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vashte.com Coconut Chia Dessert

It’s winter. It is cold and getting colder. We seem to gravitate towards winter wholesome foods in cold seasons.  Many people slow riiight down, and some come to a complete stop. All because it is winter and it is cold. Bad combination! We are not bears, and we do not need to store fat for our hibernation period… fact is, it is very hard to hibernate away from the world for a long period of time. People start to wonder… But very easy to build up fatty deposits due to this combination of behaviour and then freak out when Summer sneaks up on us all of a sudden!! I mean, who can predict Summer coming??? sigh, we do it to ourselves each and every year… how about making this year- 2013- the year you started preparing for Summer IN THE WINTER. LIKE NOW!!!

I thought I would share this little gem with you for the Winter season! (and the Summer, Autumn and Spring). These little glasses of sweet delight come packed with chia seeds. Chia seeds are one of the many ‘superfoods’ (I really do not like that term if you must know, it is so over marketed) available in the supermarket, from health food shops and every where on the net these days. It is a good thing. These little seeds are incredible in and of themselves, and incredible for many human beings and their digestion! They are unobtrusive, don’t have a strong flavour and can be added to pretty much any liquidy substance, including bread and cake mixtures to add nutrients and aid digestion.  I used to pour a couple of tablespoons of chia seeds into my bottled water and drink throughout the day. Not only do they fill me up, they keep things moving along nicely which is an issue many people have due to poor nutrient levels in the readily available foods of today. If you are going to try this- adding chia to your water- start with 1 teaspoon per 1.5L water, and increase as your body dictates. You know your body, it is up to you to monitor how it processes foods. If this is a new concept to you, I encourage you to start to take note of how your body digests certain foods and drinks- take note of how you feel after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. How you feel when you snack, (what are you thinking and doing at the time), what time you snack, what foods you snack on… After eating are you energetic, clear headed, focused, satiated or over full, do you get tired, bloating, gas, do you pass fluid and solids easily every day? These are all things you can take note of, monitor and be aware of changes BEFORE they turn into something bigger than necessary.

It is your body. One life, Live it Well!

As we seem to love reaching for the sweet treats during the colder months (or is it all months?!) I thought these Coconut, Cashew , Mango Chia Desserts could help satisfy your sweet tooth without adding ridiculously high amounts of refined sugars to your chosen diet. It works for me, maybe it will work for you too?

vashte.com chia dessert

To make 4 decent sized portions, or 8 taster sized portions you will need:

  • 1 cup chia seeds. white or black.
  • 750 ml coconut milk (can use coconut cream but watch portion size, and you can use coconut water for a runnier lighter dessert. I reduce the water content or increase chia seeds)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango Options: add whichever fruit you like or just leave the fruit out. Play with this and figure out what you like the best!
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla. I use organic vanilla bean from the supermarket. It is available in powder form too from the health shops.
  • Rice bran Syrup to sweeten if necessary. Options: stevia, or xylitol. If you add honey, agave syrup, or any other sweetener you are adding sugar.
  • Chopped raw cashews (activated are best). Options: any other nut you personally prefer! No rules!! Mix them in or just sprinkle on top.
  • Options: add goji, craisins, coconut flakes, cacao powder and or nibs… it really is up to you and what you have in the cupboard!!!

To Make It Work:

Mix everything together! Watch as the chia expands and thickens into the mixture. If you feel the need, add water to ensure the dessert does not become gluggy, or more coconut water.  An option is to mix the milk, chia, vanilla, and sweetener together, allow the mixture to thicken, then layer the chia dessert into serving bowls as a base. Add  fruits/nut/custard… use your imagination, and then top with the remaining chia dessert. It looks pretty special, tastes amazing too!! Best served in a glass, or glass container if you are going for the pretty look!

vashte.com chia desserts

Let your desserts set in the fridge before serving. Great as a sweet snack to banish those sweet cravings mid afternoon; the kids love this and best of all this is an incredibly healthy snack. Low in sugars and high in good fats.  These will keep in the fridge for a couple of days or you can freeze them for longer periods. Save them for rainy days as opposed to store-bought chocolate.

Chia was an ancient food for the Mayan’s. It is said they would run for miles on chia and water alone and maintain complete  nourishment. Chia has been used for thousands of years by civilianisation’s living well over the average age of our ‘developed’ countries. I am no expert on any subject– the more I learn the more I learn there is so much to learn!!! I do think it pays to investigate for yourself and start to question why we as a developed nation are so horribly ill, obese and overweight. Why are our children being born with terminal illnesses? Why are so many young people falling to terminal illnesses? Why are no valid, black and white answers coming from the plethora of ”councils’ set up to ”çure’ these diseases especially when they have such black and white definitions, rules and regulations ON the diseases AND how to supposedly CURE them? CLEARLY THEY DON’T WORK. Why won’t they look for alternative answers and preventative treatment as opposed to just band-aiding a festering sore?! Science??! Why are diseases  increasing and our quality of life decreasing?

