Why you need to remove refined foods!

Why you should remove refined foods from your diet?

Processed Foods and Food Additives

Life is at such a fast pace and so busy these days. We rarely find time to make a home cooked meal never mind a healthy one. The thought of following a healthy lifestyle can be daunting. Not knowing where to start or what to eat. We often give up and cave in for those processed sugary and MSG filled foods. About 60-70 years ago, only ten per cent of the average persons Daily diet consisted of processed foods. Now that average is a scary 80% of our diet! Our bodies were never designed to cope with these processed foods, and definitely not in the amounts consumed. A highly processed diet will have devastating effects on your health and well being, and your ability to cope with the daily stress of modern times.

When processed foods and food additives are consumed it is linked with many common ailments, ranging from frequent colds and flu, allergies, blood pressure problems, behavioural disorders and impaired brain function. As well as conditions like heart disease, cancer and Diabetes. Consuming these food on a regular basis will eventually lead to low energy and general ill health. If you want to take control of your stress, you need to make an effort to avoid foods that are processed and full of additives. Rather make better choices by nourishing your body with plant foods that will keep you well and thriving!

Refined Sugar


Refined sugar affects the central nervous system and the endocrine system in a variety of ways, it is the number 1 enemy when it comes to depression, mood swings and irrational and emotional behaviour. We need glucose to function optimally. When your body starts to run low on glucose, it signals the lack of this vital brain nutrient through a craving for sweet things. And instead of eating fresh fruit we turn to refined sugar to satisfy our cravings. But refined sugar has a large impact on our blood sugar levels, and when our blood glucose levels are thrown out of balance many unpleasant symptoms can result including depression. The use of refined sugar depletes the body of B vitamins, so vital for brain function. This can result in fatigue anxiety irritability migraines hyperactivity forgetfulness phobias feelings of panic and lack of sex drive. All of these symptoms can be avoided by removing refined sugar and following a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit, raw and cooked vegetables and nuts.

Artificial Sweeteners (Nutrasweet, canderel and equal)

Aspartame, it is claimed by independent scientists to cause neuro-endocrine disorders i.e. disorders of the central nervous system and the endocrine system (mental retardation, brain lesions).Further research shows that chronic brain damage may be caused when aspartame and MSG ( monosodium glutamate) are consumed together. Aspartame can upset any of the endocrine glands, but is suspected of slowing down the function of the thyroid thereby slowing down metabolic rate, which defeats the reason for taking it.

Sorbitol- mainly used as an artificial sweetener, formerly presumed safe – recent research shows that there is a possibility of it being carcinogenic causing in particular bladder tumors and can also cause diarrhea.

Saccharin– has been found to cause cancers in laboratory tests, particularly cancer of the unary tract. There has been much controversy surrounding this product throughout the past century, but the fact remains that it is carcinogenic and mutagenic (is a physical or chemical agent that changes the genetic material, usually DNA, of an organism and thus increases the frequency of mutations above the natural background level.).

*The most natural sweeteners to use would be freshly extracted juices, dried fruit pastes such as dates paste in baking, raw honey or pure maple syrup.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

This flavour enhancer stimulates the taste buds, which causes them to become inflamed and more sensitive. This deceives us into thinking that our food has more flavour than they really do. MSG is found in packet soups, seasoning, most processed savory foods, bouillon cubes, sauces and almost all fast food. MSG stimulates the taste buds to make them more sensitive which makes the food taste amazing. Just what the fast food industry wants. Almost every savory processed food contains this chemical and it is often referred to flavour enhancer. MSG affects the chemistry of the brain, and can cause discomfort to the body, including headaches, respiratory problems, and muscle tightness (usually felt in the neck and shoulder area).



Caffeine is found in coffee, cocoa, tea (including green tea), chocolate and soft drinks. It is a flavouring agent that acts as a stimulant, in turn affecting the Central Nervous System, the heart and the kidneys. Consumption can result in nervousness, anxiety, irritability, aggression, sleeplessness, and insomnia. It has been shown that coffee drinkers are more prone to heart disease. Continual stimulation of the Central Nervous System with caffeine can result in tiredness, depression, moodiness and contributes to ME.

Refined Carbohydrates

Processed grains deplete the system of the vital B vitamins. Carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars and the body needs Vitamin B to process them. But because this vitamin is removed or destroyed during processing, when we eat refined carbohydrates the body robs itself of the vitamin B it requires. Eating refined carbohydrates means we cannot cope with stress very well as vitamin B is the stress vitamin.


