Kristina Gabrielle Carrillo-Bucaram was born to inspire. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX. Half Lebanese and half Ecuadorian, she is bilingual and carries her cultures with her wherever she goes!
She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, and she graduated from Rice University on the top 5% of her class in 2009 with a triple major in Kinesiology specializing in Health Science, Ceramics, and Vocal Performance.
Kristina has been 100% low fat raw vegan for 6.5 years, and she was able to overcome her hyperglycemia through these diet changes. After studying under John Rose, she interned under Dr. Graham at many of his health events. She has lived in the Dominican Republic and in Costa Rica, and she has become an avid runner who runs at least 6-8 miles a day!
At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to over 6000 families in the greater Houston city limits. The nonprofit has supported more than 2 million dollars to the organic produce movement, and the nonprofit grosses more than half a million each year, and it stays true to its mission to support families in the Texas community to supply an abundance of organic produce to help them achieve their raw, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle. To this day, the coop is 100% volunteer run, and not even Kristina chooses to write herself a paycheck.
Besides being the founder and chief co-operator of Rawfully Organic and an enthusiastic runner, Kristina has made a living tutoring students in all finite math up to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry, biology, SAT, ACT, Spanish, and English. Recently, she is a practicing ceramicist and raw food coach while still maintaining her position as the chief goddess cooperator at ROC. She also enjoys frequently speaking and lecturing to all of the Houston community. She even offers raw classes in mainstream kitchens such as Sur la Table where she comes and prepares food for her audiences!
Kristina’s mission is to simply REACH PEOPLE with the message of RAW, and she hopes to shift the mindset of our nation in regards to eating from local co-operative communities. She will change our world one ROC'N box of organic produce at a time!
"Many ask me WHY on earth I would run this co-op for no money. I simply reply that it goes beyond that. I not only get to feed myself with the most nourishing, unbelievable foods, but also I believe that anyone who is involved in the raw/green movement must GIVE FROM THE HEART. It has to be from the heart or it will not be blessed. I believe in abundance, and this abundance comes when it is with pure intentions. I am dedicated to spreading the message about living rawfully. I have gained a personal relationship with all of the farmers with which we co-op, and they are now family to me. As of now, I inspire to help others go FullyRaw and discover health freedom through www.fullyraw.com. Life is about living with an enthusiasm for health. I currently run this co-op, and I do it with love. What I receive from the co-op is more than I could ever possibly give. I thank you all for sharing amazing food, amazing relationships, and amazing community."
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