The Nose Knows!

noseHave you ever considered why your sense of smell is so intrinsically linked to your desire to eat something, along with the way the food looks of course?  Here’s how I look at it, taste and smell are in a courtship with each other about to be engaged and ‘seeing’ is like the celebrant at the wedding.  There are many sensations that go along with decisions about eating and there’s a heap of science that backs that up? Read the rest of this entry

The Power Of The Pause

The Power In The Pause.

Paul and Darryl enjoying Banana Cacao Whip

Paul and Darryl enjoying Banana Cacao Whip

Have you ever given yourself a hard time, because you said something to someone too soon, that maybe you could have avoided saying, which would have meant less pain for all concerned?

Have you ever acted a little too quickly or impulsively which caused you more issues and mistakes?

Have you ever eaten something that was just ‘wrong’, and didn’t agree with you, but you were rushing through a meal and lost your awareness?  (check out my article on 3 Questions to ask yourself before you eat).

I have!  I did all the above things, all because I didn’t pause.  I didn’t stop and just think a little more, instead I rushed in, and, consequently, things didn’t turn out too good. Read the rest of this entry

Hope Beyond Hormones

Hope Beyond Hormones  whatis-a-hormone                                                                            October 2016.

We are literally drowning in a rising tide of oestrogen excess.  The widespread use of agricultural pesticides and herbicides, of hormone-enhanced poultry, beef, pork and seafood, and the relentless accumulation of non-biodegradable synthetic oestrogens from HRT and the pill, have contaminated our worlds water supplies.  No wonder we see fish, belly up at the end of some of beaches!  They are the by-product of pollution.

The corporate driven dissemination of oestrogen excess has caused increasing infertility, created developmental malformations and promoted unprecedented hormone-related growth disorders.

Perhaps you are wondering, is there any good news here, is there any chance that we can turn this around, and bring a sense of calm and joy back to our hormonal health?  I am here to say we can, this is not a doom and gloom article, instead one of positive solutions and hope.  However, I need to bring your attention to a few things first. Read the rest of this entry

Clean Out The Fridge!

20160826_105438[1]Our refrigerators are the storage centres and meeting place of our fresh and not so fresh ingredients, food phases and a hiding place for our wildest indulgences or treats.

 We store our fruits and vegetables, condiments, dressings, dips, nuts, flours (sometimes), pet food, left-overs and more in the central hub of the kitchen, our Fridge!  We wipe our noses and then happily open up the refrigerator door with our hands.  Our ‘fridge’ can also be the place where our worst nightmares can manifest – one of them being MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).  

Our food cravings and hunger dictates how often we visit our fridges!  It’s more than likely that our humble family refrigerator also harbours a deadly bacteria like Salmonella.  So what can we do to keep our refrigerators safe and clean?
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The Power Of Pecan Nuts!

When was the last time you enjoyed delicious and scrumptious ‘Pecan Nuts?’


Here are some facts on why they should be on your menu:


The Power Of Pecan!

  • Pecan nuts are rich source of energy, carry 690 calories/100 g and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • The nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood. Research studies suggest that the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in dietary-fiber, mono-unsaturated fatty acids, and antioxidants would help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.
  • Pecan nuts are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Research studies have been suggestive of that these compounds help the body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.
  • Anti-proliferative properties of ellagic acid is because of its ability to inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens such as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, thus, offering protection to human body from cancers.
  • Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin-E, especially rich in gamma-tocopherol; They provide about 25 g per 100 g. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.  Not enough people are talking about Vitamin E these days, and certainly not from the nut source!
  • The nuts are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body.  What this means for you is the Pecan nut is an ideal ‘nerve tonic type food’.  By adding more of these nuts to your daily menu, you are sure to have a healthier mind and body!
  • The nuts are also very rich sources of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

So there you have it, just add a hand full of pecan nuts to your daily menu to keep you topped up with sufficient levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein and keep you sharp in the brain!

Check out where the next Raw Food Workshop will take place:    – For RECIPES etc.,.  Annie’s Pecan Cacao Pie…

What you will need:     1 cup pecan nut pieces….     1/2 cup raw cacao powder ….    1/2 cup softened or melted coconut oil ….  1/2 cup maple syrup or honey  …. 1 teaspoon organic vanilla essence                        2 tablespoons almond meal    or 2   tablespoons of Doterra V shake or alternative, which is the almond meal!  ….  1 drop of Doterra essential oil of cinnamon bark  …. pinch of Himalayan salt …    1/4 cup extra pecans for pressing into the top.

