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This week I have been dipping into the Hay House World Summit, watching key speakers discuss all sorts of mind, body and spirit issues.
A few key talks caught my eye and one of them was;
The Tapping Solution.
The video is only available for free until today, Thursday 28th May but don’t let this stop you from exploring this incredible technique; on-line resources for tapping are exploding.

The Emotional Freedom Technique, best known as “tapping” works through the use of a very simple method.  This involves talking through current issues, while physically tapping on energy meridian points on the face, hands, neck and under the arms.

The idea, which seems impossibly straightforward has changed thousands of lives, by taking clients back to the very core of their pain or emotional stuck point and talking them through it,  around it and out the other side of it.  Too simple?  Well actually yes, but it does work.

Watch this video, by Nick Ortner, an expert in this field who shows you how you can, quite literally tap your pain away:

(yes it is a bit out of synch).

Tapping is not just for pain, it has been shown to heal emotional trauma, addiction and release patterns of negative conditioning.

You can also tap for more money!(check out Margaret Lynch) So learn this incredible technique and start a daily tapping practice to become healthy, wealthy and happy.

Happy tapping.

Gemma x


A Huge Thanks to you wonderful people


I did not get the votes that I needed to Pitch to Rich.   A disappointment indeed.  But I have to say that I feel great.  I have been completely buoyed up by your support, energy, love and positivity.

Several people have made the connection between diet and disease because of this very campaign, so I can only see this as a positive thing.

It has also helped me to crystallise my path forwards and in stating my aim has made me answerable later down the line.  So I will be spurred on by this, to complete my cookbook.  Watch this space!

Thank you all again.  Right now I am feeling, who needs Richard anyway?  When I have this bunch of awesome loveliness behind me!

Much love and deep gratitude

From Gemma x


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Devour a Rainbow


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This blog is all about the sheer power of phytonutrients.  The compounds that give your food its colour.  Plants contain more than 100,000 phytonutrients, a reason that we are recommended to eat 9 servings (yes) per day.  Plants contain 64 times more phytonutrients on average, than animal foods.

My advice today is to eat as many colours as you can each and everyday.  Because with each colour comes a specific benefit.
The life restoring effects of these colourful compounds in your body can vary considerably; from anti cancer compounds and hormone balancing functions to protection against cell damage through antioxidant properties.  There appears to be a synergistic effect of combining colours.

Phytonutrients are loaded with health promoting goodness.  For example they:

  • generate optimal cell function and help cells to communicate better with each other,
  • facilitate more efficient enzyme production
  • prevent mutations at a cellular level,
  • are anti-inflammatory,
  • offer potent antioxidants
  • many have functions we are only beginning to understand. 
  • They help prevent cancer, heart disease and most chronic diseases in general, are anti-aging  and boost the immune system.
  • help to form healthier tissues and systems in the body
  • are potent detoxifiers

It means that when choosing food in the supermarket it can be worth paying the extra for red onions and purple broccoli, as well as ensuring that you throw apricots and blackberries into your basket along with the usual apples.

Take advantage of the seasons and rotate your colours around according to the produce available locally at the time – there is plenty of purple in the winter with purple cabbage, without the need for blueberries all year round for example.

Some phytonutrients, such as beta carotene need fat to be consumed, one good reason to eat carrots in a salad drizzled with olive oil.

Boiling and pressure cooking foods seems to harm the levels of phytonutrients compared to other cooking methods.

Beetroots and then red bell peppers are jam packed with phytonutrients offering the highest levels of antioxidant levels of vegetables.

Some phytonutrients benefit from the vegetable being lightly cooked, steamed kale will make some phytonutrients more available to the body.

So to be more specific:
Eat red foods primarily for their carotenoids and lycopene.  These phytonutrients help to keep your heart and circulatory system healthy.  They aid memory function and protect against some cancers and helps with urinary tract health.  Think beetroots, cherries, radish, kidney beans, cranberries, tomatoes and watermelon.

