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Lent: Natural Sweeteners on the shelves to substitute as alternatives to sugar

April 2, 2015

It feels poignant to me to write about sugar substitutes at this time, when, I am acutely aware that in under a week’s time it appears that half the population will gorge and double their average weekly Chocolate intake in a single day; Easter Sunday arrives!

However, for the few  of us who have essued the dark stuff since before March (feels almost like 1989…ie a long time!) this is a time for presents in my family, over excessive gifts of sugary sweet confectionary.

We love to Celebrate Easter in my family but since some of them are unwell, diabetic, on medication or simply seeking to not become unwell\overweight etc, we have universally chosen to celebrate rather more demurely, with small Easter gifts to bring great joy instead. I now like my new Easter\Spring shoes and Tea (which I have since becoming less interested in cooked foods, discovered an interest for, later on in life! 😉 )

For those who ‘shouldn’t’ have sugar (inc.most if not all of us…) here is a run down of the chosen alternatives available on the shelves…

  1. Agave – ALERT! I have rarely ever used it as it is a highly refined product (not a ‘nectar!’); v.sweet syrup or powder. I have found it to be a strong stimulant. When I recently asked the Store Manager at Planet Organic in Westbourne Grove, he agreed “it is too much” he stated; “it is simply too much for our system to handle”. Which does he prefer, I enquired {Q} “Date Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar and Syrup…” He replied
  2. Date Syrup
  3. Sweet Freedom (fruit blend mix) Syrup
  4. Stevia: Syrups and powders (though still processed & refined) pref. natural state ground green leaf. Huhis ndreds of times sweeter than sugar cane or beet. 🙂 My Brighton based colleague grows it in his flat…
  5. Xylitol: Birch Tree sap
  6. Jaggery (conscious foods): I’ve never tried this Indian\Asian sugar but I hear from the followers that it is v.good, with extra vitamins & minerals (so they’d say…)
  7. Coconut Sugar and Nectar \ Syrup: 2 of my all time current favourites: for sweetness and the effect isn’t overly stimulating at all 🙂
  8. My favourite is: Yacon Syrup: I watched these being planted out and sown down out in Monkton Wild Court in Dorset many years ago on a Wild Raw Food Retreat I held over a weekend. These are like the gold of the tuber world! 🙂 Very nice (yet v.expensive in comparison…)

So if you are baking or making sweet creations this weekend (or ever) care to think about the substitutes which can be used instead of the standard sugar, which overly stimulates the pancreas, adrenal glands and overly numbs us as a result (not least robbing us of our vital nutrients).

I am seeking a healthier world view on all these areas, since I quit eating sugar back in 2003 and have rarely eaten it and no chocolate in general since Lent began. I am seeking also to find the best options for alternatives and to utilise them in my own and commercial foods. Less is most definitely, more! 😉

Happy Easter for the Kitchen Buddy friends & crew! 🙂

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Raw Chocolatier debut on SKY TV!

March 25, 2015

Florentine hearts

I few weeks ago, a researcher from Islam TV contacted me to attend an interview about my Raw Chocolatier, live on air. How very excited I was! They whisked me off to the studio within a couple of hours and I spoke about the great benefits to sugar-free and dairy-free Raw Chocolate.  Here’s our interview link from the day:

http://www.kitchenbuddy.eu/artisan-foods/raw-chocolatier/press-coverage/

International Women’s Month Events

March 6, 2015

International Women’s Month Event March 2015

I am delighted to have been invited to present & demonstration on Women’s Health (Teens – 25yrs), in conjunction with Torridon Rd Library, in Lewisham, SE6.  The FREE event is on: Tuesday 24th March, 7 -9 p.m. BOOKING ADVISABLE

My special recipes for the night include a Vibrant skin Revitaliser Juice and a Chocolate Orange Mousse Cream. Suitable for Vegans, Coeliacs & nut allergies.

“Now is a time to replenish our skin and other organs, inside and out. Whether it’s a ‘Dry’ January or another form of ‘detox’ or simply finding the right ratio of work, rest & play, for you, we have a special treat in-store for all our new and existing customers ”

Kitchen Buddy Founder, Theresa Webb BA.DipNT (CNM)

London Vegan Fair and Kitchen Buddy Nutrition Talks & Demos

August 23, 2014

Here is, a full, complete and updated version (for the 2nd time of writing as the first, perfect draft, ahem, did not appear to publish…)

The night before saw me finishing the hand-dipping of the organic apricots for the packets of Apricot Thins.

There was a hive of activity as stalls set up from everywhere inc Devon, Cornwall as well as local businesses. The Festival takes over the entire building (on 3 levels) and included a wide range of stalls and workshops on all subjects ranging from anarchism, to raw foods, to baby & children’s health.

