I am desperately working my creative brain and hands to produce a portfolio for my international agents, Advocate Art and eating masses of cocao mousse and green smoothies to get a creative kick as I stare blankly at other people's lovely illi's and go a bit porridge brain...
But this is about a treat I had last weekend: THE GAIA FOOD MARKET
I recently went to visit my sister Dawn's stand, Nice & Smoothie, at The Gaia Food market in Constantia, Cape Town. ( South Africa.)
It is easy to find, just off the road past The Old Constantia Village on the Alphen grounds.
Plenty of parking and car guards abound. The market is indoors and outdoors, with tables and chairs under trees for lounging about at, eating your delectable culinary discoveries.
It's all about The FOOD: As it says on their website:
Speciality food market dedicated to fresh plant-based cuisine
I decided I would walk around carefully investigating everything before I chose something to eat...but - I COULDN'T! My mouth started watering at the very first stand of raw pizza!
With a fast filling tummy, I eventually decided to take a little something away from every stand that called to my palate : )
I bought delicious veg sushi (take-away) from Oways. They have a restaurant in Claremont - vegetarian and vegan with a leaning towards Ayurvedic ideals (no onion or garlic) Oways is a delightfully friendly team of Asian, white and black foodies. Beautiful people with a fresh, professional attitude. They were also steaming veg filled dumplings in a bamboo steamer... Droooliscious!
Info: Marion Kumpf
+27 21 671 2850
Shop 2, Heritage House, 20 Dreyer Street, Claremont, CT
Had a very tasty slice of raw pizza from the Earthshine folk.
Natalie and Noel.
Pizza takeaway, catering & events, products, shop, classes, consultations.
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Dawn (my sister) runs the Nice & Smoothie stand - and was making some very interesting combinations of rich and nutritious smoothies, with the most popular being the Green Smoothie, of course! : )
Her French friend, Chantal Menneghin, was using an Oscar juicer and making beet, apple, carrot, wheat grass juices, that I could have stood there drinking and chatting about all day!
I loved walking around eating and tasting. I know it's very new, so I forgave them for this, but I just felt two or three stands required a bit more of a professional styling; labeling, display counter appetizer ideas, storage solutions etc.
Dawn had bowls of edibles; coconut, fruit, nuts (her smoothie ingredients) which people kept helping themselves to - which she said she didn't mind. So hers was attractive to the palate in that sense.
I tasted some very yummy dried fruits from a beautifully laid out stand with very freindly service. I tried the pineapple, apple and cinnamon and coconut, strawberries and pomegranate pips. All totally delish and organic. Will post thier details when I find them.
Then there was Biddy's Burgers - I didn't taste there, but I buy their burgers from Wellness Warehouse for the boys. They are always very well made, there is a wide variety of combinations using pulses and herb flavourings. Not raw.
There was a Thai food stand that I didn't stop at, although their rice wraps with steamed vegetables looked picture perfect and very delectible. (I had just bought the takeaway sushi)
I bought delicious NUT cheese from Say Cheese, cannot find the details I kept from the nut cheese I bought. I first tasted a wasabi cheese which was UTTERLY divine! However, I wanted one that kids would also like, so she suggested the cranberry cheese. She said it would last about a week refrigerated...hee hee...it lasted 3 days before it was ALL GONE. I could definitely give up my occasional goats cheese habit for this instead. Made with macadamia, probiotic, nutritional yeast, lemon - so tasty!
Definitely going to try to make my own again. I did try once before on the farm, but using cashews - not so lekka.
For some reason, neither Jude or I like raw cashews or wheat grass anymore. Gone off that in a big way. Body just doesn't 'resonate' with the flavour anymore. Think I have detoxed enough already...
Earthshine also had raw chocolates - which I didn't get to- surprisingly enough! I was stuffed :/
I am making new crackers later today, inspired by one of the stands, who's spread I kept revisiting to take tasters from. Sadly, I can't remember her company name either! She had sweetpotato and flax crackers and onion and flax crackers with a creamy macadamia, garlic buttery spread. ooh la! la!
