National Pain Week – Food as Medicine

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Article by Megan from Too Tasty to Throw.

Given this week is National Pain Week for Chronic Pain and other illnesses, we thought it would be a good opportunity to show some love to those of you suffering chronic pain and have a look at how using the ‘whole’ of your fruit and vegetables to reduce waste can help relieve symptoms….

Welcome the humble lemon peel. Costing just under $1 and easy to pop in your bag and carry around with you, its benefits are under appreciated. Indeed, the health rewards from drinking its insides (lemon juice) to help fight colds and flu and also to detoxify the system are well known. But did you know that the peel has up to 10 times more vitamins and minerals than the juice itself? It is rich in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, folate, magnesium, potassium, pectin and fibre, that help your body to repair and heal and also they help relieve chronic pain. To elaborate, benefits include:

  • Fighting joint pain – Lemon peel is rich in vitamin C , with more than twice as much as the juice itself. Vitamin C has a healing action within the body and helps in the formation of protein that is important for the formation of ligaments, tendons and skin and to fight joint pain.
  • Relieving and repairing pain felt from injuries – Vitamin C present in bones repairs the damaged cartilages that connect bones and also help to heal wounds and relieve pain due to injury. Lemon peel keeps your bones, cartilages and even teeth in good health.
  • Fighting pain from a weakened immune system – Vitamin C in lemon peel also helps relieve the pain of sore throats and cold / flu and to boost immunity.
  • Reducing and preventing pain from various bone conditions – The high amount of vitamin c and calcium in lemon peels helps prevent and reduce pain from osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory polyarthritis and other bone conditions.
  • Fighting cancer and eradicating toxins – Lemon peels help eradicate toxic elements in the body, helping fight the pain felt from cancer by assisting in eradicating from the body carcinogenic elements and curbing the division of cancerous cells. Lemon peels consist of components known as salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which are known to fight against cancerous cells in the body. Also, the flavenoids in the peel are effective when curbing the division of cancerous cells
  • Minimising pain felt from high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetic heart disease – digesting lemon peels helps lower the LDL cholesterol through its polyphenol flavonoids and Vitamin C / P help clear blood vessels.

So, if we know the benefits to relieve pain, how do we go about using the peel? Well, it is easier than it might first seem. Simply freeze a lemon whole and grate over your meals, in your drinks and on your soups / stews for a zesty flavour and some awesome pain relief / other benefits as above. You can also dry the peel and add it to your meat marinades.

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Also, for some inspiration, try the recipes below:

Lemon Peel Joint Pain Recipe:

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 2 large lemons
  3. Eucalyptus leaves
  4. A jar with lid
  5. Clean gauze

Place the peel in a jar with the eucalyptus oil and add enough oil to cover. Close the jar tightly and leave the mixture to sit for two weeks. After this time, add some of the remedy to some gauze and apply to the painful area – ideally overnight so it can soak in. You should experience benefits almost immediately.

Lemon Peel Tea Recipe:

  1. 1 litre of water
  2. 2 lemon peels and the juice

Bring lemon peel and water to the boil for 15 minutes. Then take from heat and add the juice and potentially some honey to taste. Great for pain relief in leg and arm joints.

Lemon Peel Marinade Recipe:

  1. Zest and juice of half a lemon
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1/4 cup oil
  4. 2 onions
  5. 2 garlic cloves
  6. 1 inch ginger
  7. 2 tbsp honey

Whisk ingredients together until honey is dissolved. Marinate your meat in it for up to 5 hours.

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Salted Macadamia Lime Cake by Vladia Cobrdova

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to the best and most delicious year of your life.

This is YOUR year to shine, create health from the inside out and have the adventure of a lifetime.

We’re so excited to be helping you do this for the 19th year in a row! We can’t believe it’s almost been 20 years since we started out – all thanks to you and your demand for Real Food and natural products.
To start the year off, we’re celebrating with a delicious dairy, gluten, refined sugar, egg & fructose free cake from our Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova.

