Woo woo, I’m bloody loving these interviews, such incredible insight to be shared by the scottish raw contingent! I met Lisa at a potluck and the first thing that struck me about her is how incredibly young she is for her age (98)…just kidding 😉 She’s absolutely gorgeous and lucky for me she has cancer rising (astrology not the dis-ease) because I accidentally deleted her interview with my trigger happy deleting spree i’ve been on (will talk about that another time) and she’d saved the whole thing! Nice one. So I’ll stop blabbin’ so you can start readin’ woop!
1. How long have you been in to raw foods?
Over 7 years now.
2. How did you discover raw foods?
I was bobbing about on a boat somewhere in between San Diego and Hawaii, having dinner. This guy was sat next to me with what looked like a plate of leaves. Being an inquisitive sort… oh ok then, a right nosy old cow, I proceeded to bombard him with questions about why he wasn’t eating any ‘proper food’, and it turned out he was a raw foodie. It was the first I’d ever heard about this kind of diet, but something just clicked; from that day on I was converted.
3. What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
Colds/flu/loss of voice etc all virtually disappeared. As a singer, fantastic news!
Also, strange as it may seem, my emotions became more calm and balanced.
Since my 20s I’d been plagued by chronic back pain. For years I’d tried every therapy under the sun to try and get rid of it. After a short while on raw food, one day I realised it had simply disappeared. All the aches and pains that I’d put down to ‘getting old’ just weren’t there any more. So liberating 🙂 Now, at the age of 40, I can honestly say that I feel younger than I did in my 20s (still got the wrinkles like, but never mind you can’t win everything).
4. Were there any drawbacks? If so, what and how did you handle?
This diet is an extremely challenging one in many ways. You’re removing many foods that you’ve grown to love over the years. Foods that provide comfort, reassurance, good memories. Foods that you use to repress a huge array of emotions. You’re stepping out on your own and embracing a life that is alien to pretty much everyone else in your life. You’re totally redesigning your body from the inside out. That can be pretty scary.
I kind of did it all the hard way – at the time I went raw I was travelling around, living in hotels or cruise ships, and didn’t have any raw equipment (eg blender, juicer etc) so I had a pretty restricted diet. I lost a massive amount of weight (many people go on a raw diet for this reason – it’s the BEST way to lose weight – but I didn’t want that; I was simply doing it for health reasons) and was worried I’d never be able to gain it back. Thankfully, once I knew more about what I was doing things got better and I got back to my ideal weight.
5. How did your family and friends react?
I got a wide range of reactions. Bemusement… confusion… hostility… concern… curiosity… but mostly they just took the piss.
6. How did you handle reactions? any tips?
Humour always works well 🙂 Making a joke of things can diffuse most situations.
I found that once I became more comfortable and confident with myself on the diet, then the people around me did as well. Once my resistance (to myself, and to everyone else) disappeared, then others had nothing to push against. It’s interesting..
7. What advice would you give people who are interested in raw foods on how to get started?
Don’t get all caught up on percentages. It’s not an ‘all or nothing’ diet. Simply allow raw foods to enter your daily diet and enjoy it; don’t force yourself into a box that you can label and control. You can get huge benefits by just being on a diet that is predominantly focused on raw foods. If you’re desperately craving something, just go ahead and have it, it’s not gonna kill you! Cooked food isn’t poison – it’s just not as great as raw food 😉 In my experience, cravings that are forced aside in an attempt to stay ‘pure’ always come back to bite you in the bum at some point 😉 Approach the diet gradually – go from your intuition, not your mind… it’s not about ‘ok, today is the 16th June and from now on I am going to be a 100% raw foodist… the body doesn’t work like that 😉
8. What is your number 1 raw tip?
DON’T TAKE IT ALL TOO SERIOUSLY. It’s just food.
Oh, and always remember to put the top on the blender.
9. What is your favourite raw food and why?
Ahhhhhh toughie… I love so many things…
I had a really nice peach once.
10. If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
Yikes… I wouldn’t want to be blended… or juiced…
I know, I’ll be a little alfalfa sprout that gets thrown out by mistake so I never get eaten… I’ll live in the woods and have adventures with all my little sproutie friends, and childrens’ books will be written about me…
… er.. too much…?
11. How do you see the raw movement in Scotland in five years time?
Wow, going by the past few years, it will grow at an incredibly rapid rate. When I first went raw there wasn’t anywhere near the amount of support and information that is around now. Meetup groups, internet sites – even Facebook – there’s so many ways that this information is being shared nowadays. The benefits to the diet are so huge, so immediate, and so NECESSARY right now, with all the terrible chronic diseases people are needlessly suffering. It can only go more mainstream.
Lisa Murphy is a hypnotherapist and counsellor who specialises in diet and healthy living. For more details visit www.CherryTherapies.com
Ah-mazing stuff Lisa, thank you so much for sharing (how cool a website name is that?) and this one is just for you…
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/