Food is close to our hearts

I have found that it can be tricky discussing what we eat – I have found that the subject touches peoples values, beliefs, culture, family and personal choices – it can be a sensitive subject much like discussing politics or religion. But it needn’t be this way! We simply have to lighten up when it comes to food. I personally thrive when I eat a plentiful diet that makes me feel vibrant, healthful and alive!

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Going Raw

While transitioning towards a more plant based raw diet your own options will vary depending on your health, your goals and your current way of eating. I recommend that you do not get fixated on any rules in your early days of raw. Just start eating more plants and be happy. Moving towards my present eating habits took me more than 7 years of exploring what works for my body.

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Eat plentifully

What I love about eating plant based high raw is that you don’t have to worry too much about calories. The secret is to eat plentifully so that your body feels alive, nourished and well. Taking care not to be eating too ‘gourmet’ with lots of heavy nut based dishes. I just go crazy healthy when I am exploring living raw plant based ingredients with organic herbs and medicinal foods.

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SOME OF MY FAVOURITE DISHES

I went raw for a year

I lost 120lbs with a juicy raw diet. And looking back it wasn’t difficult but firstly what I had to do was clean the system. I had to detox. I did regular juice fasts then decided to go raw for a year. It changed my health and my life. I’m not 100% raw anymore but do regular juice cleanses, juice daily and eat a high raw (mostly) vegan* diet. *I choose to consume bee products for their powerful benefits to my health.

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My daily diet

My aim: At least 1.5 litres of ph filtered water * At least a pint of green water (see blog for recipe) * At least one green juice (see blog for recipes) *At least one raw main meal using super-foods, some soaked nuts, seeds and sprouts as well as oodles of veggies and greens (see blog for recipes) *At least two pieces of fruit (on top of any juices) *At least one portion of sea vegetables (whether in powder or solid form in salads) * Medicinal mushroom lattes such as reishi & chaga (see blog for recipes).

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My eating choices

These eating choices work for me. In the evening I might also have some cooked potatoes or steamed vegetables aswell as other lightly cooked and unprocessed foods from time to time. My approach to eating is loaded with all the nutrition that my body needs including essential proteins, amino acids and B vitamins. I never beat myself up for what I eat. If I enjoy it then it’s GOOD FOR ME!

And on some days, I just have a bag of chips or schnaffle a pizza. I try to keep life simple & not worry too much about food anymore.

I BLOG LOTS OF RECIPES AND ALWAYS EAT MY CREATIONS!

