What is Lucuma? The lucuma (Pouteria lucuma) often spelt lacuma, is a subtropical fruit native to the Andean valleys of Peru, which has been cultivated since 200AD. It is also grown in Bolivia, Costa Rica and in the sub-tropical foothills of California. Lucuma fruit is either round or oval shaped, with green skin and bright yellow flesh. The Europeans discovered it in the 1500s and named it ‘egg fruit’ on account of its texture, which is similar to a hard boiled egg’s yolk. It has a very unique flavour, some say similar to maple syrup and sweet potato. What is special about Lucuma? Lucuma is an amazing superfood. The natives more »
Many people are worried about the state of planet earth right now, and not without good reason…war, famine, economic crisis, poverty, global warming, endangered wildife to name but a few issues, are all rife. The list of problems seems endless and can be quite depressing. Human beings often appear to be cruel, ignorant beasts, ravaging the very planet that feeds and homes them, in search of power and driven by insatiable greed. But sometimes when situations reach their darkest point, miracles seems to happen and of out the misery blossoms beauty. As Eckhart Tolle stated, “the flower of consciousness needs the mud out of which it grows.” As you stand more »
TROPICAL TANGO SMOOTHIE This smoothie is super refreshing and energising. It’s a great, healthy breakfast or afternoon snack! For maximum benefit use fresh, organic ingredients. Bananas: ~ Contain high levels of vitamin B6 which helps to reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells. Mango: ~ Contains antioxidant compounds quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as abundant enzymes, which research shows protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Pineapple: ~ Contains bromelain, which helps the body to digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also an effective anti-inflammatory and is helpful more »
Try this quick and easy, delicious smoothie for a great feel-good, energy boost! For maximum benefit use fresh, organic ingredients. Bananas: ~ Contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter. Blueberries: ~ Packed with antioxidants that combat free radicals (free radicals damage cellular structures and DNA) Ginger: ~ Known in Ayurvedic medicine as the ‘virtual medicine chest.’ Clears the microcirculatory channels of the body. Parsley: ~ Rich in vitamins C, B 12, K and A, keeping the immune and nervous systems strong. Coconut Water: ~ Aids in weight loss and reduces food cravings. Also has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Have you ever tried raw cacao (pronounce it “ka – cow”) beans? They are one of the most AMAZING superfoods that you can eat. Cacao beans come from the seeds of the cacao tree, which was named by Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, in 1753. He named the tree, Theobroma Cacao, which literally means “cacao, the food of the gods.” The Aztecs also understood the importance of these beans, and years ago they even used them as a currency. One fish was worth three cacao beans and one avocado was worth one cacao bean! So what is it that makes these magic little beans so special? Well, raw more »
To what extent are we conditioned by culture and society? Careful observation of a baby reveals that every human being comes into this world with a definite personality and uniqueness. However, this individuality is very quickly imprinted on as a result of exposure to culture and societal conditioning. If you had been born in another country, how different would your thoughts be? Your thoughts are often merely a result of the conditioned world around you being impressed onto your blank canvas. Once we are able to distinguish between our own personality and the aspects which we have been programmed with, we can attain a new level of freedom. Freedom from more »
Try this simple, refreshing summer smoothie for increased energy levels, glowing skin, relaxation and a boosted immune system. For maximum benefit use fresh, organic ingredients. Strawberries: ~ Packed with antioxidants and help to prevent wrinkles. Orange: ~ Antioxidant, free radical scavenger, anti-inflammatory, and immune system modulator. Basil: ~ Exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin, which protect against ageing and disease. Coconut Water: ~ Loaded with vital minerals, potassium and magnesium. Great for skin, reduces hypertension and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
The human mind loves to construct hierarchies. Take a look at any aspect of society and you will see hierarchical structures in place in society, for as far back as history goes. We love hierarchies so much that we can’t wait to push our kids into this system as soon as possible. Even from nursery school nowadays children are graded and judged and placed into groups based on their abilities, from ‘best’ to ‘worst.’ From that point on, the education system is a series of grading, testing and dividing. This leads to the work place where once again we are judged and sectioned into levels, each person always struggling and more »
Life nowadays can seem very stressful and at times overwhelming for many people. If you want to not only stay on top of the game, but also stay calm, relaxed and healthy, especially during times of high pressure then you need to make sure you are looking after yourself. Below are a few common misconceptions related to relaxing (or not as the case may be!) How many of these traps have you fallen into?! Many people believe that looking after themselves means being egotistical, self-centred and basically ignoring the needs of others. But you can’t be of any help to others if you are run ragged, over-worked and stressed. You more »
When you think about your body what comes to mind? For most people it’s the outer form of their body, and more noticeably their perceived faults of it. Common thoughts that come to mind are usually along the lines of “I’m too fat,” “my nose is too big” or “my skin is so spotty” and these thoughts are for the most part accompanied by feelings of dissatisfaction, guilt, inadequacy and sadness. What most people don’t realise is that each of these thoughts and feelings sends a message to the cells in their body, ultimately affecting the whole immune system. If only we realised our own power! Our body is so more »