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Chocolate Bark

March 20th, 2013

 

Raw Chocolate Bark 

I have been making this constantly. Its so easy and its so unbelievably good!

Its a basic chocolate recipe with added hemp seeds, chia, dried fruit and nuts. You can add whatever you like to it. Mix and match and experiment with different fruits, nuts, almond butter, shredded coconut and superfoods. You can even add flavors like vanilla beans and essential oils like peppermint, orange, etc… The cinnamon batch I made was the best so far.

Just use about equal parts raw cacao powder and melted coconut oil. Mix together (I use a hand mixer) and add a good amount of sweetener to taste (agave, honey, coconut syrup…) Just keep tasting until it’s not bitter and it is to your liking. I also add a couple of T of melted cacao butter but its fine if you don’t have any. Mix this well until there are no lumps and it’s smooth. It will be a chocolate sauce consistency. Next, add in your additions.  For the picture above I added:

Chopped dried figs

Chopped dried apricots

Hemp seeds

Chia seeds (I love these in chocolate. It makes it takes like a nestles crunch)

Goji berries

Crushed and whole walnuts

Lots of Cinnamon

A little Himalayan sea salt

Mix this all together by hand. Then spread it out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for an hour. It doesn’t take long for this to freeze. Don’t make this too thin but not so thick that you cant break into it when you bite it.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tweeting and blogging again…

March 19th, 2013

Spent the day with Leah yesterday, shopping at the Common Crow (amazing health food store in Gloucester, MA). She made us an incredible Caesar salad while we brainstormed about the new one day class. God do I miss her making food for me!!

Im so excited to be adding this day on to the training! You can read about it here rawteacher.com , if you haven’t read it in the bulk email already. There are only two spaces left in the April class!

Leah and I are planning some other crazy stuff so stay tuned…

And, Im going to be blogging a lot more… I know ive said this before but so many of you write asking what im up to and about differnt aspects of life. Not always the most thrilling, but I promise to be better at writing about my raw life and my adventures. Ive been tweeting like crazy so follow me there also. If your not familiar with twitter, its super easy to set up an account and follow my daily rants at https://twitter.com/AlissaCohen

 

 

4th day of Advanced Raw Prep with Leah Dubois added to Alissa’s Level 3 Raw Food Teacher Training!

February 26th, 2013

Whether your looking for a career in Raw Food or just interested in learning more for yourself or loved ones, Alissa’s level 3, Living on Live Food Teacher Certification, will prepare you for your next step in your raw food journey.

    

Alissa has been eating and teaching the raw vegan lifestyle since 1986.

She has been living this lifestyle since then and she was one of the first to begin a Certification Program in this field.

Alissa has added a 4th day for the Level 3 Teacher Training! We are so excited to have Leah Dubois, Alissa’s chef from her restaurants, Grezzo, and co-author of Raw Food for Everyone, teaching a full day of advanced raw food prep on Monday attached to the level 3 Teacher Training. This 4th day of training with Leah will be included in the cost of the Level 3 Teacher Training! Please read below for more information about this day.

After taking Alissa’s level 3 Teacher Training, many of our students teach classes, open restaurants and wellness centers, cater, become personal chefs, write books, consult and make an abundant living doing what they love! Many students come to class just to learn how to take care of their families, friends and communities by sharing Alissa’s raw food philosophy.

Alissa Cohen’s Level 3 Certification courses are designed to open up a whole new world for you by giving you the knowledge and training to become a certified Living on Live Food Chef, Instructor and Teacher.

(you can view video testimonials here from Alissa’s students!)

Both newcomers and experienced participants feel comfortable in Alissa’s class.

The program is designed to help you reach your personal and professional goals. After taking this course, you can venture into your own raw food business or you can join Alissa and be part of her team! You will be able to teach others how to become healthy and vibrant through individual one-on-one teachings or with groups by teaching Alissa’s Level One and Level Two classes.

Many people, after taking Alissa’s classes, choose to create their own raw food business without teaching Alissa’s Level One and Level Two classes. Some teach an occasional class and others teach many Level One and Level Two classes. It is totally up to you! Alissa offers these bonuses as a way to get people started on their raw food path without having to reinvent the wheel and for people who do not want to be out on their own but part of a bigger community.

