Source: Falling In Love..
I’m not surprised my passion and purpose revolves around food – We’ve been in love for a very long time. I discovered, at about 11 years old, I was CRAZY about cooking while spending time in the kitchen with my father preparing meals for our large family of seven. I took little miss “susie homemaker” VERY seriously. I remember my Dad would take my creations all over the neighborhood (I pretended embarrassment). Over the years I have always found immense pleasure in the loving preparation and celebration of food. I get a huge kick out of re-vamping old family favorites into new, delicious healthy traditions that shut everyone up! In the silence the appreciation and love of the food can be heard. Of course, I never share the “healthy” part until the plates are empty…
The “food and body” connection clicked in for me early in my adult life, watching my mother struggle with and die young of heart disease (1 year younger than I am today on Labor Day). It hit me then, this was not natural and her doctor confirmed her lifestyle was a major contributor to her chronic conditions. It would be many years before I realized my love for cooking and my mother’s experience had led me directly down the path that would become my life’s work. I believe that all experiences in life happen for a reason. Looking back I can see the synergy of events (hind sight is 20/20 – right?). One thing I know for sure – when you find your passion and passionately eat, sleep and work it, it will lead you directly to your purpose and that will lead you to joy and abundance (and I’m not just talking about the green kind). As an accomplished plant-based chef, I have been sharing the delicious, healing power of food through public and private cooking classes and seminars for years now. My favorite title; The Plant-Based Chef for Meat Lovers and Vegetable Haters…
This passion for healthy cooking has also been extended into volunteer work. One of my deepest desires is to witness in this lifetime the end to our healthcare crisis and world hunger. Just because people are well fed, doesn’t mean they are nourished. Health and malnourishment cannot co-exist. I have been blessed to take part in the re-vamping of the local food pantry where I live. It is now a remarkable “Nutrition Center” that focuses on “real food” (lots of organics); fresh produce, whole grains and staple cooking ingredients. I look forward to seeing this concept take off nationwide. And of course, learning how to cook is KEY to the success of these programs. One of the reason’s we are in this health care crisis boat is we have given over control of what is in our food. Cooking from scratch restores control. I share my love and talent through volunteer culinary classes at various community outreach centers locally.
As we all know – one thing leads to another and the chef experience was just one layer of this amazing journey. A life-long love affair with food has led me to the most surprising “Revelation” of all! Our body knows exactly what foods it needs and doesn’t for optimum health at any given time. Food is not just our fuel, it’s our “tool kit” for repair and maintenance. If we can know what this amazing, miraculous machine knows, we can be in control of our health. With that revelation, the “Intuitive Chef” was born and since many have enjoyed the health advantages of very specific; “unique to their body only” Food Compatibility Testing. The process is called “Food IS Talking” and it is gaining momentum worldwide as the world becomes more and more aware that our collective state of health is not improving but deteriorating under our current health care system. We are looking for real answers.
I knew when this revelation appeared, “the gift” was meant to be shared. And so it is! “Food IS Talking” workshops are now available worldwide in public venues, personal one-one-one workshops and online via Skype and video conferencing. Don’t we live in a magically time! We can learn just about anything the world has to offer without leaving our chair. This is an intuitive process anyone can learn – It’s only a matter of flexing and building the natural intuitive muscle we were born with. It is my purpose and sheer joy to share this revelation with the world. Health is Freedom Baby!
Peace, Joy, LOVE & Health! – Intuitive Chef Gail
Are you loving yourself with your thoughts and actions? As you fall more and more in love with yourself, you are less and less tolerant of causing harm to yourself, just as you would be intolerant of ANY harm to a “loved one”. Love does not judge or harm.
Speaking of Love – Love yourself with this!
Alkalizing Lemon- Lime Mousse Parfait Serves 4-6
¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 large ripe avocado
¼ cup honey or to taste (or powdered stevia for non-sugar version)*
dash sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or flavoring
1 cup homemade coconut whipped cream*
1 cup fresh blueberries or blackberries
Garnish with mint leaves, lime or lemon wheels or just a little zest
In standard food processor pulse avocado a few times to cream, then blend in lime and lemon juices, honey, vanilla and salt until very smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 cup whipped cream and pulse a few times just until incorporated. This can all be done with an electric mixer as well, just cream the avocado first and fold in cream last. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
When ready to serve, layer berries, mousse, and whipped cream anyway you want into pretty parfait glasses and garnish.