Salted Macadamia Lime Cake Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 ½ cup Macadamia nuts – unsalted
  • 2 tbs of Rice malt syrup
  • 1 tbs of Macadamia roasted nut butter
  • 1 cup Shredded coconut
  • 1 tbs Vanilla powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 3 tbs Coconut Oil
  • Juice of 2 Limes

Mix all ingredients in the blender, press into round cake form tin greased with coconut oil and let sit in the fridge for 20 min.

Middle filling:

  • 3 ripe Avocados
  • ½ cup of Coconut Milk
  • 6 x Limes Juice
  • 2 x Limes Rind
  • 2 tbs of Rice Malt
  • 10 x tbs of Chia Seeds

Mix all ingredients in the blender pour the filling over the base and and let sit in the fridge for 2 hrs.

Icing:

  • 1 x cup of Coconut Water
  • 1 x cup of Cashews – Soaked for 8 hrs
  • 3 x Limes Juice
  • 1 Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Coconut Cream
  • 6 x tbs of Rice Malt
  • 3 tbs of Gelatin Powder (or chia seeds for vegan version)

Mix all ingredients in the blender take the cake out from the fridge – take out from the cake form place on a cake stand and cover with icing all over. Cover the sides with shredded coconut and decorate with chopped salted macadamias and fresh limes.

All ingredients available at an aboutlife near you!

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au

 

‘Low Lactose’ Cheeses at aboutlife

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There’s a good chance you know of someone in your life that is lactose intolerent.

But what exactly IS lactose and a lactose intolerance?

Simply put, lactose is a natural sugar found in milk and milk products and a lactose intolerance is the result of your body’s inability to breakdown and absorb lactose.

The good news is the longer a cheese is aged, the less lactose it contains.  So, even if you’re sensitive to dairy products as a result of lactose intolerance, that doesn’t mean you have to avoid cheese.

At aboutlife we have a range of delicious ‘Low Lactose’ cheeses made by artisan cheese makers in Northern Italy.  They are suitable for people who are lactose intolerant as well as those with sensitivities to lactose.

Apart from our traditional Italian parmagiano reggiano and grana padano why not choose one of the following cheeses from our artisan cheese counter the next time you’re in-store?

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Alta Badia

A flavourful Italian mountain cheese with a full strong flavour and firm texture.

Dolomiten

Made from the milk of cow’s in the Pusteria Valley of Italy. A soft textured cheese with a full flavour and a dash of sweetness.

Stelvio DOP Stilfser

A wonderfully aromatic flavour with soft, smooth consistency.

All these cheeses contain less than 0.1 grams of lactose. Which means that if you’ve got a lactose intolerence you may just be able to enjoy cheese again! The good thing is you don’t have to be lactose intolerant to enjoy these cheeses too.

Cheese to your Health!

Edible Spring Garden Brekkie Bowl Recipe by Vladia Cobrdova

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Looking for an unusually nourishing & delicious breakfast to start the week with?

Check out this pretty and tasty ‘Edible Spring Garden Brekkie Bowl’.

I got inspired at one of aboutlife event nights – (you can click here to view all the upcoming events).

Teresa Cutter from The Healthy Chef was showcasing her edible flower pot salad.

So here is my version of the edible garden breakfast bowl.

It’s a simple and easy dish full of fibre and loaded with good fats that will satisfy you pass lunch hour.

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Edible Spring Garden Brekkie Bowl Recipe:
Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

2 x slices of Spring Wellness Sprouted bread
2 x tbspoons of black tahini
1 x teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
2 x Rock Chic eggs
2 x radishes bulbs
1/2 x cup of sunflower sprouts

Method:

Place into food processor and pulse bread, tahini, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper until you get an earthy soil like texture

Poach or boil eggs in a pot full of water.

Assemble dish with black tahini soil, place poached or boiled egg in the middle and decorate with radish and sunflower sprouts.

Voila!

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

 Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au

Anti Inflammatory Turmeric & Cauliflower Soup Recipe

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It’s a great time of year for soups and this recipe from our wellness ambassador, Vladia Cobrdova, is warming, soothing, immune boosting and uses ingredients which are known to be anti-inflammatory.

