You ferment for me

canned-veggies

You know how your mum always told you to drink water because you’re body is made up of 70% water? Well, using that logic you should be eating ten times more probiotic-rich food too.

Healthy bacteria, found is fermented food, is vital to our micro biome – the ecosystem of bacteria that lives inside our bodies. It turns out these bacteria outnumber our other cells by a factor of 10 to 1!

Basically, we are more bacteria than we are human.

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Scientific research is now finding that a balanced microbiome regulates the immune system, metabolism, sustains the gastrointestinal tract, supports mood and brain function, produces crucial vitamins and nutrients, and helps us maintain a healthy weight.

Fermented foods are also found amongst the traditional diets of cultures worldwide, due to their health benefits. Unfortunately we our over-pasteurised processing of foods, many of us are not getting these vital bacteria in our diet.

I have been a fan of fermented food and beverages for a while now.

What I really love about them is after a period of over-indulging – take Christmas time for example – when my tummy is growling like an angry bear, after a week or so of eating fermented foods with my meals and drinking coconut kefir, and I’m right back on track.

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They also don’t go off in the fridge. If you are anything like me, you go out and buy healthy food with all the best intentions, and then the next week you are clearing out the remains of wilted organic kale from your crisper.

Fermented food doesn’t really go off, because it’s already done its fermenting. So it is naturally preserved and lasts for ages, but you must keep it in the fridge.

Probiotic bacteria will balance your tummy from the inside, which makes for a flatter tummy on the outside.

Fermented foods help you lose weight by maintaining the right proportion of friendly bacteria for  digestion, and an efficient digestive system equals optimal nutrient absorption and weight loss.

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“I highly recommend these foods, both for weight loss and for overall improvement of numerous symptoms, including depression, anxiety, brain fog, skin problems, hormonal issues, immune weaknesses, digestive problems, and fatigue.” Raphael Kellman, M.D. is the author of The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss (July 1, 2014)

How to make Kimchi:

Enjoy!

 

Images:

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Canned veggies

Chosun Bimbo. Chillis drying in the sun 

Traditional”Kimchi jar”. Olkhicha Appa

Korean cuisine-Gimjang-Preparation for making kimchi. Caroline Knox 

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Brrrrr! It’s getting cold, and so is my food!

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Last winter I went 100% raw for two months. People said I was crazy – although I prefer zany and eccentric – they were right.

The cooler months are, for many people, a time your body needs warmth and your digestive system needs a helping hand with lightly cooked foods.

While may raw foodies are happy to continue eating 80-100% raw in winter, many recommend a more balanced 50/50 ratio. That is, a diet of 50% raw food, and 50% cooked food.

So I have dusted off my slow cooker, and I am investigating ways to keep the raw ethos, while eating some cooked foods.

So what is the raw ethos? Well, truth be told, I don’t know what THE raw ethos is, but MY raw ethos is pretty simple.

  1. Eat things that grow in the ground or on trees – plant-based, whole foods
  2. Eat things in their most natural, unprocessed form
  3. Cooking – if at all – should be done slowly and gently and without oil
  4. Eat mostly veggies, nuts, seeds, but small amounts of cooked legumes and rice provide extra sustenance – ideally an 80/20 ratio of veggies to these other foods in every meal
  5. Plenty of raw cultured foods like kimchi and sauerkraut
  6. Using plant-based products without artificial chemicals for cosmetics, toiletries, and cleaners.
  7. Organically and locally grown wherever possible.

One of my favourite winter raw ideas is to add a big, steaming spoonful of vegetable stew or brown rice risotto to a pile of raw veggies. The hot food lightly warms the raw food and you still get the crunch and flavour – and goodness – of the raw veggies.

It is possible to be 100% raw in Winter, like these folk in Alaska – brrrr! However an entirely raw diet is not suitable for everyone. If, like me, you have a weak digestive system, too much raw food can be an added burden. So a combination of raw and lightly cooked food is best.

