This Week’s Video: Is Raw Harder to Digest than Cooked?

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I’ve just discovered the hugely successful coach Anthony Robbins, and, although his enthusiasm is at times bordering on the irritating, what he has to say rings so many bells for me.  Getting the balance right in our lives, between love, work, self-care and having a sense of purpose, can be a life-long endeavor. In an attempt … Read More

Eating Out with Raw Food

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The majority of us love eating out, but if you’re a raw foodie, it’s common to feel a little restricted in your choices. When you go to a restaurant and the menu’s dominated by unhealthy cooked options, sometimes it seems as if you’ve got no choice but to jump off the raw food wagon for an … Read More

What’s So Great About Green Smoothies?

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With the majority of us living such busy lifestyles, energy is something that we often find ourselves lacking in. We know we should be making healthier choices when it comes to what we eat and drink, yet we still find ourselves reaching for cups of coffee, fizzy drinks, and sugary processed foods. Whilst such foods may … Read More

No More Colds and Flu

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Winter can be a wonderful time, with roaring fires, comfy slippers and cosy evenings in. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, it’s also the time of year when we’re most likely to be struck down with illness in the form of coughs, colds and flu. Staying Healthy One of the biggest causes of illness during the … Read More

Juice, Juice, Juice!

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In case you didn’t know, I LOVE juicing!  It helps me keep my weight down, my skin looking great and my digestion system working brilliantly.  I love it so much I set up a monthly community juice day on the first Tuesday of the month (next one in May :).  My juice day helps me reset … Read More

The Raw Interview: with Raw Food Fairy Godmother, Kate Magic!

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What I love about Kate is that she’s accepting of everyone’s journey – she’s warm, fun and inclusive.  I loved interviewing her! In our interview she shares her unusual story of how she got into raw food as well as her thoughts on bringing up raw kids, raw food and business, and the spiritual nature of … Read More

What I Eat for Supper

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Getting home after a long day at work is a killer for inspiration.  It often feels easier to cook up something familiar than to try something new and raw.  When I first got into raw food, dinner was the most challenging meal to eat healthily.  I’d be eating pretty much raw all day and I just … Read More

The Raw Interview: with Raw Chef and Lifestyle TV Host Sheree Clark!

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An inspiring author, television show host, health coach, motivator and raw vegan chef, Sheree Clark has written and presented on topics ranging from creative direct mail design to raw food 101 to overcoming career burnout. Currently she hosts Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark, a weekly show, while continuing to carry a full load of … Read More

The Raw Interview: with Corrina Gordon-Barnes

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When I first came across marketing teacher and self-employed business guru Corrina Gordon-Barnes, one of the things that drew me to her was that she said she was into raw food on her website ‘about’ page.  “Great!”, I thought.  Someone who can teach me about marketing AND understands where I’m coming from.  I did Corrina’s ‘Turn … Read More

The Raw Interview: with Health and Detox Coach Fiona Robertson

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Fiona and I met years ago when we were both setting up our fledgling raw food businesses.  She had just designed her brilliant Home Detox Box and was running transformational detox retreats near Biarritz.  I instantly loved her warmth and cheeky sense of humour. I was thrilled when she agreed to an interview.  Like me, she owns the … Read More

The Raw Interview: the Wonderful Rebecca Kane from Shine on Raw

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So, Rebecca and talk about some great stuff in this interview 🙂  We talk about her special take on raw food and , if you know her recipes, you’ll know how talented she is! I love how down to earth and real Rebecca is.  She’s such an open and warm soul, and she’s one of the wonderful women … Read More

The Raw Interview:  Russell James, a.k.a. The Raw Chef

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I loved doing this interview with Russell.  It’s so great to get to know someone better when you’ve been ‘stalking’ them online for years.   Russell was refreshingly frank and open, so I know you’ll enjoy it to 🙂 For those of you who don’t know Russell James, a.k.a. The Raw Chef, he has been inspiring us … Read More

What I Eat in Winter and My Top 3 Tips Cold Weather Raw Tips

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Wow!  I’m only just catching up with myself after doing my stand at the Om Yoga Show.  It went amazingly well!  Our stand was surrounded by lovely people trying our tasters, being surprised and delighted to discover they were super healthy and raw 🙂  If you were one of those people who visited us, thank you … Read More

The Raw Interview: Best Selling Author and Health Coach Jesse van der Velde

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Jesse is a bit of legend in the raw food business world.  He was already a super successful author and health coach in Holland before he took over Detox Your World, one of the UKs top online raw food shops, from Shazzie a few years ago. An amazing testament to the quality of the work he does, … Read More

This Week’s Video: How to Avoid Hunger on a Raw Diet

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Hello lovely people.  It’s been a while since I posted, as I’ve had quite an emotional start to the year.  One of my best friends was diagnosed with late stage terminal cancer at New Year, and then my beautifully inspiring grandmother left this world a few days after the news about my friend.  I have to … Read More

Motivation and support on the raw journey

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A glimpse of my new office and some thoughts on motivation and support on the raw journey.

