Hello hello. I’ve been lax again I know. Gonna invent a word for guilt about not doing your blog…er….bloguilt? No that’s pish, answers on a postcard please. I’ve taken tonnes of photos too, honest! ANYWAY, here’s the marvellous and fantastic Kristin to entertain y’all (have started saying that again A LOT) with her lovely interview questions 🙂
1. How long have you been in to raw foods
I first discovered raw food in April 2009.
2. How did you discover raw foods?
I was diagnosed with IBS in 2008 and felt as if my health was going slowly down hill. I couldn’t eat a meal without feeling bloated, lethargic and just really uncomfortable. To cut a long story short I was introduced to The College of Natural Nutrition through a family friend. From there I took out wheat dairy and sugar from my diet and upped my amount of fresh fruit vegetables and water. Within a few months I started to noticed a difference in how I was feeling, I had my spark back but something still didn’t quite feel right. My diet was boring and I missed the “treats” like chocolate and ice cream which became isolating.
It wasn’t until I discovered raw food in April 2009 (I saw an article by Kate Magic) where my health really changed. I honestly couldn’t believe that you could buy dairy, wheat, egg and sugar free foods that actually tasted way better than the “normal” stuff I used to eat. They even made chocolate! To me this was freedom; I could once again eat the foods I was missing but still feel amazing.
Since discovering raw foods I cut out meat in June 2009 and became a vegetarian in September 2009. I still have goats cheese now and then.
3. What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
I experienced a lot more energy, better sleep, my nails started to grow as well as my hair. I felt like a “fog” had lifted and I could concentrate longer. I think the best benefit for me was that I could eat all this yummy food and still feel amazing in my body!
4. Were there any drawbacks? If so, what and how did you handle?
To begin with I felt very isolated as no one I knew ate this way and it was a whole new world that had opened up for me, so I was trying to find my own feet on my own. I was and still am very grateful for all the online websites and meet up groups as they really kept me going.
5. How did your family and friends react?
I have to say although my family might have thought what I was doing a bit crazy they were and still are very supportive of my lifestyle choice, especially my Mum who treats me to raw goodies. I am very grateful I made my friends a raw cheesecake and they all loved it. I don’t tend to divulge a lot of information about my eating choices unless I think the person is really ready to hear it otherwise they would think I was bonkers!
6. How did you handle reactions? any tips?
I never judge anybody on how they eat so I would like to think other people would have the same respect. I love what I eat and that is all that matters. Once people see a new radiant glow they will start to get interested.
7. What advice would you give people who are interested in raw foods on how to get started?
Take it easy. Not many people can go 100% raw overnight, although it has been done. Try to increase your percentage of raw food that feels comfortable for you, remember no body is the same and it’s not a race. I would recommend making delicious food that really gets your taste buds going. Oh and invest in some raw chocolate! Also join a potluck in your area so you can be around people who are on the same wavelength and learn new tips and recipes.
8. What is your number 1 raw tip?
Learn as much as you can about the raw food lifestyle, the learning never stops and truly love the path that you are on. Raw food is about freedom enjoy the doors that open up for you because its really not all about the food. Life changes on this path.
9. What is your favourite raw food and why?
Can I have 2 maybe 3? I love nori rolls, raw chocolate and ice cream. Mainly because they taste so amazingly good. I love the fact that I can still eat ice cream and chocolate but feel fabulous after eating it. Oh and I am a big fan of superfoods too!
10. If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
Chocolate because it’s magic!
11. How do you see the raw movement in five years time?
I would love to see raw cafes in Scotland. Also an aisle in the supermarkets with ready made raw food dishes. Maybe even a few raw food vending machines and also a raw food dish on every restaurant menu in Scotland! I would also like to see more raw superstars coming up here and doing more workshops 🙂
Awesome sauce (saying that a lot too Scott Kerr!!). I LOVE the idea of raw food vending machines. I could get one for my living room. Or ten, yes ten raw food vending machines. Thanks universe 😉
Have a smashing snowy evening. I’m off to see what the husband is up to, he’s making a lot of mischievious noise in the kitchen…
Doesn’t take much to make me happy and make me smile with glee…..
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/