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Banana, date & ginger loaf (Gluten, sugar and wheat free)

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im_yorkshire_teaNow then…ay up duck. We British love a nice cuppa tea. In fact I enjoyed a TV documentary by our treasure Victoria Wood last eve, relative to our love of tea. I myself am partial to a cup of Yorkshire tea, you just can’t beat it. Strong, sturdy, rich in flavour and warming to the core, when its all a bit parky out there. Ahh now then, that’s much better.

Now then, tells me, what is the best way to enjoy a nice cuppa?… Why with some tea loaf silly. Now then, sup up and don’t forgo this delightful tea encounter with just another tea loaf! Why spoil your afternoon tea break with something bought direct from the store which contains more preservatives, additives and sugar than I care to list? By ‘ek no lad! Enjoy a slice of my delightfully delicious gluten, sugar and wheat free loaf instead. It will fill that space and give you a feeling of satisfaction from this simple, fresh and real treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 4 Eggs
  • 10 dates (stoned)
  • 2″ ginger cube
  • 4 oz Almond flour
  • Chopped alomds for sprinkling

Directions

  • Preheat fan assisted oven to 200°c.
  • In a jug blender mix the eggs, banana, dates and ginger.
  • Pour into mixing bowl and fold in the almond flour to the blended mixture.
  • Butter two mini loaf tins.
  • Pour in the mixture. Sprinkle the top with chopped almonds.
  • Place in the middle of oven for 20 minutes.
  • Remove and tip out of tins, placing on a drying rack.
  • Slice…indulge…enjoy!

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Spine-art – Atlas&Axis.

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I have just returned from my first mission trip to Haiti and Dominican Republic with an amazing group of Chiropractors and students.This has changed my world. It has made me want to be a better person and chiropractor and given me an idea of how I can help make the lives better for these orphans with your help.

I was so touched by the lives of people who live in Haiti and so saddened by the way they
were forced to live. I want to help do something about it. These children have running water and toilets, but the water is in limited areas and the toilets do not flush. I want to purchase a fence for the roof area costing $500 and raise money to feed, clothe and house the children which costs $75 a child a month.

I drew this picture and I would like to sell a number of prints, signed, numbered and dated in order to raise money for my upcoming trip and money to ensure these basic commodities are fulfilled. For €60 including post & package, we can start to make a difference.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further questions or to order your copy:

dckate@hotmail.co.uk 

Mission Chiropractic…Haiti and Dominican Republic

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I have just returned from my mission trip to Haiti and Dominican Republic. What a place, what an experience. The words seem to fail me to be able to express and explain the experience I have just encountered. Indulge me a little…let me try to express how I feel.

DRI have spent one week in the most amazing company of like minded Chiropractors and students. We have laughed, loved and cried (not necessarily in that order). The Haiti experience was an eye opener. It allowed me to realize the value of such commodities as say; clean water, toilets that flush and a hot shower in the morning. Lest we not forget the comfort of the double bed that is just swamped with fluffy pillows, duvets and shrugs. Clean clothes, a hairdryer and makeup. Yet in the moment, none if this seemed to matter. None was significant to any of us as we were there on a mission. A mission to serve others and give hope to so many who never knew there was someone sent from their angels to watch over them, someone who cared enough to take their head in our hands, lift up their chin and embrace them with such love in our hearts.

I have cried oh too many times to recall this past week. It catches me off guard. I don’t mean to, but it just overcomes me and I find my chin quivering and a tear tumbling down my cheek, sadness in one aspect but such joy in the other.  Each time I have been touched by such emotion I had not felt before. I am feeling and I am letting it flow.

My initial reasons for the mission were quite selfish. I broke my hand in a roller blading collision en route to workwith a car in December 2012 and listening to Dr Simonetti speak, I thought I should go on this mission to improve my skill and become more capable with my altered right hand and relatively limited motion. As the time grew closer and after taking part in the seminar with Dr Morgan I soon realized my reasons were very different. I realized that there was more to this trip than simply adjusting. This was going to be a shock to my ‘precious’ system and this was going to be a trip to serve the people, to give them a flash into our world and to offer them another way other than they were used to.