Cracker= dehydrated bready type things that retain their ingredients' nutritional goodness, as they are not cooked.
I made a sweetpotato batch the day I returned from the market and they were superb!
Well, I'm back to lovin' my dehydrator since the Gaia Good food market!
Forthcoming dates for Market:
Sunday 6 November (9am-2pm)
Sunday 20 November (9am-2pm)
Make a lunch excursion there in November...just don't eat a thing before you go!
A friend asked me this question a week ago:
Is the food I'm eating really making my life difficult?
What I heard her ask was; Does What I Eat Affect The Quality Of My Life and If So How?
While I am not a nutritionist or good food guru, I have had some illuminating thoughts around this that I'd love to share and hear your thoughts on.
I am beginning to grasp the fact, that it all starts in the head. In other words, how we THINK about how we are feeding ourselves, is to a large extent, making WHAT we feed ourselves, DO what it does to us.
I am not talking about what we know. Yes, there is the nutritional science to back up the 'facts' - too much sugar will do X and too much salt will do Y and saturated fats are bad etc. Also, if you are into any kind of vegetarian/vegan or raw food eating, you already know the huge benefits of cutting out animal protein and that cooked meals are very acidic. However, I have been slowly grasping the deeper metaphysics of my eating habits these last two years.
It hasn't solidified into a philosophy, as such, but more a way of being around food or being WITH food. I've been conducting an inquiry into the beliefs I hold and how they affect me. Whether it's about food or my soul or who I am.
Is that a bit cryptic? I'm sure you'll get this.
The problem is, we aren't 100% in control of our THINKING. The following does NOT apply if you honestly don't care about what you eat.
As an example, the chocolate biscuit/bag of crisps/coffee we feel so bad about consuming. Each time we make the decision to eat something we THINK we shouldn't, it is going down to our systems loaded with negative thoughts. Our negative thoughts have already created a negative physical stress reaction, before the biscuit even gets to our lips: constricting of the internal organs, stress in the heart region, frown on the face, disassociation (glassy stare), hardening of the arteries, toxic adrenaline rush through the muscles etc. With all this going on inside, how could anything we eat, have a chance of being anything else but BAD for us.
So why do we eat this way?
If we didn't have the constant NOT ALLOWED! sign popping up around the foods we want to eat, I believe we'd have a much better time choosing what FEELS good and leaving what doesn't.
I am starting to grasp that a diet is not there to be used as a rule book to slap your naughty cookie-grabbing hand with, but a personal guideline for what YOU know you need, in order to FEEL good ALL THE TIME.
I added all the time, because a junk food junkie will say - but I feel really good when I'm eating my *junk food of choice*. However, we all know from past experience, that this is not true half an hour later. It is the norm for most people to have to take anti-acids, headache pills and drink more coffee, just to get through the day. When the cooked stodge is making the body so tired, you can't concentrate at work, you have no energy to exercise and no motivation to change your habits.
When I look at how I eat now, I see that I make choices based on how I want to feel. I want to feel a certain way, so I eat accordingly. At the same time I love certain flavours, textures and consistencies. When I want comfort food, for example, a raw choc mousse makes me feel deliciously decadent and sensual. I now know from research that it also has the added bonus of having:
more than 300 nutritional compounds and is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food on the planet! It's also very rich in magnesium and helps to balance the hormones. It's no wonder we crave it!
When I don't feel like chocolate (hardly ever!) I make fruit mousses using banana, mango, dates and cocunut cream and any number of other fruit combinations.
I have developed a way of eating through inquiry into my own body's cravings first, then into what nutritious foods have those vital ingredients in them, to guarantee the good feelings. I choose based on what I know those foods give me in terms of FEELING : ie energy, comfort, lightness,focus.
The second factor is nutrition. Surprisingly, it is NOT the first. No-one really eats something because they 'know it's good for them'- unless it's a child being forced to by a parent. We eat for taste and the feeling it gives us.