Alcohol adds to our stress load. It affects all the glands in our Endocrine System (the system that helps you manage stress) and in particular the Thyroid gland (which helps maintain mental clarity). Alcohol slows down the metabolism, it suppresses your body’s fat burning ability by one third. When you are feeling stressed rather try doing something that takes you away from an environment that encourages you to drink alcohol, try walking or yoga.


Tips for keeping healthy

Check ingredients on the products you buy. It is time consuming at first but over this time it becomes second nature, and then you will know what is in your food! Most important, don’t buy it if sugar is in the first 3 ingredients, generally the less ingredients the better.

  • Prepare with finding healthy snack recipes!
  • Eat fruit if craving sugar
  • Eat healthy fats if craving salty chips etc.
  • Be prepared with snacks
  • Eat enough whole foods until you are satisfied.

I hope this post has helped to inspire you to make the right choices and to maintain vibrant health.


Warming Vegetable Soup



Winter has definitely crept on in these last few weeks! It has been getting rather chilly, and this soup has saved me and warmed myself and Bernd up! I love soup but have been getting tired of the regular combinations all blended up. I wanted something with a bit of crunch ,some  soul soup. My husbands mom makes a delicious vegetable soup with pasta, I was inspired so I gave it a go and changed some ingredients up a bit. Soup is so healing for me in winter, it makes everything better right? Soup, a blanket and a fire (:


I love this soup because it is such a quick and easy recipe. You don’t need to slave over the stove for hours to prepare something delicious! Your getting in all the beautiful nutrients that these vegetables offer. Like the humble green pea, they are a very good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus, and folate. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, niacin, vitamin B2, molybdenum, zinc, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, and choline, and they are so delicious. I think I ate more fresh ones while making this soup than what I put in!

It takes me about 20 minutes to make this, with all the prep. A great tip to keep healthy is to find recipes that are quick and easy, recipes you can whip up on those days when you don’t feel so inspired to cook and start to search for the bread and peanut butter!

I am busy working on my recipe eBook that will have easy and quick plant-based recipes for everyone. I’m hoping I will be able to complete it by the end of the year, holding thumbs.

Let me know how you enjoyed the soup!

I have launched myself into the Youtube world and posted my first recipe video. Please do check it out (:

Warming Vegetable Soup



Ingredients: *Use Organic where possible

1 1/2 Liters boiling water
6 Tbs Vegetable Stock
2 medium Carrots
2 Baby Marrows
1 Cup fresh or frozen peas
1/2 Bunch of broccoli
1/2 Cup Red cabbage
100g Brown Rice Vermicelli


Prepare by chopping your vegetables and finely chopping your carrots and baby marrows. Then mix your vegetable stock and boiling water with a fork and place into a large pot. Once simmering, add your thinly sliced carrots, baby marrows and brown rice vermicelli. Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes. You can then add your peas, broccoli and red cabbage just until they are lightly steamed as I like those to still be a bit crisp. Add extra water if needed, depending how thick you like your soup.

You can serve with fresh sourdough or Gluten free bread.





Boosting your Immune System Naturally this winter!


Dealing with colds and flu, and how to build The Immune system

It is that time of the year, where everyone is splattering and sniffing all around you. And you just hope you don’t get sick! But most of the time we do, and it effects us all differently depending on the strength of our immune system and the amount of stress in our daily lives. In this post I talk about what compromises our immune system , how to build it up and natural ways to beat a common cold, coughs and fevers.

 The immune system

The development of the immune system begins in early pregnancy and continues into the first few months of life. The lack of essential nutrients, for whatever reason, during this very important time of growth has a huge effect on the baby’s immune system. Small and low birth-weight full-term babies generally have a greatly reduced resistance to infection. This will have a serious effect on the baby’s potential for growth and normal development. In these children the under developed immune system may continue for several months or even years. But, we can build them up again! Research by many leading nutritional scientists and pediatricians have shown that an increase in the number immune fighter cells (T-cells) occurs as early as 5-15 days after an improvement in the diet. 2000 new T-cells are produced every second by a healthy immune system.

Most people will notice a large improvement in their health within 15-21 days when improving their diet and lifestyle!

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What Raisins can offer! and simple oat porridge


Hello friends! It has been a little while since I posted a blog. I have been working on my website, cleaning it up adding a new logo, and correcting some spelling mistakes in previous posts (; So pretty much revamping a bit! Let me know what you think I am feeling super inspired to share more and have a long list of posts to share. If there is anything you want me to talk about let me know in the comments!  I have recently been having some serious raisin cravings, and oh boy these raisins from The natural Way are so amazing! I am on my second packet in just over a week…. My course mentor Mary Ann Shearer did a post on Raisins and their benefits and I am sharing all that good information on here for you guys , so lets get into it. Read more

Food Combining and a smoothie for great Digestion

What is food combining ?

