Monday, December 8, 2014

Cancer Survivor Shares Her Touching Story on How She Reversed Stage 4 Breast Cancer in This Exclusive Interview!

Karen Massey, the Raw Vegan Queen
Karen Massey, the Raw Vegan Queen
Last month, I was contacted by Karen Massey, a.k.a. the 'Raw Vegan Queen', whom wanted to share her inspiring story with me. After reading her inspiring story and checking out her website, I decided to interview her and share her amazing story on my blog. 


Karen is 46 years young vegan, who survived breast cancer. She refused chemotherapy in favor of raw living foods, and has been cancer-free for 2 years! 

In the interview below, she shares with us her touching story, her tips and words of inspiration, her favorite recipes, and her lifestyle. She is an inspiration to those who are struggling with cancer. Check out the interview below to learn more about Karen and her inspiring story! 


How and why did you get into this lifestyle?
When I was 44, I was overweight, miserable and snacking on junk food. I got a wake up call when I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I had the lump removed and was then told that the cancer had spread and I would now need a mastectomy. I went on the have my right breast removed. I was then told, that the cancer had spread even further into my rib cage. My surgeon told me to I needed to go home to recover for 6 weeks and on my return, I would need to have my top two ribs removed in order for him to reach the cancer. 
It was in those 6 weeks whilst I lay in bed, that my daughter lay on my bed with her laptop. We researched alternative cures for Cancer, we came across things like The China study, Gerson Therapy, Fat sick and nearly dead, forks over knives amongst many other. The very next day I bought a juicer which came with a Jason Vale juicing book. My daughter then brought me my first organic juice followed by 6 more every day for 6 weeks. I was too poorly to eat so it was easy to just drink juice. I also took 6 x 100mg Vitamin C capsules each day. After a couple of weeks, I felt so much better, that my daughter and I went for a colonic to clear out my system further.  
After the 6 weeks, on my return to see my surgeon, the relevant scans were done before they removed my ribs. Can you imagine how happy we were to be told the cancer was nowhere to be found, It had gone!  My surgeon and my Macmillan nurse were in shock. Where had it gone? It had definitely been there prior to my juice fast. 
My surgeon then suggested I had 6 weeks of chemotherapy. I refused this in favour of my diet. 

Describe your lifestyle and food philosophy?  
I am now 2 years cancer free and a raw vegan. I still drink juice each day. I am 100% vegan but not fully raw anymore. I will lightly cook vegetables. 

What does an average day look like for you?  
A normal day would be to wake up and make 2 litres of lemon water. Whilst drinking this I will make a batch of green and red juices that will last throughout the day and I can take out with me. Breakfast will be something like vegan porridge which is really simple to make, Lunch is usually an enormous salad. Which i can also take out with me, and dinner will be something like vegan pasta or stuffed mushrooms. I snack on raw fruit and nuts. 

Does your whole family eat a plant-based diet? 
My family have been great towards my vegan lifestyle. They saw first hand the power of raw food. My daughter Melissa was already vegetarian since the age of 7 and my son Denver is an athlete so it was not difficult to get both of them to eat more healthily. I also got my best friend, mother and sister to buy a nutribullet. I even put my dog on a raw diet!


karen massey with her kids
Karen at her daughter's graduation with her son, Denver
Have you noticed any changes from changing your diet, besides getting rid of cancer? 
The changes that I have noticed since becoming raw vegan happened pretty instantly. I have long thick hair that comes out in my hands when i wash it. Straight away, I noticed that this didn't happen. There is no doubt that my eyes went bluer or maybe just brighter. And there is no doubt that my skin became younger looking, softer and I definitely have a  better complexion now than i did 10 years ago. 

What ingredients are must-haves for your pantry? 
The must haves in my pantry are lots of lemons, Kale and spinach, all salad ingredients. Nutritional yeast in place of cheese. Definitely pine nuts. Pink Himalayan salt. And of course my spirilina and wheatgrass powders, my chia and flax seeds, and my hemp seeds. Not forgetting my recently found Matcha tea which I love, I have this in replace of green tea. 

Is there anything you are completely strict about when it comes to your diet? 
I am pretty strict with my lifestyle. Making sure every day has raw food in it. 

 Do you ever get cravings for the old foods you used to eat prior to your lifestyle? If so, how do you cope with them? 
After my initial juice fast, cravings to junk food simply went away.  I sincerely mean that i do not crave cheese and bacon, the things that all non vegans seem to think I should crave. I now know that your body is simply fulfilled with all the nutrients you are giving to it so you just don't crave anything. 

