Of all the people I know who’ve gone vegan, I’ve noticed that there is always a powerful, soul arising urge to embrace a more conscious lifestyle. Sometimes it's for health reasons, sometimes it's because we feel compassion for sentient life, sometimes it's because we love the planet and often, a combination of all of those. [...]
Let's look at the most divine gift you can give both yourself and the world... loving YOU! Hold up your hand if you have been too busy lately to really love and nurture yourself. Hold up your hand if there is a little voice inside your head giving every reason under the sun why you [...]
A simple shift in focus can literally change our lives! In this video we look at how we can find serenity in the storm, no matter what is going on around us. Whilst it is not always possible for us to control or determine what is happening outside, we all have the power to decide [...]
Let's talk about Masala Chai! Chai actual means tea. Masala means spices. Easy. People adore the fragrant, soul-nurturing infusion of a good chai that permeates to the core. It can warm you up in the depths of winter, keeping you bright in the summer. It ensures that your mind stays sharp whilst imparting a relaxed [...]
So, I fell down some steps nearly a week ago. It was a sort of pitch black moment of distraction. I completely missed the last step, doubling over on my foot, giving it a very nasty twist. Oh my goodness, did I ever fall! The pain was so excruciating I was very close to blacking out [...]
Just breathe! Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make our day a whole lot better. Often the answer is so obvious, it has been staring us in the face the whole time. Finding instant calm in our hectic, challenging or busy lives can be so simple if we allow it. It's all about the breath. [...]
Getting to know our pain I’ve noticed that those who face experiences of the darkest, most challenging times often end up shining the brightest light of all. It’s quite paradoxical in a way. It’s usually the people who go right into the heart of their darkness, who find something deeper; something beyond it all. They [...]
What is Maca? Maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) traditionally grows in the Peruvian Andes at an incredible altitude of between 4000 and 4500 metres. It has truly earned its place in superfood history, successfully withstanding the harsh thrashing winds, intense sunlight, and extreme cold weather of such a climate for at least 3000 years. Other [...]
Cardamom is one of the most valued spices in the world with an intense aromatic flavour used to bring out the best in both savoury and sweet dishes. Its eloquence, culinary magic and healing powers have earned it the title “Queen Of Spices”. This magical spice enjoys a colourful history dating back thousands of years. [...]
Meditation anytime, anywhere, for anyone The wonderful thing about meditation is that anybody can do it. Contrary to popular belief there is no right or wrong way to practice it. It is an innate expression of the soul, and can be done anywhere, anytime, any environment, whilst engaged in anything. It can happen whilst walking [...]
What a wonderful weekend! It was my very first Conscious Kitchen Retreat, where the idea was to combine delectably healthy plant-based cuisine with meditation and connecting with the soul. It was a small, intimate and friendly group, from all walks of life, some new to the journey, others who've been walking the path for some [...]
I've long since recognised the necessity of exercise for a life of health and wellness. Walking, hiking and a dabble of yoga, here and there, have regularly featured in my life... however, admittedly, over the years I developed a bit of a tendency to become laid back with fitness. My lower back was giving me [...]
Juicing ranks right at the top of happy, healthy things to do in life! It has changed my life so much that I can't imagine being without it. I tend to juice about three times a week, although I'll juice more if I am feeling under the weather. I almost always juice in the mornings [...]
If you are challenged or have someone close to you who suffers from Premenstrual Syndrome/Tension (PMS/PMT) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), then this article is for you. Our modern society has largely lost touch with the original and sacred nature of the female cycle, which in turn has an enormous effect on a significant proportion [...]
Hemp is one of the healthiest plants on the planet. It is naturally resistant to pests, so it doesn’t require harmful pesticides even when grown on a commercial scale. As a food, hemp seeds have an abundance of health benefits. Health benefits of hemp seeds (in a nutshell) Protein Power Super Star - Hemp [...]
When someone looks this good at 98 years of age, I want to know why! After retiring at the awe-inspiring age of 95 from his job as a heart surgeon, Dr Ellsworth Wareham now stays active gardening. So, what is his secret to health and longevity? He's been a vegan for about half of his [...]
Turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices for health and wellness, featuring regularly in my culinary creations. With its peppery, playful and somewhat bitter flavour, it comes into its element in a myriad of exciting dishes, especially when combined with other other gentle spices and elements. Turmeric is usually responsible for that rich, golden [...]
When I first heard of the incredible health benefits of Moringa, my jaw dropped. It consistently comes up as one of the most nutrient dense, antioxidant laden, medicinal foods on our planet. In fact, it is difficult to find another food richer than Moringa.
Its so easy to take carrots for granted. We all know that carrots are good for us; the carrot is arguably the most popular vegetable in the modern world, and it certainly does deserve a place in our daily cuisine. This article explores why. We’ll also bust a commonly held carrot myth or two along the way, whilst offering a delicious list of my favourite, easy, super-healthy recipe ideas, to inspire your carrot culinary adventures.
The adrenal glands are best known for their fight-or-flight ability to produce adrenaline in stressful or challenging situations. They also support the body by secreting other hormones that are vital for everyday function. Without healthy adrenal glands, our whole quality of life goes on a rapid downward spiral.
This is a meditation designed to help us rebalance, unwind, relax and find a place of calm amidst daily life. You’ll be guided into a space of surrendered relaxation as the soul ‘massages’ every fibre, from the feet all the way through to the crown. This meditation is ideal to download and keep on your MP3 player to play whenever the need arises. Listen on a train journey, during a long lunch break, after a hectic encounter that has left you frazzled, anytime of day, wherever you are.
Everything in my world just flows much better when I get my day off to a good start with a vibrant breakfast. It frees up my energy so that I can give myself more passionately to my projects, my relationships and my work. It just makes the world a better place. What I decide to eat plays a really important role in that. I like to feel that every morsel weaves nourishment through every cell of my being; filling me with top quality plant-based protein, essential fats, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and phyto-nutrients.
This isn’t just any old high protein treat, it’s a superfood extravaganza – high in essential fats and antioxidants. In fact, it is so insanely healthy, I have to pinch myself when that decadent flavour hits my palate! I am a big fan of foods that not only infuse my body with an abundance of nutritional goodness, but taste good too. The modern world has been polluted with so many unhealthy, addictive foods to allure and diminish our health… so for those of us who have turned the tables and reclaimed our well-being with conscious cuisine – let’s show the world how delicious healthy food can be!
Hemp is one of the most versatile plants on the planet. It is an amazing gift of nature, can produce high quality clothing, textiles, paper, food and while we’re at it – you can even build a house with it! As a bonus, it is also naturally resistant to pests, so it doesn’t require harmful pesticides even when grown on a commercial scale. As a food, hemp seeds have an abundance of health benefits. This article explores why we should most certainly be embracing this incredible super-food...
I’ve always wanted to have my very own cocoa tree (also know as cacao). Not really possible in England, although I couldn’t contain my excitement during my recent trip to Hawaii, when my mum told me that a friend of theirs, up the road, had his own cocoa tree! We were gifted some of the [...]
Seeds are an essential addition to any healthy diet – they aren’t usually as revered as nuts, although they certainly deserve to be. Filled with a beneficial compliment of essential fats, protein, a vast array of different nutrients and phytonutrients, they play an important role in supporting health. Seeds are the embodiment of universal life [...]
Ginger is a well loved, tried and tested, flavoursome spice that has been revered for a myriad of health benefits throughout the aeons. It is mentioned in ancients texts and has been prized by many different cultures as long as mankind can remember. Ginger is zingy and warming, with a distinctive zesty flavour and aroma. [...]
There are a myriad of different things in our modern world that act against our health; and that's before we even begin to look at what we eat. For optimal wellness, the least that we need to do is ensure that every mouthful of food we eat nourishes and supports our continued health and well-being. [...]
As a discerning health seeker I can’t help but get really excited about celery and its myriad of health benefits. It has a distinctive, tangy crunch that adds a refreshing depth to salads, whilst easily earning a five star thumbs-up as the perfect finger food. Celery also works wonders as a natural scoop for dips, [...]
