A little over three years ago I went from being a vegan to raw vegan after reading and watching the progress people had made mentally, physically and spiritually from adapting this type of lifestyle. I had gone through my share of tough times, leaving me with this burden to carry that was stopping me from being the person I could be and I know now that I will grow to be that person. I was having difficulties being mentally stable, social, sleeping, constant physical pain in my upper back, frequent stomach pains when I was nervous and overall I was not happy or healthy. I felt angry on a daily basis, it was as if I was stopping myself from living while not having these intentions at all in my mind.
The first raw book I picked up to begin my journey was at a used bookstore for only 12 dollars, “The Complete Book of Raw Food,” by Lori Bard. In a little more than a week I could feel that I was going through a transition and growth. My friends and family could see a difference in my mental state, mood, skin, energy and I was finally sleeping better, my bodily functions were healthy and so on. I was so excited to have my first “Thanksliving” that I made far too much food for myself and even made two different types of pies.
Around this time period I purchased my first juicer, the juicer I still use now, a Jack LaLanne. It was a beautiful relationship from the beginning, I bought my juicer at Macy’s and could only afford it because I signed up for their credit card (15% off my first time) plus I was able to use a 20% off coupon. I now currently own an Omega 8005 and our romance is oh so sweet <3
My two favorite raw tools are my juicer and the spiral slicer my brother & sister-in-law gave me for Christmas. I love spiral slicing beets, carrots and zucchini. Some juices I make daily are Green Lemonade, Beet and citrus juice (grapefruit, orange, or pineapple whatever I happen to have around) and anything with kale, beets, cayenne and ginger! My dream is to own a raw cafe where I can teach people what I know and provide others with living food to brighten their life.
I currently live in Middletown, Rhode Island and am looking for clients to assist with cleansing, preparing cleaner foods, helping create their own recipes and other private instruction. I am a Living Light Culinary Institute graduate with certifications as a; gourmet chef, instructor, pastry artist, and advanced raw food educator.
I am originally from Newport, Rhode Island. Before attending Living Light I worked as a waitress/barista/Juicer/dishwasher at an all natural and organic restaurant. And before that even I worked at an organic and all natural grocery store. In the mornings I opened the produce section, giving vegetables a make over and sometimes cutting up fruit samples for customers. After that I completed orders, and was technically in charge of “speciality foods” which happens to be not a single thing that is vegan :p
I hope to inspire others to become more conscious about what they eat and how food is treated. May be to some that means I have no hope for the future of food, but this is real food, vegetables, herbs, and fruits! I honestly think if more people are aware then we can change how our food is treated and what products can be sold. No one alone can make the shift we need, a group of people can make the greatest shift of all.
Much love <3 and raw power