woop woop that time of whenever again! 🙂 this time, (of whenever) the wonderful and gorgeous kelly shares her wise wonderful wisdom. i met kelly for the first time er, quite a long time ago now and she’s got a real energy about her and i think she’s blinkin’ marvellous 🙂
1. How long have you been in to raw foods?
I’ve been interested for a few years now, but only really started eating a lot of raw stuff in earnest in the first half of 2009.
2. How did you discover raw foods?
The first time I really heard of anyone eating a raw food diet was about 8 or 9 years ago on Shirley’s Wellness Cafe website when I was looking for natural cures for my chronic eczema. I’ve always pursued the natural route because the steroids recommended by my GP just seemed like insanity to me. Anyway the writer had cured her own skin disorder by eating a raw diet alongside holistic therapy. At the time I thought it sounded really extreme, and not something I could realistically adopt.
It planted the seed in my mind though, and mentions of a raw food diet kept coming up elsewhere through other sources with claims of some amazing benefits. I heard so many good reports over the years it got me thinking it had to be worth experimenting with.
3. What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
I did a 2 week trial of eating 100% raw early last year, and I couldn’t believe how quickly my energy soared. I felt really good all day every day and I was in a great mood the whole time. That convinced me it was the way to go. Well that and the flat stomach I got – bonus! 😉
I also noticed incredible mental clarity.
4. Were there any drawbacks? If so, what and how did you handle?
The cost of good equipment and superfoods 🙂
There are plenty of dishes you can make without any fancy equipment at all though, and there are lots of reasonably priced juicers & blenders on the market. I started out with a little blender and worked up to getting a Vitamix when I realised I was going to stick with this way of eating. And I only just got a dehydrator recently. In the end though I find it very easy to justify what I spend on foods and the kitchen gadgetry because feeling so good is totally worth it. Vibrant health is my top priority.
5. How did your family and friends react?
My friends were curious, asked a few questions, pulled a few faces at my green smoothies then left me to it.
My family don’t really get it, but that’s fine, they don’t have to. I had to defend myself a bit when I started taking raw snacks to family parties & avoiding the usual party food – they thought it was some fad diet at first.
If I’m away from home I sometimes eat cooked food to minimise the planning and amount of stuff I have to take with me – I’m not fanatical about always eating raw, but I always revert back to it when I get home.
6. How did you handle reactions? any tips?
I get plenty of stick about eating plants etc and it not being ‘real food’ but it’s easy to laugh it off when I have seen big improvements in my skin and I feel better all round. The funny thing is that the most critical people are those who are most overweight or have the most health issues. They don’t seem to have any issue with eating my raw cakes though 🙂
7. What advice would you give people who are interested in raw foods on how to get started?
Read lots of the books or websites for eye-opening facts and inspiration, & then just start replacing things in your diet as and when you can, everyone has their own pace. There are are raw replacements for almost everything so you don’t have to feel deprived. And attend local potlucks if you can, it’s great to talk to other rawbies and try out different dishes you’d never have thought of. I was amazed when I first saw what other people had made.
8. What is your number 1 raw tip?
Find some really decadent raw recipes you love that make eating raw feel like a treat. It’s easy then. And always have raw snacks handy for hungry moments.
9. What is your favourite raw food and why?
Ooh that’s a tough one. Green smoothies are a staple for me because they’re quick, easy and you can have all your nutrients in one go. And raw chocolate because it’s chocolate – enough said.
10. If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
I’d be a nettle. Native to Scotland, thrives in rural and semi urban areas, a bit prickly if handled wrongly but full of good things if you make the effort 😉 Ha ha!
11. How do you see the raw movement in Scotland in five years time?
More people seem to be coming round to the idea, it would be great to see some raw cafes opening and pot lucks happening everywhere!
I’d love for there to be more organic markets selling a wider range of reasonably priced organic produce.
I also asked Kelly to share a bit about what she’s up to.
I’ve always been really into natural products, especially skin care. When I was dealing with eczema I couldn’t tolerate any commercial skin products at all, they really stung! I did loads of research and made my own skin cream from a blend of oils which did much better than the emollient paraffin-based creams my doctor prescribed. After years of making my own creams I found a line of natural skin care from the US used by models which has had amazing results on conditions like acne, stretch marks & scars, as well as skin marked by eczema. I now import this line of products into Europe and have it available at www.GreatNewSkin.co.uk
How awesome? Answer = a zillion. Can’t stop saying zillion today. Think I’ve said it a zillion times 🙂
Dis one for you Kelly 🙂
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/