The only way to become a level 3 Teacher is to be trained directly by Alissa in this 4 day class. In this 4 day Teacher Training, you will be certified as a Level 1 Chef, Level 2 Instructor and Level 3 Teacher. There is no prerequisite to this training as it is an intensive that will cover all three levels.

From the level 3 Certification Course, you will learn how to go raw and stay raw. You will also be able to teach others how to go raw and stay raw with ease! While creating optimal health through a fun, enjoyable, and realistic way! You will learn tools and techniques to motivate and inspire others along their path. You will not only be learning food preparation and nutrition, but also about the mental and emotional aspects of a raw food diet.

Spending 4 Days with Alissa in Gloucester, MA., you will also learn:

  • The many aspects of what a Raw and Living Food Diet is.
  • Simple and easy raw food preparation.
  • How to prepare gourmet meals.
  • How to garnish and prepare beautiful presentations.
  • How to transform your favorite cooked food dishes into healthy raw food meals.
  • How to stay motivated while eating a raw and living food diet.
  • How to encourage and teach others.
  • How to teach Level One and Level Two classes.
  • How to teach from your heart and be a successful Living on Live Food teacher for individuals and groups
  • Many different aspects of how to run various raw food business’
  • Dealing with daily raw food living such as environment, friends and family, and traveling while raw.
  • Sprouting and dehydrating techniques.
  • Detoxing (emotionally and physically.)
  • Juice Fasting
  • Colon cleansing
  • Liver and gallbladder cleanse
  • Wheat grass and other nutritionally rich foods.
  • Self massage, skin brushing, etc…
  • Intestinal workouts and body stretching
  • Netti pots
  • Natural beauty and self care
  • And much more!
  • Many of these techniques will include a hands-on approach while learning. You will be given the opportunity to test techniques when appropriate such as a mini self-massage, netti pots, skin brushing, as we walk you through the steps.

Although you will have access to Alissa and be able to ask her questions throughout the entire training, there will also be a long question and answer period with Alissa. This is very often a favorite part of the trainings for many people. The knowledge gained in these sessions while talking with Alissa and sharing with the group often brings about an enormous understanding and awareness for the Raw Food Diet and lifestyle.

Leah Dubois will be the main teacher for Mondays class. You will be learning unique recipes and techniques from Grezzo.

You will learn the intricate details of how to prepare upscale, eclectic food that is cutting edge in the raw food world.

This is not your typical raw food class with standard recipes such as pizza, wraps and pies. You will instead be learning advanced culinary techniques that have been adapted for raw food preparation. You will learn how to make boursin style cheeses, pickled vegetables, how to baste, macerate and present dishes. You will learn how to create unique tastes and textures uncommon in raw foods such as aerating, setting, releasing and candying.

Not only will you be learning some of the unique recipes that we prepared at Grezzo, but more importantly, you will be learning the distinctive techniques that will allow you to create your own gourmet recipes.

Garnishing and finishing plates will also be covered as well as tips on recipe building, ingredient substitutions, finding unique products, adapting meals to different situations, etc…

Gourmet meals and a celebratory dinner included.

This is an extremely unique opportunity to study with Leah Dubois. A truly one of a kind experience!

(If you are not coming to the Level 3 training but would like to sign up for this one day training on the Monday following the Level 3, please call the office at 978-985-7217. We will have a very limited amount of spaces available for people interested in the one day only. Past Level 3 Teachers will receive a discount, please call the office for more information)

(At this time, the only dates we have available for this extra day of training with Leah is for the 3 Mondays following the level 3 training dates in 2013. We offered this day a few years ago when Alissa had the restaurant in Boston and it was such a huge success that we were turning people away just weeks after announcing it.  We do not know if this extra day will be available after the 2013 teacher Trainings.)

Imagine … making money AND doing what you love, while helping people and spreading the word about raw food!

Many of Alissa’s teachers are deriving a very large income after receiving these certifications.