My stall had a great position in the main hall with enough space and several chairs for people to sit & talk.
James Gorman, Award winning body builder and former Ice Skater and now director or EVOLVE! Campaigns dropped by and told me about his life as a nutritionist and animal rights advocate. An inspirational role model to us all… 🙂  Amazingly, he’s 67 yrs of age but looks at least 10 years younger; he has a very gracious demenour with an inspiring, positive and compassionate approach.  It was an absolute delight to meet and chat to him.

The Ginger squares sold out early and customers enjoyed cinnamon and sour cherry, orange, rose and Apricot thins; they received good feedback. Generally, there was so much sugar to be found though, in cakes and other sweets that some customers felt that they were too bitter! 😉 I felt flummoxed until someone pointed out the effects of the other stalls there; cake & sweets… health is important too u know

At midday my first session in the programme was a talk on Raw Chocolatier – the benefits of raw, sugar-free chocolate, which generated conversations around cacao types and the impact of raw nutrition, enzymes etc. The audience members (approx 25) enjoyed their Handmade samples of Classic Orange, Ginger chocolate and Apricot Thins tasters, made from 75% Fair-Trade Ecuadorian Cacao and Mediterranean Carob.

Immediately afterwards, followed the second session, with Superfood for Super kids – Smoothies. Dairy-free Almond Milk as a base for 2 fresh smoothie drinks; an energising and uplifting ‘Berry Burst’ and a ‘Cool & Calm’ green vegetable smoothie. We started out with a growing group and the room filled to 40 adults and children, and we looked at the ingredients for our recipes we were to use: Pre-soaked almonds for milk, fruit: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and ground superfood leaf & root powders: passiflora (passion flower), alfalfa, barley grass and I poured 1 dsp flax\linseed oil.

Almond milk is often best made with pre-soaked almonds, in order that they are soft enough to remove the skins from. 2 4 yr olds, a boy & girl started to peel almonds, a few of which slipped a bit and flew around the room to begin with but we gathered the remainder together and each taking it in turns to operate the blender, we made a light frothy milk, followed by the ‘Berry Burst’ with the children taking it in turns to add fresh berries and oil and re blended it up again, to make a fruity smoothie which was very popular.

Finally, the children made a ‘Cool & Calm green vegetable smoothie using a remaining 100 ml Almond Milk, a banana (which we opened up bottom first – in chimpanzee style!) 1\4 cucumber, 4 handfuls of spinach leaves, 1 dsp flax oil and a teaspoon each of passiflora, alfalfa & barley grass powders. The result: a bright green drink which everyone loved, adults & children alike.
Nutrition Notes: Almonds are a rich source of protein, healthy fats and Calcium. Berries are anti-oxidant rich & also in vitamin C. Cucumbers contain cooling properties, sodium and are mostly composed of water, for adequate refreshment and hydration.
Other additions would also be Baobab for energy and Aloe Vera for digestion and skin clearing, healing properties.

During the course of the day, back at the stall, the Festival of Life team handed out fliers (inc Mary, Paz & Chris) Aniel shared a Saf stall in the upper foyer and Tim (from the new Juice Tonic bar) shared that we did not appreciate the alcoholic bar being present and felt it could be nice without it but appreciate that it is appealing to many vegans to have own ferments…

Memorable moments:
After a flying visit around, I enjoyed re-meeting up with Mark from the Third Estate eco clothing & footware shop, Gail & Graham at Braintree clothing, Will from Will’s Shoes, Sophie & Martin -Permaculture gardens in Oxfordshire) Alex Bourke ‘Vegetarian Guide’ with a new upcoming Paris Issue currently in print, an exchange on a new beige SpaRitual nail varnish, more rose and chai nut milks by Helen and the lovely Conscious Cake Caribbean couple! 🙂
A delicious Rainforest Creations wrap for dinner

Thank you to all the lovely, kind voluntary volunteers who took great care of all the customers whilst I was off hosting at my workshops, in my absence: Salim, Mary, Samantha, Chris K, James Gorman, and the lovely Festival photographer, Vicky Alhadeff from Happy Dogs & Cats (behaviourist) for taking many lovely pics during the children’s non-cookery Drink demos. You are all wonderful! 🙂

Yoga and Raw Living Foods Workshop Day 3\8\14 Oxford

June 20, 2014

Yoga & Raw Food Workshop Day in Abingdon 

Sunday 3rd August 10am – 4\5\5.30pm

You are invited to be part of a small group to learn new yoga & raw food techniques to enrich your body, mind and soul. The day promises not only to enhance your knowledge and experience of Yoga and raw living foods but also to develop them further, to take away with you in to the following weeks and beyond.

Experience the unique combination of Yoga movement and cleansing, alkalising nutrition.

For both beginners and non-beginners alike, this day offers an opportunity to learn in a small group (max 10 places) on Theresa’s first workshop in Oxford for 2 years.

