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Healing the Relationship with Food: Part One

Healing our Relationship with Food – Part one.

Has food become your enemy?  Has your body become the enemy?

For many, food the most basic, life –sustaining sustenance has become the enemy.  Our bodies have become the enemy.  How did this happen?

Everything is energy vibrating from extremely low to extremely high and everything in between… including our food and our thoughts    Many have heard me say, “If you judge your food it will judge you back”.

The energy of judgement is very low and the energy of unconditional love is extremely high.

Keeping this in mind, it is not hard to imagine what happens when we judge our food and what is possible when we bless it with love and gratitude and our undivided, loving attention.    When we bless our food we give it every opportunity to bless our body no matter what it is.

I had a client about 6 years ago that challenged this premise to the extreme.  (By the way, the more we ask for evidence and receive it, the stronger our faith grows).  This client and I had been working together for about 6 months and during that time her God-given health had been restored and she had met her weight loss goal.    Then it was time to go on a cruise….something she had been looking forward to for a long time.    It was time to really put to the ultimate test what she now knew and believed.

Was it possible to go on a cruise where FOOD is the main attraction; bless it and enjoy it without sabotaging her good health?  The proof is in the puddin’.  She lost weight on the cruise.  Who does that!

A client asked me the other day, “How do we stay out of judgement of our food when we are being poisoned by toxic GMO food.   It is becoming almost impossible to avoid them and to even know what is in our food”.   I understood exactly where she was coming from.   I have been such a loud voice of resistance to these “so-called” man-made foods over the years.  Even, as I am preaching, “Don’t judge your food!”

If you peruse my blogs you will find many filled with judgement around food.  I have resisted the impulse to delete these…why?  Because I realize that nothing changes until we change our mind.  I think it is important to let people see my authentic, organic journey and how it has evolved over time; how what I believe changes as I stay open to divine guidance and revelation.   What the ego-mind thinks and believes is always based in past experience.  How can we grow if we stay stuck in the past – right?

I love how Divine Timing is always right on time.  I had the answer to her question.  It came in a divine download the day before….One of those that make me sit straight up in bed and grab pen and paper before I forget.  Spirit knew I would need this the very next day…amazing!

You might have heard me talk about the message I received a few weeks ago that went something like this; “The Cause of all life and the Source Energy (God if you like) that created heaven and earth must be in all of life.  It could not be any other way.  So, it stands to reason that good is in everything if you believe that God is good and this good is Love.

We may call something “manmade”, but the reality?  God Stuff or Good Stuff runs through all of it.   Creative clay (divine inspiration) and physical clay (Mother Earth – God’s birthing place) births all of our creations.

With this in mind, how might we amplify the good that is the back of everything and bring it into the forefront?  Love and gratitude does this…Not only in our food, but in everyone, every event, every creation.  Judgement keeps the good (the love) buried.   Jesus knew this and the power we have within to change our reality.  He said do not judge and love everyone.

Being born of love we were born to see love.   It is at the heart of everyone.  When we look for the good in others we bring the good into the light.  We bring out the very best of them.  The Love…the Truth.

I love synergy.  It is one of the ways Spirit provides guidance and confirmation.  My eyes are open to it and it never ceases to flabbergast me.   I just finished listening to “Peace Pilgrim” a few days ago and low and behold she had received pretty much the same message many, many years ago.  What an amazing journey she walked for peace from 1953 – 1981.  Many lives were changed with the message she brought.   Her message:

“This is the way of peace:  Overcome, evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love.”   Find out more about her pilgrimage here:  https://www.peacepilgrim.org

I love the simple prayer she spoke every night before going to sleep:  “Thank you for your guidance and protection and for using me”.   I have made it mine.

If food has become the enemy in your experience, you might experiment with a love and gratitude blessing over your food (no matter what it is) and then give it your undivided, loving attention…turn off the TV, close the book.  Pay attention to the flavors and textures.  Pay attention to when you feel satisfied.    Enjoy it.

Love and gratitude raises the vibration of the food.  This is something that can be seen (ask me how).  Your loving attention and enjoyment brings it into alignment with your body.  There is a GOOD reason every culture has been blessing food for from the beginning of time in one form or another.

Feel free to use my food blessing:
“Thank you for this delicious abundance!  Thank you for every creation that took part in this one.  Thank you for the blessing of perfect nourishment this now provides this body.  And, thank you for the miracle of this body that knows EXACTLY what to do with it.  Thank you for the sheer pleasure it brings!  In immense appreciation, love and gratitude….Amen!

While you are at it, extend the love and gratitude into the world’s food supply.  Many, many people do not have a choice in what they eat.    We have the power with our prayers and blessings to bring out the good collectively.   As within, so without….

Up Next…More on “Healing the Relationship with Food”…When food has become the enemy.

Bless you!

Intuitive Chef Gail

PS:  It is that time of year again – ALREADY!  This healthful rendition of our family traditional turkey and dressing will blow your mind!  Savor and enjoy all of the flavor of the holiday!


No Turkey & Dressing                                                                                     8 Servings
(Vegan/Vegetarian Option)                                                                                              

2 1/2 cups prepared white quinoa (cooked with Imagine No Chicken Broth)
2 eggs (or 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed + 4 tablespoons water)
1/3 cup organic milk (So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk beverage for vegan version)
1 teaspoon Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup nutritional yeast

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.   Coat a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish or 3 quart casserole with a fine layer of spray oil or grease with butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Allow mixture to stand at room temperature until thickened to an “egg-like” consistency, about 5 minutes.  If using eggs, whisk until foamy.
  3. Into flax mixture or eggs; whisk in milk, vinegar, salt and nutritional yeast.  Fold in quinoa.  Set aside.

Next:
3 tablespoon butter (or Earth Balance butter)
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 large stalks of celery, chopped fine
1 small red bell pepper, chopped fine
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 small apple, peeled and chopped fine
1 tablespoon rubbed sage (or to taste)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
½ teaspoon dried rosemary
1 cup Imagine No Chicken Broth
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon cracked pepper, or to taste
2 cups Beyond Meat Chicken Substitute (optional)
3 boiled eggs, chopped (or ½ cup organic extra firm tofu chopped to look like boiled eggs)

Heat large stainless pot or Dutch oven (iron is great) over medium high and melt butter.  Add onions, celery and bell pepper in that order with a fat pinch of salt and sauté for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and herbs, sautéing for another minute or until herbs are very fragrant.

Stir in broth, “quinoa mixture”, salt and pepper.  Add meat substitute if using (or, real turkey or chicken and broth if you are a meat-eater).  Gently fold in boiled eggs or tofu.  Pour dressing into prepared baking dish.

Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until dressing is set (doesn’t jiggle) and is starting to brown along the edges.   Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Don’t forget the cranberry sauce! There is a recipe on the back of every bag of fresh cranberries.  Just use xylitol or powered stevia for no-sugar version.



photo credit/Karen Guthrie

Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Session with The Intuitive Chef can help you?  Schedule a “No Charge” 15 minute exploratory session here: http://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/


About Gil:

Gail Blair’s intuitive journey began as she began working her passion for food in 2009. In 2012 she birthed “Food Revelation” not having clue how relevant the name would prove to be.   Shortly thereafter she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and her intuitive gifts were ignited.

As a plant-based chef turned Food & Medical Intuitive she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their natural, God-given health through her “Food ISTalking” Intuitive Food Compatibility process.

Over the years, as her gifts have expanded, she has become a conduit for revelation (the name she gives to the Divine Wisdom she receives).  The 7 most important revelations led her to create the Evolution of FREE Health books and video series. The “Evolution of FREE Health” is the remembrance of our natural, God-given health.

The first book released in 2016, “The Quinoa Cookbook Journey” is a super creative and tasty introduction into the series. The 2nd book in the Evolution of FREE Health series, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” is the focus of her latest speaking tour and the video series she is releasing to the public as she goes through the publishing process.

Keep up with Gail at:
http://www.foodrevelation.com/about/
https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/
https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/
https://twitter.com/foodrevelation
Intuitive Chef Gail Blair on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UWl9wf5W0
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or licensed nutritionist.  I am an intuitive.  Services and information provided in the form of tips, recipes, and nutrition advice does not qualify as a substitution for your medical doctor’s protocol or advice. I encourage you to trust your instincts and do what feels right to you, but seek guidance from your doctor concerning your health and wellness.

