Pecan & Lucuma Chocolate Cups

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Transformational Treats

 

I LOVE Lucuma! Its my favourite sweet treat at the moment and I have come up with this delicious recipe to share with you all.

 

Magical Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cacao butter
  • 1 x tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 x tbsp of lucuma powder
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • handful of pecans, chopped

The Creation:

  1. Melt the cacao butter over the lowest heat until melted.
  2. pour into a glass bowl.
  3. Stir in coconut sugar, lucuma, cinnamon and sea salt.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into small silicon cups.
  6. Top with chopped pecan nuts.
  7. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes until set.
  8. Remove from the silicon cups and serve
  9. Enjoy!

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“I urge you to never give up on your dreams, to always want the best for yourself, to listen out for your inner voice and make yourself a priority”

Lots of Love & Wellness

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

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Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

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Why Health Is My Priority

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Why is health my priority? I was wondering this myself a few days ago. Sometimes you forget how far you’ve come.. and I was thinking to myself, why do I feel so passionately about health? Why am I always looking to grow and learn more about my unique body ? Why am I so determined when it comes to health? What fuels me?

A lot of people tell me I have will power like no other, that I am strong-willed, and they would never be able to have the discipline I have with my food, body and lifestyle.

I don’t agree! I mean yes I did inherit some awesome will power and strong will from my very much-loved dad! Thanks dad ūüôā but what really keeps me on my path, always towards true vibrant health, and always on my journey. (which by the way never ends, it just gets different) Once you start on the journey to health, it goes off in ways you never imagined, and you will fall in love with that journey, the journey back to your soul.

However I digress.. so yes my willpower, and why I do what I do,

It’s from one thing! and that is when I remember how I used to feel. When I see how far I have come.

It’s human nature to keeping striving forward and forget what you have already achieved. I forgot for a while.

Then the other day when I went back and looked at pictures of myself back 7-8 yrs ago..  I saw in my eyes, I remembered. How I used to feel.

  • Depressed
  • Anxious
  • Lost
  • Tired
  • Scared
  • Bloated
  • Ugly

Too name a few, mostly all fear based emotions.

I was taking medication for my acne, I really didn’t want to take it, but I felt desperate, feeling like the only way I could be happy was to drift away somewhere else doing drugs and alcohol, which would only make me feel worse afterwards. I was confused about why my body felt so bad, why my mind was so crazy, I had anxious thoughts a lot, I didn’t really like myself, I was never good enough, always going over negative talk in my head about my skin, my body, my own mind. I had been on anti depressant’s twice since the age of 19 and I had had¬†an eating disorder when I was 14, I felt like I had spent 10 years fighting my own mind and being unhappy.

When I look back I feel sad, a sadness in my heart for that person that I was, the pain I was in on a daily basis. That’s when I realised why, why I do what I do.

Because I never want to feel like that again!

My journey is my purpose, I know I was given all of that to overcome so I would grow and learn so much more about myself, and get in touch with my soul.

I cleansed myself from the inside out, mind, body and soul. ¬†I knew that’s what I had to do. I was always guided by an inner knowing. (We all have that voice)

My journey has been so worth it, even if it was hard work, but it was the purpose I was given and I’m still on the journey.

So health is my priority because I love to feel good. I love to learn, and there is  always more to learn, that is life. Then with this knowledge I can help others feel good too.  I love to feel my best, feel vibrant and in touch with my body and its messages. I want that for others too more than anything, especially when I remember how I felt. I thank god for this journey, it truly has been a blessing.

I urge you to never give up on your dreams, to always want the best for yourself, to listen out for your inner voice and make yourself a priority.

Lots  of Love & Wellness

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

Holistic Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

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  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk

My Spring Time Liver Cleanse

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My favourite time of year for a cleanse. It feels naturally right to me to cleanse in the spring. The body starts to let you know its craving a cleanse, it wants to feel lighter, brighter and renewed.The famous saying spring clean, is perfectly suited as we start to de clutter and clean,  letting more fresh air and more space into our homes.

Our bodies also crave the same attention as the space we live in, and spring is the perfect time for it as we come out of hibernation from the colder months.

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The organ that is linked to spring time is the liver in Chinese medicine.

Our livers are constantly working hard for us, filtering toxins and hormones and doing its best to keep us healthy on a daily basis.

Spring time is a good time especially to give it some extra loving and a helping hand.

I’m excited to be launching my 7 day¬†Spring Clean Detox Group Online Cleanse.

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Contact me at info@hookedonhealth to book your programme

Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women on their journey to self love, vibrant health ,to reach their ideal weight and awaken their passion and spark for life.

