What’s missing from your diet?

Whenever you make a salad, (and hopefully that’s everyday) try using a variety of different coloured vegetables, as they not only look great together, but also contain different phytochemicals, which helps protect our cells from damage and disease.

As you can see from this picture, I made a salad consisting of:

Cucumber – The natural diuretic effect of cucumbers helps flush and cleanse the kidneys and bladder.

Spinach – The high fibre and cleansing effect of spinach, aids the digestive system by keeping things moving.

Red Peppers – Are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of infections.

Avocados – The healthy monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats that they contain, promote a heathy heart.

Avocado oil – Rich and smooth, tastes great and has many health benefits.

Cherry Tomatoes – Are high in Lycopene, an antioxidant, which helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and sunburn.

Feta Cheese – Is lower in fat than most other cheeses and contains beneficial bacteria.

What kind of salad do you enjoy?

Rosacea: Why you may have it

Are you desperately trying to figure out why and how Rosacea has slowly but surely taken over your life? Not being able to walk outside and enjoy the sun on your face, or go for a brisk walk on a cold winters day, without the fear of your face becoming sore and inflamed. Well let’s take a good look at what may be causing this facial skin condition, and see if we can stop the progression, reduce inflammation, and allow for healing to take place,

Write these questions down and answer them honestly:

  • Are you constantly worrying about everything and anything?
  • Are you angry all the time?
  • Are you harbouring resentment?
  • Are you using harsh chemicals to cleanse your face with, which then leaves your skin feeling tight, stinging, or tingling?
  • Do you have an underlying gut issue, e.g Coeliac disease or have a gluten sensitivity, which you are not aware of?
  • Does your diet contain a lot of acidic foods such as: tomatoes, fried, spicy, and processed foods etc. Or caffeinated tea, and coffee, alcohol, and sugary drinks?

All of these negative factors can contribute to developing Rosacea. So if you have answered these questions with an open heart, you’ll be able to see what positive changes you need to make, in order to start your healing process.

Back in 2003, my Rosacea was extremely painful and classed as moderate to severe. My husband took me to a dermatologist in London, who advised me to have about 4 to 5 laser treatments (intense pulsed light) within the space of a year, to help reduce the redness (broken capillaries) and sensitivity. She then went on to say that Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder and that it would be best to have the treatment done once a year in order to keep it under control, i.e. that there is no cure.

But over the years, whilst studying everything and anything to do with health and well-being, I began looking deeper into what I was putting into my body, and onto my face. I changed my diet to a more plant-based (alkaline) one, practiced relaxation techniques, and moisturised my skin with the appropriate creams and lotions suitable for the winter winds or summer sun, and Praise God, I found that my rosacea completely disappeared!

So to sum it up:

Depending on how severe your Rosacea is, you may need to have a few laser treatments done to reduce the redness. BUT, it’s imperative that you change to a healthy lifestyle, so that you can completely heal and prevent it from re-occurring.

If you have any questions, please contact me, I know what you’re going through, and will be more than happy to help.

The Healing Power of Garlic // Recipe

Pharmaceutical anti-biotics can weaken your immune system, as well as destroying good gut bacteria, leaving you open and susceptible to an overgrowth of yeast. (candida).

This is why it’s important to eat foods that will keep you strong and healthy. Garlic is one such food. It’s a supperfood, a natural anti-biotic, which can help cleanse the body from the harmful effects of bacteria, fungi and yeasts.

Enhance the flavour of your cooking with this wonderful aromatic vegetable. Pop some in amongst your roasted veggies, use them in your: soups, stews, casseroles, pasta sauces, vinaigrette dressings, and so on, or be brave and eat them raw.

I often make this dish as it’s quick, simple and tasty.

Green beans and garlic

  1. Steam and drain your fresh green beans.
  2. Then in a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a crushed garlic.
  3. Add the beans to the frying pan and toss gently for a few minutes so that they take on the flavour of the garlic.
  4. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve with whatever you wish..

Vegetable Minestrone

This quick and easy vegetable soup is nourishing, low in fat, gluten-free and easy to digest.

I used:

  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • a small marrow
  • 2 carrots
  • a handful of chopped spring greens
  • 2 small potatoes
  • 2 gluten-free vegetable stock cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of basil or oregano
  • and just enough water to cover the vegetables.

Using a large saucepan, fry the onion in the olive oil, add all the chopped vegetables, seasoning, and stock cubes. Then pour some hot boiled water over the ingredients, and cook until the vegetables are soft.

In a seperate saucepan cook a little pasta, drain it and gently mix it through the soup. Or if you want to make it super healthy, replace the pasta with a tin of organic chickpeas, lentils or borlotti beans.

All vegetables are good for you, so use whatever you like!

Regularly eating this way:

1) Will keep your weight at healthy levels

2) The high fiber content will keep your bowels moving, preventing constipation, inflammation, and cancer

3) It will also help protect your heart by lowering LDL cholesterol levels.

Eggs for breakfast anyone?

Stay away from all those sugary cereals, which can cause your blood sugar levels to rise and leave you feeling hungry again an hour later. Why not eat a couple of eggs instead. Eggs are wonderfully nutritious, low in fat, and will not affect your blood sugar levels like most cereals do.

Organic eggs are a natural God given food and will not raise your cholesterol levels either, as you may have been lead to believe. They contain many health benefits, which are far better for you than any man made food. So throw away those sugar laden boxes of cereal and enjoy a hearty egg breakfast instead.

Try them poached, boiled, as an omlette or scrambled and if you fancy a fried one just go easy on the oil. 🍳

I love eating eggs for breakfast, so please let me know how you like your eggs and I will give it a go.