Super Simple Lunch or Supper – This Week’s Recipe Video: Carrot & Coriander Soup

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Today’s recipe is one of the delicious soup recipes from my recipe book ‘Raw Freedom’.  It takes 5 minutes to make this classic with a raw twist. If  you serve it warm with fresh bread or toast you’ll be amazed at who loves it (raw-lover or not 🙂 ) My News This is my very last blog … Read More

How to Kick that Sugar Habit and This Week’s Recipe:  Coconut Fridge Macaroons

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Most people are aware that refined sugar is really bad for them.  Its highly addictive nature is incredibly detrimental to our long term emotional well-being and physical health. Refined sugar acidifies the body, increasing the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, not to mention being a leading cause of weight gain and obesity. … Read More

Eat More! The Top 10 Foods for Everyday Detox

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Many of us already recognise the benefits of detoxing at least once a year. It allows the body to cleanse itself of harmful toxins, which makes us feel healthier in mind, body and spirit. While the rewards of a yearly detox are fabulous in themselves, the truth is that if we cleanse our body and cells … Read More

Recipe Boredom and This Week’s Detox Recipe: Avocado Boats

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Boredom with your food is really bad for your health!  It’s easy to get stuck making the same old recipes again and again. When you’re trying to eat high raw it seems particularly easy to get bored of eating the same thing, and it’s often this boredom that derails people on their healthy-eating mission. When we … Read More

How to Eat Fruit and This Week’s Detox Recipe: Tropical Burst Smoothie

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  Is fruit actually good for us?  You may think this is a strange question.  Surely, fruit is super healthy?  Aren’t we encouraged to eat MORE fruit? And whilst it’s true that fruit is packed full of amazing, life-giving nutrients, there is actually a right way and a wrong way to eat it. For some people … Read More

Improving Your Snacking Habits and This Week’s Recipe: Coconut Ginger Bliss Balls

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Snacking can be the bain of many of our lives.  We want to be slim and healthy, but resisting sweets, biscuits, crisps and other unhealthy snacks can be a daily challenge.  We treat ourselves to ‘naughty’ snacks and cakes, and then feel bad about eating them afterwards.  There seems no way to win The Battle of … Read More

Are You Dairy Intolerant + Dairy-Free Cheese & Onion Superfood Sandwich Recipe

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  I love cheese, but cheese does not love me. I was thrilled when I first discovered the raw vegan alternative to dairy cheese. It gave me access to that cheesy flavour without the nausea and spots that plagued my previously dairy-fuelled life. If only I’d known I just needed to cut out dairy when I … Read More

A Dinner Menu to Wow and This Week’s Yummy Recipe: Chocolate Cardamom Mousse

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Healthy entertaining… this sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, I know.  We tend to associate entertaining our friends and family with excess and extravagance on the food and booze front.  Out comes the wine, the cream, butter, sugar, the meat or fish and cheese. What I know from my years of eating and entertaining with … Read More

The Protein Question and This Week’s Yummy Recipe:  Red Pepper Boats with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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One of the most common concerns when embracing a high-raw or vegan diet, whether on a detox or as a lifestyle choice, is “where will I get my protein?”.  Mainstream health and nutrition education would have us believe that you can only get proper protein from meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. If you’ve educated yourself further … Read More

When is the Right Time to Start Something New?