Sarah_20131109_0065

  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk

The Vibrance Cleanse

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I love a good old reset. I have it down to a fine art of 3 days. Its my reset cleanse I go to when welcoming in a new season, or if I want to wake up my creative spirit, have more clarity, feel lighter, give my skin an extra glow.

I’m going to share with you a quick over view of how it goes:

Day 1 to 3 

Wake up, drink a pint of filtered water with lemon.

Meditate for 15 minutes

Yoga for 30 minutes

Drink just green juice, herbal teas and water through out the day.

Coffee Enema & Castor oil pack each day.

Milk Thistle tincture taken 3 times a day.

Dry skin brush & a Himalayan salt bath before bed.

Bed by 10pm.

Day 4

Break the cleanse with some juicy watermelon. Introduce solid food back in slowly.

I love how much more time I have when I juice fast too! Always makes me feel amazing and ready to take on the world.

Plus the bonus of brighter, skin, eyes and softer skin is of course welcomed gladly.

Give it a go!

Let me know how you get on.

If you don’t have time to make your own juice or have a juicer but want to do a cleanse.. You can get a green juice cleanse from Juice Rehab.¬†

This cleanse is called Vibrance.

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Which comes with liver support and colon cleansing support for amazing results!

Among other things, green juice alkalises¬†your body and gets your intestines working properly… You get great skin because your liver and your guts are working properly, and you stay slim because all of your bodily functions are in line, and your hormones are balanced‚ÄĒyour skin is a direct reflection of what’s happening in your guts.

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Happy Spring Cleansing beauties xx

Lots  of Love & Wellness

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

Holistic Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

Sarah_20131109_0065

  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk

 

 

 

Raw Cacao – Is It For You?

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Raw Cacao:

Raw Cacao. Raw Chocolate. Raw Hot Chocolates. Raw Chocolate puddings.

So many options!

There is a lot of raw chocolate available now, it’s growing and fast. ¬†Its so much healthier than processed chocolate which is great. Its definitely a healthier choice and I love the fact that there are healthier indulgent choices available to us now.

However over the last 5 years I have had a love hate relationship with raw chocolate/cacao and in the last 2 years I have really woken up and had to listen to my body and realise I feel much better when I don’t eat it!

Has this always been the case? I mean it’s a superfood how can this be possible?

My journey with raw cacao:

My first taste of raw chocolate was amazing, I loved it. I always loved dark chocolate and this was dense, dark and delicious.

For the first few years of my raw vegan journey my relationship with raw chocolate went a bit like this :¬†“It’s a superfood? Brilliant. Give me more!”

I went a bit overboard, I loved making lots of different chocolate desserts, tonics and chocolates from the cacao powder and I still do love making them.

When I look back on my first experiences with chocolate I noticed it gave me a buzz, my sensitive body felt very stimulated from it, I would feel hot and my heart would beat faster ,I would feel a bit sweaty and my face would feel really hot.

I knew before my raw cacao experiences that my body didn’t like stimulants such as caffeine, and it gave me a similar feeling that I would get with coffee or green tea.. ¬†but not as bad..

Intuition Is A Powerful Thing:

My intuition was telling me for a long time that raw cacao was not a food that made me thrive, however I carried on eating it,  and I personally found it very addictive. Plus it was a superfood! I was in denial.

The longer I ignored my intuition, I started to experience more migraine headaches, anxiety and a feeling of adrenal fatigue… the day after I would consume chocolate I would feel a little hung over.

For a long time I didn’t want to believe it was the chocolate that was causing it..

My Conclusion:

I have come across more and more people that are have trouble with cacao..

It is not good for everyone. Moderation is the key if you don’t feel addicted .

For me consumed in very tiny amounts and not every day or every week and for now I am avoiding it all together.

Sensitive Types:

All of our bodies are unique, and our bodies all react to food differently even so called superfoods! This is the case even with raw chocolate. Especially for the very sensitive types, people who are sensitive to stimulants of any kind. I would be classed in that category.

This kind of person is usually someone who needs to stay in a very fine balance to feel good, and take care not to be over stimulated and knock them off their sweet spot. Again this is me.

Pitta & Vata Dosha 

I’ve also learnt that raw cacao may over stimulate and overheat a pitta dosha type and aggravate vata types¬†according to ancient ayurvedic medicine.

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Listen To Your Unique Body

I just want you to be really aware of how raw cacao feels in your body? Not just raw cacao but any superfood .. just because something is classed as healthy or a superfood doesn’t mean its the right thing for you to thrive.

I  am not attacking raw cacao, or disputing its high nutritional content.. but I am wary of the effects it has on SOME people. Especially sensitive, and addictive personality types..

Addictive?