Being part of Alissa’s team means that you will be benefiting from Alissa’s knowledge and experience. Best of all, you will be part of her organization that will connect people to you through her online database and through your own Living on Live Food website that promotes your classes and raw food business through Alissa’s site. We will refer people directly to you when they call and email the office asking for teachers and classes. We also mail the certifications to your clients immediately following their classes with you so there is no paperwork for you to deal with and no inventory of certifications for you to worry about. You may also buy and retail Alissa’s books and DVDs at a 40% discount. Please call the office for more information at 1-978-985-7217.

Example of possible net income:

10 people in a Level 2 instructor class:
$650.00 per person
= $6500.00
-20%
 $5,200.00 
(Minus food and basic supplies.)

$5,200.00 a class.

 Additional benefits: As a teacher, you will be able to network with people in your area on Alissa’s interactive site. You will also have access to the private forum where you will find useful information in order to better assist your clients. You can discuss all things raw; teaching techniques, client and group practices, swap recipes, share practical tips and so much more. This support board is an incredible tool for keeping in touch with others on this path, finding immediate answers to your questions and continuing with your knowledge of the raw food lifestyle. 

The price for this training is $2400.00.

 Please call the office to register today at 1-978-985-7217 and to find out more information.

After registering we will send you an information packet with directions, local hotels and other information.

Alissa’s Classes fill VERY quickly (usually a month or more in advance)
and there is limited space in this class. Please read testimonials here and watch video testimonials to see what people are saying about the level 3 training    

Raw Pancakes!

January 23rd, 2013

Last week I met Leah, my chef that worked for me at Grezzo, for dinner in the North End of Boston. It was all very nostalgic as we were reminiscing about Grezzo and all of the memories of the people that used to come in and the great times we had there. And of course we talked about the food! So the next day I was inspired to make the pancake recipe that’s in our book. There are so many incredible recipes in Raw Food for Everyone but this one is so easy and there’s no planning ahead. You may want to make a double batch though as they are hard to resist!

     

Morning, Noon, and Night Pancakes 

When you want pancakes for breakfast or dinner, try these. These pancakes are the real deal. They have a maple-pecan flavor and the fluffy texture of real pancakes.  Since they’re dehydrated ahead of time, keep some on hand for a quick breakfast or dinner.

 Makes 10 pancakes

2 cups pecans, soaked for 4 hours

2 cups pine nuts 

2 ripe bananas

1 cup agave nectar

Seeds from 2 vanilla beans

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups blueberries, muddled

1.  Put the soaked pecans and any remaining soaking liquid, pine nuts, bananas, agave, vanilla, salt, and ½ cup water in a Vita-Mix. Blend until smooth. Using a spatula, fold in the muddled blueberries.

2.  With a ladle, drop ½ -cup measures of the batter onto Teflex-line dehydrator racks, leaving at least ½ inch between the pancakes.  They should be thick like pancakes, about ½ inch thick, not thin like crêpes. Dehydrate for 8 hours.  Flip the pancakes onto clean Teflex sheets and dehydrate for 8 more hours.

3. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

 

March and April Raw Food Teacher Trainings

January 7th, 2013

Click on Andreea’s name below to watch her video testimonial. We will be adding many more of these to the rawteacher.com site within the next month.

Click here to see Andreea’s video testimonial

Click here to see Melissa’s Testimonial

New dates for the Level 3 Living on Live Food Teacher Certifications!

They are:

March 8th – 10th

Or

April 12th – 14th

I’m excited to be teaching these certifications in Gloucester, MA now. We are 45 minutes North of Boston International Airport and there are amazing places to stay and visit while in the area. This 3 day intensive is being held in a gorgeous house within walking distance to one of Gloucesters most beautiful beaches. It is easily accessible from car or public transportation. It is a light, airy, peaceful, open space with lots of room inside and out.

There are so many of you I would love to meet. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to spend a weekend together. It’s an amazing journey and includes so much more than just food.

Come study with one of the foremost authorities on healthy living. Alissa has been a raw foodist for 25 years. She was one of the first people to begin a certification for raw food teachers and has written 2 books on raw food. She has appeared on Numerous TV shows including The Today Show, Tyra Banks and Celebrity Fit Club.

Beginners and experienced raw fooders are welcome to take this 3 day format.

