Archive: INTERVIEWS

  • Hello!
    Happy friday and happy April 1st! Any good pranks happen to you?

    2 pranks that got me this morning:
    1. ohsheglows.com

    2. Mike’s podcast

    Cute.

    Have you liked this site on facebook yet? I would love your support… Just click the “like” button and I will love you forever (and I ain’t April Fooling about that;)


    The 1st….the 1st…the 1st….My favourite day of the month…You know why? I get to do an interview with a beautiful, inspiring, groundbreaking woman. If you read Cosmo mag, she would be the equivalent to Cosmo’s Fun, Fearless Female. Except I call her “Tomboy That Wears Makeup Of The Month” and let me tell ya, April’s TTWM of the month is a STAR…

    Her name is Kimiko Zakreski

    She is an Athlete, she made 2010 Olympian for Snowboarding….Read on…..
    Growing up Calgary, Alberta, Kimiko Zakreski was just old enough to get her first taste of the Olympic spirit at the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games. Though she was only four years old when they took place, the lasting impression that they made on her is what sparked her dream of becoming an Olympian herself.

    Kimiko started snowboarding over a decade ago on the slopes of Canada Olympic Park, which is located in the heart of Calgary, Alberta. With the Canadian Rockies less then 2 hours from her doorstep, Kimi’s love of the mountains and snowboarding grew quickly. Kimiko trained and competitively snowboarded for 13 years, evolving from Junior National Team to Development Team to World Cup Team and eventually to the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team. Competing and representing Canada on a world stage has always been a huge passion for her.

    Kimiko earned her first World Cup medal, silver, in Limone Piemonte, Italy in 2008. She was the first Canadian woman to ever earn a silver medal in an Alpine Snowboard World Cup. She podiumed again in the 2009/2010 season in Telluride, Collorado World Cup earning a bronze medal and qualifying her for the 2010 Olympic team.

    She was featured in MTV Canada’s Over the Bolts which followed Kimiko and her teammates’ journey to making the Olympic Team. Kimi is currently working on a new TV production set to begin filming this summer.

    Newly engaged to her fiancé Scott Willgress, Kimi has decided to take the 2011 season off from training and competing to focus on her exciting future ahead in her new place of residence, Halifax. Still undecided as to whether or not she will compete in the 2014 Olympics in Russia, Kimi is enjoying the year off from the hectic schedule and demands of being an elite athlete.

    As an avid supporter of amateur sport in Canada, Kimiko looks forward to working at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova this February in support of aspiring young athletes.

    Kimiko, snowboarder

    That’s a very impressive bio Kimi, thanks for doing this interview, I know your a busy gal. First off, what inspired you to get into snowboarding?

    I learned how to snowboard when I was 12 years old at Canada Olympic Park (COP). I absolutely fell in love with the sport and decided I wanted to start racing. It probably wasn’t until I went to junior worlds and competed for team Canada when I decided that I really wanted to snowboard full time and potentially represent team Canada at the Olympics one day.

    Awesome. What are some of your goals in the snowboarding world?

    Well that is kind of on hold at the moment. I am taking the year off to decided if I want to continue competing or not. It might be time to settle down and start a family but that’s not to say I can’t make a come back. My ultimate goal would be to win a medal at the Olympics.

    Kimiko, snowboarder

    Well you have definitely had an incredible career so far, what has been your absolute most favourite experience in your career?

    Winning my first world cup medal in Italy. It was snowing so hard that day and both of my teammates Jasey Jay Anderson and Matt Morison also made it on to the podium in the men’s race. It was such a great day for the whole team. Our coaches were so happy and everyone was grinning from ear to ear.
    Kimiko, snowboarder

    That champagne is well deserved, lol! That must have been a rush, besides snowboarding what are some other things you enjoy doing?

    Yoga, road biking, weight lifting, anything to do with sweating.

    Even snow angels? hee hee…Is it all that sweating that gives you such gorgeous skin?? What is your favourite Beauty Product?

    Olay’s total effects face moisturizer. It is tinted and has SPF in it too!
    And Loreal’s lineur intense liquid eye liner- this is a staple in my makeup bag.

    Good stuff! Ok, what is your biggest fear?

    Letting people down.
    What is your favourite quote?
    Fortune favors the brave.

