guest post! averie s.

by Janetha on November 4, 2009

in meals

Hi Meals & Moves Readers!  When Janetha asked me to do a guest post on her lovely blog, I was flattered, but also had no idea what would be interesting or informative for you to read. Since Janetha left things wide open, I thought I would do a little Q & A session about things I am frequently asked about my approach to diet, health, and exercise.

Some of you may know me or read my blog already.  I am Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga.  I am a high raw, all vegan, yogi who adores making raw foods, especially raw desserts, while taking care of my husband, Scott, and my almost 3 year old daughter, Skylar.  The following are common questions I am asked about my life and my approach.

Why are you raw?

In order to answer this question, I need to give you a little of my history.  After a life of suspected food allergies, when I was in my mid 20s I realized that the GI disturbances, aching joints, headaches, bloating, moodiness, fatigue and sense of overall imbalance I had were not normal. After consulting with a naturopath, acupuncturist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, and massive amounts of trial and error old-school detective work by doing food eliminations & trialing the suspected food allergens back into my diet, I realized that I am allergic to or intolerant to many foods. 

My body cannot handle gluten (wheat, barley, spelt, kamut, etc.), dairy (cow, sheep, goat), or soy.  Once I eliminated these foods from my diet, my health and wellness improved dramatically!! I saw the biggest benefit by eliminating gluten grains & products but was still feeling a little "off" and that’s when the dairy & soy elimination took place.

So that still brings us to the question of why raw? 

Well, after I eliminated gluten, dairy, & soy, I feel that raw chose me, I did not choose it.  Meaning, for me, it’s just easier and simpler to eat raw foods, less minimally processed foods and in as close to their natural state as possible.

Do you ever eat cooked foods?

Yes, of course!  I am not a raw purist, nor do I aspire to be. I like baked squashes, roasted root veggies, I like my veggie soups warm, and I drink coffee.  I go with the spirit of respecting what my body is asking for, and if it’s asking for warm or cooked food, then I cook it. Not rocket science.  I just go with the flow.  Check out My Squash Fries

Why are you a Vegan?

Most of my life, since childhood, I have been a vegetarian, or a pescatarian where I ate a few bites of fish a few times a year.  Other foods I cannot process or tolerate well are animal products and animal proteins.  This includes dairy and eggs, but also animal flesh like beef, chicken, pork. I also have analphalatic reactions to shellfish, meaning I break out in hives and my airway swells shut.  So again, as I said with raw foods; the vegan lifestyle chose me, I did not necessarily set out to choose it. 

How Do You Get Your Protein?

I eat dark leafy greens, sprouts, fruits, vegetables, and supplement a few times a week with brown rice protein powders (Sun Warrior is my favorite followed by Jay Robb).  For me, this works and I feel great. If you research vegan protein sources, you’ll find that darky leafies are nutritional powerhouses but everyone has to do what works best for her body to feel optimally!  I completely respect anyone’s diet & exercise choices, as long as they are well-researched and the person feels great with those choices!

And I’ll leave you with some raw recipes I have created on my own and that I am especially proud of! They all take 15 minutes or less to make and require no special kitchen equipment other than a food processor.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Raw Vegan Chocolate Donut Holes

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Thai "Pasta" Noodles with Homemade Vegan Peanut Sauce (for this one you will need a good knife or a $29.99 spiralizer)

Aparagus, tomatoes, greens, carrots, red & yellow peppers, cukes, dressed with OJ, agave, and cracky blacky.

And a Couple Yoga Shots…. 

For those of you who read my blog, you know I am passionate about yoga!  In an effort not to write a book here Miss Janetha’s blog, I just invite you stop by my blog where I do a new yoga pose daily. 

Here are a few recent shots:

Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose).  Core strength first, arm strength second.  Bandhas, lock them first.  Then load. And up you go.

Yoga Today is an Astavakrasana Variation

Yoga Today is Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana (One-Legged Upward Facing Bow or Wheel Pose)

Camel (Ustrasana). Open your heart chakra, let the love in.  Let the Universe send love right into you and relish in how good it feels to offer yourself up to the blessings of the Universe and all the infinite love and wisdom that is around us.

If any of you have questions, feel free to stop by my blog and ask!  Thanks, Janetha for having me and thanks everyone for reading!!!!

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Andrea@WellnessNotes November 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit, Averie. I like your approach to food and exercise and that you emphasize that people have to do what works for them; it’s very individual. I think that’s a point we sometimes forget.

Awesome yoga pics! :)

Whole Body Love November 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for sharing the story of the evolution of your diet! I always wonder what prompts people to make changes in their diets or adopt their current styles of eating.

burpexcuzme November 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Whoa! What amazing poses…and I have never had such allergy problems, and I can only imagine how tough it is to handle them…But you have developed such a healthy and strong approach! I know that some people can get pretty obsessive about this lifestyle, but as you said, this lifestyle chose YOU, and I think you are handling it with such grace!

Thanks for the awesome interview, Janetha! I can’t wait to seeee youuuu!!!

Sarah (Finding My Balance) November 5, 2009 at 4:29 am

Wow, awesome yoga poses! Also, I like your thoughts on your lifestyle choosing you. I think that’s the best way–give your body what it needs, and avoid what doesn’t work for it.
Nice to meet you, Averie!

VeggieGirl November 5, 2009 at 5:02 am

STELLAR guest post, dear Averie!

Susan November 5, 2009 at 5:03 am

Love hearing stories of people who listen to their bodies when it comes to food :) I was a vegetarian/vegan for 10 years until I started eating meat again. My body and mood are actually much better WITH it in my diet, but I know that often works in the opposite way. Our bodies are fickle things! :P

runningaroundnormal November 5, 2009 at 6:29 am

Great post! I think my friend, who has many food allergies/intolerances, would benefit from reading this! Very interesting:)

julie November 5, 2009 at 7:06 am

great post Averie!!! I love hearing your story about how you came about being vegan!

erika November 5, 2009 at 7:07 am

Love your guest post Averie, although I pretty much love all you do! :)

Holly November 5, 2009 at 8:01 am

averie my love…FAB guest post! i loved the q+a, and i agree – i think eating styles choose people. all of us tolerate different things, and so it is natural we should ALL eat not according to others, but according to OURSELVES.

and you are my yoga hero. end of story.

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) November 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm

ya know I learned a lot more about you thanks to this post- you might want to consider running it on your blog for people with those same burning questions about you!! :-) Thanks!

Angel (Shanghai Monkey) November 6, 2009 at 8:25 am

I love it: “I feel that raw chose me, I did not choose it. ” I feel the same way!

nic - the auspicious squirrel November 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

Averie – I loved learning more about you, great post!

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