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Raw Chef on the Road

refugioOur fifteen city tour of California has begun!  We spent Saturday night camping in our solar-powered RV, Gracie ( we travel in grace), at Refugio State Park, a beach park north of Santa Barbara.  I  used to visit this park with my family when I was a kid.  This has so many wonderful memories of childhood for me, since I was born and raised in Santa Barbara!  As we were driving in, the park attendant asked about our license plate, Raw Chef.  He wondered, as many people do, if it meant sushi.  We explained about raw foods and rangertold him we are on a 15-city California tour, educating people about the health benefits of raw food and how to make it easy and delicious.  He became very excited about it and bought a copy of our new book, Raw Food For Dummies!  The next morning, he told us that the whole family is reading the book, and they love it!  He said he thinks this could change everything for them!  It just shows that all of us can make a difference in people’s lives when we are least expecting it!
dan and cherieOur experience at Ninaya and Daniel’s house in Goleta (a few minutes north of Santa Barbara) on Sunday afternoon was delightful!  We spent the day with the local meetup group, friends and family, enjoying food together before Dan and I talked about Raw Food for Smart Busy People (fashioned after our newest book, Raw Food For Dummies), then I gave a class in flavor dynamics and flavor balancing and showed how to create big bold favors without depending on oil or sugar.  We answered questions about food, kitchen equipment, and lots of questions about Living Light classes. They were surprised to learn that we re the ONLY state licensed raw vegan  culinary school (and voted Best Raw Chef Training Program!) there is.
One of our graduates, Amy Bacheller, was there (so great to see her and her husband, Glen!).  She got up and encouraged everyone to attend the school, even if they have no interest in becoming a chef.  She told everyone to stay at the Living Light Inn and experience the love and support of the Living Light staff — it is an experience you will never regret or forget!  Thanks Amy!
We’ll stay in Santa Barbara for a couple more days before going to LA to share our years of experience (over 35 between Dan and I) with folks there!  Looking forward to meeting more people eager to thrive on a high raw diet of fresh ripe raw organic foods that are delicious and easy to prepare!  My only concern is where to park our 26-foot RV, Gracie, in LA, even though she isn’t that big (1 1/2 parking spaces).  Big cities are not very RV friendly and sleeping in them is prohibited. Well, we are doing good work for the planet, so I trust we will be supported on our journey and everything will work out!
Love,
Cherie and Dan

Touring in the Raw

collageI’m so excited about the way this year is shaping up for Dan and me.  Our new book Raw Food for Dummies has been so well received by the raw community, not to mention a curious public.  I’m so proud of this accomplishment!  So now, of course, I want to share it with everyone – and that means a tour!  Dan and I will be doing lots of traveling this year – putting into practice Chapter 19 in the book: “Eating Raw on the Go”.

Many people who are new to raw feel intimidated by eating out.  But that’s not necessary.  Part of RawRocksthe fun of travel is experiencing different places and people – things you’re sure to miss if you insist upon eating self prepared raw meals in your hotel room.  These days, it’s easy to find vegetarian, if not vegan, options when eating out.  And you can make it even easier with the help of online resources like Yelp or Happy Cow.  If you still can’t seem to find anything specific, remember – just about every restaurant has a salad on the menu and often has yummy raw appetizers like guacamole, which could be ordered with veggie sticks rather than chips.  Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.  Chefs are used to tailoring their menu items to allow for food allergies, etc.  Cutting up a few vegetables shouldn’t be an issue.

kale chipsOf course, most of the places Dan and I are going on our tour this year are pretty raw friendly.  For example, our first stop is the Raw Living Expo in Sedona, Arizona where I’ll be giving the keynote address.  Obviously we won’t have any trouble eating raw there.  But – no matter how wonderfully raw your destination might be, traveling is unpredictable.  To be prepared for delays and other unplanned events, Dan and I like to bring portable snacks along.  These raw treats will tide us over between destinations if need be.  One of our favorites is flavored kale chips.  These high energy snacks are so delicious and satisfying – they make the perfect snack on the go.  There are lots of prepackaged varieties commercially available today in lots of delicious flavors.  But – you can make your own.  I’ve included a great recipe for Nacho Cheese Kale Chips on page 272 of Raw Food for Dummies.  Enjoy – and happy raw travels!

