Organic or not?

My answer to this would normally be – YES! Without question. But I appreciate that although it is reasonably easy to obtain organic fruit and vegetables in London, that is not necessarily the story in other parts of the UK (and elsewhere in the world). So I was very pleased when I came across this guide.
I was specially pleased when I saw that avocados are right at the bottom of the list, ie even non-organic avos have very low amounts of pesticides, yeeaay! I had heard this before but it is nice for it to be verified.
So go ahead and eat non-organic avos if that is all you can get – they are the best ever!

I was going to write about how cross ‘Supersize vs Super Skinny’ made me feel last night (Ch 4). How they could say that an admittedly slightly underweight woman could be compared to a (in my opinion) morbidly obese man – well I have decided it is not even worth getting angry about. BUT, to make her eat the revolting food that he ate?  I feel that is totally irresponsible and could have been highly dangerous. I agree that she didn’t eat very much, but hey, she was still active and looked gorgeous (which is more than could be said for him!). Still it is not worth getting angry about, serves me right for watching the goggle box in the first place. (But congratulations for both of him for having the courage to be filmed in their undies!)

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Inspiration

I was sent this today, thank you Anita!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us.
We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are we not to be?
You are a child of the universe.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking,
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the glory of the universe that is within us.
It is not just in some of us: it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
And as we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

                       – Marianne Williamson

Media watch

Thank goodness for Mike Adams, the self-styled health ranger. He spends his time discovering the truth behind media stories on drugs/supplements etc. One of his latest articles points out that a study ‘disproving’ the link between vaccines and autism is published in a journal that is full of adverts for the manufacturers of the vaccines. I met Mike when I was at the 2007 Raw Spirit Festival and also at the Tree of Life Thanksgiving celebration. He is a truly nice guy as well as an invaluable resource!

Dao is running live food retreats starting in March and the next raw night at The Bonnington Square Cafe is this Sunday the 13th. Remember to book in advance!

Tiger Nuts

I was given a bag of these a while ago and never really did anything with them – I have never seen a recipe using them or heard anyone talk about them. But I decided to try and make a nut milk and it was absolutely delicious! So I thought I should have a look and see if they are actually good for you, and I discovered that they are not nuts at all, but tubers. They are used for making horchata in Spain, apparently are high in vitamins E and C, and believed to help prevent thrombosis, heart attacks and colon cancer.

Now I just need to use the nut, sorry tuber, pulp…..

Set your videos for Health Food Junkies on Friday 11th, starring our very own Suki and Kate. Suki is also a guest on Richard and Judy earlier on that day. Expect the predictable questions …

Christopher Howard’s Breakthrough to Success

I went to this seminar last year and can truthfully say it was life changing. So much so that I have just signed up to go again! Admittedly it is a bit cheesey in places, but it is worth suspending cynicism and making the trek to Excel for a few days as he really has something about him – he has taken NLP to a whole new dimension.

You can get free tickets by clicking here.

On a totally different tack, if anyone wants to see what we got up to at the Tree of Life then watch this…who needs alcohol when we have raw cacao?

January 1

Last night was the first NYE since I can remember that I did not have at least one alcoholic drink.  Over the years my tipple of choice had changed from martini to lager, then cider and then wine (I never did find out whether the babycham I used to have at neighbours’ parties when very young contained any alcohol). But last night the strongest thing I drank was a green juice (cucumber, celery and kale if you are interested). After spending the last couple of months in an alcohol free environment even the smell of a glass of wine makes me feel ever so slightly queasy. And this is of course after over a year and a half of being raw and drinking very rarely.

Long may this last!

I don’t wish to make any specific New Year’s resolutions this year, they carry with them the implication that we need to improve ourselves in some way, whereas the truth is that in reality we are all perfect. BUT… we can always set ourselves objectives and consider what we would like to come into our lives in the next few months. In that spirit:

1) Continue to learn as much as possible regarding health, nutrition, raw food prep

2) Make the most of London and everything it has to offer (stop using the weather as an excuse to stay in!)

3) Make more of an effort to see my friends and family

4) Spend more time outside to enjoy Nature and get as much fresh air (and sun?!) as possible.

These are the first few that come to mind, but after all we can make ‘resolutions’ any time of year, not just January 1st.