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Benefits by mary elizabeth

Vintage Christmas Card0013I think I finally have my holiday plans in order, and more importantly, I feel good about them, too.  For whatever reason, I allow myself to get stressed out about what we’re going to do when and with whom and I want it all sorted right now!  Sometimes, the need to get it all sorted results in me making plans I don’t even like!  But – now it is all sorted and I can relax.  In fact, I can super relax because after a quick out of town trip for the kids’ birthdays, I’msnowy bridge just going to stay home until the very end of the month.  I’m going to try and make good things to eat and decorate the house and just be happy at home.  I’m really pleased with this plan.  The benefits to just staying home are huge!  Happy holidays to me!

There are lots of benefits to working at Living Light.  One of them iscafe staff that we get to have a green juice or an organic meal every day!  This is the best preventative health plan ever and so, so yummy.  We also get to feel good about our global impact as all of the different businesses that comprise Living Light International are very planet friendly.  But the best benefit of all is the people we get to spend our work hours with.  I know I’ve said it before, but I really feel blessed to work with the super amazing, strong, beautiful, creative and supportive women and men in this company.  And really, there are so many smiling, friendly faces everywhere I go at Living Light it’s a true gift.  Happy, happy holidays to all my sweet co-workers!  Let’s have a fun winter and a fabulous 2013!


December 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm 3 comments

Good Day Sunshine by kristin

We had some unusually chilly weather here for the first few days of September, but today the sun came out and it is warm and mild, with nary a wind (other than a gentle breeze from the ocean). sunflowerMore like it! Fall is always just gorgeous here on the Mendocino coast – by far the nicest time of the year. More like a real summer than summer is sometimes (unless you’re partial to fog). Did I mention that fall is MY favorite season? Most definitely invigorating and inspiring, too. Fall classes here at Living Light are in full swing, and we’ve got two tours coming up – The Science of Raw Food Nutrition Tour with the Drs. Dina in September and October, and The Raw Food Revolution Tour will head to Florida right after Cherie, Martine Lussier and a group of volunteers wow people who love vegetables with a spectacular Saturday dinner at World Veg Day in Golden Gate Park October sixth.good day sunshine Cherie is featured in two new online magazines – one out this month: VegWorld, and a great interview will be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of a magazine from Australia, Living Foods Magazine. Cherie also blogs once a month on Kevin and Annemarie Gianni’s Renegade Health site; she’s putting the finishing touches on her new book, and has just completed a new e-book for kids. Also, Cherie and her dog Winky just won the look alike contest at our local labor day dog show! Of course, behind every great woman is a supportive man, as you know, and Cherie’s husband Dan Ladermann, tech guy, photographer, dog lover, and Cherie Soria enthusiast, fills that bill nicely, thank you.Cherie and Dan

September 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Peace on a Plate by mary elizabeth

Today is the start of the Memorial Day weekend.  I’m not sure what that means for me other than lots of yard sales and the permission to wear white clothes.  Although, a Google search of the holiday informed me that fewer and fewer people are following the white clothes rule and are “wearing white throughout the year”.  Well fine – go ahead, if you really want to.  Anyhow – it talked a bit about honoring those who gave their lives serving our country but basically called it the beginning of the summer season.  It’s interesting how things change.  Oh well.  The only veteran I know really well is my dad and he’s still alive and so has to wait to be honored until Veterans’ Day,  when I put my white clothes away again, by the way.   Anyhow – it’s a three day weekend for most of us Americans and that’s always nice.  It isn’t one here at Living Light, but that’s okay – we’re having one of our fun potlucks in the Admin. Office on Monday and that’s always nice, too!  So I guess, basically, I’m going to try and be mindful of our country’s history and the personal sacrifices that went along with it.  And – I’m going to rock my white pants on Monday.

Our students will be starting their Associate Chef and Instructor Training on Monday.  This two week course fine tunes their raw culinary skills and also empowers them to teach others to make their own raw food.  And that’s really what the light in Living Light is all about:  sharing the possibilities of a raw, plant based and cruelty free way of eating with the world.  As our Culinary Programs Manager, Martine Lussier, says, “Peace begins in the kitchen”.  Hey – what a great focus point for Memorial Day!    Have a deliciously peaceful weekend!

May 26, 2012 at 11:31 am 3 comments

Glowing by mary elizabeth

Cherie, Dan and Martine are finally home here at Living Light after their super successful tour of Canada, Washington and Oregon.  Now our own raw food Doctors Rick and Karin Dina are taking their fabulous Science of Raw Food Nutrition I class on the road as well.  They will be in Vancouver, BC on June 17th and Portland, Oregon on July 14th.  I finally took this class myself last session and I have to say, it was so informative and interesting and well presented.  And the Doctors Dina really walk the walk, too.  Not only have they researched the nutritional science behind a raw vegan diet, they are glowing, living proof that it works.  I highly recommend it.

