Raw Food Levi is 10 years old and has been raw since he was born. He’s very happy about that because he never gets sick, has tons of energy and loves eating fruit and huge salads! Although Levi lives in a small Central Canadian town where he is quite unique as a raw vegan, he lives a fairly normal life. He attends public school, has lots of friends, plays sports, goes to birthday parties and has sleepovers—just like a regular kid!
Levi loves hockey, lacrosse and soccer. He has been learning to ride a motocross bike and recently ran a triathlon at The Woodstock Fruit Festival. All on just fruits and veggies! Levi’s website is RawFoodLevi.com. He is the author of Raw Food For Kids. Watch Levi on YouTube and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
Brian’s note: I began 10 sentences with targeted words, presented in boldface below, that serve as conversation starters and asked Levi to complete the thoughts in this condensed “interview.”
Raw vegan since birth, I feel good—strong and healthy. I’m happy that I’m healthy because it’s no fun being sick. Because I have been raw since I was born, I’m not used to the other food that’s not so good for you. That helps make it easier since I have never been fed that food that is addicting. And I don’t have to try to change later to eat healthy food.
My level of health is 100 percent. I never get sick. I never miss school or sports because I am sick. I don’t take any pills, even for headaches (because I don’t get them unless I bang my head around, but it goes away after a little quiet and relaxing). I have lots of energy, and I am excited about lots of things. I probably have more energy than a lot of kids, and when I play sports, I have better stamina than most kids. (Once in a while over a holiday when I have been getting a lot less sleep than I should, I might get a few sniffles or a little cough. I am always 100 percent again after a good night’s sleep!)
The sights and smells of cooked foods don’t really interest me. Sometimes the smell of Mexican food spices smells good. But I don’t want to eat it because it might make me not feel well. Some cooked food or raw meat looks pretty bad to me.
In school and around my friends, when I bring a lot of one fruit, they think that’s really crazy—like when I bring 20 clementines or five bananas for lunch. Lots of kids are interested in what I eat and don’t eat, but they don’t make fun of me. I think they are used to me eating that way since I always have. At parties, I normally bring cantaloupe or dates or something I really like. My friends’ parents know that I don’t eat anything but fruits and veggies, so when I go to their house, they normally have something special for me that I can eat (like cherries or melon).
I love to play sports—especially hockey, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. I love riding my bike, scooter, rip stick and going to the skateboard park. I like to act and make people laugh. I will be acting in the local Christmas Pantomime again this year. I like playing with my cousins. I like to play mini-sticks, especially playing goalie. I like road hockey with my mom and dad. I like playing video games a lot like Mario Kart and Minecraft. I love to eat salsa with cucumber and sometimes just by the spoonful! I love my huge salad every night. Sometimes I think, “I can’t wait to get home and have my salad.”
My experience at The Woodstock Fruit Festival was awesome! I loved the freshly squeezed orange juice every day and the melon every morning, especially watermelon. I liked the lake and all the water activities. I liked the go-carting, the high-ropes course and laying in the hammocks. And I loved having a lot of coconuts. I liked going out every night, hanging out with people, especially at the campfire. I can’t wait until next year!
I eat based on 80/10/10, which means I eat mostly fruit and veggies with some seeds and nuts once in a while. I eat my fruit when it is nice and ripe, and I mostly like eating fruits on their own, not made into recipes or blended together.
When I grow up, I want to be an actor and a firefighter. I want to go sky diving and bungee jumping from something really tall. I want to go to lots of places around the world and live in a mansion. I would like to have three kids, and I’m going to raise them raw, just like my parents did.
In my book, Raw Food For Kids, I tell people about my daily life and what I do when I go out to eat and go to parties. There are some recipes in it that I really enjoy. I wrote the book to help parents and kids to be raw and to show that raw is fun! I want everyone to eat lots of fruits and veggies.
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