Maca Chaga Latte Recipe

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This is a yummy recipe created by my dearest friend & chef Anna Middleton.

Chaga and Maca are both adaptogens which help our body deal with stress, boost immunity and improve our strength.

Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and helps improve heart health.

Ingredients

25g shelled hemp seeds

1 tsp chaga powder

2 tsp maca

1 tsp algarroba

30g coconut oil

a few drops of vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

add sweetener of choice

pinch of mineral salt

200ml hot filtered water

Method:

Blend all ingredients together in a high powered blender to give a creamy chai.

Adjust the sweetness to your taste

Enjoy!

Time for a Cupboard Makeover

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The New Year is here and it's time to start fresh - be brave and get rid of everything in your kitchen that could mess with your health. Restock with nutritious foods, drinks and snacks. If you don't have acidifying foods in your kitchen, you won't be tempted to eat them. 

Your family or housemates might not be happy with you, at first, but it's for your own good, and their own good, too. It really is true that if you have the 'unhealthy stuff' (acidifying foods) in your cupboard, you will end up eating them. Get wise and throw out the baddies and bring in the goodies. This is what I've been doing for years now. 

Find out what's inside my cupboard and fridge here. 

The worst of the worst
Make sure you remove everything that contains hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates such as white flour and white sugar, and high fructose syrup. Also, get rid of and don't purchase tomato products in cans. Avoid buying products in cans altogether, buy them in glass jars. Your kitchen shelves should never have sodas, sugary cereals, salty crisps, sugary juices, sugary biscuits and cakes, and things alike. 

Go organic
Try to buy organic food as much as possible. Food that is antibiotic-free, pesticide-free and hormone-free, and last but not least, make sure you have a water system at home for drinking water - either on the tap or, at least, a water filter. 
The filter we have at home is this one: https://www.freshwaterfilter.com/gravity-filter-twin-cartridge-184-p.asp
I highly recommend it. 

The best of the best
Now, that you've cleaned out the 'unhealthy stuff', it's time to replenish your cupboards with healthy (alkalizing) foods. If you have enough tasty ingredients in your kitchen, you will be able to always prepare yummy meals. Below is a list of cupboard's essentials to bring you happy eating and good health.

Healthy oils should be unrefined and cold-pressed, stored in dark glass jars and kept out of direct sunlight. Consider extra virgin olive oil & rapeseed oil for cooking in low heat and coconut oil for roasting or frying. Avocado Oil, Toasted sesame oil and Flaxseed oil are great for salad dressings. You can also use coconut oil to moisturise your skin. ;)

Unsalted nuts & seeds provide fatty acids, protein, fibre and minerals. Nuts can add character and flavour to salads, stir-fries, curries, raw desserts, smoothies or simply be enjoyed as snacks.

Pulses - beans, peas, lentils - are the dried seeds of the legume family. They are low in fat but high in protein and fibre.  Prepare a chickpea curry, lentil dahl or brown rice pilaf. Pulses can also be added to salads giving protein and making you feel full for longer. 

Quinoa is a great replacement for rice and pasta. It has a high protein content, tastes delicious & it's crunchy. Try a quinoa tabouleh, quinoa risotto, stuffed mushrooms or peppers with quinoa. Add it to salads.  You'll love it! 

Raw Honey or Stevia are natural sweeteners. Use them rather than sugar and artificial sweeteners. Try to use organic raw honey which hasn't been heated or pasteurised. It contains many vitamins and traces of minerals as well as healing properties. Add it to teas, smoothies, and raw desserts. If you can't get raw honey or stevia then opt for coconut palm sugar or brown sugar instead of white sugar. 

Herbal Teas should always be kept in your cupboards. Chamomile, Lemon Verbena, Cleanse & Three Ginger from Pukka Teas and Chai Tea without caffeine are my favourites. Herbal teas are great substitutes for black tea and coffee, which are dehydrating. 

Seaweeds. Nori Sheets are great not only to prepare veggie sushi but to make veggie nori rolls for lunch or as a snack. Seaweeds are good in salads, broths, and soups too. They are high in mineral levels and good iodine. 

Spices & Dried Herbs are handy to have in your cupboard. You can be very creative with your dishes and enjoy the wonderful benefits of spices & herbs like cumin, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne pepper, dried mixed herbs, zaatar, chilli flakes and many others.

