Ever wonder what the big deal is about this whole RAW FOOD MOVEMENT! Well, if you are tired of feeling like crap and relying on everyone else to take care of you, and want to take your lifestyle to the next level, look no further. A raw food diet is filled with unlimited ways to eat your favorite foods! You won’t have to count calories or starve yourself. With this lifestyle you can eat a lot; And guess what?! A RAW FOODIST is defined as someone who eats 75% or more of food that is cooked to 118 degree or less. So don’t feel like you have to give up EVERYTHING. That’s no fun right? Just substitute some snacks and small meals and feel a HUGE difference. You’ll slowly find yourself replacing bad habits with good ones.
Here’s the top 10 reasons people are making a switch to this alternative lifestyle.
10. You finally really get to see where you food comes from!
Food Revolutionist, Jamie Oliver asked some school children to name an assortment of common vegetables. The results are scary!!! How many fruit and veggies would you be able to identify. Lets try out a few and see if you know what they are.
9. And how it grows!
The best way to know what you are putting into your body is if you grow it yourself. It’s amazing watching things grow. Whether you have a small patio, yard, or window sill, you can start growing your own herbs and salad. You’ll save money and be able to use fresh herbs for your dishes.
8. You will be more likely to purchase your food locally, and organically. So you can save money, and won’t be eating as many pesticides.
Here is a family who went Organic for a month. The results are astounding!
7. You will learn how to prep your juices and meals ahead of time so you have fresh quality meals ready to go always!! Plus doing things yourself saves you quite a bit of money.
6. You might just stop caring about Brand Names and keeping up with anyone.
5. So you can spend your money and time on better food and experiences.
4. And you might even decide to start measuring success by happiness.
3. Because we all deserve good food, peace, and happiness
2. When you are taking care of yourself… You are only as old as you feel.
1. Because you are what you eat. So eat beautifully.
**I am Chef not a Doctor** I have no medical training ** These statements have not been approved by the FDA**
So this post is going to be a little bit different than usual. Why? Well, because life happens. My dad gave me the best advice today about utilizing our time. We all have 24 hours in a day. That is how we are all the same. All of us. I’ve always been a little angsty, a little melodramatic, and maybe a little overly passionate. Some might just call me crazy. Either way I know how it feels to be happy, and I know how it feels to be sad. I prefer happy, as I’m sure we all do. So how do we do this? How do we make ourselves happy? This is a question I am pondering now, and I don’t have the answer. However, over the last few months I’ve gone through some major life changes and self-realizations.
We have to take care of ourselves- Transitioning into a raw foods lifestyle was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. Sometimes I screw up, and that’s O.K. It’s easy to correct the mistake and get back into getting those fruits and veggies all day everyday. I didn’t become a raw foodist over night, but I don’t even remember getting real joy from eating processed junk food. Dead food is what I’d like to refer to it from now on. That goes for anything highly processed. It’s all bad. It made me feel bad. It made me fat. It made me sick. It controlled my life. It led to me doing crazy diets and pills. These things made me miserable. Now, I can’t even tell you the last time I was sick. I feel energized and happy when I eat raw, so it’s an important thing in my life. I won’t let time, money, or anything keep me from eating fresh organic/non-GMO foods.
We have to exercise- Maybe it’s the gym, or running, or cycling. For me its yoga. I did a yoga challenge last month. I did 30 classes in the month of March. It was definitely a challenge. Between the new job I started and the fact that I now travel by bus, it was definitely a challenge. And I did it! I finished by the 29th with two days to spare. I really won that challenge for sure. I’ve always dabbled in Yoga since I’ve been in LA, but to really do it as a real yogi. Someone who made a real practice almost everyday. Some days I couldn’t go because of work, so I’d double up on classes on my days off. Some days towards the end of the month, I had to do 3 classes a day. It was amazing. It’s normal for people to spend 3-4 hours in the gym, so hows yoga any different? Throughout my day I constantly thought to myself how I’d rather be doing yoga. Time management is important, so like my dad told me today, he used to run everyday. I’m pretty sure 52 miles a week. He was a true runner and he had to work two jobs. My dad told me he would run at 5:30 in the morning or at 10:30 at night in order to give us the life we had, and still make it to me and my sisters sports games, and gymnastics meets. I must use the same practice and continue to do yoga everyday, no matter how much I have going on. You see, I did my yoga challenge, and then I got busy. I haven’t done a yoga class in over a week, and I feel terrible. I’m just so happy that it’s an easy fix. There is still this evening, and tomorrow is a new day to stay on track.
