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Pesticides and Herbicides are gross…
Every day we ingest herbicides and pesticides in our bodies just from “fresh foods” unless you’re buying all organic food this will always be the case until something changes dramatically with our farming practices.
What we can do is wash our fresh fruit and vegetables in a mixture of water and raw apple cider vinegar. This removes 99% of the chemicals from the outside of the food.
All you need to do is fill up a bowl, or your sink with water and add just a few table spoons of the vinegar to the water. Wash your vegetables and you’re done! A great way to test this is with apples you buy from the supermarket. They are usually waxed to make them shiny. Washing them in this way will help to remove the wax from the apple so you can see firsthand what apple cider vinegar can do!
You can buy apple cider vinegar from the supermarket or a health food shop. My favourite is Paul Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar.
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Have a great day!
Red Lentil Dahl recipe (Vegan)
Here is one of my favourite and easy recipes to make, I like to cook this up and freeze it in meal sized portions for when I’m too busy to cook something or go to the shops. I also like to do this with soups as well. This means you’ll be less inclined to go get take away food which is no good for your health or your wallet.
- 1 cup of red split lentils
- 4 cups of water
- ½ thumb sized piece of ginger (grated)
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Himalayan crystal salt to taste
- wash and drain the lentils thoroughly
- place the lentils in a saucepan with the 4 cups of water over a medium heat. While these are cooking use a spoon to skim any residue off the surface of the water.
- Reduce the heat to low and add in the grated ginger and the turmeric. Partially cover the saucepan with the lid and simmer for one hour. Cook, stirring occasionally for another 30 mins until the lentils are tender.
- Heat the coconut oil in a small pan over a low heat. Once the oil is melted add in the cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
- Stir oil and spice mix into the lentils and add salt to taste.
I like this on its own or with brown rice or quinoa for something a little more filling.
Sometimes I add different vegetables to the lentil mix. You might like to try adding in cauliflower and peas while the lentils are cooking, or try just adding in a a few cups of baby spinach when you are mixing in the spice mix.
Camouflage of a vixen
These are from a series called camouflage of a vixen that I was a part of with Kimberley Munro also known as Berlemu Photography. This was such a fun day and she really has the most wonderful creative mind. It’s always so much fun to work with her.
Hope you enjoy these,
Love and LIght,
Beauty in Pain
Recently I’ve experienced the end of a relationship that I treasured. This caused me to experience some intense emotional pain. It did hurt and I was sad for one whole day but then I decided that I wasn’t going to try to push away my emotional pain and I was going to really live this experience and be present with the emotions I was feeling.
I felt so alive! How wonderful it is to know I have such a great capacity to love others, how beautiful it is to have emotional connections to each other and the world. I feel so blessed to be so in tune with my emotional body and because of that I really have attracted some incredible souls in to my life.
Emotions are powerful, they are life energy in motion, it’s how we know when we’re on the right path and if you really experience them even painful emotions can be truly blissful. Even though I was experiencing this emotional pain I knew that I had made a great decision and that I was on the right path. I had no other reason to believe it I just felt it in my body and in my soul. This sense of knowing and appreciation for the emotional experience then led me to think of all the wonderful things to be grateful for in this instance.
I realised that I had so many wonderful and beautiful supportive relationships in my life. People who truly love me and I love them wholly who were happily there to support me and lift my spirits. It was through this incredibly high vibrational love frequency that I experienced that I was able to make some exceptionally exciting life decisions.
Big things are coming,
Feel it in your soul,
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Home Made Coconut and Sage Hair Treatment Oil
Coconut oil is amazing! One of my favourite uses for coconut oil is as a hair treatment oil. I had been using coconut oil on my hair for a while when a friend asked me about natural ways to combat hair loss. I didn’t know too much on the subject to begin with other than the obvious diet related stuff so I decided to do some research.
What I found was amazing! Sage has so many benefits it’s incredible. It stimulates cell growth so its good for the scalp and amazing for combating hair loss. It helps the body control oil secretion which reduces oily hair. You can apply sage essential oil directly to the scalp too which increases blood flow to that area and encourages hair growth and minimises hair loss.
Even the word sage is derived from the latin word salvia which means to heal.
Now this hair oil is not just for those who are experiencing hair loss. This is a great hair treatment oil for anyone wanting to rejuvenate their hair.
