Q: Your new book has an interesting title and concept. What is the basic message that you are delivering through it?
A: The concept of The Live-it Lifestyle was created out of a conversation I had with a good friend on the way back from a health seminar. The diet community in large is focused on restriction, reductionism, and in many ways fundamentalism. It is a competitive field where new books on specific “diets” are proposed and often times put on a pedestal as the end all solution to achieving “health”. The term health is actually very poorly defined as it does not embody one definitive answer, it is more of a general term that can encompass a vast array of possibilities, not just the absence of sickness as the western medical paradigm concludes. The live it lifestyle is the idea that in order to create a life of vibrance, clarity, enthusiasm, and robust physical vigor we must challenge the belief systems we may have adopted through our travels in this life. I believe that the most positive move anyone can make with their health is to find out what they are here on this planet to do and then use nutrition as a way to fuel that purpose. Often times in the diet field people take the dietary philosophy to an inappropriate extreme and turn it into a religion which if anyone has paid attention over the course of history, we can see where that mentality usually leads. The diet world is a mine field of propaganda, misinformation, and over arching contradictory messages which in my opinion counter act true healthy living. In order to truly live we must move in the direction of what brings us joy, happiness, pleasure, and excitement. This applies to all aspects of our lives and that is the message of this book.
Q: What inspired you to start eating a raw food diet? What are some of the initial benefits that you noticed when first eating this way?
A: I began getting seriously into raw foods when I was reaching road blocks in my rehabilitation of an ankle injury I had years ago. I had actually had two knee surgeries as an aspiring athlete and I found myself having a lot of difficulty getting all the way back into the condition I was accustomed too. I found a David Wolfe video online, it made so much sense to me I decided to take it on and within one month I remember running 5 miles in the hills, after the run I thought to myself “I am not in pain!”. This was a major discovery for me at that time. The additional benefits I gained was tremendous clarity over my life. I began to deepen my personal awareness of the world around me and begun to really notice the set backs we have accumulated in our society. This drove me to research and learn as much as I could, which has now lead me to where I am now.
Q: You mention, on your website, that you were involved in athletics for many years and were even an Olympic hopeful. Has eating raw food and super foods increased your overall athletic abilities even more?
A: I was competing in Tae Kwon Do pursuing a position on the US Team. I had my first knee surgery at 19 and my 2nd at 23 during my serious competitive years in TKD. I decided to put martial arts to the side for awhile to pursue my first love, basketball. The first thing I noticed transitioning into raw foods and now being a raw foodist/super foodist/herbalist is that my recovery time is dramatically shortened between training. I used to train 2-3 sessions per day, I do not train anywhere near that much anymore but I do notice my knee’s are completely out of pain or aches. I can jump into action much faster then I could on different dietary approaches/standard diet. The most startling thing I notice is my response time is extremely fast, especially in basketball. Basketball is a sport where you are required to make split second decisions at high speed action. I used to be hesitant or slow to make decisions on the court, now I notice even when I’m out of consistent practice I make much faster decisions and can respond to different things happening on the court with more alertness and less delay. The mind is sharpened and in turn the body can respond with more grace and ease.
Q: What do you typically eat everyday? Are there any foods that you found to be key in your overall diet?
A: My personal diet changes as I change. Originally I ate a lot of conventional/organic fruits and vegetables, nuts, and some seeds. I have made a lot of upgrades since then. I am a big fan of green vegetable juices, super food smoothies, green leafy salads, fruit when in season, lot’s of berries in the summer, herbal tonic drinks. As far as a staple it’s hard to say because I rotate all my foods around. I am a chocolatier so raw cacao is a staple for me, I love chocolate with a passion. It is the most alchemical food on the planet so I use it as a delivery tool for herbs, spices, and other super foods. Green Leafy Vegetables are easily a staple as I would never want to go too long without saturating my body with them. I am a certified plant eater so greens are great! I also love berries, all kinds of berries!
Q: What are some quick tips that you would suggest to someone who wants to feel better and more inspired?
A: If someone wants to feel better and generate more inspiration the first thing I can say is spend some time by yourself, perhaps in nature, and figure out what it is you want to pursue in this life. The greatest catalyst for change in someone’s life is the realization of their all encompassing purpose, everything else will follow behind it. I would say use nutrition as a fuel source for your life, if you are eating junk you will feel like junk and in the end will produce junky results. The old saying is the body follows the mind, but in contrast the mind follows the body as well. If your body is out of balance how can one expect their mental acuity to be in proper balance? In terms of nutrition advice I would say learn and implement more green vegetable juices, super foods, better quality water, and continue to upgrade all the food choices you are already making for better choices.
Q: Do you have any events coming up in the next year?
A: I am doing a great event on June 30th with David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe in Northern California. After that I’m heading down to Southern California for a great event with my friend Carolyn Marie Solton. I have others talks sprinkled in and around those.
Q: How can people get in contact with you and where can they buy your book?
A: People can find me on Facebook, that seems to be the main mode of online communication. Also www.ronnielandis.com and they can find my book on amazon.com by typing in “The Live-it Lifestyle: Dropping Diets Forever!”