How did you become the Raw Vegan Queen? 
I became Raw vegan queen when my daughter Melissa suggested I took photographs of all the creations I was making in the kitchen and put them on instagram. I wasn't very keen on the name to start with but I have grown to love it. 

For those who are struggling with cancer, do you have any words of inspiration for them? 
To anybody who has cancer. I would suggest simply going vegan. Do your research. See that lots of people have stories like me. 

What would your advice be for someone looking to incorporate more raw living foods into their diet? 

Get yourself a juicer and/or a blender and start by having at least one green smoothie per day. Incorporate as much raw food as you are capable of into your life, whether in salads, simply by eating it or in smoothies and juices. Lastly I would suggest that you stay positive. I was so excited by my discovery of the power of raw food that I stayed happy and positive throughout, I truly believed I could beat this thing and I was right!!!



Please share your favorite raw vegan recipes? 

This is my favourite juice:





karen massey's avrite juice


- 3 organic carrots
- half a pineapple
- 1 large sweet potato



Juice these 2 ingredients and then put the juicer in the blender with a frozen banana and a couple of frozen strawberries, you can also add a teaspoon of maca powder. 





Vegan Pancakes


vegan pancakes


Made with just 3 ingredients 


- 3/4 Cup of Rolled Oats (or oat flour)
- 1 cup of Almond milk
- 1 banana



Put some coconut oil or olive oil in a pan, and make 5-6 pancakes. Serve with anything you like. I used Maple syrup.
If you don’t have oat flour, put some rolled oats in your blender and grind into flour before adding the other two ingredients, this just makes for smoother pancakes.

I hope you guys enjoyed this interview with Karen. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and like her on Facebook.  Karen is a living testimony that stage 4 breast cancer CAN be reversed through the power of raw living foods! Share with anyone who has cancer, so they may get inspired! She's an inspiration to those who are suffering with cancer, and a living testimony that breast cancer CAN be reversed through the power of raw living foods! Follow her blog, along with her journey! 

I will be doing a n interview series (similar to this one) on my blog, RawVeganLiving. I will be interviewing/featuring inspiring raw vegans. Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The BEST Raw Vegan Hair Care

26 seconds is all it takes skin photoThe products we use for our body, skin and hair has an impact on our health. Our skin is the largest organ, and what we put on it really matters. It only takes 26 seconds for whatever you put on your skin to enter your bloodstream. This means, whatever products you put on your skin, enters into your body. Products for the hair, skin and body that are filled with chemicals, are meant for 'external use only', but why would you put products on your skin if you can't eat it?

Two years ago when I became a vegan, I did research online for a chemical-free, cruelty-free, holistic, raw vegan hair care company that would suit my new, plant-based lifestyle, and I stumbled upon Morrocco Method International products!

I am so thrilled to have stumbled upon Morrocco Method's website and found this amazing company. Morrocco Method are my favorite raw vegan hair care company around, and those of you who've tried them, would know why.
Morrocco Method Hair Care Products_5 Elements Shampoo

Morrocco Method is an all-natural, holistic, raw vegan hair care company that's truly all-natural. All their products are 100% cruelty-free, gluten-free, chemical-free, raw vegan, organic, non-GMO, and wild-crafted. Their shampoos are super concentrated, due to the fact, that their products are truly natural and made without sulfates, parabens and other cancerous chemicals, that destroys the health of your skin, scalp, hair and body. For this reason, their shampoos are lather-free and non-foaming. Their products are very unique.


Besides hair care products, the company also makes skin and body care products. They even have products for pets!


All the products of Morrocco Method are made with only the finest, purest and most natural ingredients possible. The ingredients are derived from minerals and harvested botanicals from around the world. This includes fruits, vegetables, essential oils, plant minerals, and sea vegetables. Each ingredient is harvested based on the practices of Fair Trade and in agreement with the moon's lunar cycle. The company strives to provide their customers with the best quality of hair care products that feed your hair and scalp live nutrition without the use of toxic chemicals, that's found in commercial hair care products.

Anthony Morrocco
Anthony Morrocco
Anthony Morrocco, the CEO and Founder of Morrocco Method, has over 50 years studying and practicing holistic hair care, and he's dedicated to the raw, vegan and paleo community. Anthony is considered and believed to be the only hair shaman in the world! You can learn more about Anthony and his company here.