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Most of us have ideas of things we’d love to do to improve our health and our lives, but finding the right time and the motivation to start is another thing altogether. I am an ideas person and I am continually having thoughts about how I’d like to improve in my health / energy / business … Read More

The Powerful Affects of Detoxing in Sync with the Moon

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The idea that the moon has the power to influence our thoughts and behaviour has been around for thousands of years. The incredible gravitational pull of the moon causes the oceans to rise and fall, causing the changing of the tides. Up to 65% of the human body is also made up of water so, if … Read More

The Top 10 Most Toxic Foods & What to Eat Instead

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We all know that some foods are better for us than others, but some are particularly bad for our long term wellbeing. These foods acidify our bodies, making them ripe for disease, suppressing our immune systems, depleting our energy and often causing mild to major allergic reactions that compromise our health. When we talk of immunosuppression … Read More

Kicking Coffee with This Week’s Recipe: Superpower Superfood Coffee Substitute

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Coffee can be a hard habit to kick, but I’ve found that many of my clients find it a lot easier when they have an alternative.  Coffee, more often than not, is a ritual habit.  It’s the early morning ritual.  Or the mid-morning ritual.  Or the I’m-exhausted-and-I-need-a-treat ritual.  When you acknowledge this ritual aspect of coffee … Read More

The Ethics of Raw Food

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During a talk I gave on the body, mind, spirit effects or raw food I was asked, in a slightly accusatory manor, ‘but what about the ethics of raw food?’.  They were referring to all the fresh fruit, veg and superfoods that you eat when following a raw diet that are commonly flown in from abroad.  … Read More

Raw Food Lunch Made Easy

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If you want to start eating raw lunches or are bored of eating Salad, then get ready to be inspired!  You’ll find it easy to get creative and try out these quick ideas for satisfying and delicious mid-day meals. What I eat for my Raw Lunch My lunches tend to be quite similar because I love my Salad, but … Read More

Satisfying Raw Suppers for Cosy Evenings

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Most of us are so used to having a heavy, starch and protein laden meal in the evenings that it’s quite a psychological hurdle to eating a raw supper.  It may seem like a raw vegetable dish just isn’t going to satisfy us or fill us up.  Even if we aren’t physically hungry after a raw … Read More

How to Get Family & Friends to Eat More Raw Food So You ALL Feel Great!

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This is a biggy for a lot of us.  If you’re reading this, eating a high raw diet obviously makes a lot of sense to you.  You’ve probably experienced how amazing you can feel on it.  One of the big questions, however, is how are you going to maintain eating a healthy, high raw diet around … Read More

Organic Fruit and Veg – So Vibrant and Fresh from the Local Market!

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We went to our veg wholesalers this morning and did one of my favourite weekly rituals.  Choosing our fruit and veg for the week is now a joy – all organic, richly flavoured and fantastically cheap because it’s wholesale.  And the variety of stuff is amazing too – lots of locally grown varieties to get creative … Read More

Raw Food – What Equipment Do You Really Need?

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There are a lot of myths around what equipment you need to get started with raw food.  Thinking that you need a high tech blender or dehydrator often stops people from eating more raw, even when it makes complete sense to them, their health and their body confidence. When I first started eating raw food I … Read More

What to Eat When You Have a Sweet Craving

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There will be times when you crave sweet things, whether you’re eating a high raw diet or not. Even those eating raw food can still become addicted to sweet and stimulating raw foods so it’s important to be mindful of this. It’s also important to remember that whole raw sweet foods such as dates and bananas … Read More

Salt – Good or Bad?

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Salt is such a normal part of most people’s cooked diets that it’s easy to continue using it in the same  way when you start eating more raw food too. If you add salt habitually to your food, either during the preparation or at the table, then your taste buds have probably become used to a … Read More

How Much Raw Food is Good to Eat?

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A lot of my clients aren’t clear about how much raw food is ideal when they start working with me.  They feel that if they aren’t 100% raw or aren’t eating a very high raw food diet that they aren’t ‘doing enough’.  If you find yourself being preoccupied with whether you’re eating enough raw food you … Read More

4 Easy Ways to Warm Raw Food

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This time of year tends to be when we find it hardest to eat raw food, because we’re mostly thinking about how cold and lacking in comfort-factor raw fruit and veg can be.  This tip is here to help you easily up your raw intake, from today, and love doing it! On my own raw journey, … Read More

My Extraordinary Story with Raw Food and Exercise

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As a child I used to be very sporty until I grew breasts, then it all seemed too painful (wrong bra, I now know!), so from my teenage years I became a couch potato.  For 15 years my friends and family would say ‘lets go for a walk’ and I’d say ‘no thanks!’.  I knew I … Read More

Where to Buy All Things Raw

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A lot of people are concerned that a varied and balanced raw food diet is hard and expensive to shop for.  These kind of thoughts can be enough to stop you at ‘salad and fruit’ and before you know it you’re bored and eating a lot of cooked food again.  Raw food shopping isn’t hard, it’s … Read More

Is Eating Raw Food a More Expensive Way to Eat?