Keeping Your Cool This Summer

The dog days of summer have arrived.  It’s funny; as I get older the heat bothers me less and less with the exception of nighttime.   I like to snuggle under the covers.   I crank the air down to 69 at night.  As soon as I roll out of bed, the thermostat goes to 85 and I never break a sweat.  If Molly (picture above) is not covered up well, she ends up under the bed!  With the house that cool, it takes a while to warm up.   I’ve realized I save money keeping the house so cool at night (off peak) – The air may not kick on until after 3:00 some days.

If you have a furnace burning within and you do not have a baby in the oven, summer can be unbearable.  This was the focus of a client session recently and prompted this share.

And, is the topic of “the 3rd missing link” in the upcoming book, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” – All bodies in nature thrive in perfect balance including the human body.

We keep hearing that chronic inflammation is the cause of a lot of chronic disease and some schools of thought blame it on an over-active immune response to a perceived threat.   This makes sense only if you believe the body is the enemy.  Spirit tells me otherwise.   My experience as a food and medical intuitive over the years – confirms.

The body is always doing the “right thing” and every symptom is the body’s way of telling us something we are “doing or thinking” is out of alignment with optimum health. The body is always striving for life even at the expense of body parts.  For instance, you can live for a long time with osteoporosis, but the acid that causes it will kill you in an instant if it reaches your blood.

Chronic inflammation is a message that the body is literally burning on the inside.    This is not the normal fever we get to alert us to infection and brings healing white blood cells and nutrients to the sight of an injury or infection.  This kind of inflammation results in chronic conditions like; heart disease, arthritis, crohns, ulcers, osteoporosis, gum disease, gout, etc.  if the cause is left unchecked.

The word inflammation has become so common place, the meaning has been lost.  It is a child of the word “inflamed”… to set aflame, ablaze, or afire; set on fire.     So the body is burning inside….  Youch!  In this state the organs no longer function as designed and will eventually become diseased if the message is not received and corrections made.   Malnutrition happens as the digestive organs can no longer assimilate nutrients. The client I spoke of above could not assimilate fat.  What is causing the burning?

Too much acid.  Like the blood, the overall body pH wants to be alkaline.  When the body is acidic, overtime it becomes inflamed.   Think about it.  When you put acid on your skin, it burns – right?  Acid burns inside and out.

The body does the very best it can to neutralize acid before it can hit the blood stream with the tools it has. Essential nutrients like minerals are the tools. When the body does not have enough to neutralize acid, it robs the bones for these life saving tools. Osteoporosis is a clear sign the body has been very acidic over a long period time.

A body out of balance throws the body’s organs out of balance too.  Another clear sign the body is too acidic; the gut becomes too alkaline.  It cannot effectively digest food.  Undigested food mixed with bile (acid) is regurgitated back into the esophagus….super painful.  Antacids and meds used to treat this painful condition provides temporary relief  by neutralizing stomach acid.   Acid reflux is a symptom of not enough acid in the gut.  Taking these meds is not a long term solution.  Correcting your pH is.  Undigested food not only hurts the upper GI tract, it acerbates irritable bowel diseases like diverticulitis, crohn’s, colitis and can lead to a leaking gut.

To put out the fire the solution is simple, (most real solutions are).   Raise the pH of the body.  What we eat and drink has the ability to do this.

Many have been told that a good way to raise the pH is to drink high alkaline water.  This can be effective and it can also be counterproductive if it is consumed anywhere close to mealtime.  Like antacids, it will neutralize your stomach acid and will inhibit digestion if not totally interrupting it.  Drink these waters between meals.

For that matter, it is best not to drink anything at all when eating.  Doing so “dilutes” your stomach acid and enzymes.  Wine is the exception to this rule – it is food.  For highest best digestion, eat slowly and leave the beverage off the table.  If you have acid reflux, following this one rule may bring relief.

If you are unsure about how to bring the body back into balance, I am always here to help.  The body always knows exactly what it needs to balance itself and you can know what it knows.  Food ­IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility testing can help you until you can discern for yourself your food needs.  Schedule a session here:  http://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/

If you think you might be suffering from chronic inflammation and would like to know what your body pH is, I would be happy to intuit it for you at no charge.  You can test this for yourself with a litmus strip.  The best time is between lunch and dinner; 3 hours before or after eating or drinking anything.  Spit once to clear the mouth before spitting on the strip.  Follow the litmus strips directions exactly for the most accurate reading.  (FYI – I have found the saliva produces a more accurate reading than urine.  It comes very close to what I receive intuitively and many people have tested me this way).

The recipe below is guaranteed to cool you off! Nature’s Gatorade!  (PS:  Not compatible if you have fungus in the body.  This high sugar fruit will feed it.)

Cucumber & Watermelon Salad                                                         Serves 6-8

2 tablespoon champagne vinegar or white balsamic
1 tablespoon honey
Juice from a large lime
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
4 cups diced seedless watermelon
½ cup thinly sliced red onion or to taste
¼ cup fresh chopped basil and mint (cilantro is good too)
4 cups salad greens

In large bowl whisk together vinegar, honey, lime juice and salt.  Toss cucumber, watermelon, onion and herbs in dressing.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Serve on top salad greens, drizzling greens with dressing.

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Photo Credit/Karen Guthrie

Photo Credit/Karen Guthrie

Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Session with The Intuitive Chef can help you?  Schedule a “No Charge” 15 minute exploratory session here:
http://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/

About Gail:

Gail Blair’s intuitive journey began as she began working her passion for food in 2009. In 2012 she birthed “Food Revelation” not having clue how relevant the name would prove to be.   Shortly thereafter she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and her intuitive gifts were ignited.

As a plant-based chef turned Food & Medical Intuitive she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their natural, God-given health through her “Food IS Talking” Intuitive Food Compatibility process.

Over the years, as her gifts have expanded, she has become a conduit for revelation (the name she gives to the Divine Wisdom she receives).  The 7 most important revelations led her to create the Evolution of FREE Health books and video series. The “Evolution of FREE Health” is the remembrance of our natural, God-given health.

The first book released in 2016, “The Quinoa Cookbook Journey” is a super creative and tasty introduction into the series. The 2nd book in the Evolution of FREE Health series, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” is the focus of her latest speaking tour and the video series she is releasing to the public as she goes through the publishing process.

Keep up with Gail at:

http://www.foodrevelation.com/about/

https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/

https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/

https://twitter.com/foodrevelation

Intuitive Chef Gail Blair on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UWl9wf5W0

I am not a doctor or licensed nutritionist.  I am an intuitive.  Services and information provided in the form of tips, recipes, and nutrition advice does not qualify as a substitution for your medical doctor’s protocol or advice. I encourage you to trust your instincts and do what feels right to you, but seek guidance from your doctor concerning your health and wellness.

 

A Surrender Experiment

You may have heard that “giving and receiving” is all the same.  More accurately; they work together – NATURALLY.   What is receiving?  The word “receive” contains the energy of surrender; to allow –surrender to.  Interesting…the word “give” is also infused with the energy of surrender; to give up.
Let me tell you a story….

The story starts with a book, “The Surrender Experiment” by Michael A. Singer.  I had already read his book “The Untethered Soul” and it was super affirming of my current understanding of who I AM.  It is one of those books I recommend often.  Then The Surrender Experiment showed up on my radar.  Honestly, as I write this I don’t know how it came to me.  I just know it resonated at such a deep level I could not put it down or better said – turn it off.  I listened to Michael himself tell the story on Audible.

Let me say right here, I am a book-a-holic.  The thought of listening to a book never really appealed to me.  I enjoy reading a book I can hold in my hand.  Then came Audible.  I love listening when I’m driving. It makes the drive so much more fun!  And, I’m able to enjoy even more books.
Anyway, I had no idea the depth of this man’s journey.  I had no clue what had been built or how far his reach was due to his decision to just surrender to life; going where life led.  Never saying NO to whatever life dropped at his doorstep.  Just allowing life to unfold without resistance.

We think we know what is best for us.  We do not.  Or, our “Ego” mind does not.  The Universe (God) wants to give us every “Good” thing.  We are good at blocking this good with our mind and then actions.

