From Russia with love: raw food diet and insights on surviving revolutionary change with a garden

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Lovena Galyide, raw food chef             Audience at Raw Food Evening


Lovena Galyide immigrated to Canada from Russia 6 years ago and is now a Canadian citizen. She told me that when she first came to Canada, it was like moving into Disneyland for her. “You have so much here in Canada that you take for granted. Because you have so much that you are attached to, that is why you live in fear. Russians have very little in the way of belongings and so they do not fear the Earth changes.”


One misconception that she cleared up for me was the state of affairs for the people when Russia collapsed. She said we were told, untruthfully, that there was widespread chaos and suffering for people in 1991 when the country dissolved. In fact, people went on with their lives relatively undisturbed by the changes because most of them have gardens that they use to feed themselves with. After the changes, many more people started growing their own food. A huge tip for Vancouverites, who are seeking to move to food self-sufficiency, is that not only does every Russian house have an underground root cellar but every apartment building does as well. That is how the Russian people provide for themselves through the winter.


Lovena also told me that, during that time, people made do with what they had which they have always done and so they bartered with each other for goods they needed. Because they do not live in a consumer society driven by the insatiable, conditioned drive to constantly buy more items, like we do in North America, the Russian people were not seriously impacted as their country totally broke apart and transformed.


There are many lessons, in what happened in Russia, for us here in Canada.


Lovena started a match-making business over one year ago because she has a talent for successfully connecting people with each other. It was an act of love for her yet it did not thrive as a business.


What Lovena did, in the last six months, was re-invent herself and transfer that love of people into sharing her love for food and teaching people how to be healthy by eating better. She is now a certified raw food chef who is offering classes and personal coaching in people’s homes to teach people how to eat raw. She said she is very excited because she always wanted a business that was not just good for her but also good for others and the whole environment. Now she is living her dream.


This past Friday night, Lovena launched her new company, Indigo Food, by sharing her joy in raw food with over 40 grateful people in attendance.


Lovena told us we do not need as much protein as we are taught. Animals get protein from grass and greens and we can do that too. All we buy as food we can eat raw and the food of any culture can be eaten raw by just changing the recipe.


Cow’s milk is not good for us when we become adults and we can easily make milk from any type of nut or seed. Lovena made almond milk and chocolate almond milk for us and both were good. As sugar is not good for us, the sweeteners Lovena used in the drinks were dates and agave.


Lovena told us that now she feels completely different after gradually eating more raw food over the last four years. Her skin colour has changed, she has lost weight effortlessly, she looks younger and has more energy, and her eyes sparkle.


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