Hello Raw Food World!

Hello valued reader, welcome to Raw Soul Food by Sistahintheraw. This blog is a source of information about raw and raw living food inspired by the flavors of tropical African, Caribbean and Asian taste buds! Interest about Living Raw Food life-styles is growing and what you’ll find here are tasty recipes, info about talented teachers, general raw and living food info and health and nutrition information for mind, body and spirit…You may be wondering why there could be a need for a blog with this focus, the intention is be of support to those with a particular food preference and you’re invited to check out the pages to find out more…better still, why not use the information here to gain more experience and find out what works best for you and let us know.

 

New Website

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Hello Everyone,

My new website is ready online and immediately replaces this website.

If you have already subscribed to this website, I would like to invite to re-subscribe to the new website so that you can continue to receive information about Raw Soul Food from Sistahintheraw. There’s a lot going on, with my online programmes, The Raw Soul Food Map, and Booking a Summer Wellbeing Party!

You can join the Raw Soul Food community and sign up here: sistahintheraw.com plus find out more about what I’ve been up to, and collect your free downloads…

Thank you for your continued support.

Raw Food Blessings
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p.s If you have any questions, please email me at: connect@sistahintheraw.com

 

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Hello Dear Raw Soul Food Friends from Kerala,

It’s here, the new Sistahintheraw website is up now and it replaces this website. I want to say a special thank you for all your support thus far and to invite you to head on over now to www.sistahintheraw.com where you read my recent blog posts, find out about Sistahintheraw programmes, how to work with me and pick up some free download goodies to resource your healthy Raw Soul Food lifestyle.

This is an exciting time for Raw Soul Food. My travels around the world during this past year have brought me new insights about healthy, holistic living and I’m so enjoying sharing these experiences with you.

Todays blog post is all about the importance of your mindset, so take a look at the resources and tools and get yourself started…

One Love always
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It’s Today! My Winter of Wellness Interview.

unnamed-3-1Listen to my interview (Rev. Anita McKenzie – Sistahintheraw) on the  Winter of Wellness programme today, on Wednesday 1st February 2017. Register to listen with The Shift Network here. My interview is only available to listen to for FREE for today only!

Also, I’m happy to be letting you know that my new website is coming on line within  a few days… It’s http://www.sistahintheraw.com.
Although this WordPress website will still be here for informational purposes, it will no longer be active.

To celebrate it all, I’m excited to share My 24 hour Epic Detox That Yields Awesome Results with you. So if you’ve been feeling bloated, then you know more than anyone that you need to cleanse the junk from your body. It’s not always easy picking which path to take to cleanse your body for the results you want. But, I’ve made it super easy with my Epic 24 Hour Detox

I don’t believe in deprivation, so you will not feel deprived in any way. In fact, you’ll feel quite the opposite. 

The reality is, no matter how clean we eat, we live in a very toxic world. Before we even open our mouths to take a bite of food, we are exposed to vehicular and industrial pollution in the air and toxins in our cleaning products and cosmetics. Not to mention the havoc wreaked on the body by stress. So, the question is not ‘am I toxic?’ but rather ‘how toxic am I?’

Ready to eliminate those toxins that cause weight gain, brain fog, loss of sleep, loss of mental clarity, and fatigue? See below!


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Here’s my Epic 24 Hour Detox:

Upon Waking Drink:
Morning Lemon Elixir-
1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon raw honey OR a couple of drops of stevia

Breakfast:
Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Bliss-
1 cup unsweetened almond/coconut/hemp or rice milk
½ cup frozen or fresh, organic wild blueberries
½ cup spinach
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax meal or chia seeds
Pinch of cinnamon
Stevia or raw honey to sweeten
Ice (optional)

Snack:
10 almonds and 1 apple

Lunch:
Mixed Salad-
2 cups mixed greens or spinach, chopped
½ cup carrot, chopped
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup artichokes (BPA free, canned in water)
1 avocado, cubed
¼ cup hemp seeds or seed of your choice
Handful parsley, chopped
Handful basil, chopped

Chop vegetables and mix in a large bowl. Top your salad with avocado and hemp seeds. Drizzle with dressing of choice.

Snack: 
½ avocado w/ tomato & sea salt

Dinner:
Carrot Ginger Soup-
4 cups chopped carrots
6 cups bone broth or water
1 medium onion, minced
2-inch nub ginger root, peeled and grated
Sea salt to taste
Dash nutmeg
Chopped fresh parsley, dill, or cilantro

Put carrots, ginger, and onion in a pot with broth. Bring to boil then cover and reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and put everything in a blender or food processor to purée. Serve hot topped with fresh herbs.

