Interview with Melisa Lickfold - plant based mum & traveller
Raw Kaya Organics interviews Melisa Lickfold - Queensland based mumma who believes life is about experiences and doing what makes you happiest. Melisa and her family have a plant-based diet and we think they truly embody the Raw Kaya motto of "Live for adventure. Do no harm. Feel beautiful, naturally".
Anyone who has seen your Instagram photo’s would be jealous! Tell us where you have been living with your family for the past couple of years?
For the past 4.5 years we have lived in Cape York QLD which has been the BEST years of our lives. The Cape is rugged, remote, has a wild tropical environment & is teaming with life & best of all endless adventures! We have recently left the Cape to continue travelling Australia.
What made you switch to a plant based diet?
I originally went vegetarian 7 years ago because I felt meat did not feel right in my body. It wasn't until I had my son that I developed a rash & then my son developed eczema all over his body which made me realise, I needed to again start looking at my diet, which lead me to finding the high carb, low fat abundant vegan lifestyle which changed our lives. The plant based lifestyle soon not only become about our health but we have come to realise the ethical & sustainable side, environmental impact & we now see being vegan as a way to promote compassion & non-violence, for the people, for the planet, for the animals & for health!
Have you faced any particular challenges with having a plant based diet?
Having lived in remote areas trying to source fresh, organic & ripe fruit / veg has had its challenges, but we have so far always found a way. The cost - we spend a lot of money on food!!!
As a mum raising her son in a remote part of Australia and leading a plant-based diet, what advice could you give to other families who might be in a similar situation?
I am still learning & furthering my knowledge everyday, but I think it's really important especially in the beginning to find support where you can ask questions & find educated guidance. Often I remind myself to keep it simple & just feed OJ as much fruit & vegs as possible. Also kids watch, learn & imitate, whatever you are eating they will want to eat, so you need to be the example. Let your little one share all your meals so they can see they are eating exactly what you're eating. OJ literally has a bite/sip of everything I eat. For me it's also been about educating myself to ensure OJ is receiving enough nutrients & eating enough, as plant based foods are lower in calories so you need to eat a large amount of them to get enough from them.
What is your favourite family meal to cook?
As we eat raw for breakfast & lunch everyday, come dinner time every cooked meal is a favourite! Right now I would have to say my husbands curry with coconut rice, so amazing!
Do you have a favourite day-time snack?
Chocolate nice-cream. (Frozen Bananas blended into soft serve with carob powder), sushi or rice paper rolls.
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Bananas!! Bananas are our staple & if there is not enough frozen bananas & ripe bananas available at our place things get a little crazy.
What does making a difference mean to you?
Taking action & initiative - Whether large or small. One small thought or action can have a "ripple effect" and can change something much bigger than originally thought. It might also seem insignificant to one but make all the difference to another.
Raw Kaya’s motto is “Live for adventure. Do no harm. Feel beautiful, naturally”, and we think you and your family really embody this belief. If you had to recommend one place in Australia that everyone should see, where would it be?
What a perfect motto which we definitely feel we can relate to and resonates with us. There are so many hidden gems around Australia but a place that we hold a special place in our heart for & are most excited to explore again is ~ The Gibb River Road, the Kimberlies WA. The adventures that surround the Gibb are endless.
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