This savoury yet subtly sweet dish is a great alternative for the traditional tomato base. The sweetness comes from the capsicums which have natural sugars, and when roasted, it really brings out the flavour of them. The richness comes from the cashew nuts and combined together, it's super easy to make, and yummy at the same time!
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is one of my favourite documentaries in regards to food health and transformation. It documents one man's journey from being overweight, sick and unwell, his decision to juice his way back to health over a 60 day cross country trip around the States inspiring others to regain their health. I started juicing around 7 years ago, and each year I make sure I do a juice cleanse just to reboot my entire system. So take some time, and enjoy this movie!
This article is an interesting read for anyone suffering from pain to do with any sort of inflammatory diseases. As science progresses we learn more about how certain types of illnesses and conditions affect the body. Good and bad gut bacteria has been a hot topic in recent year with fermented goodies such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and even cheese and yogurt, and how we need a balance of good gut bacteria to keep our bodies healthy and happy.
What you eat affects the body so much, as Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". So whilst we can exercise and keep our bodies healthy from the outside in, the most thing to start on the inside, and eat our way to health and heal the body with diet!
Time for a detox - I embarked on a 4 day juice cleanse with Pure Glow Cleanse. I came across their website looking at a few juice companies in Perth and theirs connected with me the best. The two ladies Annette and Jacqueline came up with the idea of cold pressed juices in 2013 and once they put their heads together, Pure Glow was born. Anette also runs Wellness WA, a site devoted to all things to do with health, beauty and wellbeing here in WA. Sometimes you have to trust your intuition and I loved what they had to offer. I'm not stranger to juices and I've done a few cleanses in the past, including the master cleanse, but I thought it would be nice to document it, including any detox symptoms I feel for anyone out there thinking about it or wanting to try one :)
As a Bikram teacher we are always telling our students to be well hydrated when they come to class, because they lose so much in sweat. However in general, you should always be well hydrated. Water is a vital energy source for the body. given that the blood is made up of 92% water. This article lists then benefits of water as well as what happens to the body when it's not receiving enough. Who knew a simple thing like water could affect so many parts of the body?!
This article couldn't have come up at a better time for me. Since I got from my holidays a month ago I've been eating sugar like crazy. At first I was just eating lots in general to gain back the weight I had lost after being sick, then it got into a habit and next thing you know, I was going through a box of cookies a day and the other night I finished off a block of chocolate plus a whole cake! The more I have the more I want, and yes it makes me feel so tired and sluggish all day. So reading this is inspiring me to get healthy and break the sugar cycle which is why I am going on a 5 day liquid cleanse. I managed to do 3 days last week but then went on a bit of a sugar binge so this time I'm in for 5 days, breaking the sugar cycle! Since it's winter here I don't want to do just juices, so this will include smoothies and soups as well. I'll post up the results next week as well as the recipes, here's to a new week!
This was a good read, I have eaten meat in the past and everyone has to find the diet that is good for their optimum health and wellbeing, but it certainly doesn't hurt to broaden ones mind and try new things! I never force my views on my friends or other people when it comes to food, nor do I expect they do it to me, but it's always interesting having a read about different points of view.
This great article was published recently in the CDC journal “Preventing Chronic Disease", listing the top 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables based on their nutrients and minerals. There's so much hype about superfoods and what's good and not good for you, sometimes it gets really confusing. I've seen articles published on the amazing benefits of kale, then the week later, another article telling you NOT to eat kale! So here's a little bit of help for you to make up your own mind!
This is one of my favourite food articles. It really helps to put everything in perspective. While I'm not a huge fan of counting calories as I personally believe we should be focusing more on nutrient intake and eating wholesome foods, the pictures show how fresh, wholesome produce compares to processed foods. 200 calories of a variety of foods, you can see the huge difference in terms of quantity, Calorie for calorie, eating a donut would be the same as eating a huge dinner plate full of apple slices, and you're much more likely to only finish 1/3 of maybe half the plate of apples. So you end up eating less calories, filling just as full, and getting much more nutrients in the process!
"I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become"
Carl Gustave Jung
I'm Binny, a full time Bikram Yoga teacher and studio owner that lives in Perth, Australia.
I started this blog to share the things I love the best in the world: being healthy and happy, food (especially raw), yoga, traveling and most importantly, learning how to love and be true to myself.
I suffered from severe digestive problems when I was younger, being gluten and lactose intolerant, and developed compartment syndrome and fibromyalgia in my teens. I have lived with constant pain for over 16 years now.
Over the past 10 years, I've shifted to a mainly plant based diet and realised that being well and healthy is a way of life. I have been teaching Bikram yoga since 2011, in the US and Australia. Due to my health issues I've also had a lot of bodywork done as well as explored alternative therapies.
I've become much more aware of myself as a result of all this - physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Right now I love my life. In my career I love what I do and I do what I love. I have traveled to some amazing places around the world and made lifelong friends. In between working and traveling, I cook up a storm in the kitchen, especially raw desserts, spend time with the people I love the best, which now includes a yoga husband, a mini yogini Estell, and our dog! I try to listen to my body the best I can.
I truly believe that we all have the power and the capabilities to heal our own bodies, to nourish the spirit and seek our own happiness and life's purpose. This my journey...