    I’m stealing that! That line is so true. What is your greatest achievement?
    Making the 2010 Olympic Team! Sometimes I still can’t believe I did it.

    What a feat! The 2010 Olympics were absolutely unreal and it is incredible you were one of the athletes! Such an accomplishment.


    If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?
    That would have to be my best friend on the snowboard tour Johanna Lyle from the Australian Snowboard team. I haven’t seen her since the end of last season because we both took the year off from competing. We have traveled the world together for the last 6 years and since we are from different countries it makes it hard to see one another. We skype all the time though.

    Technology is amazing. From Halifax to Australia in real time! Who do you admire?
    My teammates Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais. They are both amazing athletes who dominate the World Cup circuit. They are passionate about what they do and are extremely motivated and hard working.

    What is something about yourself people may not know?
    I use to horseback ride and do western horse shows with my horse Apache.

    Cool! What is something that makes you smile?
    My fiancé Scott. ☺

    Aww, Your getting married!!! Congrats- from one bride to be to another……what do you do to RELAX?
    Yoga! Even though I have been doing it for a while now, it still sometimes amazes me how it can effect my mood and energy in just an hour practice.

    Well, I suck at snowboarding, but we have yoga in common:)
    Kimi, you seriously rock. So cool you are a Canadian too. Thank you SOOO MUCH for taking the time to do this interview. It’s an honour to have you here. Have an incredible wedding girl as well.
    Namaste!!

    See guys… I told you she was awesome! Check out Kimi’s website and join her facebook page!

    Enjoy the rest of your day and remember, “Fortune favours the brave!”

    I am going to sign the contract to our new place today… Opps, I didn’t tell you yet?? I’ll fill you in on all the deets tomorrow!

    xoxox0

  • Happy February 1st!

    I always look forward to the 1st of each month- not because YAY I get to pay my rent, but because, as many of you know- we feature the “Tomboy That Wears Makeup Of The Month.” The  TTWM Of The Month is a beautiful, inspiring, motivating woman that is putting big energy into the universe. My lovely lady this month is of course nothing short of amazing.

    Her name? Skinny Runner (this is what she goes by in the blogging community) Oh, and yes, she is a blogger. I have no idea really how I came across her blog. I am discovering how intertwined this whole blogging world is and I somehow stumbled across her website. I check out A LOT of blogs, and this one stuck. I have her bookmarked and visit pretty much everyday.

    My stalking of SR (skinny runner) goes a bit further than just reading her blog. She lives in California now, but is originally from Washington (just below Vancouver, BC). One day she was talking about getting her hair done and how even though she lives in CA, she still gets her hair done by her awesome hairdresser Ashely in Bellingham, WA….Sooooo, seeing as I think SR has a perfect shade of blond, when I decided to change my hair back to blond from brown, you guessed it- I went to Washington to get it done! And Ashley the hairdresser did a fantastic job and I will definitely be going back. So thank you SR for sharing your secrets;)

    The reason I like SR so much? She is a super funny, down to earth- what you see is what you get type of girl. She is gorgeous and likes to look good, but she is also not afraid to show sweaty running pictures, or pictures of her in her fishing gear. (She works on her family owned and operated fishing boat 3 months a year and fishes with her family.) She runs a ton of half marathons and marathons throughout the year and get this- SHE IS FAST TOO!

    Ok,  I’ll stop gushing, read on as we have a lil chat……

    Tell us a bit about yourself

    I’m a 28 yr old trophy wife just trying to figure out how to pick the winning lotto numbers. I dream big.

    So, what inspired you to create Skinny Runner?

    I wanted to talk about myself. seriously.

    Once I started blogging, I realized more what type of blogs I liked, what drew me to them, what interested me, so SR really became the blog that I’d want to read if I wasn’t me. (I swear I’m not that narcasstistic)

    I want to motivate people, encourage people, educate people, but at the heart of it all, I want to entertain people. I hope they get a smile or a giggle (or a gut busting, milk shooting out the nose laugh) from what I write.


    I definitely laugh when I read your blog..and I get motivated, what are some of your running goals?

    Run a sub 3:20 marathon. I’m 54 seconds away but that kinda seems like a lifetime right now.

    You are so fast! Would you ever get a coach?