This book was the first in a series of synergistic events that would unfold over the course of two weeks and leave me changed.  I love it when something or someone has that effect on my life.   I love having my mind blown.  I couldn’t always say that…

The second event came in a dream.  All I remember is a pelican with its gullet full…bulging.  I know that we have animal messengers.  I have lots of experiences around this magical way of receiving divine messages.  Another story time…

I didn’t tune-in to that message right away.  It would be several days before I remembered again and discerned the message (God’s timing is impeccable).  “Animal-Speak” pocket guide by Ted Andrews is a super helpful tool I use to steer me in the right direction.  However, just like Archangel Michael Card Readings (the only card readings I do), I realized a long time ago that the entire message on the page may not be relevant.  My inner guidance discerns the specific meaning for me or for my client.   The sentence on the page that was most relevant – “Give what you can to others”.   Hummm….   “I wonder what that means?”  “More volunteer work – maybe?”

A few days later, I’m in a session with a client in Florida and she says I remind her of a healing facilitator named Charlie Goldsmith.  In the wee hours of May 6th I thought to look him up.  (I realized just now as I write, 5/6 = 11.  That sweet number that lets us know we are on the right track).  Part of the message of the pelican became immediately clear when I read Charlie does not charge for his services, (I didn’t realize then the pelican’s “full gullet” also had meaning).  Shocked, I asked “Spirit, are you telling me to give my services away?”  I heard, “Give yourself away”.

As you can imagine, the idea was a little scary – A LOT scary.  Just to be on the safe side, I asked, “Spirit…show me one more thing I cannot argue with and I am ALL IN!”

I awake the next day and as I’m getting ready for church I remember I volunteered to read “The Daily Word”.   I said to myself, “I had better get my rear in gear if I’m going to be on time”.  I needed to be there an hour before the service to practice.  Not that it takes an hour; there are several volunteer speakers that practice during this time.

During my drive time to church (about 35 minutes) I am quiet; no music, no distractions.  It is a time I cherish as I often receive divine messages along the way.   I am in receiving mode.  Several times I tear up and I don’t know why.  It is a joyful energy that is bringing the water.   By the time I pull up to the light at Mockingbird and Central I KNOW I’m going to receive the divine answer I asked for at church and it is going to move me to tears – it already had.

I received the answer as soon as I opened to the Daily Word for May 6th, 2018.  Here it is in its entirety:

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Helping Others

I AM GRATEFUL TODAY FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS.

Again and again in his earthly ministry, Jesus called us to have faith—the faith of a child, faith as small as a mustard seed. We may assume that it’s only with enough faith we can do the work that is ours to do. Today I recognize that quite the opposite is true!

By reaching out, extending love, and helping others in their human experiences, my faith grows. Belief becomes easy when I can clearly see the spiritual power my actions create!

My choice, then, is not a blind faith but a perceptive faith. I recognize the good I can create in the world and I strengthen my faith through the actions I choose.

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.—Luke 6:38
© 2015-2018 by Unity. All rights reserved.

As soon as I read the affirmation, I found myself vibrating from head to toe.   But, this is not the end of the story…

I was pretty overcome.  Yes, the tears flowed.  When it was time to read the message to the congregation I had put myself back together – somewhat.  I wasn’t able to hold it together completely.  I was moved again as I read the bible scripture.  Several people noticed, included Rev. Karen.  I asked her if we could talk about what had just happened after the service.

We sat together in the church courtyard where the most amazing, majestic oak tree graces the church with her wisdom and protection.

When I told her what I was being guided to do.  She nodded lovingly and reassuringly.  I’m thinking, “Whew! She doesn’t think I’ve lost my mind!”  She too has been guided to give of herself in similar fashion. She then asked a very profound question; something I hadn’t thought of yet, “Gail, if someone offers you money – what then?”

My left ear popped with that question.  Those who know me, know this means I am receiving a divine message.  I say to Karen, “Spirit has something to say.”  I quiet my mind and this gentle voice tinged with a little humor says, “Gail, surrender to receiving”.  I understand the humor.  You see, I’ve gotten A LOT better at giving (sometimes until it hurts), but receiving has always been hard for me.  Can you relate?  I have resisted my Good and a helping hand as long as I can remember.

Reading the Daily Word message again, I realized I was being called into a “surrender experiment”.  And it wasn’t just about giving, but also receiving.  This was the meaning of the Pelican’s full gullet.  My faith is about to grow to an unshakable level.

At the moment of surrender – when I said YES, an unexpected sense of peace and euphoria (an odd combo) enveloped me; confirmation I had answered correctly.  This feeling comes rushing back whenever I think about this moment.

The next day I lie down for a nap, with a few questions rolling around in my mind as drifted off; “How does this work?  What does it look like?  How do I proceed?” The answer woke me up.  My eyes flew open when I heard, “It works naturally.  Receiving is built into giving.  It was designed that way”.

Mother Nature mirrors for us our natural way of giving and receiving.  The womb of creation nurtures all of life and all life forms in nature nurture Mother Earth. There is nothing to earn. The circle of life just is.

The heavens mirror for us unconditional love. We can see that the sun, the moon and the stars shine on everyone equally without condition and ask nothing in return.

On Tuesday, I knew exactly how to bring my website and online scheduler in alignment with this “surrender experiment”.   Here is how it works:

All energy work (the gift) will be given without condition.   This includes:

“Food IS Talking” Intuitive Food Compatibility Sessions
Chakra Work
 Energetic Skeletal Alignments

I will accept “love donations” only.  No suggested amounts will be given (all pricing has been removed from the website).

If it is determined I can help, I extend this help regardless of the ability to pay. 

I know by “letting go of the wheel”, not only will my needs be abundantly met; doors will also be opened to others to receive the help they need.  This reminds me of something I read in the “12 conditions of a Miracle” by Todd Michael.  It went something like this, “When what you desire is in alignment with what is Good for everyone – you will not be denied”.

This Memorial Day weekend it will be 3 weeks since receiving “The Message”.   I am already blown away by the experience so far.  I realized last Sunday as I was writing my tithe check for the week prior, it was the largest one for the year!  This week I am able to give even more.  I feel so blessed and grateful!

Here is the rest of what I heard…

1.  The perceived self-worth of many is directly tied to the world’s monetary system.   For instance; it is generally accepted that without a formal education you will not be able to “earn” a living wage.  The more expensive the education the higher the income.  Without an education you are considered practically worthless.

I let this idea hold me back from sharing my gifts initially for fear I would not be taken seriously without an expensive education and I might starve.   The intuitive and energy healing work I do was “not learned” it was realized and keeps expanding.  I do not have a bunch of letters after my name lending me credibility.  We are starting to realize we can “learn” anything online and “not all knowledge is learned”.  This work I’ve been given has sustained me full-time and part-time going on 8 years now.

I’ve been told over and over, “Gail, you need to charge more for your services.  Your pricing is a reflection of your self-worth.  People will perceive your effectiveness based on how much you charge”.   If I use this tactic, the very people I came here to help may not be able to access the help.

2.  What we believe about love is directly tied to a worldly system of value.  Many women have come to believe that to “marry well” you must be a “good catch”; with good looks, a good education and money doesn’t’ hurt.  In some countries marriages are still outwardly arranged based on money; the dowry system.  Much can be overlooked when looking for a mate if the money is right.   How many marry for “anything but love”.   How many in past generations, including my own married to be “taken care of financially?”

We may be conditioned to monetize self-worth and love, however the “The Truth” is:

“We cannot earn what we already ARE – Love and Life”. 

I guess it is time to trust Life again and its “built-in” support system of “giving and

receiving”.   It is time to undo my conditioning around money and self-worth, once and for
all.  It is time to release ALL blocks to receiving abundance in its many forms – including
money.  To give of myself expansively and freely – I must do this.  To receive abundant love –
I must do this.
I can see how this surrender thing works in all of life and this realization helps to solidify my
faith. For instance; without surrendering what “I think” to the Source of ALL Knowing, I would
not be able to do the work I’m called to do.  For every question there is already an answer.
They co-exist, just like giving and receiving.  I “receive” these answers on behalf of my
clients.   If I can allow this, then I can allow anything.

I don’t know where this experiment is leading me and that’s okay.   My ego reminds me less

and less every day that the unknown and change is scary.  I wonder if it will ever completely
give up.  It really doesn’t matter.  I have a free will choice in who am I going to surrender to;
myself or God.  I choose God.

In much gratitude and love,

Chef Gail

PS:  Who wants to play with me?  That could be your own surrender experiment or scheduling a session you thought you could not afford.