This is an amazing, taste bud tantalizing experience! The best part – It is actually helps to balance the body’s pH!
Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream Serves 4 – 6
1 can coconut cream, chilled (Savoy is one brand)
2 teaspoon honey (or 1-2 teaspoon powdered stevia for a “no sugar” version)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Large chilled stainless bowl
Open coconut cream and scoop into your cold stainless bowl. Add honey, vanilla and zest. With a hand held mixer or stand mixer, whip the cream until light and fluffy. Keep cold until ready to serve.
*Truwhip is a packaged coconut whipped cream (like cool whip). It can be found in the freezer section of your whole foods store – Really delicious, but does contain a little sugar.
Enjoy! Chef Gail
We always want to pick at the scab, don’t we? When we do, sooner or later we make it bleed. If we had just let it be, it would have healed much more nicely without so much pain.
Life is like that. Life brings us what we judge as “boo boos” and then we pick them until they bleed and sometimes hemorrhage causing even more pain. The boo boo has a purpose as all “seemingly” good or bad events do. If we just be still; stop thinking, analyzing, STOP PICKING and be with it – “let it be”, it can then reveal its purpose; the message it is bringing and the REAL healing begins.
All these events are knocking on Heaven’s door saying, wake up wakeup wake up! Every religion speaks of our oneness and being created in the image of God and most religions have nit-picked what doctrine works best at controlling “their” people. I have often wondered through my life why the world has so many different views and versions of various religions. (This book was a real eye-opener for me. “The New Revelations” A Conversation with God by Neale Donald Walsch). If Christians adhered to all biblical doctrine, many things would be very different today. Women would never be able to vote, polygamy would be alive and well and slavery would still be justified; to name just a few examples.
The core message of all religions that we are to love one another unconditionally (love without judgment) has been lost and buried in the many translations. Violence is escalating because we have missed the mark (definition of sin), pulled the cover over our collective heads and are sleeping very hard. With every horrific event we are waking up. I recall a passage in the bible where Jesus says, “Be grateful in all things”? I never really understood this until recently. It means to me now, be grateful in ALL THINGS – THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY. “There is a purpose unto Heaven for everything”. All events in life are knocking on our door of awareness of our oneness with all of Creation.
With the escalation of events, I’m reminded of this little “nugget” a client gave me awhile back – “The harder the knock – the bigger the nugget”. Collectively, our door is being BANGED on, so the opening of the door is very near. Emma Curtis Hopkins said it like this, “When the storms come thickest (according to the seeming) the peace of your soul is nearest”. The peace is knowing who we are. We are not these temporary bodies warring with one another. We are infinite energy, eternal – God energy. This collective knocking is just like the “rock bottom” or darkest hour some have to reach in order to wake up and look up. It may look like all hell is breaking loose! And in a sense it is. When the knock gets hard enough, uncomfortable enough; when we can no longer tolerant the lie we’ve been living, we will all answer it and we will see ourselves truly. We will recognize each other as each other – all precious individuations of God with unique personalities and gifts that the whole world needs and cannot do without. We are God’s hands. We will know our infinite worth as we realize we are irreplaceable to God – each and every one. Heaven will reign on earth. THIS IS THE BIG NUGGET. We cannot believe we are one and then live separately; this is what we are waking up to. It is impossible to be hot or cold on this. I think this is what Jesus meant by being “Lukewarm”.
If we believe we are made in the image of God, then what kind of God do we believe in? Do we believe in a God of hate and fear or a God of Love? If we believe in the God of hate who can be found in many religions, then we are justified in our judgment, murder of mankind and the condemnation and punishment of our children. The God of Love can also be found in these same religions. This question often played in my mind as a child and even as an adult trying to connect the dots between the fearful God of hate in the Christian bible with the God of Love also in the Christian bible. “What kind of father would condemn and torture his children to a fiery pit for eternity as punishment “? My mind just couldn’t reconcile this with the loving God the bible also spoke of (the one that loves all the little children of the world)?” Even in this world the torture of children is unacceptable.
