on Mar 27, 2014 0 Comment(s)


RFR.com: Your recipes are truly some of the best to be found on the internet. How did you learn to create such amazing food? Did you attend a culinary school or has it been completely self taught?

Emily: Thank you! I’m all self-taught. I prefer learning how to do things my own way and that is how it’s always been with me. I am a perfectionist and like to be in control (sooo Virgo). A few of my favourite hobbies – writing, photography and healthy eating – come together on my blog and since I enjoy having these activities in my life anyway, I think they naturally complement each other.

RFR.com: On a similar note - you have mad photography skillz! Do you have any official training or was it all self learned and trial and error? And while on the topic of photos- what type of camera do you use in order to capture your creations in such an incredible way?

Emily: Nope! Also self-taught. I used to love to shoot landscape and abstract photography but obviously now my niche is food and that is all I have time for at the moment. It was a lot of learning through experience and yes – trial and error. If you look at some of my earliest posts, my photos are cringe-worthy. I have a Canon 50D with the 50/1.8 lens and thoroughly love it. Before that I had the Canon T2i with the standard lens and it worked great too, but it’s just not on the same level as my current one. I use all natural lighting and simple set ups with plain black or white backgrounds; I like the food to be the focus.

RFR.com: Nothing is more inspiring than seeing young people taking care oftheir bodies through healthy eating choices. What inspired YOU to lead a plant based, mainly raw diet and lifestyle at such a young age?

Emily: Agreed. For me healthy living just makes sense. We live in our bodies, so everything we do takes place in them; it’s logical we should keep them in the best shape possible so our lives can have the best foundation possible for doing whatever we want to do! It’s like keeping your home tidy.

RFR.com: What does a normal day of eating/drinking look like in the life of Emily Von Euw?

Emily: Wake up, drink water, do some sort of exercise then when I am hungry I’ll make a massive smoothie or juice and devour it. When I get hungry again I will eat fruit… this goes on until evening when I make my dinner. Dinner is often just more fruit; but often you can also find me eating oatmeal, steamed veggies and whole grains, or a huge salad. I always eat giant portions. And following dinner… you can pretty much bet on the fact that I will enjoy a raw dessert, chocolate banana milkshake, or at least some dates and nut butter. Life is good.

on Jan 28, 2014 0 Comment(s)


Do you find it hard to walk passed the raw food set at your local Whole Foods without salivating over the many delicious, albeit expensive, crunchy munchy snacks and treats? Have you often wondered how you can keep up financially with this habit? There's been an explosion of raw treats within stores in recent months and we must say the result is pretty much addictive! However, if you're feeling the drain on your wallet it may be helpful to strike a balance between indulgence/convenience and wholesome homemade goodness, which honestly, can taste just as good if not better than what you're buying in the store. 

First, lets dissect the reigning King of the raw food snack aisle: the kale chip. Why are kale chips so addictive and hard to turn down? The reason touches on a few key areas:


Number 1: they're crunchy, salty, and perfectly seasoned and come in flavors like ranch, cheesy nacho, and mustard dijon…need we say more? I think it's safe to say this combination inspires a universal YUM. 

Number 2: they are the ultimate fusion of taste bud satisfaction and nutrition! When you dig into a bag of potato chips you'll probably feel pretty yucky afterwards when all that oil, salt and other unmentionables hit your system. With kale chips you can indulge, lick your fingers clean, and get on with your day feeling like a million bucks! 

This lovely leafy brassica has gained a lot of attention lately, proving itself as a true superfood that is both accessible, affordable, and versatile! It's popping up in recipes ranging from salads, soups, entrees, crackers, sauces, pestos, smoothies, juices and of course chips. Why this newfound fame and recognition? Kale is an absolute wealth of nutrition, and it provides all of this goodness in very few calories (win!). 

Let's start with all of the vitamins, the leaders of the pack being Vitamin K, A, and C. In just 1 cup of kale we receive 1180.1% of our DRI of Vitamin K, 590.2% of our Vitamin A, and 71% of our Vitamin C. Oh, and did we mention this is COOKED kale. Think of how much you get from RAW. Special attention should be given to that epic proportion of Vitamin K. This critical fat-soluble nutrient is necessary for healthy blood cell and bone tissue formation, and if you're not eating your leafy greens it may be lacking within your diet. It's pretty obvious how to fix a deficit - simply eat some kale! 

