• Deborah Imani

First Generation Raw

Updated: Feb 2, 2018

I have struggled with weight most of my life. With raw and living foods, I was able to lose some weight, heal my body and create nutritious and delicious meals to keep my body healthy. I tell my story and offer delicious and healthy meals in my book "First Generation Raw".

At age 40, I began experiencing health problems. My first major scare was an abnormal mammogram. The follow up exam required an additional mammogram along with a needle biopsy. I eagerly vowed to start a radical cleansing program to beat the odds of cancer, so I began a 20 day juice fast. 

During the 20 day fast, I became very interested in different modalities of holistic healing. I was inspired by the book “How to keep slim, healthy and young with juice fasting” by Paavo Airola.” This inspiration solidified my decision to continue the fast. The book not only teaches how to fast and what juices to fast with based on your condition, but also teaches how to properly eliminate toxins by using enemas and colonics. Colonics were not a new concept to me because I have been getting them since I was 34 years old, so I was very receptive to the process.

I was also inspired by the book “You are your own healer” by Ann Wigmore. The book introduced raw and living foods.  At the time, I considered the book a bit radical, but interesting. The book talked about sprouting, wheatgrass, wheatgrass implants, energy soup and rejuvelac---all of which I had never heard. Ironically, that same week, I saw an advertisement in a local Atlanta paper that read, “Living Foods Institute teaches how to prepare 100 percent organic raw and living foods by, Brenda Cobb.” I felt a strong connection to the photo and was extremely impressed by Brenda’s before and after photos. Brenda overcame early stages of breast and cervical cancer by eating raw foods. She completely healed herself and looked 20 years younger after only six months on the diet. She lost 72 pounds, her eye sight improved and her hair turn from gray back to its natural color.

I decided to attend the free introduction seminar because I was inspired and intrigued. And even though I was still fasting at the time, my curiosity got the best of me, so I tasted some of the food. Surprisingly, the food was very good. The food had a lot of texture and flavor. The food was so good and the stories so inspiring, I had no other choice but to enroll into the next class.

The 10 day course taught detoxification, healing, and rebuilding health from the inside out. I learned 50 healing, gourmet and easy recipes and I learned about wheatgrass juice and its purification properties. I was introduced to various types of kitchen items such as the dehydrator, the spiralizer and the excaliber, high powered blender. Finally, I was awarded a certificate of completion.

After completing the class, I was feeling a lot better because I had lost 15 pounds on the juice fast and an additional 14 pounds from the raw food class. I had more clarity and energy and I felt more healthy from the inside out. I was creating and inventing all types of recipes based on my new knowledge.  This new found inspiration led me to this book.

With much clarity, I began to jot down recipes for family and friends. Their positive feedback was one of many inspirations for this book. I have always wanted to aid humanity in some way, so this book is my contribution to an alternative method for a healthy lifestyle. I believe we are put on this earth to learn lessons, create experiences and aid humanity. I feel the more people know, the better choices they make. 

Finally, I must admit that from time to time, I dabble in a little cooked vegan food because I enjoy a lot of the recipes. At this time in my life, I am about 30 percent vegan and 70 percent raw because that works for me. The key to life is finding what works for you and living it to the fullest. I want to thank you for experiencing this journey with me and hope that you have as much success as I have. May God continue to bless each and every one of you.


Deborah Imani