50 shades of raw

Matthew Kenney is without a doubt one of the most influential raw food  chefs and authors whose work, recipes and eateries have inspired many other chefs and restaurateurs and have treated many to top world class cuisine, raw one! I was fortunate to meet up with Matthew in his beautiful restaurant in Venice in Los Angeles where I have enjoyed definitely the most exquisite beautifully presented food – I still cannot get out of my mind the fresh coconut smoothie I have had there. And as Matthew has mentioned here his black pepper kelp noodles… I have tried them and may I say, 11 out of 10! I cannot wait to visit his new ventures for larger doses of health and happiness with Mr Kenney’s special touch.

Matthew, as soon as you started your career as a chef you were known for innovative cuisine, opening some of NY ́s top eateries in the ‘90s. I’m sure you have been asked millions times following question but here it is! What intrigued you to go raw in your personal and business life?

I had plans to have dinner with a friend in New York, and just before our meeting he let us know he was eating all raw. We ended up visiting a really small place where I was struck by the radiance and energy the people there seemed to have. The meal inspired me to approach raw foods using my classical training.As a part of my exploration of raw foods I also began eating raw and it only fueled my curiosity and eventually realigned my passion in culinary arts.

Did you consider yourself brave starting a 100% raw food restaurant years ago when it was even more taboo than these days? Or did your gut instinct tell you it would be a success?

I wasn’t sure how it would be received entirely, but I was sure that I was more passionate about creating raw cuisine than I had been about creating anything else in a while. I certainly believed that great dedication and passion often proceed to success.

You are well known as one of the leaders, innovators and pioneers in raw food cuisine. You are an inspiration to many  with your unique style. Where does your inspiration come from?

I would say a lot of my early inspiration came from growing up in Maine where I spent a lot of time in nature. These days I am heavily inspired by art, fashion, my travels, our team and our students.

When dining in your restaurant I didn’t have much of a feeling that I was in a raw food restaurant even though the menu is entirely raw! The class, the presentation, the ridiculously high quality ingredients, straightforward names of the dishes – the fact there’s nothing ‘hippy’ or weird about it makes it a completely unique raw dinning experience. I think doing
things in this way will appear more to more to the masses. Is that your intention or your style is ‘accidental’, meaning, simply your style?

We happen to make plant-based and raw cuisine but we are dedicated to ‘crafting the future of food’ and being at the forefront of change. We never intended to appeal to people who were into raw food, we  consider other high-end, contemporary, cutting-edge restaurants our  counterparts because we want to change the way people think about food as a whole. Before I got into raw food I was already a chef and restaurateur.

Apart from running successful raw food restaurants, opening new ones and publishing new books before one can say a kale chip, you also have a cooking academy! Tell us more about it and what made you start such a big project? What is your vision?

We started the first Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy because we realized that education is the key to changing diets and lives. At the moment we offer a variety of plant-based courses onsite in Santa Monica, Maine, and in the fall in Miami. We also have an online academy with an even larger course catalogue and students from all over the world! We strive to really empower our students to go out and create change in their communities. Having a conscious eatery myself I feel there is a bigger demand for it these days.

You are about to open a new restaurant in Miami, are we going to see you opening more raw food restaurants?

We receive more and more inquiries for private chefs, consulting, prospective students, and potential partnerships each day so I think there is a much higher demand. Miami will open in the fall of this year and we are also opening a juice bar/takeaway concept in Los Angeles as well as a restaurant and juice bar/takeaway in Merida Mexico. Everything we do will include raw cuisine.

We all know that a dedicated team is a secret to every business along with the passion of the founder and leader. You sure have a team of great chefs and restaurants staff. How important do you feel your personal presence is in your restaurants?

I love to be a part of almost everything we do but as we grow it’s becoming less realistic for me to be everywhere. When I’m in L.A. I visit our restaurant and academy there regularly and when we open in Miami I will spend a significant amount of time there.It’s important to be connected with my team and our students.Our core leadership team is also integral to the business as they represent a variety of talents, strengths, and traits and each of them work hard to support each sector of our business.

Do you still get in the kitchen quite often preparing food yourself or demands for other things from you have completely overtaken that?

I still love to create dishes for others and myself, I’ve been making a lot of my own dinners lately but we have a Director of Culinary Operations who oversees the culinary aspect of our business so I can focus on the business as a whole. He’s super creative and talented and I worked with him many years ago when he first got into raw cuisine so we are very much in alignment. When recreating some standard recipes and making raw food versions.

