Posted by: Zoe V | November 15, 2014

Message To The Haters Out There

Ever since I launched my blog and YouTube channels about six years ago, I have gone through all sorts of feedback from my subscribers and followers. The majority has been strongly supportive and encouraging of my efforts to inspire others to make healthy changes in their lives. Here and there, I have also received some negative remarks but I never really focused much on those. They come with the territory once you are a public figure.

A couple of days ago, something really strange happened in regards to a posting on my Facebook page. Following an encounter with a homeless man, I posted this status:

“A homeless man just passed by me begging me for money. I didn’t give him cash not because I didn’t have it. Instead I gave him a protein bar and told him to use it as a fuel to find himself a job.”

For some inexplicable reason, within a couple of hours of posting, some people on my friends list decided to use it as a forum to attack me on personal level. The attacks were so vicious, mean and rude to the point that I couldn’t believe my eyes to what I was reading. They questioned my character, intentions, recent selfie postings. There were threats that I will be “unfollowed” because I was confusing people to what I’m about. The list went on and on.

It’s important to state that those attackers were not people I knew in real life. They were “ghost buddies” that came out of the woodwork to voice their opinions. Their bizarre behavior stunned me as my Facebook is my PERSONAL page and not some censored corporate site. As such, I gave them the privileged to be part of my intimate world. Those “ghosts” completely misunderstood me and judged me harshly.

While I am very patient and tolerant to difference in opinions, I DO NOT allow blatant and disrespectful assumptions placed on my character by complete strangers. The video below is my response to them. It should CLEAR the air on WHO I AM and WHERE I’M COMING FROM once for all.

To those who have supported and stood by me all those years, I extend my deepest gratitude. I’m moving on much stronger as a result of this experience, and I’ll be focusing on the positive aspects of my work. Peace and love to all of you. <3

Copyright © 2014 Zoe V. All Rights Reserved

Posted by: Zoe V | August 19, 2014

Don’t Just Dump Ice on Your Heads, Donate!

You may have seen it on the news. You may have read about it online. If you have a Facebook account, chances are you have stumbled across a few of those videos in your newsfeed – a person dumping iced water on their heads, also known as the #IceBucketChallenge.  The premise of the challenge is that someone who has done it has to nominate you. You are given 24 hours to either accept the challenge to pour iced water over your head or to donate $100 to ALS.

I first heard of the #IceBucketChallenge a week ago while vacationing in California. My former Penn State assistant coach Mike Schall posted a video on Facebook showing him and his children taking on the challenge. At the time I didn’t think much of it other than a fun video. In less than a week, the #IceBucketChallenge became a national sensation. Anyone from celebrities to big athletes to high-ranked politicians were pouring iced water on their heads and passing the baton to others. Celebs Embrace Ice Bucket Challenge

But not everyone appears to be thrilled with the viral challenge. To some, the idea of wasting valuable water is complete non-sense (considering California is suffering from a bad drought). To others, taking the challenge without donating money is counterproductive. And there are those who question the longevity of the impact. While I can see where those concerns come from, one cannot deny the immense advantages of the challenge.  As the number of people accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge skyrocketed, the donations to ALS followed suit. Since July 29, the ALS has raised $15.6 Million, up from $1.8 million raised during the same time period last year.

Judging by the numbers alone, it’s obvious that whomever initiated the Ice Bucket Challenge was a marketing genius! Such phenomenal fundraiser would have never been possible without the help of social media. It’s because of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram such an idea is capable of reaching ad impacting our private worlds.

If you happen to be nominated by someone, I encourage you to both take the challenge AND donate to ALS. By doing so, the small amount of water you may waste is just a “drop” in the bucket compared to the good you are doing for people suffering with ALS.

On that note, below I have posted the video of Denzin and I doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. We also donated to ALS. Enjoy!

 


What is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

To learn more about ALS, visit http://www.alsa.org/.

To donate to ALS, click HERE

 

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Posted by: Zoe V | July 25, 2013

Best Tasting Green Juice (kids-approved!)

Parents often tell me how difficult it is to instill healthy eating habits in their children. One of the top challenges is to get them to eat their vegetables. Some children would rather starve than eat their broccoli. Sad, sad…

As with any good habit, first you need to set it by example and second, start as early as possible. Forget the jarred baby food and overly-sugared juice beverages. Make them fresh green smoothies and green juices instead. This way kids will begin to develop taste for vegetables and associate it with positive feelings.

Denzin enjoying green juice in July 2010

My son Denzin was about 18 months old when we started giving him green juice. Actually, it was him who wanted to try it in the first place. He would see Mark and I drink our daily green juice in the morning and snatch the glass from our hands. Now at four years old, he makes his own green juice and likes to pack it for daycare every day. I would never forget when his teachers first asked what was that green “thing” I was making for him. :-)

The recipe I’m sharing has been carefully developed over time. It’s the most requested formula by my clients who order juices from me too. Mild, pleasant and lightly sweeten, this green juice would change your perspective on how you and your family consume your veggies.

