Return to balance

balance health love presence Jun 12, 2019

Yesterday I spent a day in bed. This happens once in a while, and given that it used to happen frequently, even daily, before I started my raw food journey, it’s shouldn’t be a big deal at all.

However, the mind still struggles against it. So when I woke up in the morning feeling pain all over my body and completely drained of all energy, feeling like I’m not able to get myself out of bed, my thoughts were not particularly loving. I won’t even repeat them here.

I momentarily felt like a failure. Am I not the woman who has unlimited energy and can get herself always into a mindset of happiness, joy and ease? Obviously not.

So I surrendered, hesitantly at first, but more and more as the day went on, whilst I discovered that I couldn’t even do those things I thought I would be able to carry out from bed.

You see, you have to understand that I am a doer. If I don’t do, my ego thinks it has failed. It rubs its grubby hands, puts on a sneering smile and...

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Creating Health - a fundamental shift in consciousness

freedom health presence Mar 30, 2019

Creating Health

Most people consider their health only when they do not have it. Often, as in my own case, we don’t think that much about it until a crisis hits or we feel so unwell that we know something has to be done. There is one other ‘unhealthy’ trigger for starting to think about our health, and that is our fear of losing it. We are daily bombarded with scary facts about the toxicity of our environment, our oceans, air, and food. Toxins are everywhere and many of them are said to cause us cancer. Members of our circle of friends or family may get sick with cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc. and evidence suggests that many babies are now born with over 200 different chemical compounds in their umbilical blood. It is scary, and the fear often drives people to extreme measures.

When our awareness of ‘health’ is motivated by our fear, however, the coping strategy is to avoid or try to get rid of whatever is frightening us. We also start to fight...

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A day of light raw eating

food health Jan 26, 2019

As someone who eats raw food most of the time, I rarely feel the need to detox or cleanse. However, over the winter months we tend to consume more cooked vegan foods and I while we have visitors staying with us, I may eat foods that don't usually find their way onto my plate. 

So I like to plan in a light-eating day once in a while. And today I'd like to share with you a sample of my menu:

The first thing I do in the morning when I get up is some oil pulling. You may have heard of this Aryuvedic oral hygiene procedure, and I do it with the Ringana Tooth Oil – it's pleasant tasting, and because of the herbal extracts used in a base of organic sesame oil, you don't actually need to use a lot of oil, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is enough.

I pull the oil while I make our first drink of the day:
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (or a few slices of fresh ginger)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne peppper (optional)
put in a large cup with filled 1/4 with cold water, then top up with...

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Wishing you a peaceful Christmas

food love presence Dec 23, 2018

"The true meaning of Christmas is that the very Being that you are is Truth. This is what Jesus meant when he said, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.'

Jesus speaks of the inner essence identity of every human being. Some Christian writers call this the “Christ within”. The real meaning of Christmas is to find that essential self that is universally experienced as the Christ within no matter what your cultural or religious upbringing is. " Eckard Tolle - Tolle Teachings

I like this. I like thinking about my own inner essence as well as that of other people. It's a wonderful thing to do, particularly when we feel irritated or angered by another. To find that essential self in yourself and in others is something I would like to practice every day of the year. But if this time in December, when many people on this planet celebrate one thing or another, inspires everybody to be more aware of their inner essence, to find stillness in these times of presents...

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A week in the Algarve can change your life

freedom health love presence Dec 06, 2018

In October 2018 eleven women met in a beautiful little retreat centre in the Western Algarve for seven days of….

… well, as much as I try, I cannot put it in a nut shell. The week was unique , very special and truly transformational. Each woman left with a sense of having uncovered something deep inside her, something that will never be pushed down again.

There was such wonderful synergy created through the raw food, Kundalini Yoga and the Six Prayers of Raw Love Awakening, which we worked with every day. Friendships for life were created, commitments made and lives changed.

The Natural Retreat where we so comfortably stayed for the 7 nights greeted us with love on our arrival and then continued to resonate the love we brought to it daily. The surrounding, gentle countryside of the Wester Algarve, despite the mixed weather, further added to the deep and transformational experience every single woman experienced at this retreat.
 

For me it was all I...

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Beetroot & Lemon Kimchi Recipe

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2018

This is my latest and most favourite Kimchi recipe. I love how the Beetroot gives is sweetness and the lemon rind tanginess.

