This month's change-maker and #changetheworldalittle embassador:
Chef Cynthia Louise
If you don't already know Chef Cynthia Louise, we are so excited to introduce you to her. She was a huge help for me to get back to a loving, healthy relationship with food and my organs and for that, I am so grateful.
Chef Cynthia Louise is a qualified whole food chef that is leading the whole food revolution with edible plant recipes. She gained her qualification in a leading health retreat on the Gold Coast Australia and has spent more recent years in Bali refining her art.
We asked Cynthia some personal questions about what it is she does, dreams about, and more. Here are her funny, genius and deep responses. We love you Chef!
If today was your last day on this earth…
What would you do today?
I would do what I am doing now, thinking about my life that passed. Doing my best and feeling so very grateful to have lived in this body. I would also like my son to be in front of me, holding my hand while listening to his wise and clear guidance saying ~all is more than ok right now mum~.
What would you like for others to remember you as?
I would like to be remembered as someone that was willing to learn about herself. Someone that loved hard in her way, someone that healed herself and fell in love,someone who had a magnificent life of love and caring, someone that created recipes that had your organs in mind, and I would love to be remembered for sitting with the people on the floor in any culture eating with my hands and loving all that is in that moment, inspiring those around me that the most simple of moments are the most rewarding.
If you could change one thing about human reality, what would it be?
Nothing. It is what it is. I must stop expecting things to be different or better or worse, it just is. And really it's freaking brilliant when we move out of the story and see the beauty in all the meaning.
What was your biggest dream / vision for your life 10 years ago?
To fall in love again, to be wanted and desired, to be able to give that in return. And to have my own tv cooking show.
What is your biggest dream / vision for your life today?
To learn more about my soul. To be open to just being and not having to be. To flow with each day and be mindful how I show up to others. And to remember I am more than ok.
What is your favorite food (today ;)?
Pumpkin Puree on sourdough toast with chili jam sprinkled with crushed nuts. Had that about 4 hours ago and can still taste it in my memory.
Who taught you to love food as much as you do? And where did you learn your amazing cooking skills?
I taught myself for a long time by watching others and eating what they made as a child. I grew up in Papua New Guinea and had a very basic food life of fresh tropical ingredients and surrounded by incredible basic home cooks that cooked to survive without food fads, diets, and trends. Fast forward to now, I am a qualified wholefoods chef that's worked in many health retreats and I am a massive part of people's health transformation when it comes to healing.
If you feel comfortable, please share with us a little bit about your childhood. Where you grew up and what it was like?
I am adopted, brought up in Papua New Guinea, lived there my entire teenage life till I was 20. Imagine that: tropical island bliss with no rules, just freedom! I am the person I am today because of that part of my magnificent life. Truly loved unconditionally by my adopted parents. I hardly went to school, (so if my spelling and grammar is not on point then that’s why) My weekdays I would either leave school unannounced or be removed, I would head to the local village or the back of my dad’s massive workshop where I would take part in the most memorable moments climbing coconut trees and making fresh coconuts milk. I would eat fish from the coals of hot fire while having my hair combed for nits. My feet were hard and I could run across the most epic dry river beds with no shoes. Fast. I was raised by nannies and local tribe woman. I was drawn (and to this day) to local native foods and not my mum’s meatballs and mash. I loved that I was given a tribal tattoo carved into the left side of my eyebrow of which I contracted Hep C from (and cured many years later with fasting) that's another story. I can only describe my childhood as normal!
What is something you have created / worked on that you are proud of?
I just finished filming. I was contracted to do 3 series consisting of 24 recipes and somehow with total desire to do more, I did 50 recipes in 7 days. I am not shocked, more like “let’s do it again”. Super proud!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Passionate, fiery and loving.
Why do you do the work you currently do? What is your mission, goal, vision?
I love creating new recipes, building cafes, training chefs, being apart of peoples “aha” moments when it comes to food choices and values, and of course filming (being in front of a camera). My mission is to live this life with little pain as possible (I trust it can and will be done) so I can be well in my vision. That vision is a series on food network. I really am looking forward to that reality.
What is something you don’t like about yourself / would like to improve about yourself?
Listening to one that is taking. Holding space for people in my life. I would really like to have the ability to do that naturally because I care, not because they ask me to.
What is something you love about yourself?
My mind, my ability to move fast and forgive the current pain at that moment. If I am out of alignment with someone I do my best to forgive myself, sometimes it takes weeks and sometimes minutes.
Anything else we should know about you?
I am 48 years old and feel 18.
Here are some powerful thoughts Cynthia has about Weight Loss and Diets:
Ready to learn some glorious, healthy recipes from Chef Cynthia?
Below are some of my favorites. Enjoy!
For the sweet tooth...
And here's some vegan deliciousness...
Check out her YouTube channel for more recipes.
Learn more about Chef Cynthia Louise and her work:
YouTube: Chef Cynthia Louise