Michelle Firrisi from Raw Vegan Power Suggests the following tips for raw winter eating:

  • Add a little cooked food to a raw meal.
  • Choose seasonal fruits & vegetables – eating seasonally is what our bodies are designed for, so don’t eat imported mangoes, enjoy the winter cabbage and fruits likes apples.
  • Spice up the heat – Warming spices like ginger, cayenne, cumin and curry, and if that’s too strong a flavour for you, cinnamon, cloves and allspice, really heat you up from the inside, they are also fabulous for digestion. You can also add them to juices and smoothies.
  • Greens, Greens, Greens – greens are grounding, so be sure to incorporate lots into your winter diet.
  • Rich smoothie and raw snacks – for those times when you need something sweet, I keep dates and nuts and bananas on hand. I swear after you have been off processed sweets for a while, dates taste like pure caramel!
  • Warm up your plate – Even a soak in hot water will take the chill off your plate and assure your food is not stone cold.

Ali Washington from Young and Raw says eating raw food does not have to be all or nothing, including a larger percentage of raw food into your diet, whatever that percentage may be, has great health benefits. She also reminded me that in Ayurvedic or Chinese Medicine, warm food is part of the healthy diet, particularly if you have a body like mine that runs cold in winter.

Use you intuition says Sabine from Some Like It Raw. If you are hankering for something warm, don’t force yourself to eat a bowl of raw veggies. A large part of being healthy – in my humble opinion, all of it –  is learning to listen to what your body wants. Your body knows what it needs, so if you crave brown rice – eat it – don’t let eating raw become a fascist regime!

Polly from PollyNoble.com has these rather helpful suggestions:

  • Eat your raw food first as your body takes the most amount of nutrition from the food you eat first, so it’s always a good idea to have a mouthful or two of raw food before eating some cooked food.
  • Keep having a green smoothie or green juice every day.
  • Make your soups in a blender, keeping all the enzymes and nutrients intact, and then warm gently on the stove until warm to the touch. (Raw food is based on not heating over 115 degrees F (46 degrees C) as that’s when food starts to lose it’s nutritional benefits.

Esme Stevens from The Best of Raw Food got her tips from raw foodies in Alaska – brrrr!

  • Raw doesn’t mean your food has to be cold. Make sure your raw food is room temperature, or heat it gently to 42 degrees.
  • Put warm sauces/salad dressings over your raw veggies
  • Drink warm beverages

Adria LeCorte from Healthy Vegas Vegan says consider seasonal eating. Her diet is based on Macrobiotics and the principles of yin (cooling) and yang (warming) foods. In winter, the diet centres on root vegetables and grounding, warming food. Sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, as well as steamed veggies and greens. She says as these foods are grounding in winter, it’s no coincidence that they also happen to be in season. Nature has her intuition too!

Here’s a hearty vegetable soup I make in the slow cooker, and then eat on a bed of shredded raw kale with some kimchi on top. Yum!

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Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup

3 spanish onions

3 cloves garlic

4 carrots

1/2 butternut pumpkin

2 zucchinis

2 potatoes

1 large sweet potato

4 yellow squash

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp turmeric

2 sprigs rosemary/thyme/bay leaves

4 tomatoes

Salt/pepper to taste

4 cups vegetable stock (see home-made recipe here)

Chop veggies into large chunks, add with stock to slow cooker and leave it to cook, as slowly as possible, until veggies are soft, usually a couple of hours.

If you – or you kids – like smooth soup, just blend it before serving. I like mine chunky!

So I hope that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Enjoy!

 

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day 100. we’ve got the whole world in our hands

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Last night I was watching a show on iView called redesigning your brain. It’s based on this guy, Todd Sampson, who undertakes brain training for three months while neurologists monitor the changes in his brain. It’s all about brain plasticity. And it’s fascinating.

As I watched, it occurred to me that the brain training was focused on engaging in new behaviours, new habits, which cause the brain to create new pathways or synapses, and then strengthening these pathways through repetition.

I realised that by setting myself this raw challenge, I had embarked on a kind of redesigning my brain. I had made myself more likely to stick to new behaviour because I implicitly accepted that, as a challenge, it would be, well, challenging, duh, right? To challenge myself means being out of my comfort zone, accepting things will be unusual, uncomfortable, new.

I couldn’t do it lazy and eat the same thing every day because I needed to post new recipes. Writing this blog strengthened my resolve by making me accountable to the commitment I’d made.

I knew people were curious about my discoveries – friends, families, colleagues, and people I hadn’t even met, began to share their food and health journeys with me. This gave me faith and courage that this wasn’t some self indulgent exercise, but an undertaking of meaning and purpose.

