GlutenFree

Local Farmers Markets

by Vashte on October 3, 2014

organic- glutenfree – dairyfree- weightloss- fatloss – raw- vegan- wholefood

Alkalising Greens from our Local Farmers

I am into the Local Farmers Markets.

Love them!

You ought to try them out if you haven’t already- do a google search for any on in your area and head down this weekend!

They are fun, filled with very good people, and loaded with goodies like organic fresh veges and fruits, sweet treats, gluten free, dairy free, natural oils and awesome goods for your body and your mind to LOVE. Genuine people, real people.

There is a myth that healthy living is expensive. It doesn’t have to be. Not if you buy local and not if you get to know your farmers! Meet the ‘real people’. Cut out the big corporations and middle men and go straight to the source. SAVE your money and SAVE your health :)

Tomorrow I am very excited to be going to my favourite markets..The Burleigh Markets!  I have spoken about them before on many occasions and today I am going to do the same! What I am mega excited about is taking Craig’s daughter down for some yummy food, and to meet some of my favourite people there…

On the menu tomorrow is:

paleo pancakes

PALEO PANCAKES from Purely Natural. YUMMO! I am a huge fan of their product- so much so they have given me a discount code for any people who follow me.. I get no commission for this- I just totally DIG their product. If you want 15% OFF their certified, raw products online– read HERE for the discount code and website address. Why don’t you come and join me for PANCAKES tomorrow after a CROSSFIT SESH people?! I know you cross fitters love PALEO!!!

Purely Natural have by FAR IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE UNIVERSE… the BEST EVER... Cacao nibs (mumma mia stop me.. no don’t!!!); cacao powder (I’m melting from the smell…LOVE IT!); COCONUT NECTAR AND COCONUT SUGAR…. Heaven on earth!!

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I will also be introducing Craig’s lovely daughter to my favourite RAW FOOD MASTERS: Colin and Bryn from RAW CONNECTIONS. Go HERE to visit their website. Better still – come down and meet them yourselves!! I will be having either their quinoa porridge– if its still on the menu- or I bags the raw pizza which is my all time favourite. DEVINE! If you love sweets- oh my Lord you MUST try ANY of their raw food treats. These guys have had 20 years in the business- so they know their stuff!!! MORE than any other newbee popping up around this joint calling themselves ‘chefs…gurus.. blah blah blah.. pick their brains- they are such a wealth of knowledge and will give you all the time of the day!

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Organic and spray free veges and fruits are here- make sure you find the real deal :)

AND RAW HONEY. When you make sweets or want to sweeten food- I use Purely Natural Coconut Nectar or RAW honey. NEVER buy honey from the supermarket- EVER. EVER. EVER. You just don’t know what that stuff REALLY is…  Come down and get a beee – utiful jar of raw honey from $5.00 which is CHEAPER than the supermarket… and let your body and mind thank you for it.

All these people are found in the covered section at the Burleigh Markets- Burleigh School- Gold Coast Highway.

THEN head across the road to MARIE-ANITA’S – this is the BEST café on the Gold Coast. Marie-Anita and Maz have an artisan glutenfree café serving meals and food and coffee and tea to send you into foodie heaven. Take a loaf of Marie’s Sorghum bread home.. baked on premises.. and go get my absolute favourite.. you have GOT to try her coconut muffins.. ohhh so light and NO SUGAR ADDED.

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Come down and enjoy the morning with me! Treat your tummy- your body and your mind to food from the earth. Come away feeling amazing and light and on top of the world! Great way to start the day!! I’m so excited!!

See you there!!!

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Why Chia Seeds?

by Vashte on September 29, 2014

superfood- weightloss – fatloss – vegan- detox- raw- healthyeating – all natural- glutenfree

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Chia seeds have received a rise in popularity again since  hhmmm about 2008-2009- if you ask me.  That was when the health food stores started seeing more brands coming on board, more marketing and then, as a result of that marketing.. more demand. Stands to reason- supply and demand. Today you can buy chia seeds from the supermarkets. You find them in the health food sectiona section that is growing faster than many other sections in the supermarkets as more companies understand that you and I are eduating ourselves and no longer demanding spoon feeding.

Chia is almost a household ingredient… almost, but not quite… but …why are we demanding it?

Well.. its one of those…‘ superfoods ‘.. right? So it ‘must’ be good for us- so we want it. … That is pretty much how it goes isn’t it?  “I heard it was good for me so I want it.”  “My friend puts some in her smoothies and she feels great. I want to feel great too. ” ‘” Someone said it helps with weightloss -I will have that too. ” You know the story.

I thought I would pop down a few facts I found for you to peruse over as to why I use chia in my foods, and why I have found it good for me. Yes, I do think chia is a great ingredient in the pantry. Pretty much any day you come to my house you will likely find some either in my pantry unopened or in the fridge- (that is where I keep most opened product due to humidity and weevils..such is life in QLD) .. lol. or you will find foods that that I have made and have frozen ready for eating – with chia in! Yes chia is a friend to my body and mind! Love it!

The good stuff:

100g chia provides:

  • 9x more omega 3 than salmon and zero mercury! Bonus!!
  • 2 x more protein than 3 eggs
  • 2 x more fibre than oats and ZERO GLUTEN
  • 5 x more calcium than a glass of milk and ZERO PUS!!!

So as a celiac- of which I am, and many people are although most do not know it – it is highly beneficial for me to choose not to eat gluten/grains (due to the gross genetic modification and gluten content) as well as choose not to consume most dairy products esepcailly milky, processed, pasturised pus filled milk and cream. Chia can give me what you think I am missing out on!! Yay!