Evening:
Early Evening Immune Boosting Ginger Elixir
1 cup warm or room temp water
Juice from ½ lemon
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or 1 tablespoon if tolerated
1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia

Bring the water and ginger to a boil, and then lower flame. Add the lemon and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Then pour into a mug & nourish your body.


If you’ve loved this mini detox and want to find more about my detox programs, then click here for the ‘programmes and products’ page to join my next Clean Eating Detox Program to maximize your results, which will be up and running imminently.

Wellness hugs and one love from
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Make Your 2017 Goal to be Creative, Productive AND Healthy!

The best way to predict the future is to create it” -Abraham Lincoln

what-are-your-health-goals-for-2017Eat Well, Feel Well, Live Well. That’s one of my motto’s to live by. I’m always looking for ways to practically apply this to my life.

This morning when I opened my eyes I had an immediate rush of ideas. When this happens, I like to act fast and get that creative out-pouring written down. My body is filled with adrenalin of excitement as I experience anticipate Thats my life at the moment, travelling, working, learning and evolving through experience. So much is being created at the moment, that it’s meant long working days, that lead well into the night, and I’m enjoying every moment of it. I have committed to an important phase in my life, which is all about personal, spiritual and professional expansion.

That aside, I’m sure you’ll recognise that whenever we get really creative and busy, that we need all the energy we can get to keep going, creating and succeeding at our goals. It’s at this time, when our usual routine may be productively out of synch, that it’s essential to adjust and maintain our health and wellbeing regime.

As a working business woman, who is also a regular traveler, it is vitally important that while I’m busy creating this amazing turning point in my life, that my self-care remains as consistent as possible. The motivation and momentum I need to keep going is directly linked to keeping any stress, anxiety or overwhelm levels that can develop in check, while maintaining my productivity.

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What do I mean? Well in order to stay focused and alert, our brains and bodies need the right fuel, the kind that will enhance their effort and not undermine it. Brain fog, sleepiness after eating and physical fatigue just won’t cut it… We need to be aiming for a developed wellness culture in our creative working process, aiming for balance during every hour of our working day. The long term benefits are measurable in terms of savings of sick time, any work-related disability and additional health care needs.

Think, prevention leads to more productivity and achievement of your goals. By incorporating a good self-care strategy through quality nutrition, restful activities, movement and laughter, you can optimise your working wellness. Here’s how I’m doing it during this extremely intensely creative life phase…

I’ve created a morning OM ritual that sets me up for the day. It contains these elements, which can be chopped or changed as required:

  • I allow myself time to wake up gently. Because I’m going to sleep late, which I know is not the best practice. It may take me an hour to finally feel ready to fully open my eyes. On doing so, I take a deep inhalation and say a simple thank you prayer in my head. Rest, relaxation and enough sleep are the great basic healers.
  • Next comes my morning lemon elixir drink, to support with the removal of toxins.
    Check out my FREE 1-Day Juice Fast eGuide for the recipe.
  • Then I practice some deep breathing (7 minutes beginners level). I use this great free app on my phone called Pranayama by Saagara. It helps to calm my racing mind and excited body.
  • If I have time, I may do some singing. I like belting out 2 or 3 of my favourite gospel tracks (which often requires some dancing and laughter), singing more calmly with India Arie, or chanting along with Deva Premal. This can also be done while walking or traveling…
  • Most importantly, stretching is the next thing on the agenda. So I just do 5 minutes of yogic stretching, which I love; longer if time allows.
  • Now, I’ve released some energy, calmed my mind (a bit) and thats me set up for some easy clean nutrition. I like to go for a fresh juice at this point. I’m used to it, so it’s cool for me. I drink as much as I want to, which is usually between 16-24 ounces (3 large glasses). You could also choose a green smoothie instead, and if you’re used to eating in the morning, try something really nutritious and filling, like adding a chia porridge .

A morning ritual is great way for you to feed your entire self (mind, body and spirit); to increase your energy and focus, elevate your mood and infuse purpose and positivity into your day.

You also need to cultivate a wellness mindset in approaching your productive day, this means prioritising your taking regular short breaks, staying hydrated, choosing clean nutritious snacks and meals (avoid sugary and processed foods, fizzy drinks and alcohol) and if possible, make early-to-sleep one of your goals for rejuvenation. By just implementing a few of these steps, you will already start to transform your energy levels and focus.

So when you ask me what my health goals are for 2017, for me it’s using these tools to maintain my morning OM wellbeing ritual; which sets me up for a really creative and productive day and a large dose of achievement, happiness and joy. Thats my way of committing to the kind of healthful, fulfilled, happy and successful future I want for myself. So join me and lets go for it together!

Join Sistahintheraw’s dynamic health and wellbeing tribe and check out wellness tips and healthy, raw, plant-based recipes. Join here.