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A lot of people ask me if raw food is a more expensive way to eat.  Upping your intake of organic fruit, nuts, seeds, seaweeds and superfoods can seem like an expensive endeavour, but it doesn’t have to be. Working out if raw food is going to cost you more than your standard cooked diet is … Read More

Why Eating Raw Makes You Feel Great

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So you’ve heard the rumours then?  Eating raw food not only makes you feel great because you have more energy, but eating a balanced high raw food diet also helps you feel happy, calm and in control of your life; it gives you clarity and focus AND helps you reach your natural body weight while looking … Read More

Raw Food Breakfast – Start Your Day Right!

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Most of us have heard, at one time or another, that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  This is definitely true when eating a raw diet but not in the conventional cooked diet sense, where eating a large breakfast is supposed to kick start your metabolism and set you up for the day.  The raw food movement’s understanding of the assimilation … Read More

The Importance of Enzymes

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As someone who’s interested in raw food you may well have heard about the importance of enzymes for a healthy and long life, but what are enzymes and what’s so important about them? Enzymes have been given the lovely name ‘the spark of life’.  They are the biological catalyst for every process within the human body, … Read More

The Role of Inspiration and Curiosity in Staying Healthy

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Eating lots of raw food is great for your health and long-term wellbeing.  You wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t at least intrigued by the health potential of eating a high raw food diet, and you may already be eating some or a lot of raw food.  But keeping the raw food motivation going can … Read More

3 Secrets to Getting Raw Right

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The idea of introducing more raw food in to your diet can be exciting and daunting. The rewards make it worth it!  More energy, a brain that’s clear and sharp, emotional balance, not to mention glowing skin, weight loss and feeling happier – what’s not to love? No two people arrive at their perfect lifestyle diet … Read More

Creating Festive Celebrations in Line with Who You Are Now

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I’m a spiritual person, but I’m not religious.  I’m not particularly materialistic either, so Christmas is always a mixed bag for me.  It’s very easy to get carried away with all things Christmasy and end up with family grumbles, putting on weight and presents you don’t really want, that you end up shipping off to the charity … Read More

Fun Steps to a Healthier Christmas

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Christmas and New Year are notorious times of year for overindulgence.  We’ve all been there!  It was only when I started to eat a high raw diet that I didn’t feel it was obligatory to eat Quality Streets and a ton of mince pies at Christmas.  Putting on a stone and feeling sluggish and tired after … Read More

How to Eat More Raw Food When You’re Busy

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It’s common for people to think that preparing raw food takes a long time and if you went by the majority of raw recipe books you’d be right!  Most raw recipe books are created by raw food chefs.  The recipes are delicious and exciting but also tend to be quite complex and time consuming to make.  … Read More

Food and Self-Identity

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We need food in order to survive but we also need food for many other complex social and psychological reasons.  As children, our parents and those that cared for us showed us how to relate to food on a daily basis.  They imprinted us with a subconscious understanding of food that goes way beyond mere physical … Read More

Organic V Non-Organic

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There are many reasons why it is so important to eat organic food. Firstly, it simply tastes so much better than non-organic food. One of the reasons for this is that the production of organic food is strictly regulated and must meet certain standards before it can be sold. This means that organic food is of … Read More

Emotional Eating

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Emotions are an essential part of being human. They give our experiences meaning and allow us to understand who and what we are. Whether they come in the form of anger, loneliness, inspiration or joy, they are incredibly powerful. When faced with unwelcome emotions we turn to various things in order to help us cope. For … Read More

A High Raw Christmas When All Around Are Eating Turkey

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Nowadays, over-indulgence has become as much a part of Christmas as presents, mulled wine and twinkling lights. We stuff our faces with minced pies and over-do-it with chocolate. We tell ourselves we’re allowed because it’s the festive season. But if we’re honest with ourselves, how much do we actually enjoy it? Do we enjoy feeling heavy, … Read More

3 Easy Raw Food Energy Tips

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Have a smoothie for breakfast Cut out energy depleting foods Eat more salad 🙂 Nowadays, the majority of us lead incredibly busy lives. There are so many demands made on our time that life can often end up feeling like one long juggling act. It can be extremely difficult trying to achieve a balance between work … Read More

Beauty and Fun

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Hear my thoughts on beauty and fun, and what happens to me if I don’t get enough!

Moral Support on the Raw Food Journey

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Over recent years, our attitude towards the way that we eat has started to shift. We’ve become more aware than ever before of the negative impact that eating processed foods and animal products has on our health, emotions and the environment. As people begin to look for a better alternative, many have found themselves drawn to … Read More