100gm of chia is a truck load though- don’t go out and stick 100 gm of chia in a glass and drink it- you will explode! Chia, when coming into contact with fluid produces a gel like substance around the chia seed. It is pretty cool to watch. Place a teaspoon  in your glass bottle of water, some lemon, shake it up and leave it for an hour- you will see how the chia ‘expands’ and results in a gel like substance – a bit like little frogs eggs lol. Drink throughout the day! I do, it keeps me full between meals as well as keeping my mind alert, and my energy high providing me with nutrients without ‘eating’ a meal. Perfect.

Chia is high in :

  • fibre
  • calcium,
  • complete protein
  • amino acids
  • slowly processed carbohydrates
  • and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3

Chia seeds added to meals and drinks can:

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  • boost energy
  • improve brain, heart and skin health
  • thicken soups and casseroles instead of flour based thickeners- or thickeners filled with fillers.

Chia keeps me healthy from the inside out. And that is the only way to achieve true health- from the inside out.

Chia are called a ‘superfood ‘ yes- but don’t fall into the ‘superfood’ trap. Keep it real. Superfood is now a term that is coined by those clever marketers to sell you more of what you don’t really need. In this case- ‘superfood’ is a good term to use. The benefits from chia are outstanding. The Mayan’s are believed to have, in times of scarce solid food, only consumed chia and water and been able to run for days.  So great for running!! lol!!

Chia are said to be a complete superfood as they are supposed to be the richest plant based source of omega 3, protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants.  And because of their high fibre content they keep the body feeling fuller for longer which can result in eating less as the body feels full. When the body is filled with nutrients dense food(of which chia is)  the brain switches of the ‘hunger trigger’- so the mind moves away from being all consumed with food too. Make sense?  This can help  with weightloss/ fatloss – and sanity!

So all this said and told, I think chia is fabulous for the yummy and delicious foods I can make with it as well!!

Chia can be used as a breakfast.. in homemade cereals (grain free and nut free if  you, like me prefer grain free, sugarfree and often nut free foods…)

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Chia pots- which can be eaten any time of the day as well as a desert.. certainly beats all those horrible refined sugar options out there!! As a breakfast pot this will keep you going till lunch easy!!! Watch the 10am sugar crash disappear without you even thinking about it! Goodbye ‘diets’.

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Chia in soups and casseroles to thicken them up.

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Chia in bliss balls/protein balls (chia is high in plant based protein)/truffles.

chia truffles. www.vashte.com

If you want to detox your body as so many people seem determined to do these days .. instead of buying some packaged premade juice drinks delivered to your door …containing preservatives to keep them looking pretty for longer. Or instead of buying into the latest and great scam I have heard of in a long time.. marketed as a detox system– selling you low quality whey protein drinks overflowing with poor quality ingredients/fillers and …SUGAR….

Why don’t you just pop on down to the supermarket or health shop and get yourself some fabulous gelatinous plant foods like… hmmm oh I know… chia!!! or aloe vera or and seaweed!!!. All natural just the way God made them.

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These foods form the gel- the gelatinous fibre- in fluid. This gelatinous fibre moves through the intestinal tract absorbing and binding waste. They particularly absorb bile salts produced by the liver (oooh a liver detox type thing….); taking with them fat soluble toxins (sounds good yes?) that the body needs and wants to get rid of. Without foods such as chia, aloevera and or seaweed – all foods that produce this fabulous gel- the body finds it very hard to rid itself of the toxins we consume or absorb. When the body can’t pass toxins, the toxins get dumped…into fat cells… and the more crap we eat, the poorer our lifestyle choices.. the more we produce fat cells as we need a place to dump toxins.. which eventually turn into more  insidious things if left uncleared…. The small intestine is where it all starts, when foods/toxins are left there- they are just reabsorbed back into the body.- This is bad.

We need to release all toxins so they do not pollute the body.

Drinking pre made juice, proteins, whey or non dairy, as ‘detoxes’ just does not compute. Don’t waste that $600 odd a month on some MLM scheme no matter how amazing they say they feel. Just wait till they start back on real food again!! Or check back on them in 5- 10 years time- and see who is the healthy one..or who is still actually around….

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Eat loads of green veges.. bought from your local farmers markets, or permaculture farm.. they are everywhere- you just need to have a squiz for them. Now they are just as reasonable in price as the supermarkets if you are buying in season. Stop demanding all foods all year round. It just isn’t natural! We are seasonal for a reason! So enjoy the foods that are available in season and watch your body detox naturally, and easily!

I hope this gives you an idea of why I dig chia seeds! You are welcome to comment or ask me questions!

My info comes from a documentary I sell – if you want it- let me know and I will get you a copy Expand your knowledge and resources- empower yourself. Take back the control. ONE LIFE LIVE IT WELL!!!!

Here’s to your health and a better world for you, and your children’s children.

Keeping health real, realistic and attainable for everyday people xx

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to come to a Wholefood Workshop in Oct/Nov?

by Vashte on September 22, 2014

wholefood – workshop – vegan – raw- paleo – glutenfree – all natural – realfoodcooking

Wholefood Workshop With Vashte

On the 13th Sept 2014 – just passed- Living Life OutLoud held our first wholefood workshop– and it was fun! We made everything from snacks to wheatfree pizzas– to tasty treats and delights….

The point of these workshops is to share how I eat with anyone who is interested in learning basic skills, using beautiful organic ingredients where possible, using quality ingredients, and making wholefood easy- suitable to every single person no matter what the budget is, nor time constraints.

