By Brian Rossiter
On Jennilee Melgar’s commute, Raw Can Roll Café and its raw food menu offerings captured her attention two years ago, and the Wayne, Pennsylvania, resident has been a regular customer ever since.
Jenni’s favorite menu items are of the liquid variety. She enjoys vegetable juices and wheatgrass shots. She might just be the café’s most avid juice patron of late, often ordering several richly colored juices—loaded with vitamins and minerals—for consumption over a whole day.
With all this juice, it’s no secret that Jenni’s into leading a healthy lifestyle. In fact, she calls her interest in lifestyle an “obsession.”
Jenni is training for a bikini bodybuilding competition in January. This well-toned woman has been working out for more than 10 years, and during this time, she’s also made healthful food choices.
“Diet is a key component to my performance,” Jenni said. “I keep to a strict regimen, allowing me to monitor my daily protein and vitamin intake.”
Jenni took her lifestyle to a whole new level two years ago, though, when she decided to eat only raw foods. Her curiosity for nutrition and a raw food diet was buoyed by an interest in learning how food could improve her health, especially her kidneys and liver.
“This lifestyle has given me a new drive and outlook on eating healthy,” she said. “… An awesome bonus was my complexion—having that natural glow.”
Jenni’s passion for exploring a raw food diet was propelled by reading books, including some for sale at Raw Can Roll Café, as well as diving deep into the Internet, teeming with scores of health-based websites and blogs. Jenni began applying to her own body the lessons she learned in her health education.
“Over time, my understanding of the subject grew to the point that gradually I was able to create a diet that made me healthier and happier,” she said. “My dietary journey has led me to other life choices such as the bikini bodybuilding completion.
Jenni’s healthful pursuits are fueling another interest. She might one day launch a career in which all her knowledge can be applied to help others.
“This is still a hobby, but maybe one day I would like to get into a profession around health, as I see myself helping others to lead healthier lifestyles,” she said.