Harrisa Marinated Aubergine

Harrisa Marinated Aubergine

I love this delicious recipe for Aubergine. Enjoy!

Harissa Marinated Aubergine with Sour Cream

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Aubergine cut in half, vertically
  • 2 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 chillies chopped
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan. Roast the diced red pepper with a drizzle
    of oil until lightly charred and brown.
    2. Dry roast the herbs in a pan for 2-3 minutes to release the aromas. Ensuring
    not to burn.
    3. Blend everything except for the aubergine in the Nutri blender to form the
    harissa paste.
    4. Cut the aubergine in half, lengthways and score the inside in a criss-cross
    pattern.
    5. Pour the marinade over the aubergine and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
    6. Bake the aubergine until lightly brown on top and fully cooked through –
    approximately 40-45 minutes.
    7. Serve with the sour cream.

Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • 125 g raw cashews soaked in hot water for 1 hour
  • 120 ml water
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 15 g apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • 1. Drain the cashew nuts and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
    2. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Taste, add more lemon juice, salt or vinegar as required. Decant into an
    airtight container. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Love Your Liver – How to detox safely.

Love Your Liver – How to detox safely.

 

Now more than ever people suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (it increased by 400% since 1970). Although I am far from putting diagnosis there, poor lifestyle choices have something to do with that. Not only that but also the overuse of different drugs available over the counter may contribute to poor performance of our digestive system.

Liver is one of our main and the biggest organs but quite often neglected. It weights from 1.2kg to 1.5kg and is responsible for many digestive functions such as carbohydrates and fat metabolism but also acts as a storage for glycogen (glucose), fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K as well as iron , copper and some water soluble vitamins such as Vit B12. I am particularly fascinated but it’s ability of converting fat into energy. Every 1 g of fat provides 9 kcl which is more than carbs and protein. However, it is not a most convenient  way for the body to get the energy especially for the brain which is glucose dependent. In high fat diets such as Keto, this is what happens. Most energy comes from fat but not without cost . (I will write about this separately).

When we age, liver mass decreases and is accompanied by a variable decline in its reserve capacity which can impair metabolism, including breakdown of drugs; this in turn may lead to toxicity which affects the bran functions.

Natural remedies to support healthy liver

1) One of the best thing you can do is drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins. Liver detoxifies a lot of drugs alcohol etc so water  will help the detoxification process hugely.

2) Dandelion root is regarded as one of the finest liver remedies as both food and medicine. It can improve the liver’s ability to clear toxins which is its main function. It helps to increase the bile flow which is needed to digest the fats. Dandelion also promotes weight loss, possess diuretic activity and improves blood sugar control.

Things to try: dandelion root tea as well as powder capsules. I use the content from the capsules in my morning smoothies. I have one from Nature’s Way or try CytoProtect Liver from Cytoplan. You may also try the digestive bitters before your meals. This is a blend of different herbs including dandelion in a tincture – I have Maria Treben.

3) Now we are in winter, juice fasting may not be the thing for you. However, you can use broths or home cooked veggie stocks to cleanse and help the liver. Try my gut healing broth – perfect for this occasion.

4) If you are up for it try one day juice fasting Program especially if you have not tried one before but be aware that not all medical conditions allow that eg. you should not do it , if you are diabetic, pregnant. You can download my detox guide with recipes and one day juice fasting from my website

 

Essential Oils for Liver

Try detoxification blend from Doterra – Zendocrine – oil and soft gels which include proprietary blend of oils and enzymes to support cleansing and filtering functions for the body.

Oils and blends: Geranium , Copaiba, Turmeric, Lemon and grapefruit.

 

Foods/drinks to include in everyday menu (we aim for spleen friendly diet with slow cooked food – vegetable soups and stews are perfect):

Juicing –  green with ginger, you can also add clove of garlic – more recipes in my guide

Smoothies – try fennel, spinach, green apple, half-banana

Stocks and broths – drink or cook soups – try miso broth

Raw salad bowls – try grated carrots and beetroots with cucumber and apple with Tahini dressing and roasted pumpkin seeds

 

How to Detox Safely

The best way is to be guided by specialist. I do those detoxes on a regular basis and I have required knowledge to guide individuals and groups. I studied detoxification as part of my nutritional Chef studies by lecturers who run cleanses on regular basis.

One thing is to understand way you want to do it, what you want to achieve and if you have any pre-existing medical conditions which would prohibit the detox or cleanse, one of them is Diabetes and pregnancy . 

Detoxification is the time for you. You should give yourself time to focus on your health and sleep. You may be actually quite tired and also have a headache especially if you drink coffee on regular basis. Drinking water is really important. Additionally, you cannot start detoxification if your waste elimination is not good nor regular.

How you break the cleanse is also critical. I guide my participants to introduce food group by food group and observe the reactions of their bodies to that particular food group. Some people decided to stay off caffeine, gluten etc because they feel better and have more energy.

Right detoxification can do a lot of good for you.

 

Love M.

 

Disclaimer

My advice doesn’t not replace professional medical advice and you shoud always ask your GP for individual advice especially if you have any existing conditions. One size does not fits all, if your digestion is slow (eg. waste elimination is not regular) than raw food may not be for you as it takes a lot of energy for the body to digest it. Nor you should start any detoxification Programs.