Kale also provides us with some other nutritional lovelies such as minerals manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium, along with vitamins E, B1, B2, and B6, loads of fiber and protein too! Incredibly noteworthy is kale's antioxidant activity. Rich in key flavonoids such as quercitin and kaempferol as well as powerful carotenoids, kale can help boost our bodies defenses against free radical damage, giving it a leg up in the realm of cancer prevention.

Kale also helps fight inflammation - an issue found to be at the root of many degenerative and chronic health issues. How does it do it? By means of alpha linolenic acid - a potent omega 3 fatty acid. And remember all of that Vitamin K? It also acts as an anti-inflammatory nutrient within the body! Inflammation is a huge issue in todays world and can wreak absolute havoc if it gets out of hand. The more anti-inflammatory foods we can eat the better. 

Lastly, glucosinolates. These phytonutrients can't be left out when discussing the benefits of kale consumption! Glucosinolates provide spectacular anti-cancer benefits and also acts as a powerful aid to our detoxification processes. Kale's naturally occurring sulphur compounds also play a huge role in it's ability to help rid the body of toxins on a cellular level. Basically kale helps build us up, nourish us, protect us, detoxify us and otherwise keep us glowing with radiant health. 

Now, back to the good stuff, KALE CHIPS. Eating kale fresh in things like green soups, smoothies, juices and salads is of course best, however, that need for a satisfying crunchy salty snack can't be denied. Kale chips are possibly the healthiest way to satisfy that craving and are unbelievably EASY to make! Here's what you need:


on Jan 10, 2014 0 Comment(s)

If you're ready to make 2014 the year you turn off that stove and embrace more raw food preparation than you've landed on the right website! We've got the recipes to inspire you and the tips to help take your kitchen from cooked food drab to raw food fab! While a raw food lifestyle doesn't need to be complicated and gourmet everyday, having a few key kitchen tools will really help set you up for success, enable you to prepare a more diverse amount of recipes, and help make your food prep experience a true joy! After all - if you're not having FUN making food than you're definitely not as likely to stick with a certain way of eating. And one thing is for certain- raw food preparation can be such a joy, and become like an intuitive dance with your taste buds guiding the way.

The Essentials


1) High Speed Blender

This is by far the best piece of equipment you can invest in when building a lean, green and fully equipped raw food kitchen. Go with a Vitamix or Blendtec as these are both incredibly powerful, are industry proven, and will be able to tackle any blending task with ease and efficiency. While it's true that there are many nice blenders out there for a fraction of the cost non will allow you to reach that ever-so-desirable level of creamy smoothness like a high speed blender can. If you want your cheesecake fillings to be ultra silky and decadent, your nut milks to be perfectly blended into frothy perfection, and your green smoothies to possess not a single lump or chunky bit of fiber you'll need to invest in a good blender. Once you do you will literally wonder how you managed without it. The truth of the matter is the more delicious and incredible tasting you can make your food creations the more exciting this diet will be for you and the more apt you'll be to stick with it long term!





on Nov 26, 2013 0 Comment(s)

Don't waste another moment searching around the internet for Thanksgiving recipes! We've gathered some of the healthiest and most delectable recipes in one convenient location for you. What you'll find here is a mix of more traditional Holiday fare along with some not-so traditional (but super yummy and crowd pleasing!) recipes anyone at your Thanksgiving table will enjoy.

Inspiration is just a few clicks away, so gather your ingredients, fire up those high speed blenders, food processors and dehydrators and get ready to uncook up a storm this year!


on Sep 03, 2013 0 Comment(s)

Most everyone aspires to feel good and look even better. By making a few changes in our eating choices we can directly influence both of these things every single day! One of the easiest and most delicious ways to improve your energy levels, enjoy greater levels of health and yes even become more outwardly beautiful is to incorporate densely nutritious superfoods into your diet. 


What is a superfood exactly? It's a term we hear a lot about in the health scene. Superfoods by nature contain more nutrient density per calorie and many even contain certain vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients which are harder to come by elsewhere. While anyone can benefit from consuming more nutrient dense superfoods, jumping into this world can easily become a bit overwhelming as there is a lot to choose from these days! What are the best ones to choose and how does one utilize them?  It's easier and more delicious than you might imagine! Lets start with a few RawGuru favorites and staples that you can easily incorporate into foods you're most likely already consuming whether you're 100% raw or not.  