I always find it fascinating in your recipes and of some other raw food chefs, how on earth you come up with a formula using completely different ingredients than those used for that non raw dish and make it taste so similar and amazing! I mean… how do you guys do that?!

I can’t speak for others but I would say that my classical training laid the foundation for me. It’s really important to learn the basics of flavor balancing, recipe writing, proper knife skills, etc. Some dishes have been made by ‘mistakes’, our Kimchi Dumpling wrappers for example were invented while I was trying to create something else.

As a restaurateur myself and being the creative force behind it, having my name so close to it like yourself I’m still struggling from time to time to deliver expectations so many expect of me and my restaurants and sometimes regardless how much you give, offer and effort you put in people will still find space for criticism. I try not to stress about it even though it is not easy. Do you come across the same situation and what is your view on it? How do you respond? How do you deal with stress that naturally comes with the restaurant industry? As I have met you personally I felt a pleasant calmness about you that is rather rare to see in a busy restaurant entrepreneur!

I do the best I can each day. I always rise early and try to balance my work with things like exercise and spending time with my cat.Yoga has always been extremely important to me as is spending time outside.I often feel like I can’t keep up with everything I need to keep up with so I try my best to ignore anything I don’t need to know (like criticism that isn’t constructive).

When talking to people about raw way of eating I’m constantly told that it is too complicated and takes lots of time to do it. What do you say to people when given this ‘excuse’ that eating raw is hard for them to do time wise?

We wrote Everyday Raw Express so people could make raw food quickly, we also created the app for the same reason, and a lot of reasons why we are in education is to teach and show people that it can be incredibly simple and amazing but also give them the skills to create complex dishes if they want to. I eat pretty simply and I think the more dedicated you are to quality ingredients the less you feel like you need to tamper with them.

What advice you can give to someone deciding to start a raw food lifestyle or to simply incorporate more raw in their diet and let go of eating habits that do not serve them?

The best thing to do is to start your day with a green juice, preferably, or a smoothie. It sets your palate and helps you make smarter choices as the day progresses.

If you were to serve a dinner to a meat and potato eating person and expecting to ‘impress’ them, what would you serve? Is there a top dish you make that never fails to impress even the most skeptical?

Our lasagna continues to impress people over the years and we have a Black Pepper Kelp Noodle dish that is also a very popular dish.

You are dessert and chocolate master. Does this mastery come from your love of sweet pleasures?

I think raw desserts are a really great way to get people to be less hesitant about raw cuisine so it’s really important for us to perfect them. We wrote Raw Chocolate and Everyday Raw Desserts with this in mind, we are also developing a course called Plant-Based Raw Desserts for www.matthewkenneyonline.com in hopes that more people will begin to abandon sweets high in unhealthy fats and sugars.

I guess raw food cuisine is quite accepted as a cuisine in Los Angeles where your restaurant is and surely Miami will be responding the same. When travelling abroad or even within United States how easy or difficult is it to present this cuisine and inspire people to have a go?

Los Angeles is just starting to create a buzz with plant-based, not necessarily raw, cuisine.There are lots of people who eat raw cuisine in Los Angeles but M.A.K.E. sees a lot of people who are not even raw or vegan and I think the popularity of other plant-based restaurants and juice bars shows that it’s beginning to be more widely accepted and appreciated. Miami is not as progressive as far as health and wellness, a lot of the restaurants there don’t have many healthy or fresh options but our concept there will be both a restaurant and culinary academy within a wellness center and the community can’t wait. As time progresses and the more I travel and connect with people all over the world I’m often learning about new places or people who are leading these movements in places you wouldn’t expect!

What is your ultimate goal? What drives you?

I personally, and professionally, know that good food and health go hand in hand. So many people lead less than pleasant lifestyles in large part because of their diets. As a company, we are driven by our desire to bring together culinary art and ultimate nutrition. We are really dedicated to ‘crafting the future of food’ through innovation and creative thinking.

As you have welcomed me to your lovely restaurant in Santa Monica I hope to one day in near future welcome you to my home of health & happiness in beautiful Ibiza. Thank you for your time and may I and my Passion wish you all the best in your mission on spreading the message of this amazing cuisine, healthy lifestyle and consciousness that comes with it into preserving our planet and creating better future for generations to come.