According to Redesign Your Brain, something as simple as eating a new food each day creates new connections in your brain. (Mine should be huge by now!) The research on brain plasticity shows there is much to be gained by challenging ourselves with new behaviours.

The old thinking about brain cells, that once programmed they were set in stone, has been overturned. Now the research shows that the brain is incredibly resilient, resourceful and adaptable.

But you have to use it. Like all of nature, the human brain is super-efficient and energy saving, so if you only make the same old demands on it, eat the same food, drive the same way to work, do the same activities all the time, your brain doesn’t need to create new connections, so it doesn’t.

It’s fascinating watching the show as Todd’s brain increases in capability, functionality, and effectiveness through simple brain training exercises. And it’s inspiring to know that by changing our diet, or taking a different route to work we can begin to expand our own brain power. How simple is that?

I also read this article about the brain-gut connection and it’s effect on psychiatric disorders, see here. I have a particular interest in the brain-gut connection since my son was diagnosed with autism 8 years ago.

After his diagnosis, in addition to various accepted modalities for treating autism, such as speech therapy, psychology, and social skills training, I also investigated all kinds of alternative treatments.

As a result, he was treated at age 4 for leaky gut. Leaky gut is a syndrome where the intestinal lining has become compromised and both fails to absorb essential nutrients and allows particles to pass into the blood stream that essentially toxify the body.

The treatment for this syndrome was a special diet and supplements. I’m not saying it cured him, but you wouldn’t know he had autism these days. And I always know when he hasn’t been following his diet because the decline in his communication skills is quite dramatic.

All this research supports my gut feeling (excuse the pun) that diet really is vital to all aspects of our health.

I also read a really saddening article today about the state of the ocean. It’s here if you want to read it The Ocean Is Broken by Greg Ray.

I found it especially sad because it doesn’t offer any solutions. In fact the most obvious solution, like, well, go clean up the ocean, could potentially do more harm than good.

There’s a number of factors at play, but the main one was the fishing industry, the massive trawlers that plunder the ocean day and night, keeping only a small portion of what they catch then tossing dead fish back into an almost lifeless ocean.

It’s almost like reading about genocide. Because essentially we are murdering this planet.

It’s easy to get disillusioned, to reach a state of despair over the environmental catastrophe we find ourselves in. It’s easy to feel powerless when politics and activism don’t seem to be changing things, and certainly not fast enough. The logical mind would rightly call the situation hopeless.

Yet there is another perception which I am very open to, because really the alternative is too depressing.

The other alternative, espoused by many people from Albert Einstein, to the postmodern quantum physicists, to Marianne Williamson and Louise Hay, not to mention pretty much all spiritual doctrine, is that we create the world through our perception of it. So that all that is needed for change – even for the scale of change that seems truly miraculous – is for enough people to believe it’s possible. And that’s it.

What? I know. It just sounds too simplistic. It couldn’t be that easy, right? Then I thought about a book I read about quantum physicists when they first encountered wave-particle duality, they discovered that it was totally dependent on the observer (and their expectations) as to whether they saw one “reality” or another.

So if there’s no absolute reality, if the act of observing, interacting, and perceiving the world actually changes its form, then, hell yeah, it’s totally reasonable to assume that what can happen at the microscopic scale can also happen on a massive scale  – a change in human consciousness could change the physical environment. See more here on wave-particle duality.

Phew! I know a tangent when I see one! My point is…

So 100 days. Who would have thought that I’d still be eating raw? Not me, that’s for sure!

I said at the outset I would try eating raw and see what happens. So what has happened? Probably not what I thought would happen – I did have some lurking notion that I’d end up looking like Miranda Kerr. That hasn’t happened. However plenty of positive (and mostly unexpected) things have.

I love green smoothies, I feel like a clean, green machine. I never thought I’d honestly say that. It’s hard to explain, like a sensation that my body is running efficiently, that it’s not clogged up with processed and “filler” foods. I have developed a real respect for real food, as made by mother nature and just how perfectly nourishing it is.

I feel connected to the earth, I’m making ethical choices by eating fresh, locally grown, organic, plant-based food. Ethical because it leaves a smaller carbon footprint than buying processed and imported food; it financially supports local farmers; and it ensures there will be the option of organic food for future generations by making organic land use sustainable.

