Yo sexy peeps!
I’ve been wanting to get the low down from this little lady for quite some time now. Viva Pure is one of the leading raw food online superstores on the go in the UK at the mo. Number one for providing us UK rawbies with some of the sexy delicious foods available to our US rawbie cousins over da pond. Get your hands on some tasty snackage at the Viva Pure website but meantime, relax with your fave raw treat and read what the gorgeous (she is SO gorgeous) Michelle, the mastermind behind the entire VP outfit has to share about her own personal journey…
How long have you been in to raw foods?
As someone who is practically allergic to doing thing by halves, I pretty much bomb dived into the raw food stylings overnight when I heard it was entirely possible to eat like royalty and eat for your health PLUS hotness simultaneously.
It has been three years since I rolled with my first raw chocolate pudding and I’ve never looked backed since.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to KEEP IN TOUCH WITH MY HOT BOD at all times. Oh, and that the goal is not essentially to be 100% of any label. The goal is to experience vibrant health that inspires me to be a super creative person that spreads joy, laughter and passion. Whatever fuel my body needs to attain that goal is what I need to consume. ‘Nuff said.
How did you discover raw food?
I’d like to say it all started with a raw cherry cheesecake, one bite and KAPOW it saved my life! But in reality, I was just looking for outer beauty, a smaller booty and a natural high that lasted!
It wasn’t long before my pasta maker got traded in for a mandoline, my toaster with a blender (vah vah vita minx). The food processor came out of hibernation and has gotten a steady daily workout every since. It’s funny how quickly these new skills become so automatic!
What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
Straight up benefits (besides the ability to rebound higher, party harder and laugh louder) would be the harness of more mental alertness and killer focus on my dreams and goals enough to kick-butt start them into reality.
My creativity has skyrocketed and when I feel a bit down or low energy it seems to pass much more quickly. Although, I do have to credit that to the regular appearance of green juice. Yeah, green juice is my jam!
Another paramount change has been the courage to rock who I really am. It can seem intimidating to fully embrace a new lifestyle without taking on the general identity of its stereotypical follower’s. Despite the fact I’ve chosen to keep it more real with my food choices, I’ve chosen to remain true to myself at all times. Me, my bad-self and I, we’re just rocking it label-less, maybe just high fiving our reflection when we pass a mirror more often than we used to!
How did your family and friends react?
First conversations generally went something like:
“Raw food wont fill you up, its for rabbits kiddo, you can’t survive on that!”
Me fetching in a raw cherry cheesecake. “Rabbits must eat like royality then no?!”
Peeps confused “Cheesecake is not raw!”
Me “this one is, straight out of the food processor, flame free!”
Peeps persuaded to have one bite
One bite turns into one slice
Peeps bedazzled while they put in their order for a whole one each, everyday for the next week.
Round one = piece o cheesecake, raw style.
After the initial anticipation of what boys might think of my daily green stache’ and green t.shirt stains to match, I decided I was doing this for me, my bad-self and I, and us alone, everyone who could not appreciate that could hit the road jack. Basically.
Part of my personal journey has been this insatiable appetite for knowledge. You know what they say, with knowledge comes power. And oh does the self-em(power)ment come a-flowing! The controversial opinions never end of course, but that’s where my being a fan of listening to my own bod, staying flexible, having fun, and not stressing about it, comes in to play.
With each of us so biochemically (and epically) unique, I am a firm believer that it’s down to finding your own groove and what resonates most with you, no matter what food choices that has you making. Consider blending the best of what the world of health & wellness has to offer for YOUR game plan of healthy success! Take what you like and leave the rest.
My number one tip on this is to keep it FUN and GHETTO FABULOUS at ALL times, no exceptions! If you’re open to listening, what your bod truly needs to thrive will become clearer as you go. There is something so satisfying about getting mad science creative in the kitchen, especially when it involves chocolate!!
What advice would you give to people who are interested in getting started with raw foods?
Be open to have anything made possible! When you think its just about veggie sticks and a cashew cheese here and a green smoothie there, next you’ll be high-fiving ceilings, throwing parties, getting your travel on around the globe and starting epic companies since you suddenly have killer enthusiasm for rocking your dreams and rocking the boat just a little along the way.
What’s your number 1 raw tip?
A green juice on the daily has definitely upped my game, not to mention how fired up and refreshed it makes me feel after I’m one glass down. I recommend it for anyone genuinely looking to rock a killer outer glow, consider it your hottness insurance one big glass o the green stuff down regularly and you’re covered.
What’s your favourite raw food and why?
Favourite eats is a toughie! The one food that genuinelly makes me feel like I could take over worlds would have to be blue-green-algae, hemp and cacao. Oh snap! That’s three. So if I have to choose just one, I’ll take a combination of all three in a killer elixir style beverage, which by the way, will have you growing actual wings, no false advertising involved!
If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
This splits me right down the middle. One hand, I’m all over being orgasmically juiced up and epicly exotic like a mango, and on the other hand i’m all kinds of ga-ga over being a cake of raw chocolate on raw chocolate crime of chocolate ganache centre proportions! How art thou meant to make choices these days!? Food got way too good I swear.
How do you see the raw food movement in the UK in five years time?
I think it’s inevitable that the stylings of raw food will ultimately shift into mainstream awareness. That said,
people are generally more open to embracing and giving raw foods a whirl if they don’t feel pressured to be put in a box with the top sealed shut and no room to breathe when all they wanted was a date with a kale chip!
I hope to see more raw enthusiasts promoting the incorporating of some sexy raw skills to harness health plus rocking the fun factor in full force! Oh and they’ll be raw pit stops on every motorway. Like a “grab n’ glow” for healthstars on the move (“,) yeeah. That be bomb dot com wouldn’t it?
What’s the story behind Viva Pure?
I had no intention of making this lifestyle a career of mine, but as my new life unfolded over the last few years, I found myself on this stellar path that just made so much sense. Not only did I bag a smaller booty and some killer creative skills but it also inspired my passion to share the vibe with others!
After some major down time with my vision board, it seemed the next logical step to drop VivaPure and give people the chance to discover the epicly diverse and stunning world of healthy whole food, plant-powered goodness!..and ultimately, to show just how good it can get. I am genuinelly pumped to get to work everyday on something that i love…health fueling shenanigans baby!! aw yeah!
My next project o’ love, it did happen recently! RawHookedUp, is my recently launched website on a mission to bring the hip back to healthy. There you shall also find my services offered up, which include’s various one-to-one style session’s and my virtual 7- Day Bomb Body Cleanse.
HOT White Chocolate Candy Latte
This divine beverage has become an a.m must have of mine or an anytime comforting cuppa. Like a latte with a white chocolate, minty twist. Yes, orgasmoss in a mug right here. Hemp Milk is the star player in my version, but any prefered milk can be rocked and i’m sure it’ll taste just as epic! Whizz all ingredients in a blender. Makes 1 big mug or 2 teacup servings. Enjoy dollfaces.
1 1/2 cups water (heated)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Shelled Hemp Seeds
2 1/2 Tbsp shaved/grated Cacao butter
2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar OR 1 or 2 medjool dates, or other sweetener to taste (stevia also makes a good substitute – but the coconut sugar gives it that sweet candy taste)
2-3 drops mint extract
Dash of quality salt
optional: 1 Tbsp. Lucuma Powder (FYI: it will still be terrific without this sweet little ingredient, but it does totally enhance the lush~ness)
¼ tsp pure vanilla powder or Medicine Flower Vanilla Extract
1 teas. Raw Sunflower Lecithin (I can actually not live without this stuff anymore, but of course it’s optional)
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/