Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Raw Beginnings

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Lovely Apples – My Story

Juicing raw vegetables and fruit seems to be the latest craze so I decided to try it out for myself.   This is my story (the shortened version!) plus the recipes I used during my juicing journey.

My main reason for giving this ‘diet’ a go was to see if it might help with the joint pain that I have been suffering with for some time now.  I wake up in the morning with such stiff fingers that I have to run them under hot water just to get them moving. 

Other joints are involved too with my hips and shoulders being the worst, especially at night.  I have visited numerous doctors and no one seems to be able to offer me an explanation so I thought it was time to take matters into my own hands.

Why raw? I hear you ask, well a friend who was already eating raw and a great advocate of this lifestyle suggested I watch a documentary called ‘Fat, Sick and nearly Dead’. The documentary is about a guy trying to lose weight and correct a rather serious heart condition by going onto raw juices and his journey across America as he embarks on this drastic change of lifestyle.  By the end of the documentary I was in tears.

The end result was that he did indeed cure himself of his heart condition, lost his excess weight and returned to a far healthier life style following the juicing diet.

After much research on why to juice I decided to give it a go, figuring I didn’t have much to lose. I have found many accounts of people in a similar situation to myself professing this way of life as a cure of their aches and pains, by juicing it away. With a tad of skepticism left I decided to give it a go for 14 days.

I have to say it is the best thing I have ever done for myself!  Within 5 days the pain in my joints had improved by 50% and by 10 days it had improved by 70% and I was sleeping through the night without pain waking me (something I had not done in a year).  I had also stopped taking any painkillers completely.

At 14 days I was so convinced by the remarkable results I decided to continue with the juicing for another 7 days. I wanted to make absolutely sure I had rid my body of the toxins obviously causing my problems.   After 21 days the idea is to return to regular eating but of the healthier variety! Starting with raw vegetables and fruits, in fact basically anything that is raw in small sensible portions.  I tell you what after juicing for 21 days food tastes heavenly and you savour every mouthful.

I will miss meat heaps, I have always been a rump steak kind of girl but if a change of diet helps to alleviate my pain then it has to be worth it.  I am currently trying to discover a love for fish and I am hoping that given time it will replace my need for big juicy steaks.  I have my doubts but whenever I feel like I am going to falter, I think back to sleepless nights full of pain and discomfort and suddenly my old way of life doesn’t seem that appealing.

In this recipe book I wanted to share some of the juices I made and tried during my 21-day raw juice fast.  If you decide to follow this diet then make sure you do your homework first, research it and understand what it is you are doing and your reasons for doing it.  It is also useful to get your doctors opinion as to whether it’s suitable for you.

During the fast I couldn’t cope doing three green juices a day, not being a huge fan of vile green leafy vegetables!  I treated myself to a fruit juice first thing in the morning; my particular favourite is the Pineapple painkiller.  Pineapple has a number of natural pain killers contained within it, so I found it was a great way to kick start my day.

You do get used to the green juices and knowing that they are so good for you definitely helps to make them a little more palatable! I did find adding a squeeze of lime to whatever concoction I had created balanced the taste quite nicely.  I also discovered that not adding too many ingredients is also key to achieving a balanced taste.

As far as what juicer to use there is a huge amount of written about what type you should use.  I bought the one I could afford plain and simple.  However if money is no object then juicers that work by crushing the vegetables and fruits rather than grating and spinning at high speed are far better for you.  This is because they do not harm the powerful enzymes contained within the produce by heating them in anyway.  The high-speed centrifugal machines do potentially heat as the food passes through the blades therefore killing some of the valuables enzymes.  So if money were no object to you when selecting a juicer I would recommend an Omega machine or something similar.

Lastly, I did not embark on this journey to lose weight but to help with joint pain, however it did of course affect my weight.  Being slightly overweight this was a nice bonus of around 1 pound of weight loss a day.  Don’t be fooled though if you go back to eating as you did before the fast then so will your weight!

