If food is the culprit, food can be the answer. As we become mindful about what we eat, we can start to make choices that promote our health over illness. Food is consumed for nutrition but it is also consumed for pleasure. If we learn how to satisfy our pleasure receptors with healthy food, our lives improve.

What are the building blocks that our bodies need to function? Enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats and fiber. These are all provided by our food and are involved in growth, repair and maintenance of the body.

Cooper Janos Horvath arrived in Krabi five years ago in order to start a new life. At first, he was here on holiday for three months and then he decided to settle. He found a job as a manager in the real estate industry and three years later, he quit his job to simply enjoy life through sports, travels, friends and food.

Food became one of the most important thing of his life since two years ago he decided to go “fully raw”.

Fully raw means feeling good enough about your perfect health to share the gift of life and health with others. At this moment in time, you may be searching for health inspiration rather than giving it.

The best way to describe what Cooper felt like when he went fully raw or adapt to a complete raw foods lifestyle is that he simply wants to jump on top of the world and yell, “I am free, I found happiness”.

This is what it means to be fully raw, you want to give inspiration rather than search for it.

A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. These are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming.

Learning how to eat a raw food diet properly takes time, patience, and effort. Although there is a blueprint for doing it correctly, most people find it challenging to adopt the fully raw diet the first time out, unless they get professional guidance. It rarely occurs overnight and, in fact, can take years to accomplish. Because our taste buds have experienced the excitement of salt, sugar and spices, we may miss those tastes initially when they are no longer part of the daily diet. However, Cooper finds that the tradeoff for good health and longevity is worth it. Once the taste buds are no longer exposed each day to these “excitotoxins,” they once again develop an appreciation for the taste of sweet, fresh fruits and vegetables. To encourage people, he advises them to start the diet by drinking sweet smoothies, eating a lot of fruits and to slowly go greener with vegetables and seeds.

According to Cooper, the best way to begin is by increasing the amount of raw food you eat, while decreasing the amount of cooked food. For example, you can replace cooked grains and milk (cereal, toast, etc.) for breakfast with seasonal fruits, such as watermelon, pineapple, melon and grapefruit. Later, a lunch made up of a sandwich (baked grains) and chips (cooked corn or potatoes) can be replaced with another type of fruit or a banana/berry smoothie. Start the evening meal with fruit, and follow that with as much raw salad as you desire before committing to the cooked portion of dinner. Eventually, you can replace the evening cooked meal with a large salad made up of lots of leafy greens and some non-sweet fruits like tomatoes.

Cooper’s life is now organized around the rhythm of his diet and he found a pretty good regular one. He always starts his day with a booster smoothie made of fresh fruits and/or vegetables and seeds, followed by a cooked lunch and ends it with a dinner made of salad and green leaves. He maintains meat in his diet, but just enough to get the minerals that he needs.

This diet allows him to save money, save time and keep a 100% of all the vitamins and enzymes that his body needs to digest and that intend to disappear with the cooking.

In Krabi, it is not always easy to find all the aliments he needs to totally respect his diet, he manages to find fresh products in local markets and an organic farm, and frozen ones in Makro (mostly frozen fruits such as red berries and peaches to mix them with yoghurt or use them for smoothies).

To complete his list he buys the rest on an online health food store called Good Karma, where we can find a lot of dried fruits, several types of nuts and seeds.

Thanks to this diet, Cooper really enjoys being a cook and taking the time to make his own meals. Last summer he went back to his country of birth, Hungary, and took raw food and raw cakes classes with professionals. This is how he learned to make one of his favorite snacks, “the blissballs”. He kindly shared with us the recipe so you can bake them at home:

The night before, soak Brazil nuts and pitted dates in water to rehydrate them. The following day, put in a blender, the nuts, the dates, some cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, some chia seeds and a tablespoon of honey. Ground the whole of the ingredients until they turn into a thick mixing. Once it is done, make balls using teaspoons or your hands, drop them into ground cinnamon and coat completely. Cool and chill one hour in the freezer and enjoy your raw candy.

For more information, you can contact Cooper on his Facebook page:

Cooper János Horváth on Facebook