Raw food is growing rapidly in popularity across the globe. It’s making its healthy impact in the Midwest with the help of extraordinary individuals like Robin Moyer and Kelly Ayers. These two gourmet raw chef’s merge mutual enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge of healthy, vibrant living.
Last year in late January 2008, they launched RAWphoriaLIVE, a company that specializes in providing raw living snacks to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
Robin and Kelly have come a long way in a short time. Let’s learn a bit more these dynamic ladies, shall we?
Tell us a bit about your background and what lead you to become a nutritional consultant?
Robin: I had migraines and celiacs disease since I was 2-1/2 years old, and on top of it my body had an over growth of yeast from all the antibiotics I had been all my life. My parents took me from doctor to doctor, I spent most of my childhood and early adulthood on some kind of medication(s) or in some trial study for some new wonder drug that was suppose cure all, which usually only gave me new symptoms, the only wonder that came from it was me wondering what ill effect would I have next from this test drug. I have had my appendix and tonsils both removed and a complete hysterectomy by the time I was 28 years old and several other unnecessary surgeries.
Finally the light bulb went on when I turned 40. Enough was enough! I began to realize that masking my health problems with medications and/or treating them with surgeries was not the solution. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about preventive health care. I read books like The Yeast Connection by William G. Crook, M.S., The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II, The pH Miracle by Robert O. Young, Ph.D. and Shelley Redford Yound, A Diet for a New America by John Robbins, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., Health According to the Scriptures by Paul Nison, Seaweed by Valerie Gennari Cooksley, RN, Confessons of a Body Builder, by Bob McCauley, The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore, and then, I bought my first “raw” food book, RAWSOME! by Brigitte Mars, the BEST, raw food book for a beginner on the market. Very informative. A great read! I am a visual person though so I bought my second raw food book, Raw Food, Real World by Matthew Kenny and Sarma Melngailis, with lots of picture. It is still one of my favorites.
Thanks to all these wonderful people who share their wealth of information with the rest of the world. Because of them I live a very healthy life now. Since going vegetarian to vegan to raw over the past 6 years I am thrilled to say I no longer suffer from anything! My migraines, celiacs disease and yeast over growth went away almost overnight after I removed all white sugar, white four, yeast, wheat & gluten, dairy and preservatives from my diet. I believe diseases are caused by our diets, we are what we eat, and I am living proof of that!
Becoming a nutritional consultant? Wanting to share my knowledge about healthful, vibrant living and to inspire and educate people about the benefits of eating raw and living foods! I want “everyone” to be healthy and ALIVE!!
Kelly: I was diagnosed with Adult ADD when I was 35 years old and was prescribed Adderal. The medication made me very sick and I started to search the net for other causes of my symptoms, which all arrows pointed to nutrition.
When did you become interested in raw food?
Robin: Six years ago.
Kelly: Two years ago.
How did you meet and when did you decide to join forces and become a dynamic team who educates and inspires other to be healthy?
Robin: We meet 2-1/2 years ago through our husbands at a dinner, that I was reluctant to go to. Kelly was not raw yet but was a vegetarian and lived on 11 acres with her family and had the most incredible organic garden. She was very interested in my life style and I was very interested in her gardening. One thing lead to another, which spurred a beautiful friendship and partnership. We both are high-energy people with a passion to share, nurture and love the world and the people in it.
Kelly: We met through our husbands and soon the magic started.
In the Midwest, is the level of interest in raw food growing?
Robin: It is! And it is so exciting to see and be a part of it. Sheree Clark of Des Moines, Co-Owner of Sayles Graphic Designs and a Certified Gourmet Raw Chef is also founder of the local Des Moines Raw Food Meetup Group. Sayles Graphic Designs also created our labeling and packing for our products. (which is eco friendly rice paper) They were recently awarded the American Package Design Award presented by Graphic Design USA Magazine for RAWphoriaLIVE gRAWnola Packaging!
Kelly: I think there is a high interest in healthy eating. I think Robin, Sheree Clarke and myself are all helping educated our local area on the raw food lifestyle.
Name some of your natural health heroes and mentors, who have educated and inspired you?
Robin: You know, I have a ton of them. I hope that everyone who crosses my path in some way or another is inspiring to my life. That is why we are here, right? But to name a few, God, Dr. Ann Wigmore, Mike Adams the Health Ranger from www.naturalnews.com and you Ingrid have been a on going inspiration with your news letter and recipes! Keep up the GREAT work!
