Strawberry Chamomile Ice Cream

December 12, 2014

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Only a few weeks till Christmas! How did that happen? I love the end of the year, despite all the chaos. I came across this quote (well, word, I guess) – and it perfectly sums up how I feel at the moment:

Vorfreude. {n.} The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.

Isn’t that beautiful? Nothing beats the excitement at the anticipation of a new year. And even though it’s Christmas and there’s crowds to face and shopping to do – I’m so enjoying having space to be quiet and journal and reflect on the year that’s been and the year to come. I have exciting things to share with you next year by the way!

Today’s post is something I prepared earlier for Nature and Health Magazine, published here. But it’s such a nice summery treat that I thought I’d share with you again before the holidays start. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Chamomile Ice Cream

Serves 2.

A healthy, refreshing ice cream free from refined sugars and dairy, with a little bit of help from a herbal friend to ease stress during this pre Christmas rush.

Coconut cream is used instead of dairy, a great, natural saturated fat necessary in the diet for absorbing the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.

Strawberries are low sugar and rich in anti-aging antioxidants – choose organic as they are notoriously sprayed and always feature near the top of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list.

Coconut nectar makes a great low GI sweetener and is minimally refined, meaning it is still a rich source of minerals.

Chamomile is flowering now as we head into summer, a beautiful herb to keep in the garden. Ruled by the sun, chamomile is best known for her calming actions, and is a great remedy for digestive complaints. Perfect for this stressful silly season.

 

Ingredients

1½ cups frozen strawberries
1 cup chilled coconut cream*
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons chamomile flowers and leaves, fresh & chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
*Buy a tin of full fat coconut milk/cream. Pop it in the fridge overnight. When you open it the next day, you will find the cream has floated to the top, this is what you need for this recipe.

Method

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blitz till just combined and still chunky. If you go for too long it will become a liquid so be careful.

2. Transfer to a dish and keep in the freezer, sprinkle a few extra chamomile flowers over the top to serve.

 

 

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  1. Oh my this looks delicious! Makes me wish it was summer right now..But it's starting to get so cold here in CH…Hopefully I will have time to try some recipes from your app soon :)

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Raw, Sugar Free Coconut Ice

November 15, 2014

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This lovely recipe is now available on the Raw Desserts App, it is completely sugar free and coloured naturally with a little freshly squeezed beet juice.

You can find it on the app store here.

Or on Google Play here.

Lx


5 Responses to “Raw, Sugar Free Coconut Ice”

  1. Dairne Pene says:

    hi lauren, i purchased your ebook a while back, not sure where it has disappeared to on my ipad, is it possible to re download it?

  2. Hi Dairne, if you send me an email I can re send it you… L

  3. Dairne Pene says:

    hi again lauren, its hudob1@bigpond.com tx

  4. Your photography is so gorgeous, may I ask what camera you use?

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Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding

October 1, 2014

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What a crazy week! My new app launched over the weekend and I have an exam on Sunday – not the best timing – my poor brain feels so frazzled and dazzled – it doesn’t really know what to focus on. So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet today, mostly because I have piles of notes all over my desk, bed, floor, room… everywhere I tell ya. Still, a little break is a good think. Thing. Good thing. See what’s happening?! I’m short circuiting! Even left my pen in the fridge yesterday. Who does that.

So, speaking of my poor brain being frazzled, I thought a nice post to share today would be this super great basic – Chocolate Chia Pudding – which I have for breakfast sometimes in the weekends. It is packed full of brain healthy omega 3 fatty acids, so it is rather special at fuelling you up on days when you need to engage brain. The chia seeds are also a great source of the minerals calcium and phosphorus, for strong and flexible bones. Plus, study feels so much easier when you get chocolate pudding for breakfast.

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Serves 2.
1 whole young coconut
½ cup chia seeds
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut butter, liquified
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of coarse sea salt

  1. Cut open the coconut and pour the water into a blender.
  2. Scoop the flesh out, and pop it in a sieve. Take a little time to remove any of the husk still attached.
  3. Add to the blender and whizz till creamy, pour the resulting milk into a bowl.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk together, then leave it to thicken for 5 to 15 minutes.
  5. If you like a warm breakfast for comfort, you can heat this on low over the stove top.
  6. Serve with a dollop of berry jam and a sprinkling of nuts.

How easy is that!

Ok back to the books, and thank you all for the amazing feedback on the app so far – it’s rocking my world, so happy people are enjoying it.