PSST:  Below is a cool recipe to help you surrender to Summer – Enjoy!


Smokey Watermelon Gazpacho                                                     Serves 8-10
8 cups of seedless watermelon chopped in small cubes)
2 tomatoes diced
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow, orange, or red bell pepper diced
3 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 cucumber peeled and diced
2 jalapenos seeds removed and diced
¼ cup purple onion diced
Juice from 1 large lime
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup diced and peeled mango or peach (fresh or frozen)
1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (or to taste)
1 ½ tsp sea salt
2 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
½ cup chopped cilantro

Process 3 quarters of vegetables and fruits with vinegar and lime juice in food processor or blender (process in batches is needed).

Pour into large bowl and blend in balance of fruit and veggies and chopped herbs. Cover tightly and chill well before serving.   (This is way better the next day).

A most delicious way to get your daily quota of raw fruits and vegetables.

 

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About Gail:

Gail Blair’s intuitive journey began as she began working her passion for food in 2009. In 2012 she birthed “Food Revelation” not having clue how relevant the name would prove to be.   Shortly thereafter she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and her intuitive gifts were ignited.

As a plant-based chef turned Food & Medical Intuitive she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their natural, God-given health through her “Food ISTalking” Intuitive Food Compatibility process.

Over the years, as her gifts have expanded, she has become a conduit for revelation (the name she gives to the Divine Wisdom she receives).  The 7 most important revelations led her to create the Evolution of FREE Health books and video series. The “Evolution of FREE Health” is the remembrance of our natural, God-given health.

The first book released in 2016, “The Quinoa Cookbook Journey” is a super creative and tasty introduction into the series. The 2nd book in the Evolution of FREE Health series, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” is the focus of her latest speaking tour and the video series she is releasing to the public as she goes through the publishing process.

Keep up with Gail at:
https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/
https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/
https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/
https://twitter.com/foodrevelation
Intuitive Chef Gail Blair on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UWl9wf5W0

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or licensed nutritionist.  I am an intuitive.  Services and information provided in the form of tips, recipes, and nutrition advice does not qualify as a substitution for your medical doctor’s protocol or advice. I encourage you to trust your instincts and do what feels right to you, but seek guidance from your doctor concerning your health and wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

What the World Needs Now is Our Creativity

As a child of the Master Creator, we are born to create.  When we are creating we are intimately connected to our Creator.   The world slips away as we become one with creation.

In meditation today I received the clear message it is time to create something new.   This message has been showing up in synergy all week.   Every day is a new beginning; a new opportunity to create anew.

It is so easy to stay in our comfort zone, never venturing too far out of the box for fear of the unknown or heaven forbid – failure.  I know stepping into my fear is where my freedom lies – I’ve proved this to myself!  Still, I find myself resisting.  Spirit gently nudges me.   Experience has shown me if I do not answer this creative call, I will be nudged harder.

The picture above is the result of finally surrendering to the call.  It only took a total of 6 hours to complete from original sketch to finished painting, but 9 months from conception to birth…interesting.

Meet Hercules.   This painting has ignited the inborn pull of the creator within.   Creation has opened a door to something new.   I am patiently waiting for it to unfold, even if it takes another 9 months.   I know this next thing is adding another layer to the work I’ve been given.

Let me tell you a story of how Hercules came to be…the message and the challenge for you and me.  OMG!  Another unexpected rhyme.

Two of my favorite people and spiritual mentors (Pete Taboada and Alida Morrill) told me separately, on more than one occasion, “Gail, you have a horse to draw”.    I knew I drew horses as a kid, but like much of my childhood I don’t remember doing it.  Only recently am I starting to get glimpses of this past reality.

I know that I took art lessons in middle school, but I cannot remember one single teacher from elementary to high school.  Obviously, I was not present A LOT! What I do remember is a painting of mushrooms on wood.  I must have really liked it or someone told me it was good (another rhyme!).

So why did I stop?  Could it be someone told me I wasn’t good enough?  As children, most of us have gone through the experience of “not being good enough”.  Can you relate?   Much of what shapes our adult life is what we learned to believe as children.  This is the reason I resisted drawing the horse.  I was so afraid of it not being good enough, not even for me!  We are our own worst critic – right?

I’ll never forget the time (going on 2 years ago now) when I attended one of Pete’s art classes.  I didn’t make it through the opening meditation.  I left in tears.  The next attempt, I resisted all the way, but this time I stayed.   However, I left angry that the painting I had created in the class looked nothing like what I had planned.  Like a child, I refused to even sign it.  I tossed it in the back seat of my car where it remained for days.  When I finally pulled it out, I really saw it for the first time.  It was a vortex – something I see in my mind’s eye regularly in clearing sessions.   The painting was exactly what it was meant be.

Excited, I called Pete.  He was also super excited that I had finally come to my senses!  He agreed to meet me at a convenient location to help me finish the painting.  I didn’t have the right tools to finish, sign and own it! Bless you Pete!  Here it is below…

It would still be over a year before I would pick up a pencil and eventually a brush again.  I love this statement from one of my fellow prayer chaplains that is just recovering from open heart surgery, “healing is happening little by slow”.

It takes a lot of patience and compassion of self to heal the wounds of life and step into wholeness again.   With that being said, I’m also very aware how every wound is revealing my Truth.  It takes a lot of contrast sometimes to develop a clear picture.

Moral of the story…. The world needs our creativity NOW and the MASTER CREATOR within us is not going to stop knocking at our door until we answer.   It is our God-Given creativity that will usher in a new reality where everyone lives in peace and in harmony with each other AND Mother Earth.  We MUST exercise our creative muscle to build the habit of creating.  When we get into this habit we become a vessel for new creation.  It doesn’t matter how we create….JUST DO IT.

The challenge:

I am going to create something new every day for the next 100 days (100 days has come up twice in the last week).   By then, I should be in the habit of creating, rather than resisting creation.  I challenge you to join me…

I would love to hear about your creations.   They can be big or small.  It can be art or adventure.   A recipe, a new plant planted, a doodle, a poem, singing a new song, writing a song, maybe creating a smile where there was a frown on someone’s face.

Ask yourself, “What can I do in this moment to make this thing I do every day into a new experience?”   Example: Maybe you visit a nature preserve regularly, but have you ever walked barefoot in the woods…exquisite!

If you want to play along, share your creations at: https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/ or at https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/.

I will be sharing mine daily (to keep me accountable). Today I’m sharing “Creation Coffee” (see below). Caffeine and fat when combined is brain food.  We need healthy brains to create.   Hope you enjoy this as much as I will.  If you do not like coffee or it is not compatible, that’s okay….Make it hot chocolate or chocolate milk instead.

Here are some other ways to support creativity:

Diffuse or wear essentials oils:  (Let me know if you need information on where to find these).

Blue Tansey
Lemon Grass
Wild Orange
Citrus Blends
Peppermint
Ylang Ylang

Get outside barefoot on Mother Earth.  Mother Earth supports creativity.  She is “the womb of Creation”.  Makes sense…

Meditate to clear your mind before you sit down to create.  Meditation in nature is a powerful way to get your creative juices flowing.

If you are struggling, a short nap (20 to 30 minutes) often opens a door to a new idea.

Get plenty of sleep and resist alcohol in the evenings.  A clear mind supports creative dreaming and the chances that you will remember the dream.

Keep several “Creative Journals” handy, so you can shot down anything that comes up at night or during the day.   You might want to keep one by your bed and one in your car, etc.  If you are like me, I forget easily.  I’m in the habit of NOT hanging onto a lot of information.  This way I don’t have to.

Okay – READY, SET – GO!

Creative Coffee:

4 ounces coconut milk
6-8 ounces natural spring water
1 teaspoon organic instant coffee (If you are not a coffee drinker – leave this out)
1 tablespoon organic unsweetened cocoa powder (cacao powder is even better)
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
1 drop of food grade peppermint oil like Do Terra or Young Living
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon organic raw honey or agave for vegan version (use organic stevia for sugar-free version).

Add all ingredients to a small sauce pan.  Heat gently until hot (do not boil).  It is ready when smooth and creamy.

Serve hot or over ice with a dollop of coconut whipped cream (So Delicious Coco whip is a good one if you don’t have time to make your own).

Here’s to your Peace, Joy, LOVE & Abundant Health!