The top 13 things I most love about going raw (so far)…

1. Feeling clean on the inside

2. Eating the way nature intended

3. Reading about nutrition

4. Discovering like-minded friends

5. Trying new foods

6. Switching to organically grown food

7. Respect for my body and the earth

8. Eliminating toxins in cleaning products, make-up, toiletries

9. Giving up pharmaceutical pain killers

10. Being a positive role model for my son

11. Growing my own food

12. Not using the microwave

13. Reawakening my intuition

That last one sounds very woo-woo I know. But there’s something about feeding your body with raw, natural foods and eliminating toxins that opens up the mind/body/spirit connection. It is also a by-product of choosing an eating regime that is outside of the norm, so you have to learn to trust yourself.

In short making a commitment to eat raw, to change one thing in my life, has changed my whole life. And so it can be with the world. From little things big things grow.

Although it’s hard to believe something as simple as what we eat can change the world, the reality is our food choices have an impact on our carbon footprint. Eating a plant-based, locally, organically grown diet ensures we are not contributing to the destruction of our environment through over-fishing and unsustainable agricultural practices.

One person can’t change the world. But maybe someone will read my blog and make a small change, and they’ll influence someone else to change a little and so on. And maybe Marianne Williamson will get elected to the US Congress and even politics could change. If we believe in it, anything is possible!

Now for some food. After all that pontificating, how about the recipe for this super-simple, but insanely delicious salad dressing?

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The best salad dressing ever!

1 tbsp tahini paste

1 tbsp Braggs Amino Acid Sauce

1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Whish with a fork in a cup or jar. Pour on salad. Be amazed!

Thanks for following my raw journey!

day 81. I think I pulled a muscle going with the flow

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I try too hard. I’m just going to say that upfront. This I know about myself.

I love the concept of going with the flow. However when I try it, to use the preferred analogy, I usually end up in the river with the flow going the ‘wrong’ way and me swimming frantically against it. Or at the very least, even if I’m going in the direction of the flow, I’m trying to push it forward faster than it wants to go.

Hence the concept of pulling a muscle going with the flow.

I realise I have to stop trying so hard. But where’s the balance between trying too hard and not trying at all?

There’s certainly a middle way between stuffing my face watching episodes of Arrow and meditating and chakradancing and drinking green juices. But it beats me if I can find it.

Yesterday I felt triggered by some emotional stuff with an ex. I came home from work and made my banana-cacao ice-cream which I ate with goji berries and pepitas – all good and green and healthy – and curled up in bed with the DVD series Unites States of Tara. It was okay, kind of nurturing, until I ate my third bowl.

Instead of writing myself off for the night and letting my over-eating take over, I went for a run with the dog, did a chakradance and then did a chakra chanting meditation. After which I fell soundly asleep at 9:30pm.

I woke up today feeling so refreshed. The depression that’s been dogging me for a month has lifted (for now).

I don’t have the answers about how to find balance. I’m still learning.

It’s no wonder I’m such a try hard, growing up in a family of overachievers.

My dad overcame disability and chronic childhood illness to become a leader in his field and be awarded an OAM for his life work.

My mum was a working mother, who raised two kids, worked full time, and on weekends would engage in DIY activities like jack-hammering the concrete in the back yard and paving it with bricks. Then she’d cook and host a dinner party for 10.

Yep. Enough is never enough for my family.

When I came home with A on my report card, dad would say “why isn’t it an A+”. When I got 98% on my English final, he said “where did you lose the 2%?” I realise now he was kind of joking, but under the humour it was serious. He wanted me to always strive for better, like he did.

Now there’s nothing wrong with striving, as long as we feel like we are enough already.

My friend always reminds me “I am enough, I do enough, I have enough.”

Yep, there’s a lot of psychological conditioning from my childhood to overcome first!

On the plus side I believe my super-strong willpower has kept me going through depression and recovery from various addictions over the years. No matter how tough things have got, I never give up.

I can’t believe it’s five days since I last posted!

Y’all deserve two recipes for waiting that long.

I’ve been craving B12, well at least I assume that’s why I’ve been hankering for seaweed and tempeh. They’re not exactly comfort foods.

After a day of eating sushi and then having the tempeh pesto on zucchini noodles last night, I’m feeling much less foggy in the head. The bonus is they taste great too! The lemon zest in the pesto gives it a gorgeous cheesy taste. But don’t take my word for it – try it yourself.