Spirulina


What it is:

This particular algae can do a world of good for us! It is loaded to the max with every vitamin and mineral known to man and is in fact like a whole food multi-vitamin supplement that the body can actually break down and utilize completely. This algae powder is a highly pigmented, dark greenish blue color and is dense with chlorophyll. Spirulina feeds our bloodstream with the fundamental elements necessary to repair and build healthy tissue. It is incredibly high in highly absorbable protein, is detoxifying to the body, and can help us maintain an alkaline blood pH. Algae for life! 


How to use it:


Add a tsp (or several tablespoons!) to your breakfast smoothie, sprinkle it over salads, mix it into cooked or raw soups, add some to salad dressings, or incorporate it into recipes for raw crackers or kale chips.


*Lucuma


What is is:


Lucuma is an Amazonian super fruit known as "Gold of the Incas" and has a very pleasant caramel or graham cracker-like flavor making it delicious in dessert recipes! It is high in many vitamins and minerals but is an especially good source of beta carotene, iron, calcium, phosphorus, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and fiber. The lucuma fruit is tree ripened, peeled, de-pitted and then low temperature dehydrated and finally milled into a very fine powder that blends very easily into recipes. You will love the unique flavor of this wonderful super-fruit powder - there is nothing else like it! Oh - and did we mention it is also low glycemic? No blood sugar spikes here!


How to use it:


Add it to raw chocolate recipes, raw cheesecake filling, raw  "graham cracker" pie crusts, caramel sauces, sprinkle it over cereal or oatmeal, or add it to nut mylk.


*Maca


What it is:


Maca is by far the most amazing root vegetable you'll ever come across. It is native to South America and grows at higher elevations in the Andean mountain range. Revered and coveted by the Native cultures of Peru, maca has a long track record as a superfood and has in fact been consumed as a staple for thousands of years. It's hormone balancing effects are unparalleled in the world of herbal medicine, and it has been used for centuries to increase fertility, energy, and general stamina. It acts as an adaptogen helping to strengthen the bodies many organs and systems. It can be used to equally benefit both men and women! Maca has a very pleasant malt-like flavor that is very synergistic with other sweet tones such as vanilla and chocolate. 


How to use it:


Blend it into smoothies and nut mylks, raw chocolate recipes, creamy tea lattes/elixirs, raw desserts such as pie crusts, cookies, bliss balls and energy bars, or mix it with nut butter and eat with sliced fruit


*Cacao Nibs


What they are: 


Cacao is perhaps the most important superfood of all because, well, without it there would be no chocolate! The cacao bean has been a sacred food since the ancient times of the Inca and Mayan indians. It was revered as the "Food of the Gods" and was used in ceremony as well as a form of currency. If you thought blueberries contained a lot of antioxidants you must be told that raw cacao actually contains 100 times more! Cacao is rich in a variety of flavonoids and is also extremely high in valuable trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese and vitamins such as Vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Cacao is also famous for its unique chemical compounds such a theobromine and phenylethylamine (or PEA) which can influence our brain chemistry and release certain feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and anandamide.  Cacao nibs are simply broken pieces of raw cacao beans for convenience of use!


How to use them:


Eat them plain or with dates and nut butter for a healthy chocolate fix, add them to trail mixes, sprinkle them over salad (yes, really! A chocolate salad - why not?) grind them in a blender or coffee grinder and make cacao powder to use in all your chocolate flavored recipes. For more raw chocolate ideas check out *cacao powder, *cacao paste, and *cacao butter!


*Goji Berries


What they are:


These lovely little berries are absolute powerhouses of nutrition and have become quite famous in the most recent years although their usage is ancient. They are native to Asia and are most commonly grown at higher elevations in areas such as Tibet and Mongolia. They have been used in Chinese medical practices as a general immune boosting and longevity tonic/food for millennia! You'll find over 20 vitamins and minerals within each handful of these little "red diamond" berries. They are exceptionally rich in Vitamin C, beta carotene and iron. Goji berries also contain all 8 essential amino acids making them a complete protein and are a source of unique plant sugars called polysaccharides with wonderful immune boosting properties.  