I want to share the power in knowing what to eat, when to eat it and how to eat- for a long term, healthy lifestyle– suitable to all dietary choices.

My philosophy in food is pretty simple: Keep it simple; Keep it delicious! If I don’t make delicious food, then I’m not interested. Who wants to eat bland, boring food? Little wonder we reach for the nearest chocolate cake when we are out if food at home is tasteless.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte

Wholefood ought to be bursting with flavour! Why?! Because wholefood uses whole ingredients. Ingredients that are often organic; or spray free where possible; sourced locally so that means not frozen and available all year round producing a meh flavour. Wholefood is easy. Wholefood will fill you up for longer because it is nutrient dense- not necessary calorie dense. = This is where a lot of our current problem stems from:

Calorie dense DEAD food but is nutrient empty -think anything pre-packaged, ready made, microwavable, fast food.

We need nutrient dense food, with fewer DEAD calories.

Using the processed and refined ingredients so readily available from supermarkets gives us exactly the opposite to what the human body craves.

Refined flour, sugar, fat free… sugar free, synthesised food, anything man has messed with …… very few of these ingredients are actually fit for human consumption. They offer little to zero nutrient benefit to the human body, but still come with empty caloires and then we expect out bodies to digest these chemically laden ‘foods’ – we wonder why there is a continual increase in terminal illness, children being born with terminal illnesses, obesity and a constant existence of illness- always running to the ‘doctor’ for more pharmaceutical drugs- which may ‘bandaid’ the problem presenting… but how many of you actually read those side effects? Which are very real. And very present.

Be honest….

Wholefoods can significantly increase your overall wellnessthe way you think – the words you speak- the energy you have each day – your attitude towards your life and even give you the strength to overcome the issues you face.

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Really?  Yes really. These are my very strong beliefs and I am sure any person living a ‘wholefood’ life will testify how changing one thing– can be the instigator to changing so many other areas in life that you may not even consider to be inter-related. …

Wholefoods are simple. Wholefoods are easy. Wholefoods do not subscribe to one way of eating– but a wholefood lifestyle can give you the power to understand how ingredients affect your unique body and mind–  and what works for you. We are all different. When we come to accept that and embrace this fact, we are more able to make empowered decisions relating to how we choose to live our lives. Does that inherently make sense to you?

I am celiac- which means my body does not like gluten nor dairy. In fact the cleaner I get with my eating, then more this becomes very apparent. Some people have a belief system that says “it was easier when you just at anything’ – my question I ask those people who state this is this:

Would you rather have your body and your mind running below par as it exists in a constant state of inflammation from you ‘eating anything ‘ resulting in you getting the cold, the flu, running on empty, low energy, tired, bloated unable to lose those 5 kilos.. or 25 kilos, get grey hair early, dry skin, gas after eating, constipation, diarrhoea, pains in the stomach, headaches…

The list goes on, but this list is a list too many people live with each and every day! And think it is just the way life is for them.

pfff.

It really is not normal. All signs of discomfort are the body trying to communicate with the brain informing us there is something wrong. It is not OK to ‘live’ with these symptoms and pop a pill to dull that warning. NO!! And if that means changing up a few ingredients in your everyday diet is THAT  a big deal? Especially when many if not all these symptoms disappear.. sometimes even  over night… wouldn’t you think that it is worth giving it a try? Wouldn’t it be worth taking out inferior ingredients from your diet? Is it really that hard?

I can go on and on about the benefits of eating well. Eating well does not mean being sucked into fabulous marketing strategies out there every day.

  • Eating well does not mean thinking that shakes will lose the fat, or detox your body and mind.
  • Eating well does not mean dieting, nor does it mean eating 6 meals a day.
  • Eating well does not mean ‘vegan; ‘raw’; ‘paleo’; ‘protein shakes’….or any other label.

Eating well means understanding your own body and working with what you have. That simple.

www.vashte.com coconut power balls

Noone can tell you how to eat, nor what to eat. We are all different. Theories change constantly. What was ‘right’ last week is ‘wrong’ this week. What was right last year is changed this year. Consider the war between the doctors, the dieticians, the nutritionists, the naturopaths, the raw food community, the paleo community… on and on and on…. bah blah blah….

Why this war? Who instigated this? Who drives it still? Does it really matter if you are willing to examine a few ideas and come to your own conclusion- every person and theory that has been ‘proven’ right – has also been ‘proven wrong’ – it pays to remember this fact.

I am about to release wholefood  workshop  dates for October and November. You are invited to to come hang out in the kitchen with me and play with wholefoods. You are welcome to register your interest- by subscribing to this website (top right corner). The dates are released to those who subscribe before they are shared with the general public. I figure people who are genuinely interested in my philosophy and way of life will subscribe – so that is my way to thank you for hanging out with me here.

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September was a blast and I know I opened eyes as to how to create beautiful foods with little time to spare, and money. I am all about keeping it real with no motive other than a genuine passion to empower people- mind, body and soul. It frustrates me to see so many sick people out there- when there is no need– and the answer is and always has been here, under your noses. But sometimes you just need a helping hand to show you the way- and then you fly like the eagles you were created to be – maybe I can be your helping hand..leading you into a fabulous healthy, and delicious Summer and Christmas… ?

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Come to a workshop – subscribe today and get much more than  just wholefoods’– get a whole new way of life….

xx Vashte xx

October and November dates about to be released- first in/ first serve! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Purely Natural Discount Code

by Vashte on September 20, 2014

 

I am about to do what I believe is the cardinal sin for posts.. I am going to encourage you to look away from my site onto someone else’s…. oh-ahhh riské they cry!

