So, some days I consume a lot of food and other days I consume very
4. If you had to give a step by step recommendation to someone who just discovered raw, what would
Step One: Love yourself enough to make the changes you know will help you
Step Two: Continue with Step One and you’ll meet your goal.
It’s really that easy: LOVE YOURSELF!
5. What has been the most life changing thing you ever did, outside of raw food?
Giving birth to one of the most special beings on this planet has changed my life in more ways
than I can ever explain. Children have the power to change and to heal, so without a doubt giving
birth is the most life-changing things I’ve ever done!
6. In your opinion, what is the meaning or purpose of life?
That’s an individual thing. ;-) Overall, I think we’re here to experience this human life, to
feel, feel, FEEL all that we can possibly feel and experience!
7. If you had to explain your experience with raw food to someone in one word, what would it be?
8. What project of yours are you most excited about, and how can people get their hands on it?
I’m passionate about helping others, so most of what I do is done for free (a labor of love). I’m
most passionate about the Pure Jeevan blog because it’s through there that we share inspiration with others, as well as through our newsletters and
free ebooks. We do have things for sale, but I’m mostly passionate about giving away inspiration
Thank you Wendi!
Thanks again to the lovely Wendi Dee. I am so grateful to be sharing this space with these lovely inspiration women. It’s truly amazing! You can get your hands on Wendi’s raw recipes books here.
Join us next time for more interviews and more raw related goodies! :)
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.