What is it? Activated nuts & seeds are soaked to start the sprouting & germination process & then dehydrated at low temperatures.
Benefits: Activating nuts & seeds allows your body to maximise the vitamins & minerals in the food & helps digest them more easily. Raw nuts & seeds contain large amounts of enzyme inhibitors that interfere with the absorption of the various & wonderful vitamins & minerals in these foods, when you activate them the inhibitors are neutralised & your body can soak up all the benefits of the nuts & seeds.
Fun fact: Activated almonds taste just like roasted almonds (maybe even better) but with added nutritional benefits!
How to: Place your nuts & seeds in a bowl, cover with water (preferably filtered) & a tsp of salt & leave to soak for 12 or more hours. Once soaked rinse the nuts & seeds thoroughly under running water and then remove excess water. Place the nuts on baking trays and dry in an oven at less than 50 degrees for 4-8 hours depending on the type of nut or seed.
Perfectionsim. It’s the antidote to happiness. It’s best friends with comparison. It’s all too common amongst both women & men. Most of my clients, but also many of my friends, spend their days striving for perfectionism.
I’m a recovering perfectionist. Just the other day I caught myself explaining that I’m not perfect at being imperfect – what a “perfect” oxymoron!! Old habits are hard to break & sometimes I find myself slumping back into modes where I’m striving for something that isn’t serving me, but for the most part I’m less concerned with this elusive thing we label “perfection”.
I’ve had countless people “admit” their perfectionist traits to me recently & I’ve noticed some common trends.
1. It seems to be something people are ashamed of but don’t know how to recover from.
2. It is deeply connected to comparison, particularly in a consumer society that spends so much time on social media.
3. It is closely intertwined with perception. Our perception of ourselves, our perception of others & even how we think others will perceive us! Read on…
What is it? Cauliflower is a vegetable in the Brassica oleracea family. It’s a great source of vitamin c, vitamin k, folate & fibre, amongst many other great nutrients. It’s also in season in Australia now!
Benefits: Cauliflower is linked to anti-inflammatory benefits, it contains high antioxidants & supports our natural detox system.
Interesting fact: Cauliflower is one of two vegetables that is actually a flower!
How to: Cauliflower is a really versatile vegetable. It’s delicious roasted, steamed, mashed, pickled. It’s a great side dish, inclusion in soup, substitute for mash potato or even rice.