A Note from Dee
Hello! My name is Denise. My friends call me Dee and that’s how we came up with the name DeeLicious Raw. I am the founder and co-owner along with my husband and best friend, Michael. DeeLicious Raw is an independent family-owned company operating out of Vermont, our beautiful home state.
I am a working Registered Nurse and mother of three wonderful children. We also have our beloved pug, Romeo. My experience and knowledge as a Nurse has given me the unique opportunity to see first-hand the relationship between our health and the food choices we make.
Shortly after my husband and I were married, I became progressively more tired, lacked energy, and gained unwanted pounds. Concerned about my developing symptoms, I made an appointment with my physician. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroid Disease. For the next two decades of my life I struggled to maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle. I never got the energy back that I had earlier in life and I began to think feeling tired all the time was just normal.
On my 50th birthday I made a conscious decision to find a way to feel better, not older!! My birthday wish that year was to become more vibrant, gain strength, and find a healthy way to feel and look better. I was on a mission. I was determined to find an answer and to share what I learned with my family and friends, many of whom had also shared their stories of feeling tired and run down. Not knowing where to turn, I decided to follow one of my passions, reading. I spent hours each night reading after the kids were all tucked in bed. I researched the latest health findings and claims, gathered data, and took extensive notes. After a month of research on various diets, I found the "raw food" diet to be the most intriguing. It seemed rather simple. It entails eating organic plant foods in their natural state that are not processed, not refined, not altered and are free of preservatives, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, food additives, and fillers.
The food is not cooked but dehydrated at low temps to keep the nutrient and enzyme levels intact. I was sold on the idea of a pure, raw, vegan diet and purchased all the cookbooks I could find. I experimented in my kitchen, brought a dehydrator and Vitamix, and began my journey. I became certified as a raw food "chef" and began developing my own recipes. After a while, I began teaching raw food classes. I had a dramatic increase in my energy level, lost weight, increased mental clarity, developed more youthful skin, and just felt and looked better than I had in years. My birthday wish had come true!! My wish now extends to you.
May you never stop reinventing yourself and enjoy all the blessings life has to offer. May you celebrate eating with joy, never feel guilty about what you are eating, and empower your mind and body to follow your own passions. It is the mission of DeeLicious Raw to empower health through the unexpected pleasure of enjoying raw, pure foods. I hope you decide to share the joy of eating well by sharing a slice of our raw cheesecake with a friend and that you never underestimate the power of the positive influence we can all have upon others. This may just be the secret to life!!
To empower health through the unexpected pleasure of enjoying real pure foods.
Delight in knowing that while you eat our decadent and rich desserts, your body is thanking you. We'd like to thank you for giving us a try.