How to Stop Sweet Cravings

Its finally here – the online Conscious Cooking Course to stop sweet cravings.  The online, entertaining, informative and practical course is hosted on it’s own new website

The course consists of

  • an video overview lesson in which sweet cravings are explained in terms of Chinese Medicine
  • 11 video recipes including No sugar fruit crumble, Raw Chocolate Seed Bombs and Pomegranate and Bulgar Salad that will banish your sugar cravings, improve your metabolism and balance your blood sugars
  • 1-1 skype session to help assess your diet and lifestyle plan whilst recommending specific foods for your best possible life

If you are stuck in a cycle of sweet cravings or perhaps your energy is bouncing from sugar highs to exhausted lows or perhaps you simply have an active interest in diet and want to understand of the emotional aspect of food, then this is the course for you.

To find out more visit  Theres even a free video so you can experience the course and find out a super simple ingredient that stops sweet cravings

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Food can affect how you feel and how you feel affects the food you choose so by using Traditional Chinese Medicine you can use your body’s clues such as cravings, emotions, colours and times of day/year to understand what is going on inside your body. We all have to eat, now you can understand what you are eating and why you chose the foods you do.  This course is about understanding unconscious desires for certain foods and understanding the emotional aspect of food.



Conscious Body Class

Thursday’s 1pm till 2pm      

€4  @  Greenside House, Cuffe Street

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These new classes are about body awareness, meridian stretches and self shiatsu points.  Each week we will add to the sequence of stretches and self shiatsu so that you have a method of keeping the body healthy, emotionally and physically by understanding the meridian system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The term ‘meridian’ describes overall energy distribution system and helps us to understand how basic substances of the body (Energy, blood and body fluids) permeate the whole body.  Simply put, a meridian is an ‘energy highway’ in the human body through which chi energy flows.  Meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture/acupressure points along its path.

“Acupressure” is one of the latest buzz words in health and wellness. It’s easy with no needles. It’s been used for thousands of years to relieve pain, release stress, and treat a range of ailments, from stomach problems to headaches.  It can lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. It can ease insomnia and reduce anxiety.   The best part about acupressure is that it requires no fancy equipment. Only the power of your very own hands.  


The class will run Thursday’s 1pm till 2pm in Greenside House, Cuffe Street following the 10.30-12.30 Health and Well Being Cooking class.  Theres no need to book just drop in and build your toolkit of stretches and points to maintain and heal the body 

11th may –  balance Hormones, reduce stress and improve digestion

18thmay  –  help detox and increase flexibility

25th may – reduce anxiety

Mid term break 1st June

8th June –  reduce sweet cravings

15th June –  Balance in the body

22 June – allergies and excema

€4 Cuffe Street Cooking Classes

Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bones, maintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy life, full of joy



Have fun and try new food – Thursday 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

No need to book – just drop in

Cost €4 (includes all food eaten within the class)

Date               Topic                        Dish                                              
4 May    Healthy Immune System  –  Kashmiri Cauliflower & Masala Omelettes

11 May     Hormones & Bones      – Arame with Carrots and Sesame & Cucumber & Dillisk Salad & Fresh Gomasio

18 May  Flexibility & Joints        – Simple Pressed Salad & No Sugar Crumble
25 May Healthy Heart                  – Special Lettuce Salad & Beet Marmalade
8 June  Stopping Sweet Cravings  – Crunchy Cabbage with Garlic & Ginger & Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
15 June  Whole Balanced Health   – Fried Minty Peas & Greek Tzatziki & Spring Miso Soup with Lemon

22nd June  Allergies & Irritation    – Ginger, Lime & Pineapple Salad & Broccoli & Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

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What would you like to know?

I am designing an Online Conscious Cooking Course, from which you will be able to use your body as a diagnostic tool, understand what symptoms and cravings are telling you, and how to create food to match emotions for optimum health

What topic shall I pick?

  • Smooth transition through menopause
  • Improve digestion and metabolism
  • Recovery for Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Stopping sweet cravings and supporting satisfaction
  • Other – comment box available for things I haven’t thought of

There’s no commitment, I’m just looking for your input which would really help me and support the work of Conscious Cooking with just two clicks

Click Here to go to the survey

In Love – A weekend Retreat focusing a Healthy Heart Using Cooking Classes, Tai Chi and Mindfulness Practices

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2, 3, 4th June 2017 

Bobbio Centre, Co Wicklow

  • Conscious Cooking Classes focusing on recipes for a healthy heart, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars
  • Amazing Vegetarian Meals
  • Tai Chi & Chi Gong sessions focusing on calming the mind bringing peace and satisfaction to the body
  • Loving Kindness Meditation & Mantra
  • Time to rest and walk in the stunning grounds and secluded beach in North Wicklow

The heart in Chinese represents vibrant summer energy within our body.  It is where our consciousness, our soul dwells.  When the hearts energy is clear it radiates joy and brilliance.  When out of balance it can lead to palpations, insomnia, dizziness, racing pulse and anxiety.  Emotionally the heart enhances our ability to feel connected and to receive love from the world around us. 

