Budget Vitality


THE PMS – for the ladies.
March 3, 2009, 3:36 pm
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Today as I was cycling back from Sainsburies after spending 3 pounds on two avocadoes, some lemons, and a nice bag of rocket as I passed the swans in the park I started to feel very sad for some reason. I couldn’t explain where it was coming from – I was being blown around in the wind coming to think of it and it’s a very grey day, but aside from having to stick to a tight budget this month I have nothing to be sad about – lets face it there are people in the world far worse off than me. I then realised it’s almost that time, and that my mind was trying to trick me into finding reasons to be sad when really it’s just a natural thing my body is doing. I usually get symptoms about a week before, sometimes more but since going mostly raw I feel the symptoms are far less than they used to be. All of a sudden I had a craving for chocolate and hazelnuts – don’t ask me why, but my mind started to wander more and I realised it was Nutella I was really after! So when I got home I got inventive and made some Raw Nutella – and it’s GORGEOUS! After eating it my mood shifted, I also took some St Johns Wort, and texted Dale who has recommended an uptake on B vitamins and some black cohosh. I can’t afford the Cohosh this month, but at least I had some ingredients to help me get over this weird mood I was in.

The Pre Menstrual Sandwich

What on earth is wrong with me?

Here are the ingredients

I ground up the hazelnuts in a coffee grinder

• Cacao beans were first used as money with the Aztecs and Mayans.
• Cacao is one of nature’s super foods, with amazing properties that are destroyed with cooking.
• Cacao contains over 300 chemically identifiable compounds
• Cacao is remarkably rich in magnesium, which is supportive to the heart, builds strong bones and is associated with happiness
• It is the richest source of antioxidants on the planet
• Cacao releases the bliss chemical, called Anandamide
• Cacao release’s Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAO), youthening and rejuvenation chemistry.
• Cacao is nature’s anti-depressant.
• Cacao lowers cravings for over-eating
• The more you eat, the more you loose weight
• Cacao is a natural laxative
• Cacao soothes PMS symptoms
• Cacao is a natural muscle relaxanat

“If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish out solitude as individuals, atone with us our fellows in a glowing exultation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly world transforming drug were of such a kind that we could wake up the next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution – then, it seems to me, all our problems would be wholly solved and the earth would become paradise”.

Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)



Amazing programme ‘Grow your own Drugs’.
March 3, 2009, 11:36 am
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I very rarely watch the TV these days, mostly because there are very few programms these days that are positive. The news is always very one sided, and they very rarely promote the Good News going on in this world so it affects people on a mass psychological level in a very negative way. I am a firm believer that if you want to really want the world to change, then you have to start sorting yourself out first in your own immediate area. As much as I love to travel, and have travelled, these days I am finding my conscience veering more locally, connecting with people face to face who live in my area, and one thing I am really enjoying is the prospect of soon being able to plant seeds in my square foot boxes.

I spoke to a new friend last night, and we have planned to have a meeting today to discuss seedlings. Kate knows more than I do about starting plants off, so we are going to have a cup of tea and share some space to get our seedlings going. I plan to grow some edible flowers, medicinal plants, and on the allotment I will grow my root vegetables then in my back garden I plan to grow my greens and salad for the Green Smoothie.

Dale and I were very excited to see a programme last night called Grow your own Drugs. I really liked James Wong’s approach and his presenting was very down to earth. I highly recommend watching this programme if you live in the UK, it has a wealth of information about making your own medicinal remedies.


The Ice Castle by Kirsty Hawkshaw



Constipation Remedy.
March 2, 2009, 9:49 pm
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Years ago when I went to an amazing holistic Dr called Dr Shyam Singha, I bought a book from him called ‘The Secrets of Natural Health‘. I highly recommend this book as it has a wealth of information on how to treat common ailments naturally.

He mentions in the book a great remedy for constipation and even mentions that the psychological aspect of it could be a result of Miserliness or not being able to let go of something including ones own waste. He suggests to perhaps get rid of an object u haven’t used in 5 years and try and retrain the mind to let go. He recommends to drink lots of water too, and to make a fresh juice using the following ingredients..

. carrot
. cooking apple
. spinach
. grape

Drink undiluted on an empty stomach. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper and eat 1 raw courgette. Whilst drinking this juice, practise ‘eating’ the drink.

He sais to eat green leafy veg rather than root veg, eliminate starchy puddings and drink more water.

Singing is also helpful.



A Day at the BBC 3 Counties Radio with Gill Gauntlett
February 21, 2009, 4:28 pm
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Today my friend Dale Pinnock and I were invited to guest talk on 3 counties radio with Gill Gauntlett’s show ‘The Greenhouse’ .  She was a very lovely presenter and enjoyed some of the raw delights I knocked up today to take to the show.  Dale amazed me once again with his incredible knowledge of herbs and super foods and today we also tackled the subject of menopause.  The sun was shining, the weather is warming up and all in all it was a really positive wonderful day.  Thankyou Gill and thankyou 3 counties Radio


The Ice Castle by Kirsty Hawkshaw



The Green Smoothie.
February 20, 2009, 8:16 pm
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Ok so you have got to be kidding me a GREEN SMOOTHIE!  What comes to mind?  YUCK NO WAY, and I am definately not going to drink anything like this infront of my friends.  Well ok ok calm down, please give this a go, especially after a hangover – it works absolutely wonderful and is incredibly rehydrating and full of goodness. And guess what – it’s REALLY CHEAP!  I first heard about this from the Boutenko family

You will need any of  the following:

1 coz lettuce, (I like coz lettuce because I get a bit strung out and it has sedative qualities to it) spinach, Kale, Nettles from the garden, dandelion leaves.  1 banana (very ripe please not green), or any fruit.. How about taking budget vitality to another level and used slightly bruised ones from the market, i’m sure you would get a good deal for very few pence.  If they are not organic please peel!

