"We are Conduits of Light here to Inspire Transformation" - Jemma
Lets face it. We are all Game changers.
At some point we have realized that there is more to this journey we call life than meets the eye.
Once we step onto our path it, it can often be very challenging and we wonder why the hell we signed up in the first place!!
But we have come for a reason. And we are all in this together.
Isn't that awesome?!
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Life is all about balance.
Believe me I've been from one beautiful extreme to the other.
When I was a kid growing up I spent most of my time on weekends at a Sunday session somewhere. My parents and their parents before them were publicans. That is, they managed and owned pubs..
It might not sound the like ideal new age conscious kinda upbringing but I absolutely loved it. It was so much fun!!
I was surrounded by happy adults and other happy adults kids, that loved to be in each other's company and have a good time. Granted the happiness in hindsight may have been somewhat alcohol induced and fortunately for me I never really witnessed any of the aggressive behaviour that can be associated with booze. Well, maybe I did at times.. but I've always had quite a filter for those things. I didn't take it on board if I did. In fact, I learned not too.
I happily ate my way though my teenage years on a diet that consisted almost completely of junk food (much to my mums complete dismay) until I had a cancer scare in my early 20's that changed everything..
I started to become more and more conscious of what I was eating and more importantly what affect it was having on my body. By the time I was 26 I was a strict vegetarian, sugar, dairy and gluten (actually practically carb free) person existing on a lot of Cherries, oily fish, goats cheese and greens. I felt incredibly awesome but I unwittingly ended up looking a bit skeletal. Oops.
I saw a photo of myself and asked a friend at the time if they thought I was looking worryingly thin.. they said I was so I set about mindfully relaxing and changing up my diet to get back into a healthy weight range. I realised in that experience how easy it is to trick ourselves into thinking that thin is healthy.
But I still didn't feel like I was jumping out of my skin like I knew we have the potential too as amazing human beings.
Then I discovered the 'detox'. I detoxed my lil heart out. Well what I knew to be a detox then. It was basic and generally included a Blackmores pack bought from the local health food store, but it was a start. The years of shitty food, too much booze and other things we won't talk about here meant I felt better but still never felt as awesome as I knew I could. As I began to clean up my diet, I began to realise that a lot of the uncomfortable and downright tiring symptoms I had been experiencing since I was a teenager were not 'normal' or necessary at all.
Severe PMS, symptoms of depression, chronic fatigue and the cancer scare were all signs and symptoms I was completely out of whack. It showed up physically as fluid retention, cellulite, and bloating, even though my frame was thin.
So after a relationship breakup, I did some research and decided to take my self off to Thailand and basically do a supported fast on green juice for a week or so.
Best thing I ever did.
I came back with a face full of cold sores as all the crap was leaving my system, but I felt amazing!! Lighter, clearer, more energised and balanced than I ever had.
I was told at the retreat, that if I continued to stay 'raw' I'd continue to detox. You didn't need to tell me twice, It was on.
So the next year followed with me choosing a 100% raw vegan (excuse the label!) diet. I felt epic. I count sleep though, not more than 5 hours a night because I was jumping out of my skin. I almost had too much energy like I was constantly wired. Part of this is because the body uses up to 70% energy in digesting food, so when we are eating foods high in natural digestive enzymes, in the right combinations that are plant based it takes very little of our available daily energy to digest. It's a process to get to this point though and not one that suits everyone and certainly not one that happens over night.
About a year in and attending a ton of raw pot lucks later I started to notice that I had become too uptight. It was doing my head in always having to think so hard about what I was doing. When I went to raw gatherings the first thing I'd be asked is 'what percentage raw are you??' Weird.. I'd answer with. 'Ohhh you know, 90% raw 100% of the time?!' God forbid I'd eaten a cooked lentil that wasn't sprouted for lunch!
I felt like the incessant mental activity was creating an imbalance in my body and for my nervous system.
I noticed that I would feel awkward going into raw or vegan or even vegetarian restaurants - like I was going to be questioned at the door to make sure I met the criteria and be let in. It was enough to put David Wolfe himself off a raw food lifestyle! 🤣 but I kept with it.
Things evolved and I began making raw treats for family and friends to introduce them to the epicness of raw food and raw food living and during this process I had also started to relax somewhat.
I'm so about practicing what I preach and I didn't want to be preaching to anyone a lifestyle of labels or restriction. I wanted to preach abundant vibrancy and health. Glowing skin, healthy mind, a flexible and accepting attitude and most importantly compassion and non judgement.
Compassion to our animal friends of corse but also not judging people that decide a different lifestyle. Compassion to our fellow humans is equally as important. And I believe that's how change is made. By including all and excluding none.
Then my business naked treaties was born. My intention was to share a vibration of love (and acceptance) through food. To create something that was completely welcoming and inclusive of absolutely everyone and their choices. Not based on them deciding to do this or to eat that, but to welcome them into a new and possibly very different world than they may have been used to with an open heart and open arms and make it easy, tasty and mind blowingly epic for them.
The rest often just takes care of itself.
What I noticed was often the people that were super strict in the labels they had imposed on themselves, were coming into our shop so stressed about what they could and couldn't or 'shouldnt' have, that they looked unhealthier than the disco loving, hungover peeps we would get rolling in on a Saturday or Sunday morning that really knew how to relax and have fun and also how to cure their hangover and re balance themselves with a green juice and some good organic food.