Lx

 

 

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3 Responses to “Raw Chocolate Chia Pudding”

  1. This looks really good. I love her recipes.

  2. Maritza Pedraza says:

    Chocolate at any time ;). Looks amazing. Good luck in your studies.
    the pen situation funny and common at the same time

  3. Erin Carr says:

    I love Chia Pudding. It's my new favourite breakfast! Haven't tried a chocolate one yet, but it looks fab!

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Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte

September 26, 2014

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Coffee wrecks havoc with your adrenals, and, being an irritant, it is not very gentle on the digestive system – it can cause abdominal pain and an upset tummy.

Oh but it tastes so good, right? I have a recipe today for a caffeine free alternative – Dandelion Latte, made from roast dandelion herbal ‘coffee’, nut milk and coconut oil.

I like to buy a brand of dandelion coffee called Bonvit – it’s a blend of roasted dandelion and chicory. The perks are, it doesn’t perk you up, and actually gives your liver a bit of love. It can taste a bit bitter, but if you follow this recipe, you will get a super frothy, creamy delicious latte – almost (if not better than) the real thing.

 

Dandelion Latte:

1 teaspoon Bovit dandelion coffee
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup plant-based milk (hemp is extra creamy)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon coconut sugar or a pinch of stevia

Add the dandelion coffee to hot water and stir till it dissolves, then add everything else to the blender for 30 seconds.

You will get a hot, frothy latte. Dust with cinnamon and enjoy.

 

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6 Responses to “Caffeine Free Dandelion Latte”

  1. Thank you! It is real good idea. Unfortunately here in Brasil I can't find chicory.

  2. Charlie Proud says:

    Just made a cuppa! Yum – great start to kick the coffee addiction!

  3. Veronica Posar Worley says:

    I love to add a teaspoon of raw cocao mine ! Yum! Yum!

  4. Amber Petty says:

    just so divine!!!!!!!!! I love your recipes and your philosophy So much x

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My Story

September 20, 2014

I’ve been posting on this blog for about two years now, and just realised that I have actually never shared my personal story with you. I tried to write it over a year ago, but when I read it back, it sounded like a giant bunch of unglamorous dribble, so I trashed it thinking no one would be interested and that was the end of it. Except now, I’m about to launch my second app, and more than ever it seems fitting to share a bit about myself, to give context as to why I do what I do, and what fuels the passion I have for it. Maybe it’s time to have another crack at that story…

Just as I was thinking this, I got side tracked as I normally do, and picked up my angel cards to ask a study related question. I only drew one card, and it was ‘Come Out of the Closet.’ At first I went pffft. You angels are on something. What relevance does that have?!  Until I remembered my previous train of thought. The message, of course, was to share. So, if you feel like grabbing a hot chai and getting comfy, I’ll do just that.  

Where it all started

Three years ago, I left a decade long career in Advertising. It was simultaneously the most exciting yet scary thing I have ever done.  I left partly because I needed to heal, and partly because it was time to fulfil my soul purpose.

Time to heal

About six years ago, I was diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disorder – Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In the medical tradition, there is no reason, rhyme or cure, and harsh steroids and/or surgeries are the standard form of treatment. Since that diagnosis, I have been on a winding path to healing – as naturally as I can. Inflammatory Bowel is one of those nasty’s where you look fine from the outside, yet you can literally be burning up on the inside. Stress greatly exacerbates the condition, and many foods are incredibly problematic – wheat, gluten, dairy, oily foods and refined sugars.

Towards the last few years of my advertising career, I wasn’t able to manage the stress as well as I used to, especially when we were really put under the pump with tight deadlines, working weekends or till early hours of the morning. I ended up with Adrenal Fatigue, and yet another nasty autoimmune condition – Interstitial Cystitis – a chronic and very painful inflammation of the bladder and urethra – something I would not wish on anyone, that’s for sure (this is an entirely different thing to cystitis/a bladder infection by the way).

The things I tried

In my quest to heal, I tried all kinds of alternative therapies, and worked with many, many healers. I tried Chinese Herbalism, Western Herbalism, Acupuncture, Energy Healing, Rife Therapy, Intravenous Vitamin C and Mineral Therapy, Bowen Therapy, and some truly radical diets (to name but a few). Of course, I also went from specialist to specialst (and had many an invasive procedure), trying to find missing bits of the puzzle, and truthfully, collecting nothing but frustration and bills.

