Improve your health and wellness

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!!

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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

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

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This delicious recipe is from the Taste magazine (http://www.tastemag.co.za/Recipe-2789/Lemon-polenta-cake.aspx) and was submitted by Michael Haigh. Having tried it, I know that if you have to go gluten free, you will be amazed at all the excellent and delicious recipes available on the net, and the Taste magazine has tried and trusted and tested recipes so they are reliable.

You are not alone.

If you have decided to go gluten free on doctor’s orders or just as part of a personal health quest, just know there is so much support for this today. Many health shops as well as mainstream food giants stock wheat and gluten free flours and products and there is inspiration especially through the many healers and doctors that blog about it – like Dr Hyman (http://drhyman.com/blog/2011/03/17/gluten).

Once you have stopped feeling deprived for what you may not have, you will discover a whole world out there, full of many things that you may enjoy. And this recipe is definitely one of them.

Polenta cake

Allergens: Wheat free / Gluten free
Category: Easy / Great value
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Ingredients:
100 g fine polenta
100 g ground almonds
100 g shredded coconut
1 t baking powder
2 lemons, juiced and zested
250 g butter, softened
250 g caster sugar
4 organic eggs
For the lemon glaze:
200 g icing sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced
Cooking instructions: Preheat the oven to 160°C and line a 23 cm cake tin with baking paper.Combine the polenta, almonds, coconut and baking powder with the lemon zest.Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and beat.Fold in the lemon juice and dry ingredients until just combined.Spoon into the prepared cake tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool, then pour over the glaze.To make the lemon glaze, place the icing sugar in a bowl and add a little lemon juice at a time while beating into a smooth paste.

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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

Mashatu in Botswana

ImageWhat do you need for rest and relaxation? It’s guaranteed to be different for everyone and also changes depending on your mood or stage of life. I love being in the African bush in general, and at Mashatu in Botswana in particular. This raw piece of heaven is far away from the maddening crowds and the only sounds you hear are those of birds or animals.

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Baby elephants giving chase in unusually green Mashatu

 

The hyenas eerie calls, elephants trumpeting, lions blood-chilling roars, if you are lucky and the many distinctive bird calls. This is a place that you have to be present and in the now. There is no day dreaming or thinking of work here as it is wild and has many dangers. If you do not generally meditate, find a place that forces you into the NOW. The benefits of having to be focused on everything around you is that worry in other areas of your life just melt away. There is infrequent cell phone network coverage and no WIFI here. So there you are, in the moment, with those sharing your landrover and your campfire and your dinner. Conversations enjoyed here are amongst my favourite and a few glorious days of this and you are ready to return to it all with your batteries charged and your mind and body rested and rejuvenated.

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures of Mashatu – so have a look  http://howieswildlifeimages.wordpress.com/  Mashatu Vistas

And, find that place that rejuvenates you and make a plan to get there with your friends and family…. regularly as possible.

Benefits of juices

Boqueria Market in Barcelona
Traveling Spain, one of the real joys is visiting the fresh fruit and vegetable markets. They are an inspiration and a visual blast. The riotously colourful piles of deliciousness make your mouth water and all I wanted was to try a different juice every morning.
Let me share some of the wonderful benefits of juicing with you.
Freshly presssed juices are full of easily absorbable vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids and these give your energy a lift and put a smile on your face.
They nourish your cells and feed your skin, hair, bones, teeth and digestive system. But don’t let me run on – try a simple green juice and feel the benefits for yourself.
Basic green juice: One green apple, 1 stick celery and leaves, handful of dark leafy greens (spinach, watercress, kale) half an english cucumber, small piece (less than half a teaspoon size) of fresh ginger all juiced together. Serve with fresh mint and a few ice cubes. Delicious!!
Leafy greens can also be added to any juice and you hardly taste them. It does take a while to get used to the idea and the eye appeal of a green juice is not the same as a pink or orange one. But persevere and prepare to be delighted with a happy digestive tract and radiant, healthy skin.
As always remember vegetables and fruit for juicing should be fresh, clean and preferably ORGANIC.

Recommended reads: I just loved this cheeky, fresh look at juicing – http://www.theholykale.com/2013/01/is-green-juice-the-new-coffee/

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