It is DAY 7 of Raw Food Recipes with Excalibur, and I am just tickled piggy pink to share the phenomenal Penni Shelton with you. If you don't know this wonderful lady, get ready to be acquainted with one of the most beloved and generous people in the raw foods community.
I first met this raven-haired RAWkstar beauty and ball of fire during Ani Phyo's raw food class at Matthew Kenny OKC. She was sitting next to me, and we spent the entire class laughing and eating our way through the rawlicious treats on offer. Penni had so much passion, energy, wit, and good humour as she photographed and documented every single moment of the class so that she could share it with her online community, Raw Food Rehab, that I decided on the spot that "I had to know her!" Her warmth, compassion and vibrancy intoxicated and electrified me, and we have kept in touch ever since.
So who is Penni Shelton? Penni fell in love with the vibrancy and healing power of raw and living food over seven years ago, after reading Carol Alt's first book, EATING IN THE RAW. Penni's long-standing health symptoms (life-long Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic fatigue, skin problems, etc.) began to virtually disappear within days. Her new appreciation for real, whole, ripe and organic food brought forth a beautiful fresh perspective on the culinary world. But the food was simply the catalyst that opened the door to an exciting journey of learning, growing, healing and sharing.
Penni's story of life transformation was first published in Carol Alt‘s second book, THE RAW 50, and has since been shared in numerous publications, online interviews, journals and websites. Penni herself has gone on to become a health and lifestyle writer, and has authored of a number of books, including RAW FOOD CLEANSE (Ulysses Press 2010) and numerous digital books like RAW FOR THE HOLIDAYS and REAL JUICE DAILY that are available from her fabulous raw blog, Real Food Tulsa. She also runs the digital book publishing company, RFR Press.
Penni is the founder and director of the international virtual holistic retreat centre and web community, Raw Food Rehab. If you are a raw foodist, are interested in live foods, or just want to connect with cool, interesting, health-conscious and mindful people, you will LOVE this site. I am a proud RFR member, along with almost 15,000 other happy people. Penni has created a hub of support, shared experiences and inspiration. There are fantastic forums, groups, photo boards and videos you can participate in and learn from.
Penni calls herself a "real food passionista" (which I LOVE) and is a true "social architect". Her passion is fueled by connecting others and building a sense of community for health conscious raw food enthusiasts around the globe. In addition to facilitating what is quickly becoming the foremost raw community site in the world, she is also a movie producer, spreading the whole foods message with movies such as Average Joe on the Raw. She is always searching for exciting, cutting-edge people, places, and projects to share with her community at Raw Food Rehab and beyond.
Penni is also a talented cook and recipe developer, and these raw vegan chili rellenos are an example of her uncooking skills. All I can say is YUMMO! If I have an hour to live, I might just spend it swimming in a vat of what I call her "holy mole sauce!" Hey, the mango chipotle salsa will do me on a dessert island too! The stuffed peppers will do me any day of the week and twice on Sundays too. This dish is an explosion of colours and flavours that is dressed to impress.
Penni, thankyou for so graciously participating in this event, and promoting it with such gusto and enthusiasm.
I am so grateful to know you. Your passion and generosity of spirit continues to astound and nurture me. I just adore you.