People's opinions of the foods they eat are changing rapidly and since beginning Rawchi Lifestyle I have seen a shift in public perception. Previously I was on the fringe of what was seen as a healthy eating fad, another crazy diet, and when I would wave my Rawchi Lifestyle flag, sticking my head above the parapet, speaking out in the press and on radio I was often considered 'out there' in my food choices.
Yet I am thrilled to say that in the 8 years since I began Rawchi Lifestyle the public's opinion on the foods they eat is changing. New food labelling regulations is allowing us to see just what we are eating and see that we are in control of our health and wellbeing. Eating more whole foods and raw foods has become a lifestyle choice and people are reaping the benefits, this new awakening is allowing me to be able to teach a wider audience and witness many more health breakthroughs. I am privileged to be reaching out to thousands of people wanting to improve their health through the foods they eat.
I myself made a conscious decision 8 years ago to look at the food I eat and try each day to make better choices, less processed food, less caffeine, more fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds. This food choice, lead me to discover how to create raw food dishes such as courgette and sun blushed tomato spaghetti, flax seed wraps and raw lemon cheese. I discovered I need never feel denied and yet, I could gradually reduce the amount of dairy and gluten from my diet and begin to feel the health benefits. I began consciously choosing food by 'eat to live' mantra, not 'live to eat' and I try to do this at least 60% of the time.
With so many food choices out there, staying healthy can have it challenges, temptation is in our path the whole time and I coach my clients to recognise that small changes to their diet can make a big difference. Too many of us get caught up in labelling ourselves, such as vegan, raw, vegetarian, paleo... the list is endless. These labels can cause us stress, can cause us to put expectations on ourselves and make us feel boxed in and we all know stress is bad for our health.
So when asked what am I, am I raw, vegan, pescatarian etc., the best answer I can give, is I’m a Flexetarian, I do my best to be as healthy as I can but I recognise that life is here to experience for all it’s offering and I won’t deny myself the odd guilty pleasures along the way to give me a sense of balance, I still enjoy a delicious rich glass or 2 of red wine and a do so enjoy our local Italian restaurant on night out with friends and family. It’s recognising when the guilty pleasures tip over into everyday life and make the waist band on my jeans a little tight or make me sluggish and in need of an extra hours sleep, it’s then that a realise I can have all of the pleasure of raw foods and none of the guilt and I return to a diet to include more whole foods.
When my mother was recovering from cancer, she would often ask, "can I have one of those naughty chocolates?". This always made me smile because she was referring to my raw chocolates, that I make with reishi mushrooms. These superfood chocolates are anything but naughty, but taste so good, my mother's mind was being tricked into thinking anything that tastes this good surely is bad for her.
By conscious eating, I have seen amazing healthy breakthroughs in my clients, on the outside they experience a clear, bright, luminous complexion, enjoy natural weight loss and retain it, enjoy glossy hair (less grey), and sparkling, energised eyes.
The external benefits aside, what really makes a difference is that internally they experience heaps more energy, which is great for productivity. Enjoy increased confidence, have improved clearer communication and bolster their immune system to reduce and remove common complaints such as colds, headaches, joint pain, restless leg syndrome, headaches and are continually strengthening their body against chronic disease.
Over my years of coaching I have seen that a diet that increases whole and raw foods offers relief for people suffering from diabetes, lactose or gluten intolerances, symptoms of IBS, chronic fatigue, arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia and many other health complaints.
We all have the ability to tweak our diet and we don’t have to put a label on it, we just have to make some adjustments, remember small changes, big difference.