In a simple weekend, understand the clear connection between our emotions, the food we choose and how that directly affects our health

Learning easy to cook recipes and practicing Tai Chi are great ways to nourish & cleanse the organs, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugars, helping the body reconnect with the Heart’s Desires with clean, flowing, vibrant, blood. 

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Cost €295, single rooms allocated first come first served basis 

Deposit €95  14 participants max (optional extra Sunday&Monday €75)

Price includes all food, accommodation & tuition.   086 607 0432
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jo cookingAuthor of “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” she operates a Shiatsu Clinic in Dublin. She also runs Chinese Medicine cookery classes, health retreats, and caters holistic events.  Call her to book your space on this unique retreat :  086 607 0432    

fatimaFatima Lucia  has 17 years experience in various styles of Tai Chi and Qigong and is a fully qualified instructor through   the Chinese International Tai Chi and Qigong Association. Her life long studies include many different forms of body awareness disciplines as well as Flamenco dance, which she has performed and taught for over 20 yrs.

Course Schedule 2, 3 & 4 June 2017

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5.00 Check In – you are welcome to come down before check in, have a cuppa and take a walk in the stunning grounds or to the secluded beach

6.00 Supper

  • Turkish Lentil Soup
  • Healthy Crunchy Coleslaw
  • Wholegrain Spelt and Seaweed bread

7.00 Welcome Session

  • Introduce the group
    • Where is love in your life
    • What would your life look like with more love in it
    • What are you grateful for
    • Set your intention & gifts to altar
  • Quality of touch and connection including simple self shiatsu acupressure points,
  • Tai Chi and Chi Gong Exercises to build a sense of peace, love and calm within the body
  • Introduction to Mantra


9.00 Breakfast

  • Baked Fruit Porridge with dark mixed berries. Oats are a warming tonic for the Qi. They strengthen the Spleen and benefit the nervous system and bones thereby supporting kidney function
  • Selection of Breads all of which are baked fresh daily by the Art of Conscious Cooking including Spelt and pumpkin seed, Wheat/gluten free with Sunflower seeds and banana bread.
  • Fresh fruit, Yogurt and Honey, Seeds and raisins

10.00         Tai Chi Session with Fatima

Through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong we cultivate our awareness, sensitivity and balance, which transforms the way we move, stand and interact in all aspects of our life. As we develop and refine these, we can create a state of aliveness – physically, energetically and spiritually.

As you begin to understand Tai Chi, the differences between various forms and movements become merely external. The principles remain the same. Understand this and everything you do becomes Tai Chi. In this way Tai Chi can begin to have a profound effect on every aspect of life.

12.00 Lunch

  • Pea Mint and Roasted Garlic Soup
  • Beetroot and Feta Salad
  • Oat Bran Soda Bread

 Free time for napping, reading, walks in the grounds or a swim at the beach

5.00 Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

Using principles of Chinese Medicine we will discuss specific foods and preparations which help with building blood, detoxing blood and improving blood flow. We will learn recipes for the following dishes

  • Herb Tart
  • Sweet Potato Falafel
  • Arame & Carrot Salad
  • Warm Baked Aubergine with Yogurt and Cumin
  • Selection of Raw Chocolates including Cherry Bombs, Chia Seed Chocolate Balls, Squidgy Caramel Date Orbs

7.00  Supper

8-9.30 Evening Chi Gong Session with Fatima

Qigong as a concept implies the union of three components:

  • Body (proper posture and movement)
  • Breath (proper breathing techniques)
  • Mind (concentration, meditation and intention)

By combining these 3 dimensions through our Qigong practice we align our body, mind and spirit. From this place of alignment, as our whole being focuses on movement, thought and breath combined, the power of our intention is hugely enhanced. Over time, a thorough Qigong practice can provide profound changes to your entire body-mind composition, returning you to the driver seat of your life and health, ending a cycle of reaction and entering a cycle of creation

Closing the circle with Loving Kindness Meditation and a Heart song with Jo


9.00  Breakfast

10.00 Tai Chi with Fatima

11.30 Walking Meditation

12.00         Conscious Cooking Class with Jo

  • Shaved Fennel Salad
  • Watermelon & Feta Salad
  • Pea, Fennel & Herb Rissoto
  • Wheat & Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie with Raspberry Coulis

1.30  Main Meal

3.00  Closing Ceremony

As this is a bank holiday weekend, there is an option to stay an extra night for €75 which will include accommodation plus evening meal, optional body awareness, meditation and mantra evening session and delicious hearty breakfast the following morning.

