ABOUT ME


Note: my experience as a vegan is a highly privileged one; I am white, young, female, living in an urban centre in a capitalist western country, able-bodied, financially secure and have access to post-secondary education and the internet. All these factors and more shape my reality and inform my experiences, opinions and actions. I aim to be aware of my privilege as much as possible, consider its potentially damaging effect on others, and try to minimize that. 

You can call me Em. I eat raw plants because I love my body, the planet, and other beings. When I eat food, I want it to be beautiful, but not just in taste. I want it to nourish my body and brain, work in symbiotically with the earth, and allow other earthlings their right for freedom and justice. I find that organic plants fit the bill pretty well, though going vegan is by no means an end-all solution to the world's problems. 

I live with my family and kitties in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Although it's a big city - I am really not a city person - it's still a beautiful and colourful place (albeit on unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples). We have several restaurants devoted to raw food and countless others offering vegan and raw options. The culture here is generally warm, accepting and diverse.

My family is not strictly vegan or vegetarian but for the most part my parents have discovered over several years that they just feel best eating vegan 99% of the time. My brothers are another story. I aim to buy most of my food from the farmers market or organic and fair trade from local grocery stores. You vote with your wallet so I buy local, organic and fair trade whenever it is an option.

My favourite foods are sweet fruits like bananas and mangoes, whole grains like brown rice, and steamed veggies like sweet potatoes. Oh, and leafy greens like spinach! I enjoy anything that connects me deeper to the planet and my own psyche... this includes meditation, yoga, weight training and other exercise, hiking, camping, kayaking, listening to music, sharing with others, snowshoeing, anything to do with food, philosophy, reading, photography, painting, writing, and a lot more.

Outdoors is where I am most at peace. 

One day I woke up and decided to be vegan; I'm just that type of person (sorry, pretty boring story). Very soon after, I got into raw food and following that, a whole foods diet with cooked foods incorporated. With the knowledge I've learned about what animal products do to me, you, our earth, and our beloved fellow animals,  I try to minimize my consumption of foods and products that required violence to be created. Nobody should have to die just so I can eat a sandwich. And in any case, humans can certainly thrive without eating animals. I understand that food access is a serious barrier for many people, but I am fortunate enough to be able to have access to, and afford, fresh fruits and vegetables. Going vegan might not be a realistic option for some but if it is possible for YOU to do, I highly recommend it.

Being vegan simply means caring about others. 
That isn't so radical, is it?


A day in my diet usually looks like a lot of huge fruit smoothies with plenty of greens, and a giant dinner consisting of steamed vegetables and brown rice. I do not restrict calories. Keep in mind my diet is different everyday and I am not very strict about rules; as long as I am eating a predominantly whole foods diet (always vegan!), it's all good. I love filling my body with living foods, because that's what my new cells are gonna be made out of! I want to be made of creamy avocados, juicy kiwis and velvety kale; not processed foods or the flesh of others...

What do you want to be made of? 

I am currently going to Simon Fraser University, majoring in history. I take tons of other courses like philosophy, gender studies, geography, geology, psychology, humanities, resource and environmental management, etc. I love learning and never want to stop. As I develop as a human being and a vegan, I realize that veganism is connected to so many other social and environmental justice issues, so I would like to get increasingly involved in different kinds of activism.

Eventually I'd like to buy some land in BC and build a simple home to live in with animal companions and maybe a garden (although I'm not that good at gardening). I believe in living as naturally, minimally, and sustainably as possible. I am grateful for trees, the sun, rainbow chard, my cats, home, family, friends, music, and you. I am lucky to be a healthy human, self-aware and able to grow, living in this miracle world of our infinite universe. Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope it improved your day. Go hug someone and share a green smoothie.

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334 comments:

  1. HA! found your blog.

    KEETCHWA

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  2. I got an email saying Anonymous commented and I immediately knew it would be you, dear friend.
    Do I want to know what you think?

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  3. Hi Em, Remember me? I was raw for 7 months and had a bit of trouble. Your blog and your outlook on life in general is inspiring. You have grown to be a beautiful woman and I wish you all the happiness in the world.
    Blessings,
    Louise Johnston

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    1. Hey Louise =) Thank you so much. I'm proud that you think that! I reciprocate those warm feelings, wishing you all the joy you could have. How did we get in contact? I have THE worst memory =S

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    2. Hi Em,

      I am an old friend of the family.Ask your mom to refresh you with all the great memories. I am eating more and more raw again and hope to be back to health soon. Love your blog. Hugs to all your family!
      Louise :)

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    3. Oh, just saw this today =) I will ask her! Thanks so much - same to you.

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  4. Hi!!! I just met you today at the Farmer's Market in Puerto Vallarta, I didn't realize until I saw the name of your blog that you probably don't even eat the bread I gave you (sorry). Anyways I love your blog and I am already your fan! Saludos and enjoy this beautiful bay! if you need anything you have my phone number! Regards, María.

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    1. Oh my GOODNESS. That is craaazy! :D Wild Flour Gal? I'm going to mention you in my post about Mexico, now that I'm back. What a small and magical world!!

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  5. WOW, MAYBE I AM YOUR SOULMATE, HAHAH. I JUST LIKED YOU ON FACEBOOK.

