Love your food, Love yourself

Your relationship with food is a mirror for your relationship with life.  So rather than feeling bad about what you eat, be in love with the conscious choices you make every time you put a scrumptious morsel in your mouth.  Feel the love as the food gives you life.sweet cravings 1

Our relationship with refined Sugar can be difficult.  We love it, we hate it.  We swear we will never have chocolate again and yet when we are at our most vulnerable it comes knocking on the door, and like a lover we know will do us no good we let it back in. For in Chinese Medicine security, comfort and motherly love is found in sweet things.  Who doesn’t want a soft squidgy embrace full of love?  Unfortunately chocolate cannot give us this hug – it may alleviate uncomfortable lost symptoms for a while but really its just keeping us in a loop of highs and lows, comfort then guilt.  There is nothing wrong with Chocolate but it may be our relationship with it that might need to change so that there’s no addiction, there’s no “must have” with guilty feelings to follow.  You either have or don’t have – it’s got to be a conscious choice full of love.   

So how do we get to the state of choice with our food as sweet things can be very addictive, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Using my experience of Chinese Medicine and my background of facilitation and coaching, I have found that the big thing that helps us make a change is love.  Love for ourselves and love from others supporting us through the lifestyle transformations.  Others care for us; we care for ourselves

I will be offering 1-1 support and answer questions, provide solutions and possible alternatives to problems that arise throughout the course.  Also don’t underestimate the power of the group.  As we journey together the closed Facebook group can provide support through sharing and posting.  This interactive course is very different to a self help book that sits alone on your shelf.  This course is filled with living people all on the same path seeking to love food they eat.   Don’t miss out though – course is for maximum 20 people and enrolment closes 30th October.  I will not run this online course again until Autumn 2018 – scroll down for the freebie

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Then there’s the Chinese Medicine information part.  There are points on the body and certain foods that will help alleviate sweet cravings and bring satisfaction.  Within the 6 week online supported programme I show you acupressure points, explain meridians, share ingredients and create dishes that are really tasty .  With all these tools we are more likely to make the change to a nourishing, wholesome, healthy life where we have a life full of love, delicious food and conscious choices

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Healthy doesn’t mean denial – with my course it means the opposite – if you consciously love your food, you love yourself.

For a snapshot of the course visit www.shiatsuconsciouscooking.com  

Registration now open – course runs from Halloween till Christmas 2017 – 20 participants max

And for advice on a special ingredient Theres even a free video to stop sweet cravings: just click on the links

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How sugar ages you and your skin

The Stomach & Spleen are responsible for the flesh tone of the body.  If you want everything smooth and plump with the resilience of youth then keep these two organs healthy.   The flavour that the Stomach and Spleen loves is sweet.  It gives us a feeling of satisfaction and support.  This is fine when it’s healthy sweet stuff, such as brown rice, butternut squash, chick peas, but the refined sugar of chocolate, cake and biscuits weakens these organs as it’s too much for the spleen to process and for the body to balance.

Perhaps the foods above don’t beckon and entice you but if you visit 6 week supported stop sweet cravings programme  you will find its full of delicious recipes including raw chocolate, spinach with ginger and garlic, rhubarb and apple crumble and roasted spiced chick peas which will support your spleen and stop your wrinkles.   

When we eat too much refined sugar it attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and forms a new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s for short – very appropriate)  these damage protein fibres such as collagen and elastin which keep skin firm and elastic.  Once damaged these protein fibres become dry and brittle – bringing on sagging and wrinkles.  The regeneration of the elastin and collagen fibres slow after the age of 35 so it is especially important as we age that our appearance doesn’t.  So even if your waistline isn’t your motivation its important from  an Eastern and Western Medicine point of view, to keep your sugars down if you want bright, fresh skin.

So what can you do?

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The dishes created within the programme are full of potent AGE inhibitors.  The dish in the photo is a prime example, Roasted Vegetables with Brown Rice and a tangy asian dressing is full of B1, B6 vitamins and Alpha Lipoid Acid which have powerful anti-glycating properties.  

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy.  It is a potent antioxidant as unlike other antioxidants which only work in water or fats, alph-lipoic acid is both fat and water soluble.  Spinach is another amazing Alpha Lipoid Acid food and there’s a scrumptious recipe in there too.  In Chinese Medicine, Spinach also helps to drain the body of excess fluid so you can look healthy and plump for all the bright skinned, bright bodied reasons.  So come to my online kitchen table and discover delightful healthy food for reducing sugar cravings, dull skin and wrinkles