How to use them:

Sprinkle them over granola, oatmeal or yogurt, soak them and blend into smoothies or nut milk, add them to trail mixes and homemade energy/granola bars, or just eat them by the chewy, delicious handful!


on Aug 06, 2013 0 Comment(s)

If you're a woman whose already into raw foods and are considering having a baby down the road odds are you've thought quite a bit about pregnancy nutrition. After-all, once you clean up your diet and experience the health benefits such as elimination of disease, better fitness levels, clearer skin, better digestion, more peace and happiness in your life, improved self esteem and mental outlook, etc, you can't help but want your future baby to get the benefits of proper nutrition as well!

Pregnancy is a truly miraculous time where your body works intimately with Nature and the Universal Energy of Creation to literally build a separate human being from scratch. How the female body can build, sustain, and nurture to the extent that it does is truly mind boggling when you think about it. Making a baby is quite a feat and the importance of getting proper nutrition throughout the process should never be overlooked! However, when things like morning sickness (or on the opposite end, hard core junk food cravings) kick in it can be hard to make optimal food choices. It can also be hard to know what to do when everyone out there is giving you there opinions and experiential knowledge, and every book or doctor you talk to has something different to say. You want to be certain that you are providing everything your baby needs to be healthy and vibrant! Yet you may find that your mind is telling you something different (way different!) than what your body is saying. You may be completely confused or even scared. If you are a mama or future mama whose interested in following a raw food based protocol during pregnancy hopefully this blog will give you some suggestions that resonate. 

The number one rule for pregnancy is to listen to your OWN body. No two pregnancies are the same, and one women's experience may differ hugely from another! Take other peoples advice with a large grain of salt (Himalayan salt of course!). Pregnancy is not the time to be restrictive, set unachievable goals, or overly stress yourself out about things like diet. It is a time to surrender, trust, get cozy and get quiet so that you may listen to that inner guidance, because if you do, you will find that it is communicating with you very clearly. By listening to your own intuition and body you will feel a sense of empowerment which will aid you during your entire experience as a pregnant women. Instincts are strong during this time; embrace them!  

There is no reason why one can't eat a high raw diet during pregnancy, and no doctor, even in mainstream medicine, will tell you that raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds aren't healthy for a mama and developing fetus. However, don't be shocked if your taste buds, and your ability to eat and enjoy foods you once did, completely shift during early pregnancy. Morning sickness can be awfully intense for many women, and it is not necessarily a sign that you are doing something wrong, or that your body is overly toxic. Hormones are raging, and your body is channeling large amounts of energy towards developing a healthy placenta to nourish your baby during this time. These elevated hormone levels are enough in and of themselves to make one queasy. The body also has natural protective mechanisms within it that will shy you away from foods that MAY potentially harm your developing baby. Dark greens, herbs, and highly cleansing foods such as blue green algae are great examples. While these foods are some of the most potent and nourishing foods on the planet, they also contain a lot of complex plant chemicals, or can trigger detoxification, and in these early stages of pregnancy the body has one goal in mind: protect, protect, protect that little baby! You may find that those spirulina salads, kale chips, and green smoothies you once loved look completely unappealing or may even make you feel downright sick! Listen to your body at this time. Stick with basic, whole foods even if that means consuming more cooked foods. Some non-raw things that may work well if you're experiencing bad morning sickness are: steamed or baked potatoes, yams, or squash, steamed vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, or millet, cooked vegan soups, or sprouted bread toasted. Fresh fruit is a great choice even with morning sickness as the sweetness and high water content will be inviting to the palate, will help with dehydration, and give the body a flood of vitamins and antioxidants. Consuming fats that are easy to digest such as coconut oil, young Thai coconut meat, and avocado may be a better option than nuts, seeds and nut butters during this time as well. Consuming foods that are very easy on the digestive system and liver is important during early stages of pregnancy while the body's vital energy is deflected to the babies rapid growth and the development of the placenta. Put yourself on the "No Dogma Diet" during this time. No dogma allowed! If your body is telling you to eat something in particular it may be best to go ahead and honor that. Note how it makes you feel physically without sitting in any judgement. This experience can be eye opening and awareness expanding! 

