Eating the rainbow!

food health Apr 24, 2016

Eating the colours of the rainbow makes me feel alive. It's not just that a colourful plate of vegetables pleases my eyes and makes my mouth water (an important prerequisite to creating valuable enzymes when producing saliva, to help digest food further down). By eating the colours of the rainbow I nourish my body with essential macro, micro and phytonutrients.

 

Phytonutrients were only discovered fairly recently, and more and more are being discovered as I write. Scientists now agree that while phytonutrients alone don't keep us alive, they help us to thrive and may play a significant role in protecting us from disease and making our bodies function optimally.

 

Phytonutrients help us to stay healthy, young and vibrant well into our later stages of life.

If you haven't heard of phytonutrients, you will have heard of antioxidants. Most people now understand that they are important for healthy cells and reducing the risk of cancer, heart...

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Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl

food Feb 08, 2016

I don't know about you, but at this time of year (British cold damp weather) my joints definitely make themselves known to me. I'm actually doing really well with my knees, given that I had surgery on my right knee when I was 19 (a whopping 39 years ago) and refused a second surgery a couple of years later. I'm rarely in pain. But recently both knees have been complaining and so has my hip. So it's time to upgrade my food intake to even more anti-inflammatory value.

 

Of course a raw, plant-based lifestyle is already rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory, alkalising, anti-viral and immune boosting, but at times of pain, we can do a little more. So if you find your joints are hurting, try read on and try my recipe below.



 

Papayas contain the enzyme papain which aids the digestion of proteins. They also contain another enzyme called chymopapain. Both these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Papayas are a real powerhouses when it comes to antioxidants,...

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity

food health Jan 17, 2016

Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity
 
January 17, 2016
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Gabriela Lerner
 
 
Have you tried using medicinal mushrooms yet? These include chaga, reishi, cordyceps and agarics blaze, with the main benefits being to increase immune function, help to fight viruses and infections and even combat cancer growth.

 

Medicinal mushrooms grow on trees, in fact they have a symbiotic relationship with the tree and are deeply connected with the earth’s energies. They often take a long time to grow, so it’s important to buy medicinal mushrooms from reliable, sustainable sources. As medicinal mushrooms become more popular, the demand increases and often leads to unsustainable harvesting practices that destroy eco systems. See below for good sources to buy your mushrooms.

 

My two favourite mushrooms are chaga and reishi because they are versatile and can be brewed into a tea, used in vegan hot chocolate drinks, can be turned into tinctures or powders to use in a...

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My kids don't like broccoli, my husband wants meat

food Mar 10, 2015

Participants of my raw food retreats are often parents concerned with the food their children eat. This usually leads to conversations about how to get children into better eating habits and also how to enrol the other parent into supporting healthy eating at home.

At one of my retreats a guest had recently decided to upgrade his family’s food intake towards higher nutrition after both his parents had been diagnosed with cancer. It was a wake-up-call for him and after a lot of research he came to the conclusion that the best he could do was to create excellent nutrition for himself, his wife and his young children. Now I usually have people in my class who are already quite familiar with eating raw vegetables and they really enjoy the foods I prepare. I was therefore particularly delighted that this participant openly stated that he didn’t like the food. ‘It all tastes really strange to me’ he said. But then followed it with ‘but I know...

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