AWESOME HUMANS: Jansen & Deb From Rawbeet
The dynamic mother and son duo behind Rawbeet have revolutionised Melbourne’s food scene. Jansen and Deb have a positivity that is infectious and both are passionate about health, happiness and compassion. It was only a matter of time that the two would work together on their first venture, a totally rad vegan food truck, serving event and festival goers with cold pressed juices, decadent raw treats and mouth watering meals made from organic, plant-based wholefoods. At just 23, Jansen is in the process of finishing his first book and the two are set to open their latest vegan venture in 2018.
Get to know a little bit more about them…
Tell us about yourselves in one sentence:
Jansen: Ooh.. one sentence that’s hard. I am an easy going, energetic soul who likes to create all things happiness.
Deb: Determined and passionate about everything I do espeially when it comes to loved ones.
How would you describe what you do?
Jansen: I aspire to inspire haha. I put smiles on the faces of people, and provide them with knowledge, and invest time in using this power to better their health, and the planets wellbeing.
Deb: I love to be successful with everything I do in life. I love challenges on all levels and creating new ways to do things. I’m very creative and hence our new Café fitouot! (Stay tuned) It excites me to put everything together as I love interior design on all levels. Personally I love helping people to get to their goals.
Sadhana means conscious spiritual practice, tell us about what you do everyday to make your life awesome:
Jansen: I wake up every morning, and meditate, 20-30 minutes, regardless of the day. Normally start it with a big glass of water and some deep breathing exercises to release the energy for the day. I generally practice some type of fitness work, and end the day with some yin, or deep stretching. I also love reading and learning.
Deb: First up in the morning I think about all the people that matter to me and wish them all good health and peace. My family are my number one priority and they always come first. This makes me feel awesome. Yeah they’re crazy but hey “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”
What’s your favourite food at the moment?
Jansen: Ooh right now, probably avocados. Oh so creamy and so luscious, is that the right word to describe them? I don’t know, but avocados are life baby, all day erry day, ain’t no body scared of these healthy fats!
Deb: Anything green! Not a day goes by without my avo either.
Why are you vegan?
Jansen: Are you serious? Have you seen the state of this planet, Why is everyone NOT vegan? Health, The Planet, Animal Welfare, and Sustainability. Since going vegan I feel so much more connected to the earth and have way more authentic relationships with people, I’ve basically cut the sh** and appreciate a lot more.
Deb: I was introduced to veganism by my son and along the way have learnt so much and especially how delicious food can taste. I am also very compassionate for the animals and my heart breaks when I see some of the videos of what man does to the animals and how he treats them. They are not food.. Would you eat your dog or cat? No difference in my eyes.
Can you share with us your top tip for making any meal delicious?
Jansen: Wow okay, um probably channelling all of your passion and energy into what you make. Actually never make anything when you are in a bad mood, or the vibes are wrong, its almost always going to taste like sh**, no matter what the recipe is, if your frequency is off, so too will be your food.
Deb: Jansen. I don't get to cook anymore but follow his instructions. How the tables have turned. Lol.
Tell us a secret:
Jansen: Hmm, what you wanna know? I am obsessed with smells. That is all haha
Deb: Hygiene is paramount and I’m obsessed with washing my hands even if I have a latte. Always carry “Thankyou” hand wash in my handbag.
If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jansen: Coconut! Do you know the power of coconut man, if I was stuck anywhere on this earth for the rest of my life, I could survive on that! It has so many healing powers and health benefit properties!
Deb: Salads. There are many variations it’s endless. Wonderful seeds to sprinkle on top and dressings. Yummo!
What are your top tips for building vegan muscle?
Jansen: 100% train on empty, in a fasted state. Which brings me to number 2: Intermittent fasting, I am a huge fan of this, and fast 20-24 hours every day, flying with energy, ask anyone. I eat one meal a day. However, the longer your body goes without food the greater increase in human growth hormone levels. Your insulin resistance levels will drop, so when you DO eat, you’ll get a spike and your body is like Boom woah. Weight training can be important, however it’s the aspects of building muscle like muscular tension and muscle damage that are key to building muscle. As long as you can keep your body guessing and throwing it under the deep end learning new things and increasing the difficulty of your exercises, you’ll have no problems putting on muscle. Also We DON’T need as much food as we think, there is a huge misconception that we need to be eating all day every day, in my opinion and through experimentation I have been able to gain some serious size through eating LESS!, and Less often.
Deb: See above. Ask the expert.
If you could inspire others to take action in order to create a better world, what would you encourage them to do?
Jansen: I generally just live by example and show how great my lifestyle is and drop knowledge bombs here and there about how I impact the planet, and people see that I live happily and full of life, and they want to do the same. If you are a prime example of what you preach without shoving it in people’s face, they will WANT to be like you, and the way I live, I believe is helping to create a better world, for the planet, our health and wellness, and our conscience.
Deb: Believe in yourself and your passion. Mine has held me in good stead for bringing up two awesome children as a single mother. Surround yourself with positive people only and don’t dwell on the past as it takes too much energy. Hang out with people you aspire to be like and do one good deed every day.