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    1. Haha hey, Omar. Maybe! Let's be friends!

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  6. What a love explosion <3 Thanks for sharing your bliss!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! =) You're lovely.

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  7. Hey lady! Just thought I'd let you know I nominated you for a "Very Inspiring Blogger" Award. You can check it out here if you want :). Thanks for being so wonderful!

    http://veggienook.com/2012/04/15/very-inspiring-versatile-and-liebster/

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    1. GAH! Thanks you so much, Gabby. This is turning into the best day ever. I am almost done with exams, the sun is shining, I have raw cheesecake in the fridge - and now this!

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  8. Hi!
    Just found your blog, and I have to say I really like it! Good job!

    Mia, Norway

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    1. Yay! =) Glad to hear it. Hope to see your comments in the future! Feedback is great. Thanks, Mia from Norway!

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  9. Nice blog! Come visit.
    Al & Patty
    Planet Costa Rica
    www.planetcostarica.org

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  10. Love the blog. + You are really young, which is awesome. Maybe you can make a tumblr. So you can reach more people and following would be easier for some people.(me!:)) )

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    1. thanks, anja :) that's probably a good idea and i really should... but i'm lazy haha - maybe i can get my friends to help me with it!

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    2. if you want to get notified whenever i post something new - you can sign up to get emails =) then just click the link in the email and you can see the post on my blog here.

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  11. Hey! I love your blog! Im curious to if you excercise at all. You seem so healthy so i was just wondering if its just your diet ?

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    1. thanks very much, bianca :)

      i love exercise! i like to lift weights, go on the trampoline, run, walk, dance, kick box, and do body weight exercises like push ups. also hiking, snowboarding and yoga!

      sometimes i get really into it and workout an hour or more everyday. but right now i'm taking it easy. i'm doing maybe 30 minutes of working out 5 days a week or so.

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  12. Nice one, this is really lovely and easy to read. Well done!

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    1. thank you so much, trish! comments like yours make my day :)

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  13. I'm so glad I found your blog! it's really motivational n_n*. I've been wanting to try out this 'raw' business for a while now but it intimidates me a little, like I won't e able to handle it lol. I suppose I'm gonna have to start out little by little? Did you just jump into it when you first started or how did that all work out? Anyway thanks for having a sweet action blog for all of us to read :) have a super day!

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    1. thanks, sarai! haha don't be scared :) take it as slow as you need to. gradual change is probably best. i went vegan overnight and never looked back but i don't think that'd work great for everyone. don't worry about eating 100% raw, that's the biggest mistake you could make. just eat as raw as you can. it's easier than you think ;) smoothie for breakfast, fruit throughout the day, a handful of nuts for a snack, giant salad for dinner with more fruit, and a raw dessert! done. you'll be super full too.

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  14. AnonymousJuly 05, 2012

    You are a girl on the right track. I can't wait to try out your green smoothie. Today. Thanks for the motivation.

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    1. thank you very, very much. i am honoured to stir up some motivation.

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  15. Hi Emily! Thank you so much for all of the hard work and dedication you've put into your blog! It's very inspiring, I'm favoriting it! Can't wait to try your lavender and lemon cheesecake :) Do you ever post nutrition information?

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    1. thank you, lindsay - for the kind words! much appreciated. tell me how you like it! it's one of my top 5 fave recipes :)

      right now i don't, but maybe at some point in the future. i know it'd be really handy.

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  16. AnonymousJuly 06, 2012

    Hi Em! I'm very thankful that you wrote this. We're in the same age and I'm happy that in this world exist a person, who is very similar to me. I've been thinking for my whole life that I'm absolutely unike with my views :)) I'm glad that I was wrong :))

    I'm sorry for my English, but actually I'm trying my best :)

    Best wishes,
    from Viola (Poland).

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    1. wow thank you so much for writing that comment, viola! you are definitely not alone. i'm betting if you think we're similar, we definitely are :)

      peace & love from canada!

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  17. I"m stoked to find your blog!! I was doing some research about going raw and you have motivated me!! I'm 95% organic and trying to go 100% raw organic!! Keep up the great job and I'm looking forward to this journey!!! Peace!

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    1. hey thanks! i'm excited for you :D
      organic for life <3

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  18. I am enjoying your blog! I am sure your cat is very proud of you! I may try making some of your recipes for my human friends :)
    Boobie (Vegan Cat Chef)

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    1. hahaha what a great comment! thank's very much, "cat chef" ;) i sure hope my cat (dante) is. he's my world!

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  19. AnonymousJuly 28, 2012

    This blog is so fantastic. I'm so so excited to have found it. You inspire me!

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    1. thank you SOOO much! i'm excited you found me too, whoever you are... xox

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  20. Hi! I'm so glad to have found your blog. I admire your balance and perspective. As a 35 year old trying to find my place along the low fat raw vegan/raw vegan/vegan/vegetarian continuum, your stance is refreshing and seemingly a bit like my own. I have been a vegetarian or more accurately a pescatarian at times, for 21 years. The last 6 months, I've been moving on a more vegan path. Thanks for sharing your outlook!

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    1. THANKS a ton, cindy!! :) i'm really glad you find my blog helpful. if you ever have any questions/concerns - shoot me an email!