Tempeh Pesto

tempeh pesto

1/2 cup almonds

1 cup parsley leaves

1 cup coriander

lemon rind of 1/2 lemon

juice 1/2 lemon

1/2 tbsp coconut oil

100g tempeh

Blend until desired texture. Serve on top of your favourite noodles, I use zucchini.

Raw sushi

sushi

Nori (seaweed) sheets

Grated zucchini

Sliced capsicum (in strips)

Sliced cucumber (in strips)

Spring onion

Avocado

Braggs amino spray

Assemble ingredients on nori sheet, spray with Bragg’s or shoyu sauce, roll up and cut according to taste – I cut in half as it tends to be less sturdy than nori rolls made with rice.

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Day 62. Sharing it with friends

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It feels lonely sometimes, being different to the norm – whatever that is. Going places where you can’t eat the food, or all you can eat is a lettuce salad. Wanting to dance but having an aversion to the whole nightclub scene. It’s so lovely and really important to find kindred spirits along the way to share healthful food and mindful movement with.

I spent a lovely day with a precious friend yesterday. She is on an amazing healing journey using juices, meditation, affirmations and coffee enemas. Yes, that’s right, coffee enemas. Curious? I sure was, check out her blog post on the subject here http://essentiallybeing.com/2013/07/23/being-full-of-coffee/

We meditated, we drank juices and green smoothies, we chakradanced.

By the way for the sake of accuracy, my friend and I didn’t look like the picture above when we did our chakradance. For a start it wasn’t dawn or dusk, we were in her lounge-room and wearing trakky daks. The beauty of dancing with your eyes closed, however, is that you can imagine being a dancing diva at dusk whilst dancing around your house in your daggiest clothes.

In addition to hanging with my lovely friend, I got to check out her cool toys too. She has a vitamix and a juicer. I have toy envy!

We made a green smoothie in the vitamix, it came out deliciously smooth. The recipe was from one of Victoria Boutenko’s books. My friend also made me a juice with purple cabbage and capsicum, see how pretty it looked coming out the the juicer – all green and purple. I could have been entertained for hours watching that – It’s better than an aquarium!

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The juice was delicious. I think yesterday’s experience has bumped juicer into top polling for my next purchase. It was going to be a water purifier but that might have to be second, followed by a dehydrator and then eventually a vitamix. It’s a marathon not a sprint, folks!

For lunch we had a simple soup that forms the basis of her healing diet, topped with the  Korean fermented vegetable dish, kimchi. And we had the green smoothie.

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After a morning of meditation, chakradancing and chatting, it was welcome nourishment. What a wonderful way to spend a day, true soul food.

Green smoothie with sun-dried tomatoes and dill

(Sergei’s favourite from Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko p.186)

5 leaves kale (I used chard)

1/2 bunch dill

Juice 1/2 lime

3 cloves garlic

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (soaked and rinsed)

2 cups of water

Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

 

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Day 60. Chakra dancing or what happens when you drink the mega energy-boosting, get-up-and-go, oh-here’s-my-mojo, cacao green, yeah-baby smoothie (if you dare!)

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I’m on Day 4 of my green smoothie cleanse. I have to say after drinking an entire jug of choc-berry smoothie on Tuesday afternoon, I was full of beans well into the evening. It was perfect timing as my Chakradance DVD (www.chakradance.com) had arrived in the mail that day, and for once I wasn’t too exhausted to feel like dancing.

I followed the instructions which suggested dancing in a candlelit room with your eyes closed. The DVD guides the dancer through the 7 dances, one for each chakra, with a meditation as the beginning and a mandala drawing at the end.

I lit candles and burned essential oils and frankincense, so the room had a lovely hazy, transcendent feel to it. I cleared the physical space so I could dance freely without bumping into furniture.

This picture above is my mandala. As instructed before I started dancing I prepared by drawing a circle on a page and leaving a selection of coloured crayons so I could draw whatever I felt like after the dance.

The idea is to express visually what comes up during the dance as a way of self-expression after the experience, which is designed to stimulate the chakric energies. It was dim in the room and I could hardly see what colours I was choosing, but it was a visualisation of how I felt after the dance – which was pretty damn good!

The whole experience was really peaceful and beautiful, and I felt a difference in my energy levels and sense of serenity the next day. I’m looking forward to trying it out with my friends.

The savoury smoothie experiment continues. Below is yesterday’s attempt.