Kelly: Robin and Sheree have taught and inspired me more then words can say. I also enjoy the teaching of David Wolfe and Mike Adams.
What raw food has become a staple in your diet?
Robin: Green Lemonade every morning for my whole family!
Kelly: Wheat grass!
What fruits or vegetables are your favorites, least favorite, and why?
Robin: Wow…. that’s a tough one, I have not tried a veggie or fruit yet that I didn’t fall in love with! That’s the wonderful thing about being raw, I taste things now in a whole different light! And everything is incredible you just have to take the time to appreciate them each in their own.
Kelly: I love beets and apples the most. Not a huge fan of celery but appreciate and respect the health benefits of drinking celery juice.
You must have a blast working together and creating. Tell us one of your most amusing stories from an event or a behind-the-scenes in the kitchen.
Robin: We do!!! Sometimes probably too much if you asked our hubby’s! Too funny you should ask. We teach in home group classes and at one of these, the Vitamix top blew off and covered everything and everyone! Thank goodness everyone had already had a couple glasses of wine and thought is was hilarious……..;)
Kelly: Every time we get together it is giggle fest! We both just enjoy our work so much!
What is/are your favorite kitchen tool(s)?
Robin: I have four I can’t live without, my Blendtex blender, Cuisinart food processor, Excalibur dehyrator and Sampson Ultra twin gear juicer!
Kelly: Cuisinart, Magic Bullet and a great spatula!
What one word would you use to describe yourself?
What’s the one thing about you few people know?
Robin: I honestly I don’t think anything, I’m pretty much an open book.
Kelly: That I own 4 goats!
If you could be or do anything else, what would you be or do?
Robin: I’m always wanting to be more, do more, create more. Whatever I do I hope always benefits the lives of others.
Kelly: If I could do anything else?? I really don’t think I would. I had a very dear friend call me a “healer” recently. It was the nicest thing anyone has every said to me. So I guess I am doing what I was born to do.
Which product from your raw food product line is your personal favorite?
Robin: That’s a tough one, every day is a new day and a new craving. That’s the beauty of raw delights. I am a bit partial to the Cilantro-Lime Corntilla Chips though cuz if I could bottle cilantro I’d wear it! :)
Which of our your products is/are the most popular?
Robin: The Nutty Berry is our number one selling gRAWnola, the Red Pepper Corntilla is our number one selling chip, and the Very Berry has become a very popular Cracker with the kids and the Tomato-Basil with adults.
Kelly: Nutty Berry Grawnola
There are exciting things happening for you and RAWphoriaLIVE. What’s the latest news you can share?
Robin - Of course you can always purchase our products at our Internet Store, but starting this month will now be able to find them at the Hy-Vee Health Food Market in Ankeny, Iowa and at Gateway Market in West Des Moines, Iowa and at Gemini Personal Training in Urbandale, Iowa! With more retail locations to be coming in the near future.
Kelly: Gateway Market, Hy-Vee our webiste.
Is there any particular nutritional advice you’d like to share with those of us who have chosen raw food as our diet of choice?
Robin: It can all seem very intimidating and overwhelming at times, everyone has an opinion, but the best thing you can do for yourself…..is to take the time to listen to your own body. Let your heart and soul guide you not that evil little controlling brain………”Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.” Genesis 1:29
Kelly: I would like to answer by borrowing a quote from someone (I can’t remember who said it) but they are words that I live by!
“It’s really about balance, one word: balance,” “I think it’s essential to eat a large proportion of fresh, organic, highly mineralized, hydrating foods, but even more importantly, to do it consciously, so you’re eating what you want when you want it, not following a book.”
Four (4) Raw Epicurean readers will soon experience gRAWnolas, raw crackers, and raw chips by RAWphoriaLIVE, courtesy of Robin and Kelly. Thanks ladies! I’ve tried their products. I love variety and enjoyed all the flavors.
Here’s how to enter the draw. Answer the following question:
What healthy choices have you made to maintain proactive with your health?
Friday, January 23rd, I will use my favorite random number generator to choose the winners. The names of the winners and what flavors they will receive will be announced in a post following this interview.
Visit RAWphoriaLIVE to view their line of gRAWnolas, crackers, and chips. The winners will be asked to choice one (1) flavor from each category of snacks.