I actually think I make many mistakes with this whole website thang, so those of you ‘in the know’ are probably just having a giggle and telling me subliminally that this is not the first cardinal sin I have commited…

Sai la vie.

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I’m figuring- and hoping, but mostly praying in the right people to my site- these people will come back as they ‘get’ me and the attempt I am making in sharing my Good News with those who want to listen :) My site has never really been to talk ‘at’ you, but more of an organic process (I sound soooo wholistic right now…)as I learn and develop my passion, knowledge and education in the health and wellness lifestyle – with you – my friends – who have chosen to subscribe and read and hang with me here for a while :)

Today I am really motivated to share with you a website owned by a colleague first, and now a friend. Rebekah Ritchie is a wonderful woman I came to know through working in this industry. We first met in 2008 when I ran the sales and promotions department for my late partner’s supplement business. She was one of the naturopaths I worked with. Over the years we have remained in distant contact (got to appreciate facebook for that)  as she was poached off to Melbourne for greater adventures at the time. Now back on the Gold Coast, she and her brother have this company: www.purelynatural.com.au and distribute the outstanding products I am about to go through below.. and more.

Firstly I am going to state that I get no kickback or reward for endorsing this website or product. I have no problem with people who do endorse for a reward but I think it better that they are upfront and honest about such things. Most are not.  I think it far for the consumer to know whether there is a vested interest (ca-ching $$$$) in promoting goods that may not be all they are cracked up to be. So this endorsement is purely because I have used the products, and know they are exactly as what they are marketed as. Rebekah is a woman of high integrity and who holds the same high regards for wholeness, natural health and integrity that I do- so it is an absolute pleasure to be able to share her website and product with you.

So lets go:

When I first opened these products –

TRU Ra Cacao Powder; and Cacao Nibs

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Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar; and Big Tree Farms Coconut Nectar

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I almost melted from the heaven-sent smell wafting up tantilising my scences. Mamma mia.. I wondered why I had not opened them before- as I had them in my house for a couple of days already. You see- the thing is- there are no products that do this to me – send me into a spin when I just open the packaging… not like this. And trust me- I have opened a million samples of cacao, carob and cocoa powder when searching for the ‘best’ ingredients for the supplements I was involved with making….

TRU RA cacao nibs – are sweeter than your usual cacao nibs- no they have not added sugar. Cacao nibs are usually bitter in taste and not popular with kids or people who are used to refined chocolate. Try these!

Why are they so orgasmicly good? …and lets face it- as we are talking chocolate product, it can be orgasmicly good when the ingredients are right…. and these are. Come on- you have all seen the movie Çhocolat’ yes? If not- download it now- the French have always been ahead of their time in this department.. So why are TRU RA cacao nibs, powder and Big tree Farms Coconut Sugar and coconut nectar do GOOOOOOD….Why?

Well- these products are the only certified organic RAW product currently in Australia at this time. This translates to :

“TRU RA Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, and Big tree Farms Coconut Sugar, and Coconut Nectar are verified raw and guaranteed to never be heated above 46C at any stage of manufacture. It is truly unique and packed full of nutrients, antioxidants and essential minerals which are not depleted during processing due to its raw nature.

*Verified Raw *Certified Organic *Gluten Free *Vegan *GMO Free (not genetically modified) *Not tested on animals *Cruelty Free “

= the real deal my friends. The ultimate REAL DEAL. BOOM BOOM – opps no longer being all ohm and wholistic but down-to-earth and real with you!!!!

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I am told that David Wolfe himself endorses these products. .. now THATS holistic with ohm as icing duuude.

Because the quality is so high, the rush of flavour just jumps out at you from the moment you open the packaging- therefore you many find yourself using less to achieve a better flavour than you have achieved previously using other ingredients- inferior ingredients!!! The quality of your ingredients will directly affect the quality of your food, the absorption of the food you eat and the end result! Makes sense right?!

I highlight these four ingredients as they are the ones I am currently playing with and using in mu workshops- but if you pop over to the website – you will find a plethora of other pure products to replace what you have in your cupboards now!

:)

Rebekah has given me a discount code which I am permitted to share with you if you choose to buy from the net- so use this:

Discount Code: VASHTE ……it is live until the 25 Oct 2014 and you will get 15% discount on all purchases- crazy not to make the most of it right?

If you are coming to my next Wholefood Workshop this Sat 27th Sept 2014 – you will be gifted some samples from Rebekah in a goodie bag to take home to get you started. If you are not- and you want to come to a workshop – make sure you are subscribed to this site as dates for Oct and Nov are about to be released. …

Purely Natural have a stall on at the Burleigh Markets on Saturday mornings – they sample their hot chocolate there, cacao clusters, cacao nibs.. you name it- they share it! Feel free to go down and say hi. While you are there make sure you visit Raw Connections with Bryn and Colin who are the masters in Raw Food– try their raw piazza (my fav) or if you have a sweet tooth- any of their raw sweets will send you into natural sugar heaven.

My site is here to share with you the people I meet, the companies I love, and the wisdom I have gleaned over the yeeears of living on this earth lol. :) Our learnings can continue, can change and backflip- it all depends on what we feed on- physically, emotionally, Spiritually. What are you feeding on?

True health, true change comes from the inside out- so whether you are looking to change physically, emotionally, spiritually– it all starts from the inside out. When you hear truth- you know truth. Listen to the Little Voice within, that voice I know as the Holy Spirit- you may have another name for Him- but whatever you have for Him- that is the Voice of Truth and you know when you hear Truth.