Once morning sickness fades away (and don't worry it will eventually even if it takes its sweet time!) you'll be overjoyed to be able to enjoy a more well rounded diet again. Quality over quantity is the name of the game during pregnancy. Don't buy into the idea that you must eat enough calories for 2 people, it is simply not true. To keep things in perspective remember how tiny this little being is at this point. You will need to be eating enough to put on the healthy amount of weight necessary during pregnancy and breastfeeding but there is no need to overdue it and gain too much which may have health complications. Nutrient density, not nutrient deficiency and high calories, is where its at. There are several key nutrients that come up a lot during pregnancy discussions, even more so if raw foods or veganism are the focus. These are: Protein, Essential Fatty Acids and DHA/EPA, Folate, Vitamin B12, Iron, Calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and Choline. Please note that ALL vitamins and minerals are important during pregnancy and breastfeeding, these are just a few focal points especially as a vegan or raw foodist.

If your intention is to stick with a mainly raw, vegan diet it IS actually possible to get all of the above nutrients while eating this way, however a bit of planning and effort may be in order. Foods like dark leafy greens, hemps seeds, blue green algae, sprouted nuts/seeds and nut butters, coconut, goji berries, Incan berries, olives, etc. are rich in tissue and muscle building amino acids. Foods such as chia seeds, the herb purslane, hemp and borage oil, and blue green algae provide plenty of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Folate can be found abundantly in sprouted legumes such as lentils and also in leafy greens, citrus fruits, sunflower seeds, avocado, and even tomatoes. For iron the following foods are wonderful, just make sure to accompany them with plenty of Vitamin C for optimal absorption: spirulina, spinach, parsley, sprouted legumes, hemp seeds, as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. 

Pregnancy can draw a lot of minerals from the bones. Raw vegan foods rich in calcium also happen to be more alkaline than animal products sources like dairy. This leads to less mineral leaching from the bones in an attempt to buffer acidity. Get calcium from dark leafy greens of all kinds like kale, chard, collards and broccoli, sesame seeds and sesame tahini, coconuts, chia, and almonds. For Vitamin D your best bet is to get unfiltered sunlight on your bare skin for at least 15-20 minutes per day (along with some stretching and deep breathing!) but if you can't do this it is recommended to take a whole foods-based, organic Vitamin D supplement to ensure that you have enough in your blood stream to replenish yourself while the baby takes what it needs from you. Many vegan supplements these days combine a balanced ratio of Vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium along with various co-factors making it easy to get these critical bones building nutrients. 

on May 20, 2013 0 Comment(s)


Many of us may only encounter cinnamon as a tasty sprinkling on a dessert or tea. But this easy-to-find spice has healthy medicinal properties used in Ayurvedic medicine to address a number of imbalances. Here’s how you can incorporate cinnamon as a supplement to a healthy diet.

All foods and tastes in Ayurveda have properties that act a certain way upon the body. Cinnamon is considered to have a heating, drying effect on the body. This can bring more heat and flow to the digestive system, the blood, and a woman’s menstrual system. Like ginger, peppers, and other heating spices, you can feel the heat rise in your body after having a good dose of cinnamon. So why can this be good for you?

Cinnamon’s heating effect can improve flow in the body. It can reduce clotting in the blood. With this same idea, eating medicinal doses of cinnamon can also help the flow of a woman’s period if there are any clotting or thickness issues.

It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that just a half-teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with honey in the morning before breakfast reduced the pain of people suffering from arthritis.

Eating a half-teaspoon of cinnamon has also been proven to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. And other studies suggest that cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar. In this way, taking cinnamon before meals could be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

And cinnamon is also great for comfort when you have a cold or flu. It brings warmth to the body, and also has anti-bacterial action to help combat viruses and bacteria.

Ayurvedic medicine prescribes cinnamon, among other spices, for a sluggish digestive system. So if you need help with constipation, slow digestion, or even weight loss support, try taking cinnamon before meals as a tea or mixed with honey. The heating effect will bring fire to the digestive system and can even work to speed up your metabolism.

This versatile spice works great in both savory and sweet contexts. Here are some great ideas of how to incorporate a spoon (or a few!) of cinnamon into your daily healthy diet:

- Add to a smoothie with tasty ingredients like bananas, coconut or cashew milk, and other fruits and superfoods.

- Sprinkle onto your breakfast granola or muesli

- Drink cinnamon as tea for a comforting, warming effect

- Add to savory meals for a sweet and spicy kick

- Or just simply have a spoonful of cinnamon with honey to start your day or before a meal.

