Month: October 2015

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Simple Raw Chocolate recipe

I’ve finally perfected my simple raw chocolate recipe.  After lots of trial and error (welcomed by me and friends) I think I have it. Ingredients: 70g of cocoa or cacao powder (no added sugar) 6 tbsp of melted coconut oil (I prefer Vitacoco Coconut Oil) Agave syrup/honey to taste ( I usually use less as I love dark chocolate) Method: Melt the coconut oil and mix with a little sweetener. Add in the cocoa, taste and add more sweetener if desired. Place some baking paper on a tray (depending on how chunky you want the chocolate will determine how big your tray is) Pour out your mixture and sprinkle on desired toppings.  Such as goji berries, cherries, raspberries, raw caramel sauce, desiccated coconut, almond flakes, bee pollen if you’re brave and fancy a digestive and immune system boost with a kick of protein. Place the tray in the freezer and leave for about 30 minutes.  If you can’t wait that long just leave it in the bowl, stir in the toppings and grab a spoon! …

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Mood Foods

It’s true.  I get in moods.  There I said it.  I’m not always happy go lucky, smiley smiley, loving life, keeping to my routine or schedule.  I get angry, down, frustrated, irritable.  It happens to the best of us.  Lets be honest. What is interesting is the ongoing research linking our brains and gut .  What you eat really can affect your brain and subsequently emotions, feelings, thoughts and behaviour.  There is a lot bigger connection between our brain and our gut than we first thought and our gut is often referred to as “the second brain”. What you eat can cause reactions in your gut, for example; inflammation, ‘leaky gut syndrome’, ‘IBS’, abdominal pain, bloating, nausea.  Not only that, but psychological factors like stress, burn out, anxiety, worry, disappointment can also cause cramping and digestive pain, which in turn can affect the brain.  If then these physical and psychological factors can have a negative affect on the brain, then surely then can be a positive outcome as well.  Learning to manage stress, anxiety and …