    No, at least not at this point in my life. I run purely for myself (wow, does that sound selfish or what?!) and I want to run on my time, when I want, how I want to. I don’t want anyone telling me how to run. I swear I don’t have a problem with authority…

    How many races will you do this year? Hmmm thats a good question. Last year I ran 21 and so far in 2011 I’ve ran 2 halfs and a marathon so I think I could safely shoot for 1000. Reach for the stars, right?

    21 races in 12 months?? That’s incredible…What has been your absolute most favorite race?

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas Marathon in December 2009 was my first marathon and the first time that I BQ (Boston Qualified) so that will always be special, but NYC Marathon takes the cake. It was awesome, the whole experience. Almost surreal.

    (SR at the NYC Marathon)

    I would LOVE to run the NYC Marathon. What are some “insider” tips you would give to someone just getting into running?

    Get fitted for proper shoes that fit your needs. That’s an easy way to prevent injuries. Everything starts from the feet up. -Sign up for a race. It’s a great way to have a deadline to force you to train and get your runs in. -Buy a few cute, comfortable running clothes. They don’t have to be expensive but things that you feel good in. Who wants to run looking ugly?!?!

    Exactly! BTW (here’s a video I made on finding proper shoes) Ok, besides running, what are some other things you enjoy doing?

    Does reading People.com count or just make me supremely lame? I love to travel and try to get anyone I know to go on vacation with me. I’m a pretty serious vacationer. I mean, I could go pro at it maybe.

    I’ll go with you!!! You always look good, even when your running, what is your favourite beauty product?

    If I had to pick only one, I’d say black eyeliner. It makes you look put together even when your life’s a mess. If I could pick another, I’d say dry shampoo. I like messy, dirty hair but greasy, stringy hair isn’t quite as attractive…

    skinny runner 2011

    What is your biggest fear?

    My mom dying. I really like her and would like her to stick around for awhile.

    skinny runner

    Seems like (from what you post) you are very close with your family. It is nice to see. What is your favourite quote?

    “Life is tough but God is good” by Tony Dungy

    I like it;) What is your greatest achievement?

    Maturing and getting my life together, marrying someone who loves the Lord and loves me. He better or else I’ll beat him…

    haha, If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

    NFL quarterback Tim Tebow: fantastic athlete, amazing work ethic, and incredible character. Now that professional sports, especially the NBA and NFL, are pretty much known for drug charges, rape charges, and paternity lawsuits, Tebow is the anomaly. EVERYONE hates on the guy (‘He’s too much of a goody goody, he’ll never make it in the NFL”) and yet he conducts himself with maturity and grace, sticking firm to his beliefs and morals.

    Someone who is great athlete, with a strong work ethic, character and morals would definitely make for a sweet lunch date – Who do you admire?

    So it might be obvious I have a Tim Tebow crush… but I admire people who stand up for their beliefs even when it goes against what’s popular. It’s easy to say, hard to do! And my mom, she defines selflessness. I wish I could say that about myself.

    skinny runner compression socks

    I’m sure you are selfless enough SR….What is something about yourself people may not know?

    When I was born I came out wearing Christian Louboutins. Actually, I had to wear a girdle-stirrup contraption for a few months when I was born because the doctor thought he heard a clicking in one of my hips which could mean one leg would be shorter than the other. To this day, I blame every bad race on it.

    HAHA!  I’m smiling right now, what is something that makes you smile?

    Making up words and phrases with my husband… how the heck did we come up with “schwertner doiburger” and what in the world does it mean? We are two peas on the same short bus.

    I love how you always call him by a different name, (one day you’ll make headlines- “What will skinny Runner call her husband today???”

    And last question…What do you do to RELAX?

    Run. seriously. It makes life better and me less crazy.

    I think your on to something with all this running. You definitely motivate, entertain, inspire and make people laugh. Thank you so much for doing this interview. Come to Vancouver and do a race??? Or maybe I’ll see you at the NYC marathon sooner than later;)

    I am going for a swim, then running tonight with my triathlon club. If I ever don’t feel like working out, I know where to go for a push! Skinnyrunner.com is open 24/7!!

    WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO PARTY TIME!!!

    XOXO

  • Hello!!