Gail


photo credit/Karen Guthrie

Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Session with The Intuitive Chef can help you?  Schedule a “No Charge” 15 minute exploratory session here: https://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/


About Gail:

Gail Blair’s intuitive journey began as she began working her passion for food in 2009. In 2012 she birthed “Food Revelation” not having clue how relevant the name would prove to be.   Shortly thereafter she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and her intuitive gifts were ignited.

As a plant-based chef turned Food & Medical Intuitive she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their natural, God-given health through her “Food IS Talking” Intuitive Food Compatibility process.

Over the years, as her gifts have expanded, she has become a conduit for revelation (the name she gives to the Divine Wisdom she receives).  The 7 most important revelations led her to create the Evolution of FREE Health books and video series. The “Evolution of FREE Health” is the remembrance of our natural, God-given health.

The first book released in 2016, “The Quinoa Cookbook Journey” is a super creative and tasty introduction into the series. The 2nd book in the Evolution of FREE Health series, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” is the focus of her latest speaking tour and the video series she is releasing to the public as she goes through the publishing process.

Keep up with Gail at:
https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/
https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/
https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/
https://twitter.com/foodrevelation
Intuitive Chef Gail Blair on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4UWl9wf5W0
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or licensed nutritionist.  I am an intuitive.  Services and information provided in the form of tips, recipes, and nutrition advice does not qualify as a substitution for your medical doctor’s protocol or advice. I encourage you to trust your instincts and do what feels right to you, but seek guidance from your doctor concerning your health and wellness.

Jack Daniels Southern Pecan Chocolate Pie

         Jack Daniels Southern Pecan Pie 

Gluten-Free & Vegeterian with Vegan Option

 Low Glycemic – No Processed Sugar                                                                                                     

This is a decadent, healthy spin on the best pecan pie I’ve very had! My twin brother’s.  If you are up to the task, it will quite literally knock your socks off!

1 cup date syrup (see recipe below or buy prepared)

¼ cup pure maple syrup

¼ cup cocoa, unsweetened

¼ teaspoon instant coffee

1½ tablespoon arrowroot (or tapioca flour)

¼ cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky (or other quality bourbon) – Optional

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

½ cup pecan pieces

1 cup pecan halves

 For glaze:

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup agave syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, whisk together all ingredients (except pecans) until very smooth. Use a processor if you prefer. Fold in pecan pieces.

Pour mixture into 9” pie crust (see below) and spread evenly. Arrange pecans halves on top. Bake for 30 minutes.

Whisk together glaze ingredients. Remove pie from oven and lightly brush pecan tops. Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes or until pie is set. Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Note: if pecans start getting too brown, tent pie with foil.

This recipe rivals the best pecan pie I’ve ever had – My twin brother’s.  It’s a healthu spin on his original recipe with NO processed sugar, or artificial ingredients. Top it off with delicious homemade coconut whipped cream or store bought So-Delicious CoCo Whip.

Oat Pecan Pie Crust

1¼ cup gluten free oat flour (sifted)

¼ cup pecan pieces

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ cup coconut palm sugar

¼ cup butter, cold (or Earth Balance for vegan version)

¼ cold water (more or less)

In food processor add flour, salt, sugar and pecan pieces. Pulse a few times to mix

 

Add butter and pulse until butter is roughly cut in (8-10 seconds). Note: This can be done by with a fork or your fingers).

Turn processor to on and add water slowly through feeder tube until dough begins to clump and cleans the edge of bowl. If too wet and sticking to sides add a little more flour (1 teaspoon at a time). If too dry add more water (1 teaspoon at a time). Dough should be very soft, but not sticky. Remove and pat into ball.

Roll out onto sifted oat floured surface. For ease, roll out on parchment paper, place a 9” pie plate upside down on top of dough and flip plate over. Peel off parchment and gently press dough into plate. Finish edges as you wish.

Bake at 425F degrees for 10 minutes. Move to cool spot while you make the filling.

Medjool Date Syrup: (makes 2 cups)

12 Medjool dates (chopped)

1¾ cups water

1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

Combine all ingredients in sauce pan and bring to low simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently.

Pour syrup into processor and process until very smooth. Allow to cool before using. This can be stored in glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, so make plenty at one time for the holidays.

 

 

Southern Thanksgiving Made Gluten-Free, Vegetarian/Vegan & Delicious!

cornbread-in-large-skillet

Just made this huge iron skillet full of perfectly golden, “Gluten-Free” cornbread for the vegetarian version of my Dad’s “best ever” Southern Cornbread Dressing (vegan version below).  All you Southern vegans and vegetarians out there – You are all set to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving with all the fixins!  (see the “No-Giblet” Gravy and “Rosemary Apple Cranberry Relish” also below).

The Main Event! My Dad’s Famous Cornbread Dressing

You must first start with the best cornbread for the best cornbread dressing!  My Dad was not the cornbread guru.  It was my Grandma Ethel who made the most amazing cornbread in her old, trusty iron skillet.  It was buttery and golden with just the perfect rustic, satisfying texture.   She served it with beans, soup and chili.  Oftentimes her dinner was crumbled cornbread in a tall glass of buttermilk (I never got up the nerve to try that..lol).

She sometimes got “a hankerin” for dressing on just a regular ole day and would make it with roast chicken.   And of course, it was the start of the most delicious cornbread dressing ever made.  Grandma is making cornbread on the other side now and I know she would be proud of this version…

Classic Iron Skillet Cornbread*   (8 Servings)

(Gluten-Free, Vegetarian with Vegan Option)

1 cup stone ground organic cornmeal**

½ cup organic polenta (coarse ground grits)**

1/4 cup oat flour (Bob’s Red Mill is Certified Gluten Free)

1/4 cup tapioca or white rice flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoon pure maple syrup

1 organic egg** (or 2 tablespoon flaxseed mixed with 4 tablespoon water.  Let stand for a few minutes until thickened)

½ cup organic applesauce (unsweetened)

1 1/4 cups more or less of milk (or unsweetened plant-based milk for vegan version)

1 teaspoon Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (omit if using buttermilk or kefir)

1 tablespoon organic grass-fed butter (use Earth Balance for vegan version)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Place iron skillet* in hot oven while mixing together ingredients.
  2. In large mixing bowl mix together all dry ingredients.  Whisk together all wet ingredients in large measuring cup.  Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until just blended.  Do not over mix or you will have flat bread.  Batter should be very thick but pourable.
  3. Melt butter in hot iron skillet*.  Tilt skillet to coat evenly the bottom and sides. Pour batter into hot skillet making sure it’s spread evenly. Place on center rack in oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before removing from skillet. (DO NOT SLICE BREAD IN SKILLET).

*Note:  You can use a muffin tin, glass or metal pan for this recipe.  However; a good ole iron skillet is an excellent source of iron for a plant-based diet and when it is well seasoned, iron is virtually “non-stick” and a joy to cook with.  See tips below for cleaning and seasoning an iron skillet.

Tips: Add a chopped jalapeno, whole kernel corn and herbs for a different spin.  My favorite is fresh chopped sage and garlic.  Use your imagination with this versatile southern favorite.

**Corn, soy, canoli and sugar beets are the most genetically modified food crops on the planet.  Buy organic to avoid GMOs.  Unless you have access to local, farm fresh eggs from well cared for chickens, look for eggs that say on the carton “organic” and “pastured” – “NOT”pasteurized” .  The chicken and egg industry is a very cruel one.  Let’s vote with our wallet.

Southern Cornbread Dressing

15-20 Servings  (Gluten-Free & Vegetarian with Vegan Option)

1 large skillet of prepared cornbread, crumbled and dried overnight

1 cup gluten-free bread crumbs (rice is good)

1 large onion, chopped fine

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 large stalks of celery, chopped fine

1 medium bell pepper, chopped fine (I use red, but Daddy’s prefers green)

1 large apple, peeled and chopped fine (crisp, firm red apple)

2 tablespoons rubbed sage (1/4 cup fresh chopped) or to taste

1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped)

1 teaspoon dried marjoram

½ teaspoon dried rosemary (or 1 teaspoon fresh chopped)

1 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)

1 teaspoon cracked pepper (or to taste)

4 cups Imagine Brand “No-Chicken” Broth

1 cup more or less of milk (or unsweetened plant-based milk for vegan version)

3 boiled eggs, chopped fine (or 1/2 cup extra firm organic tofu** chopped to look like boiled eggs for vegan version)

2 tablespoon butter (or Earth Balance Butter for vegan version)

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.  Pre-heat deep 12″ iron skillet or 9 x 13 glass pan.
  2.  Place all dry ingredients and spices into a very large mixing bowl and with clean hands mix well.
  3. Add broth and milk.  Mix until well blended. Taste and adjust seasonings.  Add a little more milk if needed.  Dressing should be very moist, but not runny.  Gently fold in eggs or tofu.
  4. Add butter to hot pan and tilt to coat bottom and sides. Pour dressing into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour or until turning crisp around the edges and starting to brown on top.  Do the shake test.  It’s done when it doesn’t jiggle.

