Giveaway Time! Win Rawspiration E-Cookbook by Anne Meinke of The Raw Mama (2 Copies!)

Hi all! Today I’m excited to bring to your attention a new e-book by my friend Anne, a raw vegan chef, plant-based diet enthusiast and creator of TheRawMama.com – a website and a YouTube channel that guide new parents through raising their children healthy and happy on a raw plant-based diet. Anne is a mom of the cutest 18 month-old boy named Axel who makes frequent appearances in her work. In an effort to document her own transformation from a hard-partying twentysomething with failing health and disordered eating habits to a thriving raw vegan parent, Anne penned Rawspiration – an e-book that turned out to be a memoir, a cookbook, a raw vegan lifestyle and parenting guide all in one package.

I met Anne and her son Axel at one of our local veganrawspiration-e-cookbook-by-anne-meinke-interview-with-author-and-giveaway potlucks on Whidbey Island a few months ago. I learned that Anne was following a mostly raw vegan diet, and that at the time of our meeting she was in the process of writing a cookbook. I’ve never personally met a vegan who was breastfeeding while eating a raw diet, so I became intrigued. While I don’t see myself ever going 100% raw, I decided to find out how this was working for Anne. Luckily, Rawspiration was recently finished, and I got a chance to read her story.

In the book, Anne proves that while we all may come from different paths of life, there’s never ‘a point of no return’ that could prevent us from reconsidering our abusive relationship with our health. Anne chose to become a raw vegan after a health scare brought on by years of on-and-off bulimia, eating mostly packaged foods, and smoking and drinking almost every night. She admits that while her transition to veganism wasn’t 100% perfect (hey, mine wasn’t either!), it was only after she learned to put her own health and the well-being of her son first, her decision to stick with the raw vegan lifestyle finally stuck.

Anne wrote Rawspiration to help anyone who may be struggling on their path to becoming healthier. Today, Anne graciously agreed to give away two copies of her e-book to the readers of Vegan Runner Eats! You can find the details at the bottom of this post. If you prefer to skip the giveaway and support the work of this stay-at-home vegan mama directly, you can buy Anne’s e-book on her site (not an affiliate link).

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Interview With Anne Meinke From TheRawMama.com 

I decided to ask Anne a few questions about going raw, her vegan parenthood experience, and why she decided to write a cookbook. Note: While Anne and I don’t see eye to eye on some aspects of vegan diets, I think we all can definitely learn a few things from the raw vegan approach. If more raw or minimally processed plant-based foods get on our plates, everybody wins!

Alina Zavatsky: Why did you decide to become a raw vegan?

Anne Meinke: My body started falling apart at the age of 23. I was smoking a pack a day, drinking almost every night, eating only from restaurants or packaged foods, and taking five medications to function normally. I started getting bladder infections weekly, having problems breathing, digesting food became so painful I was brought to tears. I was put on medication for severe indigestion that made me nauseous, and I couldn’t keep much food down. This was a big wake-up call that I needed to take better care of myself.

I started doing research and the more I learned, the more I eliminated from my life. Makeup, animal products, all beauty products, legumes, grains. All that was left was fruits and veggies. It just made sense to me, eat only the foods that mother nature provides in their natural state! Fresh and raw!

AZ: What inspired you to write a book about eating this way?

AM: I started experiencing incredible changes from eating raw that I had to share them on my personal Facebook page. Clear skin, healed thyroid and stabilized mood to name a few. I was posting pictures of my food as well, and the more I posted, the more people told me I should write a book. It took me two years, but I did it!

I went through hell and back, and I knew one day I would write a book and help others. I had no idea it would be centered around food because I didn’t have any kitchen skills until I went raw and couldn’t eat any of the packaged foods from the store. I found my passion in the kitchen and the book kind of wrote itself.

AZ: You mention in your book that going raw coincided for you with learning that you were pregnant. That must have been quite a learning curve! What did you do to make sure that you and your future baby stayed well-nourished and healthy on a raw diet?

AM: I was convinced that I was infertile for a few reasons. I had never been careful about birth control and never got pregnant, even when I was trying in the past. I also had wacky periods, and towards the end of my party girl lifestyle I was getting them twice a month. I had an ultrasound done to make sure I didn’t have any tumors or issues (none were found). I went raw for two weeks, and a couple weeks later I found out I was pregnant. I believe my body was too sick to carry a child before, and changing my lifestyle, going raw made me super fertile.

During my pregnancy, I had either a green juice or a green smoothie almost every day. I ate lots of avocados and greens and some fruit. I did have a lot of cravings for cheese and gave in to those but towards the end of my pregnancy animal products gave me horrible heartburn. That’s when I created my vegan Mac N Cheeze recipe that hit the spot for me.

AZ: Your son is such a cute little boy! Doesrawspiration-e-cookbook-by-the-raw-mama-interview-with-author-and-giveaway he have any favorite raw treats?

AM: Thank you! I grew him from scratch 😉 Axel’s is 18 months old now, and currently, his favorite fresh foods are avocado, banana, dates, and tomatoes. When he was teething, he loved to chew on apples, carrots, and celery. Some of my creations that he likes are the green juice pulp crackers, Super Seed Bread, and my banana bread.

AZ: Do you have any tips for parents who wish to raise their kids on a raw vegan diet?

AM: Going against the norm is not easy. My best advice would be to follow your intuition, that gut feeling. And do lots of research. I hear a lot of raw vegan kiddos get rotten teeth, but Axel’s teeth are perfect. My theory is those kiddos are eating too many acidic fruits (oranges, pineapple, strawberries and fruit juices). As far as nutrition, since Axel was exclusively breastfed until almost one year and continues to breastfeed to this day sometimes, so I don’t worry about it. But if you wean earlier than me, do your research to make sure your kiddo is getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to thrive.

