When I first met Jessie in the spring of last year, I was immediately entranced by her constant upbeat spirit and positive outlook on life. Her kind heart, caring demeanor, and non-judgmental viewpoints make her not only a great friend, but also a mentally enriching person to be around. Among other things, Jessie is a devout raw vegan and maintains a healthy diet by consuming mostly fruits and vegetables. To some this diet may seem strange and ‘unhealthy’, but I can assure that if you take the time to read her descriptions listed below it might changes the mentality you currently have regarding this diet. I personally think that Jessie, as well as other people commit to the raw vegan lifestyle, are very brave and courageous to adapt and strictly maintain a lifestyle that completely contradicts the standard ‘meat and carb’ based diet in this country.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jessie in this week’s Sunday Showcase to discuss health, wellness, and, of course, a lilttle bit of fruit. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys playing mother to three lovely guinea pigs, watching Arrested Development, and spending time with her boyfriend, Josh.
To the uneducated eye, being a raw vegan or fruitarian seems may seem drastic or unhealthy. Can you please educate our readers on the benefits and misconceptions associated with this lifestyle?
After being a part of this community for over 2 years it is difficult to look outside at the standard American eaters and consider that normal by any stretch of the imagination. Eating animals is not only extreme but it has been proven over and over again to be unhealthy and to be the culprit of the top causes of death in many westernized countries (mainly heart related). I do, however, understand that from the outside looking in, eating only fruit and veggies seems a bit bonkers. I can assure readers that it is not only healthy but it is HEALING. Eating more foods that have not been processed or cooked and that come from the earth help restructure and rejuvenate damaged cells in our bodies, improve our immune systems, and elevate overall health. Many people in this movement have healed things from acne to brain tumors simply through switching to a fruit based raw vegan diet. One of the most common misconceptions is that we are malnourished; this is far from the truth. Raw vegans get a HUGE abundance of vitamins and minerals through our diet, it is low in fat, high in carbs, and low in protein (I will get to the protein later).
You manage a Facebook and YouTube channel to promote healthy living and educate people on the world of clean and sustainable eating habits. Can you please tell us a little bit about this? What is your initiative, motto, following, and reach? Do you enjoy doing it and have you successfully cultured people on this way of life?
There are literally thousands of ways for raw vegans and fruitarians to connect globally. The list is endless if you just look. Having a YouTube channel is essential because there are so few of us in the world and we all want to see each other and communicate in some way. My channel, which initially as a video blog, is called Raw Vibrations. I do weekly videos discussing resources in our community as well as certain things I am doing to improve myself. My channel is actually going to be taking a new direction this year (2014) as we, my boyfriend Josh and I, will interview local farmers, post about fitness stuff, some recipes, and lots of other new and exciting things. We love meeting new people and sharing information about fruit and overall health.
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There’s a lot of buzz around GMO and other chemically modified produce. Do you believe these claims have validity and where do you default to getting the purest form of fruits and vegetables?
Yes. Simple: we always buy organic.
How do you incorporate protein into your diet?
There is a startling amount of protein in fruits and vegetables. Additionally, I would like to share this quote with you: “The World Health Organization says humans need about 5% of their daily calories to come from protein to be healthy. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. On average, fruits have about 5% of their calories from protein. Vegetables have from 20-50% of their calories from protein. Sprouted seeds, beans, and grains contain from 10-25% of their calories from protein. So if you are eating any variety of living plant foods, you are getting more than adequate protein. Numerous scientific studies have shown the daily need for protein to be about 25-35 grams per day. So if you ate 2,000 calories per day, and ate raw plant foods that had an average of 10% of their calories from protein, you would get 200 calories worth of protein, or 50 grams. This is more than adequate to support optimal well-being” ( http://www.living-foods.com/faq.html).
You always work directly with certain people on properly adjusting and monitoring their diets to be, think, and feel healthier, correct? Do you enjoy this project? Do you do it for compensation? Is it successful?
My services are open to everyone interested and I work solely based on donations. Soon we will be hosting retreats and workshops and stuff like that which is really exciting because we want to help as many people as possible regardless of their previous raw diet history or exposure. As far as the people I have worked with, I wouldn’t be comfortable saying that they weren’t “successful” just because they haven’t transitioned to 100% raw yet. They have the information and I think seeking it out and wanting to get well and take your health into your own hands is a sign of success. I have never ever met a failure in my life. Ever. Not in terms of this lifestyle or in terms of anything else for that matter. I care about everyone I work with and I admire those who really care about themselves and are ready to throw caution to the wind and do anything they can to feel their absolute best. I am inspired by those people.
Keep up with Jessie and feel the Raw Vibrations at:
Facebook (Jessie): https://www.facebook.com/jessiesuzie?fref=ts
Facebook (Raw Vibrations): Uhttps://www.facebook.com/RawVibrations