Raw Chi has grown out of a passion to create delicious healthy food, without ever compromising on taste. I started my working life as a chef and have always been driven by the joy of creating delectable food, only as time went by and I began to educate myself on how certain food types can affect our health, the dishes I once loved to make, I began to recognise were attributing to poor health and I looked to create healthier option, without losing any of the flavour.
Food has been a huge part of my life and during certain periods I have overindulged and gained considerable weight. My world turned upside down when my beautiful sister Nicola passed away from breast cancer. Embroiled in grief, I turned to anti depressants, took comfort in overeating, and explored various forms of escapism. I became a shadow of my former self, my body was toxic and extremely nutritionally depleted, I would fall ill easily with common colds, migraine, skin outbreaks and extremely low energy levels. Eventually all these ailments became the norm.
Taking time out to travel South East Asia, I made a point of eating local produce, which after 6 months of travelling, I could see that I had largely reduced the amount of meat, dairy and wheat from my diet. I began to feel great and the weight I had struggled to lose began to disappear. Upon reaching Thailand, my experience was heightened when I sampled raw food for the first time while at a detox spa. I was truly inspired - not only at how densely nutritious raw food is but also how delicious it can taste! As a chef of 15 years I was hooked immediately, I felt as if I had discovered a whole new way of cooking and preparing food that I could whip up into tantalising taste sensations and once back in the UK I began to add more raw dishes to my diet.
I've now been studying the nutritional value of raw cuisine and followed a diet rich in raw for 5 years. Through studying under the raw vegan network in America attending courses such as Mathew Kenney's raw food academy in Los Angeles and The Longevity Conference in Orange County, California, I feel blessed to be in a unique position to guide and assist others who wish to increase their health and vitality, through increasing more health raw dishes into there daily diet.
In 2012 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, almost 10 years to the day that I had discovered the news of my sister. The major difference this time was that both my mother and I felt confident that we knew the raw foods and superfoods that could impact her health and assist the body to fight the tumour. In 6 weeks my mothers tumour that had been measured by 3 surgeons at 18mm, was removed and was found to be 12mm. It is our strong belief that the diet she followed during this time, was a direct result of the tumour receding and also contributed to her speedy recovery.
I married my husband Ian in 2015 and began growing my family, bringing children into this world, hasn’t been easier with much heartache, I’ve had 6 pregnancy’s in 4 year and I have been truly blessed, in 2016 we welcomed my beautiful baby boy Tate into the world and in 2018 my daughter Paige. I discovered during this time that I suffer from an illness called Hyperemisis Gravidarum that saw me in hospital for much of my pregnancy on Tate and leaves me a shadow of my former self, it is taxing on all family members and not only can I not create delicious food for my family during my pregnancies, I struggle to hold any kind of nutrition for myself. This illness has taught me empathy and a strength of will I never thought I had. I’ve searched inside myself and seen that the coach I previously was, didn’t have this life experience to transfer and use to help others. We are all tested over our life time and we all go through fazes of being a version of our better self and sometimes dropping the ball. Being healthy is always a work in progress and should never be met with anxiety, but by discovering new foods to sneak into your body should be a fun journey and never a challenge. Whether its simply having a rawchi lifestyle blend in my morning smoothie or creating a wholesome dinner for my family, I always remember my raw chi moto, “small changes, big difference” and this leads me in good stead for the day ahead.
As Hippocrates spoke, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!"