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  21. Hey I just found your blog and love it! Bookmarked! I have my own at Greenleanteen if you want to checkit out, I'm 16 and mostly vegan :)

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    1. very cool! we're like sisters ;) i like that you cover stuff like depression and body image. there's so much information on your site! awesome.

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  22. Thanks so much Emily! :)

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  23. I love your blog! It's very inspiring to read about a fellow young foodie braving the vegan raw food world. I myself am trying to start a blog but it's a slow start. I think my only follower right now is my mother in law :). On a side note I feel led to tell you about my brother in law, also on a search for a soulmate. You should get to know each other. Pen pals perhaps :)

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    1. Ooooh I like the sounds of that! Your brother I mean - tell him to email me ;)

      What's your blog? I'd love to check it out. I started mine almost a year ago now and it was the same for me... but with time your popularity grows exponentially! Just be patient.

      Thanks for the kind words, Liz, namaste & love

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    2. Will do!

      As far as the blog goes my address is cookplaylove.weebly.com. Nothing exciting. But thanks for the encouragement. Keep in touch!
      Namaste

      Liz

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    3. looks awesome. that baby is TOO cute.

      xox - em

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  24. Just found your blog, great stuff. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes. We were just in Vancover for the Sea Wheeze marathon, beautiful city!

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    1. hey thanks so much, sarah! =)
      yeah i can't lie, it's a pretty amazing city. i can't imagine growing up anywhere else and being as comfortable or happy.

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  25. to find your soulmate you should read the Holy Bible i would start in new testament

    Revelation 22:21 thats the last verse in the Bible =D

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  26. Hey Emily

    You are indeed an inspiration for the younger generation of today. Read the blog about your daily diet. If you ever in town, swing by and it will be my pleasure to give you our boxes of wheatgrass for you to throw into your smoothies. You will not believe how amazing and sweet your smoothie it will taste after. Drop me an email. Cheers

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH! :D I would love love love to.
      Shall I find an email to cotnact on your website, then?

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  27. animal collective! <3

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    1. YEES!!! <3 You are correct and have my respect, whoever you are.

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    2. they're the reason i became a raw foodist! as soon as i heard them i just wanted my body, mind, and soul to be as natural and pure as possible!

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    3. well you are the coolest person ever.

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    4. ha! no, you! <3 i must know, where is that giant tree?

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    5. it is is puerto vallarta, mexico! literally right across from the only (but wonderful!) vegan store there.

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  28. I'm just starting out on my journey of raw foods, and I'm only 59 going on 60. Your blog really inspired me! Keep it up, and good wishes for a beautiful life!

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    1. that is absolutely thrilling to hear. any age is a great age to get into healthy living. and raw food is about the healthiest you can get! please let me know how the journey progresses - namaste

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  29. Hi:) your blog is so nice! its good to know that your father and brother like it too. Can you tell me how did you manage to convert them?

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    1. Thank you, Aleksandra. The spelling of your name is rad.
      Mwa haha... dedication, vegan cake, fried tofu, and time.

      xox

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  30. Love your blog, lots of awesome food. I am also looking for a soulmate I feel your pain.

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    1. mmm, thank you! so many fish in the spiritual sea, it's tough to find that special someone.

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  31. Hello Miss Emily,
    I stumbled upon your blog in search of some raw food ideas/advice, and may I say that I've enjoyed it immensely.
    Even though the urge has been coming for a long time, I woke up this morning realizing that my effortless resolve to eat healthier is finally here. I will definitely bookmark your wonderful recipes and I want to thank-you for being an inspiring example to us older folks as well.

    Kisses,
    Gia

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    1. Hey, Gia :)

      I am so happy to hear this! I understand, we all go through phases so I am thrilled to know you are now in "healthy mode"! I really hope my recipes and resource list helps you out. Keep me updated on how you're doing, please!

      xox, em

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  32. Hey! ive been vegan for almost 6 weeks I love this website all your pictures look so pretty :)
    Its all very inspirational :) Thanks!

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    1. 6 weeks is freakin' awesome - WAY TO GO, GIRL! And thanks so much <3

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  33. I came here today after seeing a photo of your ice cream cake - so beautiful! I've been vegan since April of this year and the idea of making raw food is really intriguing. I kept looking through the recipes for how long to cook things - and then I was like "Duh - no cooking!" It's amazing how we become used to things being a certain way!

    Now I just need to watch my portion sizes so I can have a stomach like yours!! ;)

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    1. Congrats! That's terrific, Nicole. LOL... yep, no cooking involved, it makes everything so simple. Thank you <3

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  34. Inspiring! Your desserts look amazing. Have you considered starting a raw food patisserie? Selling your creations to those five raw food restaurants? Just thinking about funding your tiny house in Costa Rica dreams...

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    1. I have thought about something like that and hopefully it will happen in the near future if I get the time! Thanks, Kathy <3

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  35. Love your site! I love teaching people how to eat Healthy (and Raw). I myself am a life long Flexitarian. Fifty two and feeling Fabulous!
    my son is a Historical Theology Masters and Intrigued with the sexuality of post and modern culture, but alas he just eloped with a young lady from France...
    Keep on Keepin On!

