Esme Stevens was born in 1968 in the Netherlands. Her father was a medical doctor (anesthesiologist) and her mother a nurse and relationship therapist. Her parentsraised her on relatively healthy food. They cooked every day a fresh Dutch meal: potatoes, meat and vegetables.
When Esme went to high school she decided that she would no longer eat her parents breakfast and home made lunchbox, but rather have a chocolate candy bar for brunch, every day.
After high school, she went on to study tax law at the University of Amsterdam. She became an active sorority member and was a chosen board member of the student club with 5000 members. During these years, her diet consisted of beer and microwave meals in an ambiance of cigarette smoke. No raw foods or salads. She never saw her bed before 3 am. A year later she had cervix cancer.
After university, Esme started working with Ernst & Young in Amsterdam. Shortly after she started, she was asked to join the New York “A-team”: she lead multi million dollar projects and saved millions of tax dollars for American Fortune 500 companies.
She commonly worked 60 hour workweeks and her diet was a typical lawyer’s diet: no breakfast, quick lunch, candy bar at 4 PM and huge American dinner mostly at restaurants or takeaway. Her percentage of raw foods was <5%.
When at 32 she decided to have kids she could not get pregnant. She did what she’d learned from her parents. She went to the best of the best doctors in NY. After five years and seven best of the best specialists, this lead to one healthy daughter. But also to 23 months of pregnancy, late miscarriage, stillborn, gestational diabetes, many other “weird” symptoms and a pregnancy from hell. On top of this she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
When she suddenly became bedridden, she asked herself: “Why am I ill? Isn’t there anything I can do about my health?” But that her illness could have to do with her unhealthy diet never entered her mind.
Esme decided to use her time in bed to read, research and try hundreds of books and articles about nutrition to see if that could give her any clues. All this research kept leading to one best diet: a well balanced and alkaline raw food diet.
So she started on a raw uncooked diet. And every day she'd feel better and more energetic than the day before. In the following months the doctor called that her cancer was gone, then her diabetes...
On the raw food diet, she felt as she’d never felt before in terms of health, energy, strength, happiness and beauty. Then, also other symptoms - that before she'd accepted as “normal’ - disappeared: allergies, sensitive teeth, heart palpitations, short breath, sensitive skin, achy joints, bloating...
And within six months on a raw food diet Esme got pregnant - naturally. She carried the baby without any problems, after which a beautiful healthy baby boy was born.
Esme decided to stop saving tax money for the Coca-Cola’s and McDonalds of the world and instead dedicates her research, management and implementation skills to inform people about the advantages of eating a raw food diet.
Today, Esme is the founder of Raw Food Europe, speaker, raw food trainer, writer, web-master, video producer and mother of two. She helps people turning failure into success through a healthy raw food lifestyle.
Her motto: Enjoy life to the fullest!
In 2010, Esme was the happy and proud mother of 2 healthy children. Then, she had an unlikely discovery: she was pregnant again! The woman who thought just 5 years before that she could not have children became pregnant, without trying! Five years ago she didn't think she could have normal pregnancies and deliveries. Now, was given another chance to bring a healthy baby in this world.
In January 2012, Esme had her fifth pregnancy without any complications, a 4th C-section that was the easiest delivery so far and from which she recovered most quickly. A cute and healthy baby was born after another healthy and easy pregnancy and delivery.
On a raw food diet, at 42, Esme was more fertile and healthier than when she was at 32 on a cooked diet. Incredible.
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