Curious about raw food diet and its benefits? I interviewed a 73 year old Mimi Kirk – the raw foodist, winner of an annual contest “Sexiest vegetarian over 50” and an author of “Live Raw” the raw food recipe book. She shares with us her skin care routine, her exercise, a basic raw food recipe for beginners and her thoughts on the date December 21 2012.
You won an annual contest “Sexiest vegetarian over 50”. Congratulations! You were a vegetarian for over 40 years. Why did you decide to “go raw”?
I went raw after finding out my blood pressure and cholesterol were up, and I started feeling little arthritic pains in my joints.
Once you went from cooked vegetarian to raw-vegan, did you notice any physical changes?
It really seemed the changes were very quickly noticed. My skin looked better, and I just looked younger. I certainly felt younger and after 6 month, my doctor said my cholesterol was down 26 points and my blood pressure was normalized, and I’ve never felt an arthritic pain since going raw.
How do you stay motivated?
the results of how I felt and looked eating raw foods, and of course my age was enough motivation. I felt if I didn’t change my diet, even though I thought I ate healthy, I could get worse as I aged, so it was easy for me to make the commitment.
What recipe would you suggest, from your book, for someone who is new to raw food?
I like to encourage people just starting out to fix a green juice or smoothie every morning. Don’t give anything up, just add the drink. slowly you will notice how good you feel having this nutritious drink will help you transition. Then have a salad for lunch, eat a cooked healthy dinner and slowly make the change to raw. I find all raw best for personally, but if someone at 75-80% raw, that would make a big difference in one’s health.
A basic green juice contains 2 apples, 4-5 stalks celery, 1/2 cucumber, 3-4 handfuls spinach. Juice. If you blend, you will need to add water to desired texture. I changed this basic drink by adding berries, a banana, or other fruits in season. There are lots of green drinks and smoothies in my new book “Live Raw”, raw food recipes for good health and timeless beauty.
What are your favorite places to shop for local and organic produce when you are prepering your meals?
Being a California girl, I have to give a top grade for my home town. I now live in the San Diego area and there is a organic farm stand 10 minutes from my home. They have some of the best produce I’ve ever tasted. I also like to support all local organic growers. I really think the produce is superior to even health food stores.
What’s your skin and hair care routing like?
I use 100% coconut oil on my face and body. It is so nourishing to my skin. I even use it in my hair before I wash it. Any products that are organic and not tested on animals I will give it a try. My hair is colored in a beauty shop, they claim what they use to colr my hai, has very little chemicals,a nd since there is no smell or burning on my scalp, I tend to think that is true. My hair is very healthy beacuse of what I put in my body more then what I use on the outside.
I’ve read somewhere that you practice Qigong. Tell us little bit about it.
I do a varity of exercise, Qiqong is a spiritual practice as well as a external one. I also like yoga for the same reason. They both are gentle stretching with an inner balance. I also like to walk as I feel it’s like a meditation.
In your opinion, what are the essencial keys to harmony living with your body and nature?
I think our bodies need nature. we should walk barefoot on grass, in the sand and feel the Earth to ground us. Being in nature is so healing. Deep breathing, and feeling the connectedness to all living things is very energizing.
There are a lot of theories about the date December 21 2012. What are your thoughts about it?
I think the world is going through a major change at the moment, but nobody knows for sure what will happen Dec 2012, its all speculations, but when I first learend to meditate at age 30, my guru mentioned the Kali Yuga happening in 2012. He said it would be a time of realization, some who are already working on this will have it easier, than those who have to adjust quickly. I think it could be an evolution of consciuosnedd, and perhaps a refinement of our mental energies. I think we live in very exciting times, and Im looking forward to experience what life has to offer.
One place that we will never see Mimi Kirk?
Jumping out of an airplane.
What’s your motto?
Be kind, compassionate, laugh a lot, and give and recive love with all your heart.
check out Mimi’s website http://youngonrawfood.com/