Foodie Friday: Robyn Law from Girl On Raw
Three of the most common reasons why people struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle are being too busy, travelling too much, and having children to take care of. I’m not saying that it’s easy to be healthy if this is your reality, but it can be done and today’s Foodie Friday star is an awesome example of that. Robyn Law is one of the busiest people I know, she is a former flight attendant and is still constantly travelling the world, and she is also Mum to a gorgeous baby boy.
Now a raw food chef, Robyn caught my eye through her popular blog Girl On Raw. This is what it’s like to be a healthy foodie in her world:
It was not one thing but a combination of reasons, including diabetes being hugely prevalent on one side of my family, with my mother being pre-diabetic and coeliac, and heart disease on the other side. In my mother’s doctor’s words, us kids didn’t stand a chance . That, coupled with my background in the very image obsessed profession as a career flight attendant, led me down a path of prescription diet pill usage and over exercising behavior. I realised my health needed an overhaul so I packed myself off to the spa resorts in Thailand where I completed my first of several visits to complete their seven-day juice fast, complete with twice daily coffee enemas. This began me on my quest for health first as opposed to my previously skewed priorities of image first, health last.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your diet?
I try not to be too rigid in my diet as I feel that my psyche does not bode well with deprivation, however I do aim for as natural and unprocessed as possible and I’ll never eat something that includes ingredients I cannot pronounce or don’t recognise.
If you were trying to convert someone to your dietary philosophy, what would you make for them?
I would most definitely begin by making a fruity green smoothie to demonstrate how tasty you can make drinking your greens (it worked when I took it to my boot camp class and left with an empty bottle.) Then I’d make my delicious grapefruit and fennel salad with lemon honey dressing, raw lasagna with basil pesto, sundried tomato sauce with pine nut cheese and finish off with glorious, cannot even tell its not dairy, creamy chocolate ice cream! Now I’m hungry! These recipes sound complicated but I love showing people what is possible with raw food!
How do you stay healthy while travelling?
Oh it’s easy now as I’ve had plenty of practice, but the main things I adhere to are:
- Packing a travel blender (I like the Tribest Personal Blender) to make smoothies on the road to easily replace breakfast and/or lunch.
- Research your destination via the internet, social media etc to find your nearest health food stores, supermarkets and farmers markets.
- Pack some snacks for both the journey and some time down route. I love home made trail mixes, raw macaroons, nut butters, fresh fruit and vegetables, kale chippies made in the dehydrator ahead of time.
I have lots more tips and tricks in my e-book Travelling in the Raw $9.95US
What are your go-to meals and snacks when you are super busy?
I love nori sheets with premade nut cheeses/pâtés, banana and carob smoothie made with nut milk, and fresh fruit with almond butter.
Juices or smoothies: Which do you prefer? What’s your favourite combination?
Well I feel like this is asking me which do I prefer, my husband or my son lol, but I’d say I go through phases. Smoothies are fabulous is you are travelling or short on time for prep and cleanup but for detox purposes and general health regeneration I’m am favoring fruit and veggie juicing a lot more right now! My fave green juice right now: any kind of greens (spinach, Cos/romaine lettuce, bok choy), cucumber, celery, apples, lemon, ginger.
What’s the biggest nutrition misconception you are always having to clear up for people?
That coconuts and coconut oil are NOT bad for you!
If you could prepare a meal for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you make?
I’d love to prepare a meal for my mentor and fellow raw food chef and earth mama, Kristen Suzanne and her gloriously hilarious mum. Although based in the US, Kristen was instrumental in both my initial transition to a raw food diet and subsequently guiding me to further my training at raw culinary school. I met her in person in 2010 when her mother hosted me for a weekend in Arizona but they prepared food for me! I’d love to return the favour
What does being a Wellness Warrior mean to you?
Showing people how easy, tasty and fun good nutrient dense food and healthy living can be. And living it!
A Recipe from Robyn:
Raw Vegan Creamy Dreamy Chocolate Ice-Cream
1 cup of cashews (soaked for 2 hours)
1/2 cup of young coconut meat
1 cup of pitted dates
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raw cacao powder
A pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
1. Place all ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth
2. Place in freezer safe container and place in freezer until frozen, taking out of freezer periodically to stir the mixture and aerate. Alternatively place in an ice-cream maker according to instructions
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