Posts tagged ‘organic’
The past couple of days have been relatively warm and sunny – in the low 60s here on the Mendocino coast. Hardly any frost on the ground for the past two mornings, after several weeks of frost covered grass. I’m sort of obsessively monitoring the daffodils in my yard – waiting for the first golden bloom to emerge. The paperwhites I forced on my kitchen windowsill have kept me company during the cold, frosty mornings, but they are nearly finished, and I noticed that the alyssum, which appeared nearly dead as I transplanted it in a few key places last fall is popping up all over. Success! Spring is in the air, if only temporarily – but it is on the way. Hooray!
Besides bringing flowers, Spring showers and longer days, maybe thoughts of Spring cleaning – or better yet, a Spring cleanse. It is the perfect time of year to renew not only our spirits but our bodies. Drinking plenty of green juices and a adding a squeeze of lemon to fresh water first thing in the morning cleanses the liver and removes some of the sluggishness we might feel from eating some heavier foods to keep us warm and spending more time indoors during the long winter. That puts a spring in our step and the longer days motivate us to get outside and get our mojo working again!
If you’d like to know more about how to be the healthiest you can be, why not sign up for our Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ series with those inimitable gurus of green – the Drs. Dina! Honestly, the feedback we get from students about their classes is amazing. Drs. Rick and Karin have a way of making even the most complicated scientific information seem accessible and even fun! And they are both approachable – no question is too complicated or too simple – you’ll see! Series begins March 16!
Here we are again at the second of February. That’s Imbolc for the pagans, St. Bridgid’s Day for some of the Christians and Groundhog Day for all. I have written so many blogs about it, though, I’m going to let it go this year….but happy February 2nd everyone!
I’ll bet most of you think this blog is my only creative outlet. Well, it isn’t. Living Light Executive Assistant Terilynn Epperson and I have been working on an art project for a few months now. Every Monday we draw a card from a tarot deck and have a week to recreate it using collage. It’s been very fun and very rewarding. We wanted to come up with a plan that would force us to create something every week that wouldn’t be so big we wouldn’t do it. So far – we’ve been dedicated and successful. It’s sort of like a Sunday School project for grown ups. And we’re enjoying ourselves immensely, thank goodness, because it’s going to take us, like, a couple years. Anyhow – I’ve been all about commitments these past few months, like the new juicer, the gym membership and this project and it feels really good. As I’ve said before, I’m better at sticking to things when I’m bossed around, but lately it seems like I’m getting to where I can boss myself around. Progress!
Speaking of progress, next week Jennifer Cornbleet will be teaching her class Advanced Instructor Training. I spoke with Jennifer this week about this advanced level class and let me say, if you’re at all interested in being a raw food educator, this is the class for you. Especially if you’re anything like me, and maybe need some direction (bossing) to get you started. Jennifer’s experience is invaluable – she can edit your recipes, get your demos television ready and make your website the best it can be! This class is a great jumpstart for your raw career. Unless you want it to be a years long project like the cards, I suggest you sign up today!
Have you ever become caught up in a book or television program or anything, really, that consumed you? And even though you knew it was going to end and you were going to miss it when it did, you just couldn’t stop until it was over or used up? According to my kindle, I am 46% of the way through the last “game of thrones” book. And seriously, on so many levels – what a relief! I mean, I’m enjoying them wholeheartedly and am sure that this last book will leave me hanging on a cliff of excruciating torment and I know I have to wait, like, three years for the next one. But… I feel like I’m giving a whole lot of my disposable time, which isn’t that much anyway, to this series. What about trashy TV? And writing? And art projects? Not to mention my kids, my boyfriend and Amanda. Oh well – 54% to go. Look for a follow up piece on the separation anxiety I’m sure to experience when I’m done.
Sometimes, we have to make a choice to put the rest of our life on hold for a greater purpose. That’s what Living Light students do. They come here and spend all day every day for up to nine weeks in class, preparing themselves for new lives as raw food chefs. It’s overwhelming, and I’m so inspired by all of them. Their commitment is commendable. And I know that most of them, at some point, wonder if it’s all worth it or if they’ll even make it through. But – it is and they do – hundreds of them each year. As I’ve said before, it’s a labor of love – for themselves and for the planet. I’m proud of our students and am honored to be a part of their commitment.