My post today is to share with you a company I have only just discovered and to encourage you to swop out old inferior product for clean, certified, organic, orgasmic products so that you can change the quality of the foods you eat, and therefore the thoughts you think. Food plays an integral part in the thought processes and emotions we experience- how can it not when we are bio-chemical life forms? I am a Christian absolutely, and I understand a little on how God created us and that is Bio-chemically. There is no disputing that fact!

Get the right ingredients in to help your bodies and your minds work more effectively, efficiently and more smoothly. Take one step towards preventative health today- and head over to this website– use the code VASHTE– get your 15%discount and start playing with real ingredients! KNOWING I am not promoting this company for any other reason than because it is the best I have found so far.

Feel free to use my recipes to make delicious meals, treats, snacks using these ingredients-

Swop out any sweetener for Big Tree Coconut Nectar- HEAVEN!!! OR Coconut Sugar.

Use the Tru RA Cocao powder in any chocolate recipe- calling for cacao, carob or cocoa. Use Tru RA nibs in my Double Chocolate Balls!!!

Integrity.

Past post on :

Why I love Coconut Sugar – use it instead of sugar.

xx Vashte xx

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Wholefood Workshops Sept SOLD OUT!

by Vashte on September 12, 2014

Wholefood Workshops With Vashte - SOLD OUTFirstly I want to THANKYOU all so much for your enthusiasm and support for my Wholefood Workshops!! They have been received so well, and with such encouragement!! THANKYOU!!

thankyou from Vashte.comThe first workshop takes place tomorrow  :) I am very excited !! The workshop is filled with amazing people all wanting to have fun, and learn more about the basics of my style of food prep. So- I have a very cool afternoon planned :) It is chocka- block full of ideas, concepts and yummy food!!! Not a grain of refined sugar, refined flour..refined anything in sight! If anyone walks away hungry… I will fall over myself in disbelief.

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My wholefood workshops are planned to be easy, and fun and designed for everyone to get their hands messy, sticky and tasty! It is my firm belief that this is the best way to learn– having been a ‘resistant’ cook for many years growing up I know what it is like to have no confidence in the kitchen- and no desire to be there. NOW – I love the place because I know I am creating the most tasty, delicious meals and morsels… and my food does not make me fat!!!

I long believed food made me fat. That just by looking at food I would put on weight. Even if I smelt food I would gain weight. No longer !!! As I grow in knowledge and understanding of INGREDIENTS, and how they affect the body and mind… what foods my body loves, and what foods my body just absolutely does not love….. food is now my friend. It is not the enemy.

So my friends! I share this and so much more with you in my wholefood workshops, on this page and beyond!! Very excited and so stoked you are all behind me. It really is very encouraging and I greatly appreciate it. I truly do.

My second class on the 27th Sept 2014 is now closed too as I have hit the maximum for that workshop as well!! Thankyou!!!

If you missed out, or couldn’t make these dates- I will be holding more workshops in Oct with a different menu– each month my wholefood workshop will be themed to suit the season–  I cook to the seasons, and keep things as organic as possible. If you want to be in one of the October workshops – you will need to subscribe to my website (top right corner of the home page) as all subscribers get first choice for spaces as a thankyou for hanging with me here!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte

I specialise in weight loss but I prefer to take the focus off that and make food fun. When we make food fun, using whole ingredients that actually nourish the body, taste incredible and make you feel on top of the world… the rest just falls away without too much bother. This whole ‘weightloss’ industryit is failing. Don’t be part of the failing industry- be part of the REVOLUTION. – the WHOLEFOOD REVOLUTION!! Stay here with me a while, hang out, have fun, and let go of all that baggage the world puts on you. THIS is the way forward to true health.  Come out of the matrix :)

Let’s get the whole ‘weightloss’ thing in perspective!!

Please feel free to share my posts and my site with anyone you know- I prefer to be gentle and realistic in the approach to health.

I would love to see you in my October classes (dates to be released) !! So subscribe today!!!!

FOOD MADE FUN .. AND REALISTIC 😉  !!!!!

xx Squishy Hugs Vashte!! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wholefood Workshop THIS Sat- 13th Sept 2014

by Vashte on September 8, 2014

Time is running out!! Are you coming – or do you want to come to the workshop THIS SATURDAY? :)

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte

Spaces are limited …so you need to have booked and paid for yours I you want to come!

There are still some left for this Saturday…

How to Confirm your Place:

1. Subscribe to this site (top right corner of the home page)

2. Email Vashte : info@vashte.com

3. Pay for your place.

4. Receive a confirmation email.

That easy! …

It is shaping up to be a brilliant day- learn about how to achieve your physical goals through natural wholefood.

Change from the inside out.

Taking the mystery and myths out of wholefood cooking!!

Email now… it closes on Thursday at noon as I need to finalise numbers :)

See you there!!

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

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Spelt Double Choc Chip & Walnut Cookie!!

by Vashte on September 5, 2014

Ancient grain – wholefood – low gluten – low sugar – all natural – baking- weightloss -fatloss – vegan

Spelt Choc Chip and Walnut Cookies - www.vashte.com

Who doesn’t love a cookie every now and then? Apparently they are ‘ bad’ for you… well that all depends on the ingredients doesn’t it! My cookies are mouthwateringly delicious – white flour free! White sugar free. Vegan. So enjoy with a lovely cup of green tea ( my preference is Madame Flavour– love her teas). It was a rainy day this cookie day so I had my ugg boots on and a plate of three- all to me. Happy days!

