Winter is cold, wet and dreary. The thought of opening up the fridge to have a cold salad or chilled soup is unappealing for most people. But with a little creativity, you can enjoy your raw food lifestyle right throughout the Winter months.
Eat Your Food Warm, Not Cold.
Many of you will have a dehydrator. By heating your food to 46°C / 115°F ensures most of your food is warm enough while still keeping it raw.
Tricks of the Trade
Sometimes restaurants will place food onto heated plates. This keeps the food on it warmer longer. In the Winter months, this is a fabulous idea!
Wearing warmer layers and good quality socks helps to keep YOU warm and toasty and better able to adapt to a raw lifestyle when the temperature drops outside.
Bring in Heartier Meals – Get Creative in the Kitchen
Meatless burgers, tacos and tostidas are perfect winter foods. They are quite hearty in their own right and highly nutritious. Sometimes its about experimenting with what you might have had as cooked food and create a raw version of it.
I still remember my first experience creating raw corn chips. It was a pretty dismal effort being quite watery and bland but I persisted and now I have a chip that is quite delicious!
Eat More Warming Foods
David Wolfe suggests these warming foods:
Dehydrated foods (more calorically dense, therefore they are typically more warming)
Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, and dates are especially warming)
Nuts (especially macadamia nuts and raw nut butters)
Have you ever felt exhausted even though you just woke up from an 8 hour sleep? Is it a struggle to concentrate on a task for longer than a few minutes? Do you feel like you have ‘brain drain’ by the end of the day or after lunch?
Perhaps it’s not just lack of quality sleep or getting older or being stressed out. It could be what is on your plate.
Food can play a major role in concentration and memory. Eat the right kinds of foods and boost your mind and health at the same time. The right type of foods support a brain’s cognitive function as well as support memory and concentration.
So what are some of the ‘right kinds’ of foods?
Our brain is made up of 60% fat. Essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 are vital for effective brain functioning. Our brain requires high levels of DHA (docosahexanoic acid) which is also crucial in supporting a healthy nervous system.
Other healthy fats which have been shown to boost cognitive function include olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseeds, nuts and seeds and avocado.
A great source of vitamin K, broccoli which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.
Magnesium is a very important mineral for calming of the nerves. Magnesium protects the nerves by supporting and building the myelin sheaths which insulate the nerve fibres. Many of us are magnesium deficient which also disturbes our sleep.
Tomato's contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's.
Folic acid and vitamin B12 help prevent homocysteine from building up in the body, which is higher in those with Alzheimer's. The best way to get any B vitamins is through a complex. B vitamins are never found in nature in single isolation. You will always find them in groups or in a full complex and that is the way a supplement should be too. The only exception is a B12 as Methylcobalamin.
Other vitamins & nutrients that support brain health & functioning are:
Slice tomato into thick rounds. Remove the flesh from a coconut keeping it as intact as possible.
Start to layer the tomato, 2 spinach leaves, coconut flesh, asparagus spears, and repeat again with the tomato, spinach leaves, coconut flesh, asparagus spears until you are left with 1 tomato slice. Place this tomato slice on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and coconut oil and add hemp seeds to garnish if desired.
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has become the new faux pas in the health industry. Everyone everywhere
(or so it seems) is talking about how ‘bad’ sugar is for you. And it’s
not just white sugar they are banning from their kitchens. The evil
synthetic sugar alternatives aspartame and acesulfame-K, to name just
two, have been linked to cancer.
So what else is there? Here are my top 5 natural healthy alternatives to sugar in no particular order.
This is a thick syrup made
from coconut tree sap. Unlike maple syrup, it doesn’t require intense
heating to bring out its sweetness. This allows it to be enzymatically
alive and for its naturally high amino acid profile to remain intact. It
has far higher levels of important minerals than any other sugar, as
well as high levels of Vitamin C.
Unlike sugar cane, which
leeches the soil, coconut palms repair damaged soil, require very little
water and produce 50-75 percent more sugar per acre than sugar cane.
