Some people have a love hate relationship with veganism, some people like me have been avoiding meat and dairy for over ten years, yet still advise people to eat meat if they feel they need it because becoming vegan also requires research and a consciousness shift, and some people like Anne-Marie have so much strength in their beliefs that they do not hesitate to say it loud and clear: we humans are not supposed to eat animals, who have suffered all their life in shameful raising conditions.
It was such a delight to welcome Anne-Marie from Crudivegan on the live show in French. You may remember how I praised her channel 6 months ago and I have so much gratitude that Anne-Marie chose to read my book The Knot in the Spiral before our interview together today.
If go up one notch, after not eating animals, you can eat fruits and veggies raw my friend my sister.
How did you become raw vegan Anne-Marie?
Anne-Marie did a lot of research by reading books then slowly changing her lifestyle. She mentioned Douglas Graham, a doctor who is advising lots of athletes, author of several books notably Nutrition and Athletic Performance: A Handbook for Athletes and Fitness Enthusiasts and the amazing Kriss Carr, who has written Crazy Sexy Diet.
Anne-Marie also mentioned the famous “China Study” and you can read it all about in the book The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health.
Advice to transition from junk food to living food
Anne-Marie isn’t a big fan of fasting. On the contrary, she recommends kindness and a slow path towards more living food in your plate. Thus, she advises people to start by replacing the coffee, milk and bread of your morning by fruits. Very easy. For instance, on the morning of the interview, she ate bananas with cinnamon on top. The great thing about eating fruits for breakfast is that they hydrate you and remove toxins. Also, fruits are easily and rapidly digested.
Menstruation and the raw lifestyle
A very interesting question was asked in the chat about the feminine cycle and transitioning to raw food.
Anne-Marie said she didn’t experience the traditional upsetting symptoms of menopause. Personally, I went from having heavy, long and painful periods when I wasn’t eating raw to the total opposite now. Many raw foodists women are sharing on the subject so I invite you to learn from them, like the gorgeous Kristina for instance.
Eating raw and making yourself a priority?
I loved Anne-Marie because she really insist on the importance of self-care. Eating raw and self care mean you do listen to your body, you feel the hunger or its absence, the need to rest or to move your body around. Eating raw is an invitation to go inwards and really come to know yourself my friend my sister. And this is the only way to help others.
Eating raw and living in a city?
If like me you dream to live in the countryside, know that it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get more and fresher fruits and veggies.
Of course, fresh produce is expensive and eating healthy without wasting produce requires a little bit of organization. However, everything comes down to priorities. If what matters the most to you is eating fresh, you’ll find a way. You can buy in bulk, you can go to the farms market at the end and check if the farmers leave over ripe produce and so on.
A huge thank you to Anne-Marie who shined her beautiful light in this interview for us my friend my sister.