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    1. Amazing! That's inspiring for me to hear. Thank you, Sondra.
      Ha-ha!! Dang. Missed out on that one ;)

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  36. Hi Em..wish I had the years to do all over again, I'm 57 working mum thinking of doing the raw thing, love veggies so I think it would be a good fit. I too want to build a tumbleweed and live much simplier lifestyle. Always struggle with the weight but more important I want to feel better. Worked with a younger gal and she followed a raw vegan lifestyle and she just glowed from the inside out! Wish you all the best. I will keep reading your blog!

    totallyupbeat

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you! Well you're never too old to begin a new way of life, or learn to appreciate what you didn't before. ;)

      x

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  37. Fantastic !! happy to finde it !! you are great !!! will cook :) soon some of the recipes! thank you !!!!!!!

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  38. Hi Em. My name if Gillian Welch, I am 16 years and see a lot of myself in you. I love on a small organic veggie farm, and work at an organic dairy farm up the road. I also have Type 1 diabetes, and my New years' Resolution is to achieve [almost] perfect control of my blood sugars. For the past year I've been experimenting with Raw Food diets, but it's a struggle when I"m not the only one living at home, and my parents jeep a watchful eye over what I eat. But I know what eating Raw does to my mind, and body, and I love it. Your blog has fully inspired me to choose the path I want to, and try to get my family to accept the raw lifestyle. Thank you for creating such beautiful food, recipes, and inspiring websites for the world. I truly appreciate it, and wish you the best f luck with your life and Blogging journey!

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    1. Hey, Gillian. What a wonderful comment! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate the love and also admire your strength and determination. It can often be frustrating when you'd like to eat all/mostly raw but your family doesn't take it seriously. But at the end of the day - being healthy is what is important, and when you live on your own you can eat whatever you want without getting weird stares. Good luck with your blood sugar goal, please comment or contact me if you ever have anything else to say :)

      xox

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  39. Hi Emily
    Found your blog this morning. Love the way you wright and all the pics are so beautiful. I am a part time raw "eater" but you're posting so many amazing recipies that I am definitely gonna try to eat raw more often.
    Have a nice day :)
    xox from Switzerland - Zurich

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    1. Thanks so much, Tiia :D My family is from Switzerland and I'd love nothing more than to visit sometime!

      x

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  40. Hej Em,
    I enjoy your blog very much,
    especially here in "meaty Germany"
    Greets from Berlin,
    Vali

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    1. Thanks very much, Vali from Berlin :)
      I am flattered!

      xox

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  41. Hey what sign are you?

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  42. What a beautiful spirit you are!! So glad to have found your blog :) Are you a member of RawBC yet? xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, "Alien". I know of the website but I don't think I am a member?

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  43. Wow, you're such a beautiful person! I feel so lucky to have accidentally stumbled across your blog :) x

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! Flattered ><
      I have no doubt you're an amazing person too - we all are!

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  44. You are RAWsome! Here's another tiny house.... http://www.northofordinary.ca/Default.aspx?pageId=1458348 - Don't give up! I love your dream. I am writing a fun book about Raw food - would love to list your site as a resource!!
    Denise

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    1. Wow love that one! Thank you. You are totally welcome to to do that :D Lemme know when it's out!

      xox

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  45. good stuff, keep it coming!

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  46. I just found your blog and I just love you! What a beautiful spirit you have, thanks for sharing, caring, and being!

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  47. What a beautiful soul you are :) Many blessing on your path and keep shinig!

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  48. Hey,
    I just discovered your blog. I don't think it was around when I attempted to transition to a raw food diet a couple years ago. I fell off the wagon eventually, but now I am delving back in.

    I'm also a Vancouver girl and I'm excited to delve into your blog and read your recipes. I notice that you said there were 5 raw food restaurants in Vancouver. Other than Organic Lives and Gorilla Foods, what are the others?

    Thanks,
    Paula

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    1. =)
      Eternal Abundance, Indigo Cuisine ... and now I cannot remember that last one. But there's a ton that offer loads of raw food like The Acorn, Sejuiced, and the Naam!

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  49. hej em,

    i can't believe you're 19!! you make a very mature impression. coming to terms with yourself and being aware of who you are and who you want to be is something you rarely see in people your age. you're cool. you motivated me to integrate more raw elements into my vegan diet. your pics just make my body scream "i so so so want to try this. now!"

    take care, and greetings from germany,
    mina

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    1. Thanks so much, Mina - that means the world to me! <3

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  50. IT'S NEARLY 2:00 AM AND I CAN'T STOP LOOKING AT YOUR WEBSITE.

    LEAVE ME ALONE! I NEED TO SLEEP.

    (Please don't... your recipes are fantastic.)

    - Tired, raw-food loving gal.

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    1. LOL. Thank you very much. Great comment

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  51. What an enlightened person you are! Thank you for recognizing that all plants and animals are equal. Keep up the good work.

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  52. Thanks so much by you being, It´s fantastic energy, it´s like a Vegan real Paradise and wherever i look here, you make it brightly and full of love. Felicidades!!!

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    1. Oh wow thanks a lot! Means very much to me =)

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  53. I dont think it was an accident stumbling across your website....

    You are an amazing person, with an inspirational outlook on life....

    Thanks for sharing!... the recipes are incredible!

