Raw foods chef, plant based nutritionist, weight loss expert and athlete are just a few labels that describe Rachel Schwartz. On a quest, Rachel inspires thousands daily and continues to grow in the health and fitness industry. Her amazing physique, knowledge, positivity and infectious attitude towards life is something that she is known for.
Get to know her more and her journey to a healthy lifestyle.
When did you start eating raw foods?
I’ve been eating raw foods my entire life but it wasn’t until October 2014 when I attended a PBNHC when I heard Dean Ornish lecture about a raw foods diet that I had an personal breakthrough and have been eating raw since.
Who inspired you to eat this way?
My parents always inspired me to eat fruits and veggies since I was a kid. I was a very picky eater growing up so they had to trick me to eat those kinds of foods. Since adopting a plant based diet, I’ve had two important women who have come into my life that have influenced me tremendously; Jenny Ross and MaryJo Elliot. Jenny Ross, is a raw foods chef, author, public figure, educator and owner of 118 degrees. Also MaryJoe Elliot, vegan athlete and all around superhero.
What are the top 3 benefits a person can get from a raw food diet?
Oh let me count the ways! The 3 top benefits to eating raw foods: 1.) This diet alkalizes your body which fights chronic disease and cancer. 2.) It can repair and restore many health conditions such as: gut health, allergies, boost immunity, headaches, improves arthritis and diabetes. 3.)There are also nutritional perks. Food is high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. Raw food diet is great for weight loss.
You are a weight loss expert, why would you recommend a raw food diet to other forms of dieting?
I recommend a raw food diet to my patients because not only will you achieve your weight loss goals but you most importantly will get healthy in the process. Health should always be the number one goal.
What is your most favorite recipe for people who wants to lose weight?
I love making a raw pasta dish! Here is an example of a pasta dish I like to make for myself.
- 3-4 zucchini, sliced thinly lengthwise, spiraled or grated.
- 2-3 tomatoes, chopped.
- 1/4 head of cauliflower, finely chopped.
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast.
- 1 heaping tablespoon italian seasonings.
- 1 tsp salt. 2 tbs balsamic vinegar or 1 tbs fresh lemon juice.
- Place the zucchini and tomatoes in a medium large salad bowl.
- Put all of the other ingredients into a small bowl and stir until its all mixed nicely together.
- Pour the smaller bowl mixture into the zucchini and tomatoes, then toss/stir gently. Eat at room temperature, or refrigerate for a few hours.Enjoy!
There are a lot of pros in raw food dieting; do you see any downside to this?
With any lifestyle you choose, balance always plays a role. Raw foods is no different. I teach my clients to look for balance in every meal. You need to plan ahead and make sure you can getting enough protein, carbs and fat for your personal dietary needs.
What are you working on now and where do you see the future of the raw food lifestyle?
Right now I am working with clients one on one to help them transition into a more raw plant based lifestyle. I’m in collaborating and wanting to launch a youtube channel for my easy to make recipes. Working on releasing a raw foods ebook/cookbook in the future. Right now my focus is on educating and helping people reach their health goals.
Interview by Alex Malinsky