Growing up, when everyone was focused on the bird, I had my sights on the cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce. In my family, the cornbread dressing IS the main attraction. Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without it!

After Grandma passed my Dad took over.   It doesn’t matter whose house we end up at for this celebration, as long as he brings the dressing.  A couple of years ago, the family got together for Thanksgiving at Daddy’s (the house my siblings and I grew up in) for the first time since we were kids.  I made my version and he made his. His comment, “Well Gail, this is just larapin!”.  The highest compliment coming from my Dad!  I hope you enjoy my version of this southern classic!

Rosemary Apple Cranberry Relish

(8-10 Servings – Diabetic Friendly)

I remember when I first discovered the recipes on a bag of fresh cranberries and I was like WHAT!?!  Why are we serving jellied, canned cranberry sauce at our holiday table when homemade is this simple?  If you have 10 minutes, a bag of cranberries, some sugar and water you have cranberry sauce.  Don’t like it chunky then puree it.  If you like the jelly stuff, put it in a mold.

From that “Ding Ding” moment on, everyone relies on me to bring the cranberry sauce. They think I went to a lot of trouble – NOT!

Over time, I’ve made many versions.  This delicious version is sugar-free.  Trust me when I say this combo is extraordinary!  After the celebration serve the left-overs on toast, nut butter sandwiches and my favorite – spread it on a hunk of dark chocolate….Yummmm!

2 granny smith apples (peeled, cored and diced very small)

1-12 ounce bag of cranberries (washed)

½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice

½ cup water

½” sprig of fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (optional)

1/2 teaspoon NOW Better Than Stevia organic liquid or more to taste* (I also use organic coconut palm sugar for a low-glycemic version)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash of sea salt

Add all ingredients into large saucepan.  Bring to boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Cook for about 10 minutes or until apples and cranberries are soft.  Remove rosemary sprig.  Place in covered dish and chill.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

*Note:  I’ve come to realize much of the stevia on our store’s shelves is chemically processed and genetically modified.  This is one brand I trust.

“NO Giblet” Holiday Gravy

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian with Vegan Option

1/4 cupTurkey Gravy butter (or Earth Balance for vegan version)

1/4 cup white rice flour

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/4 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary

2 cups more or less of Imagine NO Chicken broth

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

2 teaspoon white miso (dissolved into a little warm broth)

1 boiled egg grated

(or about 2 tablespoons grated organic firm tofu for vegan version)

Sea salt and cracked pepper to taste (very important ingredients)

In medium sauce pan or skillet melt butter over medium high heat.  Whisk in flour and poultry seasoning stirring constantly until blended and smooth.   Slowly whisk in broth a little at a time as you stir constantly. Note:  do not pour in broth all at once.  You can always add more if the gravy gets too thick.  If it’s too thin, a little more difficult to fix).

Bring to simmer and cook until gravy is thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in dissolved miso.

Cover and keep warm until serving.  Re-heat gently if needed and add a little more broth if too thick.

This gravy is an amazing knockoff of the original! Put it to the blind taste test. And, it’s simple enough to serve all year over biscuits, on mashed potatoes or try it in a vegetable pot pie.

For pot pie, do not let it thicken.  It will thicken as it bakes.

 

Tender loving Care For Your Iron Skillet:

I use my old iron skillets for everything from sautéing to baking.  A well-seasoned iron skillet never sticks.  Just a few tips from my Dad on how to keep your skillet rust free and non-stick – FOREVER!

To season a skillet, make sure it is completely rust free* and dry.  Coat skillet with a thin layer of vegetable oil.  Turn upside down in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  You may need to repeat this process a few times, (depending on the condition of the skillet), until a paper towel rubbed on surface comes away clean.  If you follow the next 3 tips, you will never have to do this again!

  1. Avoid using soap in your iron skillet unless absolutely necessary.  Scour (with plastic – not metal) and rinse with hot water.  If you do end up burning food in your skillet do not scrape it!  Fill pan with water and heat to simmer for a few minutes.  The food will come right off.
  2. To dry skillet thoroughly, place it over low heat or in a warm oven for a few minutes.  Store in oven when dry to prevent any moisture from coming in contact with pan.  Never put oil on a damp skillet – It will lock in the moisture and cause it to rust – overnight!  Oil is only necessary for long-term storage to protect it from rusting when humid.
  3. Never cut your skillet with a knife. It will damage the seasoning and cause it to stick in that spot.  You will have to re-season it.

* Use lemon juice and coarse ground salt to scour a rusty skillet.  Repeat if needed until no more rust remains.

May Gratitude, Peace and Love bless you this season and always!

Intuitive Chef Gail Blair

 

 

 

Vegan Smoked Gouda Au Gratin Potatoes

Okay! It was a huge hit! Not a morsel was left and then Daddy actually said, “That was larapin Gail!”. His highest praise…I’ve learned to accept and keep the recipe to myself:) I’m not keeping it from you though – here you go!

Smoked Gouda Au Gratin Potatoes 
Gluten Free, Dairy Free & All Plants!

Serves 6 to 8

3 pounds of russet or Yukon gold potatoes, sliced ¼” thick
2 cups unsweetened So Delicious Coconut milk Beverage
⅓ cup nutritional yeast*
2 tablespoon tapioca flour (or corn starch)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon white pepper (or less – I like it a little spicy)
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika (divided)
6 tablespoon Earth Balance Butter Sticks (or butter for vegetarian version)

1. Spray 9 x 13 inch glass baking pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange sliced potatoes evenly in pan (its okay to overlap).

2. Whisk together nutritional yeast, flour, vinegar, mustard and seasonings. Pour mixture over potatoes.

3. Dot with butter about every 2 inches. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Serve piping hot.

This is as cheesy as it gets. I swear, no one will ever know!

*2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast packs a whopping 8 grams of whole protein and is a good source of B-12 making it a vegan’s best friend. Be sure and buy this organic or it may be grown on sugar beet molasses (Simply Organic is one GMO free brand). Sugar beets are one of the largest GMO crops along with corn, soy and canola.

Note:  If you want a traditional scalloped potato dish, just leave out the smoked paprika and mustard.

Other Ideas: Melt 3 tablespoon of butter in a large sauce pan and add sauce ingredients. Bring sauce to a simmer until JUST starting to thicken. Pour over prepared gluten- free macaroni (Ancient Grains Corn and Quinoa is my favorite) for an incredible mac & cheese without all the calories. If you really want to fool them, top with gluten-free seasoned bread crumbs and shredded vegan cheese (or sharp cheddar for vegetarian).

Can you say “Broccoli and Cheese” – A healthy way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

The Comfort of Fall

The Comfort of Fall

Fall has arrived!  I was going to say fall is my favorite time of year.  And, then a small voice said, “No it isn’t”.   I realize I’ve come to appreciate every season equally.

The wind feels different in the fall, don’t you think?  It has a heavier, soothing, caressing texture, like a favorite blanket.

The fall’s light falls on my body differently – not as intense.  I can easily and with comfort turn my face into it, soaking up the rays that nourish my body and spirit.

Autumn is comfortable.  The colors comfort.  The air is comfortable.  It invites a comfortable pace – a slowing down.   All of nature sighs….Ahhhhhh.

In these times of stress and chaos unfolding around us, fall reminds us to take a deep, luscious breath.  It reminds us to take time to get out of our mind and perceive with the senses all the beauty, abundance and peace surrounding us.  It reminds us to take time to soothe our wounds.

Bring into your being the peace this season is bringing. Take a breath with nature.  Soak it in.  Let it fortify and strengthen you.  Let it heal you.