Start asking questions for yourselves before you need them. You too may find the real hope for any chance of an answer lies in the ways our ancestors lived, to a large degree.

  • How they ate.
  • What they thought.
  • How often they moved.

To start- there was no processed, packaged, microwaved foods back then. Not really even in our grandparents, or great grandparents days. Doesn’t that make you wonder, just a little? Not everything they ate was laced, nor, overflowing with refined sugar which is more relevant for 2013. They ate good fat and…they were lean. Leaner than the majority of the developed nations today. They moved more. Get up and go for a walk for crying out loud! Get some fresh air! That alone can change toxic thoughts and toxic energy into recharged and revitalised energy. It really is not rocket science. It can be easy if you look in the right places.

This blog could be a good basic place to start! On this blog, I am exploring my life in 2013 filled with health, happiness and wholefood living. I am real. I am grounded but I promise you I am reaching for the stars. If you too want to get a fresh approach, and start exploring the very real possibilities of a truer  health from within, without the mumbo jumbo, then feel from to pop your details up there in the box to keep updated on this blog. Make some recipes I post! :) Make some comments on the thoughts and suggestions I have! Tell me what you want to hear?! Ask questions!! Lets do this together. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other, one day at a time.

We CAN change- you CAN change.

If you imagine it, you can dream it and anything you imagine and dream.. is yours if you just take the steps to make it happen. That starts with ONE step. That is all- followed by another step. There is no race, there is no rush. Take it at your own pace. There are no rules, no regulations, just you exploring the very real prospect of a healthier life, through healthier living based on healthier choices in nutrition; in the thoughts you think and the things you find important in this day and age.

Don’t live “it is not until you lose something, or someone dear to you that you realise how important that really was to you”. Cherish your life, and the life of those you love. Live a healthy long and prosperous life- the only way to do that, as I see it, is to start to ask questions and do your own research. Not everything people in ”authority” say is truth, not everything those with doctorates’ degrees know or say is fact, and an answer is only AN answer- it is not THE answer until you make that decision yourself. Get MORE answers and make your own decisions.

I hope you enjoyed this blog- please try this recipe, adapt it- comment on it and share my blog with people you think might enjoy it, share it with people how may get something out of it, and have fun exploring life with me/us!!!

xx Vashte xx

One Life Live It WELL


Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie

During the week I am not a big breakfast eater. I used to start with eggs and veges; egg whites and veges; smoothies with protein and fruits; gluten free cereal (has to be soggy for me to eat it so that takes a while for the rice/almond/cashew milk to soak in..hence too much time!); or an omelet. These days, as I am not pumping iron (never have really), I don’t find I need all that food first thing. To me, these meals mentioned are very substantial and, listening to my body, I find they slow my digestion down. Now days I enjoy these breakfasts as a brunch in the weekend- not all at once mind you! -If you lift weights in the mornings or are in an active job/lifestyle- you would likely need to eat differently to me.

Most days I walk or jog first thing on an empty stomach aside from a sip if water or two. One major caveat is- I have to fall out of bed,throw on my clothes and GO. Clothes prepared the night before or therein lies an issue. I cannot think about anything, nor engage in conversation with anyone, and most certainly and definitely no snuggles up for that last minute or two when you are the most comfortable in your warm bed! Or it is over red rover and there is no walk and certainly no jog. Bad. Very bad state of affairs. No thinking allowed- just do it. That is my motto (thank you nike)- but, at this time in the morning-  I can not even think of that! Just throw on daggy clothes + Cap and gloves, leave house, walk, then jog. And then wake up, during said walk.. and life is seen through rose coloured glasses even when it is raining.  Once it is over. 😉

Breakfast for me needs to be light. All I need and want is something to fill the gap, and not slow down the cleansing process my body is still working through. I can consider a more solid meal around 11am or after. Before that, I am still cleansing. Yes breakfast IS important. Do not get me wrong there- but I choose to keep mine light.