Apple Cider Vinegar is very alkalizing and has many antioxidant properties like aiding in weight loss, helping you detox, helping you get rid of candida, it balances your whole body systems, it can soothe sunburnt skin, it's good for the circulatory system and much more. Add organic apple cider vinegar to your salad dressings or have it as a shot mixed with turmeric and honey. 

Dark chocolate (70% and up) is very nutritious and it contains several minerals like magnesium and is an anti-oxidant. Buy organic cocoa powder and enjoy making your own raw desserts & hot chocolate. 

Get those cupboards clean & start your 2018 fresh! 

Love & Health,
Carolyne Ji xx 

New Year's Health Solutions

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Here are a few health solutions that I have been empowering myself with for the last couple of years. I highly recommend you to go for it and experience feeling more abundance and vitality within yourself.

Have a morning routine
Spend at least 30min a day doing something just for you. I have a 60-75min morning routine that sets me up for the day nicely: I get up and do tongue scrapping, oil pulling, pranayama & yoga stretches, dry skin brushing, shower & a yummy green smoothie or porridge followed by my supplements. Even when I can not spend a full hour, I do a shorter routine. This is my number one tip to a more balanced lifestyle. It works wonders!!!
I also take small 10-15min breaks during the day to replenish myself. 

Get active
Choose & maintain an exercise programme that you enjoy - anything that gets you moving. The more you enjoy it, higher the chances for you to stick to it. Exercise has many great benefits and it makes you feel GREAT! 

Drink 2 litres of water daily
' The number one stressor to the bodymind is dehydration.'

Eat healthily
Eat natural (unprocessed) whole foods whenever possible. 
Minimise your intake of the main acidifying foods: meat, cow's milk & dairy products, white wheat, white sugar and stimulants like coffee, energy drinks & sodas. 
Introduce more alkalizing foods to your diet: green leafy vegetables, organic fruit & vegetables, pulses (peas, lentils and beans), seafood vegetables, fermented foods, smoothies, juices, vegetarian & vegan home-made dishes. 

Pay attention to mental health
Manage your stress levels & get enough sleep. Managing stress and sleep is fundamental to prevent hormone imbalance due to increased cortisol demand and adrenal fatigue. I like to switch off from my computer & phone about 2 hours before I go to bed. I also have a cup of calming tea to help me relax further. Chamomile, lavender, lemon verbena and Vetiver are my favourite tranquillizers. 

Avoid and reduce exposure to environmental toxins
Use fragrance-free household cleaning products, air fresheners, body products & cosmetics. Look for BPA-free cans and plastic products and avoid the microwave. 
There are plenty of ethical companies out there from which you can buy natural products from.

Join one of my Retreats
Taking time out to connect with yourself is essential in this digital era we live in. Rest, self care and time spent in nature will do wonders to your bodymind. Experience a life transformation! You will feel amazing after retreating with my team and I. 

Find out about my Spring Renewal Retreat here. 


Much love, 
Carolyne Ji xx

The Festive Season Survival Kit 

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The festive season is around the corner or...  It's actually here, isn't it? It is!!!  :) 

This time of the year is hard. There's so much to do, to eat, to drink, so many places to go, so many people to see... We can easily forget about our health. 

Let me remind you of 3 important points and give you 1 solution:

1. Sugar is food for the pathogens living in your body, and once they’re fed, they crave more. The more your pathogens grow and multiply the more acidic you become and higher the chances of you manifesting diseases. 
 
2. Overeating puts such a challenge in your digestive system, and do you know that research shows that overeating actually shortens your lifespan?
 
3. And even if you look after yourself and have your nutrition sorted it out, remember that stress itself messes with your healthy digestive tract. 
 
So what’s the solution? What can you do when the holiday temptations of overindulging arrive?
Prepare in advance, equip yourself with my favourite recipes and natural remedies below and put a plan into practice to preserve your health. 

Here's your Festive Season Survival Kit: 

* Fermented Foods: add fermented foods to your diet to feed your good bacteria and help you with sugar cravings. 
Find a Saukraut recipe here and a Kefir Water recipe here  
You can also buy Kombucha and Kefir Yoghurt drinks at various health shops.