Create it like this:   In a food processor, blend the walnut pieces with the cacao powder, add the softened coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, V shake and salt together.  Line a small square dish with parchment paper.  Scoop the mixture into a square dish.  Top with chopped walnuts, pushing some in as you go, and add a finishing layer.  Freeze for an hour or more.  Chop into squares and enjoy.

Doterra V – shake has a protein blend of Pea, Quinoa and Amaranth.  It’s an ideal smoothie ingredient mix and can be added to all vegan dishes with confidence. It does taste a little powdery, but I have found a way to include this marvelous ingredient into my smoothies so that the powdery taste is not so obvious.  I use blueberries and bananas frozen and make a delicious smoothie with the V-shake.  Okay any more information required on that just give me a call 0402 166 187.  Blessings Annie Clark.

The Power Of Pecans

The Power Of Pecans

Treating The Second Brain

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Digestion and The Second Brain!

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Nice Raw Cheesecake Recipe

20150609_023442This is the nicest Raw Cheesecake ever … (That I’ve made anyway). Created in June 2015.
Here’s what you will need.
250gm soaked organic raw Almonds. (Soak raw cashews in purified water for 24 hours, drain and put aside).
½ cup organic dates
80gm organic raisins
1 cup desiccated coconut (or as my little 5 year old friend says, ‘dedicated coconut’, don’t you just love that?)
1 drop of DoTerra cinnamon Bark essential oil
½ teaspoon Organic Vanilla Essence
1 teaspoon Agave liquid syrup or honey

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Don’t Get Sick This Winter!

orangesComplete Vit CIt’s just another cold or flu you might say, but why succumb to the next virus, flu or immune issue, when with a few lifestyle shifts you could do something really positive to improve and correct your physical and mental body? Building a strong immune system can actually be heaps of fun, as you will learn in this article.

It’s true, your immune system is under attack every day due to so many factors like; stress, lack of rest and poor diet and these three situations all contribute to reducing the strength of your immune system and weakening your body’s response.  But folks, it’s all about response and you can design that response.

Response is the difference between you getting a cold or flu and fighting it off before it takes hold.  Unfortunately we often don’t think about bolstering our immune response until it’s too late.  Another way of putting that is, when you are driving along in your car and you get a flat tyre, it’s only really a problem if you don’t know how to change the flat tyre.  Anticipate the situation, empower yourself with some clever lifestyle alterations and you will nail the whole cold and flu season with confidence and laughter!!!

Like I said most times we don’t think about immune boosting activity or protecting the body until the cold or flu is right there in our body and we are fighting with whatever immune support we have already got stored up.  There’s a few things we can do every day, starting with Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a water soluable nutrient, which means we have to get it outside of our bodies, so we can store it up again… It’s a tricky one to balance, and is always used up in stressful situations, as are the B Vitamins – both water soluable.

Here’s some interesting facts to consider..

  • The common cold is the most frequent infectious disease in humans with adults averaging 2-4 infections per year and up to 12 infections per year in children
  • Over 75 millions days of work are missed each year due to the flu
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God I wish I didn’t eat that!


God I Wish I Didn’t Eat That!

Have you ever found yourself wishing and saying – ‘God I wish I didn’t eat that?‘  It happens all the time to most people.  The temptation can be just too great and easily get the better of you, and so you gulped it down, only to have the immediate fatigue or anguish afterwards, knowing only too well that you would suffer a little more.  Ah yes, ‘I’ve suffered from ‘my eyes are bigger than my stomach syndrome’ too. I’m happy to say that this doesn’t happen to me much at all these days.  Through adjusting my chemistry and just eating simpler and smaller meals, I’ve found my digestive system is behaving beautifully and I’ve never felt better.  However, in the event that I should stray isn’t it nice to know there’s something I can do about it? Read the rest of this entry

Before I get into this article I just want you to know I don’t drink cows milk – PERIOD!  I’m not a supporter of anything from the cow, I don’t  drink goats milk  either, however if I had to recommend one of them, it would be goats milk.  We don’t need cows milk for calcium or for any real nutritional benefit, however if you had to drink milk then raw goat milk would obviously be the better choice and here’s why….

Cow Versus Goat

Cow Versus Goat

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