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The ‘Wellness’ Revolution 2014

RevolutionSee you at the revolution!

Welcome to the second quarter of 2014, the year of radical empowerment. This is the year for breaking through outmoded paradigms with no exceptions and no compromise.  It’s time to strengthen your skill set and beef up your cooking skills (pardon the pun)!

In the last decade the increase and growth in new product development has come from the vegetarian/vegan sector who have seen a big increase in people adopting a wholefoods plant based diet.

In the last 12 months there has been a 40% increase in online searches for vegan and wholefoods plant based diets. How exciting!

As this sector starts growing rapidly, the meat and dairy industry respond by putting out even more nonsensical ‘studies’ (vested interest).  Diet and the development of disease is simply common sense, if we continue to injure the body, it will continue to become inflamed, inflammation is the bodies response to healing, remove the injury, remove the inflammation.  Meat and Dairy cause injury to the body, that leads to inflammation that takes you down the path to a whole host of illness’s.

Deadly cost of meat-based diet: Sixty billion farm animals raised for food produce 18% of the greenhouse gases causing global warming, require 33% of the world’s farmland, and consume 33% of the grain harvest.  A meat-based diet relies on corn and soy for rapid growth of cattle to satisfy the world’s love for meat.

There is no profit in letting people know they can avoid early disability and death by simply eating greens, more vegetables, beans, grains, fruit, and nuts. Green living ideally includes a plant-based diet, which is organic, local, and seasonal.  Be as green as you can for your own wellbeing and for the planet. In 2014, make informed decisions about what to eat and how to feed 7,000,000,000 people. Understand the laws and the limits of nature.

It took 50,000 years to reach a human population of one billion in 1830. We soared above six billion people in the year 2000 and passed seven billion in 2012. Wealthy nations eat increasing amounts of meat, while one billion people get less nutrition than the average house cat. Agribusinesses ignore the nutrient cycle, and rather than rebuilding soil, saturate it with petrochemicals. Soil is over-tilled, overgrazed, made toxic and infertile, and turned into desert. One-third of all farmable land is degraded.

In her latest book ‘Climate Change’ Mary Guay writes about how future generations are in danger if things don’t change now. It’s a book we all need to read if we truly care about what is REALLY happening in the world.

So, what does the word ‘Diet’ mean.  In a nutshell; Diet means ‘ A Permanent Eating Lifestyle’. To many the word ‘diet’ means a four letter word that often leads to deprivation, frustration and ultimately, ‘failure’.  By adopting a wholefoods plant based diet you will be spoiled for choice from the delicious tasting dishes that you can rustle up in literally 20 minutes. Help towards alleviating animal cruelty, help towards reducing global warming and help to bring the world back into balance.  All of this and more by simply adopting a wholefoods plant based diet.

Try this recipe below;

EnchiladasEnchiladas

Makes 10 enchiladas

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, diced

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. coriander

2 tsps. ground cumin

2 cups fresh spinach, chopped

2 cups black beans, chopped in a food processor (canned organic is fine)

4 tbsp. shoyu

3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

Sea salt, to taste

10 large corn tortillas

Salsa

Pre heat oven to 180/360deg. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over a low/medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute until onion is translucent. Add coriander and cumin. Cook for two minutes stirring constantly adding a little water if the pan seems dry. Add the spinach, black beans, soy sauce and mashed sweet potatoes. Cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with sea salt.

Place ¼ cup of mixture in centre of tortilla. Roll into a burrito and place in a non-stick baking dish. Once all the burritos are assembled, pour your favourite salsa on top and cover with aluminium foil. Bake for 25 minutes.

Mild Homemade Salsa

If like me you do not like things hot or even warm for that matter, this is the perfect salsa.You can build your tolerance to greater heat levels if you so desire. Just start with a very little bit of hot pepper added to your favourite homemade salsa recipe.

8 fresh vine ripe tomatoes, chopped

½ cup fresh coriander, chopped

2 onions, chopped

1 bell pepper, yellow, orange or red

½ tsp seal salt

1 lime, juiced

Combine all the chopped ingredients into a bowl stir lightly. Squeeze the lime juice over the homemade salsa. If you prefer, you can use a stick blender and create a less chunky salsa.

This flavourfully mild homemade salsa can be served immediately, but its flavour will be enhanced if you let the tastes develop overnight in the fridge.

Note; if you desire a melted cheese over your Enchiladas, use Vegusto or one of the other vegan cheeses available.  Grate over the Enchiladas and then spoon on the salsa and bake.

In good health

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