Lets face it we all strive to live a happy healthy life and to do this we really need to look inward at how our bodies work, how our cells and energy give out what we take in and this can be a number of things from our thoughts and actions to our food and environment.
For our bodies to be healthy our cells need to have a vibration frequency of between 62-72MHZ and when they drop below this range your cells start to mutate and go into an unhealthy state. When your body becomes compromised and vibrations drop to lower frequencies ts is what can happen
You really are what you eat and food has the ability to raise or lower your vibrations. foods with a high vibration can aid your body in detoxification where as low vibrational foods will create a toxic build up which will affect the health of your cells and your mental health.
What are high and low vibation foods? well lets start with the high foods as it is not just the foods themselves it is the source and proceses that they have gone through to get onto your plate....if you picked and apple from a tree and ate it it is going to have a higher vibration than an apple that has been picked, chopped and pre packed then sent half way round the world so first at the top of the list are organic and locally sourced foods, the closer to the food source you are the more vibration the food holds. High vibrational foods also have a connection with the ground and have been in direct sunlight soaking up the earths biggest energy source... so on the flip side foods that have been heated, treated, bleached, canned, frozen, pre chopped, pumped with antibiotics and washed in chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers are low vibrational.
This concept is not a new discovery, the ancient greeks practised wisdom healing using food to nourish the mind body and soul and they introduced us to the concept of energy and its effects on humans,animals, plants and our health, we are all connected spiritually by energy. Hi energy foods have been used within spiritual pracises to connect with our higher source, this is one of the reasons why many ancient philosophers and healers were vegan or vegetarian such as plato and pythagoras.
Not just eating high frequency foods raise our vibrations but also the preparation of our dishes as if we are in a state of high vibration ourselves we add a healing element to our dishes, food that is prepared with loving hands adds a good energy to your food, prepare food slowly, lovingly and peacefully. In my world preparing food is a meditation , a place that i go to to escape, I play my favouite music or even have a little kitchen dance which are both vibration raising actions in themesleves, dont think of cooking as a chore as this is a negative thought which will reflect on your food when served, give gratitude to the food that you eat, gratitude to all the people whom were involved in getting your food to you from the growers to the sellers to the people prearing your food abd servinf it to you and to yourself but most of all to the food that is going to sustain you and every cell in your body with its nutritional value as this is what live foods give you, so for good health eat an abundance vegetables, nuts, fruit and fresh herbs and keep to a minimum or eliminate meat, sugar and foods that are highly processed or chemically altered (GMO) contain chemically additives, they have little or no good vibrational energy or nutrition.
So get yourself to your local farmers market, to your allotment or back garden and pull out the high vibrarion veggies and get busy in the kitchen... play your happy tunes, have a kitchen dance and cook the best food you have ever cooked, filled with love, gratitude and HIGH VIBRATIONS
Here we go again with the second lockdown , a little later than expected but we are here non the less. The first lockdown taught me to switch up my business game.... and to do it fast as it was sink or swim for those of us in the hospitality industry luckily I have always been the type of person to find a little bit of a silver lining in all situations and just get on with it and I happy to say my mental health did not suffer in fact it actually got better as I was not working as hard as I was pre covid 19 yet still not a massive change to my income, no stress of the actual running of the cafe, the sun was shining and the days were long enough to prepare food to eat alfresco heading to the beach or the countryside in my trusty VW RocketVan Elton for some R&R which is something I hadn't done for myself for a long time. Second time round is a lot different as the nights have drawn in, more hardships for some self employed, job losses and of course being seperated again from friends and family, brexit looming and confusion from the governmen has not helped so this time round I feel a little on edge though I am grateful for the amazing support for my little Plant based food delivery business and feeling the love from my amazing customers whom a lot have become firm friends over the years and boy are keeping keeping me busy.