Today for example this was my choice- my alkalising spinach and coconut water smoothie topped with cinnamon.  It was delicious. It was light. It was nutritious. It was alkalising. It was detoxing. It filled the gap. It was more hydrating than the 1.5L of water I had already ingested after my walk/jog.  Why? It was made from coconut water. Some (not all) benefits of coconut water are:

  • It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolyte balance as we have in our blood – it’s the fluid of life so to speak
  • Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and no cholesterol
  • Coconut water is more healthy than Orange juice – Much lower calories
  • Coconut water is better than processed baby milk – it contains lauric acid, which is present in human mothers milk
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile – water permeates through the filtering husk
  • Coconut water is a universal donor – it’s identical to human blood plasma
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage – the same level we have in our blood
  • “Coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural” – Mortin Satin, Chief of the United nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294mg) than most sports and energy drinks (117mg)
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sport drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200mg!
  • Coconut water has 5mg of Natural sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10 – 25mg of Altered sugar. Coconut water is LOW in sugar. VERY good!!!
  • Coconut water is very high in chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

(taken directly from Coconut Essence Water ‘benefits’ page and based on a 100ml serve.

I love coconut products and coconut water is the bee’s knees to me. My favourite brand is from JT’s Coconut Essence based here in Queensland- they deliver online so go for it. If youJT's Coconut Essence Water can not get the real thing- the white, young coconut from the supermarket; then this is the next best ting. It saves you time and keeps you and those close to you, out of danger as you try to handle a meat cleaver type knife trying to open the real McCoy!! (Watch the fingers!) JT’s Coconut Essence is 100% pure- no additives, and the flavour is the closest to the real thing out of all the different brands I have tried. Yes, I have tried a few. Beware of cheap imitations filled with preservatives. Look at the ingredient list- if there is anything other than 100% coconut water in there- you are buying a cheap imposter. (It may not be cheap on your wallet but it will be cheap in nutritional value). Coconut water is coconut water- don’t let anyone mess with it.  You can find JT’s Coconut Essence at GoVita in Robina if you are on the Gold Coast. Or as I mentioned buy online- buy in bulk- you can use it in your cooking, baking, smoothies, or just when you need a refreshing drink.

My Refreshing Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe:

2 leaves of spinach (as much as you like really), 1 can 330ml JT’s Coconut Essence Water, juice of one lemon (you could use half as it was slightly tart), 1 Tblspn activated ORGANIC linseeds, 2 teaspoons organic green barley powder, small portion of organic vanilla bean, and a sprinkle of cinnamon- ice. if you need to sweeten, use a small amount of stevia, but it should be sweet enough. Then blend away in your vitamix preferably, but any blender will do! YUM!





How To Live Life Outloud “E”

by Vashte on January 21, 2013

Exercise, endorphins, Eloquence, elegance, Expression, early, earn, edify, educate, efficient, effective, effort, empathy, enlighten, enthusiastic, excellent,  expect, exceptional, emotional eating

E stands for exercise and endorphins!

Get moving! Exercise promotes health from the inside out! Walking is one of the best forms of fat burning exercise you can give your body to do! It is easy, it is simple, and almost everyone can do it! It does not cost a lot of money. Walk around the block, walk to the shops, walk up the stairs instead of taking the lift! Get some fresh air in those lungs! Exercise promotes the release of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the things that promote happiness naturally, without the use of energy drinks!! Exercise gives you that ‘feel good’ feeling- those are endorphins.

E stands for eating.

Eat healthy. Eat fresh. Eat fresh whole foods. Eat to alkalise. Eat when you are hungry NOT when you are bored. Avoid emotional eating.

E stands for eloquence and elegance in men and women.

How you behave at home behind closed doors is exactly how you behave in public. If you use guttural language at home; you will use guttural language in public. Be eloquent in your language. It takes education to use eloquent language. Softly spoken yet educated and knowledgeable in the use of your chosen language- you will go places and earn respect in a wide variety of circles.

Be effective in your life. You reap that which you sow. Make the most of your every day. Live an exceptional life by creating your own reality. Be enthusiastic in all that you do. Aim for excellence- but make it your own standard of excellence. Be expressive in your life and do not be concerned with the opinions of most others. Every day live life to the fullest. MAKE the effort to create your life out loud!

Edify others every day- speak highly of other people and you will find they speak highly of you. When you make the effort, when you continue to educate yourself, when you live a life of elegance, life can become a lot easier.


HOW to STOP Emotional Eating

by Vashte on December 19, 2012

Follow these basic steps to help get you on track..

Almost everyone is overeating in the Western World. Australia and America vie for the fattest nations in the world. YOU don’t have to make up part of this horrendous statistic. If you are sick of feeling fat, lazy and almost dead; if you are ready to destroy that cop out habit of feeding-your-feelings then read on. These steps outline my basic 12 step program for how to stop emotional eating:

1. Plan ahead. The age old saying ‘fail to plan = plan to fail’ is never more apt than in this circumstance. It takes time to think about meals, as well as prepare them. Planning is not negotiable. Plan, plan and plan some more.

