I’m a Bay Area native, living and working in Silicon Valley. Like many people, I grew up on processed foods and was a chubby kid. In high school, I experimented with every diet imaginable, gaining and losing weight, all in the wrong way. I was overweight, lacked energy, and was generally unhealthy. I had problems with sleep, and was having trouble with getting through the work week.
I have been on and off vegetarian/vegan for many years, but I never found any recipes that I liked making and which tasted good. I was introduced to raw foods a few months ago, at a vegan baking exchange. We each brought 2 different types of baked goods. One of the other ladies brought 2 raw items, and I was surprised at how good they tasted. And from there, I started looking at my own diet. I found that I actually love raw food. I just didn’t know how to make it a lifestyle. I started searching the Internet for raw recipes, tried a few, and was hooked. And I wanted to share my new love with other people, you!
I am still moving my diet to a 100% raw. I have my moments when I miss some of the processed foods that I used to eat. But the magic of raw cooking is that it’s more than just salads. You can really transform whole foods into something wonderfully tasty, and all the while, not losing any nutrients. I look to my two yogis (introduced below) for inspiration on how to live, eat and have fun. I hope our stories inspire you to try it too.
Yoshinori, My Vegan Partner in Crime
Yoshinori, or Yoshi for short is a rabbit who adopted me about 3 years ago. Yoshi’s diet consists of all types of hay: Western Timothy, Oat, Alfalfa, Orchard Grass, you name it, and he will eat it. It’s amazing how much this little 3 pound guy can put away. But he doesn’t stop there. Yoshi also snacks on fresh greens every day: romaine, green and red leaf lettuce, cilantro, basil, carrot tops, chard, parsley, and the list goes on and on. This little guy inspires me to eat clean everyday, and as it turns out, we eat mostly the same things. Only, he’s not allowed to have fruit as much as he would like. You might see him from time to time on this site, when he feels like it.
Hopkins, my Paleo Partner in Crime
Hopkins is an adorable tuxedo kitty that adopted me about a year ago. At 2 years old, he is a Paleo master! Although a little overweight, he’s working on it… well maybe he’s spending most of his time resting on my lap and asking for more food, but I digress… Hopkins definitely wants to teach people about how great a Paleo diet can be. But he’s not the poster child for moderation, unfortunately.