Find room for Orange and Yellow in your diet as they contain carotenoids and lutein which boost the immune system, help with  your heart health and are also good for vision.  Beta carotene is the most well-known carotenoid, wonderfully also attributed to increasing attractiveness through its production of a rosy glow to your skin.

Found in: Carrots, yellow peppers, butternut squash, apricots, Cantaloupe melon,  grapefruit,  yellow beets, yellow pears.

Bring on the Greens as fantastic sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.  These have been shown to lower the risk of some cancers, protect against heart disease, maintain vision, critically helping to protect against glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness, cataracts and macular degeneration.   Greens also protect against birth defects.  They keep blood cells, bones and teeth strong.  Broccoli contains another phytonutrient, sulforaphane which also happens to be the most powerful natural inducer of our liver’s detoxifying enzyme system.
Try to eat plenty of Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans, green peppers, kale, kiwi, celery,  and spinach.
Blue and purple colours in food contain flavonoids and anthocyanins.  These can reduce the risk of some cancers and promote healthy aging.  They can improve urinary tract function and memory function and are also great for heart health.   Purple grape juice has been recognised for its phenolenic phytonutrients which make it the strongest contender in terms of  protection against Alzheimers.

Look out for: Blueberries, plums, blackberries, black beans, aubergines, elderberries, purple cabbage, purple grapes and raisins.

White and Brown foods offer sulfur compounds which are important detoxifiers.  This will lower toxicity in your body and maintain you heart and circulatory system.   It will also offer cancer protection.
Bananas, black-eyed peas, cauliflower, dates, figs, garlic, butterbeans, mushrooms, onions and nuts.
The phytonutrients in flax seeds help our body in the formation of lignans, greatly benefiting our all important gut flora.
So there you have it.
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
and I hope that you find your pot of gold.
Gemma x

Sexual Healing; Heat up your kitchen with this Black Bean Salsa.

The Autoimmune Disease Series

I have taken this recipe from:  Intercourses:  An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, by Martha Hopkins

Have you been feeling like you have been falling apart  for too long now?  Feeling all fifty shades of grey? The heat in this recipe should put some voom into your life!

There are some great benefits to this salad:

  • Black turtle beans have come out on top of the other beans in a recent test for antioxidant properties and are fantastic for your colon.
  • Anti inflammatory properties of coriander – particularly for skin disorders.
  • The ‘Love fruit’ mango, is known for its aphrodisiac properties, high in vitamin E it helps to regulate sex hormones and is also packed with antioxidants and helps to alkalise the body.
  • Massive amounts of vitamin C in the peppers, will also help you to absorb iron.  Taking iron supplements can be quite toxic for the body so improving absorption through increasing vitamin c intake may be a better way to boost your levels.

Black bean salsa bowl

Recipe: Black Bean Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 green pepper
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 115g canned black beans (or pre-cooked dried beans)
  • 75ml (3 fl oz) pineapple juice
  • 1 small bunch coriander
  • 1 tbls ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbls finely chopped green chilli
  • salt and pepper
  1. Soak the black beans and cook for 1 1/2 hours if using dried beans.
  2. Combine the mango, peppers, onion, black beans, pineapple juice and lime juice, coriander, cumin and chilli in a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chill.


Keep an eye on your symptoms for a couple of days after this salad.  If you find that any of your conditions worsen, particularly inflammation of the joints; then you may need to consider taking out the nightshade family from your diet for a while, to see if they are triggering your symptoms.

The nightshade family consists of Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, aubergines, chillies and paprika, watch out too for curries and curry sauces, pastes and powders.   Use black pepper instead to add heat to your food.  Black pepper also aids digestion.

Also if you are having a time of flare ups there may already be too much heat in your system so don’t add fuel to the fire, concentrate instead on some cooling foods such as cucumber or melon.  Alternatively you can help to balance the heat by serving this black bean salad with some chilled non dairy coconut yoghurt – my latest find in Waitrose and health food shops.

Eat, pray, love.

Gemma x

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