After being diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, Lucy embarked on a journey to help and heal her body in a way that didn’t involve aggressive drug treatments or harmful therapies. What she found was a way of eating and living that allowed her to heal, recharge and celebrate a life far more rich and rewarding in all ways. She now shares her knowledge through the Raw Food Institute of Australia. Meet Lucy…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I was diagnosed with MS eight years ago and decided to take the natural route for healing instead of trying drugs and other medical therapies. Although I have been vegetarian most of my life for compassionate reasons I still ate a lot of cooked food and dairy as I didn’t understand the harmful effects of dairy either to me or the cows! I was introduced to Raw/vegan and within 12 months all of my symptoms had dissipated, I no longer use a walking stick and can move freely, exercise and enjoy my life again! I then opened a cafe called Kind Living Cafe in Maleny to share this style of eating with others, but realised my true passion was education, so I sold the cafe and now run the Raw Food Institute of Australia. We strive to provide information on the value of a plant based diet for our health, the health of the planet and the well being of the animals we share it with.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
To eat only whole fruit and vegetables that way I don’t have to try and translate labels!!
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
No matter where I am and whatever I am doing I make sure I only ever eat plant based food and always at least 80% Raw.
What motto do you live by?
As someone who chooses this lifestyle for compassionate reasons as well as health, this quote from the Dalai Lama really sums it up for me…
“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”
What is your proudest achievement?
Saving myself from a wheelchair!!
What are your goals for the future?
To keep promoting the benefits of a plant based diet, create a patch to plate un-cooking school on my 40 acre property and walk the appalachian trail cos I can!!
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
We shared this one on face-book awhile ago and it went viral… I guess people loves desserts!
Raw Caramel Slice
½ cup Medjool dates
1 ½ cups almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
½ cup tahini
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Large pinch Himalayan salt
Chocolate Topping Ingredients:
3-4 tablespoons raw cacao
1 teaspoon carob powder
3-4 tablespoons coconut sugar or agave syrup
½ cup coconut oil
Grind dates and almonds in blender. Add vanilla until sticky and then press into rectangular dish greased in coconut oil. Blend caramel ingredients together and pour over biscuit base and set in
the freezer for 20 minutes. While slice is setting, melt coconut oil for chocolate crunch topping and then add all other ingredients and stir well. Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour topping over slice
and place back in freezer to set again. Cut into small squares to serve. Makes 15.
Where can we find you?