Food combining is the correct combination of eating food for best digestion and health. We do not want to eat concentrated proteins with concentrated starches. What is meant by a concentrated starch is usually a food with a 20 percent or more carbohydrate content. Potatoes, rice, bread, noodles, corn on the cob, and all grains such as wheat, rye oats, etc, would fall into the category. These foods need to be chewed well so that the enzyme ptyalin, which is secreted in the saliva, can start acting on the starch. The ultimate aim is to break down these starches down into simple sugars, which is the only way they can be absorbed into the blood stream. very simply, starch moves into the stomach, where it is churned up while the ptyalin continues to act on it.This mixture called chyme, then passes into the small intestine where further digestion takes pace with the aid of amylase or starch-spitting enzymes. The simple sugars that result from this breaking-down process are then absorbed into the blood stream and used by the body.

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Recent travels and exciting future projects!

Hello Beauties!

It is good to be back on here again and writing to you all. It has been a while …. a whole 3 months. We all need a break now and then right? Christmas happened January flew by and here we are in February already. It was a much-needed break from the internet as I spent time with my love and my beautiful family, and this last month I dug into my Nutrition Consulting course which is great! Progress is being made.

Last weekend myself and my partner(soon to be husband!!! Bernd) yes that also happened! I’m getting married (more about that later) we made a trip to Cape Town and stayed in Gordon’s bay as I had a full day conference with Mary-Ann Shearer from the Natural Way (the course I am currently studying). It was a full day conference filled with amazing information about leading medical research on the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Natural Way course is now affiliated with PCRM ( Physicians comitee for responsible medicine). The amazing Dr Neal Barnard is the founder and president of PCRM, The Physicians Committee is leading a revolution in medicine—putting a new focus on health and compassion. The Physicians Committee combines the clout and expertise of more than 12,000 physicians with the dedicated actions of 150,000 members across the United States and around the world”  I encourage you to check out the website! 


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All about Watermelon, and a refreshing Juice !

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Well hello beauties!

 It has been a while since my last post! Life has indeed been busy, I have been focusing a lot on my Triyoga Level 2 Training, that has been my main priority and everything else has been left to the side for a bit, including my blog! I do my exam this coming Wednesday December 9th. I am so looking forward to it, we have worked on this Level for 2 years, so it is time to wrap it up and keep enjoying the flow. So after that I will be focusing more on my blog and writing more post with yummy recipes. So lets get to it.

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Ultimate Nutrition for your baby

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During my time of studying nutrition, I have really been enjoying the nutrition for kids, giving them a good start can save them and yourself a lot of troubles in the future. So I decided to write a post to help any mammas feeling overwhelmed. This is just my view from what I have learnt in my studies. 

This is a big subject and it has so many opinions. So I will try keep this to the point and get as much necessary information in! The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is research. Look into different lifestyles, look at the science behind it ,as well as what feels good for you. So assuming you have been through a pregnancy or are pregnant, that alone has so many opinions about what you should be eating so you and baby get enough nutrients, that is a whole other topic though! Then the decision breast or bottle? Then around 4-5 months and on, what do we feed these little humans? What is the best food for them? Oh so many questions!

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108 Days of Hanuman (Part 3)


Wow , I have reached 108 days! I did it guys! I’m so stoked, it has been so fun doing Hanuman everyday, even on those lazy days or when I’m feeling stiff and tired. But I did it, I got on my mat and it always made me feel better and I was always glad I did. This practice has taught me to just do it, stop having conversations in my head about whether or not to do something. Just get on with it and enjoy it and be in the moment, and fully present in that moment , but find the balance of not pushing , be gentle with yourself.  Yoga is a journey, not a destination.  Read more

Interview : Keri Bainborough from We are the wildflowers

This weeks interview is with the oh so beautiful Keri Bainborough, from ‘We are the Wildflowers’. I remember reading Keri’s blog when it was still Midlands Musings, I had just got the courage to start my blog, so I found this to be a great source of inspiration. I love the way Keri writes, she is raw and real and makes you feel like you are her friend (:  I really started following her blog posts more when she started her Vegan journey, as I found I could really relate to that as I had been through a similar journey. I really do encourage you to check out her blog, it really is beautiful and her writing so honest and real. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview Keri!


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