Shazzie is a TV presenter on ‘Raw Kitchen’, author of five books including my favourite ‘Naked Chocolate’, original founder of Detox Your World- what was and still is even after she sold it in 2012- Europe’s largest superfood and raw food company. She is an eBook author, creator of multiple eCourses, the brain behind a revolutionary membership site ‘Shazzie’s VIP Room’, creator of many smart phone Apps and meditation MP3’s and mummy to a free range child, Evie.
Shazzie is a true mogul in the raw food world with a powerful voice in the health industry. But her resume [shockingly] doesn’t end there- this wonder woman is a self made millionaire with an inspiring success story! But above all else- she is a genuinely nice person. I met her for the first time when I was new to the UK and reasonably new to raw food, I though I’d be completely star struck and intimidated when I saw her at a festival, but all she had to say was ‘Oh I’ve just had one of those coconuts myself, I just love me some coconuts’ and with those few words and her energy, it was as though she sprinkled fairy dust all over the room and made everything peaceful and vibrant.
Describe your typical day of eating and drinking.
What (or who) inspires you to eat well and stay healthy?
My daughter. I want to be the best for her, so she can mirror that and be the best for herself. I guess beyond that, I want to remain an inspiration to others, so we have more inspired and inspiring people in the world. One hand up, one hand down… We’re all in it together.
What is your biggest weakness when it comes to food and how do you deal with that?
I’m not organised. I am like that in all aspects of my life, and it drives me crazy sometimes. I often go out for the morning, end up out all day and can’t find a thing to eat where I am. I used to carry raw food around with me in my bag but that’s been replaced by my girl’s things. So I deal with it by not telling myself off (it’s how I am), by eating what I can when I can, and by always eating super super healthy at home because somehow my fridges are usually quite abundant.
My top tip for:
Improving your diet is… eat at least 50% (In weight) of your food raw at every meal so you get all the raw benefits.
Staying healthy while travelling is… keep hydrated. Water is more important than food. You can also easily add dried green powders and superfoods to water for instant nourishment, and it weighs barely anything.
Detoxing is… to enjoy it. I have written a lot on detox, and it’s so important (we should do it lots and forever) that it’s worth finding the ones you love so it’s not a chore. How about an infra red sauna, a lymph drainage massage, a tip-toe in the sea, an algae wrap or an enema?!
Immunising is… building up a strong terrain (full term breastfeeding, herbs, living naturally, grounding etc) so that pathogens can’t take hold.
What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Oh god! People say lovely things to me all the time, maybe I just have lovely friends and family? Strangers who know my work tell me that I’m a real inspiration, that their lives changed radically when they got involved in my stuff and that I probably don’t realise how much I’ve changed the world with all the work I’ve done. It’s probably true, too. I don’t know, but I remember life before raw chocolate and so I’m well chuffed with that 😉
How would you like to be remembered?
“She had a heart big enough to hold all of us”
If you got to keep only 3 of your belongings: 1 thing from your kitchen, 1 thing from your garden and 1 thing from your bookshelf- what would they be?
My deck (I sunbathe on it, it’s against my glass south facing wall so any time it’s sunny, even in winter, it’s warm enough to sunbath on it. A very clever bit of divine planning, I think!)
The Book Of Secrets, Osho
If you could host a dinner party for 3 guests (dead or alive)- who would they be and what would you serve?
Russell Brand — I’d serve me. I’ve got a free pass from my BF to have a bit of Russell, should the opportunity ever arise!
Peace Pilgrim — Warm green raw soup and a foot massage
John Lennon — Durian, because it’s white. Imagine all the duriasms…
Why do you believe that life is Better Raw?
Ah, I’ve been a veggie all my adult life, a vegan for 26 years, and raw for 14 years. I eat raw because I like feeling high-energy. I am releasing enough “stuff” from my ancestral line without putting more in by eating animals! I don’t judge people who do, but I don’t want that for me. I want to keep this juicy, alive, inspired and visionary way of living, so my food choices have to reflect that.
Our Master of the Month shares her favourite raw food recipe…
This is a beautiful and delicious all purpose loaf of what I call “better than bread” and for those who prefer breads to sweets… this will be heaven! It’s so much like traditional freshly baked bread, but sooooo much better!
Makes one beautiful loaf that serves about ten people, but feel free to experiment with various shapes and sizes.
Keeps for around seven days when refrigerated in a sealed container.
200g or 1 cup golden flax seeds
15g or 1/2 cup psyllium husks
60ml or 1/4 cup tamari or nama shoyu
60ml or 1/4 cup lemon juice
3 teaspoons dried oregano
3 teaspoons dried thyme
20g or 1 cup dried basil leaves
75g or 3/4 cup maca
3 teaspoons raw agave nectar
60ml or 1/4 cup water
480ml or 2 cups water for psyllium
3 teaspoons sea salt
1 small bunch fresh dill
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Grind the flax seeds (using the grain jug if you have one) in a high speed blender (such as the VitaPrep) or a coffee/spice grinder. Soak the psyllium in 480ml / 2 cups water until the water is absorbed.
Set aside a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of dried herbs and a couple of teaspoons of maca for sprinkling on the top.
Mix all other ingredients together, either in a food processor with an S blade or in a large bowl by hand (or large spoon).
Knead the dough. Form into a round loaf, or shape of your choice.
Sprinkle with the remaining sea salt, dried herbs and the maca powder (looks like dusted flour!).
Dehydrate at 115° F or 46° C for 18-24 hours, (until crispy on the outside).
Due to the way the loaf is shaped and the nature of the bread, it’s preferable to be a bit chewy inside.
Slice or rip into chunks for soups, sandwiches and buttery spreads.
Shazzie wants you to get the most out of being raw so she’s put together four free gifts for you. Just go here http://www.shazzie.com/
Also- right now and until 31st January 2014, you can enter to win Shazzie’s entire New2Raw eCourse (worth $97) as part of our big Detox Hamper Giveaway>>