AZ: One of the common ideas about the raw vegan diet is that it can be high in fat due to nuts, and low in carbs due to the absence of grains, starches, etc. How do you make sure your diet stays balanced? Do you take any supplements?

AM: While transitioning from the SAD [Standard American Diet], I ate a lot of nuts. You will see in my book that most of the sauces are made from nuts. The nuts can easily be replaced with seeds, cauliflower or peeled zucchini. I don’t eat a lot of nuts these days because I have learned from my own experience that my body thrives on less fat. I eat mostly carbs (fruit) now and about 1 avocado a day with a giant salad. Occasionally I will eat something cooked like sweet potatoes, rice or quinoa. I feel like I am getting everything I need and more importantly, I feel the best I have ever felt in my life.

I do not take supplements. I believe I am getting everything I need from the way I take care of my body. Last blood draw, all my levels were great!

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Raw vegan lasagna – find the recipe in The Raw Mama’s Rawspiration cookbook

AZ: Which recipe from your book do you make all the time? Which one is your absolute favorite?

AM: I have my green juice recipe almost every morning, followed by my green smoothie recipe the most. It’s a great way to sneak more greens in without tasting it. My absolute favorite (and everyone else’s) is my Butterfinger recipe. They taste just like the real thing and are so addicting!

AZ: I’ve noticed that a number of your recipes in the book call for a dehydrator. Can you recommend an alternative ‘un-cooking’ method?

AM: The oven set at the lowest temperature would be the next best option. Only one recipe requires a dehydrator (bacon), everything else can be made in the oven. I have found the food that comes out the dehydrator taste so much better!

AZ: What’s next for The Raw Mama? Is there a hard copy of your book in the works?

AM: Yes! The hard copy should be available in time for Christmas. It will make a great gift for loved ones.

I am also spending more time making YouTube videos and have a lot of great video ideas. I plan on documenting some friends transformations from the SAD to eating raw foods (lots of RawMama recipes). Check out my channel: YouTube.com/RawMama

Here’s a video of one of Anne’s raw vegan recipes – walnut-based Taco Meat:

 Giveaway Time!

Anne has agreed to send her Rawspiration e-book to two lucky readers of Vegan Runner Eats! Enter the giveaway here:

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Giveaway rules:

1. The giveaway starts today, September 20th, and will end next Thursday, September 29th, 2016, at 11:59 pm PST.

2. To participate, you must be at least 18 years old.

3. Once the giveaway is over, two participants will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winners’ names will be announced on Vegan Runner Eats’ Facebook page. Each will receive an email from me notifying them of their win, followed by an email from Anne, the author of Rawspiration, with a copy of the e-book attached.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated to write this review and run the giveaway. I received a free copy of Rawspiration e-book for a review and personal use. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Alina Zavatsky - Vegan Runner Eats

Alina first made a switch to a vegan diet in 2013 to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. Being vegan eventually opened her eyes on the issues of animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights and feminism. Alina hopes that her blog will help its readers on their path to making this world a better place.

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13 Responses to Giveaway Time! Win Rawspiration E-Cookbook by Anne Meinke of The Raw Mama (2 Copies!)

  1. Katie says:

    I want to win to learn more raw recipes

  2. Heidi says:

    I’ve been curious about raw vegan, but so far most of the recipes have seemed to complicated or time consuming. I’d love to learn more about easier raw vegan foods.

  3. Edye says:

    Because I love making healthy dishes.
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  4. Paula says:

    I am struggling to be vegan. I am vegetarian but really want to make the leap.

    • Alina says:

      You can do it, Paula! If you’really struggling with what to eat to keep your diet varied and gealthy, check out Pinterest for loads of free vegan recipes!

    • Alina says:

      You can do it Paula! What exactly are you struggling with?

      • Paula says:

        Figuring what to eat. To really fuel my body. I started running last year to lose some weight & get healthier. I did lose weight, but don’t have that radiant health I read that a plant based diet can provide. There is still minamal amounts of dairy & egg I want to remove permanently.

        • Alina says:

          Paula, the experience with veganism works differently for each of us. We see lots of images of healthy-looking skinny vegans, but it’s called a poster picture for a reason. Simply put, our bodies will react differently. As long as you eat plenty of varied plant-based foods, you should be ok. Also, see this post I wrote for new vegans.

  5. Paula says:

    I really appreciate the advice. I am so close. I eat no meat/fish/pork/poultry. I have the Happy Herbivore Cookbook along with several others. My chiropractor advised no gluten & that has been huge in helping. I just need to find some simple easy wholesome foods recipes to keep me from falling into the processed vegan foods available at the grocery stores.

  6. Emily says:

    This is so cool! Love her story.

  7. Rhonda says:

    This is a very inspiring post! There will always be a time when people need to choose from which we became a better person. In a world where almost everybody eats meat it is really hard to be a vegan And What I why, I’m really thankful that someone like is trying to make a change. Many animals are suffering because of the consumption of meat and other aesthetic consumptions. But as I read the post, I think it is implied that the book she had written is all about western diet, it would really be helpful if you try to make a vegan raw diet from an Asian perspective. In Asia, going vegan is like going against the world not to mention going raw vegan, so it would really be helpful if she would write a book regarding raw vegan Asian edition. Thank you!

    • Alina says:

      Thanks for your suggestion, Rhonda! I don’t think Anne has lived in Asia or is very familiar with Asian culture though, so she may not be the best person to talk about veganism from Asian perspective. Have you heard of Rika from Vegan Miam blog? She’s a vegan (not fully raw though), and has written about her experiences as a vegan in various countries including Asia.

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