    Here I am in Wainwright, Alberta (I keep wanting to say Sask, but I’m in Alberta!) I am out here with my love Michael. He is working on the oil patch right now. Our “routine” got shaken up in the last few weeks, when we decided that Mike would come work out here for a bit so we could take advantage of the benefits and create a nest egg in our money management system before we take the jump to full time at our production company. He is working so hard for our family. “Our family” meaning… me and him

    Of course we have our extended family, but we like to refer to the 2 of us as our own lil family.

    family photo;)
    Yes, our family is small…but will grow one day:)

    I wanted to share with you a family of 6 that is held together by an amazing woman. Her name is Brenda Hounjet Maks.  I am touched by her honesty with some of the struggles she went through with being a new mom, and how she found her calling in the process!  I have a lot of friends who are new moms, so I want to explore and shed some light on Brenda’s story of loosing her own identity at first to starting her own successful sewing/quilting business called Four Daisies, as well as being supermom. Obviously every mommy experience is different, but this is Brenda’s story!!

    Brenda! Thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions! Tell us a bit about yourself…

    ~ Well I have been married for 10 years now and have 4 beautiful daughters, hence the name 4 daisies. I have been a stay at home mom for 9 years now and count my blessings everyday. This is what I was born to do, to be a mother. My family and I reside in Okotoks Alberta which is 20 minutes south of Calgary.

    And what was your struggle?

    It has dawned on me that perhaps I should be a better example of what I perceive to be a strong woman to my daughters. To still be able to have the kids, the husband and still have me in tow. It seems like so many mothers out there lose themselves by giving everything in them to their children. While I agree with this somewhat, it’s important that we do not lose ourselves.

    What were the consequences of giving everything you had to your family and neglecting yourself?

    ~Well the problem with giving everything you have to something you love is that an extended part of you gets left behind.
    This lesson has come the hard way. I suffered from severe post partum depression after having my second daughter. Life was busy with kids and I had it programmed in my mind that being a mom was all I was. It seems I had forgotten that I was also a daughter, wife and friend. The hardest was the realization that I had in fact also lost myself. When I say that I lost myself, I should clarify. I felt lost within my own body and mind. I was unsure what my role was other than being a mother. Everything that I had once liked or enjoyed was then replaced with only what my children liked or enjoyed. It was an unhappy time in my life, however I would not change anything, simply for the reason of learning from our experiences.

    What was your “ah ha” moment?
    ~ I guess my moment came to me from the advice of a great friend who believed in me. She urged me to find my passion (which is sewing and quilting) and make use of it. I will admit that I dismissed the idea until one night when I realized I was bored. Bored with my everyday routine. I recalled our discussion and spoke to my husband about perhaps testing the waters of my own little home buisiness.
    The support I received from family and friends was amazing. They helped fulfill that sense of self confidence that I was lacking and I helped myself in the meantime by finding my passion once again.

    What are your goals with Four Daisies?

    My goal is to ultimately have a career doing what I love. To be able to show my daughters that if you have a passion and you enjoy doing something, then go for it! Do the absolute best you can everyday!

    “I’m in hiding…”

    “ahhhh, I’m back!”

    What kind of an impact has you taking control of your life had on your daughters so far?

    I was nervous about the impact that this may have had on my daughters. Turns out I had nothing to be worried about! My number one priority is still being a wife and a mother, always will be. The girls know that I am there for them anytime….always.
    My 2 older daughters are quite proud of me and what I have started, which leaves me with a fabulous feeling of knowing what I am doing is okay and right for all of us

    That is fantastic girl. How do you balance it all though?
    ~ Balance is tricky and I will admit that it is something that I work on everyday. Scheduling is a must! Since 2 of my daughters are in school full time and the other 2 daughters are at home with me, my daytime is me being a mom. Very rarely do I sew during the day. Once the bedtime routine is in place and children are asleep, that is when I get my second wind and I sew. I find that I am most creative in the evening, when my house is quiet and I can work at my own pace with no interuptions.

    Do you have any advice to new moms? (or soon to be aunties..lol)
    ~ Oh gosh, I could go on and on, however the best advice I ever received was from a lady I met when I had my first daughter. She had said to disregard any advice and follow your own lead. We will all do what we feel is best for our children, because we love them.
    As for being a mom, make time for yourself. Show your children that you are the best mother you can be while also being the best person you can be. Happiness goes a long way in family!

    I couldn’t agree more!  So speaking of happy things…what is your favorite christmas tradition?
    ~ There are many, however my favorite moment is when my kids wake me up to tell me that Santa has come. For that split moment there is nothing but complete excitement. To be able to witness Christmas through the eyes of your own children is magical!