Thank you so much for including us, it’s my pleasure and I do hope to connect with you in Ibiza soon. Thank you for all the work you do to create positive change and inspire others to live their best.

“Deciding to change the direction of my career is the best professional decision I’ve ever made. It’s easy to be a standard chef, people are addicted to butter, fat, meat, dairy, salt, and sugar. To give people something they need, and make them desire it, has been more challenging but who doesn’t love a challenge that can change the world?”

“Raw food is the most colorful on the planet—it literally jumps off the plate! Raw is very modern, forgoing heavy sauces, dairy products, and breads, allowing each bite to pack maximum flavor. In every one of my raw dining experiences, I have found that the food ends up not only being enjoyed but also being used as a conversational piece, where guests marvel at their surprise to learn the food before them is composed of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, none of which have been cooked, canned, or processed in any way.”

Create the best life ever

by Taylor Wells

Taylor is an Author; founder and owner – with her husband – of Prana Power Yoga, United Nations Yoga Peace Ambassador; Boston Herald Columnist; Clinical Psychologist; Boston Herald Blogger; Master Yoga & Spiritual Teacher; Creator and sole writer of Super-mom.com; and Healthy Lifestyle Activist. Taylor trains over 100 yoga teachers a year in her renowned Prana Power Yoga Teacher Training Program in both Massachusetts and New York. She is a happy super-mom of five, including twin two-year-old boys.

The woman is Superwoman!

Here Taylor shares with us few daily habits she practices religiously…to keep her going!

I do three things on a daily basis that help me to create the BEST LIFE EVER. They really work, and anyone can do them, so listen up and fasten your seat belt!

First I practice “yoga” every day. Now don’t put the magazine down now thinking, “Ugh, I can’t do yoga,” or “I don’t like yoga,” or “I ain’t flexible.”

When I say “yoga,” I put quotations around the word “yoga” because your yoga can be anything that grounds you, calms you, focuses you and makes you feel happy. For me it’s yoga asana, for others it’s taking a hot bath with Epsom salt and baking soda (try this–it rocks), gardening, baking, biking, reading, meditating, writing, walking in nature, and so on. Find something, and do it. Consistently.

Next, I practice Deliberate Creation, utilizing the Law of Attraction. Chances are, you’ve heard about the Law of Attraction–like attracts like. Whatever I put out comes back to me. It is law.

Because of the Law of Attraction, we are all creating all day every day, whether we know it or not. Deliberately Creating means that I am creating on purpose. I am very mindful moment-to-moment as I walk my path that every word I speak and thought I think work FOR me. I focus on what I want instead of what I don’t want.

Whatever I focus on I am creating more of–wanted or unwanted–so I have come up with some tools to help me stay focused on my intention to create and live the life of my dreams.

One tool is my Inspiration Cards. I “do” them every day and they help me to create what I want moment to moment in my life. By reading these inspiration cards every morning when I practice yoga, I plant the seeds for my day in the fertile soil of my mind.

The third thing I do on a daily basis is enjoy any and all foods in moderation.

Because of the Law of Attraction, we are all creating all day every day, whether we know it or not

I love and believe in the amazing health promoting and healing qualities of raw food I felt super free while I was raw vegan for 7 years because I ate raw chocolate cake every day and felt great and was super healthy but after 7 years of raw I realized and smiled at the thought that what I’d really missed was steamed broccoli or roasted Brussels sprouts on a big salad!

I also noticed that I had even more energy eating everything in moderation and that true freedom gives birth to endless energy and creativity.

So try one, two, or all three of my Principles and see what happens.

WARNING: You will feel happy, inspired, hopeful, successful, excited, focused, calm, clear, energized and on track after utilizing these 3 principles.

Have the BEST DAY EVER! Namaste! Taylor plus 5

“Until further notice, celebrate everything.”

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The Rawkstar

by Julie Wilson

In the summer of 2004 I was diagnosed with “borderline Crohn’s disease”, “spastic colon”, and “chronic irritable bowel syndrome”. I was living on prescription medication and sustained myself by eating crackers and soft drinks.

I was more than sick; I was severely malnourished. The intense pain I experienced on a daily basis came to be a normal, natural reaction that I became accustomed to. In fact, I really don’t recalla day during those years that I didn’t suffer. Pain, bloating, fatigue, sallow skin, yellow eyes, dull hair, and exhaustion were the best words that described me in my twenties.

