Correction: This story has been modified from its original version. — Women's Center discusses vegan living
On Oct. 16, Micah Hensley, owner of the local raw food company Rawlicious, will be speaking at the Women’s Center as part of the Women and Wellness Project. Hensley will be presenting an introduction to blending and eating raw in addition to providing samples and demonstrating how to prepare raw foods.
“I hope that if they do have reasons to really become healthier, I know that if they choose (the raw lifestyle) way, it’ll really help,” Hensley said. “I can give you the keys, but you’re the one that’s got to turn the keys and do the work. I’ve already done it.”
Hensley’s journey to raw food began about six years ago when he decided to use food to cure a disease which otherwise required medicine. With a high interest in raw food, Hensley became certified in raw food culinary and raw food health consulting, and eventually opened Rawlicious two years ago.
“Once I started eating all this vibrant food, my energy went up,” Hensley said. “It really creates vibrancy in the body when you feed the body vibrant food. I learned health is wealth.”
The main objective of Rawlicious, according to Hensley, is not only getting the idea of raw food living for optimal health out there, but creating raw food for people to experience how good it is and teaching them skills to make it.
Hensley creates an array of foods and drinks, which include raw tacos, raw lasagna, raw pizza, nut milk, vegan cheeses, fresh juices and green smoothies.
According Kelsey Harrington, the program director for the Women's Center, who is also vegan, clean eating is not only unique, but a popular topic and current trend.
“I think (students) will gain just an openness,” Harrington said. “I want them to be curious about this different way of eating.”
According to vegan.org, a vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products.
“Our focus is not skinniness, not losing weight, not looking a certain way. It’s about feeling good about yourself,” Harrington said. “This is a way for people to maybe look at a way they’re feeding their bodies in a positive way.”
Hensley recognizes not everyone who attends his lecture will become vegan or invest in a raw food lifestyle; however, it has the potential to motivate people more to consider the dietary changes.
“Most people know that eating some apples and a handful of almonds is better than a pizza,” Hensley said. “The difference is comfort. One will comfort you for an hour, but the other will make you more vibrant.”
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at womenscenter.vt.edu.