2. Make the Commitment. Set the day you will start this plan and tell friends/family you are embarking on this journey. The more people you tell the more likely you will stick to it as we can kid ourselves but we tend to be less likely to kid others as easily.

3. Get rid of temptations. If it is not on the menu plan, get it out of the house. End of story. If it is not in the house you cant eat it. NEVER shop when you are hungry.

4. Get enough sleep. It is easier to give in to emotional eating when you are tired. The body looks for an energy source when tired.  If you deprive the body from sleep the next thing it will resort to is food.  Consider taking a cat nap if possible and get quality sleep as often as you can.

5. Eat mini-meals often. By eating 5 or 6 small healthy meals a day, you help keep blood sugar and moods stable. Space your meals 2-3 hours apart. A ‘meal’ is not a plate laden with food, it can be a very small balanced snack to sustain you for the next couple of hours. You just need to stoke the fire of your metabolism, not overburden it.

6. Track everything. Keep a diary of the times you eat, the quantities and foods you are eating, how you are feeling and the activities you are involved with. 90% of people who diarise their journey are successful. Avoid ‘food amnesia’ – write down EVERYTHING that goes in your mouth.

7. Start eating alkaline foods. When you eat for health you will choose more high fibre,  raw, organic wholefoods, such as green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, and healthy high protein foods, like fish, lean poultry and high quality red meats in small portions. Ditch the pre-made, pre packaged, microwaveable, low fat options.

8. Be physically active. Move, move and move some more!!! Exercise reduces stress and is a great mood enhancer too. Find something you enjoy and you will stick with it for longer.

9. Create new comforts. Make a list of healthy activities you enjoy. Whenever you feel the need, treat yourself to something on your list. You are not a dog so do not reward yourself with food. Fall in love with something else to do and focus your attention there. Focus on what you CAN have.

10. Manage your stress. Healthy emotional DE-stress management is an important life skill. Positive ways to reduce stress include regular exercise, relaxation techniques and getting support from family and friends.

11. Use healthy distractions.
Take a walk, surf the internet, spend time with your pet animals, listen to music, enjoy a warm bath, read a good book, watch a movie, work in the garden or talk to a friend. Make yourself accountable to someone you respect; call them if you need to. Do whatever it takes to think of something different, positive and fun!

12. Get some support. It is easier to control emotional eating if you have a support network of friends or family. If no one you know is supportive, make some new health-oriented friends, go online and join health forums- they are a dime a dozen- you will soon realise you are not the only one in the world with these habits! It may help you to know this! Who knows – you may end up helping someone else and in the process forget about the issue YOU were having.. funny how life works that way!

These are just a few of my basic steps on how to destroy emotional eating and self sabotage. Just remember, Rome was not built in a day and neither were you. It has taken you years to get to where you are now, don’t expect it to magic away the minute you decide you are trying something new.

Have patience with yourself. Be firm but loving. If you do not love yourself and respect yourself to give YOU time for real results, you are setting yourself up for failure. Make the commitment? Yes! Have the focus,? Yes Be accountable? Yes! Know that you are made in the image and likeness of God and can do all things through Him who strengthens you? YES!!

Realise you are human and you will fall over. Its not about how many times or how hard you fall.. it IS about how many times you get back up. So get up NOW.

You are here reading this blog for a reason. You are here and you want to make a change in your life. You CAN. You HAVE. You have read this blog and now have the basics on how to move forward. There are many recipes on this blog to help you get alkaline and healthy, to keep you full and energetic and  don’t take a lot of time to make. Quit letting the world walk all over you. Take back your life and let the strength rise from within. The time is now. Do NOT wait another day.

Live a life LESS ORDINARY. Live a life LESS LETHARGIC. Live a live free from guilt and condemnation.

For more information on a personal programme to help overcome emotional eating email: info@vashte.com


xx Vashte xx






Stop Emotional Eating and Overeating

by Vashte on December 12, 2012

Most people learn emotional eating from a very young age. They see their parents over eating to compensate for negative as well as positive events and the spiral begins. A habit is formed whereby food is used to sooth stressful feelings, alleviate boredom, reward and comfort ourselves, boost the spirits as well as in celebration with others- to name just a few scenarios.

We are not dogs so I wonder why we reward ourselves like them, with food?!

Emotional eating and overeating will not satisfy an insatiable appetite. How is it that some people believe it can?  The question to ask ourselves is.. what is actually triggering this emotion? What emotion am I really allowing myself to experience? Am I really hungry?