Health Benefits: Low
glycemic index; high in vitamins and minerals. Also has insoluble fibre,
which prevents against sugar spikes in the bloodstream, and a unique
medium chain fatty acid, said to help prevent heart disease.
Stevia, a shrub native to
Latin America, is not really a sugar at all! It is up to 300 times
sweeter than sugar too. It has no kilojoules and does not raise blood
sugar levels. Not all stevia is equal though. Often times, cellulose
powder and bulking agents are added to make stevia more palatable. You
must check the label first. The green powder is the stevia you need to
be looking out for. Some people say Stevia has an aftertaste. This is
something you can certainly get used to over time.
Health benefits: In truly unprocessed form, provides
beneficial antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Because our bodies can't
digest the stevia plant, it offers essentially zero calories and has an
extremely low glycemic index. Fructose count also becomes negligible,
and it doesn't affect blood sugar levels.
Source raw honey
that’s been organically and locally produced to reap the full benefits.
Packed with vitamins, honey also has antimicrobial properties. It does
have more calories than normal sugar but because it’s sweeter you use
less of it.
Natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties; can be used
to treat ulcers. Some raw honeys have a number on their labels; the
higher this number, the higher the antibiotic properties. Local, raw
honey may also help people with seasonal allergies.
Agave nectar comes from the
blue agave cactus – a massive plant. While it’s become a popular
sweetener among health enthusiasts in recent years and is a popular
alternative to honey among vegans, you do need to ensure you are getting
good quality raw dark unfiltered agave as oftentimes, the lighter agave
is adulterated with HFCS. This is still a rare occurance within
Australia but does happen. Agave has a low GI of 30
Provides the body with several nutrients and may be beneficial for
digestion. Because it's very sweet, a little goes a long way.
Yacon syrup is made from the
root of the yacon plant, which grows in the Andes region of South
America. Thanks to its high fructooligosaccharides level (FOS), a sugar
polymer our bodies cannot digest, it has minimal impact on blood sugar
levels. It is glucose-free, and does not increase blood sugar levels.
Because of this, yacon syrup is often recommended as a sweetener to
those suffering from diabetes or at risk of becoming diabetic. Yacon
syrup has a divine carmel flavour and is one of my favourites. I love
its smooth taste, especially in chocolate!
Health Benefits: Considered a prebiotic as it aids in
the absorption of calcium and other vitamins. Also promotes healthy gut
flora, which is essential for good digestion. Because its primary sugar
is FOS, which can't be absorbed, it's low-calorie and has a low
Eating Supercharged food simply means food that is pure, clean and unprocessed that will provide the body with maximum nutrition and vitality.
Learn to eat for health and nutrition rather than convenience and taste. While highly processed, deep fried and salty foods may taste great, they rob the body of essential nutrients making the road to healing even longer and most times, even setting you back significantly in health.
Some tips for supercharged eating include, always locate food in season. You can download seasonal fruit and vegetable guides from a multitude of websites. Buy only what you can eat in a few days. If your fridge is full of healthy food, you will eat only healthy food. Plan your weekly menu and buy only what you need. When you have a daily meal plan, it makes preparation so much easier.
Top 10 Supercharged Superstars
A French study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lychee has the second-highest level of heart-healthy polyphenols of all fruits tested—nearly 15% more than the amount found in grapes (cited by many as polyphenol powerhouses).
Edamame is a fancy name for boiled green soybeans. High in fibre and protein, these little nutrition powerhouses really pack a healthy punch! Half a cup a day is a fabulous snack and the kids love it!
3. Asian Pear
Asian pear – also known as nashi pear is a little health gem. One large asian pear contains a whopping 100g of cholesterol lowering fibre
Broccoli helps fight infections and viruses as it is a powerful immunity booster
Kale is the new meat! Bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, kale is fantastic for your skin. Plus they taste great dehydrated as an alternative to potato chips
Spinach is packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, the essential blood clotting vitamin K, coenzyme Q10 for heart health, folate, iron and carotenoids. All in all, it is a powerful little supercharged superstar food!