If we live for eternity, the God of hate will take away all opportunity for us to be used for Good for eternity if we decide not to accept the doctrine (one of many) we’ve been asked to believe. In our fiery pit we are useless to God – forever. I can’t make sense of this. Wouldn’t a loving Father forever want his children to wake up, be happy and be productive in the Kingdom of Heaven doing Good works in eternity? Would He ever cease to help us wake up?
I believe in the God of Love, one that never gives up on Love. I believe I am made in that image and so is everyone else. If we are all made from THAT, then we must be connected by THAT. If this is true, then Only Love is justified. I’ve come to the conclusion at least for myself, it is impossible to believe in a God of Hate and Fear also a God of Good and Love. This is the battle ongoing in the world – trying to reconcile the irreconcilable. Love and Hate/Fear will never co-exist harmoniously.
Unconditional love is the only thing that heals (or wakes the sleeping); not any attempt to “fix” people or coerce one into any school of thought. Jesus’s core message was to love our brothers/sisters as ourselves without judgment. The ability to love others as Jesus commanded starts with loving ourselves this way; forgiving ourselves first for the judgment we have placed on ourselves. We cannot extend what we don’t believe we have. The judgment of ourselves is the judgment we project on to the world. And because we are one, we are always only judging oneself. Jesus knew there was only one answer – LOVE and He knew we were ALL THAT.
I am often asked this question. “So what do we do? Just roll over and allow these people who hate us and want to kill us to have their way”? NO – Sleeping people can reap A LOT of havoc and cause much harm. This precious gift of life on earth in every form deserves to be respected and protected from harm and suffering. I’m reminded here of another bible passage that takes on another meaning in the light of “oneness”. “Do onto others as you would have done to you”. Could it be that our judgment of ourselves and our belief that we deserve to be punished fuels the need to punish? We have all heard this, “Hurt People Hurt People”. The solution is to LOVE ourselves and everyone unconditionally while we protect ourselves and never forget that they are us and we are them – WE ARE ONE. We can decide to stop all judgmental, hate talk and LOVE as Jesus LOVED us. This is the LOVE that IS healing our world and LOVE ALWAYS WINS.
I have known for some time that fungus is a very common problem that goes most often overlooked and unchecked by the medical establishment. It is the common denominator affecting about 60% of the clients I test for food compatibility (people with fungus are not compatible with foods that are fungus, feed fungus or harbor fungus).
I just ran across this study by the Mayo Clinic, totally confirming in 1999 that most all sinus infections are fungal related. (http://www.princeton.edu/~gpmenos/mold_facts/MayoClinicStudyImplicatesFungusasCauseofChronicSinusi.pdf). Fungus overgrowth can also result in pneumonia, cancers and a host of auto-immune disorders. Fungal infections are commonly treated with antibiotics that are not only totally ineffective, but they further suppress the immune system by upsetting the natural flora balance in the body. This imbalance creates just the right environment in the body for more unwelcome guest to set up house in. OBGYNs are catching on and regularly prescribe a strong probiotic (good flora) along with an antibiotic to avoid yeast infections (fungus overgrowth). I love this analogy given to me a while back by a client. He said, “I get it! It’s like a swimming pool. When a pool is out of balance, it grows stuff. When the body is out of balance, it grows stuff”.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, it is very likely you have a fungal infection and it will only get worse unless the cause is addressed and it is not the fungus. Disease happens when the body’s immune system is no longer able to do its job of providing immunity against opportunist invaders. However disease is still not the root cause, it is only a symptom. There is something that has to happen first in the body that causes the immune system to short circuit, allowing disease to set up house. The root cause is chronic imbalance in the body caused by what we eat and what we think. What we think affects the body at the cell level, so no matter what you eat it is very hard to maintain health when constantly bombarding the cells with negativity. (https://affirmativethinking.wordpress.com/science-of-affirmations-proof/).