Juicing is awesome. There are few things in life that give you such a rapid infusion of nutrients and can make you feel so vibrant and alive! I often hear people telling me that they really want to get into juicing, but they don’t have enough time. Given the incredible benefits that juicing can bring [...]
I get really excited about big healthy, hearty salads. In fact, I enjoy a vibrant salad for lunch every day (and often with dinner too). Rather unfortunately, many people's only experience with salad resembles a bit of limp lettuce, some waxed cucumber and over-sized tasteless tomato (which is probably genetically modified). Added to that, fast [...]
Hailed as a superfood, the humble beetroot (also known as beet) is a little treasure trove of health affirming goodness. It seems that a lot of people never venture further than pickled beetroot - not realising that there is a whole culinary beetroot world out there waiting to be discovered. Beets come in different colours [...]
Even the healthiest amidst us take a hit with a depleted immune system every now and again. For me, I tend to work really hard and am not the best at learning when to take a break. No matter how well I eat, 'not knowing when to stop' sometimes takes a toll on my system. [...]
Water is a bountiful gift of nature. We see it all around us in the falling rain, lakes, rivers, the ocean, early morning dew, waterfalls, taps, swimming pools, showers and even plastic bottles. Until the recent industrial era we drank water freely from streams and rivers, not giving a second thought to whether it was [...]
Is bottled water good for our health? There’s no easy answer to that one. Given the dangers of tap water (which I discussed in my previous article here: Which water should I drink?), we might be forgiven for thinking that we should all drink bottled water. I must admit that until now, I’ve consumed a [...]
One of my favourite memories ever, is a sitting in the jungle in Maui, cutting open an avocado the size of a rugby ball; followed by four of us tucking in with spoons, savouring every bite, whilst the rest of the world momentarily fell away. When it comes to avocado, I have to say that [...]
There's something about rosemary that keeps me spell-bound and faithfully infusing it into my diet, in ever more imaginative and different ways. It holds an alchemical key to unraveling a turbulent mind whilst imbuing a calming, yet invigorating energy. All I need do is gently rub the leaves between my fingertips and inhale the rich, [...]
The journey into conscious eating can transform your world into one of high vibrational living, health and evolution. As a long time conscious eating advocate, chef and (more recently and excitedly) a conscious recipe book author, I know it can be helpful to have a few reminders and hints along the way to keep us [...]
Every springtime in temperate climates they deck fields, meadows, lawns, yards and gardens, with a sunny yellow blanket of bright flower heads. Much to the delight of children, they also throw up tufty seed heads that scatter like elegant fairies with the most gentle breeze. My favourite childhood drink was dandelion and burdock pop, a marriage made in heaven inspired by these much ignored wild plants. I remember eagerly waiting for the delivery man as he brought our weekly order and I'll never forget that refreshing taste as I gulped down a full glass, after an afternoons work of making mud pies and wild rose perfume. And we used to blow the Dandelion seed heads playing the game of 'he loves/he loves me not' for a bit of harmless fun...
Nature’s Superfood on your doorstep In days gone by, wild foods were all we had, that used to be staple diet necessary for human health and survival. Often full of natural medicinal benefits, wild foods often saved lives in times of famine, war and ill health. It’s a little bizarre to contemplate how radically removed [...]
As a conscious gardener, I am aware that unless we all start foraging again and totally return to nature (which certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing in this day and age), that our gardens will always be a little out of balance – no matter how kind to the earth we are. Yet, I am [...]
Lemon Balm, also known as Melissa officinalis is totally and utterly the herb of the month for me at the moment, springing up all over my garden. It seems to really want to grow here, with very little attention, scattering out the most bountiful harvest at a time when other greens are just starting to unfurl [...]
Jim Morris is a 77 year old with a difference. He’s fit, healthy and looks quite a lot younger than most people of his age. He is a vegan body builder. This theme of health and vitality seems to run consistently with people who eat a healthy diet over a period of time. But what [...]