Speaking of glowing, living proof of the benefits of a raw vegan diet – I’m on the second to last day of a twenty-eight day cleanse and I can hardly believe it.  I’m not going to say there weren’t times when I thought it was never going to end.  There were.  But now that it’s really and truly done, it seems like it went pretty fast.  Or – more like I can’t believe the results that have been achieved in such a short time.  I feel amazing and so much healthier than I did twenty seven days ago.  I feel more clear and confident than I have maybe ever before, too.  My darling daughter Bridget and fellow enrollment goddess Amanda have done it, too.  I’m so proud of all of us.  And we were led by Living Light Instructor Gina Hudson.  She made it doable and yummy and was so supportive.  So – what’s next?  Well – some pastry, for sure – I’m still me.  But I hope this will kick off a new lifestyle, a new relationship to food, and a new energy.  If you want to change your life, change your diet for a while.  You’ll be amazed, I promise.

May 19, 2012 at 11:11 am 1 comment

Connections by kristin

stiltsIt’s been a busy week here at Living Light. Some of our key players, namely Cherie, Dan and Martine are having a wonderful experience taking FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods on the road. They’ve been to Vancouver, B.C. and Toronto -they are now in  Seattle. Next stop: Portland. All in all, it sounds like a very rewarding trip. Great people, lots of appreciation, and a way to connect with new communities in person. Takes us back to the days when Living Light was a “gypsy school” setting up in retreat centers in the Northwest, California, Hawaii, and other exotic locations. Also reminds me of the early days of the International Festival of Raw and Living Foods. I was on the board then, and for five years from 2000 to 2004 we put on raw food festivals in Portland, Oregon. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. Some of the big name raw foodists julianowere just getting started then, and Cherie was generally in charge of organizing the culinary demos. Little did we know then that the “movement” would grow to what it is today – dozens of recipe books, YouTube videos, e-books, blogs, and businesses later, we can hardly recognize ourselves. So many of us have worked hard for years to bring awareness of the raw food lifestyle to the public. We can do what is called a “checkback” and pat ourselves on the back for work well done. In the busyness of everyday life, that’s always a good thing to remember!karyn calabrese

May 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm 1 comment

Scene Change by mary elizabeth

My kids and I are taking a little road trip this weekend.  We do that a lot – just to change the scenery even if it’s just for a few days.  This weekend is Record Store Day so we’re going to the big city to support independent record stores.  But – we’re going on a really long one in the summertime.  Living Light has graciously allowed me to take five weeks off in July and August and I’m going to drive across the country.  The kids will be along, of course, but I will be doing all of the actual driving.  We are going to see lots of relatives we normally wouldn’t – some in New Mexico, some in Wisconsin, some in Oregon.  My daughter will spend another session at IMA’s rock and roll camp for girls in Massachusetts.  It’s going to be quite an adventure – hopefully the good kind.

Living Light directors Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann and Culinary Programs Manager Martine Lussier are on a road trip right now.  They just did a FUNdamentals class in Vancouver and are now in Toronto to do another plus participate in that city’s Total Health Show.  Then they’re back to our side of the country to do a FUNdamentals class in Seattle and another in Oregon.  It’s not too late to be a part of this particular road trip.  You can still sign up for the FUNdamentals classes and check out our website for lots of other cool events that are happening in those areas.

Changing the scenery, even if only for a day or two, always gets me back on track.  Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed by my own life.  Silly, really, because it’s pretty dialed in right now as far as work, home and balance are concerned.  But still, sometimes I get a little anxious about whether or not I’m on the right track, headed in the right direction.  Getting away for a couple of days tends to clear the internal air for me and I can settle back in with contentment.  I’m looking forward to this weekend and a fresh perspective when I return.

April 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1 comment

Mood Maintenance by mary elizabeth

Are you in a good mood or a bad mood today?  I feel compelled to report I’ve been in a good mood for weeks.  I believe it has something to do our old friend balance, about which my dear blog sister, Kristin, wrote with such eloquence just the other day.  Sometimes we get tied to negativity on some level and aren’t able or ready to release it.  That’s okay.  Strength of spirit takes time and effort to develop just like strength of body.  I don’t know much about the physical stuff, but I’ve been working pretty hard at finding some spiritual foundation upon which to balance my soul.  Releasing negativity, no matter how comforting or familiar that energy has become, is a sure step towards fitness.  And, evidently, good moods.

Do you know what else is sure to put you in a good mood?  A treat from our dessert case in the Cafe.  Our students are upstairs in Pastry Arts – Unbaked! right now so you should come in and check out the delectable raw goodness they’re learning to create.  If you or someone you love is new to raw foods, keep in mind that raw desserts are one of the best ways to begin – a gateway to transitioning.  Obviously we can’t eat our way to happiness,  but then again, a piece of cheesecake made from nothing but whole, living foods is nothing to cry about!

February 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm 1 comment

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  • It’s Pumpkin Season at Living Light! by kristin October 19, 2013
    We enjoyed a foggy morning here on the beautiful Mendocino coast of northern California. Dan and Cherie have returned from a five-week jaunt which took them to the northeastern United States, then off to Europe – swinging London, the canals of Amsterdam, a whirlwind tour of Berlin, a memorable Ann Wigmore memorial in chilly Lithuania, […]
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