Look, the smoothies are getting better. but I’m still not happy enough with the result to share a recipe yet. I think the secret is not too many veggies and lots of fresh herbs and an avocado to give it a creamy texture.

veg smoothieI did discover this blog with lots of savoury smoothie ideas, so I’ll keep trying and in the meantime there’s plenty of recipes here for anyone who is really keen to try them.

http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/alkaline_dreaming_evening_cleansing_juice/

In the meantime, I decided my cacao smoothies, with their superior energy boosting qualities, were far better suited to morning consumption. I made this one this morning. My son was keen to try it after seeing the photos of my choc-berry smoothie, so I left out the seeds and the maca powder and gave him some before adding those ingredients in, and he loved it. An easy, nutritious and delicious breakfast for us both! It’s the Willy Wonka brand of parenting, just hide those green leafies in chocolate!

choc berry smoothie

The mega energy-boosting, get-up-and-go, oh-here’s-my-mojo, cacao green, yeah-baby smoothie

(Serves 2)

1/2 cup chopped paw paw

3/4 cup frozen raspberries

1 banana

1 pink lady apple chopped

1 pear chopped

1 avocado

2 cups chard leaves

2 tbsp cacao

3 tsp sweetener (agave, maple syrup)

2 tsp maca powder

1 tbsp flaxseeds

1 tbsp pepitas

2 cups coconut water

1 cup water

Blend until smooth, drink and pump up the music, you’ll have the urge to move your feet after this baby!

Day 55. The power to effect change

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So it’s election day here is Oz. I have decided to detach from it all. I voted last week as I had to work today and to be honest I’m really tired of the negativity.

Between the situation in Syria and the political “debate” here at home, I feel very disillusioned with the world. It’s too easy for that to translate into total nihilistic depression for me and I don’t wanna go there!

I have always like this Margaret Mead quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

I like it for several reasons; it reminds me that governments and giant bureaucratic organisations do not hold all the power; that being a positive force for good in the world is my ethical core belief; and that it is a waste of my life to whinge and moan and not do anything about the things that bother me.

So I’m detaching from the elections, whoever gets in there will be work to be done to whip them into shape. I donated a small amount to Avaaz.org for their campaign for peace in Syria and I’m researching ways to keep myself positive, upbeat and energetic so I can continue to fight the good fight.

As I was panicking about these things this morning the thought came to me that I am of no use to my family, my community, or the world at large if I don’t take care of myself.

The idea of “self-care” is a relatively new concept to me. I thought that being a decent person was all about being good to others, which of course it is, but if you are so depleted that you’ve got nothing to give, nevermind enough to keep yourself going, then it’s somewhat futile, isn’t it? It’s like when you’re on the airplane and they tell you to put on your oxygen mask before helping others.

Self-care and personal power have been recurring themes for me lately. I had a great reiki session last week focusing on my solar plexus chakra or Manipura in Sanskrit, which means lustrous gem. Life is a lustrous gem, deserving of deep reverence. It’s easy to forget that, in this crazy world we live in.

Manipura is the seat of personal power and will. And if it’s activated it increases our energy, drive and sense of purpose. And who couldn’t use some of that?

I found a wonderful website, by Miranda Kerr’s (the supermodel) mum, Therese, with these affirmations for empowering the solar plexus chakra.

“I am worthy of the best in life.”

“I am capable.”

“I am powerful.”

“I set and reach my goals.”

“I stand up for myself and for what I believe in.”

“I know who I am and where I am going.”

(http://theresekerr.com/the-solar-plexus-chakra-the-key-to-reclaiming-your-power-2/)

It’s also energising to eat bright foods and surround yourself with bright colours and flowers, I think we could all do with that after the election.

And here’s a lovely, bright salad to cheer up your body from the inside.

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Change the World Salad

1 cup spinach leaves chopped

1 beetroot sliced

2 carrots sliced

1 apple sliced

1/2 avocado

2 tbsps sunflower seeds

2 tbsps Braggs Amino Acids

2 tbsps cranberry (or orange) juice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix veggies in a bowl, add sunflower seeds. Mix Braggs, juice and cinnamon and pour over salad. And enjoy the taste and the energy burst – fuelled up and ready to change the world, hence the name!

Title image: http://theresekerr.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Solar-Plexus-fire-girl.jpg