Nutrition is something that we feel is key to keeping a day to day healthy life balance, what we feed our bodies affects how we feel and how our bodies cope with all that life throws at us... feed it with processed, fried food, meat and dairy heavy diets and our bodies will feel sluggish and start showing symtoms of fatigue, brain fog, aches and pains along with depression in some cases as all of these foods are flammatory which causes stress to our bodies which in turn makes us feel down and unenthused to get up and out to do things while on the other hand if we feed ourselves with a rainbow of colour and that is what life will throw right back at you. Fresh live foods from the earth make you feel just that and an all round balance of food groups allows us to have a few naughty treats when we want to so it's not about dieting and contol its about introducing healthy habits until they are just that...everyday happenings that we dont really have to think about. So while you are in lockdown an on furlough why not teach yourself a new dish to add to your cooking repertoire or if your too busy as lockdown has had the opposite effect why not order from our weekly menu to inspire you to get out your pots and pans. Choose a dish that will help give you mental clarity, foods that feed your brain with healthy fats and anti inflamatory foods to ease your body in the colder weather and flood your body wirh seratonin and B vitamins... here is a little list of foods that will do just that. Pick out your favourites and enter them into google search with the word recipe and get coooking...
Now is the time to learn what to juice and how to juice it and there is an art to it, we dont all have time to juice and wash juicers everyday so today i am going to give you a little advice to help keep that mometum going so that yoyr juicer doesnt turn into a lurking piece of kitchen equipment at the back of the cupboard.... you need to learn how to use it and it will be your friend. first lets start with the what to juice... you cant juice all fruits so stay away from berries, bananas and mango save them for smoothies but when it come to veg there is no holding back...here is a little list of my fav juicing ingredirants that i have catatgorized
Sweet veggies: Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Parsnips, Cucumber, Red Peppers
Herbs and roots: Lemongrass, Mint, Ginger, Parsley, Coriander, Basil, chilli, garlic
Earthy Veg: Beetroot, Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery
Fruit: Kiwi, Green & Red Apple, Pineapple, Oranges, Lime, Lemon, Pears
What you need to do is find a balance of flavours whilst attempting to have 80% veg 20% fruit, but when you are starting out dont worry too much as your taste buds will change over time and the more veg heavy juices will start to appeal to you more than the fruity ones once you become adjusted. So Iensure that when I am having a green veg I pop in some lime, lemon or ginger to over-run the "green" taste and turn it into a zingy thirst quencher. Beetrot sits well with lemon and ginger and topped with carrots and thirst quenching cucumber teams up with pineapple perfectly. The juicing recipe process is just all trial and error, you will soon learn what flavours you like whh vegies yield more juice and what to pair together. Herbs are a great way of getting a flavour punch in there, basil is one of my favourte herbs to juice followed closly by mint especially on a hot day. When it come to fruit kiwi is fab for getting in lots of vitamin C and try to favour green apple over red apple to not overdo the sugar content whilst lime and lemon give that xing withut adding loads of fruit. Then tyou have root ginger and if you love ginger this is a little saver as it overrides allsorts of flavours. We dont just taste our drinks but we also take in the colour before we drink and brown drinks can be off putting for some so dont mix reds and yellows with green otherwise you will get a murky brown drink which some dont mind but try giving that to a newby juicer or a kid and see what happens. Here are a few of my favourite recipes to get people started that you can reduce the fruit if you want to and still have a great tasting juice.
1 green apple
2 celery stalks
1 broccoli stalk.... using what most wouldnt use in the kitchen
4 or more kale leaves
1 red apple
inch ginger or more depending on taste
4 carrots or fill untill your glss is full
These are also the order in which i would juice them too.
Remember all recipes are approximate as each fruit or veg can vary on juice output.
When it comes to actually juicing believe me we have perfected it over 7 years and there is an order in which to juice to get the best out of your produce... first of all ensure you wash all fruit nd veg, buy organic where possible or check out the clean fifteen and dirty dozen online and when it comes to the latter try to buy organic if you can. We dont peel any of our produce apart from the citrus as the skin and pif can make it taste bitter...and clog up your machine. Depending on your juicer type you will either be able to put in whole or in half or if your feeder chute is small then work needs to be done to chop it down to fit. Here are a few tips to get you started.
