My porridge became famous during my yoga-teacher training at my very favourite retreat here in Scotland, Anam Cara. During a five-day juicing detox I attended there, Margaret, our facilitator, explained about putting love into the juice we were preparing, and sipping in silence with great appreciation. Believe me, after a day or two of no other food, that wasn’t hard to do! I later adapted that idea to the porridge. The yoga course began with meditation at 5 a.m. each day, and by breakfast time, we were ravenous. So I’d prepare the night before, singing my little song into the pot as I stirred: “This is the porridge of love, baby, this is the porridge of joy, this is the porridge of peace.” The desired state is added as an ingredient, just like infusing your drinking water with love – you will taste the difference!

Try it and see.

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Flying high after successful weight loss

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Porridge of Love

Eating consciously means preparing with love, sitting comfortably; taking small bites, chewing thoroughly, savouring the flavour, respecting the effort, the ingredients and the company.

Just sharing ideas that have helped me and I encourage you to:

Eat consciously and prepare with love!

Eating consciously is the 4th in our little series of tips. I thought it was a good time to share being that mindfulness was to the fore during March. Eating consciously is a great opportunity to practice mindfulness. Just eliminate all distractions, make a ritual of both cooking and eating. Preparing food you love is just another way of giving to yourself and thus boosting your self-esteem.

When I help clients with weight issues, I ask if they want a quick fix or an ongoing lifestyle change that will be more effective long-term. As a hypnotherapist, I can motivate clients in any way they choose, but my ethos and holistic background influence me to guide them towards deeper changes that they can live with permanently. Although it’s not always easy to gather feedback, I have noticed that the clients who do take that advice, even if they are only able to make small changes at a time, are the ones who enjoy the longer-term results.

One small step at a time is fine.

Tip 1 Breath
Tip 2 water
Tip 3 exercise

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Yoga – union of movement and breath

Let me share one of my favourite super snacks –

kale

Kale – nature’s superfood

Learn about nutrition: about what kind of fuel your body needs for optimum energy and vitality.

More conscious eating recipes coming soon

KALE CRISPS

  • 500g Kale
  • 75g desiccated coconut
  • 75g ground flax seed
  • 10 g curry powder
  • 50g nutritional yeast
  • 30g onion powder
  • 30mls olive oil

Take centre rib out and tear into pieces.

Mix together and spread on teflex sheet and dehydrate about 6 – 8 hours at 110 degrees.

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