    @Jiriyah - London

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    1. Wow thanks for commenting - I'm sure it was more than coincidence ;) Much love!
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  54. Such a beautiful blog and I love it! I'm now following you via Pinterest and can't wait to try all of the yummy stuff you post.

    Kimberly @ mypinterestreality.com

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  55. Loving your blog!! I've been reading for a bit only to find out that you're a fellow student in Vancouver. Small world! Thanks so much for the wonderful posts, I have found a ton of delicious recipes (soo many smoothies!) :)

    Keep on keepin on! :)

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    1. haha yeah seriously! Cheers to van city ;)

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  56. Hi Em, I love , love , love your passion for life, clean eating and how much you love animals and our planet!
    My God I wish I knew what you know at 19 when I was your age!

    I live in Australia and I have had the pleasure of attending and meeting David "Avocado" Wolfe! I'm in love with him and his entegrity for life.
    I haven't checked your recipes yet but I will as soon as I finish posting this.

    Well done Em! And here's three cheers to you continuing to inspire the world!
    You are an Angel.

    Griselda

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  57. your blog is so,so,SO beautiful!

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  58. Marja-LiisaMarch 15, 2013

    Just found your blog today and have been browsing it through all evening. Thank you so much for it! It's amazing how much you give us. I must try some of your recipes tomorrow! This message was sent from Northern Finland. Hugs!

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  59. I think you might be an Indigo Child, like my daughter.

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  60. I love your blog. Although I've always eaten consciously and carefully, I've only taken the leap towards raw veganism since a serious cancer diagnosis 2 years ago. I discovered Kris Carr and her crazysexy movement, and my energy started to return. I just discovered your website and love that you include such indulgent foods. I'm trying to regain weight during chemo right now, and my kids are going to whip up some peanut butter cups for me to nibble on between nausea bouts. Your photography is so inspiring, and your energy delightful. Thank you for becoming a new regular on my healing journey.

    Emily

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    1. Hey - thanks very much for sharing your story. Love that! I appreciate your support. All the best, Em

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  61. Sarah HillardMarch 18, 2013

    Wow, you seem wise beyond your years. Your blog is truly inspiring. I've been interested in going raw for quite some time, but with two kids and a full time job, I have found it hard to prepare and therefore, have not yet started. I would consider myself a flexatarian, eating a mostly vegan diet. I stumbled across your page trying to find recipes for a juice detox; I am so glad I found it. Your pictures are beautiful and your blog is very informative. Thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks SO much, Sarah =) Very happy you like my recipes + photos. I hope the kids like the desserts and other recipes!

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  62. I've known you (or your blog to be precisely) for four minutes now and I already love you!! hahaha xD you're awesome

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  63. Emily, I have to admit. I saw something of yours - a comment or a link to a recipe, I can't quite recall, and you had this slogan along the lines of "Eat raw. Live long. Be sexy," or something to that effect.

    The "be sexy," part of it really made me roll me eyes, and I clicked on the link to your blog to see what you were all about. That was yesterday, and I have fallen in love with your recipes. And I do mean fallen in love, they are some of the most beautiful creations I have ever seen! I'm in the middle of a 5-day juice fast (my first) and I am a vegetarian who's been considering going vegan for some time. Looking at all of your amazing raw recipes in my near-constant state of hunger has inspired me to take the plunge. I can't go all the way just yet - I have a meat-eating cheese-loving husband (and I can't lie, a life without cottage cheese is hard to picture at the moment) that I need to work on, but I am going to start incorporating raw, vegan meals and desserts into our lives.

    You obviously didn't know it was happening, but I want to apologize for judging you a bit too harshly at first, and to thank you for loving life, the universe and everything as much as you do.

    Hearts and stars from Manitoba,
    Unity

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    1. Hey, Unity! Awesome name. Thank you SO MUCH. That means everything to me to read! Haha by "be sexy" I just mean we should be proud and comfortable with our bodies, because they are beautiful and sexy! Also, raw food is literally "sexual" because it's all parts of plants that reproduce .. lol. So you're eating fertility. I just like the idea, and I want everyone to have a dance party. =)

      Anyways - Good luck on your juice fast! When you complete it, you will feel AMAZING. As far as cheese goes - my mom used to think she could never give up cheese. But now she hardly eats it! We love nut cheeses like this one:

      http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/04/aged-pine-nut-cheese-with-garlic.html#.UVTNBxyG2So

      Or this (my fave): http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2012/10/this-is-really-good.html

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  64. And by dance party you clearly mean... A SEXY PARTY!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-OnyuJTm7s

    Hey thanks for the well-wishes with my fast - tomorrow is the last day, and I can't wait to dig in to some zucchini pasta! I also sat down with my mum today and showed her some of my favourite recipes of yours and she was SO INTO IT! She couldn't get over the fact that nothing was cooked, she was excited to try some of the recipes. :)

    You'll see me around, thanks again for being amazing!

    <3,
    Unity

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  65. You are an amazing young woman!

    At my age, 55, it's refreshing and gives me hope that the earth has a chance.

    I have been telling anyone who would listen ... "Everyday you vote with your dollar."

    Thank you, Em ... I send you love and light.

    Katheen

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    1. Thanks SO much, Kathleen. Cannot say how much that means to me. Much love to ya!

