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120: Eating the Rainbow and Culinary Alchemy® – with Serena Poon

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Facing mortality at a young age shaped her destiny.

Severe matters of life and death came flooding into Serena’s world when she was in her twenties. First, her father was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer at age 47. Eighteen months later, her mother was diagnosed with cancer. 

Not long after that, Serena faced her own brush with death. 

These traumatic health events Serena overcame impacted her life tremendously, molding and shaping her into becoming a Nutritional Energy Practitioner.

Serena Poon is a celebrity chef, nutritionist, and reiki master to the Hollywood elite.

Her passion and career for curating healing and wellness programs using integrative health, holistic nutrition, and Culinary Alchemy® began long before she started creating contemporary meals, menus, and nutritional goodness for the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Kerry Washington.

Serena’s Culinary Alchemy is the practice of combining intuitive energetic techniques with guidance and education on functional & spiritual nutrition, integrating how food affects our bodies on a physiological level and how it affects the body. 

Serena is certified as a Reiki Master for Usui Shiki Ryoho, has advanced knowledge of the symbols in the Usui System of Natural Healing. She is also certified with Quantum-Touch Healing, has a degree from UC Berkeley, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu’s most intense and comprehensive programming – Grand Diplome, which is inclusive of all advanced culinary techniques. 

She is also the founder of Just Add Water®, a wellness line of super nutrient foods and supplements, and Serena Loves, a lifestyle brand and blog, and the host for Serena Love TV.

In this podcast, we cover:

  • What was going through Serena’s mind during her darkest days?
  • The family traditions that Serena dealt with to become a chef
  • Some of Serena’s magic secrets she uses in her Culinary Alchemy®
  • How to “eat the rainbow”
  • Why you should add the ingredient of “love” into every recipe
  • The importance of blessing your food
  • How Serena boosts her immune system (she had COVID-19 last year)

“I am not a victim.” 

As Serena was sharing with Wade her challenges going through those dark days of illness, she said: “I was in the recovery, right in that, in-between stage. And there was some “why me?” You’re absolutely in a victim state, but I’m not a victim. I think we all go through periods of our life, where we indulge in that victim mentality and victim state. I was like, I don’t know if it was why me, but it was just like, what am I doing wrong? You know, like there was some why me, but it was more like, what am I doing wrong because I know I’m a good person.

What I’m doing is to help other people. I have been through so much already. And I was only halfway through at that point. I was only four surgeries in, and I’m having eight, but it was like, what seems to be the common denominator here? What is going on? What am I doing? Where these things are happening. And also, is this my life? Is this what my life is going to be like? And is this what I want my life to be like? No, my daddy died at such a young age. I didn’t go through the things I did for this to be where my life is going to be, where I’m sitting with my back up against the wall in my bedroom. And I’m drenched in sweat because my body’s trying to heal.”

Serena didn’t want to “go out like that.” She committed to healing so she could help others do the same thing.

“It’s important to know what’s going on inside your physical body.”

When Serena works with a client, she takes a comprehensive approach. Using her skills and experience from a diverse set of niches, from culinary to energy work, Serena covers many bases to help her clients get healthy.

She begins with her client’s physical health by running them through several different labs. People today can easily order their labs and submit their samples in the mail. Only ten years ago, this was a pipe dream. Today, it’s incredible how accessible so many labs are for people to use. 

Serena breaks down those labs. She wants to get a good look at what’s going on inside her client’s physical body, which is an essential step to creating culinary alchemy. 

Wade asks Serena which particular labs she likes to use with clients. To get all the details, be sure to tune in!

Serena offers words of wisdom in this episode. Push pause on the world’s chaos and add some love and gratitude to your day by listening to this conversation. By creating these alchemic creations, you will find a new element to your culinary experience that is worth your time. 

Episode Resources: 

Welcome20 for 20% off at Serena Loves
JAWENERGY – 10% for Just Add Water
And a link to a free anti-aging E-book for your listeners

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