Ultimately, I believe that we will choose what we FEEL is good for our bodies - if the FEELING PLACE (our emotional well-being) is healed. The beliefs we feed ourselves around what we eat, are all important.
With this in mind, for interest sake, my meal-plan looks something like this:
Breakfast: What do I really want?: Light, happy, energy. Quick to consume. Sweet more than salty. Hydrating. Cleansing = Green smoothie or buckweat and seed granola with coconut milk and chopped papaya or green juice. If, on the very rare occassion I want salty, I choose something like my sweetpotato and onion crackers with nut cheese and avo. I always have a green juice. Various combinations of : Spinach, carrots, beetroot, apples, pears, celery and wedge of lemon or pineapple.
I have discovered, through trial and error, that if I don't have my daily morning intake of spinach, I crave salty snacks throughout the day. I found out, while picking my husbands organic spinach, that the stems of raw spinach are incredibly salty. These mineral salts are obviously what my body is looking for in salty chips and other junk food, when I haven't had my green juice breakfast. When I do drink a green juice - my system feels satiated, calm and balanced.
Lunch: Light and rich. Hydrating. Exciting, salty flavours. Energy food. Green and crunchy. Protein. Easy to prepare or ready-made = A big green salad, avo, nuts, sprouts, or just green juice and crackers with toppings: hummus, avo, nut cheese, tomato, olives and for dessert : raw chocolate smoothie or raw choc mousse. Fresh water.
Snacks: Really small amounts of Dates, nuts, coconut, dried fruit.
Dinner: Rich, filling, sweet, comfort food = green or raw choc smoothie or ...a green choc smoothie (with an added handfull of baby spinach...surprisingly yum!)
I seldom want something salty at dinner, but when I am eating out, I'll have a seed and sprout filled salad with chickpeas and avo or goats cheese if there is no avo.
I believe we can all make good food choices, based on an energetic charge in the body that one can feel when one is clear and calm enough to BE with it. Hence the need for a short period of detox (sometimes just a day) and quiet time, to shift focus and regain faith in one's own INNER GOD/DESS.
If we don't get that connection clear of emotional garbage, the noise that goes on in our minds makes the food choice decision come from fear, sadness, worry, insecurity etc instead. That is when we just choose a quick fix, self-medication type of food that dulls our senses and leaves us feeling doped and fuzzy.
Nourishing Your Soul
It's a funny thing, but we all put way too much weight behind taking action and give no value to the power of BEING STILL.
We all need time to rejuvenate in quiet peace. Just breathing into each moment, second by second. I need to watch the sun move across the wall, sometimes...
Without that time of nourishing our souls with peace and surrender- we can't actually SEE ourselves, FEEL our own thoughts or KNOW what we really need.
I absolutely say YES! to taking time to be at home for yourself and for your soul.
Sometimes, we are presented with a quiet 10 minutes in which we could simply sit down and be still - but we don't recognise it, because we have not intended to find it. I know that if I am intent on finding that time, it shows itself in amazing ways.
What do YOU feel?
We all need to hear that every now and then, don't we?
Karen Knowler was asked on one of our Q&A calls, what she does when that negative voice we all know only too well, starts in her head. She said: 'You know what, I don't get that anymore.'
She said she does talk to herself, though, often saying things like ' Karen, just do it!'
A great insight into the mindset of someone who is achieving at a level I want to get to in my own way. Just stop giving airtime to self-destructive negativity. Period. Instead, carry on busying yourself getting on with what you see next on the road towards where you want to be. Anything else is a waste of precious time.
Imagine, if, as little babies trying to walk, we had started questioning if we could/should be attempting to walk in the first place? Where would we have ended up? I'll tell you what I see: Huge adult babies in diapers, lying around sucking their thumbs and doped on anti-depressants. Eeeeek! (there are actually some people who fit that bill!!!)
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Our stumbling blocks seem to be mostly of the following kind:
- looking too many steps ahead
- fear of exposure
- fear of disapproval
- fear of failure
- fear of un-nameable (as yet) issues, that we will not be able to handle in the un-knowable future :)
- fear of 'too much' : work/attention/envy/money/drama/other people's stuff
And then there's that very odd, very real 'fax machine problem'. You will relate to this- it is so ridiculously true.