    Aww cute!  I remember when I was little looking out of our front window on Christmas morning saying “Thank you Santa, wherever you are!”

    What are your New Years resolutions?
    ~ This year the only resolution I am making is to find the happiness and good in every situation that is presented to me.

    That is a great resolution. I have to say, I am obsessed with your designs!

    Here is some of Brenda’s work


    Your aprons are to die for….

    Mommy’s little helper:)

    Love the love bird oven mitts!!!

    patch work…..

    Check out Brenda’s shop here and join her facebook page here (she has giveaways and stuff!!)

    Thanks Brenda! When my 2 person family one day expands-  I will think of you! I guess that is a fear of mine with having  kids, that all the stuff I love and am so passionate about will be tossed aside, but you have proven that it can be done.  You’ve got a beautiful family and I really do love your work, I know you will go far – I could see those aprons as the next big thing.

    Ok, signing off from Wainwright, Alberta! Talk soon my friends!

    xoxo

  • Hi!

    It’s that time of year, where everyone is filled with holiday cheer, but it’s also the time of year where people gain the most weight!  I want to get through this season feeling good. To be honest, the past 4 days I haven’t been doing so hot. I have gone to yoga, which is great, but I have also been drinking and not eating well, bla. The great thing is, we have the power to change our lives with the snap of a finger.

    BAM, just like that, I have decided to make choices that support my desire to be as healthy and vibrant as possible! I’m hitting up day 21 of my 30 Day Yoga Challenge at Semperviva! The great thing about doing yoga everyday for 21 days, is that even if you eat bad- yoga makes you feel better immediately. Maybe it’s the cleansing breaths, the wise words of the teachers, or getting re-centered with yourself. I don’t know, but I am feelin better than I normally would after a weekend of beer drinking!

    Here’s me in a mean trianlge pose
    In 21 days I have done Hatha, Yin, Kundalini and Vinyasa Power Yoga, with all kinds of different amazing teachers. Looks like I could use a spray tan though!

    Next up is Marianne! We have been tracking her goal achieving progress one month at a time! If you are just checking it, Here you will see our First chat and our Second chat. She has lost a huge amount of weight, but had obviously gained in so many other ways…

    And now for our 3rd chat!!!

    Where are you at in terms of your ultimate goals?

    Since I started this challenge, I’ve lost very close to another ten pounds!!  That means I’m 20lbs away from my ultimate goal of 150lbs but puts me in the home stretch!  I am so close to that finish line I can almost taste it!  It’s been at least five years since I’ve been at this weight and I feel FANTASTIC!

    Are you where you thought you would be?

    I did expect bigger losses at the scale.  The unexpected payoffs have been the most rewarding for me though – I’ve dropped a pants size, I can run 10K, I feel strong and confident and all of those successes are just as huge a measure of how far I’ve come!

    Looking back when you were your heaviest, what would you tell yourself now?

    I would tell myself that yes, it’s going to be a lot of work but it will be completely and totally worth it, and I AM completely and totally worth it.  I would tell myself NOT to put it off until a Monday, until a stressful time passes, that it’s a commitment to a healthy way of life at the start of every day.  That it’s time to stop feeling sorry for myself, forgive myself and love myself enough to choose to make my health a priority.

    Do you think this next month being the holiday season, it will be extra hard?

    Holiday cheer could become a convenient excuse for me to slack off – so many parties with goodies and tastey beverages.  But I am determined to make this my best month yet!  I’ve come a long way in these last few months and I don’t want to undo all my hard work with overindulgence.  I won’t deprive myself of ALL holiday treats, but I will exercise moderation and keep my eyes my goals.  I am going to encourage my family and friends to get active with me and hopefully remind them (and myself) that we don’t have to celebrate the season only with food.  Let’s make the holidays about really just spending quality time together!

    Have your goals adjusted at all?

    I feel it may be unrealistic to announce that I will lose my last 20lbs in this coming month, but I’m going to see how close I can get in a healthy, non-extreme way.  I’m going to continue working with my trainer, keep pushing myself with running and in my group fitness classes, and be especially mindful of my nutrition as we head into the holidays.

