More than 10 years ago while studying to become a professional journalist, I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr (chronic glandular fever) and Candida. You can find more details right here. The only way for me to regain my health was to avoid stress and completely overhaul my eating habits. I started by cutting refined sugars, wheat and dairy products from my diet, and gradually transitioned to a primarily plant-based lifestyle.
It was during this search for optimal health that I discovered raw & vegan food. After experimenting with smoothies, green juices and salads for a few weeks, I started to see incredible changes in my energy, weight and overall health. I woke up feeling refreshed after only 7 hours of sleep, my skin cleared up, I lost 15 stubborn pounds and my immune system got stronger by the day.
After a few months on a primarily plant-based lifestyle, I became totally convinced of the power of fresh fruits and vegetables for overall wellbeing and increased energy.
The effects on both my body and mind were so overwhelming that I decided to travel to California in order to learn more about raw & vegan cooking. Together with my partner Simon, who at the time was working as a construction engineer, I enrolled at the Living Light Culinary Institute where we learned all about raw food cooking techniques, flavor balancing and the science of plant-based nutrition. It was during this life-changing adventure that I started Julie’s Lifestyle as a blog to share my experiences and my love for healthy & delicious food.
It is our mission to offer tasty convenient plant-based snacks that will fuel your body with the essential nutrients it needs to perform at its best.
It’s ALL GOOD
Back in Belgium, Simon and I started a small business offering raw food culinary workshops, raw & vegan catering, and recipe eBooks.
After co-founding and working as the head chefs at the high-end raw food restaurant Essence Cuisine in 2014, we decided to change courses and pioneer Belgium’s first homemade raw vegan product line ALL GOOD.
We actually came up with the idea during our culinary workshops, when people kept asking where they could buy our raw vegan granola, crackers and cheesecake. And so, ALL GOOD was born.
We are continually exploring new flavors and developing new products for you to enjoy. All of our products are raw vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, and free from artificial preservatives. They’re made from scratch with fresh fruits & vegetables, sprouted nuts and seeds. By sprouting our nuts and seeds, they become easier to digest and sweeter to taste, giving your body plenty of energy. Unlike most granolas, crackers and cakes on the market, none of our ingredients are heated above 50°C (120°F) in order to preserve the maximum amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and a richer taste.
My first ‘real’ cookbook
After launching ALL GOOD, I started working on my first cookbook to share my story and recipes with a wider audience. Shortly after its publication in Belgium, ‘Julie Natuurlijk’ was translated as ‘Vegan & Raw’. My second cookbook ‘Easy Vegan met Julie’ (‘Vegan & Raw 2’) quickly followed. I feel incredibly happy and grateful that we had the opportunity to present both books in New York and Los Angeles.
The ketogenic kitchen
Last year I also discovered the ‘ketogenic’ kitchen: a way of eating where you get most of your calories from healthy fats, with moderate protein and a small amount of carbohydrates (mostly vegetables). This allows your body to go into ‘ketosis’, a natural state where it learns to burn fat for fuel instead of getting its energy from glucose (sugar).
Eating more healthy fats and moving away from a strict vegan diet has helped me immensely to balance my hormones, improve my sleep quality, heal my gut and overcome candida. It has also helped me to keep my blood sugar level stable, feel more satisfied and beat food cravings once and for all.
I still pinch myself when I think of how much my life has changed the last 7 years. I started Julie’s Lifestyle as a small blog, not knowing where it would lead me. I would never have dreamed that getting ill would lead me onto this path of empowerment and awakening. I hope my story will inspire you to give raw food & vegan cooking a try too!
Are you ready to reset your daily eating habits and get your energy back? Start HERE.
Would you like to learn more about the low carb high fat ‘keto’ way of eating? Start HERE.
You will be surprised how even a small change in your eating habits can have a huge impact on your energy, weight and mood!
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