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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

Fresh Start by mary elizabeth

Today, Living Light graduated its first Gourmet Raw Food Chefs of 2012.  I’m always so amazed by our students.  Some of them come so far and they all leave their homes to spend six weeks (sometimes longer) with us to learn how to prepare raw vegan gourmet food.  It’s a huge commitment of both time and money, not to mention how focused and ready to be taught they have to be.  It really is a labor of love.  Anyhow – I’m so proud of them and excited to see what they go off into the world to do with their new culinary greatness.  They are leaving us with a whole new way of looking at food, ready to take that knowledge home and recreate their lives.  What an adventure.

Everyday life can get monotonous.  It can get real routine and stale.  But I’ve found that I’m better able to get out of that reality and into a more adventurous one pretty simply these days.  I’m trying to focus on myself in a positive way.  I’m enjoying my kids for who they are and am overwhelmed by the wonderful individuals they are growing into.  I’m actually remembering to be grateful for all sorts of things every day.  I’m trying to relax and trust the universe to provide the things I think I need in its own time.  I’m trying to relax and trust the people in my life to be whom and what they present themselves to be.  I guess, basically, I’m just not wasting my time worrying.  And you know what?  Every day is an opportunity to recreate ourselves.   Everyday life can be an adventure, too.

May 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm 2 comments

Happy Days by mary elizabeth

Today is my birthday!  My very most favorite holiday, really.  I realize it’s not an actual holiday outside of Maryelizabethland, but I don’t care.  I expect the people who love me to make as big a deal out of it as I do.  They don’t have to make any kind of material fuss, just a fuss of friendliness.  (They can make a material fuss next year when I turn fifty.)  Anyhow, I’ve managed to surround myself with loving, supportive people pretty exclusively at this point, so I am getting my wish – complete with a yummy  potluck right here in the Admin. Office of Living Light!  I’m truly grateful that I have this fabulous job with all these wonderful people.  Thanks!

There’s nothing like being in a group of like-minded people all heading in essentially the same direction.  And that’s what you get when you come to study at Living Light.  Not only are you with people all learning the same thing, but that thing is a planet friendly way of eating that can change the world.  It can certainly change yours and what better way to reinforce that than to spend time with others with the same goal?  Staying at the Living Light Inn is another potential layer to the immersion aspect of learning raw food with us.  Not only are you learning and creating with your fellow students, you’re living with them in a beautiful California Craftsman style building with organic bedding, triple filtered water and other eco-friendly amenities.  The communal kitchen is fully equipped to practice and prepare all the new recipes you’re learning and to try out your own creations.

Traveling to Living Light to learn gourmet raw cuisine is going to impact your life, no matter where you stay or how long you stay.  As you follow your passion, you will find yourself surrounded by like minded people more and more.  If your passion is raw food, let your path lead you to Living Light.  You’ll never be the same.

April 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm 5 comments

Ready For a Change? by mary elizabeth

Have you ever wished making a big life change were just as easy as heading down to the crossroads and selling your soul to the devil?  I sure have.  It isn’t though.  Making changes – taking your life into your own hands – takes courage, inspiration and a ton of hard work.  Most of that work takes place in your own heart, but not all of it.  To make a big life change, be prepared both spiritually and practically.  Then, just trust and go!  Follow your new road.

If there’s one thing I get asked here at work all the time, it’s “What will my Living Light training prepare me to do?”.  Well – besides assisting you in making a change to living foods that will change your whole life on a cellular level, the careers in raw foods are numerous and lucrative.  We’ve just put together a comprehensive bulletin delineating just what you can expect to do with your education including a video and some inspirational success stories.  Check them out!  And don’t forget – the world is your oyster – you need to be the catalyst in your own life, but we can sure help you get ready.

March 9, 2012 at 2:51 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

Candlemas by mary elizabeth

It’s that time of year again: the Feast of Saint Bridghid, Candlemas or, as the pagans call it, Imbolc.  Time to celebrate the Celtic fire goddess – my daughter Bridget’s namesake.  The fun thing about naming your daughter after a goddess is you get an extra yearly celebration.  Like most of us when we were fourteen, my daughter hates her name.  She wishes I’d chosen something more punk….like Strychnine.  Can’t say that ever crossed my mind, but I can say that I chose her name with care and thought someday she’d appreciate being named for such a powerful woman.  And – I’m proud to say my Bridget’s already a powerful woman in her own right and living up to her namesake’s standard.

Speaking of my daughter, she and the also fourteen year old daughter of IT goddess Teresa are going to take FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods here at Living Light this Saturday.  Isn’t that cool?  Both of them are vegetarians and we moms are super excited that they get this opportunity to expand their raw knowledge.  FUNdamentals is a wonderful class.  It’s a comprehensive overview of a living diet that will familiarize anyone with the basics.  You also get tons of yummy samples and I guarantee you’ll leave feeling excited about a raw vegan lifestyle.  We offer FUNdamentals here at Living Light eight more times this year plus we’re taking it on the road all around North America in 2012.  Check out our website for all the details or give me a call.

January 31, 2012 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Here Comes the Sun by kristin

As the year draws to a close, it feels like we’ve been through a lot. We are all crammed into a little office after our flood, and our desks are all in different places. Most of our files are in boxes, and someone might give a shout of delight to find something – there’s a phone book! Makes you appreciate the simple things in life, and makes me think of the people around the world, and in our own country who have suffered great upheavals, challenges, trials, and tribulations. sungoddessThis year of 2012 holds a lot of promise, as all new years do. For a few golden moments everything is swept clean in our consciousness, and the world seems full of inspiring possibility.

Let’s keep that in mind. What can we do to make the world a better place? Keep our thoughts positive? Be more mindful of others? Be kinder and gentler, even to ourselves? Should we make resolutions, or just resolve to do our best no matter what the circumstances?

At the very least, we can be hopeful: Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards All. Every year as the sun begins to take hold again, we have this opportunity. And most years we see a lot of people who can’t quite seem to hold that thought. hopeful Let’s do it – let’s be the best we can, and take good care of each other in the coming year. kindworld

December 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm Leave a comment

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