Tasty Bite!
An edible fall flower, Hollyhock, with stamen removed and filled with: Saffron Risotto, Butternut Squash, topped with Sprouted Black Lentils and Micro Leeks

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Still true after 5 years cancer-free!

Note to the Masses. LOL

I know I'm supposed to eat them for optimal health, but what do I do with all those veggies and fruits, anyway?

Gourmet Raw Food's Chef, Val Rae says, "Celebrate them!"

This is an inside peek at what I'm cooking and not cooking for optimal health. A raw foods diet is not always 100% raw. I will demonstrate 80% raw, also known as "high-raw" (high percentage of raw foods) because that is the way I live.

I started eating this way to ready myself for cancer treatments. It turned out the food IS the treatment. My carcinoma-in-situ high-grade (breast cancer) went from "life-threatening" to "gone" in 7 months. I did not expect it, but now I know, it was not a miracle. I'm not the only one. Look into it. There many success stores out there.

Although I believed that I had made mostly healthy choices in the past, I was also aware that I had been battling an array of physical, emotional and mental challenges most of my adult life.

As I transitioned to a cleansing diet, additional positive side effects stated showing up for me: emotional balance; escape from debilitating addictive behaviors; enhanced clarity of mind; strengthening of physical body and a desire to exercise; increased connection to creativity and spirit -- all things that I believed were lost to me (and humankind). I was probably clinically depressed! I attribute this awakening to rejecting SAD corporate food-like substances* and learning to celebrate real foods. Gratitude soon took over greif and now my spirit is alive again!

When toxins are removed from our systems, we can stop fighting for survival and allow ourselves the joyful experience of thriving!**

*This term,"food-like substances," cracks me up. It's so true. I first heard it used by Michael Pollan in The Omnivore's Dilemma. Go Michael! (
** I learned the difference between surviving and thriving from Tim Van Orden. Tim encouraged me to RUN again! (

The diseases and conditions vary. The cure is the same: Eat mostly raw, highest-quality, organic, plant-based diet, harvested as freshly as possible. AND, don't stress out. Love. Relax. It's your nature. Reclaim it.

I'll show you how to make it enjoyable, affordable and easy! I welcome your questions and suggestions!

Hugs! -Val

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Living Foods Retreat Night
 The Shakespeare Chateau Inn & Gardens
Living Foods Chef and Wieght-loss Councilor, 
Val Rae Jacobson

Demo and Dine Live!
$25 per person or $45 per couple
Mostly Local ~ Always Organic ~ Farm-fresh Food and Superfoods
Full Portions, not just samples. Mostly Vegan, Vegetarian, and High-Raw Menus
(Meat-eaters welcome and accommodated with RSVP)

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The Shakespeare Chateau Inn & Gardens
809 Hall Street
Saint Joseph, MO 64501

Thursdays in February and March
Feb. 7, 14*, 21 and 28
March 7, 14, 21 and 29

5:30 PM - Demo
Hands-on meal prep and Q & A with Val Jacobson, Living Foods Chef
Help prepare the meal, or take notes and photocopy them for the group

6:00 PM Dessert 1st!
Learn about "Sequential Eating" and the health benefits of this practice

6:30 - 8:00 Dinner
(dinner-only guests welcome with RSVP)

*Special Valentines Day Meal : Vegetarians, Vegans and Carnivores in Love.
> Learn complementary meal-preparation for eating habits that don't always agree.
> Enjoy a complimentary Fabulous Raw Chocolate Dessert in addition to your meal!

Q & A special Dinner Guests  (Dates TBA):
Local Historian and Innkeeper of The Shakespeare Chateau Bed &
Breakfast, Isobel McGowan
Integrative Nutritional Specialist, Jim Fly
Transitions Specialist, Judy Malnar
Organic Farmers, John and Stacy Goode

1. Add a box of farm-fresh produce from Goode Food Delivered to take home:
•Produce Boxes Starting at $15
•Extra Goode Extras: home-baked artisan breads from Whiskey Mansion B&B, farm-fresh eggs, 8 oz raw cheeses, local honey or preserves, fresh cut herbs (Changes Seasonally)
Call Megan or Penelope at 816-392-0820.
And/Or "like" Goode Food Delivered on facebook for weekly reminders and additional delivery options.

2. Relaxing (Digestive Aiding) Chair Massage before or after dinner, on site. Schedule with Deanne Brewkaw, 816-341-3852

3. Take home lunch (created from same meal-prep as dinner, but more
generous portions) $15 vegetarian, $20 paleolithic -( mostly veggies
with 3 oz of cooked organic locally-raised meat).
(Please bring your own containers, frozen coolie-pack and a "lunch box.")

4. Optional farm tour or "shop and dine" field trips to Kansas City and Lawrence on Saturday afternoons TBA

Please RSVP for class and extras by 7 PM Monday eve each week
to Val Jacobson 785-408-3188,