I have been off the cacao for a month now. I have done these experiments before, and I do personally find cacao addictive!¬†So once I start eating it again.. I find it hard to not.. I am wary of foods that cause addiction.. there could be a number of reasons for this with cacao. The caffeine content ? The fact that it release ‘s chemicals in the brain that make you feel loved. I mean who doesn’t want to feel more of that?!

Moderation:

I have realised if i do eat it, in larger quantities.. I get a migraine headache and symptoms that my liver dislikes it, such as an itchy forehead and itchy eyebrows and I feel very hot which can come from an aggravated  liver.

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Adrenals:

I also start to feel anxious if I eat too much cacao, I can notice the difference in my nervous system and especially my adrenals, a wired and tired feeling.

Another reason I am cutting out the cacao and why my body may not like it..is the high copper content it has and from my last hair analysis test  my result came back with copper toxicity, so chocolate is not a good choice for me at the moment anyway.

So how do you feel when you have raw cacao?

If you feel wonderful.. awesome!

If you don’t.. ? Firstly don’t worry, awareness is the first step. Then you can decide what to do next that is best for you to thrive ūüôā

Other Options:

I am loving Lucuma at the moment! This is my indulgent replacement for some sweetness in my puddings, chocolate and cakes. Also carob is another good option.

Lots  of Love & Wellness

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

Holistic Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

Sarah_20131109_0065

  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk

Pecan & Lucuma Chia Pudding

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A super quick easy breakfast or snack..  and soooo deliciously good for you.

Pecan & Lucuma Chia Pudding

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 cups of pecan nut milk (see below for homemade)
  • 1 tbsp of goji berries
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Add all ingredients to a glass jar
  2. Stir well
  3. Then let sit for 15 minutes.
  4. Top with chopped pecans and serve

Pecan Nut Milk

  • 1 cup of pecans (soaked if possible for 12 hours)
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 2 medjool dates
  • pinch of sea salt
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Sieve through a nut milk bag
  4. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

Lots  of Love & Wellness

Sarah

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

Holistic Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

Sarah_20131109_0065

  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk

 

My Liver Made Me Do It..

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One area of health that’s always interested me is the connection between the health of our organs and our emotions .

Lets look at the liver from a chinese medicine point of view.

In chinese medicine most organs are connected to an emotion.

The liver is linked to anger.

Did you know that the liver can store emotions such as anger and resentment?

A toxic liver can lead to anger problems and problems controlling or letting go of anger.

What I’m saying is the health of your liver can have an effect on how you feel emotionally in your body and in your life. ¬†The more toxic¬†you may be you may feel the anger ¬†longer, more intensely, more passionately, and have a difficult time letting it go.

It’s not just anger, it can be jealousy, guilt and other low vibe emotions:

Irritation, impatience, being overly critical, rage, hate, angry outburst, over reactivity, feelings of not feeling heard, not feeling loved, not being recognized, judgment, racism, the need to control, inability to express your feelings in a grounded/balanced way, lack of joy, denial and inability to be honest with yourself and others, inability to be authentic or any addiction of any kind.

Clearing these negative emotions is one of my favourite reasons on why I love a liver cleanse and spring is my favourite time to do this.

In Taoist Yoga the liver represents the wood element and it resonates with the spring season, a wonderful time to cleanse. The gallbladder is the associated organ.

Other ways of loving your liver happy :

To heal and restore the liver, breathe the color green into the organ, allowing it rejuvenate. Imagine the green light of the liver over flowing into the gallbladder. Next blow out black smoke color (the toxins) while creating the ‚ÄúShhhh‚ÄĚ sound.

A great healing affirmation for our liver could be:

‚ÄúLove and Peace and Joy are What I Know.‚ÄĚ

Take good care of your organs and remember, smiling to your organs is highly beneficial at reducing stress and maintaining health and longevity.  The more we send communication to the organs that things are okay and all is well, the more we activate the true healing of the body.

Don’t repress anger:

When anger arises, if we would give it a few minutes to be fully felt, without overreacting and unleashing it on another being ~ we would release it. If completely suppressed it tends to manifest as physical issues including neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines,

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A happy healthy liver will help you feel :

Kindness, Generosity and Love.

On the positive side, the liver is the organ which compels us to take action, to do something new, to innovate and to make a decision. Creativity is down to the liver, having the urge to express yourself, or creatively solve a problem.

Lets all show our livers some love for more love.

Lots  of Love & Wellness

xx

If you are interested in Health Coaching just contact me on my website through the consultation page.

Holistic Health Coach at Hooked on Health
Working with Women to reach their ideal weight, awaken their passion and spark for life.

Sarah_20131109_0065

  • Or if you are interested in getting started on your own Health Goals and Weight ¬†loss journey with a one-on-one consultation contact me at¬†info@hookedonhealth.co.uk