Augusto attended the Fruitfest for the first time last year. He travelled all the way from Rome, Italy with his partner Giuseppina.
Augusto is the only direct student of Dr Doug Graham in Italy and he is trying to share the message of a fruit based raw vegan diet to people there. Of course, this can be difficult in a country in which pasta is in his words is “a religion”.
Augusto works as a personal trainer helping people with their fitness goals and also helps people to transition to a vegan or raw vegan diet.
Recently, Ronnie from Fruitfest went to Rome and interviewed Augusto for the “Love Fruit” Podcast (available on our Youtube channel, and just about to be released on Spotify, Itunes and Stitcher).
We asked him about the raw vegan scene in Italy. He told us that he had been to a recent natural hygiene conference in Italy. Most of the teachers promote raw food but they do not have a consistent approach to succeeding on a 100% raw vegan diet. This led Augusto to continuing his search to finding out how to succeed on a truly raw diet.
Asked about his transitioned to raw, Augusto said:
“it took a while, I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan, to raw food, back to cooked food but always vegan. I would say the whole period was 10 years. It is my opinion that the most addictive food is the food that creates in your body the strongest emotion. It may be connected to family or friends. For example, I liked certain foods my mother prepared for me. This is the real addiction, not always the food itself, but the emotion attached to the food.”
When asked about the benefits of going raw, Augusto said:
“Yes, mental clarity. Energy, I can wake up without coffee and without stimulants. I sleep better, I don’t have digestive problems. Everything is better. It’s like putting the right fuel in your car, so the car just works”
When asked about the UK Fruitfest he said:
“Incredible, maybe the best experience in my life around this lifestyle. And also for emotional reasons because I connected with incredible people. So really, it was a wonderful experience, I recommend this to anyone. Even if you are not interested in the raw food diet, try the UK Fruitfest, you will not be disappointed”
Learn more about Augusto in our interview on the Love Fruit podcast or his website: augusotvalerio.it