Back from Rome and had a blast of a time! Will bore you with that another day, meantime, here is the utterly divine Jo Briggs with her fabby 11 questions… Booootiful
1.How long have you been in to raw foods?
I first heard about raw foods about a year and a half ago. I slowly incorporated more and more into my lifestyle and have been high raw since last November.
2. How did you discover raw foods?
I was doing a job for an eco living magazine and they gave me a couple of old issues to look at. There was an article in there on juicing and a bit about the raw food lifestyle too. It sounded really interesting so I did more research into it and thought it all sounded totally amazing and couldn’t believe I didn’t already know about it!
3. What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
I’ve struggled with a lot of emotional issues with food, starting out as anorexic then having food addiction so I was ecstatic that I could eat as much of this amazing food as I wanted, be healthy and not feel guilty about it. For me that was a huge thing, to finally feel free from all those issues. For a couple of months last year I went 100% raw and I lost some extra weight I wanted to shed too, I felt ridiculously happy all the time and had a great amount of energy.
4. Were there any drawbacks? If so, what and how did you handle?
I can’t think of anything right now!
5. How did your family and friends react?
My family have always been very supportive. They have a “do whatever makes you happy” attitude towards my choices. As for my friends, most of them had that same attitude but there have been some who have challenged me and at times made me feel like the lifestyle is mad & pointless.
6. How did you handle reactions? any tips?
At first I let the opinions of others really affect me and I’d slip back into my old unhealthy habits to fit in. Once I realised how unhappy I was eating a “standard diet” I stood my ground and learnt to ignore the negativity. I have lost a friend from the change, which is very sad but if that person was meant to still be a close friend, they would have understood why I made the choices I’ve made and would have supported that.
My advice would be, if you know this lifestyle is what you want, don’t let anyone make you forget it.
7. What advice would you give people who are interested in raw foods on how to get started?
Get making things!!! Its so fun to experiment with recipes when you discover this new way of eating. There are so many amazing recipe books out there and loads of free recipes online too so you’ll never be short of ideas.
Make lots of raw food friends. They’re all so lovely and supportive!
Go at your own pace when it comes to transitioning and most importantly, if you “fall off the wagon,” don’t beat yourself up about it!
8. What is your number 1 raw tip?
Daily greeeeeeen smoothies!!! They are amazing. Seriously. Go make one now.
9. What is your favourite raw food and why?
I love anything with avocado in it. Avocado and mango together are divine. Banana flaxseed pancakes are the best comfort food too. So yummy! Oh and kale chips.. I just love ALL the food!
10. If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
A raw ice cream sundae, because I’m sweet and there’s lots of layers to me 😉
11. How do you see the raw movement in five years time?
Its already spreading so quickly, I think in five years it won’t be seen as a weird thing anymore. There will be loads of yummy raw food treats stocked in supermarkets and tonnes of raw cafes, restaurants everywhere.
Not only is she amazingly gorgeous but she can sing! I can’t sing AT ALL and I mean, AT ALL. When I sing something really bad happens to the planet I’m sure of it. Anyway, as she’s such a lovely singer songwriter I thought I’d put one of her vids up
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/