Posts Tagged: raw food challenge

  • Hey Girls and Boys!

    How goes today? Already into August. As time seems to go faster and faster, I try to tell myself to go slower and slower. Like on Saturday when Mike and I were going to relax in our dingy’s out at the lake, I COULDN’T WAIT to get out there, but I had to get a few things done first. I was unloading the dishwasher thinking “AHH, just get me out there already!!” Then I consciously thought to myself… SLOW down…enjoy THIS moment… you will get out there. I took a deep breath and brought my awareness back into now.

    It’s not hard to be in the moment when you feel this good though! I am on Day 9 of my Raw Food Challenge Celebration! I set out to do this for 30 days, but I was telling Mike today- If I continue to feel this amazing, I could see myself staying raw for a long time. I wake up so clear headed and my energy levels are high and consistent (no crashes) throughout the whole day.

    So in honour of this new found abundant energy, I scoured the internet high and low to find the Coolest, Most Gorgeous, Raw Vegan; an outstanding woman that is putting out big, positive energy into the world for this month’s feature interview and I found her!!!

    Her name is Freelee!!!!

    Freelee, Raw Vegan, 811rv, detox, fruitarian

    YAY! Thanks for doing this interview! I know how busy you are and it is an honour to feature you…. Tell us about yourself….

    I’m here on this planet to help others become their ultimate self. To help keep as many animals alive as possible and I do this by inspiring others¬†to step up and adopt a high carb raw vegan lifestyle.

    So for those who don’t know, a high carb Raw Vegan lifestyle is basically just Fresh, Ripe fruits and vegetables. Low nuts and seed intake. I am definitely not at that stage of raw, but I admire you for living it and being so passionate about it. What inspired you to become a Raw Vegan?

    I became raw vegan in January 2007. How did it change my life? Where do I start?! It changed my entire life from my social interactions to my colon health. I was a mess in so many ways. I had systemic candida, I was 40lbs over weight, I had acne on my face, chest and shoulders. I found it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I was desperately depressed. I have now been following this lifestyle for about 4.5 years and have NONE of these issues. I have also lost 40lbs. I am ecstatic! My day is filled with so much positivity now and its all thanks to following a clean fruity lifestyle. I started the Worlds busiest raw vegan website – 30bananasaday.com in 2008 and now it helps many others become superbeings.

    I signed up for an account there, it is a good place for support and motivation for Raw Vegans!

    Here is Freelee before the lifestyle change.

    You are also an athlete, what type of sports/athletics are you into?

    I am runner, I love it. I used to do gymnastics and a lot of yoga but now focus most of my training on running. Once upon a time before a raw vegan lifestyle I could do a 5km running race in 30mins, now my personal best is 21mins 5 secs. I recommend everyone gets into running if they want to feel and look their best. I ride my bike occasionally as well. I have also done kickboxing for about 14 years.

    You are fast like the wind! Nice work on your 5km time!!!

    Your also gorgeous! What is your favourite beauty product?

    - 100percentpure.com They are organic & vegan & made from pure fruit pigments.

    I just checked out their site, thanks for the tip!


    What’s your favourite quote?

    “Do what you love and love what you do because those who matter do not mind, and those who mind, do not matter.”

    Exactly! What is one of your greatest achievements?

    I rode over 1800 miles across Australia (in the middle of winter) as a raw vegan to increase awareness of the lifestyle.

    Nice! Ok, I will ask the question everyone is wondering-What advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming raw, but needs a push?

    Prioritise your health above ALL. If you don’t then you will always be underperforming and eating the wrong foods. If you want to look and feel your best then step up! This is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real deal. You only get one shot at this life and time moves VERY quickly. Commit to feeding
    yourself the most nourishing vibrant foods on the planet – raw fruits and greens and your life will change. Attach pain to your old disempowering
    habits. Put a before pic of yourself on your fridge and everytime you go to eat crap, look at that pic instead and then grab fruit. Do a 30 day challenge
    with a friend, it makes it a lot easier to stay on track.