It definitely been a journey towards balance and liberation for me. Removing labels and limitations, coming back to our own internal compass and knowing and trusting ourselves to eat and live intuitively.
It's been a beautiful process and years later I am more balanced, healthy and liberated than ever before. Now I am really keen to share this journey and wisdom to help others perhaps find it more rapidly.
So anyone that might think I am a raw vegan puritan, you couldn't be further from the truth..
Do I eat cooked food, yes! Do I balance it with lots of raw plant based food? Absolutely, dependant on the climate and season I am in too. Am I vegan. No, I don't want to label myself. Do I enjoy a cocktail or two on a beach in Mexico, a red wine with dinner or a chicha in mama Eusebias 500 yr old chicha house. You betcha!!!
Do I eat chocolate that isn't 100% raw cacao and sweetened with coconut nectar... well those that know me in Peru..one word.. Milky. 😳🤣 And I also can't go past a raw dessert too.
Do I pack in the green juices, green smoothies, medicinal mushrooms, superfoods, medicinal teas and herbs , green powders, ferments, fresh veggies that are as organic as possible, healthy fats, proteins, fruit and nuts. For sure I do! As much as possible.
I also love papas fritas (Andean hot chippies!) and I've recently found a joy in light ale's. Hated beer as I was growing up, who knew?!!
I've had beautiful people ask me how I stay looking radiant and youthful as I, eh hem, supposedly age gracefully.. 😳 if this is in fact true, what would I share with them?
That I have learnt the relief, feeling of freedom and pure joy of balance. That I know how to relax and have fun and I know how to recalibrate my system so it bounces back and feels epic and fast. I support myself daily with the things I know for sure make me feel good. If I can't have green juice I have green powder, or both! When I'm travelling I take specific supplants to counter balance any extra stress on my body. I taking alkalising magnesium and pro biotcs every single day. I drink at least a litre and a half of not more of water very day and try to have some form of liquid green in either juice or green smoothie. Chlorophyll is epic too. I take MCT or coconut oil for heealhy mind and everything function and probably even more importantly I have regular morning practice. That is I mediate, appreciate and move whether it's yoga or hiking a mountain or ecstatic dance I don't force it anything. I move in a way that feels good in my body without focusing on how it will make my body 'look'. As a result my body looks the best now than it ever has actually! I have also learned that stressing about being fat makes you fat. Loving and accepting yourself the way you are makes you look AND feel awesome. Win win!!
Ahhh it's SUCH relief!!! I had to go one way to go completely the other to find my way back to the perfect middle ground. Ive definitely found my sweet spot..
I allow myself to indulge in all of he incredible epicness life has to gift me (everything is pacha mama, everything is here for us, everything is creation) and as a result I feel the epicness within my being.
I feel in such flow and reciprocity with life and what she has to offer me. I said I don't like labels but if I could give this one it would be to say that I live freely and I intuitively.
I have joked saying that I am a 'loveatarian'
I love my life, I love all that I receive, I love the animals too much too eat them (but that's just me, I love you for your opinion too), I love food, I love a little drinkie poos, I love feeling healthy vibrant and alive as well as liberated and free to indulge in the 'pleasures' ( and ps there is ZERO guilt attached to them - 'guilt is for the taking' as my wise mumma said to me).
So am I sitting on the beach in Tulum at sunset having a Margherita. Hell yeah!!! And I might have a Corona later too. Cause I can.
Did I have a slow pressed green juice, kale salad and bullet proof coffee for brunch (followed by the best vegan ice cream ever?! - oh and half a block of Milky for breakfast.. ooops.. 🤣🤣 hey I'm on holiday!! 😉) yessss I did!
Did I practice yoga this morning - yeup cause it felt good too. Will I practice tomorrow? Dunno I'll wait to see how I feel in the morning.
Do I feel epic? Yes!!! I feel amazing. Because I know what it WAS once upon a time to be raking myself over the coals for having a slice of gourmet pizza, probably without cheese even, and I know what it is now to know that that pizza is as nourishing on a level as the green smoothie is on another. IF I allow it be.
Bring it all on I say. As long as it's done with full awareness, consciousness and blessing - to everything, even a packet of salt and vinegar kettle chips or a shot of tequila (Ps - in case you were wondering tequila is a raw foodies choice. Cleanest booze on the planet apparently cause it's not made from grain. Keep it away from Sugar and it's not to hard on the liver at all. In fact the fermentation process of agave cactus it's made from makes it a pre biotic!! A shot a day?? Ok maybe not.. 🤔😬🤣) point is, anything done with awareness can be made into medicine.
Everything is ceremony. It all depends on our interaction, communion and connection to it and most importantly to ourselves.
Trust yourself. Liberate yourself. Live in balance. And enjoy all the awesomeness that life has for you.
Sacred World Traveller, Cacao Priestess, Medicine Woman and Founder/Creator of the Inspirational Raw Vegan food business Naked Treaties - Jemma has a rich and colourful history that has helped forge a light yet insightful wisdom of her life's experiences. She hopes to inspire others on their journey as she shares the triumphs and tribulations of her own. Alway's bringing it back to a place of empowerment and self realisation.