Emotional eating is used in a variety of settings, certainly not confined to the following but some classic examples can be:

  • soothe feelings of stress,
  • depression,
  • loneliness,
  • frustration or
  • boredom, anger, hate, loss of control and so much more….

Overeating to supposedly make yourself feel better is completely illogical when you look from the outside in. We have somehow tricked ourselves into believing that the artificially laden, sugar filled produce made by man, overflowing with toxins comprised of zero nutritional benefit will actually make us feel better!! We KNOW, hands down, that after we eat this stuff we feel sick, tired, confused, lethargic, bloated and generally unwell. The feelings that sparked this event in the first place are still there, accentuated now with guilt and even more feelings of low self worth – a nasty negative spiral to engage in.

Where does this stem from today even more so than through learned behaviour via parents? Try analysing TV. How many people watch TV on a daily basis? Most. How many use TV as a babysitter for their children on a daily basis? Most.  Do they realise they are welcoming subliminal teachings through ads, themes of shows, language and poor grammar?  Branding, repeat advertising, repeat images- all help create what is acceptable and what is unacceptable  in many people’s lives’.. because WE let it.

Step out of the matrix and unplug yourself from the system before it is too late. You ARE in control of your life. Even if you think life is spiraling out of control take one step towards taking back the reins. That one step could be, and often is, by choosing to control your eating. It may seem an insignificant step to others, but it can be the catalyst for many other positive aspects in your life.

Stop Emotional Eating – Don’t Use Foods to Soothe Moods

Overeating high-fat, high-calorie, sweet, salty and unhealthy food won’t fill that void inside. Figure out what is triggering the given emotion, recognise what emotion/s you are experiencing, and then do something else to replace that behaviour of going to the kitchen/fast food drive through/ corner store- wherever your usual ‘feeding’ place is. Avoid it like the plague. If you avoid the temptation it will be easier for you to replace it with something positive. Don’t keep your ‘binge’ food in the house, don’t even look at the shop/takeaway as you drive past. Keep your eyes focused on what you can eat and train your brain to fall in love with healthy options by speaking the words. If you speak the words, your brain must fall into line eventually. Life and death is in the power of the tongue so speak your future reality as if it was already here, today, right now.

This time of the year can be a stressful one for some. There seem to be so many ‘requirements’ on families to come up with ‘presents’; relationships can become strained for so many reasons. The end of the year is nearly here and we all look forward to closing another year out, and starting fresh for the new year coming.

This time of the year is designed around love. Focus in on that. You don’t have to buy all the presents, you don’t have to buy all the chocolate, you don’t have to go overboard with food. If you remember to smile at your loved ones, give them a hug first thing in the morning, tell them you love them and mean it.. have some fun together… those things will all take the focus off you and on to other people.. you will totally forget about the overeating and emotional eating thing.

Over eating and emotional eating is a form of self abuse and self harm. By not honouring our bodies, which we rent, we reduce our capacity to live life abundantly. We reduce life expectancy as well as quality. Too many people walk around with one foot in the grave already. Why not make each day count and enjoy every moment we are blessed to walk this earth?

Learning how to stop overeating and control emotional eating can support healthy permanent weight loss and give you control and power over your actions in so many aspects of life. It is empowering. Through you making the change- you will encourage others by your actions as opposed to so many people who just talk. You WALK the WALK.

Start NOW. You are a human being, not a dog. Don’t treat yourself as a dog!

(steps on my suggestions for HOW to stop emotional eating will follow this post)

xx Vashte xx


The Importance of Alkaline in the Body

by Vashte on May 12, 2012

pH Chart Acid vs AlkalineOur bodies are designed to function at optimum capacity but due to environmental factors, food choices and stress levels (to name just a few) we rarely find this to be the case. Our internal body environment does need to remain as neutral as possible to keep optimum health and avoid dis-ease. When the body takes in excess amounts of acid often a result of poor food choices, this excess needs to be brought back into balance. Our bodies like to measure in on the pH scale at 7.39 which is an alkaline reading. The body will do all that it can to bring itself back into balance when unbalanced. Being TOO acidic is not healthy, just as being TOO alkaline is just as unhealthy, although to achieve a level TOO alkaline is very difficult.

Aim for balance - in all that you do in life.