,So we have talked about WHY juicing is good for you and maybe you are thinking you want to give it a go but what if you invest money in a juicer and it doesn't get used and just lurks at the back of the cupboard collecting dust? well you have a few options with the first being ordering a few deliveries so that you can see if it makes you feel more vitalised or if you enjoy getting up every day with a zingy morning shot followed by a green juice or maybe pop one in your bag to drink at work when you get that afternoon energy slump. There are lots of companies that do this or if you are local to me you can order via from my home delivery page here Home Delivery and know that they are juiced and delivered all within a couple of hours, no freezing no long travelling distance and we also deliver in returnable glass bottles too...then once you decide YES this is for me you can go out and purchase a juicer...but which juicer do you go for? Well that all depends on your budget there are two types of juicers the cheaper Centrifugal Juicers you can pick up for under £30 or at the higher end of the budget we have masticating juicers or also known as Slow juicers and cold press juicers that range from £100-£350 but what is the difference? let me explain
CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS These juicers (pic 2 below)are the types with a big metal sieve in the middle that spin really fast so that the veggies have the juice extracted and the pulp shoot out of the back into a container. The pros of this juicer is that they are cheap in fact you can pick them up in charity shops for less that a tenner but the cons far outweigh the pros. For a start when the juice is extracted it is heated up due to the centrifugal speed so the nutrients in the juice start to deteriorate straight away and will keep on doing so, the juices must be made and drank straight away to ensure you are getting optimum goodness, this in turn means that you would have to juice every single day, they are also a faff to wash hence why they end up in charity shops because people loose the will to juice. But if you go down this route and endure it all and still love it then it is time to invest in a better juicer as you have just past the test of the do I want to have juice in my life every day question so the next step would be a Slow Press Juicer...
SLOW PRESS JUICER. How a slow press juicer works is via a corkscrew that slowly turns, the veggies enter via a tube so you can put the whole fruit in so no chopping and the screw turns slowly and pulls the veggies in, breaks them down and pushes the juice out through a fine sieve to a shoot where you catch it in a jug and the pulp then passes through a very small hole, the pulp comes out dry compared to the centrifugal juicer so proof that you get more out of your produce which is a plus as you get more juice. You can also reuse the pulp if you choose, carrot pulp could be used in carrot cake or veg pulp could have ingredients added to make homemade veggie burgers. The second pro for this juicer is that as you are not heating up the nutrients so you could juice 3 days worth at once and keep in the fridge, you could even juice a weeks worth and keep in the freezer, you will loose about 6% of the nutrients when you freeze but if you have a busy schedule it is a game changer. When pre juicing and freezing you need to remember to leave an inch empty at the top of the bottle as it will expand when freezing and the bottle could crack if you use glass bottles. Juices are best stored in glass bottles in the fridge. These juicers are also very easy to clean.
There is also one other type of juicer which is a slow juicer but rather than being upright it is horizontal (See pic 1 Below) and mostly used for wheatgrass as the hole for popping the veggies in is so small so you have to chop your veggies up small which takes a lot of effort, I have one of these that I also use as my travel juicer(yes I love my juice so much that I take my juicer on holiday), this style is electric or you can also get them with a manual handle which is a perfect option for when you don't have electricity access.
I personally use either Kuvings Juicers or JR Juicy Retreat Juicers. They are both in the same price bracket and can be picked up for between £250-£350 as there is always an offer on somewhere or keep a watch on ebay as you find some people decided it is not for them and sell them on within 6 months so bargains are there to be found if you look hard enough. Please feel free to ask me any questions and tune in next week for our HOW to juice with some fab recipes too.
