I was asked by a mother member of our beautiful community whether my children were raw vegan like me or not.
Let’s drop the pressure immediately: the reply is no!
My kids have been eating at the school canteen since they are three years old so it was difficult to compete with the canteen food loaded with sugar and gluten (even if before the age of three, they loved green smoothies and raw fruits and veggies such as apples, broccoli and mangoes).
Today they eat gluten, fish and meat at home, but I am not too bad at limiting dairy (they have dairy at school of course).
My best tip is to lead by example. They are very aware that I will never eat bread nor white sugar. They also know that if one day I feel like eating meat, I will. I listen to my body.
They also agree that vegetables and fruits full of vitamins and minerals are crucial to health, even if they don’t consume them as often as I would like. Sometimes I am surprised though. Yesterday for instance, they just ate fresh salad leaves with mayo and French mustard! Better than nothing!
According to French naturopath David from the youtube channel L’orme vert (in French), primrose and borage oils are the best ever when it comes to skin care.
But they are even more efficient when eaten instead of applied to the skin!
I have a great recipe for you: mix thinly sliced red onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, sea salt with one table spoon of apple cider vinegar, one table spoon of primrose oil and one table spoon of borage oil.
It is a great salad dressing for red lentils! I do not cook red lentils but simply soak them for a whole night.
Eating healthy is a commitment: we go and buy fresh produce often, we prepare food before going to work so we enjoy a healthy lunch break and we soak, cut and mix various fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I admit it can feel overwhelming. After many years of using a standard kitchen knife, I have switched to a big ceramic knife. It makes a huge difference because the blade is very sharp and it saves me a lot of time.
Please be very careful though my friend my sister! This knife is really sharp! Only use it when you are fully rested! Safety first!
The cacao nibs are just the cacao beans broken in small pieces to make them easier to use. Their taste a slightly bitter than the cacao powder but I love their crunchiness.
The cacao powder has been extracted from the cacao mass, the remaining part being the cacao butter. I love chocolate powder in hot drinks with reishi and vegan milk and also with chia seeds and soaked dried apricots.
Both cacao powder and cacao nibs can be sued a smoothies and you can even try topping your savory dishes with a little bit of cacao nibs!
I buy both my organic raw cacao power and cacao nibs at the best store ever: Raw Living of course!
Raw chocolate in a smoothie with spirulina:
Chocolate powder with chia seeds, almond milk and dried apricots:
I was asked on youtube if the way I eat, aka healthy eating, had an impact on my mental health and my energy levels.
Not eating sugar definitely helps me to stay focus and work better with my brain, while having less mood swings.
Furthermore, I attribute the way I can handle so many things in my life to healthy eating habits, whether it is being a single mother of two very time-consuming kids or moving from one continent to another within two years.
My way of eating is simple: fresh produce! I add nuts and seeds, seaweed and sardines.