Be Limitless Be Brave To Feel

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away at age 56 in 2011, it is said Steve left behind a deathbed essay about the meaning of life. Whether true or not, it has a profound impact on how I feel about my life and this New Year ahead of me. Here they are…. Steve Jobs below…

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days.

Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth.

The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love.

That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on.

Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.

What is the most expensive bed in the world? Sick bed…

You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – Life.

When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – Book of Healthy Life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends.

Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

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A Beautiful Colourful Curry

A Beautiful Curry
A Beautiful Curry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance isn’t something out there .. Balance is created by you… And where you are now.

Take insights from 2016 and ask yourself, what did I enjoy? I did I learn? What do I want more of in my life?

I believe in the present moment but I don’t always accept what is in my present moment. I drift off in thoughts like a day dream rather than feel the pain of a yoga pose I don’t enjoy or put an extra 10 minutes into making my Monday night dinner more beautiful.

I’ve started this New Year with a fever and unwell, I’m still recovering and all the sickness is nearly gone. I feel now ground and trusting at this time, very accepting of myself. I have no diet I to try or no new resolution no new fade…. maybe its because I had a fever, maybe its an effect from all the meditation I did. I do have a vision of how I want to feel very day and be very day living inside my skin.

Life’s most essential needs of a healthy mind, body and spirit brings in self empowerment, confidence and happiness in everyday living. Healing is an act of allowing something to revert to it’s natural state.

Good health brings the greatest quality of life with balance it’s key..

Rose Lattes

Rose Latte
Rose Latte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s New Year and I ask you, when did you last try something new? Rather than food restrictions or a list of food your not going to eat for a while…. why not change things around a little and try something new… I tried new to me in December a boxing class and before I got a fever I tried a rose latte…. both where divine….

After a boxing class I feel so alive, full of wowness because it’s so different to me my mind works so much better too.

Rose latte so feminine so full of flavor while I sat and reflected who 2016 had been.

Have you tried something new lately….? Now is’t a time for diets or restrictions it’s time for exploring what you want in your life.

Winter Porridge

Winter Porridge
Winter Porridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This bright yellow winter porridge has been a delightful change for me over Christmas. Pumpkin puree and turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg. with roasted figs and a chopped green apple.

Millet flakes 1/3 cup is a portion – note millet needs 3 times liquid so 1/3 of a cup 3 times – I use a low heat and find millet soaks up the liquid and if you need to add extra to create the consistence you enjoy eating

With about 1/2 of pumpkin puree, add coconut milk or rice milk or oat (its up to you)add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, turmeric and grate nutmeg – stir – I added a squeeze of rice syrup – warm this liquid it needs to be runny. Place your millet into a pan and add 3 times of this mixture. Stir and as it starts to look cooked have a taste, add more of spices or rice syrup. Because of the millet your porridge will have a sweet taste now just smooth out the flavors so you can enjoy this.

If blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter

Bright
Bright

 

 

If blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter.  This quote I found it had no reference to who wrote this.

 

When I was studying last year at IIN we covered nourishment being our whole life.

Happiness and how happy we are day to day with the everyday stuff, that repeats, that is mundane day to day living. Once we dug into this topic, I knew deep down this was missing from my life. And that I was living more in a silent paralysed fear that was deep within me and had been there for a long time.

After much digging and yoga classes, sitting in silence my core internal beliefs started to popp up! and I didn’t like what I was discovering about myself…..

With extra tummy weight hanging onto me, I had to look beyond my food choices!  And ask myself ‘why’ was my body holding on? And what is my body trying to tell me? It was getting my attention by not changing, what do I need to do? Am I willing to feel my way through this to heal? To become happy….

I struggled to accept what I was discovering about myself!

Feeling trapped, stuck, not heard and my body wasn’t reflecting the way I eat, but was reflecting what I was thinking and feeling!

Having also avoiding regular exercise other than walking or yoga. Deep breathing and breathing properly I needed to get through these discoveries about myself.

Then I learnt when I exercise and breathing fully my fears, emotional blocks and my core beliefs show themselves and I cry!…  And I don’t always know why.

I now believe some women avoid exercise not because they are lazy but because of the emotional blocks that pop up!

Learning how to allow your candle to shine bright! Is what I’ve been learning this year for myself, now I’m going to share. 

Cashew Milk

Homemade Cashew Milk
Homemade Cashew Milk

 

 

 

 

Nearly 10% of your daily quantity of iron is in a single portion of cashews. Cashews are an amazing source of vitamin k and surprisingly cashews are often described as fattening. Interestingly, people who eat nuts twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who rarely eat nuts. Cashew nuts are indeed relatively high in fat but they are considered to be ‘good fats’. Learning the difference in between different fats and their many benefits to the human body is truly empowering.

Here is an idea: Cashew nut milk – Cashew sour cream – Cashew nut ‘cheesecake’ – my raw chocolate Cashew praline – Cashew cream ‘cheese’ – ‘Cheese’ Cashew sauce.