To take time out of our busy schedules to experience a unique day, specially created by Theresa, in the peaceful surroundings at St Ethelwold’s House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire. We are fortunate to use this delightful venue, complete with its original features; its Hearth (dining area), kitchen and garden overlooking the River Thames. The area is a peaceful\calm\relaxing but vibrant retreat from the bustle of town. It provides an ideal location to re-connect and replenish your body & mind both with Yoga (asana & breath work) and freshly prepared nourishing raw & living plant foods.

For further details of the venue, visit their website here: http://www.stethelwolds.org

This day includes:

2 x 1hr Yoga Workshop with Theresa, to start and complete our retreat day together.

Theresa will guide you through a series of simple Yoga Asana (postures), breathing exercises and relaxation to re-connect to our breath and physical body more than in daily life. This enlivens our spirit, creative ability and our imagination…. The sequences are suitable for beginners and more experienced students alike to improve their current yoga practice. Theresa is a qualified and experienced Children’s Yoga Teacher and has also taught adults on retreats in Turkey and on short business classes in London.

Yoga and fresh raw living foods naturally combine to enhance our inner and outer experience; to help us to flourish internally & externally and re-connect to our inner-selves.

Anti-aging recipes for all to replicate at home, whether busy professionals, for a family or alone.

Sample Summer Menu

Foraging leaves – lime leaves and Pesto dressing

Spaghetti Courgetti & Lentil bolognaise

Juice and herbal teas. Mint \ lemon balm….

Vanilla ice-cream with berry sauce \ mixed berry ice cream \ pie dessert.

Samples: Raw Chocolates

 

Workshop Day Schedule

10 am Welcome and light drinks

10.15 Yoga outdoors if weather permits (or indoors if weather is not fine)

11am Introduction to Raw Foods, nutrition talk and practical demonstration of favourite Kitchen Buddy anti-aging recipes.

11.30am Group lunch preparation

12.30-2pm Lunch

3pm Yoga, relaxation and garden walk lead by Theresa

3.45 Resources & additional info

Kitchen Buddy Raw Food Shop opens -on sale products to purchase  – magazines, raw treats & snacks: chocolates and crackers.

4pm close depart, pack up

(4.30 pm depart after pack up)

Items to bring: Yoga mat, comfortable yoga clothes (to change\or wear during the whole day) a pair of indoor shoes\slippers, aprons, pen, extra spending £.*

*There will be additional raw & yoga related gifts to purchase on the retreat day itself, so please be prepared if you wish to purchase snacks for the week \gifts etc.)

Tickets, booking and payment details

Prices

£95.00 per person 10% discount for groups x5 @ £85.50 each

Concs.(with proof of status) £75.00

A £10.00 deposit per person payable in advance

  • Deposit (or full payment) to be received by Sat 12th July
  • Full payment to be received by Thursday 31st July

Payment by BACS \ Paypal \ Cheque

You will receive a confirmation of your booking by Email (or phone)

Please contact Theresa directly if you need to make any alternative arrangements to the above.

  

 

Events Diary for Spring & Summer 2014 (Eco, Raw Food, Vegan, etc)

June 3, 2014

Kitchen Buddy Nutrition is attending, present at (& occasionally a visitor) at the following events Spring \ Summer 2014

Look forward to meeting you over the coming months at an event or more here…

June

Sat 7th June Doug Graham http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sat 21st St Dunstan’s Fair, Catford. Raw Chocolate Talk & workshop

Sun 22nd Raw Food Pot Luck http://www.meetup.com/northlondon-veganorganic-rawtreat/

Sun 22nd Brian Clements (*TBC) Fresh – Network http://www.fresh-network.com/acatalog/a_day_with_dr_brian_clement_2014.html

July

Fri 4th-Sun 6th V-Delicious & Allergy and Free from Fair at Olympia (online discount tickets)

Sat 5th Goldsmiths Community Day (*TBC)

Sun 6th London Permaculture Festival http://www.londonpermaculturefestival.co.uk

Thurs 17th – Mon 21st Raw Fest www.rawfest.com  (how many times can you spot me in the picture below? 😉 )

August

Sunday 3rd August Yoga & Raw Food Day Workshop TBC (please contact us for details)

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September

Sat 13th Festival of Life http://www.festivaloflife.net

Sat 27th-Sun 28th  (*TBC) VegFest at Olympia.

 

Ecstatic & meditative Dance with Live Music

One Spirit http://www.meetup.com/OneSpirit-Ecstatic-Dance/  Raw & Cooked Vegan Cafe

Urubu http://www.meetup.com/london-ecstatic-dance/  Provides dancers’ complimentary Liquid Love Raw Chocolate Shots

5 Rhythms http://dancingtao.net/home/index.php

 

London Permaculture Festival 2014

May 4, 2014

It’s just a couple of months away ’til the 4th Annual London Permaculture Festival. A one day event held at Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London NW1 7AY. Once again, I’m proud to be part of the volunteer publicity team on this special event day.