    I love that advice. I also love that I am on Day 9 of a raw challenge and feeling so good.

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

    Tony Robbins.

    I’m sure that could happen!

    Who do you admire?

    Plenty of people but particularly my boyfriend Harley (google Durianrider)

    Awww, You’re sure a good looking couple:)

    What is something about yourself people may not know?

    That my ‘binge food’ was a whole chicken a day before becoming a raw vegan

    I’m sure that won’t be happening again anytime soon!!!!!

    What’s something that makes you smile?

    Seeing the ‘aha!’ moment in people’s faces when I’m giving lectures on raw veganism.

    That must feel good. What is your biggest fear?

    I had to think about this hard because I don’t focus on fears. But I guess not being able to continue spreading the raw vegan message would be devastating.

    K, moving on because the world needs you doing this for a long time!

    Best thing about your line of work?

    Being able to live anywhere in the World and work online. Being able to help people regain their health across the other side of the planet.

    Ahh, freedom.. Good for you. What are a few things on your must-do’s this month?

    - Give a raw vegan lecture at Bonobo’s raw vegan restaurant in the City on Aug 11th, 6pm. Attend and be a speaker at www.woodstockfruitfestival.com

    Say hi to my dear friend Chris while your there;)

    …and…what do you do to RELAX?

    Lie in the sun, go for a jog/swim or I love doing graphic design work in my spare time, I find it really relaxing. Oh yeh and sleep!!

    THANKS FREELEE! If you come to Vancouver, please let me know!

    GOOD LUCK with everything. I look forward to seeing more videos and updates on your facebook page.

    * k guys back to just us again:) Isn’t she cool? I love how she doesn’t make excuses for what she believes in, either. To spread this message so boldly, I know she gets a lot of naysayers and backlash, but she is so strong in her clarity, presence and posture. It’s nice to see. Let’s learn from Freelee and be bold, be passionate about your passion! And also……EAT MORE FRUIT!!

    It’s fairly daunting to go 100% raw vegan right this second, but at the least, let’s be kind to ourselves and eat less processed “dead” food and add more fruit and veggies to our diets!

    Hope your all having a fresh, ripe, juicy evening!!

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  • Good afternoon (evening by the time this is posted I’m sure…[update: yep, it's now after 8pm]

    I just got back from the dentist. My issue with dentists is an interesting one. Growing up, my mom always worked in a dentist office, (still does) so every time I went, she would be the one who greeted me at reception, held my hand during the whole process and let me RAID the prize drawer afterwards.

    (image source)

    Ha, that kid above was totally me, except I took one of everything! lol

    Now in my adult life, I am a weirdo and don’t like going to the dentist. There is a part of me that always wants my mom to walk in the room while I’m laying back on the chair and hold my hand. I basically don’t even give new offices a chance. I have a preconceived notion that I won’t like it before I even go. (then with the law of attraction in action- the universe gives me that- a bad experience)

    Like a big girl I survived. I got my little dentist “goody bag”.

    dentist goody bag

    Except I HATE sensitive teeth toothpaste. Eeew (anyone want it? lol)

    colgate sensitive teeth toothpaste, dentist sample

    Ha- funny thing was I got home and I still had this metal clip wrapped around my neck! What the??

    clips around neck from dentist

    So I did what anyone would do and made my dog a necklace out of it.

    muk muk necklace

    He’s making a fashion statement, like flava flav with the big clock around his neck, Painter has a big stuffed animal around his neck.

    Yo Yo Yo- New trend!

    flava flav, dog

    This trend was over faster than a New York minute!

    We made up the perfect game to tire him out. Mike and I sit on the grass far away from each other and call out his name and he does sprints back and forth. This game lasts a long time!bug puppy running

    Hee hee, what a guy. He’s so much fun.

