Hello and welcome to my website "RawFoodChick.Com". I am so glad you came by to visit. I wanted to share a little bit about myself so you could get to know me. I live in Carmel, California, located on the Monterey Peninsula. In my humble opinion, it is one of the most beautiful and healing places on earth. You can check it out here at www.monterey.com.
I grew up in the Midwest - Champaign, Illinois to be exact and graduated from the University of Illinois. I have always been interested in health and fitness so it was a logical progression when I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition and went to work in a local hospital right after graduation. I worked in the food service kitchen and did menu planning and food prep for all the patients.
As an employee, it was a "benefit" that we would get free meals during our shifts. It seemed so strange to me that after eating I often felt tired, bloated and just generally uncomfortable. Of course, at the time I didn't know why, but the menus we were taught to prepare were all based on the USDA and the standard American diet (SAD). It was packed with dairy, wheat, sugar and overcooked and over processed foods.
I finally started to make the connection that if I felt badly after eating this food, what was it doing to the patients. I floundered in this field for a couple of years before I decided I needed to make a change, so I went back to school and became a computer geek. I worked my way through college and another degree by teaching aerobics and working in restaurants.
The restaurant jobs confirmed that I had made the correct decision to make a change, I was amazed at the huge portions and what we Americans are putting into our mouths. I actually worked at one place called Bubba's Burgers - "Home of the famous Bubba Burger". This burger was as big as the plate and smothered with cheese, mayo and fat. They were the most popular item on the menu, the kitchen couldn't make them fast enough. I couldn't believe it - it was enough to feed a family of four. It was actually what made me decide to become a vegetarian.
After I graduated with a BS in Information Technology, I got the urge to move west so I packed up my 2-seater with all my possessions - I didn't own much :-) - and landed in Carmel where my sister and her family lived.
I continued to work in the high tech field but always had a very strong pull towards health and fitness. But then the unthinkable happened. My dear sister, Jennifer was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer. I became her full time caretaker. There were many trips to the doctors office and hospital stays. I was amazed to see that the food prep had not changed much since I had been in school. The food was still primary wheat, sugar, white flour products and fat. If there were vegetables, they were over cooked into a mush or a generic iceberg lettuce salad. It just didn't make sense to me.
So I started researching alternative methods, talking to people, internet, books, whatever I could get my hands on. Then I came across web sites on Raw Foods, juicing and the Hippocrates Institute, www.hippocratesinst.org It was fascinating to me and just made sense. At the same time, Jennifer had met a massage therapist who was a raw foodist and everything just fell into place.
With the help of her therapist and countless books, I learned how to make healthy juices and smoothies and how to pick out and prepare fresh, organic, raw foods. These live, radiant foods helped to give her energy and many needed nutrients in an easy, digestible meal. Even though her cancer couldn't be stopped because it was so advanced by the time it was diagnosed, I do believe that these foods helped to improve the quality of her life, She really enjoyed her smoothies, and it was often the only thing she could tolerate after chemotherapy.
After her death, I continued to study raw foods and have recently received my associate chef and instructor degree from Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, CA. www.rawfoodchef.com
Since becoming raw myself, I have had the great pleasure to experience the health benefits of going raw first hand. Besides increased energy, improved digestion and losing weight, the eczema which has plagued me for years has essentially become non existent.
Raw food is my passion and my goal is to share knowledge and educate people on the benefits of this healthy lifestyle. I realize of course it is not a religion, and the end all or cure all for everything. But I do know, I feel great. I am not out to be the "perfect" raw foodist, but I do know that incorporating raw foods into any diet will be of benefit. Check out my page Becoming Raw for tips on how to incorporate more of these radiant, live foods into your diet.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you found it useful. If you would like more information on classes, setting up your raw kitchen, or hands-on coaching and menu planning, please feel free to contact me.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: This information or any information that comes from RawFoodChick is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended or construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to lead anyone away from a qualified health practitioner. RawFoodChick makes absolutely no claims of any cure for disease. It cannot take any responsibility for those who treat themselves. If you have a medical condition, RawFoodChick urges you to be supervised by a qualified health care professional of your choice. there are many philosophies out there and RawFoodChick hopes you will choose the one that fits your needs.