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Cheese making. Chocolate making. Mushroom blend creating. Burger making. Sprouting. Juicing. Blending... just some of the wonderful memories of cheffing for our awesome guests this season with @rawjuicecamp, my private teaching and retreats. Without a doubt I love this job. Preparing healing plant food & holding a space for others to just ‘be’. I always say that ‘what’s inside always comes out’ you just can’t hide from it - and I don’t mean just the food 😜 I mean ‘ones truth’: anxiety, stress, love, hate, fear, happiness, sadness. All of it. All of our emotions can spill out when we Detox. When we stop thinking that we HAVE to keep holding it in. Gotta let go of it all (good stuff & bad stuff) to make space for the new stuff (good & bad) Just don’t blame the cheese. Or the cheese makers. Or those holding that space for you... hardest thing in the world sometimes to do. But allowing those around you to hold space while you learn to let go can often help create some of the most powerful and beautiful relationships ever. Love your space holders, friends, teachers, yogis, trainers, feeders... they are the greatest gift! Big love to all my Explore Raw team, helpers, volunteers and magic makers who’ve helped hold incredible spaces for wonderful people this season. Thank YOU @fiter_nutrition @londonnutcheeseco @rawjuicecamp @lauren_lovatt @carla.p.s.santos @filipesilva.healingartmassage @rosemary_paradiyoga @weedonbootcamp @medicineweaver @kelzygreg @my_namesjames @lucia.warrior @janet_shook @judd.will @ssaba02 @mildredhubble @uprawfood @rawhappy14 love you all #lovemine #fuelledbyplants by plants, the ocean & nature #Inspirational #women #plantpusher #youarestrongerthanyouknow #love #wow #beach #sea #letitgo #bethebestyoupossible #bethelove #bringyourfoodtolife #vegan #detox #retreat #vegancheese #cashewcamembert #truth #loveitall #cheflife #gratitude
Cheese making. Chocolate making. Mushroom blend creating. Burger making. Sprouting. Juicing. Blending... just some of the wonderful memories of cheffing for our awesome guests this season with @rawjuicecamp, my private teaching and retreats. Without a doubt I love this job. Preparing healing plant food & holding a space for others to just ‘be’. I always say that ‘what’s inside always comes out’ you just can’t hide from it - and I don’t mean just the food 😜 I mean ‘ones truth’: anxiety, stress, love, hate, fear, happiness, sadness. All of it. All of our emotions can spill out when we Detox. When we stop thinking that we HAVE to keep holding it in. Gotta let go of it all (good stuff & bad stuff) to make space for the new stuff (good & bad) Just don’t blame the cheese. Or the cheese makers. Or those holding that space for you... hardest thing in the world sometimes to do. But allowing those around you to hold space while you learn to let go can often help create some of the most powerful and beautiful relationships ever. Love your space holders, friends, teachers, yogis, trainers, feeders... they are the greatest gift! Big love to all my Explore Raw team, helpers, volunteers and magic makers who’ve helped hold incredible spaces for wonderful people this season. Thank YOU @fiter_nutrition @londonnutcheeseco @rawjuicecamp @lauren_lovatt @carla.p.s.santos @filipesilva.healingartmassage @rosemary_paradiyoga @weedonbootcamp @medicineweaver @kelzygreg @my_namesjames @lucia.warrior @janet_shook @judd.will @ssaba02 @mildredhubble @uprawfood @rawhappy14 love you all #lovemine #fuelledbyplants by plants, the ocean & nature #Inspirational #women #plantpusher #youarestrongerthanyouknow #love #wow #beach #sea #letitgo #bethebestyoupossible #bethelove #bringyourfoodtolife #vegan #detox #retreat #vegancheese #cashewcamembert #truth #loveitall #cheflife #gratitude
*** CLAIM YOUR 10% OFF CBD OIL USING THE CODE ‘ExploreRaw’ *** I am totally thrilled that I am finally able to share this product with YOU! I have been researching and exploring #CBD and related products now for two years and I always keep coming back to this one: why? Because it tastes great (some of them out there woooahh so bad) and I am a #chef and it matters. It’s also beautifully healing (can I scientifically prove it? No) but I have used this with a group of friends now for more than 12 months and they have experienced relief from ailments that include: #LymeDisease #Depression #JointPain #Sickness #Nausea #Fatigue #fybromyalgia I use it to keep #anxiety at bay the best I can: with 6 retreats to organise this year, a house sale, a #wedding and a move to #Wales I would say I need it!! The team behind the product are also great: their focus is on #holisticwellness and their aim is to spread #HEALING vibrations across the planet. This is not a £££ MLM (multi layered marketing where everyone gets hungry for £$ rather than hungry for healing) and this matters to me VERY MUCH. They also source #organic #ethical ingredients. 
If you are ready to introduce this gorgeous oil in to your plant based regime then I can thoroughly recommend this! Don’t forget to use the code ‘ExploreRaw’ at the checkout to get your 10% off! And take a look around their website too while you are there: awesome products that I just love - The discount applies to all products. Go to my shop in bio link, click SHOP on menu, Stephs picks... #turmeric #cbdoil #love #vegansofldn  #instavegan  #happiness  #loveyourself  #veganlife #plantbased  #pcos