    I know that this is going to be an ongoing journey for me that doesn’t end on December 29th –this is a commitment I’m making to me and my health that I’m going to continue to renew all year!  I know that I will reach my weight goal soon, and that I will set more goals in the New Year that will continue to challenge my fitness (half marathon?!).  Every step I take is all part of this process in the journey towards ultimate health!

    Ready for the picture of this warrior???

    Holy Crap! She looks beautiful! She said those were a pair of pants she had in her closet for 4 years and until a week ago, she could never do them up.

    Congrats Marianne. You look amazing and definitely inspire me! Thank you for so openly sharing your journey with us. We will check in with you on Dec.29 (your 29th birthday:) and see how you are doing. I can tell that this is now a lifestyle for you, no longer just a quest for a certain number on a scale. The important thing is you are healthy, you are glowing, you look fantastic and you must feel incredible.

    I am ready to make Dec. a great month too. What are your goals for the last month of 2010?

    Daily affirmation- No person, place or thing has any power over me, I am free! – Louise Hay

  • Hey guys!

    How are ya doing?? I hope you had a wonderful long weekend (here in Canada!)

    You’re in store for a real treat today! My friend Chris Kendall has stopped by to share some insight with us on The Raw Diet lifestyle. Now, many of you may be thinking RAW? I can’t even handle vegan (that’s what I think anyways:) But…you gotta hear him out. I really do believe he is on to something.I have learnt a lot from Chris by following his blog. His blogs consist of fun videos and also valuable content for the viewer. I have endless amounts of respect and admiration for Chris. He is paving a way for himself and changing the lives of others for the better. He was kind enough to answer some questions for us:

    I know you are a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, lifelong athlete, and 100% Raw Food Lifestyle Coach.  When and why did you become 100% Raw?

    Wowser what a intro, It almost seems I wrote it myself , hahah Well I first delved into raw food (the concept of 100% raw) about 7 years ago to eradicate a candida problem I was having ( candida is a form of yeast overgrowth that can effect us in many areas and cause many symptoms ). IN that time I tried doing 2 weeks 100% raw eatingonly vegetables, no fats, and only granny smith apples for fruits, due to the thought that “sugar” was the culprit. Wow ive learnt much since. That was a terrible experience to be honest one that lead to me crashing and having the most severe reaction I have ever had. A few months later I went to a health festival meeting and enjoying many a seminar with long term raw fooder and author Dr. Douglas Graham. He exuded health and vitality more so than anyone i had met, literally he was glowing, having been a 100% raw foodist of over 25 years at the time I followed my instincts and went 100% low fat high fruit raw the next day. What a change that was, i eradicated my candida symptoms within days and felt more energy positivity and enthusiasm than I ever had. The Why.. in truth started from my wish to skateboard at the highest level I possibly could while shortening recovery time. My own health journey started around 99 by simply eating more fresh whole ripe raw foods, namely fruit for breakfast and more salads, as well as implementing food combining as per recommended in a neat little booked named “fit for life”. Around the time I met Doug, I  had been a vegetarian for 3 years vegan for 1/2 – 1 and was in school studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. While Skateboarding and athletics were a big push for me to live healthier, the philosophy, animal rights, ecology and common sense aspects of going raw always played a big part, something that has only grown to surpass my athletic desires.

    Very cool! So, what does it mean to be “RAW”?

    haha :) well I don’t feel i am the authority on that, many people feel being raw means eating 80 % + of your food means you are “raw” wether quantified by calorie, volume, I dont know. Others feel to be considered “raw” you need be 100% or very close to at the least. Personally I am not to concerned with the definition or percentage, as I have heard Dr D say, “we are all raw fooders, its just that some of us eat cooked food too” Being focused on a definition or letting pride or judgement get in the way strays us from the real deal, its not a contest on being raw, its about being healthy and moving towards the best you you can be.

    Makes sense to me! Was it a hard transition?

    This for me is a loaded question ahahhaa, for sure I had troubles slips and really hard times in my own transition, in truth that is a big part of why I am doing what I am doing, so that I can help make the transition easier for others. Really though the bulk of my transition ( as a whole) was so effortless joyful expanding and pleasant its amazing, with the joys came struggle, hardship, self doubt, social and emotional struggles really forcing inward and personal growth. Truly I see the raw food diet effecting every single aspect of our lives as a transformative process. It can really be a catalyst for positive change. Physically mentally emotionally and spiritually it opens you up, asking you to pay attention, deal with and let go of that which is unessential. In reality most people have more issues/troubles with the emotional ramifications of freeing up so much nerve energy (allowing them to feel much much more deeply) as well as the stored toxemia that must be purged than the food aspect. As with any big lifestyle change, persistence, desire, continually growing reasons and a whole lot of honest self love are needed to reach the goal.

