Do you take any supplements?
I currently take a daily supplement of iron, magnesium and vitamin D, advised by my doctor after a thorough blood test. I have always had trouble absorbing certain nutrients, even when I still ate red meat as a child. Always make sure to have regular blood tests done if you are considering taking supplements, and never take just any multivitamin – this could do you more harm than good!
What equipment do you use in the kitchen?
Simon and I use a Vitamix blender every single day to make green smoothies and soups. We also use a food processor to create fresh nut butter, energy bars, pie crusts and more. When we’re in the mood for raw vegan pasta, we’ll take our Lurch spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. Our favorite slow juicer for fresh juices is the Omega slow juicer. For raw vegan crackers, granola, pizza crusts and cookies we use an Excalibur dehydrator. For more information on the equipment we use and how you can transform your kitchen into a raw vegan Mecca, check out my Go Successfully Raw eBook, a 12-Step Guide to Stop Living Diet to Diet.
Where were you trained to become a raw food chef?
Simon and I were both trained as raw food chefs & instructors at the Living Light Culinary Institute in California. We had the time of our lives! One of our teachers there, the talented raw food chef Brenda Hinton from Rawsome Creations, has become one of our best friends.
Where do you get your protein from?
There are plenty of plant-based protein sources that will help you to build lean muscles and lose weight! Lentils, beans, chickpeas, tempeh, peas, quinoa and seaweed are all packed with easy-to-digest protein. The best raw vegan sources of protein are green leafy vegetables, sprouts, nuts & nut butters, super seeds like chia & hemp, chlorella, spirulina and buckwheat. For more information on plant-based protein, check out this blog post on Best Vegan Protein Sources.
Do I have to follow a strict raw vegan diet to reap the benefits?
Absolutely not! I don’t follow a strict raw vegan diet either – I prefer to listen to my body and focus on pure whole foods (products that don’t contain any weird additives, unhealthy fats or refined sugars). During wintertime your body might crave warming foods such as vegetable soup, oven-baked sweet potato, steamed vegetables, cooked quinoa and more. That’s totally natural! You might even have a softly boiled egg (organic free range is best) or a piece of raw goats cheese if it isn't your goal to eat vegan all the time. The choice is up to you.
What’s the difference between juices & smoothies?
If you are confused by all the information out there about juices, smoothies, fasts and feasts, don’t worry. I used to be too! This blog post will tell you all about the benefits of juices & smoothies.