*** CLAIM YOUR 10% OFF CBD OIL USING THE CODE ‘ExploreRaw’ *** I am totally thrilled that I am finally able to share this product with YOU! I have been researching and exploring #CBD and related products now for two years and I always keep coming back to this one: why? Because it tastes great (some of them out there woooahh so bad) and I am a #chef and it matters. It’s also beautifully healing (can I scientifically prove it? No) but I have used this with a group of friends now for more than 12 months and they have experienced relief from ailments that include: #LymeDisease #Depression #JointPain #Sickness #Nausea #Fatigue #fybromyalgia I use it to keep #anxiety at bay the best I can: with 6 retreats to organise this year, a house sale, a #wedding and a move to #Wales I would say I need it!! The team behind the product are also great: their focus is on #holisticwellness and their aim is to spread #HEALING vibrations across the planet. This is not a £££ MLM (multi layered marketing where everyone gets hungry for £$ rather than hungry for healing) and this matters to me VERY MUCH. They also source #organic #ethical ingredients. If you are ready to introduce this gorgeous oil in to your plant based regime then I can thoroughly recommend this! Don’t forget to use the code ‘ExploreRaw’ at the checkout to get your 10% off! And take a look around their website too while you are there: awesome products that I just love - The discount applies to all products. Go to my shop in bio link, click SHOP on menu, Stephs picks... #turmeric #cbdoil #love #vegansofldn #instavegan #happiness #loveyourself #veganlife #plantbased #pcos
Helloooo! **PERSONAL UPDATE** I’m not usually one to post personal pics in here (I have a personal account for that) and let’s face it, you came here for the foooood!! Saying that I wanted to officially announce our news! Andrew and I got engaged 💕💍 at Christmas. Wahoo! We are so excited about all that’s ahead for us. I’ve known Andrew since I was 6 years old. Which is 42+ years! (I like to take my time deciding 😂) I’ve been rather quiet for a little while. Decluttering my house (and kitchen!!! Eek!) ready for a big move back to my homeland of Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 so we can finally live under the same roof! It’s also the reason why I’m not hosting a Spring @rawjuicecamp (the next ones are Sept & Oct) (my retreats in August are still super stuck in the diary so don’t panic!) this is because Spring will be mega busy moving house and teaching for me. The wedding 👰 is pencilled in for next year (exciting!) but more of a priority for us is finding the right home. 
I’m not sure yet what this means for all my raw projects, teaching & retreats but I know for SURE that there’ll be more good stuff to come. I’ll be aligning my future business projects more closely with my true purpose of helping others bring their food to life. I really want to further combine my professional coaching skills (in a former life I was a Leadership Development Consultant in The City and thrived on helping people discover their true potential) What that means exactly for Explore Raw requires much more thought and as soon as I’ve reshaped things I’ll let you know! I’ve also currently put a book project and some very intense recipe development on hold. 
In the interim I’m exploring new venues, working for private clients and I’m still writing recipes and teaching (not so many public classes at the moment due to time restraints) so mainly private classes and tuition. 
Meanwhile I’m enjoying being MIDDLE AGED & ENGAGED and taking my foot off the accelerator for a short while. After all: this year will see me hosting my 40th bootcamp in just 6 years! #luckyme #middleagedandengaged #weddingplanning #imgettingmarried #wegotengaged #veganwedding #veganweddingcake #plantbasedwedding #vegansofldn
Helloooo! **PERSONAL UPDATE** I’m not usually one to post personal pics in here (I have a personal account for that) and let’s face it, you came here for the foooood!! Saying that I wanted to officially announce our news! Andrew and I got engaged 💕💍 at Christmas. Wahoo! We are so excited about all that’s ahead for us. I’ve known Andrew since I was 6 years old. Which is 42+ years! (I like to take my time deciding 😂) I’ve been rather quiet for a little while. Decluttering my house (and kitchen!!! Eek!) ready for a big move back to my homeland of Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 so we can finally live under the same roof! It’s also the reason why I’m not hosting a Spring @rawjuicecamp (the next ones are Sept & Oct) (my retreats in August are still super stuck in the diary so don’t panic!) this is because Spring will be mega busy moving house and teaching for me. The wedding 👰 is pencilled in for next year (exciting!) but more of a priority for us is finding the right home. I’m not sure yet what this means for all my raw projects, teaching & retreats but I know for SURE that there’ll be more good stuff to come. I’ll be aligning my future business projects more closely with my true purpose of helping others bring their food to life. I really want to further combine my professional coaching skills (in a former life I was a Leadership Development Consultant in The City and thrived on helping people discover their true potential) What that means exactly for Explore Raw requires much more thought and as soon as I’ve reshaped things I’ll let you know! I’ve also currently put a book project and some very intense recipe development on hold. In the interim I’m exploring new venues, working for private clients and I’m still writing recipes and teaching (not so many public classes at the moment due to time restraints) so mainly private classes and tuition. Meanwhile I’m enjoying being MIDDLE AGED & ENGAGED and taking my foot off the accelerator for a short while. After all: this year will see me hosting my 40th bootcamp in just 6 years! #luckyme #middleagedandengaged #weddingplanning #imgettingmarried #wegotengaged #veganwedding #veganweddingcake #plantbasedwedding #vegansofldn
I do love a good #coffee especially in the winter time when I feel I need for a good grounding, a boost of energy and an indulgence of coffee taste. I will always, however, blend my coffees with tree mushroom superfoods, nut milks and all the goodness from beautiful plant based foods. I often add a few drops of good quality #CBD oil as part of my wellness protocol. Coffee definitely sends me a bit #gaga so I often indulge in more healing hot tonic drinks. 
At my retreats I make lots of varieties of lattes and superfood coffee alternatives - there’s a WHOLE WORLD out there of raw pleasure to be explored.