The doctors of course gave me a dim outlook, reminding me every time I would go to see them that I could only treat my symptoms with drugs and try to eat as bland of a diet as possible. Oh, and the other thing that was preached at me was not to eat raw vegetables and fruits. Swear to God.

My condition worsened, and by spring of 2006 I couldn’t take it anymore. The pain was so intense that it kept me awake at night. The medication wasn’t working, and it made me feel terrible. I was done listening to my doctors.

I went to the local bookstore and perused the aisles for anything that would strike my eye. I had already tried just about every gimmicky diet, and none of them had any effect on my symptoms. The only thing that seemed to work to my advantage at all was when I avoided animal products, so I started picking up books that focused on a vegetarian diet.

I stumbled across a book that focused on the “raw food diet”, and spoke about the healing effect it has on the body. I plopped down on the carpet and read it from cover to cover. Everything in it just made so much sense. I was sucked into every chapter, soaking in every word and embracing the information. I had never heard of a “raw food diet”, but the more I read, the more convinced I became.

I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it myself.

I went 100% raw overnight. I stopped drinking coffee, alcohol, sodas, and only drank pure spring water and raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cold-pressed oils. I also periodically fasted on fresh green juices and herbal tea. I became a master “salad creator” and would spend hours slicing and chopping fresh produce, juicing vegetables, and preparing new raw dishes. I also did an intense parasite cleanse which I feel might have been the most important step of all.

As much as I’d love to tell you that I felt fabulous immediately, I didn’t. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I got weaker, sicker, and experienced an onset of symptoms that were worse than ever before. However, I didn’t give up. Continued research had taught me that this was a sign of major detoxification, and a rise in symptoms was common since diseased tissue and toxins are released into the bloodstream for removal through the skin, lungs, and bowels.

I was steadfast and focused. I wasn’t giving up, and thankfully within a couple months my symptoms started easing. My skin cleared, my eyes sparkled, and the pain in my intestines? Gone.

I implemented yoga and meditation and started taking strong herbal supplements such as Probiotics, MSM, Reishi, Turmeric, Chlorella, and Fish oil. I felt better than I had ever remembered.

Six months from that miraculous day that I went “raw”, I went to the doctor for a check-up. She performed a Barium X-ray on my stomach, and when she read me the results, she literally gasped in disbelief. I had no scar tissue in my intestines (I was riddled with it before).

I have since added some cooked foods back into my diet, but I am able to enjoy foods that I used to not even be able to look at, because I am now working with a healthy, strong digestive system.

I still eat a predominantly raw, organic diet and I am still predomi- nantly a vegetarian, but I occasionally enjoy wild-caught fish and raw organic cheeses (specifically goat’s varieties), as well as other animal products from time to time (I only choose organic, hormone-free, and sustainable if at all possible).

When I decided to start my company, Raw-Nation®, it was because I was sick of listening to the “naysayers” criticizing my lifestyle and tell me I was acting crazy. I decided it was time to create a company that was “hip” instead of “hippie”. I wanted to make raw, organic foods and herbs sexy and appealing to the mainstream. How could I do this? It was easy: make my debut product a sexual enhancement supplement!

I compiled seven of the most powerful sexual and vitality enhancing herbs and superfoods that I knew of, and put them together to create a synergistic formula that later came to be known as Raw-Nation’s Hot Rawks, the only certified organic libido enhancer on the market.

Yes, it’s definitely been a surreal journey indeed. I can hardly believe I went from being sick and depleted to a vibrantly healthy entrepreneur.

Take your health in your hands! Love and Abundant Blessings

www.hotrawks.com

Interview with David Wolfe

Need I say I was blushing and bursting with excitement for the most amazing hour spent talking to the most amazing man ever! We all have our guides, people we look up to, the one who make a profound impression on us, who inspire us just by the way they are and to me this is David Wolfe. His big heart and love for nature, his words, teaching, totally free information that he puts out there selflessly, incredible books he has written and people I have met on my path following his teaching have all made incredible and a super positive change in my life and I cannot express how grateful I am and how much love I have for this incredible human being. And I’m 100% sure there are many who feel the same about David Wolfe.

In general, how are we and our planet doing right now? On a global level, how bright is our future?

It is the brightest that it has ever been and it is the worst that it has ever been seen, it is both. We are in the middle of it. It’s getting better and better and it is getting worse and worse at an alarming rate.