We started our Juicing journey even before we set up Pulp fiction in fact the reason we actually set up Pulp fiction was due to a stint i had in hospital with a punctured lung for a whole week (drunken gymnastics so no sympathy please) and having to survive on hospital food which i have to admit as a vegetarian at the time was pretty grim and got me thinking about the fact that nobody could grab me a healthy plant based take out. So the overall reason we founded our little fledgling of a business was HEALTH. Mickey had suffered for over 5 years with IBS, multiple hospital visits to check is inner workings all to no avail then after watching Jason Vales Superjuice Me he decided to give red cabbage juice a go, sounds random I know but after literally trying every holistic therapy (apart from juicing of course) and every medication the doctor threw at him, some worked but not for any length of time so our journey commenced into the world of juicing and eating to heal, so Mickeys go to cure became red cabbage juice, taking a shot a day for at least a month and then cutting down and just including red cabbage in a couple of his daily juices a week and here we are 7 years later without a visit to the doctors and broken sleep due to discomfort... So why is juicing so good for you? Read on to find seven reasons why you need Juice In Your Life.......
Dont miss out on my next blog which will talk you through the steps from buying juicer to the tricks of the trade that i have learnt after literally making several thousand juices over the years for myself and my clients.... Paula xx
welcome to our blog...this is where my next journey begins as lets face is just lots of little journeys with twists and turns and Wowzers what else is 2020 going to throw at us... lots of us have had to go through change this last year but how many have been for the best? Have you found your silver lining?. It almost feels taboo to talk about our highs rather than the lows but we need to do more of it, give hope and raise our vibrations so that we can and will go on and acheive what our heart desire...if things dont change they just stay the same and the pandemic aint going anywhere anytime soon so lets ride those waves and focus on what we can acheive rather than what we can't. Back in February I have to admit I felt we were in a no get out situation, working 6 sometimes 7 days a week to pay rent/staff and overheads to keep my little dream alive but the thing was my dream had been achieved and I had other dreams which could not move forward to acheive due to the constraints of the cafe so i just kept going and everytime I felt I could not go on I always thoght what about my lovely customers? where would they get their vegan fix? what about my staff I pay their wages? So on we trooped running on that hamster wheel of life not thining abour my own needs or lifestyle until Covid 19 struck a blow but instead of taking it as a blow I decided to take to as a positive change that we cant do anything about so rather than hide myself away and wait for it to blow over I ran with it and did a litle business pivot and never looked back and boy am I glad I kept a clear head and just got on with it as yet again times are getting tough in the hospitality industry and is one thing less i now dont have to worry about due to the changes we made to our business. We closed out bricks and motar shop and took our show on the road delivering healthy plant based food and juices direct to you doors. Deliveries was something we always had in th pipeline, so before the official lockdown we spent a week at our favourite little bolthole in Staithes and brainstormd our way forward, rewrote our whole business plan for the next 3 years and slowly but surley we are ticking off that list getting a step nearer to that ultimate dream every week. Changing our name was a scary thing to do as we are known as Pulp Fiction, but that was the cafe with its funky vintage vibe and our path called for somehting new, artwork and relaunch, will we loose customers is the wuestion we keept on asking ourselves but i followed my heart and went with it and my core customers have been with me through it all for which i am so grateful for. I have rebuilt mour website and this is my first blog and the first major tick will be my new kitchen to go with our new Business Name Fig Leaf Plant Based Life, which will be officially in use when the plumbing gets fitted next week...
So change for us has meant that we have more time to work on our goals, we have changed the way we work and we have even changed our name to reflect on our food and the type of service we will be offering our clients in their homes, retreats and events, Pulp Fiction served its purpose and if it wasnt for our lovely little cafe i would not have found my true love of plant based cooking, more time for hobbies as I have started sea swimming and painting and cooking...yes cooking I now have more time to be creative with my menus and recipe development and I have been writing content for a future project too...every little step helps, more time to mooch our beautiful land in our trusty campervan Elton, more time to live a little and not get caught up in the ratrace.... I feel like a time millionaire, less stressed and a much happier person all round. What changes have you made in your life this year good or bad as acknowledging them can only help you to change things... I dont even wish it hadn't taken a pandemic for me to make those changes as it has all been part of my journey and at the ed of the day a pandemic is not something that any of us could have forseen, changed or forget about so it needs to be woven into our tapestry of life. So here is to the future whatever it may bring and I hope that you tune in to my blogs to see what's coming next on our journey... we aint even got started yet. xx Paula xx
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Paula donaldson, Recipe Writer, Retreat Chef, Wanderer and Dog Lover