As one of the media partners of VegFestUK Brighton, taking place at Brighton Centre on February 27th and 28th, we are doing one special series of interviews with celebrities and special guests that will be speaking or performing during the event.
I have to admit I don’t know much about raw vegan food. I’m not saying I don’t know what’s about but I don’t think I have enough knowledge about it so I always get excited to get in touch with people living raw vegan for years, or decades, as it’s the case of Kate Magic. She’s the Creative Director of RawLiving.eu, founded in 2002 and Europe’s leading source of raw foods and superfoods online. Kate has over two decades of experience of the raw lifestyle, and is raising her three sons on a raw vegan diet.
Her recipe books Eat Smart Eat Raw, Raw Living and Raw Magic are best sellers in the UK and I was delighted to get in touch with her for this special interview for the VegFestUK Brighton!
What inspired you to go vegan and raw over twenty years ago?
This is actually the most common question I get asked! I don’t have a good answer, it was just intuitive. Eating this way has always felt right to me. I never liked the other food – meat, grains, dairy, I was never a big fan of any of it. When I was a kid I would sneak into my mum’s kitchen and make energy balls with peanut butter and honey and muesli, even though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and had never even heard of energy balls!
How the idea of the Raw Living website was born?
My whole career has been very organic, in that I am responding to a demand for information and an interest in my work. I never intended to make a business from food. But people were just always very curious about what I was doing. We started in 2002 and we had just a handful of products including my first book (Eat Smart Eat Raw), juicers, tahini and Klamath Lake algae. I got one order a day and it was very exciting!
Besides being raw and vegan for over two decades you’re also raising your children with the same lifestyle. I’m raising my son vegan and get loads of questions about it, do you still get people wondering about your choices for them?
I think the most important thing is to be confident and relaxed about what you do. When people can see you and your children are happy and thriving they are not going to challenge you (at least not to your face!). My kids are doing great and that’s what’s most important to me. I’m very proud of them.
How’s The Raw Magic Academy going? Do you think people are getting more interested about a raw vegan lifestyle?
It actually blows my mind! Like, hurts my brain. No-one even knew what raw foods was 5 years ago. Now “clean eating” is unavoidable. Juices, superfoods, gluten-free, dairy-free, it’s everywhere. Although a lot of it is from a fad perspective and not very nutritionally sound, I’m very curious to see where it will take people – I hope they will start to connect with the ethics and the compassion that are at the heart of this lifestyle.
You will be speaking at VegFestUK Brighton this February. What will you be sharing with the people there?
I’m talking about superfoods. I’m a big fan of superfoods. I think they are one of the simplest easiest and (contrary to popular belief) inexpensive ways to make a massive difference to your health and vitality. But people are often overwhelmed and confused by all the conflicting information out there, so I try and break it down and make it simple for them. I love the VegFest folks and what they do – I’ve been appearing at their events for I think ten years now, and I’m honoured they keep asking me back.