* Digestive Enzymes: take 1 - 2 before meals to help you digest heavy meals and any overeating


* Probiotics: take 1 caps in the morning - to support your healthy bowel 

 

Good brands to buy from are Viridian, Terranova, Cytoplan, Natureaid, Nutriadvanced, Lamberts. 

 

Happy prepping for a happy & healthy holiday season. 

 

Much love,

Carolyne Ji 

 

 
 

Quinoa Burgers Recipe

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This recipe is from Roger and Cristina, my darling friends and chefs based in Ibiza. It is easy to make and very delicious & nutritious. 

 

Quinoa  burgers  

Makes about 12 burgers

 

Ingredients:

- 2 cups (white) quinoa, cooked (cook 1 cup quinoa in about 2 cups of water)

- ½ large (red) onion

- 1 tbsp (smoked, non spicy) paprika powder

- 3 carrots, crated

- some nori flakes

- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

- salt, pepper and your favorite herbs or spices

 

Preparation:

1. Mix the quinoa with the onion. Put half of this mixture in a food processor together

with the paprika powder and mix. Then mix it together with a spoon with the rest of

the quinoa (you do this to get a better sticking dough).

2. Add the carrots, nori, nutritional yeast to the quinoa and mix with a spoon. Now

you can add some salt and pepper to taste and any herbs you like.

3. Now you’re ready to make the burgers! Use a lid to make perfect shaped ones.

Cover the lid with a piece of plastic wrap. Fill up the quinoa mixture. Fold the plastic

wrap around it and take out of the lid. Now you can keep them in the freezer for

perfectly individually sized portions. Or freeze them only for an hour or so to make it

easier to leave them in their perfect shape when you’ll bake them.

4. The burgers can be baked in a pan or oven. We prefer the oven cause then you

won’t need any oil. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place the burgers on a

lined baking tray and put in the middle of the oven. Bake on every side about 10

minutes.

 

Enjoy! 

 

Carolyne Ji x 

Sauerkraut Recipe

The pictures have my dear friends Roger & Cristina, extraordinary chefs, showing us how to make sauerkraut at our retreat in Ibiza.

BENEFITS OF FERMENTED FOODS:

◦ Increase vitamin content of food (especially B vitamins which help support the adrenals, relieving stress and helping to increase energy)

◦ Introduce good bacteria and re-balance gut flora in the digestive system

◦ Improve digestion

◦ Improve immunity

◦ Help us absorb nutrients

◦ Improves mind & mood

◦ Can help boost quality of skin

 

HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE SAUERKRAUT?

• 1 large cabbage – finely sliced (you can use purple or white cabbage)

• 2tsp salt

METHOD:

• Massage cabbage until brine is released

• Squash the cabbage down into glass jar and place cabbage leaf on top

• Make sure the cabbage is covered in juices

• If there are not enough juices, top up with salty water to cover cabbage

• Place a weight on top of cabbage leaf to ensure vegetables stay submerged under the liquid

• Seal in airtight glass container (eg Kilner jar)

• Leave to ferment in a warm area for 3 – 4 weeks

• Open and remove top layer of cabbage

• Store in fridge (this is now preserved and will keep for months)

Sauerkraut variations: you can add a variety of vegetables, herbs and spices to it. Make sure you use cabbage as a base. 

I like adding garlic, chillies and caraway seeds, or garlic and fresh parsley leaves, or shredded carrots and dried mixed herbs. 

 

Have fun making your sauerkraut. 

Enjoy!

 

Carolyne Ji x 

 

Oat Milk Recipe

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Oat milk is one of my favourite type of plant-based milk. It is creamy, comforting and a great alternative to a nut or coconut milk. It is easy peasy to make. 

I use gluten-free oats and as little processed porridge oats as possible. 

Ingredients
3⁄4 cup rolled oats, soaked overnight in 6 cups water

Method
Blend the soaked oats in the 6 cups of soak water for about 30 seconds. Do not blend more than that. 
Pass the blended mixture through a nut milk bag. Make sure you keep squeezing the mixture to release as much of the oat milk as possible. The liquid you collect is the oat milk.
If you don't have a nut milk bag you can pass it through a very fine sieve. 
Sweeten to taste and add a pinch of salt if you like. 
Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

ENJOY! 