 

These cookies do contain some gluten as spelt has gluten- low gluten- but it’s gluten. As spelt is an ancient grain it is much less refined than regular flour. If you are ‘gluten intolerant’ try spelt – many people can enjoy this ancient grain. If you are a celiac like me – you will need to use a different flour- I give you some options below- and a couple of different photos subbing out the spelt to make them celiac friendly. Wholefood, healthy cooking is really all about understanding ingredients and knowing how to manipulate recipes to suit your digestion and palette. SO have fun with food- like I do!

I am not a ‘baker’  – I predominately make raw treats (without too many nuts and dates..); smoothies; and slow cook or dehydrate. But why put oneself in a box- if I can create these delicious morsels- so can you !!

 

What you need: 

  • 1 cup organic spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 c almond mylk (homemade if you have time !) HERE is how to make your own mylk. It is easy.
  • 1/4 c melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 c coconut nectar – these are not sweet cookies- if you want them sweeter- you need to add more nectar..but make the recipe first-we eat too much sugar today…..
  • 1 tspn organic vanilla paste – from the supermarket even!! It is heaven :)
  • 200 gm good quality dark chocolate (75% cacao or more!)
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts

How to Make it Work:

  • Preheat the oven to 150C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift spelt, baking soda together in a bowl then add salt.
  • Pour in melted coconut oil, almond mylk, coconut nectar, and vanilla – mix.
  • Add chocolate pieces (keep them chunky!) and walnut pieces leaving a little chocolate and walnut aside to sprinkle on top as decoration.
  • Wet your hands slightly and then roll into balls then place on the baking paper. If you make them big- they result in big cookies. Make them small – they are small cookies!
  • Dip a fork in spelt to lightly cover the prongs and use to flatten the cookie out. Make them quite fat if you like a chunky cookie.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes. Keep an eye on your cookies as they are easy to burn. They are ready when they are a light brown colour all over- they need to be baked through to the middle. Watch the middle cookies- some ovens cook the cookies on the outskirts faster than the middle ones.
  • When they are done, let them cook for 3 minutes or so, then remove with a spatula to place them on a cooling rack. The longer you leave them on the baking tray- the longer they contunue to bake. They will be quite soft but will harden when they are cool.

Your house should smell amaaaazing! That vanilla is yummmmmy!!! I love my cookies warm- so go ahead – enjoy  one  before they become all boring and cold and…everyone else eats them!!

I pulled mine out a tad too soon so they were a little too moist- I use my dehydrator to finish the job when I do that – they go in for 30mins  or so on 45C – it made them perfect. I slightly over cooked my other version (with no spelt) so was extra wary on these.. !!

spelt double choc chip and walnut cookies www.vashte.com

Non gluten version:

for celiacs like me!!!

Sub out the spelt for

  • 1 cup of almond meal. Almond meal is simply almonds ground to a flour- I ground mine but left them quite chunky. You do need a fine meal otherwise you end up with quite a wet cookie which is harder to get firm.
  • add 1/4 c coconut flour as well.
  • I took the coconut oil out completely as nuts have their own healthy fats. You don’t need more.

The oven needs to be lower- so set for 130C and bake for longer at the lower heat. This will help ensure you get a crispy cookie without burning the top like I did first time round. Bake for 20 mins keeping a close eye on  them. I popped mine in the dehydrator once they had cooled for 20 mins or so- the dehydrator rocks!  If you don’t have a dehydrator and try this version- pop them in the freezer once they are cooled! Yes really! They end up deliciously crunchy and won’t freeze. Nuts in the freezer are the best place to keep them as they keep their crunchiness there- especially if they have been activated and then dehydrated. (Bonus tip!!)

Next time I make these babies- I will add raisins and take out the walnuts. Keeping the chocolate though thank you very much!

So this is my mixture using my ground almond meal- it can be easier to buy the almond meal if you don’t have the best food processor. See how chunky and nutty it looks? :

almond meal double choc chip and walnut cookies www.vashte.com

 

If you make these – let me know how you go! Leave a comment below! They didn’t last 24 hours in my house!!!

Makes 9 big fat cookies.

This is the finish product for the almond meal double chocolate chip and walnut cookies. With Madame Flavour tea.. of course !

Leave me a comment- make them! Tell me your adventure in the kitchen!!!! I love sharing!!!

Almond Meal Double Choc Chip and Walnut cookies www.vashte.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Wholefood Workshops

by Vashte on August 31, 2014

wholefood – organic – raw- slowcooked – weightloss – fatloss – paleo – all natural – no gmo

-Wholefood-

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We see fads come in food, and fads go. Be they healthy or not, we are a people searching for the easy way out, and we want it yesterday. But “the time has come the walrus said” …. People are waking up from the slumber that very clever marketers have bathed us in for so many years. No longer can we deny the ever present UN- healthy state too many people find their bodies..and their minds to be in. More and more people are slowly but surely choosing to research, hunt out and learn different strategies to heal themselves– all looking for answers. Answers the pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and agri-business just are not providing. And have never provided… slowly are we realising the pills, potions, quick fixes, shakes and lotions have obviously just not worked… ever. 

So where do we go from here?

Welcome to Wholefoods. Or perhaps a better welcome is: welcome BACK to wholefoods. Our grandparents and their parents may have known a thing or too after all…..

What are ‘ wholefoods’? Is this another catch phrase/fad used by the clever marketers? Well yes, in some cases – so buyer beware…always beware!.. Stear clear of food coming in boxes!!!

A wholefood is all about REAL FOOD. It is food that nourishes the body. It is food that nourishes the mind. Do you think the food you eat does not absolutely, directly affect how the mind thinks? hmm think again…. The whole is in the part and the part is in the whole… who can it NOT affect our minds as well as our bodies?