The cost of the training is $2400.00

For detailed information on the intensive level 3Teacher Certification weekends (which include levels 1, 2, 3 and the Weekend to Awaken True Health) please visit rawteacher.com.

You can also call the office for more information and to register at 978-985-7217 or 888-900-2529. We will send you hotel information after registering. We will also help you find rides and roommates if needed along with details about the area.

Come say hello at Whole Foods in Hingham, MA!

September 6th, 2012

Class Update

August 13th, 2012

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that the September Certification Class is filled and has been for the last 2 months but we still have room in the October class.

Click here for more information about the Raw Food Certification Trainings with Alissa.

We do have a waiting list for September though and some of you have been able to get into that class since people do decide to come to the following one if their schedule changes so don’t hesitate to call and ask to be put on the September waiting list.

 The October class is starting to fill quickly though as well so please call the office ASAP if you’ve been waiting for a certification class.

We are so excited about the next two classes! We have a gorgeous house on Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester MA and the weather here will be perfect that time of year! Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Please go to rawteacher.com for more information or call the office at 978-985-7217 to register.

 

New Raw Food Teacher Training Classes with Alissa

March 21st, 2012

“I’m excited to announce the new dates for the Level 3 Living on Live Food Teacher Certifications.

They are:

September 28th-30th

Or

October 19th-21st

The last two were so magical and healing not just for the people who came to the training, but for me as well.

I’m also excited to be teaching these certifications in Gloucester, MA now. We are 45 minutes North of Boston International Airport and there are amazing places to stay and visit while in the area. This 3 day intensive is being held in a gorgeous house wihtin walking distance to one of Gloucesters most beautiful beaches. It is easily accessible from car or public transportation. It is a light, airy, peaceful, open space with lots of room inside and out.

      

We already have 8 people signed up for September and 2 for October before we have even announced it through email, so these will fill quickly for sure now that we have just sent out a bulk email. There are so many of you I would love to meet. Hopefully we will get the opportunity to spend a weekend together. It’s an amazing journey and includes so much more than just food.”

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Come study with one of the foremost authorities on healthy living. Alissa has been a raw foodist for 25 years, was one of the first people to begin a certification for raw food teachers and has written 2 books on the subject. She is also a skilled energy healer, herbalist, mind body therapist, and yoga and dance teacher.

For detailed information on the intensive level 3Teacher Certification weekends (which include levels 1, 2, 3 and the Weekend to Awaken True Health) please visit rawteacher.com.

You can also call the office for more information and to register at 978-985-7217 or 888-900-2529. We will send you hotel information after registering. We will also help you find rides and roommates if needed along with details about the area.

 

Kelly Cooks her way through Raw Food for Everyone!

March 19th, 2012

Post from Kelly Marra:

Last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I thought wouldn’t stick because most people’s don’t. I was salivating over Alissa Cohen’s new book, Raw Food For Everyone. I’d been to Grezzo, I knew how good the food was, and I knew how good the recipes would be from Alissa’s new book.

One night while Rob, my husband, was out at his martial arts class I finally got around to watching Julie & Julia. I’d read the book a few years before and wanted to see the movie but I hate dragging Rob to the movies to see a chick flick.

I watched the movie with Raw Food for Everyone open on the table in front of me and I figured out how I could teach myself amazing raw food cooking tricks and save thousands of dollars by teaching myself. I’d just cook my way through every single recipe in Raw Food For Everyone, and like Julie, I’d do it in a year. I convinced myself that it would be easy. I would only have to make 300 recipes while Julie had over 500 to make. Easy enough, right?

The more I thought about it, the better the idea seemed and I started coming up with all sorts of reasons to follow this through to the end. One of my other big reasons is that I am a cookbook collector. I’ve got so many raw food cookbooks and yet I only ever make a handful of recipes from each book. What was the point of having all of those books around if I only made one or two recipes from each book? I needed to expand my horizons, try some new foods, and really get to know a cookbook for once.

I officially started Dec 1st and didn’t tell anyone about my plan. I like to start New Year’s resolutions early so that if they don’t stick by the end of December I can still come up with a good resolution just in time for the New Year. I didn’t put too much effort into that first month; I think I only made about 20 recipes. 20 x 12 = 240. If I stuck to 20 new recipes a month I’d fall way short of the 300 I was hoping to make in a year.