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  66. Hi Em!

    I just came across your blog today, which has been perfect because I wanted to procrastinate on my homework a little longer ;) After reading your "About Me" section, I fell in love with you and your way of life....not in a creepy way, but in a "Wow I want to be just like this girl" kind of way! I honestly wish I knew more about veganism and raw foods when I was 19. I'm only 26 now, but I can only imagine how much happier and healthier I would have been at this age if I started back then. I was a typical teenager, eating crappy food and not understanding the connection between our bodies, minds, spirits and the energy we can obtain from raw foods. You are a great role model for younger kids (and heck, for every person at any age) who have no idea about how to be healthy in this S.A.D. world. ( Do you still call it Standard American Diet in Canada? I have a feeling Canada is healthier as a whole compared to the US)

    I have been vegan for a year now (switched over night from being vegetarian, after switching over night from being a carnivore - kind of like you!), and I have been interested in learning more about the raw lifestyle. Your gorgeous pictures of food and the accompanying recipes make me happy because I know they will catch some body's eye - This some body will not know what a vegan or raw foodie is and want to learn more - and hopefully spread the word on how to live a more humane, cruelty free, and peaceful life.

    I'm glad that you mentioned how people ask you what you are "allowed" to eat. I get that a lot too! Its soooo annoying. I love that you reply with telling them you can eat whatever you want! I want to eat plants; who the f*ck wants to eat a McDonald's hamburger, am I right? Ha ha.

    I make raw food dishes and desserts every time I go to a party or relative's house, hoping to convert their lifestyle in a non-preachy way. Your blog gives me so many more ideas. I want to make all this food today!

    Long story short, you are so cute, and I admire your love of this Earth, and I want to be just like you when I grow up! :)

    Take care.

    ~ Rachel

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    1. WOW - thanks SO much for that kind message, Rachel. I can't tell ya how much it means to me =) Yes, we call it the SAD diet here too haha. Yay! I'm glad that is what you think becayse That is exactly what I hope to do with my blog.

      Lol.. yes. McD's is naasssty, no THANK you. ;)

      I really appreciate the love, Rach. I wish you the best! Contact me anytime!

      xox, em

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  67. You are a beautiful wonderful person with such amazing energy and life. I hope one day I can be more like you. :]

    <3

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, AMBER =D I am sure you an amazing individual already ;)

      Much love,
      Em

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  68. You are gorgeous, have a wonderful energy, and inspire me! What a beautiful blog and amazing story! I want to start this raw food thing, how do you do it when you go to college? I find it hard to eat a lot of vegan food in college.

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    1. Oh thanks, Nich =) Um, well what kind of problems do you have? I haven't run in to too many...

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  69. Emily, you have such a beautiful soul. I don't usually post comments on blogs, but you need some recognition, girl! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing all of your wonderful ideas on this blog. I have been making most of your desserts and I am LOVING each and every one of them! As an environmental studies student and raw vegan we share the same ideas and way of life. You give me hope for the world we live in. Sending sunshine and love your way!

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    1. Oh wow thanks SO much, Donna. From the bottom of my heart - I really appreciate that =D Much love to you.

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  70. Wow. Just wow. Emily, I wish I had as much wisdom as you when I was nineteen (I am now twenty nine, almost but not quite there yet!). Love your blog... the recipes and photography are amazing. Love your honest, wholesome approach to life. You are (as many people have said on here already) definitely an amazing human being with such a respectful approach to the earth on which we live. Following your blog, and happy to have found another inspiring blogging friend! I think you'll live til 130. Hugs x

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    1. Oh thank you SO much!! You're way too kind. I wish you all the best and hope to see your comments continue =)

      EM, xox

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  71. I think ... you are the woman of my dreams.

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  72. who made the clothes you are wearing in the photographs?

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  73. Wow! You are so inspiring, and for a 19 year old, you seem pretty kept together! If you know what I mean? haha
    Love your blog, just recently found it and LOVE all your desserts, just waiting for some income to buy some ingredients and try them all!
    I'm a 21yo living in Australia with semi-severe eczema- so no dairy/desserts for me! Thanks for providing some raw decadent dessert recipes :)

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    1. Thank you, Jess! Glad to be of service =)

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  74. Hiya, I have a question.

    I'm 18 years old v,egan but not fully raw. I would love to be able to make some of these recipes...

    But so many of these ingredients, I could only afford occasionally/as treats! How on earth do you afford all of these yummy, (sometimes exotic) ingredients??

    Liz

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    1. Hey, Liz

      Good question. Actually a lot of the exotic ingredients like coconut, nuts and dates (bulk of my recipe bases) are pretty affordable if you can find them in bulk at a good price. It just takes a bit of looking. Actually - I have just found this site and they have the best prices I've seen: http://www.nuts.com/

      Also, I'm not living on my own yet - I still with my family who fortunately have a generous budget for food. Here is another site that focuses on affordable raw recipes: http://www.rawon10.com/

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  75. this just made me so happy, to se really see that pople arownd the world are tuning in and feeling more and more what our mother earth need and what we need to live a life full with love. I recognize your dreams and visions.
    Love Zoria from Sweden ;)

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    1. Yay love to hear that! Much love to you.