And a few more detailed notes about cinnamon: you can find two kinds of spice commonly called “cinnamon.” One is cassia, and the other is Ceylon cinnamon or “true” cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is stronger in terms of the health benefits. Avoid cassia, as it has a compound called Coumarin that could be unhealthy for the liver and kidneys in doses any larger than are used simply for seasoning. Look for Ceylon cinnamon by its scientific name, Cinnamomum zeylanicum  orCinnamomum verum. And always try to buy organic!


on May 03, 2013 0 Comment(s)


So you wake up in the morning and realize you left your personal chef in dreamland. Your next question will likely be, how to start the day with a healthy breakfast? Part of the answer is that giving yourself a strong start for the day depends on your individual body and needs.  But for all of us, in order to “break fast” after our bodies have been resting and our digestion shut down for many hours, this first meal is our opportunity to prepare our bodies and minds for another day.

 

Studies show that a healthy breakfast is import in kick-starting the day, from improving concentration and focus to starting up the metabolism to maintaining a balanced weight. Here are our suggestions for putting together an individualized holistic body-mind breakfast routine.

 

Start the day with some movement to bring life back to the body and get grounded. Even if you’re not a yogi, some relaxed stretches and deep breathing can make a huge difference to activate the body and mind. Bringing some movement to the lymphatic system is also a great idea to help circulate nutrients and toxins to where they need to go. Unlike the blood, which has it's own magnificent pump (the heart), the lymphatic fluid needs our activity to move it through the body. Shake up the lymph by dancing for a few minutes or doing jumping jacks. Any physical activity that brings your heart rate up will signal the body that it’s time for all the little systems and machines to get going and do their job! It’s also good for calming and centering the mind, especially if you follow movement by sitting for a few minutes to quietly visualize your day and bring in a sense of positivity and centeredness.


on Sep 29, 2012 0 Comment(s)

There are may reasons why Fall is a great time to fire up that dehydrator and start putting it to use. As the summer winds to a close we come into what is known as the season of bounty and harvest! So much bounty in fact that many of us don't know what to do with all of it! If you have fruit trees or a garden (or a friendly neighbor with one) you'll know what i mean. One can only eat so many fresh tomatoes before they either start going bad or start loosing their fantastic juicy, sweet and salty appeal. What is the solution? Bust out that dehydrator, slice up all that extra fruit and veggie goodness, and get yourself set up with enough dried goods to last throughout the winter! Once soaked and reconstituted, home made dried tomatoes make the most delicious base for flavorful raw tomato soups and spaghetti sauces! Keep your eyes peeled for fruit trees or berry bushes in unlikely places, even if they are in someone else's yard most people are more than happy to let people pick their extra fruit if it's about to end up back in the soil.

Raw, dehydrated foods are more nutritionally dense and beneficial to the body than cooked foods as they are low temperature dried, and therefore retain many more of their heat sensitive nutrients and enzymes. Drying food for preservation purposes has been a practice used for centuries. The very first food dehydrator was invented in 1975, and before that people simply utilized the power of the sun. Making big batches of raw snacks in your dehydrator is also a great way to save time (and money) during Fall back to school season. If you have an abundance of yummy crunchy snacks like raw crackers, kale chips, veggie chips, nori snacks, breads, granola bars, raw cereal, cookies, etc. the odds are that you and your family will be reaching for those healthier options during meals and snack time. 


on Jul 05, 2012 0 Comment(s)

Interview with Chef Raw Loulou

How long have you been involved with raw foods and holistic health?

I first started the actual raw food lifestyle full on  over 4 yrs ago now. It all initially commenced with a change to a more healthier regime overall which then, through research and more self learning.....progressed into the raw food regime and onto my qualifications in nutrition.

What lead you to your interest in raw food nutrition and did you have any health issues that you've overcome through this lifestyle?

It all stemmed from receiving the sad news that both my parents fell ill. My mother was diagnosed with early on-set althzeimers at the young age of 61yrs and my father having cancer at the age of 64yrs. Feeling helpless in every way, i wanted to research if there were any means to help either ailments. This started off my personal journey into nutrition. I was convinced that somewhere along the way to my mother's illness, her food intake had some connection to her situation and with regards to my father, I was in search of helping his progressive illness to relent some what via his food choices too. I personally had no health issues of my own thankfully.

Where do you live currently and where would you live if you could be anywhere in the world?

I live in the South of France near Monaco and have done for the past 12 yrs. As for the question of ...''where in the world I would live?"..... I strongly believe 'home is where the heart is' and my heart lives here in France precisely where I am.


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