There will be workshops (intro and advanced), ‘how-to’ sessions, live music, films, a stalls market and a kid’s zone. Find more information at www.londonpermaculturefestival.com.

Tickets: £6 (waged) / £4 (unwaged) on the door

Join people from all over London and beyond to discuss, network and learn about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future.

This is a grassroots event, organised entirely by volunteers, if you’d like to help out with program planning, publicity or being part of the crew on the day, please contact Kayode at: info@londonpermaculturefestival.com

Wild Food Foraging Nature Walk

April 29, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the guided Nature Walk on Sat 24th May.

Have you spotted the Green Events posters around the local area{Q}! 🙂

Visit http://www.ourhithergreen.com for more info.

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Nutrition Workshops Update

April 11, 2014

Kitchen Buddy’s upcoming Nutrition workshops plus Raw Chocolate: Healthy chocolate for weight-loss! History & medicinal powers.

Wild Food Foraging Walk & Lunch @Hither Green Festival Week on Saturday 24th May. Info & tickets here: http://ourhithergreen.com/

Smoothies and Raw Chocolate at the London Vegan Fair on 17th August. Info http://www.vegancampaigns.org.uk/festival/stalls.html

Also, locally at the Cat’s Protection League Fair on Sun 22nd June TBC

St Dunstan’s Craft Fair 21st June TBC.

 

Get your GLOW on!

March 23, 2014

I walked into one of my favourite health stores in London this afternoon and was greeted by the owner, Steve “Wow! You’re glowing today!” I smiled and suggested that it may have been perhaps that I’d worn my hair up…? (I could think of no immediate difference from any other day.) “No, you’re definitely glowing!” he replied. “Aha! I’ve been collecting wild greens and making tea, soup, eating more fresh fruit & … barefoot gardening…!” I responded. So here’s how to get on a glow, naturally 🙂

Sleep, rest (another hr would be nice…)

Meditiation. My friend Joe announced this week that meditating for just 5 mins can change your whole day.

Barefoot gardening. Gardening in general – hands in the soil (as opposed to our mobile devices – re Satish Kumar’s recent quote in Resurgence magazine) is a good thing. Taking off your shoes and socks, voluntarily and pootling around the lawn and paths on a warm sunny day, is even better 🙂 Grounding through the earth, soil, negative ions, makes for a pleasant 20 mins gardening session weekly \ daily.

Weeds up to your ankles? Find your local hot-spots for naturally wild growing edibles. March brings nettles, cleavers, chickweed, mallow and many more soon & before long there’ll be a multitude to chose from. This involves knowing what, where and how to collect. See other blog posts for info on this weeks’ collection items. Clearly, they have done their job. 2pts Cleavers Tonic = Cleansing to a glow on another level! Lots grow in my local nature reserve, clean alley ways and woodland.

Natural Hygeine and Food Combining. A good food combination makes for easy digestion, greater energy and brighter skin. I began the day with Banana & Pear (& Satsuma end of previous day -post party!). Less is more – choose from a couple of items eg fresh fruit & a fresh fat or even 1 variety eaten alone makes the stomach feel full and replenished. Try blueberries, melon (when warmer) all with lettuce, celery & fennel (when in season) for further weight-loss action.

Fresh Water & healing herbal teas – Chamomile, green, mint, Jasmine, lemon in water. During warmer weather, we must replenish our levels often, with the purest sources possible.

I like to drink a mixture now, of a variety of teas, combined with fresh water, juice, smoothies, coconut water, ‘mocktails’ and nut & seed milks.

Sunshine; well as often as we can get it in the UK – in the mornings this week, I’ve been out to soak up Vitamin D and enjoy the sun as often as possible. Tips – homeworkers, moving the office outside can be a nice way to begin the day & barefoot in the grass. However it’s not always the most plausable or ideal option for us all.

Touch = giving and recieving, in the most harmonious of ways, makes us feel, and feel more human as we’re physiologically and biologically made to enjoy and give, natural (wanted) general or loving touch. Whether at a Tantra festival (as I was yesterday) stroking a strangers brow or in a more intimate embrace; giving and recieving a natural touch is healing on many levels. Recieving a light, gentle stroke across my face or a neck & shoulder massage, makes me feel understood and welcome (in the right circumstances).

Hobbies – spend time in the best way you know how, at that moment. This morning, I browsed round a collection fair and discovered my love for vintage posters, local social history and my old floral & fruit interests re-ignited again 🙂 I purchsed a number of images to show my family and friends and invite their interest into social history in new ways.

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