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Welcome to my “About NouveauRaw” page

The process of creating raw, whole food recipes is as much about trust as technique.  As a sculptor finds their creation in a block of marble, so too does a chef find in their dish: by design, technically, but by instinct, always.  It is my goal to create a mainstream awareness of the vibrancy, creativity, and health benefits of plant-based foods in a way that was fun, easy, challenging, and modern.

Hello and welcome to Nouveau Raw.

I started my journey towards raw, plant-based foods back in 2007.  I let go of my SAD (Standard American Diet) ways and started off by becoming a vegetarian (ate fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and eggs). After about a year of this, I went vegan (avoided all animal protein) for another year. From there I dove head first into a 100% raw diet that lasted yet again another year. After collecting data and listening to my body, I shifted my eating ways yet again…

I  finally slid comfortably into a diet of high raw and along with cooked foods (even some animal protein). Through this process, I learned to really listen to my body and feed it accordingly. I stripped myself of ALL food labels and really became aware that when it comes to feeding oneself it’s all about bio-individuality. There’s no one right diet that works for everyone all of the time. The body knows what to eat. It’s the brain that makes mistakes. When we get stuck in dietary dogma, we tend to not listen to what our body really needs. Remember, your body loves you. Its only form of communication is through discomfort or food cravings that need to be decoded. The real issue is if you’re willing to listen and love your body in return.

It was through all this that my path in life became evident. My heart and my service are to incessantly share with others what I had and continue to learn. Most of all, I want you to know that it is my passion to help you become a great whole food chef! I want you to understand what makes foods work together and how to use your own intuition.  And then with the skills you learn here, you will be able to navigate a healthy eating practice that will serve you for the rest of your life.

Let my work speak for itself…

What qualifies me to do this?

I got a plastic ball from a gumball machine and inside read a note, “You can do anything!” Ok, let’s try to be serious here. I am trained not only in raw vegan cuisine through Living Light Culinary Art Institute, but I am also a graduate of Roubxe Culinary School obtaining a Professional Plant-Based Certification. Along with that, I completed a full year of education with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where we studied 100 different dietary theories (both vegan and non-vegan) and was certified as a holistic health coach. I crave knowledge, I earn to share it,  and I desire to live with passion. My website has become a platform for me to share everything that I am learning.  As my site has grown with readers, I have realized that they are my driving force my inspiration and a wonderful support team.

My passion for this way of living has also given me the courage and confidence to teach classes as well. And now my journey has lead me to own my own raw food manufacturing company, Oldfather Farms™.  So in the end, I have to say that my raw foods adventure has not only affected me physically but also on an emotional and mental level, opening up doors that I never knew existed.  It is safe to say that plant-based foods are my culinary soulmate. :) I hope you find my recipes inventive, artful, and that they taste incredible.

Let my work speak for itself…

But here are the most important credentials…

  • I have literally clocked more than 1,500 days (as of 2016) in the kitchen experimenting with raw, whole food ingredients.
  • My recipes have been taste-tested and approved (!) by all kinds of people from all over the world. Those that are healthy eaters, those that are foodies, those that are fast food restaurant groupies, and most importantly… children of all ages.

Let my work speak for itself…

Remember it is not about limiting or giving up the comforts and joys of eating, it is about expanding those options.

Disclaimer
This website is not intended to provide medical advice.  All content, including text, graphics, images, and information available on this site is for general informational, entertainment and educational purposes only.  The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment. The author of this site is not responsible for any adverse effects that may occur from the application of the information on this site. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions, based on your research and in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.

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