- 300gram jar of coconut oil
- half a handful of fresh sage
- 30 drops of sage essential oil
- First thing is first, you need to remove as much water content from the sage as possible. This will stop the finished treatment from going rancid. To dehydrate the sage you can either use a dehydrator or alternatively you can use the oven on a the lowest setting. Use a blender, mini coffee grinder or a mortal and pestle to turn the sage in to a fine powder. It doesn’t matter if it’s not completely broken down because we strain the mixture later.
- Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so during the winter you’ll need to melt the coconut oil in a saucepan by double boiling it (just like when you make toffee) on a low heat in order to retain the integrity of the oil.
- Once the oil has melted add in the dried sage and keep stirring it at a low heat for about 15-20 minutes. In this time the sage will infuse all its herby goodness in to the oil. Take the oil mixture off the heat and stand it for 10 minutes so the oil cools down a little bit.
- Add in the sage essential oil and give the mixture a stir.
- Strain the mixture with a sieve into a jar and let sit to solidify.
To use the oil just melt the oil in your hand and coat your hair in the oil focusing on the ends. Ideally leave it on over night and wash your hair in the morning but if thats not an option just leave it in your hair for an hour or so before washing.
Your hair will be all silky and smooth!
Have an attitude of gratitude
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Practicing gratitude can be really powerful. Your thoughts are things. What you focus on manifests so if you’re taking time each day to be grateful for the things you already have in your life then naturally you’ll find more and more things to be grateful for.
Each morning when I wake up I think about the things in my life that I’m gateful for. This allows me to start every day on a positive note. I then do the same thing before I go to sleep. No matter what is going on in your life you can always think of something to be grateful for.
In the morning i’ll usually think of things I’m doing that day to be grateful for. For example this morning I was grateful that I have a day off to soak in the bath and write blog posts and catch up on my cooking for the week, I was grateful for the friend I was catching up with that day and how much I value their friendship, and I was grateful for having the opportunity to educate others on health and nutrition through a phone consultation that I had scheduled in for the afternoon.
At night I’ll focus my gratitude on things that happened that day. So tonight I’ll be grateful for being able to share the gift of gratitude with you, I’m grateful for my grandpa for coming to visit and being his silly self, I’m grateful to have wonderful friends and I’m grateful that I’m able to be here for them to speak to when they need me. I’m grateful for the post man for safely delivering me some new books to read. I’m grateful for the knowledge I’ll gain from these books. I’m grateful to the authors of these books for their shared knowledge. I’m grateful for the cuddles I’m about to receive. I’m grateful for a warm bed and I’m grateful for the good nights sleep thats about to come my way.
Some people find it easier to use a gratitude rock. All you need to do is to find a rock, a pebble, or even a crystal. In the morning when you’re getting ready for your day pick up the rock and when you pick it up take a few moments to think of all the things you are grateful for and then put it in your pocket if you touch it throughout the day thing of something you’re grateful for, and when you get home, empty your pockets and hold your stone and think of something to be grateful for.
Dream Interview with Tegan Steele
Dream Interview with Tegan Steele.
What a great interview with the incredible Tegan Steele. She is a great friend of mine and a true inspiration.
You can learn more about Tegan on her blog.
Happy Reading. xx
Here are some sexy champagne covered new photos from a recent shoot with the always incredible Matt Hill Photography.
Photographer: Matt Hill
Assistant: Dave Quinn
Models: Bernard Opteynde and Jessica Griffiths
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SHOULD YOU EAT MEAT?
CLICK HERE to watch PETA’S amazing video on factory farming narrated by Paul McCartney.
Vegans/vegetarians/meat eaters could argue until the cows come home over this subject (hopefully for the cows sake they come home to a vegan/vegetarian) but in the end every person has a right to choose exactly what goes into their stomach.
We are both vegans, but our journey was a step-by-step process and we certainly didn’t wake up one day and just become vegan.
In fact both of us ate copious amounts of meat for over 20 years!
We would often have eggs on toast for breakfast, tuna sandwich for lunch, and steak and veggies for dinner. This is such a ‘normal’ diet regime, however sickness, illness, and disease have also become very normal. So the question had to be asked, if this path we are taking isn’t working for everyone else, then why would we follow it?
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