None of us spoke Creole, I don’t speak French. All I was armed with were my hands, a shared astro-lite table or a chair and Spanish. ‘Su village in Haitido’, ‘Su vent’, ‘Su kote’ and ‘Shita’…this was all we had. In this modern western world, we have everything. We have technology beyond imagination, we have anything and everything available at a touch of a button and all the hoolaballoo. Not just that but we have hot water, we have sanitation, we have electricity…we have connection. However, in Haiti we had nothing but our mutual love of chiropractic, like mindedness in spirit, love, those 4 phrases, our tables, our hands and the ability to understand from their gestures where they had pain (even though I don’t consider myself a pain based chiropractor, it did come in handy).

Yet they came, and boy did they come in their 10’s, 50’s and 100’s. They was no let up, once one person got up from the table another person presented themselves, nay! jumped on our tables, even to the point where 5 people launched themselves at one of my compi’s tables, with headache consequences (good job we were on hand to help)!

The Dominican Republic part was tame in comparison. The people of DR have more wealth in comparison to Haiti. They have homes, they have access to clean water and sanitation. They have hit the jackpot, yet still in comparison to our day to day lives they are still living an unfortunate life…that is in comparison to our life of sheer comfort and spoils that we take for granted.

jordan and the childrena of haitiThe best moments for me were the eye openers. That moment when you adjust someones cervical spine and their eyes pop open, not just from  from the shock of the cavitation – the noise, but realization of the power of an adjustment. I loved that moment. I would always give them a moment to accept and explain it, stroking their cheek with a smile. These people didn’t sit in on a half hour health talk, they didn’t even know the full extent of what it was we were doing, but they believed. They believed we were truly sent from above, they believed that what we had to offer worked. They believed, full stop.

Although I adjusted more people than I can count and cried more times than I can identify, I will always take one thing away from this experience in Haiti and DR… HOPE. Hope that what WE do helps, what WE do works, what WE do is important. Important in delivery and important in reception from whoever is on our table.

Ego out of the way, let the energy play. Release interference to the nervous system and allow the body to do with it what it will. I amwoah yeah in tha truck realistic, I am educated. I know that it takes more than that…in the Western world. Yet for these people, none of that seemed to matter. They trusted, believed and desired. They wanted what we had to offer, they believe in another way. Their eyes lit up with emotion and their gratitude for what we did. Expressed with words and moreso with embraces of honest true love and thankfulness that maybe, just maybe we opened the window of opportunity and the realization that they are not alone (they are never alone) and, regardless of faith…someone or something more powerful than we can ever comprehend is there, watching over us and that each and every moment matters and each and every moment happens for a reason.

These are my real thoughts, my real feelings. I am so blessed to have been a part of this mission trip and I am looking forward to my next one. I cannot wait to go again, to help, to serve. Thank you to each and everyone who I shared some moment in time with. It is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.

JL x

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You’re crackers! (Primal)

crackersSometimes it is nice to have a little bit if crunch. Something to nibble at, something to dip into your super green soup, a movie night nibble with home-made guacamole, something to add blue cheese to or scoop up that last bits of your homemade curry and Cauli-rice. That would be cue for a drum roll please….

I love these cheeky little crackers, they are simple, easy to make, totally primal and taste Yummers to boot!

They also look look good broken up and scattered over your super greens salad if you are wanting to go a little crazy!

Ingredients

2oz Almond flour
1oz Mixed seeds
6 tablespoons Almond milk

Method

  • Pre-heat a fan assisted oven to 50ºc (they can take up to 5 hours as you are dehydrating rather than cooking, but it is worth it.)
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Spread onto baking paper to form a thin sheet.
  • Using a spatula, divide into squares or a pastry cutter into shapes.
  • You can also use a spoon and dollop and spread into a nice little biscuit size portions, flattening and spreading with the back of the spoon.
  • Place in the middle of the preheated oven for 3 hours.
  • Check and if solid enough, lift from paper, turn and leave in oven for a further 2 hours till dehydrated and then set onto the drying rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Ingredient suggestion

If you want to mix it up a bit, use coconut milk instead of almond milk and add some dessicated coconut for a sweeter lilt. Add more seeds as you desire…try golden linseeds. Or why not mix in a bit of grated cheddar to the mix! The possibilities are many!