I hope you enjoy the recipes I have put together for you and you have as much luck with this diet as I did.

Good luck!

A couple of recipes from the new Kindle/Apple book :-

Green Goodness

1 Green apple
1 Inch piece ginger
2 Large stalks celery
½ Cucumber
1 Large handful parsley
3 Spinach leaves

Cleansing Mojito

½ Peeled cucumber
2 Green apple
1 Large pear
1 Large handful mint
½ Lime peeled

Sweet & Sour
1 Green apple
1 Pear
½ Cup of Pineapple
2 large stalks kale
1/3 Peeled cucumber
1 Inch piece of ginger

If you would like to purchase my book for either your Kindle or your Apple then go to  

Thanks for your support folks and have a great day!

Kate x

Monday, 24 September 2012

My First Kindle Book

I am very excited to announce my first Kindle book on Amazon.  It's called '10 Simple Filo Recipes' and it's a selection of the recipes the girls and I have invented since we fell in love with Filo pastry.

I really like filo because firstly it's low in calories and just 1 Pro point a sheet as far as weight watchers goes. I know that it has a reputation of putting fear into home cooks who believe it is tricky to work with but in actual fact I think it's the easiest pastry there is to work with.  Instead of using traditional melted butter we use a rice bran spray oil which of course also heaps to keeps the old calories down!

Featured in the book are :-

Curried Chickpea & Pumpkin Parcels
Moroccan Chicken Filo Parcels
Spinach & Feta Parcels
Sundried tomato and Lamb Triangles
Creamy Fish Parcels
Prawn & Ricotta Triangles
Chocolate & Banana Parcels
Apple & Cinnamon Parcels
Ice cream Parcels
Pear and Butterscotch Cups

This pastry is so versatile and the combination of fillings is endless.  Hopefully after trying a couple of our recipes we will have dispelled the myth that Filo is hard work and you can have fun inventing your own fillings!

You can purchase our book fro $3.99 via Amazon Kindle

Have a great day!

Kate x

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Yuk! Garlic...

It's been a positive few days really, I feel pretty good today and the aches and pains continue to be better.

Not looking forward to tonight though being as it's Sunday.  I am taking the kids over to Mum's for Sunday lunch and going to lock myself in the lounge with a peg on my nose!!  My favourite meal of the week, it will certainly test my will power to it's absolute limit I suspect.  Just the thought of it is a killer!

I am starting to learn what goes together and what doesn't which helps.  Although garlic has officially been taken out of the mix and I have replaced it with a good quality supplement instead.  The smell was killing me before I even attempted to drink the gloop so it's ditched regardless of it's amazing qualities.  I have however got used to the ginger, the chlorella and the oil so 3 out of 4 ain't bad!!

Thought I would share a couple of the juices that are working quite well just in case anyone is looking to give this a go.

Keeping it Green with a sprouted juice

2 Carrots (organic only - no one on the planet should get commercially farmed as they are a vegetable that soak pesticides into their skins)
2 Green apples (green because they are juicier)
2 sticks of celery
1/2 lime
1 handful of sprouts (alfafa or something similar)
Thumb sized piece of Ginger
Garlic if you can handle it
1 tsp of flaxseed oil (optional - full of omega oils)
1 gram of Chlorella (optional)

Alkaline Green

2 Carrots
2 Green Apples
handful of spinach or kale
1/2 cucumber
thumb of ginger
Garlic if you can handle it
1 tsp flaxseed oil (optional)
1 gram of Chlorella (optional)

Pineapple Heaven (My breakfast favourite)

Slice of pineapple
2 Carrots
1 Green apple
1 Green Pear
3 Kiwis

Kiwi weight buster

4 Apples
1 Pear
1 Apple
5 Kiwis

So there you go a couple of favourites although not sure whether the first two are favourites more the lesser of other evils!!