In this episode I interview Maz Valcorza, owner of Sadhana Kitchen organic, raw vegan wholefoods cafe in Sydney, Australia.
Maz studied nursing at university and then embarked on a high-flying corporate sales career in the pharmaceuticals industry, living a life of constant parties, chain-smoking and eating whatever she wanted, without considering the repercussions of her actions.
Stepping onto a yoga mat in 2010 – initially with the intention of just toning her butt – propelled her in a whole different direction, towards mindful and purposeful living.
Recognising that what we eat affects both our health and the world around us, Maz became an ethical vegan and adopted a plant-based foods diet. As she continued to research health, she discovered raw foods and in 2012 opened Sydney’s first organic, raw, vegan wholefoods café, Sadhana Kitchen, in the trendy inner-west suburb of Newtown.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Maz opened another Sadhana Kitchen outlet in Sydney’s renowned Bondi Beach. Her new book The Naked Vegan has just been published, which features over 140 super delicious and healthy raw food recipes.
An inspiring speaker and workshop presenter, Maz is also the director of the I Give a Shit Project, a non-profit organization committed to improving the wellbeing of our planet and all its inhabitants by empowering people to find out what they really care about so they can do more of it.
Maz is a lovely example of a young, social entrepreneur whose mission is helping people to transform themselves and their world, through what they put on their plates.
In this interview she discusses:
• The importance of communicating exceptionally well with your staff, through policies and procedures
• How redefining what is important to you and how you spend your time is key to being a successful, happy and fulfilled entrepreneur, rather than a burnt-out one
• How there is no space for ego when you’re trying to do good work in the world – that’s a lesson a lot of businesses need to hear!
• And much more
Check out The Naked Vegan on Amazon.
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