Three years ago my life took an unexpected turn down Chocolate Lane. Not the one in which I sat on my couch, feeling down and out… endlessly pounding Hershey bars, contemplating what to do with my life. It was quite the opposite, actually, and I believe it was mere fate that I have now found myself using the power of chocolate to inspire everyone around me.
Let me take a few steps back. I moved to San Diego from the East Coast a in 2011, searching for inspiration within the medical field. After realizing the lack of success that Western medicine has had on preventing and eliminating disease (cancer, specifically), I took to the holistic streets. With a backpack full of fitness and nutritional certifications I invested my time influencing and changing peoples lifestyles in a more positive manner. It was simply amazing to see some of the worst health case diagnoses disappear with consistent natural healthy lifestyle choices, and the best part was to see people who had once felt in despair smiling again and enjoying their lives.
Out of this newfound love for nutritional healing I stumbled upon one of the most nutritionally rich superfoods on the planet, which had been sitting right under my nose my entire life. CACAO!! However you pronounce it; cacoa, cacao, chocolate has been savored by all cultures as a guilty pleasure since the beginning of time. Real chocolate in its raw state is an amazing superfood that holds extraordinary antioxidant and nutrient power. How could this be true, I thought? The more research that I did, the sooner I realized that the processed chocolate as we all know it is nothing like its raw bean form sprouted from a tree.
Chocolate was first discovered by the Mayans and Incans as Theobroma Cacao, “Food of the Gods”, and eaten directly from the chocolate tree…raw. Current day “chocolate” is far, far from its origins. The majority of consumer chocolate today is destroyed by heat processing, refining and pumping of terrible sugars. As a result, it lacks any nutritional benefit, and even further it acts as a negative vice to our health.
Top 5 health benefits of raw cacao:
• Raw cacao is the #1 antioxidant source – higher than acai, goji berries and blueberries combined.
• Raw cacao is one of the highest sources of Magnesium. Magnesium is one of the top 3 vitamin/mineral deficiencies in our western diet behind Vitamin C and Vitamin D.
• Raw cacao contains over 1,2000 phytonutrients that help regulate almost all cell processes in our bodies.
• Raw cacao contains zero sugar.
• Raw cacao helps control blood sugar and blood pressure, necessary to prevent diabetes and heart disease.
Inspired and perplexed by cacaos nutritional value I felt it was time to take it back to the early Mayan days. For those of you who inspire to live healthier AND love chocolate, get your hands on either some raw cacao beans, nibs or even powder. Aside from the health benefits I listed above, they will blow your taste buds away! Not to mention how invigorating and guilt free that you will feel for indulging in a rich, delicious treat that is 100% good for you. Both the powder and nibs are the raw cacao beans that are simply ground up from the bean. They are all equally healthy for you. I find that the powder is best mixed into smoothies, for those who enjoy shakes and smoothies.
As for my story, I spent countless mornings taking raw cacao beans, which grow in pods on 10-15 ft tall chocolate trees, and fusing them with some of the world’s highest quality organic spices, all in a tasty beverage form. That’s it…spices and cacao! This concoction has positively changed my life. The reason for all of my research and experimenting was to create a truly clean and invigorating raw cacao product that would literally change the definition of chocolate. It was such a fun experience covering my kitchen walls with chocolate… and even more humorous explaining the 5th grade science experiment mess to my landlord. In the end it was worth it. One year later, Rau Chocolate was born – the first raw chocolate health beverage with no dairy, no sugar, no gluten, no nothing! Clean and healthy…the way chocolate should be, and bottled to make it easy to carry and easy to drink.
I have created a loving life for myself, driven by my deep passion for true healing. I am proud to be a pioneer changing the way our world experiences chocolate and proud to admit chocolate inspired my life. Follow your passion…you’ll never know where it leads you to next. Cheers to the bean that changed my life!
Keep it simple. Keep it Rau. Bottoms Up!