Interview with David John – Plant-based Holistic Chef

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Welcome to this week’s interview with David John of RYPE FOOD, a service that provides healthy plant based food delivery, catering and nutritional
counseling and specializing in delicious raw vegan and whole foods cuisine. In addition to the interview, David shares two recipes for RYPE SLAW and his
Peachy Greens Smoothie.

How did you become interested in food and veganism?

By accident really. About 6 years ago my mental health was at an all time low. I was very angry, depressed and suicidal. Long story short, I was at a point where I knew there was more to life then the mundane routine I was in. I had so many great ideas, talents and skills but was unsure why I was so tired and unmotivated to go after them; I took my first step outside of the box society has formed me in so one day I decided to type into Google “Why am I so depressed and unmotivated”. I refused to accept it as the normal anymore. My mind was blown as everything that was being revealed to me was about food. I was shocked because I never learned anything about nutrition and how it effects all aspects of your health, including your mental health.

Previously, I thought the only way to be healthy was to go to the gym but the thought of going to the gym was the worst. I had nothing to lose, I was ready to make any changes I needed so I decided to go ‘cold turkey’ and drop all meat and dairy and went vegan basically the next day. After a couple weeks I started feeling the way I wanted to feel and my mind was blown, I had to learn EVERYTHING so I began my health journey. As I continued to learn I tested to see if it was right for me and I eventually came across rawfoodism.

I started eating only raw food and continued for almost 2 years and during that time I never had felt better in my life. I got to a point where I got my physical and mental health back on track but one thing that needed attention was my spiritual health; so for the last few years up until today that has been developing along with my career and I feel its finally come full circle and now all these great things are happening. Thanks to God I’ve come a long way.

Describe your philosophy

I believe food was made by God the way it should be eaten, as well as I believe our bodies were made to be vegan. My beliefs are based on my experience and I’ve felt best eating raw vegan foods and whole foods. I think optimal eating is to eat plant-based food closest as possible to its original form. Ideally straight from the tree or ground. One thing I’ve realized during my health journey is that it’s most important to listen to your body in the moment. For example I’ve ‘planned’ to do long juice fasts but a few days in my body says that’s enough, so I stop.

Do you plan your meals or eat intuitively?

I do spend a fair bit of time preparing food, but not necessarily planning what to eat and when. I mentioned that listening to your body and being in the moment is how I often made health decisions. Eating healthy takes some time so I do try to plan some time to do some prep in the kitchen each day. When I say prep I’m talking like washing produce and chopping it up and storing it into the fridge, or blending a batch of dressing for the week or making a batch of juice. It’s best when you are hungry to have stuff made, especially when it comes to healthy food because it takes a lot of prep. If you are starving, the last thing you want to do is make a giant salad from scratch.

 

If someone can only make one small change towards healthy living, where would you recommend they begin?

I recommend praying. Put the intention out there and let it be known, realize why you should get healthier and grow. Start with choosing to be open minded and start knowing that you really don’t know that much so you will have to start learning. We need each other so also start by asking for help, feel free to send me a tweet or email!

What are some of your favorite resources?

When I got into my health journey there wasn’t too many resources online and even in my community. I felt alone but one of the first resources that got the ball rolling was YouTube. Start watching documentaries, learning different perspectives and experiences and then you can formulate better decisions, love to learn and share what you learn with people, the sharing will motivate you even more.

I wished when I was first learning that there was a trusted guide and source of information so that’s where my side project, the Thrival Guide YVR come in. Its a great source for the holistic healthy lifestyle in Vancouver and is going to be a big focus in the next few months for me. I hope to develop it into a print magazine and YouTube channel.

What are three ingredients you could not live without?

My favorite vegetable is broccoli, but I can live without it. I must always have frozen bananas, oranges and kale; apples would be fourth on the list and also there aren’t many more ingredients that can top a perfectly ripe avocado. Am I wrong?

What is the first thing you consider in designing a menu for
a restaurant?

When designing food for a menu the most important aspect to consider is who is going to be buying it. For example, in the initial concept designs for Zend it was supposed to be more of a sit down fancy restaurant food that was Indian inspired, but I saw how the owners were more interested in wanting the space to reflect community so I advocated that we focus the menu with sharing and conversation
in mind.

What is RYPE FOOD? 

RYPE FOOD is one of a handful of businesses and projects in development at the moment and it’s basically a health food and beverage delivery service with items designed by me; specializing in meal subscriptions, meal plans, cleanses, catering and soon to have a grocer section where you can stock up your pantry.

A sincere thank you David for being so open and sharing your story with us.  For our readers who would like to learn more about David and his services you can follow him on Facebook at DavidJohnYVR or RYPEFood and on Twitter at DavidJohnYVR.

 

  David John's RYPE Slaw

 

RYPE SLAW

Makes one serving.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2cup – Thin julienne green cabbage
  • 1/2cup – Thin julienne collard leaf (stem removed)
  • 1/2cup Thin julienne carrot

 

SLAW DRESSING

  • 1/4cup – Water
  • 
1/2tbsp – GF Tamari or Nama Shoyu
  • 1/2tbsp – Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2tbsp – Coconut Nectar
  • 1/2tbsp(thumb) – Ginger
  • 1/2tbsp(clove) – Garlic
  • 1/2cup – Sunflower seed

*BLEND all ingredients in a small blender (like a magic bullet) or double the recipe and use a larger blender until smooth.

 



SLAW GOMASHIO


  • 1/2tbsp – Golden raisins
  • 1tbsp – Almond slivers
  • 
1/4tbsp – Black sesame seeds
  • 1/8tsp – Ground sea salt
  • 1/8tsp – Garlic powder

 



Directions
Toss RYPE SLAW ingredients in a bowl with the SLAW DRESSING and keep cool in the fridge until time to eat. Once its time to eat, plate the slaw and then top with the
SLAW GOMASHIO and if you really are going for it drizzle a lemon on top and a pinch of cayenne powder!

 

 

Peachy Greens Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 
1cup – Orange juice
  • 1 – Diced frozen banana
  • 1cup – Diced frozen peach
  • 1/4tsp – Cinnamon
  • 1cup/MediumLeaf – Roughly chopped kale
  • Juice from 1 medium lemon

*BLEND all ingredients in a blender until smooth and you may need to add water or more orange juice as needed.

 

 

 

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