I do enjoy the thrill of sharing these tonic drinks with others. And here’s one just for you! When you really want an espresso but don’t want a coffee – this one just might do the trick! And the secret? Like any coffee – make it work for you and play with the recipe.

Ingredients ☕️ 1 tbsp Reishi mushroom powder
☕️1 tbsp Chaga mushroom powder
☕️ 1 tbsp Cacao powder
☕️ 1 tbsp Maca powder
☕️ 1 tsp Xylitol
☕️ Plant based milk of your choice – try almond mylk
☕️ drops of quality high grade CBD (THC free) Oil (optional)

You will notice that in the ingredients there are no ‘measurements’ for making just one cup – that’s because I usually make a batch of powders and store in a jar and dip in to this regularly. So – to create your own blend you may wish to vary the ingredients.

I usually also grind the xylitol down in my @tribestuk personal blender so it’s not grainy and it’s easier to blend in with the powder.

Put one heaped teaspoon of your powder blend in the bottom of a glass or mug. Pour over with enough boiled water (not boiling but boiled and slightly rested) to cover the blend and stir with a teaspoon to create a paste and get rid of any powdery bits or lumps. Add more water as required. Add a few drops of #cbdoil before serving and top with plant milk to make a #latte #vegansofldn #instavegan #happiness #loveyourself #veganrecipes #plantbased #magicmushrooms #reishi #chaga #healingenergy #vegan #retreat #cheflife #medicinalplants #plantmedicine #espresso #espressolove #macchiato
I do love a good #coffee especially in the winter time when I feel I need for a good grounding, a boost of energy and an indulgence of coffee taste. I will always, however, blend my coffees with tree mushroom superfoods, nut milks and all the goodness from beautiful plant based foods. I often add a few drops of good quality #CBD oil as part of my wellness protocol. Coffee definitely sends me a bit #gaga so I often indulge in more healing hot tonic drinks. At my retreats I make lots of varieties of lattes and superfood coffee alternatives - there’s a WHOLE WORLD out there of raw pleasure to be explored. I do enjoy the thrill of sharing these tonic drinks with others. And here’s one just for you! When you really want an espresso but don’t want a coffee – this one just might do the trick! And the secret? Like any coffee – make it work for you and play with the recipe. Ingredients ☕️ 1 tbsp Reishi mushroom powder ☕️1 tbsp Chaga mushroom powder ☕️ 1 tbsp Cacao powder ☕️ 1 tbsp Maca powder ☕️ 1 tsp Xylitol ☕️ Plant based milk of your choice – try almond mylk ☕️ drops of quality high grade CBD (THC free) Oil (optional) You will notice that in the ingredients there are no ‘measurements’ for making just one cup – that’s because I usually make a batch of powders and store in a jar and dip in to this regularly. So – to create your own blend you may wish to vary the ingredients. I usually also grind the xylitol down in my @tribestuk personal blender so it’s not grainy and it’s easier to blend in with the powder. Put one heaped teaspoon of your powder blend in the bottom of a glass or mug. Pour over with enough boiled water (not boiling but boiled and slightly rested) to cover the blend and stir with a teaspoon to create a paste and get rid of any powdery bits or lumps. Add more water as required. Add a few drops of #cbdoil before serving and top with plant milk to make a #latte #vegansofldn #instavegan #happiness #loveyourself #veganrecipes #plantbased #magicmushrooms #reishi #chaga #healingenergy #vegan #retreat #cheflife #medicinalplants #plantmedicine #espresso #espressolove #macchiato