I highly recommend that you surf through their website and check out all their amazing products. Their products are great for all hair types, too! They're truly a great company, who cares about the health of your hair (and temple).


Whether you're new to Morrocco Method or you're an existing customer, Morrocco Method is giving my readers and followers 15% off any product! How awesome it that?! This is a good opportunity for those who've never tried their products before. Their products are great for all hair and scalp types, which is great! 

So, if you wish to take advantage of this special offer, all you have to do is: 
  1. Create an MM account (it's free!)
  2. Add items to your cart.
  3. Enter code: Rawhair26 at checkout, and get 15% off your entire order!
*This coupon code is good for 30 days, and is valid through November 25 to December 26, 2014. One per customer, new or returning.*

I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about my favorite raw vegan hair care company. Stay tuned for a product review on Morrocco Method hair care products coming soon!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mango Berry Love Fruit Salad Recipe

bowl-of-fruit-made-with-mangoes-bananas-dried-mulberries-prunes
I love this awesome bowl of fruit. It's filling, satisfying, sweet, colorful, delicious, and super nutritious! Fruit salads are one of the best ways to incorporate fruits in your diet. They make easy, fast and simple meals; fruits are Nature's fast food!

This bowl of fruit is high in fiber (aids in digestion and keeps you fuller longer!) and high in vitamins, such as A, C, B6, and potassium; minerals, such as iron, zinc, sulfur and magnesium, and proteins. This fruit bowl will boost your energy levels, make you happy, make your skin vibrant and beautiful, and great for weight loss! The benefits of this fruit bowl are truly amazing!

Pure bliss and love in a bowl! 
mango berry love fruit bowl

My dad and I spotted epically ripened Ecuadorian, ataulfo mangoes at our local supermarket the other day, and we were in blissful heaven! We're both mango lovers, and ataulfo mangoes are our favorite variety of mangoes. So, we decided to make a meal out of the mangoes,  and this is here this fruit salad came into fruition! 



If you love mangoes, bananas, mulberries, and prunes - you're gonna LOVE this bowl of fruity heaven! I hope you love and enjoy it as much as I do. 



Love Fruit Salad Recipe
Customize the serving amounts, according to your preferences.

  • 4 ataulfo mangoes 
  • 2-3 ripe medium-sized bananas
  • a large heaping handful of dried mulberries (or as much as you like)
  • 4-5 prunes, pitted and chopped
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped (optional)
  • 1 packet of SweetLeaf stevia or 1/4 tsp stevia powder (optional)
  • few heaping dashes of ceylon cinnamon (optional)

***Feel free to sprinkle some hemp seeds or add a spoon of your favorite nut butter, if you'd like. Follow the proper food combining chart and rules to properly combine other fruits in this combo. Fresh blueberries would be great in this,.. :) 





DIRECTIONS
This recipe is so simple (and fast!) to make, it doesn't even need directions!
  1. Peel and chop your mangoes; peel and slice your bananas into slices (or pieces); pit (if they aren't already) and chop your prunes into pieces, and place in a bowl. 
  2. Add in the mulberries, and sprinkle on stevia powder and cinnamon on top. Add your other desired toppings, and enjoy! 
"The simple things are also the most extraordinary things." - Paulo Coelho 

What's your favorite fruit combo? What's your favorite fruit salad recipe? What are your favorite fruits? Do you love mangoes, too? Tell me in the comments below!



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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Raw Vegan Teen's 13 Day Watermelon Fast Experience

Although this post is a bit delayed, I completed my longest fast/cleanse so far on my raw foods journey! I did a 13 day watermelon fast, where I solely ate watermelons, and it was amazing! Like always, I did this fast with my dad, and it was fun! It really makes this lifestyle so much easier when you do it with someone else.

I'm going
to be sharing with you how I felt on all my 13 days eating nothing but watermelons. Hope you enjoy and get inspired to go on a watermelon cleanse, as well.

ABOUT MY FAST/CLEANSE

On September 23, I started my watermelon fast. For 13 days, I ate nothing but watermelons. Whenever I got hungry, I ate watermelon.

While on this cleanse, my body was able to cleanse and detoxify. Watermelons remove toxins and waste from the body, so cleansing on them for 13 days was great. My sleep has definitely improved while on watermelon island, due to the magnesium content found in watermelons.

watermelon island

WATERMELON ISLAND 1-13 DAYS

Day 1
I felt loopy, had a slight headache and my body desired some rest. I already
started to experience detox symptoms on day 1 of watermelons. Overall, I felt good. 