Young and Delicious

We are in beautiful Toronto, Ontario, Canada preparing for one of our favorite yearly events, the Total Health Show. There are 60 different presenters here from all over the world speaking on a variety of topics related to health. My main focus this year is on Raw Foods for Health, Beauty, and Longevity as well as Staying Young Longer – topics that now I am completing my 65th year, I can say I have experience with!

I love telling people I am going to be 65 in May and watching the look on their faces! They look at each other in disbelief; ask each other if they heard that right; mouths drop open and heads shake (no, can’t be!) As I tell my audience, “The older I get, the bigger the payoff is from switching to a plant based, high raw diet.” But anyone, no matter how old they are, can benefit from changing their eating habits.

Start eating more raw fruits and vegetables today and you will most likely begin to feel better right away. You can be young and delicious at any age!

My book, The Raw Food Revolution Diet, will help you get started.  It includes tips about how to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically if you have never eaten a primarily plant-based diet, and provides menus and great recipes that will nurture your spirit as well as nourish your body.  You’ll find everything you need to get started from A to Z, including nutritional information to ease your fears about not getting enough protein and calcium; how to know what a healthy body weight is for your body type, and even how to set up your kitchen and fill your pantry.

I’m so happy I wrote this book with my coauthors, Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis, two of the most knowledgeable dieticians in the world on the subject of the raw vegan diet. They researched this book thoroughly, using only peer reviewed studies to prove that the raw vegan diet is superior to other ways of eating.

If you can’t make it to Toronto, you can go to our online store and buy (a signed copy) of the book and start today – why wait to reinvent yourself? Get the book, then sign up for the nearest FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods. We’ll be offering four more in the next month. Check out RawFoodChef.com and find one near you.

Raw foods isn’t just roots and shoots anymore! It can be as delicious and comforting as any cooked foods you have eaten and we can show you how to make it easy. Our motto at Living Light is “Making Healthy Living Delicious” and no one does it better!

So, if you are interested in nurturing your spirit while nourishing your body, we can show you how! Check out our website, RawFoodChef.com and learn about all our classes.

Appreciating Each New Day

Some people start their day with meditation; others with prayer; some mumble and get out of bed grudgingly. I begin everyday with appreciation. There are so many things to be grateful for! Even if I am experiencing challenges in areas of my personal or business life, there are still things I can appreciate if I focus on the good things in my life. Since I started this daily practice, I find it much easier to tackle problems when they arise, as they are bound to do. The problems don’t seem as difficult if I have started my day focusing on things I am grateful for. It just kind of keeps things in perspective.Today I am expecially grateful for all the wonderful people I met at our FUNdamentals class yesterday, and for the appreciation they expressed to us for the work we are doing. I’m also grateful to Martine Lussier, Living Light Culinary Programs Manager, who is on tour with Dan and I.  She manages my demos and co-teaches FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods with me when we are on the road. It’s a tremendous job and she is AMAZING, as the attendees of our class yesterday will attest!

I’m also grateful to our generous host, Agathe Mathieu, a Living Light graduate, and the owner of Tao Organics,Vancouver’s newest raw food restaurant. She closed her restaurant for a day to host the class and worked so hard to help make the event a raging success. Three other Living Light grads joined us, too: Jim Maurice, who is producing a first-ever raw food event in Salt Spring, called Raw on the Rawk;  Chantale Roy who teaches popular classes at a University in Vancouver, and Stephanie, who was so gracious and willing to help in any way she could.

I’m also extremely grateful to our Living Light team at home in Fort Bragg, for supporting us and taking care of business while we are away — making it possible for us to bring FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods to the people of Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, and Portland. Teamwork makes the dream work!

And, finally, I am grateful to the people who attended the class and made us feel SO appreciated. We came a long way to share this class and having people so grateful really validates our efforts. Most of them said they can’t wait to come to California to attend more classes at Living Light and to us, that says it all.

I wrote a book, which I have not yet published, that contains 365 little rhyming couplets that are affirmations of what I want to create in my life. One of those is something that is well embedded in the core of my being and is supported by my daily practice of appreciation:

I wake up early everyday, feeling GREAT in every way.