Lent and and loosing weight in Chinese Medicine


Pancakes , Pancakes, Pancakes everywhere yesterday. I even saw a new 12 pancake challenge on facebook – wow – all that butter, milk and eggs, just for one person; not to worry though as obviously you wont be having any of those ingredients for the next 40 days and 40 nights ……. 🙂 in my experience it is unlikely that an egg or piece of buttered toast wont cross my path before easter. But it is time for me to shed a few winter pounds and cutting out “Fat Tuesday” foods isnt such a bad thing where the liver is concerned.  However dieting alone just brings extra stress and cortisol to the body, the mind becomes over focused and doesn’t see the bigger picture, so understanding the body and an holistic approach is needed to loosing weight.


Maybe you have given something up, standards being chocolate and alcohol. The Liver loves all this and will really thank you for a period of abstinance. Far too often in our Western society we overdo things, binge drinking, 12 pancakes and even easter with its tsunami of chocolate. All of these the liver has to manage and process. It’s the organ that detoxes and metabolises what we ingest, be that food, drink, tobacco, pollution or medication. In Chinese Medicine this organ relates to the time of spring and regeneration. After a quiet winter we wake up and start to move. The evenings are brighter and the mornings earlier. Sometimes it’s difficult to jump out of bed if the Liver is overloaded so a spring clean at Lent is an opportune time to clear out the Liver and get that Gall Bladder pumping bile. Clearing out and metabolising fats that have been stored during the winter is important at this time of year. Try cutting out milk, cheese, cream and buttery spreads, replacing with coconut oil for frying or coconut milk in stews and curries. As the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables increases try more salads and raw foods at the table. Thinly slice corguettes, grate carrots and toss in lemon juice, olive oil and salt as an alternative to the hot, cooked dishes that got us through the winter.


Rather than Lent as being about abstinence and denial, see it as bringing something into your life. New food, new meals and perhaps a new flexible way of thinking. Loosing weight isnt just about cutting calories, its about improving your metabolism, your body and mind functions. Get that liver working at a stimulating pace. See Lent as a time of adding a few inches to the spring in your step or adding a few years to your length of your life.

If you want to know more I will be teaching a one Day Detox Cooking Class for the Liver

Saturday 25th March – 12-4.30 (click the link for full menu)

We will address poor liver function, gall stones, slow metabolism, frustration and anger, joint pain, high cholesterol, digestive stagnation and bloating with food.  Leave the class feeling lighter and brighter with a knowledge of how to improve flexibility and energetic flow.

or have a look at my new video:3 ways to wake up your liver



Detox Day – Cooking for the Liver & Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine

Saturday 25th March    12am-4.30pm  
Only 5 spaces available

Spring is the time of new beginnings and growth.  Nothing stops the new green shoots, they are powerful and flexible.  This is the life force in our bodies governed by the Liver and Gall Bladder.  It is powerful energy for effective action, enabling the unfolding of our life’s purpose.  However in our overactive society the Liver/Gall Bladder can become overheated or blocked causing frustration and anger, pain and stagnation.  Detox happens in the spring to encourage and support the Liver to regenerate and cleanse, this makes sure that blood flow is even which reduces joint pain and cholesterol as two examples of an unhealthy liver.  In this workshop we will learn easy to cook recipes specifically to improve natural flow and flexibility for these meridians and organs.

 On the menu is:

  • Thai style Hot and Sour Spring Green Soup
  • Mediterranean Caponata
  • Anti Inflammatory tea made with fresh Tumeric
  • Crispy green sprout salad with Umeboshi plum dressing
  • Apple, Rhubarb & Plum Crumble
  • Warm Goji Berry Smoothie
  • Chrysanthemum Tea

So if you are feeling stodgy and sluggish come and learn what to eat to uncurl from the cold and put spring in your step

The cost of the day is €75 – couple booking €140 and includes recipes, notes and all food cooked and eaten on the day – bring a tupperware to take supper home with you 🙂              

The day will run from 12 am til 4.30 pm and is hosted in the light and bright kitchen at the Hunky Chunk House.  There is plenty of parking and the Bayside Dart station is a 2 minute walk away. There is only 6 spaces available so book early to avoid disappointment.
To book a place simply call me on 086 607 0432 or email for paypal or EFT instructions