Hello and welcome to week five of my series called the “Get Healthy and Happy Project”. The aim behind the series is to demonstrate that there are many and varied approaches to “healthy” eating and lifestyle. There’s no one-size fits all way to live – food choices included! The most important thing is just to do something to move towards finding a healthier and happier you.
If you missed my first post, each week I will be interviewing people I follow (and love!) in the “health & wellness” field. As you will see, each has a different take on diet but all are healthy and happy!
Who are you featuring this week?
This week in the series we have the lovely Sarah Quinney, who is “The Raw Food Mum!” On her site Sarah covers a whole host of things relating to living a raw food lifestyle, such as what “raw” actually is, what it is not, why we should eat organic and heaps of information on the nutritional value of foods. She also wrote the Raw Food 4 Kids Cookbook and runs workshops and classes. This interview is really interesting so please have a read and enjoy!
For those reading who don’t know you, tell us a little bit about yourself
A little bit about me! Well we live on the Surfcoast of Victoria! I love surfing and have been surfing since I was about 13! I have a beautiful Husband and daughter Issy! We also have another bubba on the way! I’m also a graphic designer – now full time shop owner over at The Raw Food Store! So life is pretty busy, but a very happy one at that! I’m passionate about food – I think I always have been I just couldn’t put my finger on what was missing until I started eating raw food diet. I have also published a book Raw Food 4 Kids and I’m currently working on my next one The Raw Food Kids lunch box – I hope to have that out mid next year.
What was it that made you decide to follow a raw food diet?
My now Husband actually. Hamish had been 100% raw for nearly 18 month when I meet him, and I had been vegetarian – I basically started eating what he was eating and starting feeling amazing – I had also been diagnosed with fructose Intolerance and had stomach aches, gut issues and bowel problems for years since meeting him – all of these issues started to go away! So before I knew it I was drinking a green smoothie each day to work, then I wanted more greens and started taking salads and just eating raw diet!
For those that don’t know, roughly what does a “raw food” diet mean?
A Raw Food diet is a lifestyle really – it involves eating raw food – food in its natural state and food that has not been heated above 115F and 46C. So all the enzymes of the food remain intact for optimal nutrition.
You can be 100% raw or high raw! I think any % of raw food in your diet above 70-80% is optimal. Going 100% raw is a commitment and massive lifestyle change but one that is well worth it if you are suffering from disease.
How do you feel since you have been on a raw diet?
My whole life has changed from eating raw food. I got off all the fructose medication (as I had heart burn and indigestion daily). My skin cleared, more energy, clearer mind – and it makes you open your eyes to the way the food industry really works! I had my first cold in about 4 years this year – and I believe that was due to a low immune system being pregnant – my last cold was when I was pregnant with Issy! Just a general feeling of amazing good health! My daughter is never sick she also had her first cold this year – and really it wasn’t that bad compared to what I witness!
What do you do that makes you feel really “happy”? Did you always know this made you happy? If not, how did you work that out?
What makes me really happy? My daughter and husband for one! There is not a day that goes by where I don’t thank the universe for sending me my soul mate! I found my life kicked into a higher gear when I met him – everything just made sense! And of course my baby girl! She’s is a little blessing as all mums would say! But she taught me so much!
Loud music that makes my soul dance also makes me very happy:) and a good surf session – nothing like hanging out in mother nature!
For someone who is looking to change their diet, how do you recommend they start?
Start with what you comfortable with! Eating one raw meal a day then increasing your intake is a good way to start! I find the good ole green smoothie helped me, once I started having them I just started craving more and more greens!
For people with a family who may not all be on-board, what are your tips?
Don’t stress about it! Lead by example. I had this experience when I first went raw – they all looked at me as though I was on fad diet, it wasn’t until they saw the results that they were like hmmm… Sarah is onto something. My whole family now eats a lot more raw food! My 20 year old brother now makes green smoothies after a big night out! My mum comes down and raids the store of all the goodies – that makes me feel pretty happy to see her adopting some of the changes. She now makes almond milk, juices regular and is pretty fit and healthy for her age! She just climbed Mount Kinabalu and she’s 62! I was so proud – she is not 100% raw by any means but she is making changes, it’s never too late to change and evolve.
Thank you Sarah!
I hope everyone has enjoyed reading Sarah’s answers! The raw food lifestyle really interests me. We do eat a little bit raw (more by accident!) but this makes me want to try and increase the amount (I really need to use my spiraliser more!). I’ll sum up this post with a quote from above:
‘Start with what you are comfortable with…..it’s never too late to change and evolve’
If you would like to make one of Sarah’s recipes, please pop over to her site…and later in the week I will be publishing her “Raw Berry Cheesecake“, which I have adapted into my “Almost Raw Berry Cheesecake!” Yum!
Next week we will have Caryn from A Little Bag of Sunshine! And if you’re on Instagram don’t forget to add #healthierhappier to your pictures that show how you live “healthy and happy”!