We have to have friends and family- Without friends and family, what are we living for? I come from the perfect family. My mom and dad are going to have been married I think 41 year this summer. They take dance lessons and play golf. I feel so blessed and not just blessed, but super lucky that my parents never fought. Not in front of me and my sister at least. They were a team. They supported me and my sister and still do to this day. My dad drove with me out to California. He drove his baby girl halfway across the country to live her crazy dreams. I haven’t seen my parents in almost 2 years, and I miss them everyday. I hope I can be at least half as good of a parent as they were to me someday. It’s important if you are living your life away from your family that you make a second family of good friends. When I came to California, it was just me pretty much. I had to make all new friends, and it was the first time I got to make all my own decisions and find people who were really interested in the same things I was. If it weren’t for my friends and if it weren’t for my family, I couldn’t be living my dreams. I wouldn’t want to. It’s a lonely world, and when you find people who make you shine, you hold onto them, and you don’t let time or distance keep you from seeing them or talking to them.
We have to manage our time- The one thing we all have in common is that we each have 24 hours a day. We have to make choices in life. I choose to live. I’m going to do things that I love and if I don’t love it, I’m not going to do it. I don’t care what it is. If you hate your job, quit. Wait until you find a new one, or build a savings nest, but if you don’t like you job, or your boss, quit. I promise it might be scary at first, but you will find something if you stay positive. You don’t have to hate your job. You don’t have to be unhappy with your life. It’s you! You have time to change. Your most valuable asset is time. I want to spend more time living and less time updating my Facebook status. I don’t want to waste time researching people who haven’t stayed in touch, or I haven’t spoken to in 6 years. I would rather spend my time making fresh food and finding new hobbies and spending time with people who are important to you.
So enough chit chat and lets get down to business: Raw Split Pea Soup
1 cup fresh peas (frozen if you don’t have fresh)
2 celery stalks- diced
1 Tbsp diced carrot
1 Tbsp onion
1 clove garlic
1/2 lemon juiced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp pepper
1 cup purified water
Since we are on the subject of time management, I feel this recipe is perfect. The thing that will take the most time is shucking the peas. Once peas are shucked, dice your carrots, celery, onion and garlic, pour that and 1 cup purified water into a blender with the salt, pepper, lemon, and cumin. Use a high powered blender and blend soup until smooth. Pour in a bowl and garnish with some parsley. It really tastes like split pea soup and fills you right up.
Lastly, The following gallery are photos brought to you by my friends at Onzie! What’s a yoga challenge without the proper wardrobe?
Photos by Brandon Menchen
I am going to do things that make me happy everyday. I urge you all to do that same! If you have questions never hesitate to message me. You RAWK!
I was honored to be catering this weekend in Las Vegas for a Shootfest some of my friends put together. Eating and modeling can be tricky… but I felt confident in feeding the models the best and most nutritious food in the world.
Juicing first thing in the morning is a ritual I love to share!
For lunch I served and hearty kale salad and my favorite recipe… Rawk Baby Chili!
For information on how to have me cater your next event email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the important things in preparing for a raw foods diet is making sure you soak your nuts and seeds. Why? Nuts contain some traits to protect themselves in nature. Our bodies don’t digest some nuts and seeds very well because of this trait. Soaking your nuts and seeds before you use them does the following:
Enzyme inhibitors neutralize.
The amount of vitamins your body can absorb increases.
Gluten breaks down making digestion is much easier on the body.
Phytic acid, which inhibits the absorption of vital minerals, is reduced
What You Need!
Glass Mason Gar, Screen Lid or Cheese Cloth, Purified Water.
I’ve created a RAWK BABY SOAKING chart to reference.
*As you may note I DO NOT use Cashews. I do not use consume them, so I do not use them in my recipes. The Cashew plant is from the same family as Poison Ivy, and parts of the plant cause severe allergic reactions… For that reason alone I do not use them: )
Tips for Soaking!
*Make sure you buy UNPASTEURIZED nuts. These aren’t typical, and are hardly labeled so don’t be afraid to ask before purchasing something you are unsure of. PASTEURIZED nuts have been heated in this process. You might recognize this from juice labels. It means that they used heat to kill any and all bacteria which also kills the healthy living enzymes our body needs to digest food, and they no longer sprout.
*Rinse nuts and seeds thoroughly before filling to brim with water. Nuts and seeds will expand, and must stay completely submerged in water the entire time. Every 8 hours or so, drain the water and re-rinse a couple times. This is easy to do with your jar! After soaking time is reached, use right away, or place in dehydrator at 104 degrees and dehydrate for 24 hours, checking on them every 8 until desired crunch.
*You can add salt and other seasoning on top of nuts right before you place them in the dehydrator for a healthy snack option.