It's time for a detox with raw food…

i.e. a Spark Wellness and Choosing Raw 10-day Detox!

Since it’s New Year’s Eve I’ve started thinking about what I want for the New Year.  Do I want to make more resolutions that I probably won’t keep?  I think not.  But after a christmas of baking and consuming lots of wine, sugary and salty treats I feel it’s time to welcome in the new year with a mini-detox and move on in my raw food journey.   And, because I have a rubbish track history when it comes to detoxing and cleansing (and more money than sense!), I am joining in a group detox with Spark Wellness and Choosing Raw.  Intrigued?  Click here for more info.  It has three different levels so the cleanse that you do is more suited to what your body’s used to consuming.  For example, if you usually consume meat, dairy and gluten then level 1 would suitable as it’s a more gentle detox.  Plus, it’s not some ridiculous detox where all you consume are liquids such as juices and smoothies, and feel like you’re going to faint every time you stand up let alone walk.  This is a realistic one that enables you to get on with everyday life with MORE energy rather than less.  So, what are you waiting for?  Join in with me on January 18th for a 10-day gentle cleanse.

As for other New Year’s resolutions I’m going to try to be kinder to myself by having more realistic expectations and goals.  I’m not sure exactly what this resolution will involve though…  There are, however, two things I want to master in the new year (aside from getting through 2nd year of my nursing degree):

1.  I want exercise to be a no compromise area of my life.  i.e. I want to up my yoga practice to twice a week (at the moment I go 1-2 times a week), and start running twice a week.  I’m a phase person when it comes to exercise.  I’ve never gone longer than a few months without some form of exercise but I never stick to a form.  This is usually because I have unrealistic expectations so end up feeling disappointed, and lose confidence.

2.  I want to become better at manouvering and parking my car.  As it stands, I hate driving but mostly because I dread parking or having to manouver.  So, if I can become better at these, my confidence should follow so I won’t be so nervous about driving.

What are your resolutions?

Hope you have a great time welcoming in the New Year whatever you’re doing and that 2010’s a good one!

P.S. Check out Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Giveaway- a whole case of Wild Bars!  Click here to enter.

Tahini is like marmite…

That’s what I’ve learned today.

I love marmite but tahini, even the smell of it, actually makes my stomach turn.  No word of a lie.  I tried baking almond bread this morning using tahini instead of almond butter, took a little lick of my finger that had a smidgen of tahini on and it turned my stomach.  I persevered with the recipe nonetheless, since I was already part way through the process, put the bread in the oven, and ten minutes later I had to remove all traces of tahini from our flat.  Honestly people, the smell of it and memory of it’s smell and taste made me want to hurl.  Lesson no. 1: never use or buy tahini and tahini related products.  But, as you know friends, there are always exceptions to the rule, and the exception to this rule is shop bought hummus.  Love it.  I don’t love it right now, because the memory of the tahini is too strong.  But I have loved it in the past, and am sure I will love it in the future.  In the meantime, I shall make tahini-free hummus.

On a happier note, I have a new winter-warming recipe for you, courtesy of the Sainsbury’s magazine:

Sweet Potato Chilli

Serves 4. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon of cumin powder
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
450g sweet potato, diced into 1 cm cubes
2 tins of chopped tomatoes (400g per tin)
1 400g tin of black-eyed beans, drained and rinsed
1 400g tin of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon of castor sugar

Garlic bread (for the gluten, dairy eaters), salad, and flax fire crackers (my fave raw crackers from Funky Raw) to serve

1. Heat the oil in a large casserole over a medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic and chilli for two minutes.
2. Add the spices, red pepper and sweet potato and cook for another two minutes.
3. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, sugar and 200ml of water. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sweet potato is tender. Season to taste.
4. Just before serving, stir in the coriander. Accompany with yoghurt and warm pitta bread.

Note: Can be frozen, and there’s always leftovers