Write to me and let me know how you got on.
One love
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Photo credit: Johanne Averdy

Four Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

Hi Lovely Health Seeker,8

It is almost 2017, and you’ve probably started to think about your New Year’s Resolutions. Am I right?

So many people commit to huge New Year’s resolutions that are nearly impossible to achieve. Then, they end up not reaching their goals. One suggestion I have for you is to make your New Year’s resolution ACHIEVABLE this year.

When you do achieve your goals, you will be so much healthier.

Here are four perfect resolutions that are totally achievable:

#1. Hydrate with more water

Did you notice when you drink more water you feel better? Water helps your body to run better and will even help you to lose weight. Water will help give you a beautiful, youthful glow too. Make sure that you don’t just chug it all at once. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. This will make it that much easier to achieve your goal, and it will be so beneficial for your entire body.

#2. Crowd out unhealthy foods

Unhealthy foods that are filled with sugar and toxins do our bodies no good. Instead of just eating because you have a sweet tooth craving or because something looks delicious, eat because you want to nourish your body. If you eat foods that will give you energy and help you to feel better, you’ll be on track for a healthier New Year. So, start 2017 by eating whole foods that nourish and benefit your body.

#3. Move more

Most people think of a New Year’s resolution as heading to the gym every morning. Although this is a great goal, it can sometimes be unachievable with your schedule. You do not need to head to the gym to move more. In fact, if you sit all day it’s a very good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, or stand up and move in between breaks. Make moving fun in 2017. You will feel so much better!

#4. Let go of negative thinking

Every person has thoughts that creep into their head. Sometimes we can become more judgmental and critical of others in our head, or even put ourselves down. In 2017 make it a goal of yours to stop the negative thinking. This will help you to be an overall happier person and will even help you to become healthier.

When you are thinking of your goals for 2017, I recommend that you start with an achievable goal that will really help you become a happier and healthier you!

I hope that these four suggestions help! Make our actions MEANINGFUL today…

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If you feel like you need guidance to help you reach your health resolutions, reply to this post or email me: sistahintheraw@googlemail.com and we can schedule a free 20-minute session together.

Join me Sunday 1st January 2017 for a 1-Day Mini Juice Fast. Opt-in by emailing me to claim your place and for a FREE juice guide: sistahintheraw@googlemail.com
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Sunday Carrot Juice

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Growing up as a Caribbean heritage girl in London (UK), one of our food traditions was to have fresh carrot juice with our Sunday dinner. Sweet and delicious tasting and spiced with nutmeg and vanilla, I remember helping my mum in the kitchen with grating the carrots and squeezing out the juice. I must admit though to not appreciating the experience I was receiving at the time, but time can beautifully change our perception of our experiences.

The thing about cultural food is that, delicious as it may be (and often it is to us), it’s not always healthy is it? You know that, right?

So the thing with that delicious carrot juice from my youth is that, it was also made with full fat diary milk (no semi-skimmed available back in those days), a tin of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla essence, not vanilla extract! It is still made that way today, which is not very health promoting. I do know that the intention was always to provide a healthy drink for our families, especially because carrots are a root vegetable that is a good source of antioxidants. Carrots are also rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

I still love my Sunday carrot juice, so it’s important to remember that carrots are already naturally sweet, no added sugar is required. There is also a difference between vanilla essence and vanilla extract – both vanilla essence and vanilla extract are used as flavoring agents, and using organic ingredients, natural vanilla extract is what you should opt for.

Generally speaking, vanilla essence is a chemically manufactured flavouring, whereas vanilla extract is a natural product derived from vanilla beans.

Remember also that too much artificial flavouring can leave a bitter aftertaste, especially in drinks and cookies, so be careful about that. Add the your extract or essence at the end of your recipe if possible.

Variations in the spices you use can create stunning new flavours, so I like to add fresh ginger into the mix. For liquid, to create volume, replace dairy milk with a nut milk or good clean water.

Happy Sunday,

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Discover Greater Health – Winter of Wellness 2017

 

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You can discover greater health, healing and wellbeing in 2017, from experts from diverse fields and their proven methods to impact every area of your life.

Gut health, weight loss, energy medicine, herbal pharmacology, alternative treatments… What health goals are you fired up about this season?

You can discover greater health, healing and wellbeing in 2017,
from experts from diverse fields and their proven methods to impact every area of your life.

Join David Wolfe, Donna Eden, David Crow, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Gregg Braden, Sue Morter, Alberto Villoldo, Reef Karim, Crystal Jones, Bernie Siegel, Anita Mckenzie, Mingtong Gu, Dawson Church, Ocean Robbins, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci and SO many more!

RSVP for Free: January 11 – February 8 https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/wow17VMK/a16331/