Saturday, December 20, 2014

The key at this time of the year is to remember to look after yourself.

Understanding your own body's needs, and learning how to fine tune your body is critical, but it does take time. I have spent my entire life learning how to find my own core centre balance, fine tuning, and learning how to restore and rest my body at the 'CELL' level. Now it is my turn to help YOU!




Breathe
The key at this time of the year is to remember to look after yourself. Look after yourself and your immune system will support you. One of the 3 major organs - the lungs - are critical for supporting your immune system. Getting good quality oxygen to your lungs and upper respiratory system means breathing deeply and knowing when you may be holding your breath. Breathing deeply keeps your energy flowing.

Meditation
 Begin daily meditation with 5 minutes, then increase to 15 mins. Find a quiet spot, maybe around nature, and sit upright first for 5-20 minutes. Then relax into savasana (lying on your back) to fully relax. Visualise yourself relaxing every body part, working your way up the body to the crown of your head. Meditation can be used to balance serotonin and melatonin levels – helpful for overcoming jet lag, insomnia and depression.
Sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Visualize your body detoxifying. As you inhale, visualize healthy oxygen entering your lungs and blood stream. As you exhale, visualize toxins leaving your body
  

Lifestyle
Aim to live a good lifestyle. Follow a healthy diet; try not to skip your breakfast or lunch. Don’t stay up too late and try not to be over-stressed mentally. Exercise regularly but don’t become over-tired physically. Use meditation and relaxation daily… All these behaviours contribute to the strength of your immune system and to living an amazing centered life.





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Raw Healthy Christmas Pudding - Gluten free


I couldn't leave you this year without a Yummy Raw Christmas Recipe.
Of course it is guilt free! Wheat, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. No nasty additives or oils either! Grab the ingredients today and you can be treating your friends and family to the healthiest Xmas Pudding around!  I served this recipe last Christmas and will be making it again this year for Christmas Day for my loved ones (mostly non-Raw Foodies). You can serve this to your Mum, Dad, Nana and friends and they will love it.


Ingredients for the Xmas pudding


1 & 1/2C almond flour
1/2C flax meal
1/2C flaked almonds
1/2C chopped walnuts
1C chopped sultanas- I used Cranberries.
6 chopped medjool dates
2 chopped figs
2T sour cherries chopped
2T white mulberries chopped
1t cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1T mixed spice
1/2t ginger
few drops almond extract
1t vanilla extract
Rind and juice of 1 lemon
Rind and juice of 1 orange
2cm piece ginger grated- 
pinch cardamom
Method
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside. In a high powered blender combine:

1/2C almond nut butter or you can just use LSA
1/2C coconut oil / butter - I used both 
1 Table spoon Agave - I used honey as I ran out of Agave 
1 Tablespoon Molasses - If you don't have molasses you could substitute it for honey
6 medjool dates (soaked to soften and pitted)
Pinch Himalayan crystal salt

Blend all ingredients together. Add to ingredients in bowl and combine. Shape by hand or using a small bowl and turn upside down onto baking paper or paraflexx lined dehydrator sheet & dehydrate at 105°F for approx 5-6 hours.* 
*If you don't have a dehydrator you can try this in the oven at the lowest setting (on or below 50°C) with the door slightly ajar. Check every hour. It is done when a skewer placed in the middle of the pudding comes out fairly clean. (You want the pudding to stay slightly moist). I made this the day of a party and baked it on low. It still came out moist.
Ingredients for the custard cream
1/2C coconut meat, 1/2C coconut water, 1 vanilla bean pod - scraped, pinch Himalayan crystal salt, pinch cloves, 1/2t star anise, pinch turmeric. Blend all in a high speed blender. Serve over Xmas Pudding.

For those who want to still use custard or cream on Xmas Day, you could lightly drizzle over and some with the Raw Custard cream.

 

This is a very quick easy enjoyable recipe, you just need to make sure you have the ingredients.

Blessings at Christmas 
Nicky x