There is a beauty and grace in simplicity.
Whether it’s how you live, how you eat, or how you move through this world, simplicity creates peace, joy, and health.
After years of complicating my life with the endless search to be “filled”, I have come to a place of grace and have a true joy for life. I move with an open heart and a desire to share what I have learned — and am still learning — along the way.
It is my truest desire to help you to be inspired. To bring health, joy, peace, and beauty into your life.
Seven years ago, when I started Rawmazing, I had found a way of eating that helped heal my past digressions with food. At that time, all I knew was that I loved raw food and the way it made me feel. I read everything I could, bought every book I could find (they were few and far between at that time) and started on a journey that not only brought me better health, but also started a love affair with the creation of recipes made from whole, plant-based, raw food.
Driven to Learn
As my life evolved, I was driven to learn more about the food I was preparing and how it affects our bodies and our health. I enrolled in T. Collin Campbell’s Plant Based Nutrition Course through Cornell’s E-school. What I learned not only supported the daily experience I was having from eating plant based food, but also gave me knowledge to support a whole food, plant-based way of life.
It also helped relieve some of the “raw food guilt” that I had when eating cooked food as I learned that, properly prepared, some cooked food can have great health benefits. It helped me to strengthen my desire to have a diet including both the raw food I love and healthy cooked food. Learn more about why I’ve chosen to embrace cooked food as well as raw.
It wasn’t a big departure as I have never promoted a 100% raw diet long term. And I have found a wonderful balance by eating raw and whole food, plant-based cooked food.
The Beginning of My Journey
Changing my diet wasn’t the end of the journey, it was the beginning of a journey into a whole food, plant-based life! I completed my Rouxbe Plant Based Professional Cooking Certification and developed a deep desire to start incorporating more cooked recipes into the site.
But it didn’t stop there. I have learned so much in my many trips around the sun. So much about living with grace, about simplifying but not depriving. About the beauty and grace you can create in your life not by constantly adding, but by finding out what brings you joy. I want to share what I have learned and also introduce you to people who have great gifts and wonderful ideas to offer to you.
It is with deep gratitude that I invite you to my site. I am so glad you are on this journey with me. I can’t wait to see where it takes us.
A Few Fun Facts
- I recently married the love of my life, Peter, on September 24, 2015. Never think that love has passed you by! Meeting an amazing life partner can happen at any age and I am so grateful for my husband, who, by the way, became vegan while I was studying the T. Collin Campbell course.
- I was born and raised in Minnesota but now live in the San Francisco East Bay Area. I love it here but miss fall and winter and the snow! And especially my mother, Cora. Frequent trips are necessary.
- I have two grown daughters, Mia and Kaia, who now live in California and Utah. If you were to ask me what my greatest life achievement has been, I would say giving birth to these two beautiful human beings and being lucky enough to be on their journey with them. They are beyond amazing and I love seeing the incredible women they have become.
- I have also recently been blessed with two outstanding stepsons, Alex and Chris. They bring such a fun and interesting dimension to all of our lives. They are intelligent, caring human beings and I love that we are all a family.
- We have two wonderful dogs, Atlas, our Kuvasz, and Sadie, our little Pug. Animals are a huge part of my life and I adore all four-legged friends. They bring such peace and unconditional love into our lives, daily.
- I am an award winning professional food photographer. You can see my work here: www.ShootingtheKitchen.com and www.Susanpowersphotography.com. I plan on expanding this part of my life into the blog!
- I am vegan and strive to have a vegan lifestyle but I am not perfect. I will not judge people for where they are in their journey. I would prefer to extend my hand and help you learn about this lifestyle rather than condemn you. I believe in love and acceptance for wherever you are in your journey.
>As far as the rest of it? I recharge in nature, love to learn, love sewing, knitting, painting, playing the harp and piano, and just about any type of creating that I can do.
I have successfully grown my first limes and lemons and have an amazing herb garden growing in pots. For a Minnesota girl, this is a big deal.
I love that you are here.
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Mark west wrote on April 25, 2018
Hi like what I have seen so far , I am fairly new to this and have been a vegan for 2 months. And are trying to do oil free because of a heart condition I have had to stents , having been fit most of my life running marathons and being rated 3 pro boxing in the U.K. , my mother had 4 stents so looks like I got it past on to me . I am now 58 . My blood pressure was higher than my 84 year old farther, so I thought I better do something about it so I am trying Dr Esselstyn way of life ,I have also dropped to waist sizes . But would like more recipes , could you recommend one of your books .Thank you .mark west brighton uk
Michael Covarrubias wrote on May 3, 2018
Good that you are taking care of this Mark…to be frank….you should eat just raw food…I have 2 clients who we’re on their death beds…they stopped all industrial food…eliminated bad oils..and ate raw…
The book which has inspired me the most..is only in French. ..so sorry…but it’s my favorite..it’s called le grand livre de la cuisine crue by Christophe Berg..look him up…he is amazing..
There are many others but this was the best…Mark…if you come to Paris..come and see me…I think I could be helpful…
Please take care till then..
Michael at the World Food Barn, Paris
Michael Covarrubias wrote on October 27, 2016
Like a few other people’s comments..I literally landed on your site looking for raw eggplant recipe…I m opening I hope very soon a raw vegan restaurant in Paris… France…not Texas. .lol
I’m inspired by your philosophy concerning the delicate question of tastes and lifestyles. I like your respect for each ones choice..I look at it in the same way..respect not only for each other but also the beautiful bounty this wonderful world affords us.
I’ll keep you updated on my restaurant project and enjoy your creations in which I myself will be inspired…
Cat Woods wrote on October 1, 2017
Michael I would have LOVED to go to a raw food place in Paris! I hope you do this and do really well. There are some great places in Barcelona but ridiculously expensive. This seems unavoidable in Paris but it would be more aligned with existing hospitality offerings there…
Rachel wrote on November 10, 2016
Hello Michael, I live in Paris and was delighted to read your post. Please give details of your restaurant – I’ll come to the inauguration!! Bon chance!
covarrubias wrote on October 10, 2017
I’m opened at 248 rue st jacques
Please come and say hi..I’d love to serve you…
I’m on Instagram and FB under world food barn..
Lors of love
Charleigh H wrote on October 22, 2016
Holy cow! Aren’t you the cat’s pajamas.
I just found your website. I know this project must have been hard work. Thanks for sharing this gem with the world.
I will be trying as many of these recipes as I can. I was once raw. Got bored with the bland ( it was my choice to keep things too simple at critical times…like when I needed comfort foods or during the holidays.) But now I’m back because once my body experienced raw, nothing else makes much sense. This time though, I will include some cooked soups! Thanks for the beautiful website. Do you sell your photography? I would like some photos in the kitchen.
Susan wrote on December 7, 2016
I do work as a professional photographer. If you are interested in my photography, you could always email me. Thanks for the kind words! Cheers!