I experimented with raw foods, and a very simple diet specifically for healing the gut, and found some improvement. However, it still wasn’t enough to make me feel comfortable. I somehow found myself at a fasting clinic – a pure water fasting clinic – and went on to do a therapeutic 17 day long medically supervised fast, in the hope of allowing all the compromised parts of my body to repair and renew themselves. It was so incredibly hard, as I don’t think I had the right mental headspace for it at that time.

I had so many low vibrating thoughts and feelings rattling through my mind, and felt really down and out that I was here fading away while my friends were out enjoying carefree Sunday Sessions at cool new bars in Sydney. On top of this, sadly, the moment I started eating again, my symptoms returned, and I was heart broken.

The things I learned

It did teach me one thing however, and in the end, I realised that if I truly wanted to heal, I had to remove the biggest stressor in my life – work. Time for a career change that would both fulfil my true purpose and enable me space to really heal. Thankfully, this had been in the wiring for me for a long time, and I had already enrolled to study Natural Medicine a couple of years prior (I just hadn’t completed any papers – thanks to too many late nights and weekends spent in the office). Time to actually roll my sleeves up and go back to study. Yes, yes, yes went my heart.

The big career change

When I walked away from my career, I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders. I travelled to Bali on an impulse for six weeks, to complete intensive Raw Foods training, which further strengthened the love affair I’d had with these beautiful natural foods over the last few years. I became a certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, and completed an amazing Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship, learning to tune into and work with the energies of these incredibly generous and healing plants. Today, I am studying full time, still working toward my degree in Natural Medicine. I love, love, love every second of it.

Where I’ve ended up

During this time of re training, I’ve managed to tame that pretty wild inflammation in my body (most of the time – with autoimmune conditions, it’s about management). I’ve learnt to seek balance, and to nourish my body with pure, unadulterated foods. I’ve also cultivated a strong meditation and self love practice. And, I’ve also had to work my way to accepting that this is my chosen path now, and even though its been a hard road and incredibly humbling being a student again with no money, it is ultimately serving me (and later, others) at such a higher level.

Throughout this process, I have been sharing my learnings and discoveries on my blog here at Ascension Kitchen. Going back to basics (and nature!), and stepping out of the fast lane have taught me much, and this is the message I now hope to share with others. When I think of what’s to come, I get excited now, not panicky like I did working in the corporate world (can you relate to this – Holy Sh*t!! How the hell am I going to meet that deadline! Looks like it will be an all nighter! ).

Food, herbs and thoughts as medicine are my passion, and I’m really enjoying and looking forward to refining my new craft of Herbalism. I adore the magic and alchemy it brings to the table, literally.

I also have a lot to be grateful for – mostly – you. I’ve been extracted from an environment where it’s very competitive and linear, and repositioned in this beautiful space where there is community and connection with like minded souls. I’ve also had the privilege of coaching some amazing people on their own path to health and wellness.

Thank you for reading this, I feel happy now that you can understand better what I’m about and why I do what I do and create what I create.

Love, peace, health & beyond,

 

Lauren Glucina.


24 Responses to “My Story”

  1. Kara Herlihy says:

    Thank you for sharing this. In short, I have kidney disease and am working through healing naturally. This morning I woke up and after doing a test with not great results, I thought man maybe I just need to go back on the steroids. Your email cane through and reading this has given me strength to keep going. So thank you xx

  2. Thank you beautiful Lauren for sharing your story. Very inspiring and good to get to know you better! Loads of love from Sweden & Ghana

  3. Marj Sullivan says:

    After a short 6 month journey, starting with my partners prostate cancer and focusing on my own health issues, I've 'consumed' many books on disease, health and nutrition. The final conclusion is 'raw for healing', food over medicine, avoid processed food, sugar, dairy, gluten, bad fats, and think before you put anything in your mouth. Thanks Lauren for sharing you story. It helps others to make good decisions about their health.

  4. Romy Lessem says:

    How inspiring !!