These little nutrition powerhouses are filled with amazing health benefits such as:
Essential fatty acids
19 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
8. Camu camu
The Camu Camu berry is not just full of Vitamin C but also contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. Amino acids such as leucine, serine and valine are also present in this excellent superfood. Other vitamins that are also found in the Camu Camu are thiamine, riboflavin and niacin
Nuts are rich in fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin E and magnesium. Eating a handful of nuts a couple times a week helps to reduce your risk of heart disease and helps with the appearance of your skin. Keep in mind that nuts are high in calories and can lead to weight gain if not eaten in moderation
These colourful tropical fruits native to South America are packed with skin healing Vitamin C. One cup has nearly 5 times as much Vitamin C as one orange (377mg compared to 83mg)
Foods To Avoid
The regular consumption of caffeinated drinks play havoc on our body. It loads the body unnecessarily with toxins, places a strain on the liver to detoxify the caffeine molecules and contributes to the aging process.
Avoiding processed foods, sugar, table salt and man-made fats such as margarine or those found in commercial popcorn. Ban anything that contains additives, preservatives and chemicals.
What Is The Next Step?
The next step is to find out what foods work for you and create your meals around that. Look at where you’d like your health goals to take you, what you’d like to achieve and work towards that. It’s all about one step at a time.
Mix together the chia seeds with the coconut water in a small bowl or glass. Allow to sit for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring once. After the chia has gelatinized, mix in the Berry Ultimate Antioxidant Blend powder, yacon syrup, and lemon juice. For best results, allow mixture to set for 30 minutes before serving. Will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
Makes: 2/3 cup
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This group would also support one another to stick with the healing process, and discuss our milestones to perfect health. Bring your own raw food lunch and meet at my place? or someone else’s place? (my house is not that big)
The idea is to be around supporting, motivated people who are on a healing journey, and yet, may feel isolated and alone in trying to achieve their goal.’
I am also on raw food to cure rheumatoid arthritis, and squamous cell skin cancers, which I cured back in the nineties, but when my twin sister died last March, the arthritis came back due to the stress.
All we need is a positive attitude, and believing that we will, and can get well again. Thousands world wide are curing themselves of cancers and all kinds of diseases through a raw food diet, including MS and Parkinson disease.
Shedding the kilos is easy when you avoid these weight loss traps.
As a society, we are obsessed with dieting. We are fed so
many conflicting messages on how to stay slim, trim and terrific, we
are inundated with images of stunning Hollywood celebrities in all their
finery, and the latest health crazes just keep getting crazier!
But the secret to maintaining a healthy body weight does
not lie in food deprivation or fly by night fads. In 2007, researchers
at the University of California examined 31 weight loss studies and
found that dieting doesn’t result in permanent weight loss and many
dieters regain the kilos they shed. So what is the answer?
Eating healthy, fresh, seasonal foods in moderation, get
lots of fresh air, exercise to your body type and get some good
nourishing sleep. Make this a way of life – not just a short lived diet
strategy and steer clear of the most common weight loss landmines.
Trap 1: Dieting
Fat free, calorie restriction, zero carb, cabbage diet,
water fast – how do all these sound? Pretty tortuous don’t they. And for
good reason too. Most are based in illogic. These are rigid, hard to
maintain – both mentally and physically for long periods of time. This
is one of the root causes of yo-yo dieting. Also, yo-yo dieting has been
linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
compromised immunity. 
Instead, make eating well a lifetime goal, not just
something you do for a month or so every year. Learn to read the labels
at the grocery store. Additive Alert by Julie Eady is full of vital
information. You will also be surprised at how much sugar is hidden in
foods to make them more palatable!
Regularly shop at your local farmers market or organic
market. When your fridge is full of healthy food, you will want to eat
more healthy food.
Trap 2: Skipping Your Greens
We’ve all heard it before – eat your vegetables. Current
research being conducted (studies not yet released) suggests a minimum
of 10 cups of vegetables per day though the current daily Australian
guidelines suggest 2 fruit and 5 vegetable serves per day.