Bottom line – We are a field of energy, all of creation is energy and we are affected by energy. “Diseases are to be diagnosed and prevented via energy field assessment” – George Crile Sr., M.D., Founder of the Cleveland Clinic (1864-1943). Food has an energy that vibrates from low to high; the lower the vibration, the less benefit to the body. Our thoughts are also powerful energy and affect the body the same way.
The body knows exactly what it needs to create balance and optimize every function of the body. If you can know what the body needs and provide it; eliminate what it doesn’t need from the diet; and get the mind out of the way – it can do what it is designed to do – correct itself and regenerate. So what is keeping it from doing what it’s designed to do? What we eat and think must be in alignment with health to create health. A problem is never solved until the root is uncovered.
Very Interesting coincidence….I call this “synergy”. This article is confirming a message very specifically that I received during a meditation practice a few months ago – Confirmation to me it’s time to write it down, share it – give it life. I have a rib that keeps popping out of place and causes me a lot of pain. Pain is a powerful messenger. My intention for the mediation that day was to hear the message this event was bringing. I believe there is a purpose for everything and I sensed it had something to do with what happened to me long ago (I had no idea how long ago..)
I was attacked about 25 years ago by a couple of men with the intention of rape and I suffered several broken ribs. Thank God I escaped, but I did not go unscathed. I’ve lived with a great fear of finding myself in that situation again. A parking garage or a peaceful, quiet street could evoke terror, even if I was with someone. It was an irrational fear that induced panic attacks. Over the last few years I felt I had released this fear until it rose up again. The rib was a reminder of something I had not released from my subconscious and it was presenting again; giving me another opportunity to let it go.
The revelation was this – Suppression of women and the sense of lack and unworthiness it has created in us has its root in Genesis. What happened to me is a result of a belief system that considers women “less than” men. The woman in the Old Testament is portrayed as an “afterthought” of God. According to scripture, God realized after creating Adam, it was not good for man to be alone and created Eve from the rib of the man. So not only was Eve a second thought, her identity is forever linked to man. Eve then coerced Adam to eat from the apple; Eve’s coercion of Adam caused the corruption of man, “the original sin” and it was downhill from there for women. I guess man would be forever living in Nirvana if not for Eve or maybe man would be extinct. Or, did God have another idea of how creation would procreate before he had the “Ah Ha” moment that changed his mind – I thought that was a woman’s prerogative? This is how my mind works…he he. Anyway, based on what I was taught and decided was true in my formative years, subconsciously I’m going, “This attack is somehow my fault and I deserve to be punished”. And, why not? For one, men are superior (first thought of God) and for two, look at what women have done to them. So I’ve gone through most of my adult life making sure life is punishing me. This embedded belief system has ruled the collective woman consciousness which includes me. I can look back now on life and see how my perceptions of where women stood in the scheme of things influenced how I viewed events. One event in particular comes to mind. Another blog.
The written interpretation of Genesis and other similar religious scripture has given man free license to suppress women throughout the history of religion. This suppression at times has been very subtle and extreme as we are seeing now in some religions and fundamentalist aspects of religions. I can see how this belief that women are “not created equal” has been perpetuated by a blind acceptance of what is deemed truth by those in authority. Questioning religious teaching is considered blasphemy and still punishable by death in some countries. The fear of death, hell and damnation has controlled people for ions. Questioning truth would be a threat to those in power pulling the strings. The real Truth would be revealed, kind of like in “The Wizard of Oz”. All religions speak of this Truth; We are made in the image of God and we are one with all of creation.
This is not about “male bashing” or playing the blame game. I love you guys. The suppression of women, like all other events has served a purpose unto Heaven (to the Higher Plan). Current events and changing times suggest that this purpose has been realized. People are questioning and changing their minds. They are listening for that vibraton of Truth that resonates with Unconditional Love. People are realizing their connection with all of Creation as our ability to be connected through technology increases. Woman in force are rediscovering their importance; their irreplaceable worth to the world as they see themselves mirrored worldwide. The female in all of creation is the very womb that births creation. 5000 years ago women were respected, honored and adored and still are in some cultures. Mother lion is roaring now as she is rediscovering her power and worth.