David, you are an amazing author, the information you give and the way you deliver it is astounding. Where does YOUR inspiration come from?

I’m inspired by very simple things. I’m inspired a lot by nature, by springs and spring water. I’m inspired by trees, by glorious cloudscapes, I’m inspired by the great ancient cities of the world like Cousco in Peru. I’m inspired by having a moment in the forest by myself walking barefoot for hours. That inspires me…big time. So I guess I draw my inspiration from very simple things…I guess from most people’s perspective simple.

You have been a raw foodist for the majority of your life….

Yes, almost twenty years, and really that is totally raw. I’ve been into raw food for over 23 years.

I’m often asked why raw food”? First, I say that personally, I’m thriving on it. And very often when I just can’t go into depth, I just say David Wolfe eats it” With the research and information that you have and the fact that you are doing it is good enough for me. I don’t need any
other explanation!

Right on, thank you!

Since being a raw foodist, what is the biggest change that you have noticed in your body, in your mind, in your performance?

I know my body, I’m aware of what is going on in my body and that is the biggest change. That is the biggest change for everybody.  Eating a totally raw food diet is not for most people but if you did it for a while you will learn more about your body than any diet you ever did and anything you have ever done, because it strips away all of the filler, for lack of the better word. So thats gone and you know exactly what lettuce does, exactly what broccoli does, you know exactly what olive oil does, you know exactly what avocados do. You just get really clear and this is the best benefit of eating raw food.

The second thing it does is allow you to have hope that things are going to get better, because I haven’t aged like normal people age and the way my body works, I mean, I’m not an athlete but Jeez! I don’t have any soreness and I don’t have any aches and pains in my body whatsoever.

You hear people saying my body needs meat, I follow a blood group diet or any other diet…

People just don’t know, they are completely guessing, they actually have no idea what they are talking about.

So when you say raw food is not for everyone, or people who tried some raw foods say it gives them a bad stomach or they are not performing well. How do we know who it is for and who is not for?

See how you feel, you have to try it and see how you feel. But when people just make stuff up and say they need to eat this because of this reason it’s almost 99% of the time made up. They actually really have no experience and they don’t really know what they are talking about, they are just regurgitating what somebody said or what was read in a book or something like that. Raw plant based food is the REAL experience. You are actually really experiencing what is going on with your body and there is no substitute for that.

And really, raw food is not about restrictions, it’s about changing our habits.

Right, yeah, absolutely! Is just going back to what is simple. What standard diets are today and what is on the menu is completely contaminated with meat and dairy products, totally contaminated processed foods, dangerous types of salt, sugarised drinks, the list just goes on and on… So this is why we have to strip it away, this is why the raw food is so powerful. In one swoop you just strip all that stuff away.

It can be really overwhelming for someone who has been conditioned for years to eat this very damaging kind of diet to start making healthier choices. So what would you recommend to someone willing to make changes and take those baby steps?

The absolutely number one step is to go organic. Conventional food quality is so poor and I’m not even going to get into a discussion about chemicals…I don’t even want to argue about that. The quality of food, the flavour, the taste, the texture is so bad…it’s ridiculous, it’s at that point, it’s inedible. So let alone any kind of conversation about organic food really being better or is it worth the money? It’s like the base line. Organic food is not even that good, we have to get back to growing our own food, wild food and eat local. Eating organic is a base line, is not the end of the argument it is the beginning of the distinction, it is the beginning of separation. Organic is actually very low quality to me. Home grown or wild, that is high quality, this is what I can eat, this is what I get excited about.

Exactly what you are saying is what I miss when I’m away from Ibiza. I miss my local farms where I know people who are growing my fruit and veg and when I get warm eggs that were laid by happy chicks living in a natural environment like they were supposed to. Even when I’m elsewhere and buying organic I still don’t know, but when I get my local farm veg box…

You know!

Talking about animals, animal farming, cruelty we have commited….it is so soul destroying. You talk about it in your Sunfood diet book and huge karmic debt that we are in. So, what can we do now, on an every day basis to start repaying this debt?

Our way of life is our message. Who you are speaks so loudly that no one will ever hear the words you say. The way you live your life is your message. That to me is ultimately the karmic payback. What we realise in this part of the journey that you will have to pay back all the karma, I had to pay all the karma and I had to go through the unwinding of it all, I had to deal with it all that and everybody will have to and if they don’t do it in this lifetime they will have to do it in the next lifetime and if they don’t do it then it is going to keep piling up and it’s eventually is going to be the time to pay the piper. So you might as well do it now. And we have committed so many atrocities against each other and against animals and our planet that we’ve got to start rectifying it now.

