Hi, my name is Vlada, and I run Divine On Raw.
As you can guess from the name of my website, I eat a raw food diet (a raw vegan diet, to be exact), however, I am not your average raw foodist. I don’t spend countless hours in my kitchen whipping up complicated recipes that involve oils, cacao, Nama Shoyu, maca powder or other so-called “superfoods”. I certainly don’t go to raw food restaurants to indulge in a rich fare mimicking traditional dishes. This is because I don’t eat copious amounts of nuts, seeds and avocados (even though I like these foods and add them in small amounts to my recipes sometimes). On top of everything else I don’t even own a dehydrator.
What do I eat? Fruit. Lots of fresh, ripe, sweet fruit. I basically live on banana smoothies, greens, and some seasonal fruit thrown into the mix.
If you want to put a label on the way I eat, it is called a low-fat raw vegan diet, also known as 80/10/10RV (RV stands for Raw Vegan). Does it take a lot of effort, discipline and will power to eat this way? Not at all. It takes knowledge and understanding how to make this diet work though. It also takes some time and perseverance to adjust and adapt, and once you’ve done with that part, it gets easier. As far as I’m concerned, it is not a struggle, but rather a very joyful and empowering experience.
I adopted this diet/lifestyle in April of 2010 and never looked back ever since. It feels so natural to me right now that I cannot even imagine having it any other way. Of course, I had my moments, but who doesn’t? You can learn a lot about my journey, my dilemmas and challenges from the articles I publish on my blog.
I am an individual with a wealth of knowledge, education and life experience. When people meet me for the first time they usually think I am around 25, a college student working on my Masters (been there, done that) or PhD. However, make no mistake when you look at my picture — I was born in 1972 (you’ll do the math), and I have a 21-year-old daughter. I am an extremely youthful woman, inside and out, and that youthfulness comes naturally from my lifestyle where low-fat raw vegan diet plays a big part.
Mind you, I don’t do anything special and definitely don’t spend hours at the beauty parlor. My recipe is simple: Clean vegan diet with lots of fresh fruits and greens (some veggies too), plenty of sunshine, regular vigorous exercise, good skin care regimen and some relaxation techniques to keep stress at bay. This way I enjoy a truly good health and a state of overall well-being. I never get sick. There are times (very rarely, indeed) when I don’t feel a 100 percent, however, due to my diet and lifestyle my body has an ability to bounce back in no time. My energy level is high and I sleep like a baby too. Another big advantage of eating and living the way I do, is a fit, lean and strong body. As of now, as I am approaching 40, I am in the best physical shape I have ever been in my entire life.
To be fair, I have to mention that it has NOT always been that way. I had my share of struggles with weight loss issues, digestive disorders and depression. I truly feel blessed now discovering this dietary approach and turning things around. I firmly believe that we experience a negative to force a positive into our life, and this is exactly what happened to me.
I started this website as a way to give back to the world, to serve, and to continue growing and learning myself in the meantime. My mission here is to bring awareness and to help you achieve a better health through dietary and lifestyle changes.
One last fact about me: I live in North Central Florida where I enjoy a beautiful sunny weather and abundance of fresh fruit throughout the year.
I sure will tell more of my story, so stay tuned, it’s coming! And in the meantime, enjoy your stay on my site.
Dedicated to Your Health and Well-Being,
PS: I strive for excellence in everything, however, English is my third language, so pardon me if you see some weird grammar or new words I have come up with. I didn’t really start speaking English before the age of 30, not to mention writing in English. If you happen to find a grammatical error in my writings, please let me know. It will be greatly appreciated!
PPS: This is me soaking up the sun by the pool!