Fact: Cashews are wonderfully cholesterol free and their high antioxidant content helps lower risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases.

Imagine your delight to discover healthy food doesn’t need to be boring ! I make this milk in small amounts as you can see, for my porridge or smoothies.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato, apple juiced. Then blend blueberries and cinnamon
Sweet potato, apple juiced. Then blend blueberries and cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe is from a Joe Cross book, Reboot with Joe Juice Diet

What was called in the Classical period of Rome ‘Law of Similarities’ every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the consumer (or enjoyer).

Sweet potatoes are said to resemble the pancreas in design and colour because they are tuberous, long and tapered, rich in complex carbohydrates, fibre, beta-carotene and vitamin C and B 6, sweet potatoes are extremely high in nutritional value.

The presence of beta-carotene in sweet potatoes helps the body fight free radicals. Sweet potatoes also help balance the glycaemic index — despite the irony of the word “sweet.”

These are all interesting facts but do they encourage you to want to believe in the natural power of fruit and vegetables to feed and heal your body and give you the results you require in lowering your cholesterol levels. Raising your vitality, increasing natural bowel function.

The power in simplicity of consuming a high fruit, vegetable and green leafy intake can and will give you what you need. Even if you live on a tight budget, I bake them. Sweeten chocolate brownies and grate them into vegetable stir fries with other vegetables.

To Honour Beauty in Pain

Spring Walk in London
Spring Walk in London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I am feeling discomfort and uncertainty that accompanies the changing of the seasons, in a real and very bracing way this feeling of sadness that can’t be explained. A numbness that something that just is not right. In my life right now, a lack of balance.

With spring in the air and the budding blossom here in the northern hemisphere, I feel I should be wanting to open myself up and let the new energy instead of feeling discombobulated and unable to release this feeling of unease. With the unknown and unseen naturally coming in and around me, my fragility feels all consuming and I want to stay at home and say, no to everything.

I believe, Love is what we are born with and fear is what we learn. Unlearning fear and allowing of life’s ups and downs. Then letting love back in my heart can hurt but I have too, once I have administered some self love back into myself.  To be consciously aware of this process and to experience love in myself,  is the meaning of life. Recognising this in others is equally important to lets friends go through their journey too and we can share how we come through to the other side.

For me meaning does not lie in things, meaning lies with in us. And our sharing together to create amazing memories and pain to teach me where not to go or be.

Love is the route and purpose I keep going very day and knowing this too shall pass. Using my self love tools of walking, eating as well as I can and meditation. Listening to music and writing helps me feel whole.

 

To Honor Natural Beauty Jess Ainscough

Since the end of studying and graduating at IIN I have felt lost not sure about my next moves, in my life and I am not focused at all. I am eating well and exercising but I am tried wiped out really.

With Jess passing away and her being my leader for so long now. I have idolized her making healthy choices seem so easy and effortless.

Vulnerable and lost are two of my main feelings I am experiencing right now. Looking to Jess has gone, I do have her book and emails to draw strength from and some of my healthy habits. I have been doing for long enough to do them automatically I just have no inner vom …… from within.

Jess’s voice so humble and full of grace as she took one step at a time, to find her wellness and her choices. To build a blossoming community at the same time as healing her body. I only realised Jess was here to teach me through love and kindness, how to be brave, how to live well, and how to be kind. And to make peace with my plates one meal at a time.

Breathing and moving through life, rather than holding on to past moments.

Sometimes when I think of Jess’s dad and his organic vegetable and what this represents. To plant and grow vegetables with all his love, for his wife and daughter to receiving to most lovingly grown food possible. Fills me with awe for this wellness family.

In sadness of Jess’s early death and deep joy for knowing her talking about coffee enemas and self love will go on. Jess will always be in my heart but I have to say I am devastated with the loss of Jess.

Chocolate 101

Feeling Satiated …Butter… Cacao Butter ….

A variety of healthy oils and fats into our diet is amazing for the body, mind and for experiencing the feeling of being Satiated ! Satisfied !

Since I have started eating fat again regularly I am rediscovering these feelings, Satiated and Satisfied. Interestingly I get these same feelings from eating greens, kale, spinach and chard.

These are the fats I use in my treat making at home and why I use these fats.

Cacao Butter

A sufficient amount of fiber with each serving of cacao supports digestion while cacao stimulates the body’s production of digestive enzymes. Surprisingly an appetite-suppressant, so if you are looking to explore new recipes and transitional foods to more healthy food choices

Butter Butter Butter

Julia Childs said “With enough butter, anything is good.” I Loved Julia Childs!

Short and medium-chain fatty acids come from butter, which are great for supporting your immune system and boosting metabolism. Helps the body store muscle instead of fat. There are so many more good healthy reasons to use real organic grass fed butter, instead of listing them I am going to give you.

My other favourite quote “You are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life” by Julia Child’s husband and a Chocolate Cake Recipe.