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  • A wholefood is food that fills you up-  the body knows when to stop….
  • A wholefood is food that tastes like heaven would!
  • Wholefood is made from natural ingredients with little to no genetic modification from man. Man has NEVER been able to produce a food better than God has. Never.
  • Wholefood is food kept as close to it’s natural state as possible in the cooking process. And when cooked, it is cooked gently to reduce loss of nutrients.
  • Wholefood is food made from ingredients that care for the environment, sustains the beautiful planet we live on and the magnificent animals that have helped to produce it.
  • Wholefood is food that HEALS.
  • Wholefood is simple food using simple ingredients.
  • Wholefood is not lumped into a box- it can be raw, cooked, slowcooked, baked, dehydrated, gluten free, containing gluten, ancient grains, vegan, meat… 
  • Healthy food is wholefood. It is not from a box in the middle of the supermarket aisle, nor has it been pulled apart as a singular source with added ‘ nutrients’, artificial sweeteners, additives, fillers, colours… 
  • Wholefood can be UGLY to look at.. but the tastes are like little explosions of deliciousness in your mouth!
  • Have you ever wondered how so many people, myself included, can sit down and eat an entire takeaway pizza all to myself..and still feel hungry? I am not a large person- nor am I overweight. But I can do that at the drop of a hat. Easy. 

 

Why?

Here is why I can do that, and likely so can you...: The great majority of ‘ food’  produced by manufacturers and large scale agri-business today is virtually devoid of any nutritional content at all. 

What results is that you and I, are able to….. eat and eat and eat. We eat huge amounts of this stuff ‘they’ call food..but we just don’t get full. Not even after one entire family sized pizza. We are still hungry. We are consuming huge amounts of calories ..devoid of any goodness.

We are overfed and undernourished. 

Let me repeat that:

We are overfed and UNDER nourished.

Marinate on that a moment. Could it, in fact, be true? Does that seem a fair call? It certainly seems that way to me. 

It is little wonder so many of us are painfully overweight, obese and morbidly obese. SO much so that ‘overweight’ is normal today. Why is it so hard to lose that extra 5kgs for those of you out there who exercise and keep relatively healthy? ??? Look at the quality and type of the food we eat… the results are speaking for themselves.

We are all in the same boat. Those who want to lose that 5kgs to those who are morbidly obese. It is time to take back ownership of control- and you CAN do it. One step at a time.

You are not alone. 

Take your life back- now!

  • Wouldn’t you like to have the ability of what you put in your mouth?
  • Wouldn’t you like to destroy those ‘cravings’ ?
  • Wouldn’t you like to feel the empowered change of learning some delicious basics?
  • Wouldn’t you like to NOT BE afraid of the kitchen? Im talking to YOU- I know you are reading this.
  • Wouldn’t you like to have some FUN in the kitchen, with no guilt or condemnation attached!
  • Wouldn’t you like to start to experiment with interesting ingredients?
  • Wouldn’t you like to take the control BACK and put it square in your own hands!
  • Wouldn’t you like to never DIET again?

If you answered yes to just one of those questions..

If something triggers an interest in finding out more about wholefoods with me…

If you would like to have a bit of fun (a whole heap of fun) with me in my kitchen, with no judgement..just us sharing ideas….

…then I invite you to my Wholefood Workshops this month. 

Sept 13th and 27th- both days are Saturdays so you choose which day best suits you.

12 noon to 3pm ish.

$67 pp, per session. 

Surfers Paradise.

Email me for tickets with your full name and phone number and I will call you to confirm. 

Wholefoods come naturally to you.  Come and see/experience just… how naturally.

These are small groups only. This is not a seminar. 

You get to have a go making, creating, and then sampling what you make!

Food is not your enemy. Wholefood is your friend. Mind, Body and Spirit.

Email me today to secure your tickets. 

Come along, have some fun, learn some basics to get you ruling the kitchen and understanding food! We are only afraid of the things we do not understand. So come and begin on this exciting, empowering journey!

Vashte has a BA majoring in Psychology; is a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Master Results and Performance Coach, and holds qualifications in advanced neurological re-patterning. She has a Diploma in Christian Biblical Studies and is a Qualified Personal Trainer registered with Fitness Australia.  She has been researching nutrition for 20 years; composing wholefood food plans for 6 years, focusing on weight and fatloss via wholefood.

Vashte is a health and wellness ambassador, specialising in spirit, mind and body. 

Vashte is currently based on the Gold Coast and consults from there. Skype sessions are available for those outside this area. Please contact her via email: info@vashte.com for further information.

JOY Filled Life with Vashte www.vashte.com

 

 

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What is wholefood??

 

Wholefood-

noun-  British  “ food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives; natural or organic food.”

Wholefood Workshops Gold Coast September 2014 dates!

If you ask me  – ‘Wholefoods’ is a fancy way of describing ingredients that are as natural as we can get them, with  minimal  interference from  mankind. Step AWAY Monsanto.

  • Do you want to learn some simple basics in wholefood cooking so that you can step away from the microwave and eat fresh meals?
  • Do you want to come home to a meal that you prepared before you left for work.. yes in the little time that you have – with it cooking and ready to eat the minute you walk in the door?
  • Do you want to learn the truth about how easy it is to make healthy meals and snacks without spending your life in the kitchen, being a chef or employing one?
  • Do you want to empower your children to learn how to feed themselves when they leave home without relying on fast food? Do you want your children to outlive you- the parents? …..
  • Do you want to reconnect with your family? Meal times and preparing meals can be the best times to do this!
  • Do you want to learn how to make some of the delicious recipes I frequently share on instagram? 
  • Think you don’t have time? I can show you that you do!
  • Think you cant afford it? I can show you that you it is possible.
  • Think it is too hard? I can show you how easy it is! And FUN!!
  • Think it is all overwhelming? I can start you off by introducing you back into the kitchen. Cooking comes naturally to ALL of us. I guarantee you, if you had asked me 10 years ago if I would be hosting wholefood workshops I would have fallen over laughing. Wholefood cooking is ingrained in our genetics. It is how we survive and thrive. Natural foods create an energetic response in the body AND brain, that no pharmaceutical pill can give you. Precisely the reason why they want you eating that DEAD food!