Enjoy crunchykins! JL x

 

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Green bomb! Juice

photo (2)Ahhh, the whirring of the juicer as it polverizes my offerings ready to extract the goodness from within. Oh what delights I have for you today!

Getting appropriate nutrients from our food can be a challenge at the best of times (sources, season, cookability). Juicing is here to help. Extracting the juice from selected vegetables and fruits can really boost your vitamin and mineral intake and give you the kickstart to the day you really need.

When I juice on a regular basis, not only do I feel more energetic, but I also feel motivated, refreshed and happy. My skin looks better and my eyes sparkle. Its true, I kid you not.

Broccoli is a firm favourite of mine in my juices. It really is a super food and it is even better raw. It contains a high amount of potassium, which helps maintain a healthy nervous system and optimal brain function, as well as promoting muscle growth. With the potassium…magnesium and calcium it can help regulate blood pressure. Alongside the calcium sits vitamin K which aids in maintenance of bone health and prevention of such diseases as osteoporosis.

Did you know…one cup of broccoli contains our daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. This is a fantastic antioxidant, for fighting those free radicals, and acts as an effective antihistamine to ease discomfort of congestion. Moreover one cup of broccoli boosts our immune system with a large dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defence actions.

Lets get juicing!

Ingredients

5 celery stalks

1/2 head broccolimean green

1 cucumber

1 courgette

1 pear

1 green apple

1 orange peeled

1″ chunk of ginger

Directions

Top and tail all veg and fruit, bathe in a sink of cool water, add to the juicer, pour, enjoy! JL x

‘Deeply dippy’ Almohaze dip

almond-butter-with-applesI am rather fond of a bit of almond and hazelnut butter. In fact the other morning I had it for my breakfast and it was just what my body was craving.

I put 1 tsp of each in a small bowl mixed with 1 tsp of  mixed seeds and blended together. I Chopped a golden delicious apple and happily dipped away.

The perfect combination of savory and sweet, giving me a good combination of readily released and slow release energy to last till my next meal.

Depending on how many are sharing this tasty dip (which can also be used as a satay to accompany grilled chicken) changes to the quantities are required…as you are probably quite aware. I have made this for one portion so go with your hunger and number sharing.

Recipe

1 tsp Almond butter

1tsp Hazelnut butter

1tsp mixed seeds

Directions

Scoop into a bowl, mix together, serve up alongside slices of your chosen apple, dip, enjoy!

You may also feel like Chopping up some celery stalks to dip in, or even use the leaves of an endive as a scoop.

Enjoy dippykins! JL x

Coco, pear and sesame slice

20121127-131411.jpgOh joy! Spontaneity never tasted so good and in such a short space of time. Feeling a little fruity I had the time and the brainwave to make a fruity slice cake using my favourite gluten free, primal friendly ingredients.

Oh what a pear! I have taken to refrigerating mine and eating them whilst they are still firm. I find the sugar is not quite as refined and the flavour is fresher and cleaner…more crisp. This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber. A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars; however, since I am using pear as an alternative to sugar, I can be forgiven for having it in this yummers recipe.

On we move to a lovely little ingredient with many a health benefit. The sesame seed. It is one of the first oil seeds known to humankind; they are used in culinary as well as in traditional medicines due to their nutritive, preventive, and curative properties. It is a sources of phyto-nutrients such as omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber with potent anti-cancer as well as health promoting properties. Awesome!

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Almond flour
  • 1 cup Dessicated coconut
  • 1/5 cup Sesame seeds
  • 2 Eggs (whisked)
  • 1″ knob butter
  • 1 Comice pear (chopped into small chunks)

Directions

  • pre-heat fan assisted oven to 170°c
  • Measure and mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Rub in the butter, then fold and mix in the whisked egg.
  • Add the chopped pear, mix well.
  • Pour into a butter greased baking tray (mine is a small shallow 10cm dia.)
  • Place on the middle shelf of the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes until a lovely golden colour. Tap the centre and if ‘hollow’ tip out onto a drying rack.
  • Slice and enjoy!

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Storage: Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days (Warning: it may not last that long as it tastes so moreish).

Enjoy Munchykins! x

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