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  76. (love). Wishing you every success, Emily.

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  77. I love your blog! I've been reading your posts since a few months, but I've never read your "about me" section. So I just wanna tell you that you do a grat job with your recipes I love them! I've done a couple of them And Loved them! I'm from Mexico, and whenever you want to come to make your dream come true, I'll help you! I live in a city, but I love all about vegan and vegetarian food! Kind regards! :)

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    1. Wow thanks a ton! =D That is exciting to read. Much appreciated, and much love to you!

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  78. Hi Emily,
    I really love your blog! I think you are an amazing person and that the world needs more people like you. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!
    Sofia(the Netherlands)

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  79. For being only 19, I am so incredibly impressed! You are very talented and inspiring. [Both for your creative 'cooking' abilities and presentation skills!] And you take killer pictures! Thanks for doing such a good job motivating others to live a healthier, more conscious lifestyle :) So glad I ran across this blog - kind of - because now I'm drooling and aldkfja;lsdifejakekekeaaaaaa

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  80. Hi Em!

    I just found your blog and want to let you know how much you have inspired me on my journey to becoming the best version of myself. I started "eating clean" back in February and have really been curious about becoming vegan and am loving your recipes! Thank you so much for the amazing blog!

    -Sydney

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  81. I love your blog! Do you have a cookbook with all your recipes? I would love to have it for myself or give as a present to people!

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    1. Thank you, Anne! I do not have one right now but very soon :) Stay tuned!

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  82. So I stumbled upon your blog after using your blueberry tart recipe, accidentally clicked on your "about me" section, and low and behold, was struck by coincidence. Not only do I also live in Vancouver, but I also attend Simon Fraser University (in Burnaby)! What a small world. Anyways, I think that what you are doing is great so keep up the good work!

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    1. No way! We should meet up! ;)

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  83. PatriciaMay 17, 2013

    Emily!! You seem like an amazing human being!! Wow I feel so lucky to have stumbled accross your blog!!
    I`ve been wanting to switch to a vegan /raw diet for a very long time and I`m finally starting! It seems like I was meant to find you, to help me on this journey!!

    Glad you can somehow be a part of my life now, I will definitely be a frequent visitor. ; ))

    Keep up the nice posts and beeautiful food!!

    hugs and love from Brazil !

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  84. I've only just found your blog today.
    I'm scared..
    Because I just know I am going to spend HOURS on here :) As a newbie vegetarian I'm always looking for new healthy foods/I adore your raw food ethics and some (all) of your recipes look amazing plus they include items I have in my cupboard and no nasty chemicals (I am trying really hard to stop eating a high percentage of processed foods)
    Wonderful blog - I'll let you know how I get on trying some of your recipes!
    Katie x
    www.cakevsscales.co.uk

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  85. ❤❤❤ Such a lovely soul❤❤❤

    Thank you for sharing your passions, talent, and aspirations.

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  86. AnonymousMay 21, 2013

    haha i love your "about me" section....but when i clicked on your link, to " build one of these" i pretty thought that we should be best friends....i know sounds creepy. but i'm obsessed with tiny homes! obsessed, and i love making food of all kinds. i'm at the healthiest i've ever been, however i do have a dis-ease....MS....so i've decided against treatment and started focusing on what i put in my body and my mind. in my heart i know this will help. but i do have doubts obviously.

    i'm a trained chef, went to school and everything...in toronto actually. and i currently live in Tofino
    i love to surf. Making the switch to gluten free,dairy free was tough...i do still eat meat but i try to avoid it
    and i favour the fish more.
    your website is a real gem, and it will continue to help me and my sweet cravings. as well as help me find
    interesting way to eat veggies! cant do stir fries every night :( .
    anyways i think this is amazing, and well informed. thank you!
    thank you so much

    Sara

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    1. Hey, Sara

      Haha thanks so much! I'm sure we'd be besties if we lived in the same area >< Good for you for rejecting conventional drug treatment! MS is one of those that can be helped SO much by a healthy lifestyle. Cheers!

      xo

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  87. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    Ok. You are about as sweet and lovely as any young lady could be. I am truly grateful to have been led to your blog. Please stay exactly as you are. Blessings!

    Cindy

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  88. Emily! I randomly happened upon your blog and am in love!!!! I am in the process of revamping my blog and website and seriously - what an inspiration you and your blog have been - thank you!!! I work with a raw foods cafe in Seattle and am in the process of increasing my raw food creations and class offerings and cannot wait to try out some of your recipes - although I must admit what brought me to your site was a link for your Guinness Cupcakes - haha, my family will so love those! Anywho I am coming up to Vancouver in August for a 1/2 marathon and would love a recommendation for a great raw restaurant??!! I did go to some gorilla place last year that was pretty good but I'm always up for new suggestions... :)

    Thank you again for the inspiration - what an amazing woman you must surely be!!!! Also from an aspiring food blogger - any recommendations?? I would be so appreciative of any little tidbits you can provide :-)

    Much love & light,

    Jamie Wagener
    The Blissful Kitchen
    www.theserendipityoflife.com
    www.theblissfulkitchen.com

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    1. Howdy! I love Gorilla Food. You should also check out Eternal Abundance, Organic Lives (if it's open yet... the building tragically burned down), Indigo Foods, Sejuiced (they have juice and raw treats) and The Acorn :)

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  89. Hi Em,
    you blog looks rawmazing!!! Anyways, I'm Nichole. I've known about raw for over 10 years. I have a stack of books, an organic garden and have eaten at a few raw restaurants. : ) What advice can you give someone who's heavily addicted to eating bad food, sugar, junk, meat, dairy typical sad diet. Thank you for the blog and the recipes I'll try them and wish me luck.