1 Hour Chicken Broth

Why not give your immune system a boost with this quick and easy nourishing broth!

Ingredients you will need: Serves 3-4

  • 4 organic chicken thighs
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 potato
  • small tin of tomatoes (227g)
  • 2 organic chicken stock cubes – melted in 2 pints of hot boiled water
  • pepper and oregano to season
  • about 200g of small shaped pasta (optional)

Method:

Place the organic chicken thighs in a large saucepan and seal them in a little water or oil. Add the chopped carrots, celery sticks, leeks, potato, and the tomatoes. Melt the chicken stock cubes in 2 pints of hot boiled water, pour over the vegetables and season with a little pepper and oregano. Cook for 1 hour until meat starts to fall off the bone. Once cooked, debone the chicken discard the bones and pop chicken pieces back into the saucepan. In a separate saucepan cook a little pasta, drain and add to the chicken broth. Or if you want a super healthy version add a tin of organic lentils or any other type of beans and enjoy.

(check out some wonderful recipes on how to make traditional bone broth on You-Tube)

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. – Genesis 1:29

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. – Genesis 9:3

Breakfast – red grapes and natural yoghurt

I don’t know about you, but sometimes mornings can be hectic in my household. With two girls often squabbling over who’s going to use the bathroom first, breakfast needs to be quick and simple.

So as long as I have plenty of fruit and natural yogurt in my fridge, I can breathe a sigh of relief. As this breakfast is delicious and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

What you will need: This serves 1

  • A handful of sliced red grapes
  • 3 Table spoons of organic natural yoghurt
  • 2 Table spoons of nutty granola
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey

Place yoghurt, grapes and granola into a bowl and then drizzle over the honey and enjoy!

Red grapes are incredibly good for you and along with a healthy diet can help prevent many health problems such as macular degeneration, reduces hypertention, prevents colon and prostate cancer and many more chronic diseases.

The Bible says in Numbers 23-24:

“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.”

The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.”

So go ahead, next time you’re out food shopping grab some grapes! 🍇

Moringa Oleifera

My health problems in the past have led me to become a nutritional researcher, always on the look out for natural, God-given foods, which help protect and nourish our bodies, keeping us from sickness and disease.

So when I came across Moringa Oleifera, which is also known as “The Miracle Tree”, I was truly blessed!

This gift from God is native to northern India, and also grows well in tropical countries, but with a little care and attention it can also be grown over here in the UK.

Every part of this precious tree is used, and absolutely nothing is wasted. The bark, leaf, and seeds are highly nutritious, and can be used in soups, stews, smoothies, juices, and whatever else you can think of.

Moringa is a great food supplement to take as it contains over 90 nutrients, and works in the body as an adaptogen. Being highly alkaline, it helps rid the body from chronic inflammation, and helps to heal all manner of diseases, such as; diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infections, Interstitial cyctitis, digestive problems, and many, many others.

I couldn’t wait to try it for myself, so I went down to my favourite health food shop, and bought a small pot of “Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder”, which contains the vitamins A, E and K and also Calcium, Iron and Protein.

I take it as a tea, just under a quarter of a tea spoon in a mug of hot boiled water. It tastes very much like drinking spinach water. But once my taste buds got used to it, I began to find it very calming and refreshing.

Just remember, you DON’T, have to live in pain, there is always a way to improve your health and wellbeing, so why not try this for yourself.

Here are two scripture verses to think about:

And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth; and it was so.

Genesis 1:11

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse;

Romans 1:20.

Where are the seeds?

Looking back as a child, I remember my parents giving me lots of grapes to eat, which were fresh and juicy from our local Italian shop. I used to like biting into them and looking at the tiny seeds inside, but where are those bitter seeds now?

When you do your weekly food shopping, and you’re walking down the fruit and vegetable aisle, do you ever wonder why the grapes, watermelon, or citrus fruits etc., are seedless, or that they may be genetically modified?

Whatever the case may be, genetically modified or not, the fruit has been tampered with in some way and this infuriates me. Why can’t “they” just leave the food alone the way God created it. Don’t “they” understand that the seeds are there for a reason! In Genesis 1:11-12 the Bible says:

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good”

So you see, God was pleased and of course had good reasons for doing what he did, but man, thinking that he can do better, always ends up making mistakes to the detriment of our health.

The foods with their seeds still intact, contain a myriad of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These keep our cells healthy, therefore protecting us from all kinds of sickness and diseases. So please keep your eyes peeled for God’s unadulterated foods.

‘Plant-based’ diet

About five years ago I went on a gluten free diet, as I had been greatly struggling with my health. And even though I feel much better now, I still sense that mentally, spiritually and physically I can and should feel even healthier.

My book on ‘Gods food heals’ is a personal study of the foods God has blessed us with that nourish and sustain us. But the problems I’m still feeling today are because of what WE have done to that food, and it’s THAT that hinders us from true health and happiness.

For instance, we shouldn’t eat meat unless it’s organic, because it’s been injected with hormones and antibiotics. And then there’s the poor fish that should be very good for us, but are now high in mercury, because of man’s polluted waters.

So, as man continues to corrupt the perfect food sources that God gave us, what could be the ideal diet for us today?

Recently, whilst surfing the internet, I came across the ‘Plant-based’ diet. And after some extensive research I was intrigued, and decided to order the book and DVD called ‘FORKS OVER KNIVES’.

“A whole-food, plant based diet is centered on a whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil”.

https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-primer-beginners-guide-starting-plant-based-diet/#gs.wE00HwQ

After watching the DVD, and listening to Dr T Campbell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, and also the wonderful testimonies of the people who have healed themselves from chronic diseases through a ‘plant-based’ diet, I have decided to give it a try myself.