by Elizabeth Gilhuly, Contributor, Health Lifestyle Coach
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, aka Fully Raw Kristina, founder of the Rawfully Organic Co-op inHouston, Texas, this week celebrates her 10-year anniversary eating raw vegan and cured of hyperglycemia.
"I healed myself from hyperglycemia, and I've completely changed my life," Kristian said, "eating nothing but a low-fat, raw, vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds."
Her raw food journey began at age 18, after a chance encounter with fellow raw foodist, John Rose, wellness consultant and food research scientist, in the bulk food section of the supermarket. Kristina was so moved, she became his understudy.
Over the past 10 years, she overcame the challenges of getting her family on board with her choice to go raw, making new friends, eating raw in college on a budget and, amid her lifestyle changes, discovering her new career. Watch her full commemorative video story.
A particular challenge for her was eating raw on a budget in college... She said she budgeted $60 a week, however discusses spending as much as $200 per week. Yikes!
Kristina says: "After having been fully raw for over two years as a college student, I had spent massive amounts of money on produce and organic produce. I spent about $200 a week feeding myself."
This challenge is what led her to found the Rawfully Organic Co-op, said to be THE LARGEST raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S.
According to their website, "The [Rawfully Organic] co-op now has over 6000 members and supports families, communities, and farmers everywhere within grasp of the Houston area. Rawfully Organic feeds over 450 families each week and focuses on the benefits of eating diets high in raw fruits and vegetables while making organic affordable for all."
Through the co-op, she has worked to increase access to fruits and vegetables, and her biz is expanding! Welcome, Fully Raw Juice! Unfortunately, co-op box and juice distribution is limited to the greater Houston, Texas area, BUT you CAN get home delivery of fresh juices via our DC champion, Raw! on Wheels!