Green vegetables are the ones that are the most lacking
in our diets. These are key building blocks for successful weight loss,
giving strength and energy while helping to shed excess weight. A 2007
study supported by the National Institute of Health discovered that
people who eat more water rich foods like vegetables, reduce their
‘dietary energy density’ and lose a third more weight after six months
than those who only decrease their fat intake.
Trap 3: Skipping Meals
You woke up late and skipped breakfast and missed lunch
to finish that deadline. By 3pm, you’re ravenous and grab a chocolate
bar from the vending machine with a coffee to tide you over before
stopping for a gluten free vegetarian pizza on the way home. Been there,
done that. Whether you’re late, lazy or just trying to shave calories
from your bottom line, skipping meals is a bad idea. It leaves you more
vulnerable to overeating. As for the weekends, this is the time we are
prone to binge eating. A study published in the Autumn 2009 journal or
Public Policy & Marketing found people consume on average of 37 more
calories per meal on weekends and for those who overeat at all six
meals, could push that out to 400 extra calories!
People worry that if they eat regularly, they will gain more
weight yet that is often incorrect. By scheduling and planning healthy
meals and snacks, you will always be filled on the finest nutrition.
Trap 4: Diuretics
The use of diuretics will only result in water and fluid
weight loss, not fat loss, the ultimate aim of any weight loss program.
Diuretics have the potential to cause severe electrolyte imbalances, low
blood pressure and dehydration. Long term diuretic use often results in
the body’s ability to remove excess water being impaired and the person
will end up storing more water instead.
Foods such as cucumber and celery are natural diuretics
filled with life giving potassium. Next time you feel a bit bloated,
reach for a glass of celery and cucumber juice or nettle tea and feed
your cells instead.
Trap 5: Not Asking For Help
Have a support group around you. An accountability
partner is fabulous for helping to keep you on track and focussed on
your end goal – long term health and vitality. It is hard enough in this
life trying to have a successful career and family life without having
to be superwoman or superman when it comes to health and nutrition. Find
yourself a health coach or join a health membership program. It is
worth it for the support and knowledge you will gain
Blend all ingredients together until it forms a thick,
smooth ice cream consistency. If you don’t have a high powered blender
like a Vitamix or Vitacrush, you might want to add more water. Or try blending in parts
Do you ever feel tired when you wake up and wonder why, after a good night’s rest, you feel so sleepy and groggy?
Do you get to lunch time and moan at the thought of the rest of the afternoon looming before you?
Do you look at people, as if they are from planet Saturn,
when they say they wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy for the
You’re not alone! The exhaustion and lethargy you feel could be adrenal fatigue.
Your adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and weigh
less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important
functions in your body; managing stress!
“Adrenal fatigue is a growing trend’, writes James L. Wilson, ND, DC, PhD, author of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. “The
adrenal glands are known as ‘the glands of stress’. It is their job to
enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging
from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. Your
resiliency, energy, endurance and your every life depend on their proper
When your adrenal glands are fatigued, a condition known
as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion, occur and your entire body
feels it. You end up suffering from extreme exhaustion. It occurs when
the glands release high quantities of cortisol which eventually depletes
the adrenals so that they can’t produce enough hormones.
Eating for adrenal health is one of the most long lasting
and rewarding health routes you can take. Most health experts recommend
heart healthy fats, 6-8 serves of vegetables per day, sea salt or pink
himilayan salt and good quality proteins.
Most of my colleagues agree with me that vegetarians and
vegans suffering from adrenal fatigue benefit from increasing their B
COMPLEX supplementation and essential amino acid intake.
I find that when a vegetarian or vegan clients comes in with
adrenal fatigue, most often they have a poor quality protein intake.
Not having enough protein affects the glucose-insulin balance, making
the adrenals work harder.
What are some of the signs of adrenal fatigue?
Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon
A suppressed immune system
Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness
Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar and fat
Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
Low sex drive
Lightheadedness when getting up fro sitting or lying down
Decreased ability to handle stress
Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full nights sleep
15 Foods That Harm the Adrenals:
Coffee & black tea
Deep fried foods
Rancid oils, seeds and nuts
Soda especially diet soda
Processed meats and cheeses
Textured vegetable protein
White flour in breads, pies, cakes, cookies and pasta
Artificial sweeteners and ingredients
Fast food: junk food and foods which you are allergic to, have an intolerance to, sensitive to or addicted to
Disease cannot flourish in an alkaline environment! An alkaline body is the best disease-preventative.
The latest trend in the health industry is alkaline diets.
You hear it everywhere; eat alkaline to reduce your body's acidity to
keep healthy and living longer or eat alkaline to beat cancer, heal
disease etc etc but what does it really mean? And how do you do it?
The First Steps
The term ''alkaline diet'' refers to a way of eating that
focuses on foods that are more alkalizing in the body, when compared to
foods that are acid forming. By reducing the amount of acid forming
foods, you give your body the ability to heal itself quicker and more
The first most important step is to gain knowledge about
which foods are acid and which are alkaline. There are hundreds of
sites (some with conflicting information) with some lovely charts and
graphs and images of which foods are the most alkaline, moderately
alkaline, least alkaline moving into which are highy acidic, moderately
acid and least acidic. A good chart will also show those that are either
neutral or moderately neutral. Knowing what foods you can consume in
greater amounts and what foods you would be best avoiding or
substituting will help you transition into an alkaline diet. Aim to
reduce and cut out between 1 - 2 food types each week until you reach a
balance of about 80% alkaline foods to 20% acid foods. There are some
people that advocate a 100% alkaline diet yet for a majority of people,
this is quite challenging to maintain and can place huge stresses upon
people to feel they are 'failing' or 'not good enough'. The whole aim of
moving to a more alkaline lifestyle is to have more energy, more
vitality, feel healthier – not to feel guilty or that you have failed.
If that is the case, slow down your transition and work at your own
pace. It has to feel right for you.
Alkaline foods are natural and whole; these include most
vegetables - especially green leafy vegetables, fruits and fermented
foods. Fermented foods include Cabbage rejuvelac (similar to saurkraut),
milk kefir, kombucha, tempeh, tamari sauce, Namu shoyu sauce, natto,
kimchi and more. Create a list of alkaline foods you enjoy most as a
reminder of what foods to consume regularly. Creating a quick reference
for alkaline foods will help keep you on track.
Some very common examples of acid forming foods are: meat,
dairy, simple carbohydrates such as breads, muffins, cookies, cakes and
To give you an idea on how to start altering your lifestyle
to a more alkaline one, you might, for example, in the first week,
substitute white bread with a low or no gluten bread alternative or a
rice wrap or replace white sugar with a natural sweetener such as
stevia, agave nectar, coconut nectar or yacon syrup. A few servings of
red meat per week could be replaced with fish or raw nuts such as
pecans, cashews or walnuts. Quite often, walnuts are used as meat
substitutes in raw tacos, spaghetti, lasagne and pizzas. A nice protein
substitute is quinoa grains (always use the tri coloured grains for the
full protein spectrum) Remember, the goal is to reduce consumption of
acid forming foods.
Alkaline water is safe for children. Either using a
powder or through a water filter with alkalising ability. When
purchasing a water filter, one that also ionises and removes bacteria,
fluoride and other heavy metals is best
Using Supplements to Help
Supplements are fantastic to help with the initial
challenges many people experience in switching to a healthier lifestyle.
Consider natural supplements to help reduce acid forming food cravings.
There are some vitamin and mineral supplements that help reduce
cravings for white flour products and refined sugar foods. Activated
Vitamin B-complex supplements are full of B vitamins that stimulate the
metabolism of carbohydrates into glucose in the body, encouraging
alkaline sources of carbohydrates to feel more satisfying. Chromium
supplements also facilitate the breakdown and use of sugars for energy
in the body, reducing sugar cravings though these are best used in short
term only. Another easy way to alkalise the body quickly and
efficiently is to use an alkalising powder. There are many on the market
and not all alkalising powders are the real deal. Having been a
Naturopath for 13 years and in the Health Industry for 18 years, I have
seen some pretty dubious products come onto the market. The only
alkalising powder I use is the Sanum brand. A German isopathic product.