Nothing ever changes until we change our minds – It’s everyone’s prerogative. All events are for learning, evolving and bettering our souls so that we can become an ever clearer conduit for God’s Pure Unconditional Love. It’s this love that heals the world. We are God’s hands and are being purified and made useful through these learning events. Ernest Holmes put it this way, “Evolution is the drawing out of God within us”. The Chistian bible says this, “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us”..1 John 4:12.
The tough events in our lives (the hard knocks) are huge teaching moments. I’m sure you’ve heard, “Your worst enemy is your greatest teacher”, or how the hardest hardship ended up being the biggest blessing. The harder the knock the bigger the nugget. This life event was giving me an opportunity to release a belief system that was no longer serving me or my purpose. It had been pointed out again and again, but I wasn’t getting it, so the knock got harder. Tough as it was, the broken ribs provided the catalyst that broke me free from the “ages” old belief that as a woman, I was “less than” a man and therefore, loved less, “worth” less. This belief could have kept me from fulfilling my purpose in life. I was only able to release this belief from my subconscious by quieting my mind so I could hear with my heart the voice of God. God talks to the heart, not the mind. I am so grateful for the event that shook me loose and THAT is the miracle – A change in perception that truly sets me free!
Every thought we have is filtered through our learned belief system and is either embraced or rejected accordingly. It serves us then to ask, “Who’s thought is this anyway?” and consciously decide if it rings with Truth (Unconditional Love). The collective woman is being released as each woman frees herself from the bondage of this long held perception of inequality. I am now FREE thank Goodness to a loving God that talks to me personally as I allow. I pray for the release and freedom of all women. May the collective woman take her proper place in the world alongside her brother and with her nurturing, loving heart help move the world forward into Nirvana.
So recently I hired a life coach. What issue in my life warranted a “Life Coach” you may ask? And what does a “Life Coach” do? I have a predisposition for getting in my own way. In a world that believes without pain there is no gain, the road to success must be painful, long and expensive. I know you’ve heard this one; “You’ve got to spend money to make money”. I grew to also believe without higher education I am undeserving of a successful career or life, even though the lack of that coveted degree has never stopped me from doing anything I put my mind to. These old believes can sabotage our best efforts at success. I have too much to do and too much to give to risk a repeat life lesson. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. The student is ready – enter Life Coach.
I can see now how many of my life’s “twist and turns”, “stops and starts” have brought me something precious and perfect. I can see the steps leading me to the next and the next and the next step until here I sit with the awareness of what the steps were for and how blessed and guided I’ve been. Now that I know the gift I am to share, it’s time to start throwing off more layers of learned believes that are not serving the purpose I have been given. So I’ve been really busy remembering over the last few years who I really am and unlearning the limited being I am not..
As I peel back the layers of untruths, I know what it feels like to be in the flow of life or as my son Justin would say, “Floating the River”. Now I can’t wait until all of my life flows from there. My “reason for being” exist in that river. My gift and my passion! That’s where GOD is! That is what I’m here for – to bring to the world that one piece of the puzzle I’ve been entrusted with that no one else can bring. The Universe is counting on me to BRING IT! When I am bringing THAT – Life is easy and unfettered.
We all hold a piece of the puzzle and withholding that from the world, holds the world back. Each one is part of THE PLAN. The plan that restores Love, Peace & Joy to the world. Life is hard when it goes against the flow of the Plan. When life seems hard and I feel I am swimming up-stream, that is my first clue now “I am not in the flow”. The Flow says, “This is happening, go with it, learn from it, and watch patiently and expectantly for the miracle arising”.
I hired a Life Coach to help me be in this flow in all aspects of my life by assisting me in uncovering and removing the blocks I HAVE created that are plugging up the river. A good Life Coach has a special gift, a knack for gently bringing us face to face with the unconscious thought patterns that color our perceptions, (give us our excuses) and distract us from our purpose. Purpose does not punch a time clock. Life purpose is a 24 hour calling I am ready to answer!