It took me 11 months to cook my way through all 300 of Alissa’s recipes in Raw Food For Everyone. With each new recipe I was learning something new. Alissa’s book is a great go-to book for easy gourmet dishes. Some recipes may seem daunting at first, but with just a little planning it’s simple to have a gourmet raw food meal every night.

I’d spend every Sunday morning with a pad of paper in one hand and Raw Food For Everyone in the other. It became my ritual to make my grocery list and menu and then to go grocery shopping. I’d start soaking nuts and seeds before leaving for the market so they’d be ready to go by the time I was. I’d spend Sunday afternoon in the kitchen, making as much as I could for the week ahead. From sauces to soups, crackers, cakes, cookies and ice cream, there’s a recipe for nearly everything you could possibly want to make in Alissa’s new book.

I feel like I’ve grown in my understanding of raw food preparation and techniques by cooking my way through Alissa’s book. I understand the principles behind what makes her food so great, fresh ingredients, amazing spices, some creativity and lots of love.

To me, raw and living foods are inspirational. Before I embarked on this crazy year-long project I’d often get into ruts where I wouldn’t know what to make. But thanks to Alissa’s book, I’m never at a loss now; it only takes flipping through the pages to come across a recipe that I truly loved or looking at the tantalizing photos I took of nearly every recipe from her book.

There is no other book that I would recommend more for delicious recipes than Alissa Cohen’s Raw Food For Everyone (other than her first book, Living on Live Food!). It’s the crown jewel of my raw food cookbook collection.

Alissa's Italian Bread Wrap

 

Alissa’s Fettucini Alfredo

Alissa's French Onion Cheese

Kelly  (I’m also a Living on Live Food Teacher, Certified by Alissa)
www.RawLifeCoaching.com
Twitter: @RawKelly

Dennis’s Passing

January 24th, 2012

I’ve tried to write this a few times and even sitting here now, it just feels wrong.  Where do I begin and how do I end something that has one of the most profound beginnings in my life and something that I still don’t want to admit has ended.

As you can tell I’m not a huge fan of writing everything personal in my blog. I keep it mostly business or major events. So many of you write me asking about my family and personal life. Some of you also ask about Dennis and his story since it used to be up on my site. Our love story was on the site for a long time as well. It’s posted below for those of you who have never read it.

Dennis passed away last year. I’m still devastated and find it hard to believe. I’m not sure how to be okay with losing him or how I even move on from this. He was my soul mate and I loved him more than anything in the world.  We were connected on so many levels. 

  Along with his death came many changes. I’ve been busier than ever having to deal with the many things that he did for us.  I’ve recently moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to family and friends. There’s been so much upheaval and change in the last year. I’d like to say I’m finally settled and have stopped crying at least once a day, but just when I think I’m through the worst part, a new wave of grief hits. I’m not sure when or even if this ever goes away. Maybe time just makes it easier to deal with.

Many of you have been writing about classes and asking what I’m doing next. My two assistants that answer the business phones, Lisa and Jessica are not sure what to tell people, so I’m writing this blog. I’m sorry if it seems cold and emotionless, it’s the only way I can get through writing it.

I wrote 5 months ago that I would not be doing classes for at least a couple of years.  Now I’m not so sure. The last two classes in October and November were truly a healing experience for me; of course, the people that showed up had wisdom for me as well.  It was difficult and emotional for me to teach but already having people signed up, I did the class. It was a magical 3 days.   It made me realize what I’m supposed to be doing and why I am still Here without Dennis.  My focus was on others instead of myself. When I helped other people that weekend and saw the breakthroughs they had and felt their love, humanness, gratitude and joy, it made me feel alive again – something I haven’t been feeling very much. I think after all of these years of “stage fright” and thinking that writing books, opening restaurants, etc. is my calling, I have to admit that it’s teaching and being in front of a crowd that is my true calling.