There is no money in healthy people. 

  • Do you want to reduce and even stop visiting a doctor eventually because you are so well no illness can come near you? Through wholefoods you can do this. 

Come along and have some fun with me!  I keep things simple- why complicate lives even more??!! Simple flavours- massive impact!!

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These workshops are for anyone wanting to get their toes wet in the kitchen! Well fingers at least!! They are for people who care about their health,and want to live a long, healthy and prosperous life. They are for people who want to empower themselves with the knowledge of how to whip a delicious meal in a matter of minutes- filled with nutrition, life and health! They are for you and your friends!!!!

I want to show you that food is not the enemy! Food is your friend! Master simple food and you master so many aspects of life. Food is fuel to your body and mind – lets quit abusing this body we rent so that it can go the distance with us for all our days here on earth!

Come along- get involved- dispel old belief patterns and empower yourself with simple techniques for your benefit!

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“Beyond all else I wish that you prosper and be in health according to your soul prospering” 3John2

Choose a Saturday to come along to!!!

Email me at this address: info@vashte.com. Give me your name, email address and phone number- and I will contact you to secure your space.

LIMITED SPACES FOR A CLOSE ENCOUNTER :) 

These sessions are designed to show you the way I eat. If you like it, do more of it! If you don’t then take any learning you get and discard the rest. -Empowering people. Empower yourself.

xx Vashte xx

 

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Wholefood Workshops with Vashte: COMING SOON!

by Vashte on August 17, 2014

wholefoods; glutenfree; celiac; weightloss; fatloss; sugarfree; raw; slowcooked; paleo; workshops; 100% natural; smoothies

Ok my friends. Here it is- the long and the short of it. My last post was in May 2014- it was all about ‘seasons’  in life. I took an unexpected ‘season’ off this site- so I have missed it, and you unless you are connected via instagram or facebook, in which case you will know I have been cooking up a storm!

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Me- I have little patience for anything technical. This means the cleverness of blogs (I really don’t understand how this thing works.. ) I just lost my entire blog by pressing the F5 key to reload the page… so at this moment I am slowing my breathing down and focusing on relaxing instead of doing what I instantly wanted to do: throw this thing out the window and communicate telepathically with you all. So you see- we all need a good coach in life – even the coaches themselves!

I’m good in person. So I am going to do more of what I am good at! Being around people!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are coming!  They will be: Hands on, you will get down and dirty in the thick of things, you will create master pieces in moments, have fun and learn loads whilst being in a fun, safe environment and sampling the goodies to take home and/or gobbling them up right then and there! And they will be fun! Did I mention fun?!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte www.vashte.com

Wholefoods means making food from scratch with REAL ingredients. No refined sugars, no gluten just delicious food anyone can make… .once shown how.

My Wholefood Workshops will show you how easy it is to make nutritious, delicious meals in moments- food that anyone can eat and LOVE be they:  a calorie obsessed teenager; sweet tooth; savoury tooth;  ‘no time to cook’ Mum or Dad, and especially for the fitness fanatic  spending hours in the gym, on the track or bending it like Beckham in the yoga studio. Have you ever wondered why you spend so much time training but cannot seem to lose the weight? The answers will be in my Workshops!!!! Unlocking the secrets to all the questions you have about healthy wholefood!!! Yay!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will not fall into any cooking ‘category’. They revolve around the food I eat to keep me healthy, lean and energetic. They will include:

  • raw food
  • cooked food
  • slow cooked meals
  • vegan food
  • vegetarian
  • carnivore
  • paleo
  • nuts and without nuts.
  • grains but mostly no grains.
  • natural sugars and how to use them. No refined sugar.
  • celiac meals.
  • smoothies- green and others !!

And certainly not limited to those.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are designed to get you involved, have fun and meet new like minded people. I want to show you how easy it is to make delicious food from scratch in moments.

Wholefood workshops with Vashte will show you how to save time AND money for meals.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will be 100% natural, or course, as this has always been and will always be my mandate. 

Vashtes Green Smoothie www.vashte.com

Are you keen?

Workshops will be small to maintain a relaxed intimate group. The first people to be notified are those who have subscribed to this site ( it’s really easy to subscribe- it is the top right hand box…;) Register your interest in the comments below after subscribing, and or email me here:  info@vashte.com

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Coming soon to the Gold Coast! 

 

Food Made Fun!

Showing you how Food is your Friend, and not your enemy!

Watch this space!!!

Know this: “If the diet is wrong medicine is of no use. If diet is correct medicine of of NO NEED” – Ayurvedic statement.

I am an advocate of preventative medicine through healthy living: Body, Soul and Spirit. Too many people I love have been affected by serous illness and even death. It is high time to move and make some waves. 

Come along to a workshop, have some fun and learn some tricks to keep your taste buds and appetite happier than you have ever experienced them.  Watch the weight fall away WITHOUT BEING ON A DIET.!!!!!!

Live Your Life OutLoud– for a very long time.

xx Vashte xx

 

 

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