Be good to yourself.  The best thing you can do for the world right now is take good care of yourself.  You cannot give away what you do not have; and what you have you are giving to the world either consciously or unconsiously.

Fall brings comfort in many ways.  Can you say “Comfort Food”?  I’m making one of my favorite fall recipes today and I thought of you.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I’m going to.

May you find comfort and peace in all seasons of life,

Chef Gail


Comfort Stew

2 tablespoon  Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon butter (or more olive oil for vegan version)
2 leeks, clean and chopped with a little of the green part
2 shallots, minced
1 cup button or baby bella mushrooms, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (or ½ tsp dried)
1 teaspoon fresh chopped tarragon (or ½ tsp dried)
3 tablespoon oat or rice flour
¼ cup dry white wine, optional (chardonnay is good)
1 ½ cup vegetable stock, give or talk (I love organic Better Than Bouillon concentrate in a jar)
¾ cup organic milk (So Delicious coconut milk beverage, unsweetened for vegan version)
2 tablespoon of nutritional yeast (optional for a richer broth and adds more protein)
2 dashes fresh grated nutmeg (or ground)
1 teaspoon sea salt and cracked pepper or to taste
1 bunch collard greens, chopped (boil or sauté until just tender and still bright green)
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
2 cups cubed butternut squash, prepared (sweet potatoes works well too)

Preheat large skillet over medium high (I love to use my huge iron skillet for this).  Add butter and oil and swirl to coat skillet.  Add mushrooms, shallots and leeks to hot skillet with a dash of sea salt.  Sauté for about 3 minutes then add herbs.  Stir frequently until leeks are translucent and mushrooms have released their moisture (5-7 minutes total).

Add flour to mixture stirring for a minute until well blended.  Deglaze pan with wine and simmer for a minute.  Add broth and bring to high simmer.  Gradually add milk stirring constantly until sauce is thickening.  Stir in nutritional yeast and nutmeg.  Add salt and pepper to taste.   Fold in collards. peas and sweet potatoes.

Serve with a rustic, crusty cornbread (recipe below), polenta or quinoa.

Classic Iron Skillet Cornbread
Gluten-free, Diabetic Friendly with Vegan Option

1 cup stoneground organic cornmeal
½ cup polenta (coarse ground grits)
½ cup oat flour (replace ¼ cup oat with ¼ cup tapioca flour for lighter texture)
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum, optional (Replaces gluten so the cornbread holds together better)
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or powdered Stevia for non-sugar version)
1 egg gently beaten (or egg replacer for vegan version)*
½ cup organic applesauce (unsweetened)
1 ½ cups more or less of buttermilk (or unsweetened, plant-based milk for vegan version)
Note:  If using plain milk add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to milk
1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (Earth Balance for vegan version)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.   Place iron skillet** in oven while preheating and mixing together ingredients.

In large bowl mix together dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until just blended.  Do not over mix or you will have flat bread.  Batter should be very thick but pourable.

Add butter to hot skillet and tilt to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Pour batter evenly into skillet.  Place skillet on center rack in oven and bake for about 35 minutes or until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean.  Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.  (Remove bread from iron skillet before cutting!).

*Vegan Version Egg Replacer; 2 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 4 tablespoon water.  Let stand for a few minutes until thickened.

**Note:  You can use a muffin tin, glass or metal pan for this recipe.  However; a good iron skillet is an excellent source of iron for a plant-based diet.  When it is well seasoned it is virtually “non-stick” and a joy to cook with.



photo credit/Karen Guthrie

Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Session with The Intuitive Chef can help you?  Schedule a “No Charge” 15 minute exploratory session here: https://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/


Gail’s “Intuitive Chef” journey began unfolding in 2009 as a plant-based chef.  foodRevelation.com, birthed in 2011 was the natural result of following her creative passion – recipe creation and cooking.

Shortly thereafter, she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and discovered her intuitive and spiritual gifts.  As a food and medical intuitive, she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their God-given health and in-born intuition through private sessions, private and public cooking classes and workshops.

Many revelations have been revealed along the way.  Her latest book, “Quinoa Cookbook Journey” (see link below) is the first book in a series entitled “Evolution of FREE Health”. It provides a gentle and tasty glimpse into these revelations and the resulting experiences.  Being revealed next in this series is, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant Health”.

Gail currently lives in a small town in North Texas with her furry friends Molly and Mo.  In addition to the joy of cooking and recipe creation, she finds great pleasure in long leisurely meals with family and friends, reading, writing; quiet walks in nature and sleeping under the stars.

https://www.foodrevelation.com/the-quinoa-cookbook/

For more about Intuitive Chef Gail – https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/

 

Optimum Eating Style Honors Body & Lifestyle

It’s time to share more recipes in celebration of my 60th birthday month! 

But first, I wanted to share an “Aha” with you.  This came up in conversation recently.  That’s my sign it is time to share it publicly.

Over the years, the Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility process has evolved as new information has revealed itself through these individualized food charts.

One such reveal occurred a couple of years ago.   I realized that not only do we have a “base line” compatibility (foods that are compatible consistently); we also have an optimum eating style that stays fairly constant unless something drastic happens like –

  • Our sleeping cycle completely changes over a long period of time (for instance – working nights instead of days).
  • Our nutritional needs change drastically due to illness, surgery or long term stress.
  • We make a major shift in diet (like a decision to go from eating meat to veganism)

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? It’s been drilled into our heads all our life!  The first meal of the day may be labeled breakfast if you are an early riser.  It may be labeled lunch if you are like me – a night owl.  My first meal is hardly ever before noon.  Your optimum eating style best supports your lifestyle.

Most people fit into 1 of 4 eating styles:

1. 3 squares a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner). No snacks
2. Intermittent fasting (calorie rotation; low 1 day/high the next)
3. 16 hour daily fast (eat for 8 hours only/fast for 16 within a 24 hour period).
4. Grazing (eat 5 or 6 small meals a day)

I am a combination of 2 and 3. I noticed this has happened naturally. I’ve never been a breakfast person. Now I know why – I’m a night owl:)

Okay, onto the delicious part.  The following recipes have been the most popular with my cooking classes.  Super hearty and satisfying.   Perfect for the meat eater transitioning to a more plant-based diet.  My dad often says, “Gail, I don’t know how you do it.  I never miss the meat!”  There is a good reason people call me “The Plant-Based Chef for Meat Lovers & Vegetable Haters”

A dry white wine or one my favorite light reds, Tortoise creek French Pinot Noir is the perfect companion to the herbal and savory tones of this dish.  Hope you enjoy!  If you have any questions, you can contact me here: https://www.foodrevelation.com/contact/

Tuscan White Bean & Sage Ragout
On Top ofHerb & Pepper Crusted Polenta

(With Vegan Version) Serves 6-8

 

Polenta Ingredients and Method 

3 tablespoons butter (olive oil for vegan version)

3-4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced

1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary (reserve ½ teaspoon)*

3 cups water

3 cups + unsweetened plant based milk (I like So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage for this)

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups polenta (course ground corn meal – not quick cooking)

1 teaspoon coarse ground cracked pepper

olive oil to prepare pan

Melt butter over medium high in a large stainless pan.  Add garlic and ½ teaspoon of the chopped rosemary.  Sauté for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Add water, milk and salt.  Bring to simmer and slowly add polenta stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to low simmer and continue to whisk for about 10 minutes or until polenta is very thick and creamy.  Whisk in more milk if necessary.  It should be very thick, but pourable.

Coat 9 x 13 inch glass pan with a little olive oil.  Pour polenta evenly into pan and allow to cool before placing in refrigerator for a few hours or until completely set.  If in a hurry, place in freezer for about 20 minutes.

When ready to serve, slice polenta into 4 x 4 inch squares or use a 3 ½” diameter cookie cutter (I made hearts for Valentine’s DayJ).  A round wide mouth glass jar works too!  Sprinkle top of the polentas with fresh rosemary and cracked pepper.  Broil or grill for about 3 minutes or until tops are golden and starting to crisp.

Tuscan White Bean & Sage Ragout

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon butter (optional – you can use all olive oil for vegan version)

1 small onion, diced

1 small sweet bell pepper (red, orange or yellow)

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoon fresh minced sage (or another ½ teaspoon thyme if no fresh sage)

½ cup dry white wine (chardonnay is good)

1 small squash, cubed

1 small zucchini, cubed

2 cups fresh chopped Roma tomatoes

2 cups cooked cannellini beans, drained & rinsed (or any white bean)

2 teaspoon sweet white miso (optional)*

2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Sea salt and crack pepper to taste (TASTE FIRST!)

