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Monday, 12 March 2012

My typical day of eating Raw

As I was sitting down to my meal today, I thought it would be great to just do a simple post on what a typical day of raw eating consists of, for me. When I first started on the raw journey a year ago, I was overwhelmed with the whole idea of how to satisfy the family by just eating raw for a seemed like a real challenge, but over the course of a year or more, I have simplified my raw eating quite a lot. In the beginning I spent many hours searching books and Internet sites for great raw recipe ideas to imitate cooked versions filled with loads of nuts and spent many hours in the kitchen preparing. Today things are a lot simpler and I don't spend much time thinking about the next meal.
Here is what a typical day of eating raw with no fuss is for me.

Breakfast: I usually love to eat a big bowl of chia pudding, filled with nuts, fruit and almond milk. I keep it interesting by changing the fruit to coincide with the seasons and sometimes blend the pudding and add a banana to make a creamy consistency or chia milkshake. I have even lately used blended berries instead of almond milk. I love to start the day with a big breakfast to keep me satisfied until midday or later. I feel better eating a large high nut and seed meal at the beginning of the day so that I have the rest of the day to 'work it off'
Occasionally (generally around the new moon) I wont feel like eating a large breakfast as my appetite is slower, so start the day with a fresh juice or fresh fruit.

Chia breakfast with 'the lot'

Chia banana milkshake
Blended Chia pudding with raspberries

Lunch: I tend to feel like eating lunch around 1 or 2 pm. This meal is generally a large selection of salads. I love to create a smorgasbord of salads with a 'choose your own' salad dressing. Like today, I filled bowls with grated carrot, grated beetroot, homemade sauerkraut, home preserved olives in oil and herbs, a bowl of fresh sprouts with avocado, a salad of diced tomato, fresh basil and garden greens, hemp seeds and then drizzled in lemon juice, cucumber slices in a balsamic vinegar, broccoli bits in a raw sweet and sour dressing. I then left a couple of left over dressings on the table. All these dishes take a minute to create and makes for a real 'family friendly' raw meal time. 
I love salads and there is no limit to what fresh raw ingredients you can use in season and every dish can be made unique by changing the dressings. 

A selection of raw colour

An array of seasonal salad options for all the family

Dinner:  At the end of a day, as we wind our bodies down and prepare for a night of sleeping, the last thing we should be doing is stuffing our bodies with a big meal, so I like to eat a fruit platter for dinner. If I'm extra hungry, I will toss in some seeds or nuts or like tonight, a large scoop of fresh young coconut cream (made by blending flesh of young coconut and a date). Sometimes I will enjoy my fruit as a delicious almond milk smoothie as an alternative. As the kids are growing and use up lots more energy, I will lightly steam some vegetables with quinoa, or a boiled egg for them at night if they request it. 
Delicious mango and strawberry fruit salad

Fresh fruit options for dinner with an added dollop of 'young coconut cream'

Dessert: As an occasional special treat, I love to make a raw dessert - usually something sweet and chocolaty. This will be indulged any time of the day and doesn't last long!

decadent raw caramel slice for a luxurious dessert

Sweet raw balls of chocolate for a sweet treat.
Decadent raw cake for desserts

 Snacks: Snack are always just fresh fruit - I have a constantly full fruit bowl brimming with organic fresh fruit for all day access. I love fruit and find it so easy to snack on.

This is my typical day that I feel is easily achieved. When I am in the mood or have the time, I do like to create a raw masterpiece, or trial a new recipe, but generally this is what I like to maintain daily. By consuming a good portion of fruit, vegetables, greens, seeds and nuts everyday, I feel balanced in mind and body.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Last Raw Food Workshop for Kalgoorlie

Wow, what a great start to the year already...(though, not a big one for my blog - sorry for the lack of posts.....) but we have been busy preparing our lovely little home for sale...only to have it under contract the day after it is listed! Wow, a little faster than we anticipated, but were certain the first person to view it, was going to fall in love with it.
So now we await the final inspections and then it will be officially sold! yay.

Due to popular demand though, I have decided to squeeze in one last and final raw food wokshop in Kalgoorle before we depart this side of the country.
The intended date is for Sunday 26th February at 12midday. This workshop will be designed to introduce interested people to the raw food world as I prepare simple, fast and delicious meals. Most of the recipes I will be making, I have already covered in my previous workshops as I hope to show off some of my most popular and favourite meals to first time 'rawists'. If you are keen, please check out my Facebook page - 'Raw harmony' and comment or email me at for more information. Looking forward to a relaxed special last workshop to excite some Kalgoorlians into the world of raw living!

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Welcome 2012 - the year it all happens!

Happy New Year Everybody!
And a happy new year it is!
2012 has arrived and I am so excited to welcome it in.

This is the year we will be finally achieving a dream we initiated 15 years ago. It was that many years ago that Mick and I got engaged on a Gold Coast beach as 20 year old's and decided after a drive through the Sunshine Coast hinterland, that we were going to one day live in the hills on a patch of land and call it ours.

We had often looked back, in hindsight over the last many years and wondered how we could have done things differently to achieve this goal quicker and wished we did, but it has only been recently that I have come to realise that we were just not ready until now.

Our life that has been our journey to this point, has been a learning journey to prepare us for our dream and without experiencing it thus far, our dream would not have been achieved in a complete way. 

Both of us have grown in Independence, maturity and most importantly spiritually which has lead us to more than just wanting to buy a parcel of land on the Eastern Coast hinterland to call it ours. We now have real purpose on how to 'live' on that parcel of land and achieve a life of contentment.  We now also have greater financial security, a greater awareness of simplicity and a greater understanding of our life's purpose. Its only during the recent years we have really developed this long term dream into something realistic and sustainable. I now have been introduced to the world of 'unschooling' for our children's needs, I am now involved in an ethical and fun dreadlocking business for future income, We have sufficient financial funds to keep us debt free, We have greater insight in to a completely healthy and sustainable form of eating and have a stronger burning passion to start living this way of life which is getting stronger every day. 

I have now come to realise that things always happen for a reason, nothing is a coincident, life is how it is for a purpose and we are exactly where we are suppose to be at this very moment. Everything that happened yesterday has been a lead up to this moment and everything that will happen this moment is a lead up to what is going to happen tomorrow. Timing was just not right until this year for us and so bring it on! 2012 here it is!

I will also look forward to another year of eating a fresh and energising live food diet and so have started the year with a fast to shed my last few months of 'un-enthusiasm'. The past 3 months I have lost a lot of my 'passion' for life due to a number of reasons, hence my eating has not been as high raw and exciting as I would have preferred. But today is the start of a new year and I am looking forward to getting back into a few new raw recipes and simplifying my meals and life as we transition from this life to the start of the rest of our life - back east.