Best Tasting Green Juice

Yields 4 x 8 oz. servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 Bunch Kale (Regular of Lacinto)
  • 1/2 Bunch Swiss Chard/Collard Greens/Spinach
  • 1/2 Bunch Celery
  • 1 Fuji Apple
  • 1 Lemon
  • A few sprigs of Mint

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Soak and wash all the produce with fruits/veggie wash (preferably) to remove any traces of dirt, pesticides, preservatives or waxes. Chop up celery and apple. Peel and chop up lemon as well. Put through juicer in alternating patters – follow greens with a piece of apple or celery to facilitate easier processing. Strain juice through a mesh strainer to remove leftover pulp. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

 

It’s always best to use organic produce in season. But if not available or if too expensive, it’s perfectly fine to use regular produce. Just make sure to soak and wash carefully so there are no traces of harmful chemicals that can end up in your juice.

Also, due to green juices’ energizing and detoxifying properties, the best time to consume is first thing in the morning or in the mid afternoon, a few hours following a meal. DO NOT consume along with solid food as it will greatly slow down the absorption of nutrients.

Enjoy and I would love to hear your feedback when you try it. :-)

 

Cheers!

Copyright © 2013 Zoe V. All Rights Reserved

Posted by: Zoe V | July 20, 2013

My Raw Food Journey ~ 3 Years Later

Hello Everyone!!!

It’s been a long break from blogging and I’m anxious to get back and start sharing with you again. I figured what better way to do it than to post an update on my raw food journey. With over 900,000 views and counting (!!!), my original video posted in July 2010 has generated a tremendous interest.

 

 

So many people commented saying how much they were inspired by my personal transformation. Sure, the intention was to share and motivate others to change, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the magnitude it would reach. Words cannot express how grateful I feel to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in others lives. I’m truly blessed! :-)

And now I want to share my latest video so that you can see how I look today, three years after undertaking the raw food diet path. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to share your comments below.

 

 

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Posted by: Zoe V | February 20, 2013

Coming Soon to TV Near You

I can’t believe March is around the corner. Time really flies since the year began. And I realize that I have not posted new blogs for a while. Let’s change this and give you some highlights of what has been going on in my life lately.

First things first – RAWbundant. Since we vacated our rental kitchen last October, many people have emailed and asked me what is going on with my raw vegan product line. It turns out we are greatly missed by loyal fans of our snacks. Unfortunately, we are not yet back in production but I can assure you, I have one and only resolution for 2013 – to raise capital and get RAWbundant back into stores.

After we launched RAWbundant in select natural food stores in Manhattan and NJ in early 2012, the demand escalated rapidly. Things were no longer as simple as renting a space and working around the clock to fulfill orders.  While we hired more employees, it became apparent that we need a larger, independent facility that can accommodate the growth of our company.

It’s truly a blessing to see RAWbundant get to this level. Who would have thought that my home creations would become so popular on the natural foods market?!  Believe me, I am deeply grateful. Haven’t been for all the positive feedback from our customers and fans, I don’t think I would have been able to sustain the tough times that we went through on our journey. It’s because of you, folks, that my fight continues to bring us back on the shelves.

While we are in transition, there are a couple of other exciting projects going on. TV host and a huge fan of our products, Ereka Vetrini, invited me to be a guest on her upcoming TV show Naturally Beautiful. You may know Ereka from the first season of The Apprentice. She and I filmed the segment last Wednesday, discussing the raw food diet while featuring RAWbundant products. We even made my famous Chocolate Mousse dessert.

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Ereka and I on the set of Naturally Beautiful.

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Showing how to make my Magnificent Chocolate Mousse

The show Naturally Beautiful will air in April 2013 on Veria, a channel dedicated to holistic living. Check your local listings to see if it airs in your area. I will definitely post more specific updates as time gets closer.

The other interesting project I have been working on is a Gluten-free Flour Blend. I was inspired to create it after too many failed attempts with gluten-free baking mixes on the market. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen pictures of the successful experiments I’ve had using my new mix. I don’t want to give out too many details yet but know this, it will revolutionize the way you bake. It’s really that good!

On a more personal note, lately I have been obsessed with makeup. Not just any makeup but eco-friendly, chemical-free, cruelty-free, and preferably vegan-friendly makeup. I have been experimenting with products from Tarte, Hourglass, Lorac, Boscia, Ole Henriksen. Who knows, I may dabble in making video reviews/tutorials on natural makeup in the future. :-)

That’s about it for now. Thank you for taking the time to read and follow me on here, Facebook , Twitter and my YouTube channel. I really appreciate it. Till soon…

 

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