David, what is your vision of paradise?

My vision of paradise is a very libertarian vision where each person’s own paradise doesn’t interfere with another person’s and that each person is able to beautify the planet, beautify themselves, beautify their living space and leave the actual planet better than they found it. That vision has to do with working with nature to achieve what nature wants. I definitely feel that there is an aspect of me that is always trying to arrange eco systems that even thousands of years from now someone will be on that spot and go…something is going on here! For example, I have 31 different types of local rock dust that I have put in my orchard at my house, so that place geologically will be different for tens of thousands of years because it has tons of rock dust in that little space so the soil make up is very, very unique and very, very special and will always grow very interesting trees and plants.

Tell us about your Plant the Fruit Tree foundation?

I really believe very strongly in working with plants and I think this is really the salvation of the human race and salvation of any human on any planet, is to work with plants on that planet in order to have peace and harmony within oneself, that in growing the garden and planting the trees and plants. They teach us how to find that inner calm and that inner connection to all that is. That is a big part of what I believe and what I am about.

How many trees you are planning to plant with foundation, I think something like billions!

Yes, 18 billion and we have planted quite a few! We have planted hundreds of thousands of fruit trees, not even a million yet, let alone billions, but little goals well accomplished become big goals.

Talking about trees, let’s talk about one of your favourite trees, cacao trees…and chocolate, the number one longevity food.

Yes, chocolate is the number one longevity food, number two is olive oil, number three is honey, number four is red wine and number five is not food, is tobacco. And people say, what do you mean tobacco, tobacco kills people. Tobacco doesn’t, chemicals put in cigarettes are killing people. It is very dangerous and if you Google radioactivity you will find that conventional tobacco is all contaminated with radioactivity. It’s just beyond..

Talking about radioactivity, I’m very concerned while buying my algae in health food stores as they are all coming from Japan. I was told by health food shop owners that they have all been tested, but as we all know we cannot rely on those infos what is tested and safe for us anymore…how do we know?

Get the Geiger counter so you can test it yourself. There is a lot of contamination com- ing out of Japan. A friend of mine did this last month and he did it on all the seaweed coming to Hawai and all of them were radioactive!

So let’s talk chaga!

Chaga is from the cold forests of the world like Siberia, China, Korea, Northern Europe, Mongolia, Canada and the USA. Cacao is from the tropical forests of the world….

…But it is amazing how we can all adapt to them and thrive on them…

Medicinal mushrooms like chaga are allies to whole life. They are allies to life. You can feed Chaga tea to a dog. Dogs never had chaga and they do not have chaga in their genetical history and there is probably nothing better to feed your dog then Chaga tea.

I probably will!

Yes, it’s amazing! The story that we have, is the idea that what we ate in the past that we should eat now…I mean, our ancestors never had chaga tea. This is the first time that in tens of thousands of years we are drinking chaga teas, so how can we digest it? Chaga has hypoallergenic properties, it is anti-allergy, it is the most auto immunological thing out there, its alkalinity is superior to anything ever.

So cacao and chaga is the way to go!

I had chaga and cacao analysed in a laboratory and one day the guy from the laboratory calls me and says ‘you know I think that cacao and chaga based on mineral data would go perfect together?’

You were probably like ‘Dude I have been doing that for years!’

True! And there is that interesting synergy between the two and what is going to happen to chaga in a few years is that is going to be more valuable than ginseng, because it is more powerful and is more appropriate. People cannot tolerate ginseng, chaga is easy, pregnant woman can drink chaga even if she never had any herbs in her life. Chaga is so gentle, it’s incredible. So we are going to see in the next 100 years chaga will be one of the most valuable herbs in the world.

Well, you will be able to report that to us from Earth as you are going to live to… how long again is ‘your goal’?

3000! I’ve only got 2958 years to go!

Wow! Fabulous! Wish I can say I’ll make you raw cupcakes!  Thank you so much, David! What an honour, what a pleasure to talk to you!

Awesome, thank you! And your magazine… wow, what a beautiful job you have done!

Dearest David, until we meet again I will treasure and thrive on energy I received by spending time with you. I’m eternally grateful.