Today it’s officially winter and the winter holidays are upon us. I’m actually feeling kind of excited about Christmas being so close. At least I am right now. This morning I was feeling quite differently. Sometimes it just seems like there’s so much pressure and so much to do. Anyway, my morning got off to a marginally rocky start which was enough to put me in a holiday hating mood. I’m over it now, and since we’re all still alive today, I think I can soldier forward with a big fat holiday smile on my face. I’m feeling pretty good about the commercial part of it, which this year just includes my kids and my boyfriend. Every year I scale back a bit more. Obviously this is about as far back as I can go, so let’s call that a success!
How about you? All done with your shopping, wrapping and all that stuff? If you aren’t, you know what would make a great gift? Cherie and Dan’s new book Raw Food for Dummies. It’s such a complete, comprehensive guide to raw food, I guarantee you it’ll be perfect for anyone you know who’s new to raw. Dan and Cherie’s combined experience makes them the perfect guides to this planet friendly lifestyle. Get a copy in our Marketplace along with one of our pretty green gift bags – shopping done!
Not long until I’ll be winging my way to France – next Thursday to be exact. And since it IS Friday, I thought I’d bring out that old French phrase we all know and love: “Grace à Dieu c’est Vendredi! Thank God it’s Friday – what a Friday it is, indeed.
We just got Joe, our Marketplace manager, and Dan Ladermann off to San Francisco this AM , driving “Gracie” our Living Light mobile home and pulling “Gratitude” our refrigerated mini- kitchen packed with supplies for World Veg Day in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. They are in Petaluma with a flat tire, but we know all will be well, and for that we are thankful.
Martine Lussier and Cherie followed this afternoon, and will be the divas who cater a beautiful raw vegan meal for 150+ people on Saturday night. Speaking of thanks – we are delighted that Martine and Cherie will be assisted by several able and talented Living Light graduates (more on that later). We know who is well-trained! (Sigh of relief). It’s not only the 13th Annual World Vegetarian Day, but it’s the 40th Annual International Vegetarian Conference. It’s held all over the world and this year in California, so the gathering in Golden Gate Park this weekend should be especially memorable. Our whole staff has been busy for weeks preparing for the event. For those attending – have a great time, and be sure to report back on the festivities!
Listening to the recent controversy surrounding an NPR story about organics, I was amazed that the “scientific findings” in this particular study seemed to refute the idea that buying organic produce makes a difference to health. And this in spite of a nationwide movement of people who are increasingly choosing farmer’s markets and locally grown organic produce (an even more important distinction, buying local, I think). On a personal level, I definitely notice the vitality of organic foods. In our salad bar, some of the greens are shipped from San Francisco and some are grown right here in Fort Bragg. The local ones look, taste, and feel much “brighter” and healthier. Nearly everyone knows that food picked right out of the garden has more nutritional value than vegetables that have been stored in your refrigerator for a long time. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, I say. Finally, when the United States is coming around to what Europe has realized for decades – that selecting produce grown on small farms, or growing your own with traditional farming methods does make a difference, a respected media outlet like NPR tries to tell us differently. The good news is that the public reaction and comments on the story were largely organic positive, which makes an immense amount of sense. The public is not going to be hornswoggled at this point in time. Sometimes its hard to believe that The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson came out almost exactly 50 years ago, in September 1962. Wake up scientists! You’ve been asleep almost as long as Rip Van Winkle. We all need to wake up to the fact that every choice we make that has to do with organics and supporting sustainable farming in our communities really counts. Whatever decisions we make about these issues will affect future generations and the planet for a long time to come. Which is one of the reasons I’m glad that serving organic food in our school and in our cafe has been Living Light policy from the beginning.
I’m back in Fort Bragg. I’m back in the fog by the Pacific Ocean. I’m back home. I had a wonderful month off, but it sure feels good to be home. I’m so looking forward to meeting the students at Living Light and seeing all my beloved co-workers again. A friend asked me if I was even going to remember how to do my job. I told her I hoped not so it would be a fresh, new experience. But – I do remember and am looking forward to getting back to it. And I’m looking forward to a green juice! Oh my stars – I have missed it. Anyhow – I’m ready to hit the ground running on Monday morning all rested and ready to go.
Just to recap the last leg of my trip, my daughter and I visited my aunt Hannah in Wisconsin. We had an absolutely lovely time – even though I’d never met my aunt in person, being at her house felt so comfortable. It felt like home. Well – a home. A hot, humid home. Anyhow – the visit was delightful and she and uncle Joe live right on the Flambeau River and we got to go out on Joe’s boat. It was such a nice time. Then – I don’t know what happened, but we were just pretty much ready to go home. Not only were we almost broke, we were just over it. So – we just drove, slept a little bit, and drove, slept a little bit more and drove home. And here we are. Back to the foggy, familiar old grind. Super yay!!