My name is Cherie and I love to share what I have learned on my journey through life. I enjoy writing about the fullness of life; its lessons and its pleasures. Life has not always been easy for me; like many of you, I have learned that it is through pain and suffering that we learn life’s lessons best. Life is fraught with challenges; some of them physically and emotionally painful, but that is what makes us strong and powerful. Life isn’t for wimps. I have packed a lot of living in my 65 years: I’ve traveled the world, had a variety of careers, been blessed to have worked with some amazing teachers, enjoyed the company of a few wonderful men and made lots of great friends. I have written several books, earned three black belts in karate (currently working on a forth), was in a serious airplane crash that took years to heal from, made a million bucks then invested it a vision that people thought was nuts: the worlds first raw vegan culinary school, Living Light Culinary Institute.
Most people know me as the “Mother of Gourmet Raw Vegan Cuisine” because I started creating delicious raw vegan foods, that look and taste likes your favorite comfort foods, when no one though it was possible and have gone on to trained the majority of raw food chefs, teachers and authors in 50 different countries around the planet. My husband and I own four eco-friendly businesses on the north coast of California, in addition to the school: Living Light Cafe, Living Light Marketplace, and the Living Light Inn. We have 40 employees and have been honored with several business awards. I’m a popular speaker at events around the world on a variety of subjects from making your passion your career and preparing foods that nourish the body and nurture the soul, to learning to love yourself and create an extraordinary life. I have been a hypnotherapist and spiritual counselor, a hair designer and platform artist, a karate teacher and a photographer’s model. I’ve had breast implants (got those puppies out a long time ago), a tattoo (alas I still have that), and was brought up catholic (love the ceremony; hate the dogma). I have a passion for creating gourmet raw vegan recipes and love teaching and sharing my years of culinary experience about raw culinary arts and nutrition. I eat a high raw diet, which keeps me young, energetic and healthy, but I am not 100% raw vegan 100% of the time (hate dogma, remember?) I eat what I want and it's usually raw vegan food (but not always).
I have a wonderful husband,Dan Ladermann, who is also my business partner. We enjoy playing on the beach with our two 2 doggies, dancing with hoola hoops, working together, traveling together, and just being together. We have a little place in Costa Rica, next door to my best friend of 35 years. It has a year round well and over a hundred fruit trees. One of our goals is to build a learning center there.
So, I have a lot to share about how to make the most of life even with its trial and tribulations; how to be grateful, even when life gives you lemons. And, if you are interested in food, you won’t be disappointed – it’s one of my favorite subjects and I don’t keep any secrets to myself.
In my blog I will offer my thoughts, my fears, my secrets to staying young longer and becoming more beautiful as you age. I will provide recipes and culinary tips, meditations and guidelines for creating mental magic, and share tips I’ve learned over the years that have helped me create a beautiful and meaningful life. For me, life is all about the mind/ body/ spirit connection.
They are all interconnected just like the systems of our physical body; each one does not function independent of the others and the health of one influences the health of the whole. Think of a chess game where all the pieces are moving at the same time and each move effects the others (try wrapping your mind around that!) Sometime you will find me to be all nuts and bolts and other times I am way out there! Take what you are ready for and leave the rest.