Next stop, Toronto!

The Spring of Life

Eight hundred and forty-five miles after leaving Fort Bragg, we made it to Vancouver, BC. What a trip it’s been! Wednesday it rained all day, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the incredible scenery and abundant natural beauty along the way. After all, abundant water is what makes it so beautiful here.

Seeing the beauty that results from so much water reminds me how important water is to our own health. I’m going to be speaking about Raw Foods for Health, Beauty and Longevity while I’m in Canada and one of the things that is very underrated in many studies on aging is the lack of adequate hydration. Very few people get enough water.

When food is cooked, the moisture in it evaporates, so we need to drink more water to make up for it. But instead of drinking pure fresh water, many people drink coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. And, by the time we are thirsty, we are dehydrated. This causes premature aging and is another good reason to eat whole fresh, high water content foods and drink juices!  We brought juice with us on the trip and drank lots of water so we had to visit a rest stop every couple of hours.

One rest stop had a 1,000 year-old Red Cedar tree that was hollowed out in a fire over 100 years ago and still stands, albeit held together by rebar.

 Another time we stopped to “rest” and hoola hooped 20120412-193351.jpgto add some fun and movement to the trip. Those who know me, know I love to play with the hoops! It brings out the kid in me!

We visited with one of our graduates, Becca Palm, who is hosting us for a talk and demo in her beautiful Seattle home when we return the first week of May. Then we’ll teach FUNdamentals of Raw Living Food that weekend, before going on to Portland to shower them with raw food love there.

When we arrived in Vancouver, we went to the home of our host, Agat Mathieu. She is one of our graduates and the owner of a new restaurant in North Vancouver, Tao Organics, where our FUN class will be held. Martine is staying in her adorable little cobb house with a labyrinth in front and a creek in back.

Dan and I are staying in an apartment nearby and we found out from the owner that  bears come up the creek into the old growth forest in back of Martine’s cabin, so she needs to make a bit of racket at night when she goes outside, because the bears are just waking up from their winter hibernation. Alrighty-then! I think Martine will be hanging out at our place a lot!

It’s not too late to register for one of the upcoming FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods classes (Vancouver on Saturday, April 14  followed by Toronto, Seattle, Portland and finally back home in Fort Bragg). We’ll also be doing  a lot of talks along the way, as well as appearing at the Total Health Show in Toronto for talks and a special seminar. You can get more details about the tour at http://rawfoodchef.com/TOUR.html

On the Road Again

I love living in the Northwest! Early this morning, as we left Fort Bragg on our road trip to Vancouver BC. Dan, Martine and I drove through majestic forests of old growth redwood trees. Funny how something can be in your backyard and you rarely take advantage of it. We go the the ocean nearly everyday and we have redwoods at the Living Light Inn, but to visit these grandfather redwoods (many over 1000 years old), one must drive an hour or so north, and we rarely do that!

As  we left Fort Bragg, we drove north past the sand dunes and the magical rock formations to Westport, before turning east to Highway 101 and the redwood forests. Along the way, we saw owls and hawks, as well as raging rivers and waterfalls that were so beautiful, it brought tears to your eyes.  It was cloudy and we knew there was a good probability of rain on the way, but the weather held out for us and we enjoyed the drive north through Portland, Oregon, finally arriving, after a 12 hour drive to a beautiful sunset.

I lived in Bend, Oregon in the 70’s and early 80’s, so I feel at home here and I’m looking forward to coming back in a few weeks to teach our FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods Class here. First, we will hit Vancouver BC, offering FUNdamentals there, then we will fly to Toronto for FUN in Toronto, then, on to Seattle for some FUN there, before we end with our last FUN class in Portland, before going home for FUN in Fort Bragg! That’s 5 FUNdamentals classes in 5 weeks! We are taking it to the people! In 14 years of teaching that class to thousands of people from over 50 countries and 6 continents, no one has ever voiced discontent. On the contrary — they tell us it was far more than they expected or even hoped for! There really isn’t any other entry-level raw foods class that can compare to FUNdamentals. It covers everything from A to Z ! I guarantee, you will be happy you made the decision to join us!

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