    I went to a friends birthday party and through mutual friends there was a couple sitting with us who live the raw lifestyle. There was NOTHING on the menu for them to eat, so they had to modify and eat hot soup, among other “cooked” things. Does this ever happen to you and do you feel bad after?

    Truthfully Its been a rarity for me to have a issue at any restaurant. Most often i travel prepared having 4 – 12 peices of fruit with me to cut my appetite before going into a restaurant or when hungry, even in lue of that I find I can order a decent salad almost everywhere. I enjoy doing special orders, simply asking the server for “the largest salad they can make, wit tons of lettuce, tomatoes, celery cucumber and if they have it some fresh fruit, or avocado, A few limes/lemons on the side please” simple as that. Buffets are the way to go for me, I love decimating them. hhaha. There have been a few times that i have gone to a restaurant and they literally said they didn’t have a raw vegetable or fruit in the back (ewwwwwww ahaha ) in that case I simply drank water and waited. Personally I would rather skip one meal (apowerful practice when sick, enervated, in trauma, stressed ect) than give up my ideals and feel sick afterwards for it.

    That makes sense. If you really want to follow it 100%, you just do it. Do you think you will carry on this lifestyle for the rest of your life?

    I have every intention of eating/living in a way that is most conducive to my highest well being for the rest of my life. 100% fresh ripe raw organic plant food fits the bill every-time, short of famine or some other huge change within myself or the world food supply id rather fast than stray from 100% raw. This diet is so effortless 2nd nature and physically mentally and spiritually rewarding to me that I can not imaging turning back of my own violation. Its interesting to note that the vast majority of “raw gurus’s” especially “mainstream raw guru’s” admit they eat cooked food, many recommend it as well. Mind you I am not judging only laying out the facts as they are. Mainstream raw is high in fat often low in fruit, filled with superfoods, supplements, enzyme powders, colonics and other expensive products that really arent conducive to long term success. The only long term 100% raw fooders I know eat a well balanced low fat high fruit raw diet. Its what nature, our physiology, comparative physiology as well as natural taste dictate. I have heard time and time again from people who have went from trying to survive on a high fat gourmet raw diet, struggling, to easily and happily thriving on a low fat high carb approach.

    Through the months that I have been following you, I have noticed you are always living somewhere different, tell us about your “live in feature.”

    Very fun, well I have always loved to travel, also i know that having hands on expereince and the presence of someone who has not only gone through transition but finds this lifestyle a effortless joy can help hugetime for those just starting. These two facts, among that I love honest interaction and with it mutual growth birthed my live in consulting. The idea being I stay full time with someone 1 week to 1 month, on average, helping them implement a 100% (or transition to) raw diet as well as all the other aspects of a fully holistically hygienically healthy lifestyle that they themselves are ready for and wish to implement. I love it, basically my services all flow by donation, although with this one I ask that travel accommodation and my personal food is all provided before donation is considered.

    You have taught at the Agape Center in LA- which is so rad! (FYI readers-The Agape Center is founded by Michael Bernard Beckwith, he was featured in The Secret) You’ve also had some pretty well known athletes that you’ve coached. I’m not huge in the skateboard world, but I definitely recognized some names of the guys you coach. Who have you worked with and how did they hear about you?

    I feel blessed to have worked with the people that i have, many very well known indeed and with the ability to influence and reach out to so many more. Of recent i have been living in with Pro skateboarder Steve Berra. He has been pro for 19 year now its been a real treat to get to know him and help him implement many factors of health, the 100% raw diet included. Some other well known amazing Pro sk8ers I have gotten to influence with much positive result is Jim Greco, PJ Ladd as well as Legend Salman Agah among Others. Steve found me through the internet. Unbeknownst to me a friend (Tim S. thanks brother) sent Steve a email, who at the time on his site “The Berrics” made it clear he was experiencing health issues. From there Steve emailed me. I was heading to la around that time anyways so we met up, did a interview for his web site during which i mentioned my “live in consults” n the rest is history. I met the other pros through Steve, thanks bradah 

    What kind of transformation do you see with your clients?

