Mimi Kirk is one of my role models. At 77-years-young, she’s vibrant, creative and adventurous. She travels the world giving talks and demos, and has written four successful books, three of which she wrote after the age of 70. Pretty amazing, no?
Mimi says that her abundance of energy and verve is all down to her raw food lifestyle.
Vegan since the age of 30, she turned raw at 69 when she started to suffer from arthritis and high blood pressure. Her doctor prescribed drugs to lessen the symptoms, but Mimi refused to take them, preferring to try and heal herself the natural way by flooding her body with raw nutrition. And guess what? It worked!
“I spring out of bed in the morning like a 20-year-old…all my aches and pains are gone and my skin looks younger…I don’t really buy into this old age stereotype – you can be full of life at any age. Raw food makes me feel fantastic.”
Mimi is bold and adventurous, and proof that you can rock an entrepreneurial dream life at any age. When she’s not trying out new recipes in her homes in California and southern Spain, she’s travelling the world, inspiring thousands with her lectures, books and TV appearances.
I love to flick through Mimi’s gorgeous books just to drink in the beauty of her recipes, and to get excited about the raw food lifestyle. She has a passion for good food that shines through on every page, and the recipes she creates are delightful and gourmet. Mimi loves to health-ify guilty pleasures such as pizza, bread and noodles by making them raw and vegan. She’s even perfected the raw vegan croissant – way to win my heart!
So who’s for a creamy and thick cacao milkshake then?
To try making Mimi’s recipes you’ll probably need a beginner’s mind and perhaps some ingredients you’ve never heard of before. But it’s absolutely worth the effort for the delicious result. Plus, when people start complimenting you on your glow and asking you what you’ve changed, you’ll know you were right to experiment with this mad raw food thing!
And now for another Mimi recipe – one of my all-time favourites:
Maybe you’re thinking, ‘raw sweet potato…that’s weird. Aren’t raw potatoes poisonous or something?’
Yes, normal potatoes are probably best cooked, but sweet potatoes don’t even belong to the potato family (what happened there?) and are perfectly safe to eat raw. Plus keeping it raw preserves all that gorgeous skin-beautifying vitamin A.
Yes, you can eat sweet potatoes raw! They're crunchy and delicious this way.
I hope you enjoy discovering more about Mimi Kirk and her wonderful raw world. She’s a major inspiration to me – I hope she is to you too!
With oodles of cashew cream cheese,