Isopathy is similar to homeopathy. Always consult a physician or Natural
Health Practitioner before taking dietary supplements to ensure they
are right for you.
I use Sanum Alkala Powder a lot for myself and for my
clients. I, myself would consume around 500mls of alkalised water every
day. I also recommend bringing in water kefir and milk kefir as both are
not only fabulous probiotics but they are also quite alkaline forming.
Starting the morning with a small glass of filtered ionised water with
lemon juice is one of the most alkalising things you can do for your
body. Contrary to popular belief, lemons are actually extremely
Alkaline Fast Facts
Alkaline water neutralises the acid build up in our
bodies, thus balancing our pH levels in our body's cells. When our pH
levels are balanced, we feel more energetic and can live fuller lives
salad ingredients, ensuring well mixed. Combine all dressing
ingredients except for bee pollen. Add dressing to the salad and mix to
combine. Sprinkle the bee pollen over the top for garnish
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Everyone knows the word Superfoods. And everyone is aware of some of the more popular items such as acai, spirulina, cacao, chlorella
and other well known products. Those are all valid and important
superfoods, yet there are many others that have just as many amazing
health benefits that are not talked about in magazines or mainstream
media that I feel are just as important to our health.
These are my top 5 health ‘powerhouses’ that I love to use
in my clinic. I use them with men, women, children and even animals.
Having lived on a 2,000 acre farm in a rural setting, I’ve helped all
kinds of animals in the area: dogs, cats, horses, cows, even alpacas.
It really is worth giving these nutrients a try. Experiment
with them in your foods, your smoothies, your raw puddings, raw ‘ice
creams’, salads, on your kale chips, or other dehydrated foods, dips and
more. They are so versatile and only limited by your imagination. For
more ideas, remember to pop over to our Facebook page as we regularly post up meal ideas, nutritional information and more.
Bee pollen is the most complete superfood found in nature. It contains all 22 essential amino acids.
One little known fact about bee pollen is that it has high
antioxidant levels that help increase longevity by neutralising free
For women who are looking to either increase their
fertility or optimise their hormones would benefit from consuming bee
Bee pollen is amazing at building up the stress defence
shield and increasing longevity in humans and animals. The most famous
record of bee pollen use in animals demonstrating enhanced longevity is
with Bluey the cattle dog who lived to 29 years of age. This was
reportedly due to the fact that Bluey regularly consumed wild harvested
organic honey and bee pollen. If it works in our animals friends, it
certainly works for us humans.
Bee pollen is a source of 18 vitamins, including nearly all
the B vitamins (except B12), C, D, E, rutin, carotene, beta carotene,
lecithin/choline, the 22 essential amino acids, 14 fatty acids, 11
carbohydrates, RNA & DNA, a plant hormone similar to the human
pituitary called gonadotropin and there is still more being discovered!
Pollen contains up to 11 major enzymes such as diatase,
phosphatase and transferase, high amounts of catalase, amylase and
pectase – all of which aid in digestion. Just 130mg of bee pollen can
assist in the digestion of 1.5kg of food.
According to research by doctors in France, Italy and USSR,
pollen is one of the richest sources of bio-available protein in nature
being approximately 25% protein.
Always start off slowly with the smallest amount of bee pollen and build up your use.
Warning: on first trying pollen, some people and animals may
occasionally experience minor gastro-intestinal irritation and a
laxative effect due to the richness of the product. Please cut back use
of the pollen, and if need be, cease for a few days and then try again.
IF symptoms persist, it may indicate an allergy to bee pollen.
Another potential yet RARE allergic reaction can involve
swelling, heart palpitations, and minor to moderate difficulty in
breathing. For those who are new to using bee pollen, it is wise to
start out with a SMALL dosage – about 1/8 of a teaspoon and work up from
is an under-used superfood. It is especially abundant in beta-carotene,
niacin and iron with significant amounts of calcium and phosphorus.