Place all the below ingredients together in a large pot:

half head of med size cauliflower
1 knob turmeric, with skin
1 knob ginger, with skin
1 large clove garlic
1 tbsp ghee
1 cube veggie stock (or equivalent)
3 cup water
Himalayan  salt
Pepper
1 can coconut milk – but add this at the end of the cooking process

Cook the above for 45 minutes on a slow heat. Add the coconut milk towards the end and heat slowly so it doesn’t curdle. Blend until smooth and serve with a garnish of fresh coriander, a wedge of lime, chilli flakes or freshly chopped chilli – delicious!

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au

Immune Boosting Bone Broth Recipe by Vladia Cobrdova

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Bone broth is simply fabulous for your health! It is incredibly nutritious and health boosting whilst also very easy to make and we have recently added beef bones that are perfect for making broth to our product range. The below is a traditional recipe from our Group Wellness Ambassador, Vladia Cobrdova, which also adds some immune boosting foods to help keep you healthy, nourished and glowing this winter.

3 big beef bones grass fed
1 stalk of celery
1 carrot whole with skin
1 big clove of garlic smashed with skin
2 small potatoes with skin
1 knob of ginger
2 x tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup of goji berries
1 bunch of kale stalks (we use kale stalks at aboutlife as part of our hate waste program but any veggies with roots stalks and skin can be used)
2 x teaspoon of Himalayan salt
6 x peppercorns
1/2 knob of turmeric

Place all the ingredients into a large pot, cover with filtered water and cook on the lowest heat for 24 hrs. I usually start just after I get home from work and the next day, when I’m back, the broth is ready to take off. Cool and strain before putting into fridge. the chilled broth will have layer of fat on the top, skim this fat off and place liquid broth into freezer bags so you can leave in freezer until you need to use. Use as a broth in curries, soups, for poaching meat, fish or veggies and cooking rice or grains such quinoa, freekah, millet.

Enjoy throughout winter to stay well protective against viruses and colds and you can find bags of bones in our freezers priced at $2.50 per kg!!

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au

Two Easy Ways to Use Chickpeas (Recipe)

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At aboutlife we’re huge fans of chickpeas! They are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fibre as well as plant based protein so are an ideal food for vegans and vegetarians. Here are some recipes from our Group Wellness Ambassador, Vladia Cobrdova, using chickpeas:

Green & Black Hummus
3 cups pre-soaked and cooked chickpeas (the soaking helps convert the phytic acid and enzymes inhibitors which can cause problems with digestion)
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp macadamia oil
1 tbsp linseeds
1 tsp raw spirulina powder
2 tbsp black tahini
2 tsp of Himalayan salt
cracked pepper
blend all ingredients in food processor and enjoy

Smokey Chick Pops
A healthy snack on the go or fabulous with a glass of wine 🙂
3 cups cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp macadamia oil
2 tsp himalayan salt
1 1/2 tbsp of smokey paprika
place all ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix through and then put on a baking tray.preheat oven to 150 degrees bake 40 minutes until crispy.

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About Vladia Cobrdova:

Vladia Cobrdova is the COO and Wellness Ambassador for aboutlife, a Nutritionist and Author. After being involved in the hospitality industry for years at her home in Czechoslovakia, she moved to Australia where she pursued studies in Natural Health & Therapies. She has been working with the Organic Industry for close to 15 years and knows everything there is to know about operations and business management. She’s seen organics & wellness go from alternative to mainstream.

She has combined her love for real food, business and operations to create what she calls her ‘dream job’ as the Chief Operations Officer of aboutlife. She believes aboutlife is a powerful vehicle for reaching thousands of people at once and making an impact on people’s health on a large scale.

Vladia is the Author of the Wholefoods for Wellness cookbook, which features some of your favourite aboutlife dishes that you can cook at home. She also is the co-ordinator of aboutlife’s popular Wholefoods for Wellness classes held monthly at their 5 stores.

Vladia Cobrdova

You can find Vladia at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vladiacobrdova
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vladiacobrdova
and in an aboutlife store near you: www.aboutlife.com.au