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How to stay clean in a toxic world

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Gluten free banana bread

Image   Today we wanted to use up a packet of almond meal left over from Jess making her own almond milk and thought we would include it in a banana bread and see what the result was. Here is the recipe we used:

Ingredients –

1 cup rice flour

1 cup almond meal (run it briefly through the blender to break up hard lumps)

1 cup mashed bananas

1/2 cup coconut oil – can use 125g butter if you don’t mind the dairy

2 Tbsp honey or agave syrup (we don’t like it too sweet)

2 Tbsp water with 1 tspn chia seeds – allow to stand for 15 minutes

3 Tbsp almond milk

2 eggs

2 level tspn Baking powder

1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Zest of 1 lemon – wash lemon first if it is waxed

Directions-

  • Heat up oven to 180C
  • Use a brush to coat the inside of a loaf pan with coconut oil and then dust it with rice flour
  • Place all ingredients into a bowl
  • Mix together with a spatula
  • Place in prepared loaf tin
  • Cook at 180C for 40 – 45 minutes, until golden brown

The smell of the loaf coming out the oven brought everyone to the kitchen, hovering, making tea and generally getting ready to taste. It was delicious and quite substantial. The almond meal had given it a lovely nutty flavour and the chia seeds, a slight crunch. Thought I would love to share it with you all.  Happy baking!

Green and low GI vegetable cleanse

Many of you are doing a cleanse as the start of your Anti – Candida therapy plan. With my clients I know eating such a vegetable rich diet is often a new thing. So what does it look like?

I decided to share a few pictures of the meals that are perfect for this, over the next week or so.

Here is an example of a lunch. This is a green leafy salad, with rocket (arugula/rucola), kale and mixed leaves of lettuce. There are a few carrot shavings and cucumber slices mixed in. It is topped with asparagus, pan fried in a little coconut oil and has grilled broccoli on the side. The pretty red jewels are diced red peppers and it is topped with thinly sliced celery for crunch and borage flowers for beauty. Fresh coconut slithers decorate the top and it is dressed in a delicious mix of olive oil, fresh lemon juice and a touch of crushed garlic and chilli. You could top it with a soft boiled egg or half an avocado.

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Now this is what I want you to have for lunch – delicious!!

My 2014 Intentions – and the power of the fork!


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  • I managed to do many kilometers of glorious beach walking in December and thought long and hard about the new year around the corner. 2014 is going to be the year of supreme commitment to health for me, so here are my intentions to support this.

    Perhaps they will inspire you to new heights for your own health.

    • To sit at every mealtime and practise mindful eating
    • To only drink clean, filtered water – and at least 2 

    liters per day.

  • To eat organic, pesticide-free, non GMO fruits and vegetables. I shall look hard at the dirty dozen and clean 15 (http://food.yourway.net/the-2013-dirty-dozen-clean-fifteen-printable-cheat-sheet/) so I reduce all toxins in my diet.
  • To eat local and seasonal – I have been inspired to cut emissions and make a difference. They say your most powerful tool is your fork and what you choose to put on it – so here goes!
  • To do my gratitudes daily before anything else
  • I love walking, swimming, pilates, yoga and gym – these will be done as part of my early morning routine
  • To consciously do something kind and nurturing for myself, every day
  • To be aware of breathing deeply and not hold my breath with apprehension when I am waiting for something
  • To learn how to meditate and incorporate it into my daily practise – Ahh such bliss. Now I will place this list on my phone and keep on track

What foods promote a more alkali body?

Are you feeling bloated, over full and windy? It could be that your everyday food choices are highly acid forming and contributing to these feelings.

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When you follow an alkalizing diet, many of these symptoms will disappear quite quickly. To begin, start to include one more alkaline food at every mealtime, so that the overall meal is more alkaline. 

Alkaline foods:

Vegetables-

Alfalfa sprouts, Artichokes, Asparagus, Green beans, Bamboo shoots, Beetroot (can include the leaves), Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Coconut (fresh coconut water and flesh), Corn, Cucumber, Garlic, Horseradish, Kale, Kelp, Leek, Lettuce – all types, Mushroom, Okra, Onion, Fresh peas, Radish, Spinach, Squash, Turnip, all vegetable juices, Watercress, Wheatgrass.

Note: All vegetables, especially raw vegetables balance the acidity and alkali levels in the blood.

Fats, oils and essential fats

Almonds, Coconut oil, Olive oil, Sesame seeds,

Fruits

Apples, Apricots, avocado, firm bananas, berry (all), cherry, date, fig, grapefruit, grape, guava, kiwi fruit, lemon, lime, mango, melon, nectarine, olives, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, papaya, pineapples, plums, raisin, rhubarb, sultana, raw tomato, Daikon radish, umeboshi plum.

Starchy grains and vegetables

Amaranth, Barley, millet, lima beans, soya beans (edamame, fresh or dried), soya lecithin

Drinks and condiments

Almond milk, coconut water (fresh), goat’s milk raw, lemon water, soya milk, distilled water, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, chilli pepper, fennel, ground cumin, all fresh herbs, ginger, raw honey, lemongrass, lime leaves, mustard seeds and paste, sea salt, sea vegetables (including chlorella, kelp, spirulina, wakame) tamari sauce, turmeric.

Agar agar, tempeh, tofu.

These lists are not 100% complete, but are the main foods. Alkali foods also have various degrees of alkalising power, and I will do something on that later.

NB: Check the pH of your urine or saliva daily using litmus paper. The ideal pH range for the human body is between 6.0 and 6.8. For the body, values below 6.3 are considered on the acidic side, while those above 6.8 are on the alkali side.

Remember to do the test before eating – or at least one hour after eating!

I wanted to share this and hope you find the list useful. I have printed mine and have it in my purse so that when I go shopping, I buy these alkali promoting foods in the main!

  • References:
  • Honestly Healthy, Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way -by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

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I came across this quote this week and it really made me sit back and think –

  • what is the state of my bucket list?
  • What travels do I still want to do? and with whom?
  • What do I still want to achieve in my work and am I on track?
  • How well have I been looking after my dreams and visions for my life?
  • Am I looking after me to the very best of my ability?

I know the person we have the most power over in our lifetime, is surprisingly, our future self!

Reflect for a moment – be still and think about your future self and what you want that person to be, in all dimensions.

The picture is of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the migrations in Kenya and Tanzania. I have seen it before, but want to share it with my children, who like me, have a passion for those precious and increasingly rare wild places, where en masse- the animals roam free. We stayed at the main Governors Camp last time, (www.governorscamp.com) and just loved it.Image

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