The beauty of lucuma is its versatility. I love to use it
in combination with mesquite to create a divine maple like caramel
flavouring in my smoothies, raw ‘ice creams’ and raw chia puddings. It
is naturally sweet, often used as a sweetener.
The State University of New Jersey reported a study that
evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of lucuma extract on wound
healing and skin aging. Results of the trial determined that lucuma
significantly increased wound closure and promoted tissue regeneration.
The report of the study concluded that lucuma may have
anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin-repair effects on human skin.
has been used safely by diabetics as it has a low glycemic indext of
25. Because its sugar is in the form of fructose, which does not require
insulin for metabolism, mesquite helps maintain a constant blood sugar
level for a sustained period of time.
Some of my clients have used mesquite in breads, biscuits,
pie crusts, and other raw or baked goods. I’ve even had some report
using it in coffee and tea to provide a delicious molasses caramel like
Mesquite is rich in Lysine, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc
Maqui berry (pronounced mock-ee) is a relatively new superfood to the Western World though it has been consumed by the Chileans for thousands of years.
There is limited but continued research showing enormous
potential in many areas of health such as an anti oxidant, in cancer
prevention, diabetes, as an anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, in heart
health and even in weight loss.
Maqui berry has been reported to increase metabolism. To
keep you energized and going, you will need something to keep you up
with all your activities. Maqui berry can help in boosting the energy
levels of a person to help them become physically active.
people are familiar with Wheat Grass powder, chlorella or chlorophyll
and often overlook barely grass powder. Barley grass is an intensely
enzyme rich live food with naturally occurring co-factors and
synergistic compounds. It’s a life giving whole food containing hundreds
of nutrients with more being discovered constantly.
Nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron,
copper, manganese, beta carotene, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B5 and
B6, Vitamin C, folic acid.
Barely grass is very high in organic sodium which dissolves
calcium deposits on the joints. It also replenishes organic sodium in
the lining of the stomach. This is valuable because it aids digestion by
improving the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. When you
have the correct ratio of hydrochloric acid, heart burn disappears.
Barley grass contains 18 amino acids, of which it contains
the 8 essential amino acids. It is also extremely alkaline. A body that
is alkaline has a greater resistance to disease.
Organic cold pressed Apricot kernal Oil or cold pressed avocado oil for garnish
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor – blend
until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle apricot kernal/avocado oil
on top. Dip veggies and enjoy!
Try adding some lucuma and mesquite to your smoothies
with some frozen bananas, some cold pressed avocado oil and or cold
pressed virgin coconut oil, a cup of mixed berries (frozen is fine), a
dash of coconut nectar and the flesh & water of one young drinking
EVENT - Brisbane, Gold Coast & Canberra
Dr Gabriel Cousens 'Enduring, Radiant Health'
Gabriel Cousens, MD, at 70 years, is the picture of enduring, radiant health.
He has cultivated his health through a lifestyle he now shares with audiences around the world.
This is a lifestyle inclusive of organic,
plant-source foods in their live, natural state. It is a lifestyle that
includes regular prana-building exercise (yoga, qigong), service and
charity, spiritual inspiration, meditation, and shaktipat (energetic
transmission from a liberated teacher).
Listen as Dr. Cousens shares his wise perspectives
on how to integrate these components into a holistic lifestyle for a
length of days full of vitality and joy.
"Enduring, Radiant Health" offers gentle
instruction of how we can be like the biblical Moses, who, when he
passed on at 120, "his eyes had not dimmed, and his natural powers had
not left him".
many moons ago when I was a young girl, I retired from gymnastics and
found myself without a sport. I played with triathlons, swimming,
cycling and then fell into Personal Training. I gained my ACHPERS
qualifications, becoming a part time aerobics instructor. I’ve always
had a tendency to put on weight fairly easily and have had to work
fairly hard at keeping it off. Somehow, the weight seemed to migrate to
my derriere and hips more than anywhere and as I got older, a tummy
pouch appeared. It became worse after having a child and it is now
something I really have to work hard at.