1 small  Savoy Cabbage

1/2 tbsp sea or himalayan salt

3 carrots

2 small beetroot

1 tbsp chopped ginger

1 tbsp chopped lemon rind

1 tbsp dulce flakes (or other seaweed sprinkle) - optional

1 tbsp chilli flakes

2 tbsp unpasteurised white or yellow miso

Remove a few of the outer leaves of the Savoy cabbage and put aside.

Slice the rest roughly. You want bigger chunks than for sauerkraut. Place the chopped cabbage into a large bowl, add the salt. Massage for a bit until it gets juicy, then leave to stand while you prepare the other vegetables.

Cut the carrots and beetroot and into batons. Add the ginger, lemon rind, chilli flakes, seaweed sprinkles and miso and massage into the vegetables. 

Now mix the vegetable mix with the cabbage. Pack tightly into the Onggi pressing down firmly. Top with clean cabbage leaves and weigh down with a...

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Fast and Easy Peanut Butter & Ginger Noodles

Uncategorized Oct 12, 2018

This is a super easy and fast dish to make. You do need a spiraliser. If you don't have one, you can also use a vegetable peeler and create tagliatelle style noodles but then it's definitely no longer a 'fast' dish. 

Serves 1-2 people, depending on the size of your vegetables:

Start by spiralising:

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 sweet potato*
  • 1/2 courgette/zucchini

*orange flesh sweet potatoes, like you get in the UK are best for this. If you live in a different country and your sweet potatoes are very tough and fibrous, then you could use Jicama, Parsnip, Kohlrabi or Celeriac instead.

For the dressing:

  • 1 heaped tablespoon peanut butter (I use crunchy, no salt, no sugar)
  • 1inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2inch fresh turmeric, grated (optional)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup filtered or spring water
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or other healthy salt
  • black pepper to taste

Mix or blend all ingredients well. I put everything into my...

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5 Reasons to take yourself on retreat

freedom health love presence Aug 30, 2018

Once in a while we all need to take ourselves away from our daily life. Holiday’s are great, but they very rarely support our health in the way we may want to. The food isn’t right, and you eat too much of it. You easily slip into drinking more alcohol and eating more ice cream than you know is good for you. You are on holiday after all and you want to make the most of it. Perhaps you will also lie a bit too long in the sun, causing you sun burn and pre-mature ageing of the skin. There is also so much to see and do when going to new places that the days are often filled with tiring activities, leaving you excited but exhausted at the end of the day. When you get home, you immediately slip back into your old habits and life patterns… until the next holiday.

It’s fun and they do say that a change is as good as a break, but once in a while you’ll need something else. A complete removal from what you normally do.

So here are 5 reasons why you should take...

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Meditation, the easy way in

love presence Aug 09, 2018

Do you meditate regularly? Most people I meet are aware of the benefits gained through meditation, yet when asked how often they meditate, they often admit that they don’t do it as much as they would like. Many of my clients tell me that they find it hard to still the mind, that they just get caught up in the labyrinth of their thoughts. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for meditation is that we think of it as kind of a big deal. We think it’s got to be done in a certain way, in a specific environment, that we need time and quiet for it and that we have to sit for a long time.

My experience shows that actually a much better approach is to think of meditation as something we do all the time. Any activity or non-activity, such as waiting, can be a form of meditation. All we have to do is give whatever we are doing our full attention, be aware of our breath and let our thoughts go.

Letting our thoughts go is different from not thinking. Instead of thinking that we’ve...

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Ikigai, or when you don't want to get out of bed in the morning

presence Jun 24, 2018

Do you know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you feel like you don’t want to do anything…

We all search for something. We want to be happy and we want to find a way where we can wake up in the morning and jump out of bed with joy for what the day may bring. We want to have a purpose, or as Joseph Campbell called it ‘Follow Your Bliss’.

I recently came across a book called Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Ikigai is a Japanese word that roughly translates into ‘a reason to live’. Actually I had come across the word before when I learned about Blue Zones during my health coach training. Blue Zones are places in the world where people live healthily and happily to a ripe old age. One Blue Zone is found on the Japanese island of Okinawa, which apparently has the highest number of centenarians in the world. They live a pretty healthy lifestyle and they certainly practice Ikigai there. The Ikigai of the Okinawa...

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