This is an interview with Karen Knowler. Karen is currently undertaking a virtual book tour and we’re honored to have her share her wisdom with us! You’ll find links to her new book at the bottom of this article, so sit back and enjoy!
1. What is the most important change you’ve noticed in yourself after going raw?
I’m not sure that it’s the most important change necessarily, but the biggest change I’ve experienced has been in my consciousness for sure.
2. How do you help people who turn to raw foods as a way of dealing with an eating disorder?
When I first started coaching in raw foods, I did work with people who had eating disorders, but I learned pretty early on that everyone has a different reason for having an eating disorder, and also that the disorder can be minor or significant, simple or complex. As such, I learned that coaching people around eating disorders is a very specialized skill, one I do not have, and so I decided not to coach people around this as usually they needed counseling or therapy first. For those whose situation is minor and fairly straightforward, raw food coaching can work so long as the client is consistently honest about what’s going on for them and is genuinely ready and in a position to make progress.
Because eating more living food is such a powerful upleveling for every aspect of ourselves, sometimes it is not quite as easy for those with an eating disorder to handle as we would like to hope, as it will initially increase any emotional issues, meaning that they will have to be quickly and efficiently dealt with. The irony of this is that the lack of dealing with emotional issues is often what brought about the eating disorder in the first place. Having said all of this, with the right approach from both coach and client, raw food coaching can be a very powerful catalyst for major breakthroughs, but the client must be really ready to transform and go at the pace that suits them.
3. What inspired you to turn your passion for raw food into a business?
My career in raw foods actually began when I took over the running of The Fresh Network from its founder, Susie Miller, in 1998. Through running that organization, I got to see clearly what was needed in the market and over time I learned that coaching and teaching raw foods was my favorite thing to do and the thing I received the most positive feedback about. Since making a success out of my passions, I’ve moved into coaching and training others to do the same, which has been incredibly fun and rewarding.
4. Any words of advice for people just starting to transition to a raw diet?
Of course! First of all, work with the pace that suits you. Some people go raw overnight and stay there successfully, but this is by far the exception rather than the rule. Most people do best with the slow and steady approach, although that is not to say that the journey has to be slow or even feel steady! In my own journey I had times where I felt like I was running with it, and other times when I felt like I was actually going backwards. This is very normal. The most important thing is to have ongoing compassion and support for yourself as you make this switch and be really clear on why you are doing it.
5. What’s your current favorite raw recipe?
Hmm! That’s always a really tricky question to answer as it changes all the time, like it does for many people. At the moment it’s my nori rolls. You can get the recipe and see me making them at Karenknowler.tv. They’re delicious, nutritious and super quick and easy to make. They’re a perfect lunch, but I enjoy them at any time of day, especially with sunflower greens. I think these will be one of my favorite recipes for life honestly.
Onto the book tour…
For more information about Karen’s new book Raw Food Made Simple, click here!
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