Heat a very large skillet or Dutch oven (iron is great!) over medium high.  Add olive oil and butter; swirl to coat skillet evenly.  Add onions with a fat pinch of salt and sauté for 3 minutes, and then add garlic.  Sauté another minute and stir in herbs.

Deglaze pan with white wine and simmer for just a minute before adding squash, tomatoes and beans.  Bring back to simmer and cook gently for 15 minutes or until squash is tender.   Turn off heat.

Add miso to a small fine mesh strainer and then place strainer in skillet to allow the broth to make contact with the miso.  Using a wooden spoon, dissolve miso into broth.  Add lemon juice and re-heat ragout gently while stirring to incorporate miso and lemon.  Taste before adding more salt.  Garnish with a sprig of thyme or sage leaves before serving.

*Miso is a great way to add a meaty-like richness to all your vegan soups, beans and stews.  I’ve found my meat lover friends don’t miss the meat when I use this method.  I use dark miso for dark dishes, such as black bean chili and light miso for lighter soups and beans.

This easy and satisfying recipe becomes is a staple dish at my house.  Wonderful served on top of polenta or as a hearty Italian stew with crusty bread and salad.

Here’s to your Joy, Peace, LOVE & Health!

Gail Blair/The Intuitive Chef

 

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Photo Credit/Karen Guthrie

Photo Credit/Karen Guthrie

Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Session with The Intuitive Chef can help you?  Schedule a “No Charge” 15 minute exploratory session here:
https://www.foodrevelation.com/schedule/

Gail’s “Intuitive Chef” journey began unfolding in 2009 as a plant-based chef.  foodrevelation.com, birthed in 2011 was the natural result of following her creative passion – recipe creation and cooking.

Shortly thereafter, she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and discovered her intuitive and spiritual gifts.  As a food and medical intuitive, she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their God-given health and in-born intuition through private sessions, private and public cooking classes and workshops.

Many revelations have been revealed along the way.  Her latest book, “Quinoa Cookbook Journey” (see link below) is the first book in a series entitled “Evolution of FREE Health”. It provides a gentle and tasty glimpse into these revelations and the resulting experiences.  Being revealed next in this series is, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant Health”.

Gail currently lives in a small town in North Texas with her furry friends Molly and Mo.  In addition to the joy of cooking and recipe creation, she finds great pleasure in long leisurely meals with family and friends, reading, writing; quiet walks in nature and sleeping under the stars.

https://www.foodrevelation.com/the-quinoa-cookbook/

For more about Intuitive Chef Gail – https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/

 

Celebrating My 60th with Food – Glorious Food!

In celebration of my 60 birthday, I will be celebrating all month, food – Glorious Food! And, its ability to nourish our bodies and satisfy our taste buds! Every week, I will post one or two of my all-time favorite, body nourishing, taste bud tantalizing recipes.

We have hunger pains for a reason. They signal us when our bodies are requiring nutrients for energy, maintenance and repair. The body always knows what it needs. If you have been a client you have learned first-hand this truth. The body knows how to repair itself. If you have ever cut yourself or skinned your knee you know this truth.

We also have taste buds for a reason. If food wasn’t so pleasurable to the taste, we wouldn’t eat and the body would die from malnourishment. Many are eating plenty and are seriously malnourished. Obesity is one clue the body is starving. The hunger pain “is the signal” the body needs nourishment. When the body does not receive the nourishment it needs the hunger pain signal never shuts off. Obesity is often the result of a body in a constant state of striving to receive what it needs. The body is always doing the right thing. It is not the enemy.

The only thing that is keeping many from eating for the health of the body is the notion that “good for you food” cannot satisfy the taste buds. Ain’t so.

Follow along this month as I share my all-time favorite recipes. Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions at Food Revelation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/foodrevelation/or at Evolution of Free Health https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/.

The first recipe celebrates a food everyone loves and craves – the humble, potato! The Irish know very well all about the life-sustaining properties of this magical, versatile, delicious food. Sometimes it was all they had to eat and many died during the Great Potato Famine in the mid 1800’s.

Potatoes have gotten such a bad rap over the years. The truth is; they are packed with more vitamin C than an orange, lots of fiber, are a good source of protein and low in calories (without all the dairy) and more. Pretty awesome stuff!

Potatoes can be incorporated into just about any healthy diet with the right ratio of fat, protein and carbs. The Au Gratin recipe below provides the perfect healthy combo. Try it as a side dish to Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Onions & Peppers (also below) for a completely satisfying “meat free” meal. There is a reason I became known as the “Plant-based Chef for Meat Lovers and Vegetable Haters”. My Dad (a meat eater) says he never misses the meat when I’m cooking.

Let me say here, that some people’s bodies actually need some meat but not in the large quantities being served up today.  (See more on this here: https://www.foodrevelation.com/the-evolution-of-veganism/

Oh, I’ve got to tell you just one story about this recipe that says it all. I was having a cooking class at Le Creuset entitled “It’s All About the Cheese”. “Mac & Cheese” and the recipe below were the stars of this class. I had a group of 3 ladies who arrived late. They brought in their own wine and proceeded to talk and giggle through the entire class. They only shut up when the recipes were served. I made 2 version of potatoes; traditional scalloped and the au gratin (below). One of the ladies yelled – OMG! These are the best Au Gratin potatoes I’ve ever hand! I said, “Wow! That’s the highest compliment for a vegan chef. Her eyes got real big and she had a blank look on her face. They all had missed the part about this class being vegan. So funny! And, so proves my point. Okay, here we go….

Smoked Gouda Au Gratin Potatoes
(8 servings)

Gluten Free, Dairy Free & All Plants!

3 pounds of russet or Yukon gold potatoes, sliced ¼” thick
2 cups more or less unsweetened So Delicious Coconut milk Beverage
⅓ cup nutritional yeast*
3 tablespoon tapioca flour (or corn starch)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
6 tablespoon Earth Balance Butter Sticks (or butter for vegetarian version)

1. Spray 9 x 13 inch glass baking pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange sliced potatoes evenly in pan (its okay to overlap).
2. Whisk together nutritional yeast, flour, vinegar, mustard and seasonings. Pour mixture over potatoes, adding more milk if necessary to just barely cover potatoes.
3. Dot with butter about every 2 inches. Bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are fork tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

*2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast packs a whopping 8 grams of whole protein and is a good source of B-12 making it a vegan’s best friend. Be sure and buy this organic or it may be grown on sugar beet molasses (Simply Organic is one GMO free brand). Sugar beets are one of the largest GMO crops along with corn, soy and canola.

Note: If you want a traditional scalloped potato dish, just leave out the smoked paprika and mustard. Feel free to add your favorite herbs.

Other Ideas: Melt 3 tablespoon of butter in a large sauce pan and add sauce ingredients. Bring sauce to a simmer until JUST starting to thicken. Pour over prepared gluten- free macaroni (Ancient Grains Corn and Quinoa is my favorite) for an incredible mac & cheese without all the calories. If you really want to fool them, top with gluten-free seasoned bread crumbs and shredded vegan cheese (or sharp cheddar for vegetarian).

Can you say “Broccoli & Cheese” – A healthy way to get the kids to eat their veggies!

And, of course I could not leave out the “Meat & Potato” lover. Here you go!

Vegan Steak with Red Onions & Red Peppers
(Serves 4-6)

4 large Portobello mushrooms (wiped clean and stem removed)
1 large red bell pepper, sliced in thick rings
1 red onion, sliced in thick rings (keep intake)
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt and garlic blend (Simply Organic is great)
Cracked pepper to taste

Whisk oil, vinegar and seasonings together. Place mushrooms and veggies in a large pan. Brush both sides with seasoned oil and vinegar and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Broil (6 inches from heat source) or grill on medium high for 10-12 minutes (turning in between) until mushrooms are tender and veggies are al dente (crispy tender).

I like to serve this recipe stacked; mushroom on bottom and veggies on top. Garnish with a spring of rosemary or thyme. And, of course – serve with a side of potatoes like my Smoked Gouda Au gratin Potatoes.

Here’s to your Joy, Peace, LOVE & FREE Health!

Chef Gail