I know there will be many women who will be nodding their
heads in agreement right now. Below are my top 4 exercises I recommend
for keeping the belly toned and flat while helping the core muscles to
stay stronger longer. Please keep in mind that although these exercises
are targeted at working the stomach, they will also help with other
muscle groups. The best exercises target as many muscle groups as
possible. It is not possible to lose weight or mass from one particular
area. When you lose weight or reduce your body size, you lose it
The burpee: This
challenging exercise is considered the ultimate full body exercise. For
beginners I have adapted the exercise to make it much easier. Start
slowly with this one and build it up as you get fitter and stronger.
This will work your whole body: hamstrings, chest, arms, deltoids and
The way to perform a burpee:
Begin in a squat position with hands on the floor in front of you.
Kick your feet back to a pushup position (for beginners, step your feet out behind you)
Immediately return your feet to the squat position.
Leap/jump up as high as possible from the squat
position while holding in your core. To hold in your core, imagine you
doing a wee and then halfway through you need to instantly stop the wee
by squeezing your inner muscles. This is called activating your core.
When performing burpees, the key is to perform them in
quick succession in order to gain the conditioning benefits this
exercise is famous for.
The bicycle exercise:
Also known as cross over sit ups: To perform this exercise, lie flat on
your back with your legs straight and your fingertips lightly touching
your temples. Sit up and simultaneously bend one leg. Draw your knee
toward your chest and slightly twist your torso only until your knee
touches your opposite elbow or close enough to. Return to the starting
position and then repeat. Make this exercise more demanding by keeping
your feet raised six to eight inches off the ground.
The bicycle sit up involves movement at the spine and
hips at the same time. The complex nature of this exercise means it may
not be suitable for all exercisers, especially beginners. As with all
strenuous exercise, to minimize your risk of injury, warm up thoroughly
before beginning your workout. This exercise works the obliques, the hip
flexors, the rectus abdominus and the transverse abdominal muscles.
Lift your body of the ground and balance on one forearm and the side of
your foot. Contract your abdominals and relax your shoulders. And
remember to continue breathing. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds.
You will need to engage your core for this exercise.
Rowing machine: Found in all gyms, this is another
superb whole body exercise that conditions the stomach muscles
beautifully. The best way to use a rowing machine is through interval
training. When you go into anaerobic exercise, you go into fat burning
mode, then when you ‘cool down’ (rest until your heart rate comes down
and your breathing normalises), you give your muscles a chance to
recuperate and re-oxygenate. One of the most famous exercise programs
that teaches interval training is called PACE. Beginners, start off nice
and easy with this and build your stamina up.
As with all exercise programs, ensure you use a Personal
Trainer and consult your Medical Practitioner first to ensure exercise
is right for you.
Kelp noodles are one of my favourite foods. They are so
light in calories, that a WHOLE PACKET is around 18 calories! That’s
right, only 18 calories for the whole packet! When you add in powerhouse
seaweeds and raw crunchy vegies, you have a nutrition packed meal that
is light but still filling enough to ensure you feel full after.
Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately. Serves 2
Raw Food Classes in Melbourne
Foundations of Raw Living Foods Series
The Foundations course is designed to provide a
complete and comprehensive introduction to the Raw Living Food
lifestyle. Classes are based on the teachings of the true pioneers and
experts of Living Food such as Dr Ann Wigmore. Learn about the tools and
techniques of the Raw food kitchen, 8 delicious & nutritious demos
per class, generous tastings and print-outs of all the recipes so that
you can make them at home. Classes hosted by Certified Raw Living Food
Teacher Ace Rosen.
Level 1 – Saturday Feb 23rd OR Saturday Mar 2nd
Level 2 – Saturday Mar 16th OR Saturday Mar 23rd
Level 3 – Saturday Apr 6th OR Saturday Apr 13th
Location: South Yarra, Victoria, 3141 (full address details are given upon booking)