    DAY 3 of my raw food challenge!!!! For breakfast I had 2 frozen blended bananas, strawberries and some cinnamon. Today has gone well, some smells of bread and bbq make me melt a bit- but I am feeling good.

    frozen bananas blended

    I also made some of my homemade Lara bars (just dates and almonds this time) and it really hits the spot. Munched on other raw foods, and finished a LONG LONG day with a glass of red wine:)

    I had almost 10 voice jobs today. Very busy and just kept rocking all day. Now I am so beat. Voicing takes a lot of energy. Even if your just narrating. You need the utmost concentration and focus. Constantly giving it everything you got. That is why you CANNOT be in a bad mood and voice something. WON”T WORK! We just tried to voice one last job this evening, but I just couldn’t give it the oomph it needed, so we packed it in.

    Now we are working on the video from our visit to Ocean Spa and Resort. Can’t wait to share it with you!!

    final cut pro

    Ahhhh, Port Moody sunset from my condo…

    Thanks for stopping by today! Much much love and light to you!

    Take care,

    Amanda

  • Hello!!

    How ya doing???

    Day 2 of my Raw Food “Celebration!” I will get onto how I am feeling about that in a minute-But first off, my big excitement was recording in a studio today that was not my own! (nothing against my beautiful little magical sound booth) but check this place out, Woot Woot.

    I got a gig as a character named “Charlotte” for some animation stuff Telus is doing. There are 5 characters and I am the leader of the pack!

    While I was recording, the producer would play back the other voice talents lines, so I could get a feel for the energy and how to throw my lines out. It would be even cooler if the voice talents were actually there int he room with me, but I am not that big-time….yet;)

    sound kitchen, voiceover

    The owner Paul, was kind enough to give me a tour of the place. Michael Buble recorded his first breakout album here.

    They record a lot of tv and film scores here, as well as musicians. I could really get used to recording here. They say if it all goes well, this spot will be recurring and I will visit it a lot more. I am crossing my fingers! I felt confident in there today. All the years of practice, I actually feel like a pro when I’m recording, like I belong!!!

    sound kitchen vancouver

    After I was done, I went downtown to see a friend I haven’t seen in a looooong time. Her name is Chelsea, she is an occupational therapist and former PRO beach volleyball player. She is spending the summer in Vancouver and it was glorious to catch up with her.

    Check this post out to see her and I in some funny Team Sports Pictures from back in the day.

    One thing I noticed as I was tooling around downtown was the barge for the fireworks at English Bay. Last summer we had a spectacular view of the fireworks from our downtown apartment.

    english bay fireworks

    Everytime the fireworks were on, we had friends over to enjoy them with us!

    This is how craaaazy it was down at the beach. (view from our old apartment!)

    english bay fireworks, celebration of light

    I admit when I saw the barge out in the water, I missed our old apartment, but it’s ok, I am soooooooooo happy with where we are right now.

    Onto Day 2 of my Raw Food Celebration. Going good, going good. The only time I was really needing girth was when I came home from downtown, I needed an IV of Raw foods in me, pronto!

    coquitlam farmers market

    Some of the raw Food I consumed today- 2 bananas for breakfast, brought an apple and a bag of carrots on the road with me, black iced coffee when I met Chelsea, watermelon and cherries when I came home and a big salad for dinner with a whole avocado, sunflower seeds, cucumber, red pepper, tomato, romaine lettuce, and lemon juice and dill as a dressing (I did NOT like the dressing!!!)

    coquitlam farmers market

    I’m excited for the Farmers Market this weekend. Mike and I are going to buy a BOX of peas, among other lush, fresh ripe fruits and veggies! Whewf, I had moments today when I thought, wow this is only day 2- but for the most part it has been easy…One day at a time….

    And tomorrow is looking like another nuts-o day, with a trip to the dentist thrown into the mix as well… Going to clean up a bit around here and get ready for tomorrow.

    I hope everything is going great with you. Thanks for the comments yesterday. I really appreciate the support:) Talk to you soooooooooooooon.

    xoxoxo