Most people envy her lifestyle, because Alison Andrews is the owner of LovingItRaw.com, a blog that is helping thousands of people to live healthier lives through the power of raw vegan diet.
Besides being an online entrepreneur, Alison is also a musician and ex-model, and lives in Dubai with her husband Jaye, who is a raw vegan too.
She is highly raw vegan since 2005. And the improvements that she got from this diet were her first motivation to start her online business and write products like “From Fat to Fabulous: The Smart Girl’s Guide To Raw Food Diet Weight Loss“, that helps women to lose weight in a very easy and smart way, more effective than most diets that we see around.
I invited Alison to make a video interview, but she is very busy nowadays with new projects and preferred to make a written interview instead. The end result is outstanding, because she is so appealing and motivating through her writing as well.
So here below you are going to learn more about this very gorgeous and talented raw vegan woman who is making her part to change the world to a healthier, happier and brighter future.
Loving-It-Raw.com, Alison Andrews – Interview
Besides diet, food, and nutrition, what other lifestyle factors do you find most important in supporting you in following your raw food diet?
Keeping stress levels from getting too high, spending time outdoors (sunshine and fresh air) and regular exercise.
How have you found it socially to eat this way?
I did find it very difficult at times and easy at other times. It totally depends on where your head is at. At times I would feel ‘hard done by’ and other times not. I was not always someone who could eat a (often bad) restaurant salad and pretend to be delighted with it! Now that I am ‘high raw’ as opposed to ‘all raw’ I easily find things to eat so never feel hard done by. It’s really all in the head though, as of course many times I can not even eat at all when out with friends and not be concerned about it.
Looking back, is there anything you would change about how you transitioned to raw food diet?
YES! I would chill out! I would take it very easy. I would have remained ‘high raw’ for much much longer and just thrown in ‘all raw’ days here and there when I felt like it. I would have had fun with it. I would not have tried to go all in quite as quickly as I did. I would not attach so much of my self esteem to a diet. I would also not take the diet (or myself) nearly so seriously! I would remember and remind myself that it is just food!
Do you plan to change anything or do anything differently with your raw food diet regimen, going forward?
I’m going to continue taking it easy, letting the diet and lifestyle fit in with me, rather than trying to fit myself to it. I’m going to keep feeling the joy and the ease, enjoying each day to the fullest and just loving it raw.
What one piece of advice would you give a newbie in the raw food movement, or someone who is looking to refine their health and lifestyle?
Eat raw food, because it’s delicious and healthy and fresh. Enjoy yourself with it. Don’t tie your self worth to whether or not you can be ‘perfect’ with it – you probably can’t! Educate yourself as much as possible – become your own guru. Don’t listen to other people too much – take what they say with a pinch of salt, everyone has biases and blind spots, it goes with the territory of being a human being. So take what everyone says and pass it by your own intuition filter and figure out what works best for YOU.
Give us a sample of your daily diet and lifestyle routine nowadays?
Well, I must say this does change regularly, but at the moment I tend to wake up about 8am and have a Vega shake (Vega One) with spinach and banana (I generally wake up HUNGRY). I’ll work for a while and then about noon do a workout, some weights or some running.
Then I’ll have some more fruit, a fruit smoothie or perhaps some oatmeal with banana. I’ll try and get outside for about 20 minutes of sunshine at the pool after lunch, then do some more work in the afternoon.
Late afternoon I’ll have another Vega, spinach and banana shake, I might do another workout if I’m in the mood, like spinning on my indoor spin bike, and then dinner is some fruit or some cucumber noodles or steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes, whatever I feel like basically! Sometimes raw, sometimes not. Sometimes I’ll just grab a few apples for dinner or some grapes.
I like to just have whatever I feel like in that moment and what I’ll enjoy most, rather than trying to be too routine about it. After dinner we’ll watch a movie or I’ll work some more. I go to bed FAR too late – very weak link there – at about midnight or even a bit later (very bad I know!)
How do you foresee the future of the raw vegan movement?
I see it becoming more inclusive, more focused on a high raw and plant based philosophy. More focused on ethics and the ‘vegan’ part of raw vegan, more fact based and less myth based as it moves out of a fringe movement and goes more mainstream.
Most teenagers and young adults today may be feeling and thinking like you felt and thought some years ago, with lots of ups and downs, and many different methods, just to keep or get to their ideal weight. What advice
can you give to these young people today?
Be kind to your body. You’ve only got one! It sounds cheesy even to say, but in truth we are so hard on ourselves and focus so much hate on ourselves as we try and force ourselves to look how we think we should look. The sad thing is it will never be good enough, because when you’re in that mindset, it doesn’t matter how great you look, you’ll never believe it anyway.
So change your thoughts and you change everything. Focus on changing your perspective. You absolutely can have everything you want, but punishing your body will never lead to that because even when you get to the point of looking amazing, you will never believe it if you did it from a place of self hate and punishment. So be kind to yourself, be kind to your body. Realize that you’re perfect just as you are, no matter WHERE you currently are. See yourself through the eyes of someone who thinks you’re the best thing since sliced banana!
Many people are living in a rat race like you did sometime in 2008. You said you were crying and sad about your life. That moment in 2008 seemed to have changed your life forever. You turned out as an online entrepreneur and now you are living your dreams. What advice can you give to people about following their passion? And how do you think that this can affect their overall health?
It took me some time to figure out what I ideally wanted in life, so although the advice to ‘get clear on what you want’ is great advice, it can really be easier said than done. Just remember that you have always got choices. If you’re unhappy where you are it’s just an opportunity to make a different choice and go in a new direction.
Never be afraid to take a leap of faith. Never be afraid to do things that no one else you know is doing. You absolutely deserve to live a life of passion.
Follow your heart and keep clarifying what you WANT. Write it down daily, it will become clearer and clearer, when you have it figured out (down to the finest detail) that is when it starts to manifest for you. And in the process of defining it, your life experience will shift dramatically, because you’ll realize that you are literally deciding what the story of your life is going to be, and you really are in charge. You really can have everything you want.
Can you share with us your food and weight loss philosophy that you promote through “from FAT to FABULOUS – The Smart Girl’s Guide to Raw Food Diet Weight Loss”?
From Fat To Fabulous seeks to empower the reader with information about why extreme dieting results in people who are much more overweight than those who never dieted at all. At the same time, it provides various resources and points of view about losing weight and healing your metabolism and relationship with food, so that you can stop struggling against yourself and simply lose weight without having to suffer for it.
It strives to empower the reader to become their own weight loss guru and make their own choices about what will (or will not) work for them, while also listening to their own bodies.
In one sentence, what kind of special “power”, do you get from being a raw vegan?
Laser focus! I get things DONE! Hahahaha.
By this interview we can easily realize that, from her experiences with the raw vegan diet, Alison Andrews is not only learning more about the diet itself, but getting a lot of self-knowledge too.
She is being very wise putting into practice Socrates’ teachings: “Know Thyself” and “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
She advises “Educate yourself as much as possible – become your own guru.”
Through from FAT to FABULOUS – The Smart Girl’s Guide to Raw Food Diet Weight Loss, that “strives to empower the reader to become their own weight loss guru”, Alison is helping her readers to have more awareness of their bodies and health as well.
I deeply agree with Alison on this approach, because you really need to love and understand yourself and your body, as a prerequisite to becoming a “healthier you”.
So, if you want to go from fat to fabulous by becoming your own weight loss guru, I invite you to take a look NOW at her wonderful e-book, by clicking on the image below.