Food Refuge

Unfortunately, I like food too much… but I look after myself! My refuge, has always been food. I’ve never been tempted by coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc., thank God! When I was younger, this refuge was much less green than now… Over the years, I have gradually learned to live and manage my emotions without eating them instantly. I also learned to “greener” and clean up my diet. I continue to recover, with confidence.

During my childhood, I was pacifying myself with food which temporarily calmed my emotions, regardless of what kind it was, sorrow, joy, anger, anxiety. I remember the balm, short, but sweet, of the hot bread with butter coming out of the oven, chocolate bar and ice cream that were so inviting in my home, back in these moments of emotion.

Several decades later, I realize that when I find myself, still in one of these food oasis, which have now taken a plant-based and raw form, it’s a choice that I’m making. I now have lots of tools for my well-being. Sometimes I opt for sobriety, accepting and going through my emotions, sometimes I opt for the food, though much healthier, but it’s the same behavior : a detour. Somehow, I always look ahead and I focus on my victories.

When I find myself in my food escape again, I sometimes turns my refuge of yesteryear into its “improved” version. Here, for example, my ice cream-detour in its “transition” version…


Recipe :


-Chantale Roy

Ice-cream-in-one-ingredient (without nuts) (All rights reserved. Rawfreshing Cuisine 2014)

(excerpt from Chantale’s most recent book : Crusine express 1 




4 ripe bananas (but not too much), peeled, frozen on a tray for at least 2-3 hours

60 ml (4 tbsp.) Dried cranberries

60 ml (4 tbsp.) Flaked coconut


Blend the chopped frozen bananas in a high speed blender. With a domestic blender, you may need to add a little water to facilitate the reduction of banana ice cream. Serve in a pretty bowl and garnish with cranberries and coconut. Enjoy immediately.


In a few days I will visit the area where I created my first food refuges… I promise to observe my refuges, my detours, my emotions and most importantly, my choices.

To those who are around Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, I invite you to come and meet me at La Semence, Friday, September 5 or at Domaine Opasatica Saturday, September 13.



Raw Food Chef Instructor

Author of « Rawfreshing Cuisine » and « Rawfreshing Express 1 » (to be released this fall…)

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