Want to know some easy strategies to improve your nutrition and overall health? Shakela Shan is a Nutritional Therapist based in Leeds who takes a simple and holistic approach to nutrition and wellness. It’s not just about the food either – we talk about sleep, exercise (too much can be just as harmful as not enough) and meditation. She mentions the book The Four Pillars by Dr Rangan Chatterjee.

Paul also asks for her opinion on a vegan diet compared with a paleo one. Find out what she has to say…

Shakela also shares a recipe for her delicious Almond and Cashew Protein Balls which is below.

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Almond and Cashew Protein Balls

These delicious protein balls are packed with fibre, protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied. They are ideal for stashing in your handbag for a nutritious energy snack. This recipe should feature in the 20% of the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time eat optimally and 20% of the time eat a little bit of what you fancy as long as it doesn’t cause any health issues.

Ingredients: Makes 12-15
100g ground almonds
100g cashew nut butter
3 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
30g almond flour
30g unsweetened desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of ‘Helen’s breakfast seed topping’
(sunflower, pumpkin, chia seeds, goji berries)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
90g pitted dates

Method:
1 Place all of the above ingredients in a food blender and gently pulse to combine the mixture well.
2 Take one tablespoon of mixture for each ball, rolling it in your hands to make 12-15 balls. I find wetting my hands makes the balls easier to roll.
3 You can roll the balls in any toppings of your choice – desiccated coconut, cinnamon, cocoa, sesame seeds and chia seeds.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Meet Ian White founder of Australian Bush Flower Essences and learn how they support emotional healing.

Yes flower power as medicine… and unusual ones at that! Check out below my favourite weird looking Australian flower and what it can be used for – it’s appearance may give you a clue.

I’ve been using Australian Bush Flower Essences and recommending them for many years but mainly the combination ones for extra support. I got to the stage that I wanted to learn more and went to beautiful Malahide Castle in Ireland last May to attend an 3 day workshop with the creator of these extraordinary tools, Ian White.

The best thing about the flower essences is that they can be used by anyone. You don’t have to do a training course unless you really want to get to know each individual essence in more depth. There is a wide range of off the shelf combination essences that cover a number of issues. My picture below only shows a few of them.

I had a short amount of time with Ian so after the interview I give you my personal tips on how you can use them and which essence needs to be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

I hope that you’ll give them a try as they are safe and easy to use and may just give you the support that you need right now.

For more information and some videos about the different essences please visit the official website:

http://ausflowers.com.au/

 

Grey Spider Flower which is used to release deep fears and terrors.

Integrative health communities, views from an Elder.

Former NHS nurse now an ‘elder’ of the holistic community, Sue Cooper is passionate about meditation, mindfulness, ayurvedic medicine and creating an integrative care community.

Sue talks about how she went from burn-out and having panic attacks to the art of living well and her bedrock, meditation. She became a student of Deepak Chopra and travelled far and wide to understand different types of indigenous cultures and the healing modalities they use.

Sue is the person behind a Mass Meditation project around the UK in May 2019. For more information check out her website:

http://selfcareworld.org

She also mentions:

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Elaine Griffiths & the staff at Gorton Monastery in Manchester https://www.themonastery.co.uk/

Dan Seigel https://www.drdansiegel.com/

 

The Gathering of the Graceful Warriors by Alison Knox (everydayangelsart.com)

 

Costa Rican diet, the environment, living long and well are all subjects discussed by Ligia Salazar, owner of Costa Rican food company Curubanda.

Ligia discusses how she discovered the connection between what she was eating and her health at the tender age of 16. Also she talks about how her diet has evolved from macrobiotics to how she eats now. Eating according to the season and eating local produce are things Ligia believes in. She also explains the six things that she thinks are important to the people of Nicoya, who enjoy one of the longest lifespans in the world in an area that is known to be one of the world’s ‘blue zones.’

You can find her here:

https://www.facebook.com/CurubandaCR/

http://www.curubandacr.com

Below is San Jose’s Feria Verde (green market) in Aranjuez, Curubanda Chai tea and our guest Ligia

Ligia Salazar