The last 8 months have been a time of mourning and healing for me and I’m going to take the rest of the winter, spring and the summer to try and find my “spark” again and remember who I am. I’m not sure what the future holds, (which is different for me since I’m a visionary and not real great about living in the details of now).   Some days I think I still remember and can find moments of happiness, other days I’m still not sure who I am without him and can barely function from the sadness and pain.

– —Flash-forward a month… I wrote the above a month ago. It seemed disjointed and not very eloquent. I’m usually pretty good at expressing my emotions on paper but there really is no good way to express what I’ve been through with losing Den.  I was trying to hold it together while writing and just give the information and not go to deep into the pain of loss.  I’m sure many of you can understand.

There is a huge influx of emails and calls from those of you wanting classes– I’m just taking the next 8 months to heal and find peace again.  I’m thinking I will do more in the Fall of 2012, a year after the last class. I will announce them much earlier this time as many of you expressed frustration at only having 2 months of notice to plan.  Many of you also expressed frustration at not being able to register because they fill quickly. I will probably add two classes after September. But you will have plenty of notice. I will announce it well ahead of the summer since many of you are also away for the summer months and have told us you do not see the emails for end of the year classes before it’s too late. 

I’m looking forward to having the next 8 months to do a lot of soul searching, now that I can at least see some light streaming though. Seems to me I am constantly called to do this, but this was the biggest for me. I’ve never gone through anything this painful and devastating before. Not being able to do anything about it is frustrating for me also. All I can do is BE. I know there must be a reason, but not being able to bring Dennis back to me has been a hard thing to come to terms with. I talk to him every day and feel him with me and know he is guiding me.   It’s not the same as being able to feel his touch, hear his laughter and see his beautiful shell. I keep reminding myself though that that’s all it is, his shell that was here with me, and that his spirit is still shining bright through me. And when I listen really hard through the tears, I can even hear his laughter and beautiful voice again. Those are the moment’s I’m trying to focus on, the joy of who his spirit is and will continue to be. I know he is on to important work and without the constraints of a broken shell. That’s what is bringing me true peace, knowing that he is okay, more than okay… free.

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Back Together

Our Story that was posted on my site almost 10 years ago:

Back in time
Twelve years ago, when I was 24, I met someone who I fell totally head over heals in love with.

Dennis and I dated for 2 years.

I felt like he was my soul mate and we had a great relationship for most of that time. Eventually though, family commitments and a difference in lifestyles took its toll and we broke up. But I never stopped loving him.

I often thought of Dennis and wondered what it would be like to see him again. I knew though, that we were at different places in our lives and I had much to do. So, I eventually got over him, but I never forgot him!

Fast forward 12 years later
I was living with a boyfriend but getting ready to move out within the month. I knew he was not the one for me.

One afternoon, as I was walking out the door, my phone rang. The voice on the other end asked for Alissa Cohen. This is Alissa, I replied. Dennis Marciello, the voice on the other end said. I believe my reply to that was a big, WHAT?. I couldn’t believe it. 12 years later and there he was on the other end of the phone line. I hadn’t spoken to him at all, in 12 years.

So as he began asking me how I was, where I was, and what I was doing with my life, my brain was spinning! Nervously, I began to babble on and on but eventually calmed down enough to ask where he lived and what he was doing.

He owned a restaurant on the waterfront and lived close to that, only 45 minutes from me! And he had been thinking about me for years. (Always nice to hear) He tried to reach me a few times over the years to no avail. Eventually he contacted someone who knew me and they told him I had a web-site. He immediately got my number off of the site and called me that day.

At the end of that conversation Dennis asked if he could take me to lunch. (I began to explain what lunch for me would be, but that didn’t seem to deter him) I told him I was really busy and he told me he was going to Italy over Christmas, so I said I would call him after new years which was a few weeks later.

Well, as I hung up the phone my mind was on overload. All of the memories from t he past came rushing forward. For the next few weeks as I tried to focus on my business, thoughts of Dennis were distracting me to no end.

Finally, after the first of the year, I decided to call him. January 3rd 2003 to be exact. I asked if he still wanted to go to lunch, and if so, how about 2 days later on Sunday. He said absolutely and we planned a date and a time.