Each element in the body, whether it is a vitamin, amino acid, fatty acid, mineral, sugar or trace element can be categorized as either acid or alkaline.
When an acid and alkaline element in the body is mixed together, they can have the effect of cancelling each other out. The combination of an acid and alkaline element in the body is a: neutral salt. In much the same way as the neutral colour gray results when black and white are combined, and when the neutral temperature of warm results when hot water is combined with cold; a neutral salt cancels out inherent respective properties of the combined acid and alkaline elements. With no acid or alkaline properties, neutral salts have no impact on the cellular serums or blood in which they are present. (This can be a good thing)

Why? I am glad you asked!
When excess acid is present, the body must go out and find alkaline elements to begin the process of neutralising the excess acid. Alkalines are usually present in the blood but because the blood cannot tolerate much variation in it’s pH level, this is not a good source from which to borrow. A far better source for alkaline elements is the internal organs and tissues as these areas can tolerate a greater degree of pH level fluctuation.

Internal organs you might like to keep.

It is critical that any borrowed alkaline is replaced despite the fact the organs and tissue can ‘exist’ in the short term without the optimum levels of alkaline. Nothing in our body should just ‘exist’. So when the diet is a healthy diet, this is not usually an issue as alkalinity can be balanced via healthy food choices. However, most Western diets today are not healthy diets. This repeated borrowing of alkaline from internal organs and tissue is subsequently not replaced and therein we have a serious problem on our hands.

Unfortunately today, it is common for alkaline to be borrowed and not replenished every single day and even, worse still, many times per day due to our poor diet choices. Like a bank balance, if you repeatedly withdraw funds without putting money in what are you left with? Nothing. Worse still you go into overdraft and accrue interest. Think of this situation in relation to borrowed alkaline in the body. Taking more than is being replenished leaves a deficit. What results is internal organs and tissues severely deficient in essential nutrients. Alkaline has its purpose and its main purpose is not for constant borrowing to help neutralise excess acid in the body, which is how many people are using it.  It is crucial to the proper functioning of your internal organs and tissue.

Today, we are more acidic than we ought to be. The resulting alkaline mineral loss has been linked to a large number of preventable and avoidable illnesses and diseases. Stop eating the fast food designed to keep you sick. Start sourcing whole foods, organic foods, and even considering growing your own. It is actually not that hard to get a pot and plant some seeds. Try it- you will be reminded with a sharp bang what a tomato ACTUALLY tastes like.. unless of course Monsanto have tampered with your seeds….

Fresh Alkaline Whole Foods you might fall in love with all over again!

Some symptoms associated with Increasing Acid Accumulation: Unpleasant but they will not go away by you not being aware of them so suck it up and read. It MAY help save your life, or the life of someone YOU love.

Source – pH Balance the Path to Optimal Health
Source – Dr Theodore Baroody- Alkalise or Die.

Beginning Symptoms of Acidosis (Too much Acid)
Acne, agitation, anxiety, diarrhoea, dilated pupils, extraverted behaviour, fatigue in the early mornings, headaches, hyperactivity, hyper sexuality, insomnia, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, restless legs, shortness of breath, strong appetite, high blood pressure, warm dry hands and feet, muscular pain, cold hands and feet, dizziness, low energy, joint pains that travel, food allergies, chemical sensitivity to odours, panic attacks, premenstrual and menstrual cramping, premenstrual anxiety and depression, lack of sex drive, bloating , heartburn, constipation, hot urine, strong smelling urine, irregular heart beat, white coated tongue, hard to get up in the morning, excess head mucus (stuffiness), metallic taste in mouth.

Intermediate Symptoms of Acidosis:
Herpes I & II; depression, loss of memory, loss of consciousness, migraine, headaches, insomnia, disturbances in smell, taste, vision and hearing, asthma, hay fever, earaches, hives, swelling, viral infections- colds and flu, bacterial infections, fungal infections – candidiasis, athletes foot, impotence, urethritis, cystitis- inflammation of the kidney, urinary tract infections, gastritis, colitis, excessive hair loss, psoriasis, endometriosis, diarrhea, stuttering, numbness, tingling and sinusitis.

Advanced Symptoms of Acidosis:
Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, learning disabilities, Hodgkin’s Disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, leukaemia, tuberculosis


Please: Get alkaline.

xx Vashte xx



Food should be a pleasure, not an obsession.

I wrote this article last year for Coeliac Awareness Week, and am reposting it for you this year. The recipes I post are mostly gluten free as my family and I are gluten intolerant. Watch out for hidden ingredients in all foods- so many foods today contain gluten. It is always best to buy fresh, organic foods whereever possible!

Coeliac (pronounced see- le – ak) disease is a permanent, autoimmune condition in which the lining of the small intestines is damaged by gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye.

People with coeliac dis-ease become extremely sick if they eat gluten. The body reacts to gluten like a poison; leaving them with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and a severely damaged digestive tract. This prevents the body from properly absorbing nutrients in food.  Sufferers become ‘starved’ and as a result, their bodies cannot function properly.