  5. Thank you for sharing! I also have an auto immune disease (graves disease) and have left a career in advertising. I've just started trying a gluten and dairy free diet and after reading your story it has given me hope! Very inspiring :)

  6. Tess Bartlett says:

    Hi Lauren, I wonder if I have Interstitial Cystitis doctors don't seem to know what's wrong and I spent yesterday at the hospital. So unbelievably painful. I'm wondering what you did in terms of food to help you heal from this? I am getting an ultrasound next week but I am too scared to eat because food is really not helping. I already don't eat gluten or refined sugar. Would you say stress is the biggest factor? I have two jobs, one as a research assistant and I am also a holistic health and wellness and transformation coach. Thank you so much for sharing, I feel like maybe this is the answer x

  7. Hi Lauren, what huge and powerful changes you've made and how incredibly brave and beautiful you are, a real inspiration to all of us, thank you X

  8. Maritza Pedraza says:

    beautiful post Lauren. Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring. How great it is to overcome fear and doubts and follow your heart.

  9. Thank you for sharing. I'm on a different but somewhat similar path as you ( trying to heal from autoimmune disease of the thyroid and adrenal fatigue) and I find your blog very inspiring. And recipes scrumptious ! Glad to know the back story.

  10. Thanks for putting yourself out there. And beyond.

  11. Lily Li says:

    Congratulations to you Lauren! What a inspiration story that you are sharing! All the hardship in the pass just the stepping stones to raises you up that you can Love and shine more brighter! Thank you for sharing your Love and Passion! Love you!

  12. Jennifer Weinberg says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is wonderful that you have been so strong and persistent in healing yourself and also learning about true healing to share with others. I can really relate :)
    Warmly,
    Jennifer
    Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE
    Preventive Medicine Physician
    Lifestyle and Wellness Consultant
    Author of The Whole Cure http://amzn.to/1wqppEV
    Get your free chapters of The Whole Cure http://ow.ly/BkOLL
    AADP Certified Holistic Health Coach
    http://www.JenniferWeinbergMD.com
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  13. I love the line – food, herbs and thoughts as medicine. How our thoughts impact our wellness is so often missed out. I left a career in banking when my hair started falling out due to stress and my hereditary kidney condition started causing issues . Retraining as a nutritional therapist I thought I would have all the answers. However, it wasn't until I started tuning into myself and catching my thoughts did a real transformation happen. Food is key, self love gives us the ability to turn the key. x

  14. Simone Penn says:

    Hi Lauren. Wow, can I say snap?! I have followed a very similar path, being diagnosed with IBD and arthritis, yet my "cure" has been food and love. I've found it a very lonely, isolating trial, as you've said, it's not a glamorous topic you want to share with everyone! I've followed you for quite a while but had no idea we were so similar. I'm really happy you look and sound like you're on a good path now

  15. Simone Penn says:

    hi wilma…i love YOUR line "…self love gives us the ability to turn the key"! i think thats the bit I'm struggling with at the moment. how do you love a body that continually fails you in such a big way?

  16. Hi Tess, IC can be very tricky to diagnose, but that absence of any kind of bacterial infection is one key sign pointing in that direction. For me, sadly, any kind of sugar was painful – fruit – even grains – as they convert to sugar in the body. Coffee, anything acidic, and, weirdly, B vitamins when taken as a supplement. Cranberry juice is probably the worst thing. Once you have a diagnosis, you can do so much to help with the pain, there are lots of helpful herbs that have a demulcent affect and soothe the bladder lining (eg. slippery elm). A good herbalist can help you a lot, as long as they know that it requires a very very different treatment approach to the normal cystitis. In the first case, avoiding sugar like the plague may be enough to help with the pain… additionally, consider a parasite – a naturopath/herbalist with a hemaview live blood analysis can test for this. This is all just my personal experience of course, hope you start to feel better, I wish more was known about this condition, Lauren x

  17. Simone Penn – just replied to your email :)

  18. Thank you Jennifer – I will check out your book also :)

  19. Always keep going Kara, we can do it together :)

  20. Jennifer Weinberg says:

    I appreciate that! If you are interested, I am always happy to provide a review and/or giveaway copy of the ebook or paperback if you would find that valuable! Feel free to contact me. I always love to connect with like-minded individuals! Jennifer

  21. Luz Elena Langle Gomez says:

    Hi Lauren! Thank you for sharing your brave and inspiring journey. Your healing path is helping so many of us in our pan paths. Blessings an love from México!

  22. Heba Othman says:

    Thank you for sharing Lauren! I was always curious about the persona behind this beautiful blog. Happy to know you better ! xx

  23. Maria Gonzalez says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Lauren. Very inspiring and a wonderful way to be living life. All the best in your studies and work. Hope to connect with you again soon x

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