Raw Food Repair: Did you have an "aha" moment that became a catalyst for change to a healthy lifestyle?
Paul Nison: Yes, at about age 20, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (inflammatory bowel) and ulcerative colitis. I followed the medical doctor’s advice for a while, but to no avail. I began simplifying my diet, taking away those things I knew were unhealthy. I kept simplifying until I eventually got to the raw food diet and by then, my condition had improved dramatically.
RFR: How long have you been in the business promoting this healthy way of life?
PN: A few years after clearing up my own conditions, I began helping others find a healthy lifestyle. I started in business in 1999.
RFR: Do you incorporate exercise as part of your lifestyle? If so, what type?
PN: Yes, I used to go to a gym quite often. Now I workout by doing calisthenics and other bodyweight exercises, and want to get into rebounding.
RFR: Do you advise people on exercise, or just diet and nutrition?
PN: I tailor my consulting to my clients’ individual needs. If they are lacking in exercise I will advise them in that area.
RFR: What are some of your favorite foods?
PN: I really enjoy some exotic fruits such as durian and jackfruit. Additionally I like green juices and coconut.
Raw Food Repair: Who else in the raw food community do you make a point of following or learning from?
Paul Nison: Not necessarily raw foodist, but I have learned from Dr. Fred Bisci and I also have learned from Jordan Rubin, author of “The Maker’s Diet”.
RFR: Are your recipes influenced by either your heritage, or where you have lived?
PN: Not really. I have evolved my recipes through previous recipes and experimenting with them, coming up with new recipes by experimenting in the kitchen, and by taste and nutritional value.
RFR: What are types of foods to stay away from, i.e. in your opinion which are really bad?
PN: In general I would say to stay away from food that is processed, fried, canned, bagged or boxed. More specifically stay away from foods which you have a bad reaction from. For example I have trouble with pistachio nuts, while for most people they are fine.
RFR: What services do you currently provide for people looking to change their lives for the better?
PN: I provide many products and services. I’ve written 7 books about health and healing. Additionally I have a growing selection of audios and videos. I also travel to lecture and teach, as well as provide individual consultations.
RFR: If readers of this interview want to learn more about you and your services, where should they go?