One of the first signs can be unexplained tiredness and a general lack of energy or get-up-and-go. The body is essentially producing antibodies that attack its own tissues.

Coeliac disease was initially thought to be a disease of infancy but is now recognised as occurring at any stage in life, often hereditary. A wide range of symptoms may present themselves:

  • Unexplained anaemia
  • Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, folate or B12
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance such as flatulence, abdominal distension, diarrhoea and/or constipation especially after eating foods containing gluten
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss/gain
  • Delayed growth or delayed general development in children
  • Headaches
  • Liver problems
  • Multiple unexplained fractures
  • Irritability or failure to concentrate
  • Education outcomes that are not as good as they might be

“Untreated, it can lead to chronic poor health, osteoporosis, infertility, miscarriage, depression and dental enamel defects. There is also a small, but real, increased risk of certain forms of cancer such as lymphoma of the small bowel.” http://www.coeliacawareness.org/index.html

There could be a higher risk of having coeliac disease if you have:

  • A family history of coeliac disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Unexplained osteoporosis
  • Infertility or multiple miscarriages

Symptoms are often ignored or tolerated however it is estimated that 1 in 100 Australians (nearly a quarter of the population) are affected by this disorder. Awareness is essential for a long life of high quality.

Many people who are Coeliac or gluten intolerant should also avoid dairy due to the lactose found in all dairy produce.

To those living with Coeliac Disease it is essential to avoid gluten entirely. This condition does not go away so, if left untreated it can get worse resulting in hospitalisation. However, as gluten is easier to avoid these days than ever before, food does not have to become a chore. The selection of Gluten Free produce available from the supermarket as well as cafes and restaurants grows each day.

Coles and Woolworths sell a great range of Gluten Free produce in their health section, not to mention specialty supermarkets. People are becoming more educated on healthy food choices and as a result, demanding higher quality for a better price. This is happening. The more awareness there is, the more you CHOOSE for yourself through educated informative choices.

Gluten INTOLERENCE is not the same thing but can lead to coelic dis-ease if left unchecked or ignored. Being intolerant means you can eat gluten but it leaves you with many of the symptoms listed above – a general feeling of being tired and unwell. It is best to take a quick visit to your health professional to know for sure.

I choose a gluten free lifestyle as I am gluten intolerant. Breads, pastas, wheats etc act like glue in my body and feel like concrete trying to digest them, leaving me sluggish, tired, and bloated.  It is just not worth eating that white bread/pasta knowing how I feel afterwards. I choose Gluten Free foods wherever possible. The food tastes so much ‘cleaner’ to my body and so much easier to digest.

One Life, Live It Well.

xx Vashte xx





Emotional Eating – What is it?

by Vashte on February 28, 2012

These are my personal thoughts and suggestions to beat emotional eating. Emotional eating can affect anyone at any time. If you look around, you will see more and more people resorting to emotional eating to satisfy missing pieces from their lives. Emotional eating can be used as a crutch, a substitute for love, or a way to punish oneself through hate.

Emotional eating is unnecessary eating resulting in weight gain. It is completely illogical however, we as humans, prove time and time again that we are NOT logical creatures. We are emotional creatures driven by our heart. We constantly look for love, and some people find solace in eating.

These suggestions are from me to you. Try them. They work. Bit by bit you CAN and you WILL take control of your life and your eating habits.

Ditch the victim mentality. Put on the SURVIVOR WARRIOR mentality. This is war!!

  • Do you habitual eat?
  • Do you reach for something ‘bad’ and then feel guilty and go in for the kill to eat even more because you have stuffed up?
  • Do you eat when you are bored…for something to do?
  • Do you eat because you feel bad, sad, angry, revengeful, hateful, frustration…
  • Do you eat unconsciously? i.e in front of the TV or watching a movie…
  • Do you eat even when you are NOT hungry?
  • Do you eat past the point of feeling full?

These are all signs of emotional eating; a very common phenomenon in this day and age as resources of high fat, high sugar, cheap, nasty ‘foods’ are readily available. Big corporations believe they have us ‘hooked’.

They don’t. You are not. So breathe a sigh of relief.

If you answered yes to one or ALL of the above questions; do not fear. There is HOPE and it is simple. It will take practise and discipline but so did learning to walk.

You didn’t quit as a baby learning to walk, so you won’t quit here either.

Becoming aware and conscious of the foods we eat, when we eat them and the mood we are in when we eat can DRAMATICALLY change the type of food you choose and how you digest that food.

YOU are in control of YOUR body not your body is in control of YOU.

