Hey Hey! My name is Nina Kay and this is my happy place where I get to share and express my extreme passion for the RAWsome vegan lifestyle! I am in my late 20’s, studied biology, born in Colorado and raised in a small town in Virginia. My background is Russian, both parents immigrated to the states in the late 80’s and I have one heck of a big ass family….who all LOVE to eat and I mean eat A LOT!
So of course with all the delicious Russian tradition foods, I grew up as a big time meat eater. You could have called me a carnivore because that’s all I would eat, skip the fruits and veggies I wanted the MEAT! Well up until 2011 when I came across the documentary the Earthlings, which was the start to my food journey.
Going vegetarian was my first step, just completely cutting out all meats including seafood (which was no problem for me since I could never really stomach it anyways.) I turned into one of those “unhealthy” vegetarians eating loads of carbs, sugars and of course my favorite CHEESE! Oh I also developed a drinking problem on the way as well, which didn’t help my mid-section at all! When I was rushed to the ER for my appendix to get ripped out of me, I didn’t think twice about it because well, “everyone has their appendix removed at some point in their lives and besides you don’t actually need it” the convincing speech from the doctors. So I carried on with my beer drinking, cheese eating happy self through life, wondering why I still have all this extra weight and feel so sluggish all the time (which is kinda funny thinking back on because who wouldn’t feel that way when all your doing is feeding you body horrible nutrition, if you can even call it that!) Until I had yet another God given organ gashed out of me, my gall bladder. (Okay so that’s now 5 not so pretty scars on my stomach and I haven’t even had a beautiful baby to blame it on!) I am not so sorry if this offends anyone but seriously when doctors are telling you its “okay” to have your body parts taken out of you….yeah I started to crack down and get some answers for myself!
You can say I went totally vegan right after my surgery and didn’t think twice about needing or wanting dairy, the thought actually kinda made me disgusted. (Oh I almost forgot to mention the fact that the doctors told me my gall bladder stones were caused from eating too much CHEESE! Yep, no lie that’s what they said!) After being vegan for almost a year, I got introduced to RAW vegan! (Thanks to my amazing sisters that also went vegan and motivated me to go raw) I have to say that I have been raw vegan for about a few months now and my life has changed up side RIGHT! I am on FIRE (not only because my element is fire, but I am pumped with energy for life) No, I can’t claim that I am 100% raw, I do use maple syrup and have discovered on the way that some of the ingredients might not be completely raw, but that’s not the point here. Here, I want to share the joy and happiness I have found with the raw vegan movement and hopefully inspire others to become conscious eaters too. I strongly believe that the quality of our lives (and the lives we affect) can be improved, by starting with what we feed our bodies. The world is in for a major change and that change can start with you.