    Nichole

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    1. Hey!I suggest you get rid of all the junk food in your home! Then stock your kitchen full of nuts, beans, dried and fresh fruits and veggies! Read those books you've got. I think Veganomicon would be a great book for you read. Make healthy snacks like fruit bowls, hummus and veggies, raw energy bars, etc. throughout the day so you're never tempted by hunger to eat junk food. Try out stuff like smoothies for your breakfast :)

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  90. Emily, Just found your blog and already going to make some of your recipes. They all sound so tasty. Thank you

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  91. AnonymousJune 04, 2013

    You are a complete idiot

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  92. Hi Em! My name is Lisa and I have been reading your blog and I really like it! I am not vegan but eat quite clean and am lactose intolerant, so sometimes I eat vegan because I have to! Funny enough, I go to SFU too! I am graduating next year. Do you help out at sustainability sfu?

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    1. Oh right on! :) I think I did my first year but haven't since. Do you? We should meet up!

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  93. AnonymousJune 09, 2013

    I want to quit my job and make every one of your recipes.
    I've never been so captivated by a food site or blog.

    I'm a Canadian living in Asia so some ingredients may be a bit harder or a lot more expensive to come by, can you recommend any sites to buy bulk?
    (ie. 250g of walnuts may be $10 here).

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    1. Aw thanks so much!!

      Hmm, I have no idea what a good bulk website would be that is in Asia... I'd simply suggest googling "bulk nuts" and your location. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

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  94. Seriosly, your blog is my vegan heaven. Your recipes makes me feel happy and 5 seconds later, without notice, I'm at the kitchen already!!! Thank you so much.

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  95. AnonymousJune 13, 2013

    I discovered your blog a few months ago and I absolutely love it... Very inventive and different from the majority of other raw sites... I also love how many images you include with your recipes.. Fantastic.... Thank you for putting in the time to share your love!!!! :)

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  96. AnonymousJune 14, 2013

    I have been Vegetarian for a few years and have recently transitioned to Vegan. I just stumbled across your blog. Thank you so much for being so inspiring - I can't wait to try some of your delicious looking recipes! Much love x

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  97. I discovered your blog a while ago but only just realized after reading this that not only do you live in the same city but also go to the same school! *_* Anyways, just wanted say I love your blog.. your recipes are awesome. :)

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    1. Uh right on!! We should hang out :)

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  98. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    hey Emily! I have a question. Your lifestyle is very healthy, on holidays i would also like to become vegan, (now i'm vegetarian) and do more sports. but tell me, did you become thinner after going vegan? I mean i have a few kilos to lose, and I don't know, if becoming vegan and sports will be enough to do it. thanks for answer

    sorry for my english, I'm not from english-speaking country. but i hope you understood me :)

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    1. Hey! I lost weight at first, but then I gained it back and have no trouble staying a healthy weight. However, if you want to lose some weight, it's perfect! Your body should naturally get rid of unneeded pounds when you become vegan and make sure to eat WHOLE FOODS with lots of raw food included :) Because technically you can binge on chips and donuts and and vegan pizza etc and still be "vegan" but not healthy. x

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  99. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    Thanks! :D btw your lifestyle is role model for me! :) Greetings from Poland.

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  100. You look so familiar! Did you ever go to Nicaragua?
    Love your berry cake! I'm going to make it for our local vegan raw potluck tomorrow. Looking forward to trying it :) Thank you for sharing!

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  101. Hi Em,

    I resonated with a lot of the material on your blog, but what most surprises me is how you want to move away and build and farm in Mexico (or Costa Rica) ... this is a long-term dream of mine, too, (& it surprises me of how many more on this path!)...and on and off have been taking steps towards this...with some land in Mexico. Ideally, I would like to do this in community, with a group of cool people!
    Take care! Fuel for your dreams...thanks for sharing--doing such a good job & thus inspiring by making such a pro site!
    In Lak'ech,
    Tanya

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  102. You're blog rocks Em!
    Just discovered it, and loving it. Keep up the great work you're doing. You're a big inspiration to many.
    Love from The Netherlands,

    Vi

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  103. Emily! I just found your blog through you interview at HHL. I just luuuurve it-- so beautiful! Keep being totally awesome.

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  104. Hi Emily. Was just searching for a raw birthday cake for my son's 4th birthday and came upon your site. Love, love, love it. My boy is vegan, high raw due to food sensitivities and i find it hard to find healthy raw recipes. He is nut free as quite a few of your followers are so i am grateful to them and you for the alternatives that are provided. I have the first layer in the freezer now for your strawberry banana cream cake and will be using coconut meat in place of the cashews. My boy is very excited. Thank you so much for all of your recipes and this may help me and my husband to eat more this way. Thanks again. Mandy

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