 

Reflecting on Year 2019 – my top 5 tips

Reflecting on Year 2019 – my top 5 tips

I opened up my journal and started reading my first post which I wrote in March 2018. At that time I was already thinking about different career route and I started my training with Digital Mums to be Social Media Manager. Great course and I learned a lot and had fun with it. I was eager to have my vegan journey somehow documented and I thought setting up my social media channels would be a good idea. I remember when I was sitting with a blank white piece of paper which I divided into two to understand what life and job I would love to have and live. Many posts and websites later I arrived at my life which is completely different from what it was back then.  This year I held two supper clubs, had two private cooking sessions, spent over 100 hrs coaching, passed final exam for Vegan Chef, passed my Become Health Coach Certification, helped my client to lose 19lbs and to learn vegan nutrition and cooking for health. Organised numerous workshops and gave three speeches. Attended around 25 networking sessions. I earned some money which I reinvested in my business. Not too bad for the first four months. I am really proud how far I have come.

2018 was a year of a lot of commitments and saying yes to myself. I invested time and money to learn new things and pursue the career and mission which I believe in. It was and still is a rollercoaster of emotions, ups and downs, massive doubts and sometimes lack of consistency. 2018 and 2019 both were a massive learning curve when I got rid of the fear of judgment and decided to let everyone known my intentions, plans, and values.

I have always wanted to have my own business but it never had a good image in my eyes nor among my family and friends. Quite often it is seen as a struggle with little reward and not a lot of money. Where I can agree with the money bit at the very beginning, I do not agree that there is no reward. I absolutely love seeing my clients growing, developing and embracing a new healthy lifestyle for themselves and their family.

However, to have a sustainable business with the mission I need to make money and this is my true focus next year. I will also engage in NHS initiatives which now recognizes health coaching as a true way to drive lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes, heart conditions and obesity to reach even more people who otherwise could not afford coaching. I strongly believe that there are people out there who want to invest in themselves and their health. People will always have money for what is most important in their life.

My journal was also full of meaningful quotes and affirmations  such as

The world is changed by your example not by your opinion P.Coelho

What you focus on grows, what you think about expands and what you dwell upon determines your destiny  – Robin Sharma

 Working from Home

 

That was always my aim and I had it on my vision board. However, in reality, it was more difficult than I thought. Self-discipline, looking after my daughter –  taking her from and to school, cooking meals all of that taught me that when you work from home and do not bring a lot of money at first you are first wife, mum and then a business owner. This has to change next year with better planning and choosing the activities we want to be engaged in also related to my business. Having been always a high earner I had to let go of my ego and that includes any discussions and responsibilities within the relationship. I must say I find maintaining a healthy and balanced relationship the hardest in this whole new venture and one day I will write about this in more detail as I do not think I am ready for any reflection now.

My 5 top tips for anyone working on yourself or business

 

1. Look after yourself  – health is so taken for granted. I see so many people putting it in last on the list, but the truth is without it you will not go anywhere faster. Your body will let you know sooner or later to slow down. Why not looking at it after now? A lot of people feel stressed most of the time, however good everyday habits, nutrition, meditation and time for yourself spent in a meaningful way will be beneficial but you need to give it the time – it will not happen overnight. 

Tip: Put one or two small steps you will take in the New Year to help you to manage stress better – morning meditation, journaling, manifesting, affirmations;

2. Have fun – whatever you do and in whatever situation you are in, have some fun.  If in doubt listen or watch  Michael McIntyre

tip: sign up for a dancing class, or a kind of exercise you always wanted to try but never had time for; or watch some funny film you have always wanted to see but never had time

3. Feel fear but do it anyway – whatever your aim is for the next year, running a marathon, a competitive challenge, losing weight, changing career or even asking for a pay rise in your current company – work on your mind, prepare well and do it.

Tip: Do a future self-meditation, get yourself in the state that you already have that result. Do not say I want to do just give thanks for doing it and having that result already.

4. Come alive– wherever you are in your life think about your purpose; a lot of people live in a matrix not being happy or not realizing their full potential; that way they waste their talents and gifts coming from the divine power; coaching brought me so many new friends, so many opportunities to help people and for that, I will be ever grateful!

5. Allow yourself to receive – in order to receive we need to let go of what is holding us back; clear the clutter in your room, books, life, and wallets and make room for new; many people afraid of receiving as they think they are not worthy and not ready to receive; many people also struggle with the imposter syndrome. There are good coaches out there who help to release the blocks and offer muscle testing; You need to be confident to say yes to things, people and events in your life and welcome them with an open heart! That includes money as well.

Tip: Try Muscle testing – applied kinesiology  – Amy B. Scher 

The body has within it and surrounding an electrical network or grid, which is pure energy. Because energy runs through the muscles in your body, if anything impacts your electrical system that does not maintain or enhance your body’s balance, your muscles will virtually “short circuit” or weaken (don’t worry, only temporarily). Things that might have an impact on your electrical system are thoughts and emotions, foods, and other substances. 

 

I am wishing you all the best for the New Year and new decade. May your dream come true. Make it meaningful, use your talents to help others and yourself to grow, love yourself, be compassionate and truthful to yourself. 

Going inwards. That’s the real work. The solutions are not outside of us. Get to know who you really are, because as you search for the hero within you inevitably become one. – Emma Tiebens

 

Love M.