A tiny peak in to my personal space: my kitchen! 📷 by @gohomesfamily Here it is looking all tidy and sparkly clean ready for selling up (I’m moving house, wahoo!) it’s not always this tidy of course, and lots of my juicers and machines have been banished to my Cookery School cupboard: aka the big old cupboard under the stairs! This kitchen was installed by my then partner with all supplies from @bandq_uk in 2012 as the final room to be done as part of my house refurb. And it’s still looking as gorgeous and new! Now my reason for posting is this: not all chefs have ‘big awesome tv style chef kitchens’. I certainly don’t (this awesome kitchen is tiny) and most of my chef friends PINE for a massive designer space at home. My kitchen here didn’t always look so glamorous: it was an old tired 80’s kitchen in a tired old Victorian terraced house that had really seen better days. Was full of slugs and all sorts of crawling things. Doors falling off and shelves rotting. Nice eh?! BUT it was clean and THE place where I learned to prepare awesome plantbased foods. Juice. Blend and more. It was THE kitchen I had when I ‘started raw’ and lost 120lbs, reversed the symptoms of PCOS and changed my life forever. It’s also the kitchen where I recipe tested ALL my creations for my book and where my book ‘Spiralize!’ was born. So if you are aspiring for greater kitchen awesomeness PLEASE don’t hold out for that ‘perfect kitchen’ before you get started. Just get started. Eat more veggies and fruits. Create space for letting go. Start juicing. Learn how to make green smoothies. If you don’t have a blender: try to borrow one. Check out the charity shops and all means for getting one second hand. But whatever you do: just start. Life’s too short to put things on hold until you are ‘living the dream’. Instead try making life more dreamy by making changes one little step at a time. It’s not the kitchen. It’s YOU. Love you! 💕 #vegansofldn #instavegan #happiness #loveyourself #veganrecipes #kitchendesign #kitchen #greensmoothies #juicing #pcos #pcosweightloss #pcosjourney #wellness #bringyourfoodtolife
A tiny peak in to my personal space: my kitchen! 📷 by @gohomesfamily Here it is looking all tidy and sparkly clean ready for selling up (I’m moving house, wahoo!) it’s not always this tidy of course, and lots of my juicers and machines have been banished to my Cookery School cupboard: aka the big old cupboard under the stairs! This kitchen was installed by my then partner with all supplies from @bandq_uk in 2012 as the final room to be done as part of my house refurb. And it’s still looking as gorgeous and new! Now my reason for posting is this: not all chefs have ‘big awesome tv style chef kitchens’. I certainly don’t (this awesome kitchen is tiny) and most of my chef friends PINE for a massive designer space at home. My kitchen here didn’t always look so glamorous: it was an old tired 80’s kitchen in a tired old Victorian terraced house that had really seen better days. Was full of slugs and all sorts of crawling things. Doors falling off and shelves rotting. Nice eh?! BUT it was clean and THE place where I learned to prepare awesome plantbased foods. Juice. Blend and more. It was THE kitchen I had when I ‘started raw’ and lost 120lbs, reversed the symptoms of PCOS and changed my life forever. It’s also the kitchen where I recipe tested ALL my creations for my book and where my book ‘Spiralize!’ was born. So if you are aspiring for greater kitchen awesomeness PLEASE don’t hold out for that ‘perfect kitchen’ before you get started. Just get started. Eat more veggies and fruits. Create space for letting go. Start juicing. Learn how to make green smoothies. If you don’t have a blender: try to borrow one. Check out the charity shops and all means for getting one second hand. But whatever you do: just start. Life’s too short to put things on hold until you are ‘living the dream’. Instead try making life more dreamy by making changes one little step at a time. It’s not the kitchen. It’s YOU. Love you! 💕 #vegansofldn #instavegan #happiness #loveyourself #veganrecipes #kitchendesign #kitchen #greensmoothies #juicing #pcos #pcosweightloss #pcosjourney #wellness #bringyourfoodtolife