    Wow I see transformations of all kinds,ups and downs during the first few months as they purge in many ways, but universally during and afterwards I feel and see more ease, happiness and joy in living than before. I have seen colitis overcome, fatigue and depression become a thing of the past, enthusiasm and joy bubble forth where it was capped before. Athletic ability and desire to be active rise to new heights, midfulness and desire to develop spiritually increase and take new priority, Its really a blessing and a joy.

    Do you see yourself ever settling down somewhere?

    Settling down settling down ahahha, well I always wish to be active ahah, wish to jump from one place to another as well, but my wish is to open 2 – 3 healing retreat centers in different places in the world. One in the northern hemisphere (within the tropical belt) one in the southern and then one possibly in canada, okanagan area. The idea being I would stay and run fasting, healing, athletic retreats during the peak seasons of each location with enough housing, orchard, garden to be fully self sustainable and green giving housing and get away space for freinds family as well as any and all that are in need. Im thinking 3 ewok villages ahaha with tons of living space integrated into nature. I have more than a few friends that in their respective fields and expertise could help, i am excited to see this vision take shape in the coming years/decades.

    I know you will make it happen and I can’t wait to visit! Do you cringe at meat eaters or even someone like me who drinks alcohol, sometimes eats cheese and goes to Dairy Queen?

    hahah Well Ill admit there was a time during my transition where i did, simply because i rejected that past part of myself, I dont anymore. TO each there own, I know im my past (i used to eat anything and everything the greasier more meaty the better, or more alcohol the better, it used to be my aim to black out) any judgement or negativity toward me would have felt just as it should crappy, i wouldn’t wish to reflect or give that out to anyone. We each come to our own discoveries in our own time, being open and willing to share with those genuinely interested is my highest purpose.

    What advice would you give someone like me who is about 75% vegan, is interested in RAW, but just doesn’t think she could keep up with the lifestyle/seemingly hard work and maintenance of the raw life? What are some simple steps that the general public could take to live more health conscious lives?

    First off I would say, everything is as hard as we make it, when we truly wish to make changes they are easy, if we try to make ourself do things we dont wish to do its hard. SO that said, being really clear with what you want, dont want and then looking at what helps or hinders that is a big step. Secondly i would say every one can add more fresh ripe raw fruits and veggies in their life. Its as simple as that! Get more in and you get less of the other! Try eating a full meal of fruit ( 4- 10 pieces of fruit or 300 – 1000 calories ) for breakfast, from there choosing either more fruit for lunch followed by a salad, if desired, or simply making the effort to eat something raw to start lunch and dinner, say a large salad The other tip would be to decrease the overall fat content of the diet. That means any over fat sources (oils, nuts seeds avocados) should be cut down to a max of one small serving per day or other day. I have a ebook called “10 Sure Shot ways to Drastically Improve your Health” I offer for free download for simply signing up to my mailing list also I have a recipe ebook (and published book) called “101 Simply Delicious Raw Recipes” that I have up by donation that truly can change your life.

    Having a repertoire of easy quick and delicious raw recipes makes getting more freshness in a ease and joy. Understanding that each conscious choice we make with honest self love to em better ourselves builds upon our levels of vitality happiness and health in unseen ways. Treat yourself with the best you can in every instance, you deserve it.

    Awesome! I am going to get myself a copy of your recipe book. I know that each individual needs to be ready and willing to make the change, but I can start to incorporate some of the recipes into my diet and keep learning and growing from there.  You have definitely shared great content and I wish you continued success in your journey! Even over this holiday weekend, I ate more processed foods then normal and I just felt so bla. Then today, I am eating more fresh fruits and veggies…and I feel awesome. (Captain Obvious over here…of course i’d feel better…but you know what I mean!)

    Please let us know if you are coming to Vancouver at anytime!

    I was so inspired, I signed up for a raw “cooking class” at Organic Lives here in Vancouver. They are a Raw Vegan restaurant that is spreading the word as well.

    I hope you guys enjoyed Chris’ words. Pick up Chris’ recipe ebook here and try out a few of his dishes!

    Talk soon!

    xoxox


    Daily affirmation- ‎”I am the Joy of Life expressing and receiving in perfect rhythm.”- Louise Hay

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