February 2009


An Awesome Retreat!

by Leisa on February 28, 2009

I know I say this every time, so it might seem like a bit of a cliché now, but the February Embracing Life! Retreat at Coolum Beach was another fantastic event and we had an incredible group of people come together to make it very special. I have been thinking about what makes these retreats such life-changing weeks, and
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INCREASING PREVALENCE OF FOOD ALLERGY AND FOOD INTOLERANCE IN AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN AND ADULTS From ARL Functional Pathology eNews A recent article in The Age newspaper, Victoria, reported on research finding the prevalence of peanut allergies in children has doubled in the past decade. Canberra-based clinical allergy physician, Dr Raymond Mullins, lead author of the study,
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Trusting Your Own Body

by Leisa on February 24, 2009

It has been a great start to the week of detoxing and education about raw food and health at this latest retreat – and one point that everyone is learning really well – is that we CAN trust our own bodies. We are taught so thoroughly to not trust the messages our body gives us.  If we
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The Next Embracing Life! Retreat

by Leisa on February 22, 2009

The next Embracing Life! Retreat starts today and I am excitedly anticipating meeting a new group of people and taking them for a week of education and relaxation at Nirvana Luxor Resort on the Sunshine Coast of QLD. It is always such a huge undertaking!  Not having a permanent base for the retreats means weeks of
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Victoria Boutenko Lecture

by Leisa on February 20, 2009

Last night William and I went to the Gold Coast lecture by Victoria and Valya Boutenko.  They have been very prominent in the Raw Food movement for many years and among their many books and DVD’s is Victoria’s book Green For Life which I have mentioned many times on this site and is where the
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Lucuma Ice Kream

by Leisa on February 18, 2009

This recipe was featured in the Raw Pleasure newsletter and is from Ani Phyo’s book Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Lucuma Ice Kream A rich creamy gelato-like ice cream popular in South America, this flavor is reminiscent of caramel. You don’t need an ice cream maker to enjoy this recipe. Just blend and freeze. Super fast
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The Pitfalls of the Dr. Weston A. Price Diet…

by Leisa on February 16, 2009

Following on from the last post that mentions primitive diets and the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, I thought  I would add my two cents worth on the the subject. From Amazon: “For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of
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Primitive Diets

by Leisa on February 14, 2009

I thought this was a good post from a couple who write regularly about raw food: Primitive Foods: Not Always Ideal? Last night we were over at Justin’s parent’s house, and right before we left we decided to turn on the television for a few minutes. The Travel Channel was on. The show that was
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Reversing Alzheimer’s With Raw Food

by Leisa on February 12, 2009

As a bit of a follow up to my post “A Savage Tale” comes this story of one elderly lady with Alzheimer’s who is having her life transformed by a raw food diet. “Team Nan” in Cadillac, MI, is pulling off the impossible – yanking an 80ish “young” women sentenced for life in an Alzheimer’s
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Genes Don’t Cause Cancer

by Leisa on February 10, 2009

A study completed at the Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece analysed hundreds of other studies that claimed to have “discovered” genes that cause cancer, and it found that out of 240 claimed associations between genes and cancer risk, only two genes actually had any significant correlation at all. Put another way, over 99% of
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