Do you ‘habitual’ eat?

Plan your meals by actually writing them down in table form for an entire week. Sound boring and difficult? Well, how is your current weight loss programme working out for you now? Be honest.

By planning your meals, YOU are taking control of WHAT you eat, the QUANTITY you eat, and WHEN you eat. Emotional eating is taken out of the equation as it is not in the schedule. This plan is not fool proof but the thing is…

Do you reach for something ‘bad’ and then feel guilty and go in for the kill to eat even more because you have stuffed up?

…if you fall over and come off your plan, you can quickly and easily get up, dust the dirt off and get back on track.. just like when you learnt to walk as a child. You ARE human and this IS a journey. Go easy on yourself when you make a mistake. Know we ALL make mistakes – that’s what makes us human. The ones who succeed are the ones who realise their mistake, pick up the pieces and move on. Focus on the OUTCOME, NOT the past. Learn from the mistake and get over it. That is it. If you choose to be like a pig in mud and marinate in your own … then so be it. Or you can take a shower, and realign yourself, and quit the negative self talk. MOVE ON!!! Keep your eye on the prize and you will learn to make fewer and fewer booboos!!!

Do you eat when you are bored…for something to do?

Do you eat because you feel bad, sad, angry, revengeful, hateful, frustration…

AVOID at all costs eating when upset, stressed or on the run. These are times when the body is highly acidic and is hard for the body to digest any food in this state. If you are eating when upset I doubt you are munching out on celery sticks either… ditch the high-calorie-chocolate-coated-rubbish-masquerading as a ‘protein bar’ too. They are just expensive fat bars. Let’s get honest. One every now and then is fine but so is having an ice-cream once a week – so just call it what it is – an expensive chocolate bar usually filled with artificial sweeteners which are TOXIC in every way shape and form to the human body.

Do you eat unconsciously? i.e. in front of the TV or watching a movie…


DO NOT eat while watching TV – have a meal with the family at the table instead and turn the TV  off!!! Try it, it’s amazing. Reduce your TV time by half the time you currently watch now. This simple action alone will have you burning more calories. You will have to find SOMETHING ELSE to do!!! Don’t replace it with the computer either.

While watching a movie… replace your high cal foods with raw carrot sticks and a hot herbal tea! You can drink as many herbal teas as you like. ‘Swop it, don’t stop it!’ Just change your habit.

Do you eat even when you are NOT hungry?Do you eat past the point of feeling full?

This issue can be wiped out by simple planning! When you know the time, quantity and type of food you are going to eat…. there is no room for this issue to arise.

Fail to plan = Plan to fail.

Do you label foods as ‘GOOD’ or ‘BAD’?

By giving foods this label we are setting our bodies up for success or failure. We can re-programme all food to be GOOD -by calling it GOOD.

Ditch the ‘bad’ food concept. Life and death is in the power of the tongue so by labelling something you are about to put in your mouth that you want your body to digest as ‘BAD’, can set you up for failure. It doesn’t matter what that food is, your body is going to have a hard time digesting it; and an even harder time psychologically getting over the ‘bad’ food in your body.

Call all food ‘GOOD’. There is no such thing as BAD food unless it is off, in which case, it wouldn’t even be considered.

Try this exercise:

Don’t think of a purple rhinoceros….


OK- so what are you thinking of RIGHT NOW? Let me guess.. a purple rhinoceros right?

I know I’m right.

This illustration should hammer home the fact that if you say you CAN’T have something, or WON’T do something, you immediately start to think about that thing you CAN’T have or DON’T WANT to do.

The brain has an inconvenient way of circumnavigating negatives in certain situations such as when you say you CAN’T, WON’T, QUIT etc, especially when you are working to change a behaviour for the good. Very inconvenient.


“I don’t want to eat chocolate”.

The brain thinks: ‘I WANT to eat chocolate’, and puts the object -chocolate, in your immediate thought pattern. This is exactly the opposite behaviour to that which you what to achieve.

  • What you have just done is focus ON the problem.
  • You want to focus on the SOLUTION.

Here is how to nail that sucker and change your thinking process!!!:

  • Think about what you CAN have.
  • What are the options for your next meal, or better still what is the PLANNED meal and when?
  • By making the object of your next meal your focus, all other thoughts vanish. You cannot think objectively of more than one thing at a time – so KEEP IT REAL!! Keep it positive.
  • Don’t think about what you can’t have, stay focused on what you CAN have.

Follow these simple rules and you will empower yourself to make strong healthy conscious decisions. Take control of your life. You only have one, so make it COUNT.

Eat to live, don’t live to eat.

There are more important things in life to do xx