As I hung up the phone I had the most startling intuition. I knew that Dennis was going to ask me to marry him. I had a picture in my mind of seeing him again and felt that within an hour of our meeting he would be asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. Now, part of my brain was telling me I was crazy, but I just couldn’t shake this feeling or that image.

I had no idea where Dennis was at in his life. I knew that he never wanted to get married again, nor did I ever think I would. I just never thought it a necessary thing to do. I thought I was crazy for thinking all this and tried to let it go. I even started thinking I wouldn’t go, but I knew I had to, if only to establish that there was nothing still there between us and so I could get on with my day to day life and stop thinking about him!

Well, by the time Sunday came, 2 days later, I was a nervous wreck!

I couldn’t believe how I felt. I hadn’t seen him in years. What if he had changed? What if he hadn’t changed? HA! What if he was involved with someone and just wanted to take me to lunch! Ok, I needed to forget all of the inane chatter inside my head about marriage and getting back together with him. After all, I was working too hard to get distracted now. I was on a mission with raw food and healing the word to think about such minor things, right?

Well, the phone rang that morning. It was Dennis. Could I meet him earlier, he asked. He couldn’t wait. I knew I was in trouble. That’s what I kept thinking the whole way while I was driving to meet him. It was all over. My life was about to change. No mistaking it. I didn’t know how this was going t o play out, but there was no doubt after hearing his voice that day.

As I walked in to the place where we agreed to meet, I saw Dennis standing, waiting for me. I was stunned that within minutes it felt like we were never apart. After 5 minutes of conversation and small talk, Dennis sat me down and said he had to tell me something. He said he always felt that I was his soul mate and he felt like losing me 12 years ago was the biggest mistake of his life. He said he thought about me everyday for the last 2 years and finally had to try to find me. Sitting there that night looking into his eyes, it felt so different from anything I ever felt before. I knew that I never stopped loving him.

As we spoke and got to know each other again, I talked on and on about raw food and what I was doing with my life. Within an hour he asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. I told him how I was living my life and what I wanted from someone and he said he was ready to change.
Call me crazy, but I believed him.
And I’m glad I did.
Two days later he asked me to marry him.
We were married Feb 1st 2003

After the wedding
Dennis has changed more (and more quickly) than anyone I have ever seen. He has changed his entire life. He has become the person I always knew he was.

I really wasn’t sure if I would ever find that perfect person for me. I was almost giving up hope about finding that person with all the qualities I wanted in someone. The person that I thought I would love and want to be with and someone who was eating this way and living this lifestyle. I never in my wildest dreams thought that Dennis and I would not only be back together and married after all that time, but that he would become absorbed in this way of life, traveling with me and learning, and sharing this experience with me.

It’s so amazing to be able to experience this way of living with someone you love. Sharing food, preparing it, eating it, is such an intimate act and one we do so often throughout the day. It’s so often been a lonely act for me when ever I have been in other relationships. I’ve had to keep that part of myself separate.

It’s not just the food preparation but the actual sharing of food. Food for me is linked to love in so many ways. I love making food for people; it’s my way of loving them. And sharing a meal is a way to connect with people you love. And serving healthy, healing food is a gift for me that I feel honored to be able to give to people.

Does that sound funny? That food could be such a big part of a relationship? But its so much more then just the actual food. Eating healthy and taking care of, and loving yourself is essential to being able to care for and love other people. I’m reminded of a favorite quote I had hanging on my refrigerator for many years: You have a responsibility to yourself and others to make yourself happy!

There are so many things that partners experience, share and do in a relationship, but for me, sharing a healthy lifestyle just makes all of those other things happen so much more smoothly. When you feel unhealthy, overweight, sick, depressed, moody, irritable, etc, its makes it more difficult to feel and give love and have fun with your partner.

It raises your quality of life to another level when you’re operating at optimal health.

It’s so nice that I have someone who will inspire me to be healthy and fit and happy and that it’s not always me having to try to inspire and motivate the person I’m with. Having someone in my life that jumps out of bed at 4:30 in the morning ready to work out, meditate and then make a smoothie is so refreshing for me. (Although, yes, I have to admit, sometimes a bit annoying, its true. 4:30! Every morning! I think I’ve created a monster!) Now let’s see if I can keep up. Ill keep you posted!