I’ve been so quiet of late havne’t I? Think I’ve lost my blog mojo somewhere, probably in a kitchen cupboard hiding behind my nori. I’ll have a wee hunt later 🙂
Today’s lovely amazing 11 questions are by the fantastic Sarah Duncan. She rocks big time and makes the most gorgeous raw cakes and chocolates! She also makes sure that Grassroots in Glasgow has stunning raw food sexiness for us weegie raw peeps 🙂
1. How long have you been in to raw foods?
This is a slightly hard question for me to answer looking back and speaking to my mum, (I double checked I wasn’t imagining this to answer Emma’s questions), a large part of my diet was raw as a child, however it didn’t always work for me. Now I understand more about my dietary needs. I’ve been about 80 to 90% raw for about 2 years now.
2. How did you discover raw foods?
Proper realisation of raw foods came about for me when I was told I was diabetic (something that seems to happen to just about everyone in my family at some point). I knew there was no way I was going to be ill for the rest of my life. so I picked up a Gabriel Cousins book I’d read a few years earlier and that was that. Plus a wee trip back to the States to get a better idea of what I should be doing! However, I’m not really sure why the light bulb didn’t go off earlier.
I discovered raw cake and raw chocolate a long time before I became diabetic. I was about 17 and my dad took my mum and me to raw vegan restaurant in San Francisco. I swear I fell in love with cacao when I had my first bite of that chocolate tart!
3. What were some of the first benefits you noticed?
Benefits were simple for me: I’m no longer diabetic. The other things? Well I now only sleep for about 6 hours a night rather than 8 to 10, I feel way more rested, totally bingy, totally vibrant. I have way more energy. Making sure I drink at least 16oz of green juice a day has totally got rid of my PMT.
4. Were there any drawbacks? If so, what and how did you handle?
I guess this isn’t a drawback but my Dad swears when I eat cacao I talk at 100 miles an hour (normally about baseball which no one ever seems to care about) which I guess could be seen as annoying.
5. How did your family and friends react?
Family – well mum and dad are epicly happy with my diet choice. I found something that totally works for me. Mum’s diet is pretty high in raw foods – she was almost totally raw when she was pregnant with me, not by any real choice it just worked best for her then. The rest of my family seem fine with it. Friends, ahh now that’s a different story! I’ve had some total oddness especially from people who’ve seen me go from being a veggie (I was raised one) to someone who tried eating meat (for a good few years, my blood group suggest meat for protein and I can never seem to get enough protein, now rockin’ massive amounts of hemp) to my current raw state. They just didn’t seem to get that I was on a food journey to find out what work best for my body. I’ve lost one friend along the way who thinks I’m mad for not wanting red meat in my diet, but that’s no real shakes, if he’d been a really good friend he’d have just accepted it.
6. How did you handle reactions? any tips?
The one person that reacted badly is not part of my life any more but that’s their choice. Tips: don’t deafen people with your diet, your diet and your lifestyle are your choice’s, be positive about it offer to lend people books about raw food if they are interested in learning more. I swear sometimes a book written by someone with an MD or someone that’s famous will cause people to take more notice. Just be happy and love everyone for who they are.
7. What advice would you give people who are interested in raw foods on how to get started?
Well I guess the things I never did, I didn’t look for a community here I went to the States basically because I knew people that were raw there. Had I used Google or taken my head out the clouds for all of ten seconds I would have found it here. I’m still not sure why I didn’t. Support around you I think is the key to any change in lifestyle. Also read everything you can about health, happiness, positivity and water (seriously books about water are epicly life changing).
8. What is your number 1 raw tip?
Get a hula hoop! Nothing really to do with raw foods but there amazing amounts of fun! If you travel, buy a Kenwood smoothie on the go machine they’re about 30 bucks and it will be the best thing you ever bought – total god send in hotel rooms (also it fits in your handbag and airport will let you take it on as carry on)! Buy organic (I’m not saying this because I have an organic food store), I totally believe your body can tell the difference. Organic food is just more vibrant.
9. What is your favourite raw food and why?
Omg easy one, hemp in all it’s wonderful sparkly fruity form. I am completed obsessed with hemp, the seeds get put on everything and in everything. I’ve been drinking hemp milk for about 10 years now and could never go back to soya or dairy milk.
10. If you could be any raw food what would you be and why?
Cake – any type of cake or pudding or candy or ice cream – I like sweet things!
11. How do you see the raw movement in Scotland in five years time?
I’m not sure. I’d love for people to start opening businesses focused around raw food or with high raw content. More than anything I would love someone to start a sprouting company similar to Aconbury. I think their products are amazing, but I would love for there to be something more local. I want more people to come speak in Scotland, rather than everyone just going to London. I’d like Scotland to be healthy. I would like not to do talks at school anymore where the kids refuse to try vegetables because all they live on is pizza and chips. The life expectancy of men born in the east end of Glasgow is 54 so I’d love for people to get more educatated about food.
Awesome, awesome, awesomeness! Keep forgetting how inspirational these blogs are. Love it.
Be sure to check out Grassroots Organic for all your sexy raw and health requirements. They have chuffing loads of stuff – the deli counter will usually have a raw treat or two plus all your seaweeds, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, nut butters, hemp products, sprouts, raw crackers, raw chocolates, supplements, natural skincare and body products, make up, talks and classes. The list literally does go on and on and on.
Sarah also is the mastermind behind Elvis & Lily raw chocolates – yummy to the nth degree. Check out some of her creations…
Off to find my mojo now…
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/