Day 2
Since I got my rest last night, I woke up well rested. I was more energized today, and I didn't get any headaches. I felt my heart purifying. Day 2 was great.

Day 3
Woke up feeling energized and had mucus breaking up. My eyes felt as if they were detoxifying. Thus, they hurt a bit, and I had a headache that left quickly. Overall, I felt great on day 3!

Day 4
Woke up with a slight headache that left and came back in the afternoon, evening and night. I gained more mental clarity and energy. Day 4 was great. 

Day 5
Woke up with a little headache, that lasted until the afternoon. The headaches I am experiencing on watermelon island are detox symptoms. Overall, I felt great. 

Day 6
Woke up with a small headache that continued on in the afternoon and evening. I felt a bit loopy in the evening and gained more mental clarity. My skin is glowing! Besides the loopyness and headache, I felt great. 

Day 7
I woke up feeling great! I gained more mental clarity and a bit more energy. I felt loopy in the afternoon and evening, but gained more energy at night time. i didn't experience any headaches, which is good. 

Day 8
Felt loopy all day, as if I'm on a water only fast. Experienced a small headache in the afternoon, evening and night. But overall, I feel good. 

Day 9
I woke up feeling awesome and energized! I didn't get any headaches; I gained lots of energy on day 9. 

Day 10
I felt great. Had a small headache in the afternoon, but thankfully, it left. Besides that, I felt great. 

Day 11
I had a small headache in the evening and night, but overall, I feel good. 

Day 12
Woke up well rested. I drank predominantly water today. Felt loopy. 

Day 13
Last day of my watermelon fast! 

Woke po feeling great and with energy. I gained more mental clarity and I didn't experience any headaches.

BREAKING MY WATERMELON CLEANSE

I broke my fast on dried mulberries, and it was complete bliss! As you know, I LOVE MULBERRIES, and eating them again was awesome! After my cleanse, I entered banana island. I incorporated salads, smoothies and banana ice cream. I didn't have to break my fast slowly or eat lighter foods, unlike water fasting, since I was already eating on my cleanse.


That's it! I hope you enjoyed this post and got inspired to maybe go on watermelon island, too. If so, I'd love to hear your experience in the comments below!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Watermelon Island: Day 4

yellow watermelon with a spoon
Have you ever heard of a yellow
watermelon? How about an
orange watermelon? Well,
neither have I until I got into
this lifestyle! The yellow and orange
melons taste sweet and remind of
me of apple-jacks cereal!! Try it,
it's amazing!
Today's day 4 of my watermelon island cleanse, and I feel great!! Woke up with a slight headache, but nothing major.
The slight headache came back in the afternoon, too. I woke up well rested, energized and gained more mental clarity. I'm on this island to cleanse and detoxify my body from all the poor eating habits I've contributed in the past 13 years as a SAD, meat-eater. I'm really enjoying and loving the experience so far.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watermelon Island: Day 1, 2 & 3

About My Cleanse
watermelon island collageAlthough summer is over, I'm still enjoying watermelons! My dad and I are on watermelon island, which means we'll be mono mealing on watermelons for about a week or so. We don't have an exact timeline on when we're going to end this cleanse. I'm very excited about this watermelon island, because I get to cleanse and detoxify my body. No better way to enter a new season cleansing!

Basically, I'll be mono mealing on watermelons. For my last watermelon cleanse, I
juiced my melon. This time, I'm eating it with a spoon, which I find to be more enjoyable, satisfying, fun, and filling than a juice. I'm really stoked about this cleanse! I've never been so excited about a cleanse like I am now.

eating watermelon with a spoon
Eating Watermelon with a spoon is awesome!
Lots of people in the raw food community go on watermelon island, and experience amazing results and detox symptoms, too.  I will be posting daily my experiences on each day, so you know how I'm doing. So, here's my experience on day 1 and day 2 so far...

Day 1:
Day 1 I felt loopy and my body wanted some rest. I got some rest. My sleep has definitely improved on watermelon island, due to the magnesium content found in watermelons. That's all for day 1.

watermelons in car

Day 2:
I felt much better today. Woke with energy and felt my heart purifying. My dad and I went to the farm with my dad and bought more watermelons for this cleanse. I felt great today!

Day 3:
Woke up well rested and energized! I had mucus breaking up.


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