Into a blender put your greens.  Tear up some lettuce, wap in some nettles, Kale, whatever u like that is green and grows outside.  Make sure you wash the vegetables well.  Don’t bother spending tons of money on fancy veg wash – just use this instead ‘home made veg wash’ .  Add some water and a nice ripe banana, or mango, maybe some apple.  The fruit will trick your mind into thinking u are having something fruity rather than Green and yucky which it isn’t btw.  Even if you include this with your normal diet you will reap so many benefits, get lots of nutrition into your blood cells, and will feel fantastic.  This is a great smoothie to have when u get a late afternoon slump instead of coffee and your eyes will sparkle.



February 20, 2009, 7:49 pm
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I think I may just have nailed the raw version of a “Man Sandwich’. I was inspired by the mighty John B and his girlfriend Hayley after Hayley mentioned ‘Man Sandwich’ whilst I was at their house at breakfast time after we had a fun night out. I said from this day forth, I will make it my ultimate goal to make the Raw version of a Man Sandwich.

This is a healthy alternative to a bacon butty or something that a Man who is used to fry ups might like to try out as an alternative. Ok so at first u may not want to eat this infront of your mates as they will probably tease u. However If u get a good dose of Omega oils which linseeds and the seeds included in this sandwich are full of, your brain will work better and this could help to answer more questions at pub quiz on a Thursday night.

How to make a Raw Man Sandwich.

For the Crackers which we will use instead of bread you will need the following:
A Stockli Dehdrator

(I like this one as it’s not too expensive and you can get very inventive with one of these.)

Linseeds, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds. A JuicerTeflex

carrots, beetroot, fresh ginger, himalayan salt a small onion, pinch of cayenne pepper, Tamari

Juice two carrots, a beetroot, 1 ounce of fresh ginger root, then put some linseeds (about two cups) into a bowl with a handful of each of the other seeds and soak in the juice u have made.  Add a splash of Tamari and a generous pinch of himalayan salt, and a pinch of cayenne pepper or adjust to preference.  Mix it up and soak it for half an hour.   You can also if you wish add some cumin seeds if you like spicy flavours.

Put the teflex sheets into the dehydrator and spread out your batter evenly making sure there are no holes.   Then Dehydrate over night on 40 setting.  This prevents overheating and therefore ensures that enzymes are not destroyed in drying out process.  In the morning peel off the Teflex carefully and then them over and continue for another hour or so – until they are crisp n crunchy.

It sounds like a very long time to make a sandwich :), but after a while u get used to preparing things in advance and it actually takes alot less time than cooking a full meal or unwrapping a microwave meal.

Once the crackers are done.  Prepare the following for a lovely Manly spread.

Black olives, semi-sundried tomatoes (or fresh), fresh basil, an avocado, some olive oil, pinch of sea salt.

I found a small blender the other day in a charity shop for two pounds.  It’s always worth hunting about for cheap alternatives and saving ones money for the food instead.

Blend the ingredients and spread it onto a cracker.

For those who eat meat, add some fresh Parma Ham and a handful of Rocket.

Snap another cracker on top and enjoy!

p.s I ate this today and 5 hours later I am still not feeling hungry – I have no dips in energy and feel like I can stay up all night.



Squarefoot Gardening – A blog from Kirsty.
February 19, 2009, 5:31 pm
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Hello there,

A very vibrant welcome to those who have discovered this new blog. Dale Pinnock and myself Kirsty Hawkshaw will be regularly updating this blog with delicious recipies and great tips on Raw food healthy living that is inexpensive and easy to do. Dale and I decided to join up because team work is more fun, and we are on the same page. If I might say so myself, I have to admit that by nature I have a few hedonistic impulses as in I like to feel good! However on occasions though I’ve also enjoyed the so called normal activities in life and perhaps gone down the pub on a few too many occasions, or eaten foods that made me feel sluggish and half alive afterwards – made me a bit toxic n moody. Both Dale and I have had lots of supportive chats about this and shared our own experiences of the struggle to good health. I think the best way forward is to firstly not see it as a huge mountain, but to start off slowly. Do a little at a time, get used to it and then adapt to the positive changes you will start to feel almost instantly.

Today my friend Tim helped me to put together some Squarefoot boxes in my garden.  I am going to be growing lots of Greens this year to make my Green smoothies.  I was impressed by the taste of the Green Smoothie originally heard about from the Raw Food Family. They talk about throwing any greens into a blender with some water, then adding a banana to trick the brain into thinking you are having something sweet and creamy.  Many people would look at the Green Smoothie and just say YUCK i’m not trying that! or That looks like blended frogs, or witches brew etc.. Well the Green Smoothie is actually rather delicious, hydrating and very healthy.  And guess what ‘it’s very cheap’!  Don’t be fooled into a false sense of the idea that Raw Food is an expensive way of life, we are going to give some great tips on how to keep the costs low and the living HIGH.