In an audio on money by Ramit Sethi, author of "I Will Teach You To Be Rich" he told this true story of a stupendously wealthy businessman who was his mentor. This guy would mention now and then that he still hadn't signed off some major deal that would up-level his life in a BIG way. When asked by Ramit why not, he said "man, I'm supposed to fax the documents and... I don't have a fax machine..." I am 100% sure it was said with a very sheepish look on the face.
But, don't we ALL DO THIS TOO? Karen mentioned a similar thing about not going to the gym for months on end, simply because she didn't like the only gym bag she had.
We allow some small thing to be a HUGE obstacle in our paths because of fear of all the other changes that path will inevitably bring.
It seems to me to boil down to feeling that we are not ENOUGH to have ALL THAT and be able to flow with it.
What comes to mind immediately is: Slow Down.
Take one simple step at a time. Chop wood. Carry water. (yes. i say that a lot around here)
What is in front of us to do now? Do that. With love and attention.
Then, find a piece of Time for You. Take a piece of paper or a clean page in a journal and write down what BEING you with all you presently dream of, ALREADY ACHIEVED feels like.
Write random words, even. Just immerse your imagination in that feeling, look around your imaginary future and explain it in detail. Live there for a few minutes a day.
Eventually, you get comfortable with the boundless possibilities you can see ahead and you find yourself moving towards the you you are becoming, as life moves onwards with you ...
This is what I wrote in my journal about being wealthy a few months ago, after reading Sandy Forster's book Wildly Wealthy Fast...
'How Rich Feels'
Smooth and silky.
Scents of balmy evenings, exotic perfumes. An abundance of fruit and coconuts. Oils. Massage. Exquisite flowers, reds, pinks,oranges. Lilacs, deep cerise, indigo.
Kilometers of indigenous gardens. Greenness. My own organic vegetables. In a basket on my hip. As I walk to my kitchen.
Nature surrounds my home.
Solid walls. Big pillars, big windows. Arched. Gorgeous finishes - high quality.
Peaceful faces. Laughter at life's magical changes. Freedom from attachment to it all.
Friendships that enrich my soul - support my journey.
Happy children. Happy parents.
Gifts to give and receive. Grateful surprises of the souls awakening. Times of utter stillness.
Plenty of everything good. Time to listen to the birds and BE. With nature, with God.
Overflowing gratitude. Grace. Release, compassion, kindness, LOVE, sharing, creating. Dancing gently through Life. Space. Beautiful expansiveness. Walking barefoot through the dew before sunrise. Greeting the stars with a deep welling up of love in my heart. Feeling like the Blessed custodian of a precious piece of Creation...
I read it now and then to remind myself of what I am working towards.
It's funny, how this metaphysical stuff all works...I started writing a book about two yrs ago in quite a different way to the one it has now morphed into- most of it is on my blog now - and I wrote as if I was already where I want to be.
As I wrote, I felt this surge of energy, as if I was predicting the future, simply by acting as if it was so. I got this clear understanding, that in order for the book to be realized, I would in fact become the success I was 'pretending' to be.
This has been an epiphany for me about why I haven't been able to write for quite some time like I did then. I have to re-invoke that future Leila, who is looking back and giving of her wisdom to others along the pathway to their own acheivements - that PROCESS seems to create some kind of magic. Like role play in acting. It makes it so real, that I think the Universe eventually just adjusts and keeps adjusting things, until it is in fact, so.
Does this sound bizarre?
Well ..it's my present outlook on the whole thing. I think you get it. You know how to do this. Playing small and having doubts is not part of the Divine You of the not too distant future.
Play the part of that person you know inside you can be and let the Universe take care of the details ; )
My (totally unrelated) question for you: what would move you to interact on a blog? I want to start adding interviews of people I admire here. Videos or audios or just written interviews. Any preferences?