Love & Health, 

Carolyne Ji

Spiced Hot Chocolate

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As the days are getting colder it is always nice to have a cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is not only warming, comforting and deliciously a cup of love; but it's also nutritious.  The magnesium found in raw cacao is extremely important for our health. Magnesium is a nutrient involved in 100s of body functions. 

Some Magnesium benefits are: 

  • It calms nerves
  • It supports stress and anxiety 
  • It helps you to fall asleep easier and treat insomnia 
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Improves digestion as it relieves constipation
  • Its important for heart health
  • It's alkalizing 
  • and much more... 

Ingredients: 
Serves 1-2
1 1⁄2 cups oat milk (unsweetened) 
1 1⁄2 tbsp raw cacao powder (make sure it is of good quality) 
2 Medjool dates pitted
1 tsp vanilla extract, optional
Pinch ginger, ground
Pinch cinnamon, ground
1 tbsp melted coconut oil


Method:
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. 
Pour into a saucepan and heat until warm. 
Serve in warm mugs, if possible. ;) 

ENJOY!

With much love,

Carolyne Ji

Turmeric Milk

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Turmeric is one of the most amazing superfoods. Turmeric has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. I add turmeric powder to my teas, decaf coffee, rice dishes, curry dishes, smoothies and juices.  For a list of the Turmeric benefits, check this blog. 

I love having this recipe warm, but it can be served cold or warmed. 

Ingredients
Makes 3 cups
3 cups almond milk
1 400ml can of coconut milk (full or reduced fat)
1 1⁄2 teaspoons turmeric powder or 1-inch fresh turmeric root
Peeled 1⁄2-inch piece ginger
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon cardamom
2 tablespoons raw honey 

Instructions
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.

ENJOY! 

Much love, 

Carolyne Ji

What's Inside My Fridge/Cupboard

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ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE
Fresh chillies, salad leaves, loads of veggies, organic decaf coffee, green curry paste, wasabi paste, lemongrass paste, capers, olives (black and green), sauerkraut, chilli sauce, oat and almond milk, free-range eggs. 

MUST-HAVE CUPBOARD STAPLES:
Gluten-free pasta, grains like quinoa, brown rice and barley, organic tomatoes in glass, unrefined oils (olive, coconut), ghee, onions, garlic, avocados, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, goji berries, linseed seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes, tons of spices (my favourites are cumin, cardamom pods, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, zaatar, chilli flakes, ground ginger, turmeric, chilli powder). 

RECIPE STAPLES ALWAYS ON HAND: 
Frozen fruit for smoothies, unrefined olive oil and coconut oil, raw apple cider vinegar, homemade veggie or chicken stock, raw honey, tamari, wholesome mustard, cayenne pepper, cooked grains like brown rice, quinoa and cooked green and orange lentils. 

MUST-HAVE MUNCHIES: 
Edamame warmed up with a drizzle of olive oil, zaatar, salt and pepper, corn cracker with coconut jam from Coconut Merchant, banana with good quality peanut butter, dates stuffed with nut butter, rice cakes or toasted sprouted bread with avocado, an apple with nut butter. 

FAVOURITE CONDIMENTS: 
Sea salt, chilli sauce, Furikake (Japanese sesame seed seasoning), chia seeds, pumpkin and sesame seeds (so good in salads, on toast, on smoothie bowls), tahini.

INGREDIENT THAT MAKES EVERYTHING TASTE BETTER: 
Himalayan salt, crushed black peppers, good quality ghee, lemon juice, fresh chillies, Zaatar. 

GO-TO PROTEINS: 
Wild salmon, free-range eggs, cooked legumes and lentils, quinoa, all sorts of beans, chickpeas.  

BEST LABEL-READING TIP: 
Always check the ingredients. Look for sugar, which can come in multiple forms, E numbers, MSG and MSG derivatives. Be aware of gluten-free ingredients, a lot of them have added sugar. Remember that real ingredients do not have labels. They are the best! ;) 

FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: 
My local farmers market, Borough Market. As well as Broadway Market in East London. Ocado/Waitrose Online Shop. They have a great variety of good quality products, often have offers on and teh delivery is always spot on time. Whole Foods and Planet Organic for a few bits here and there, when on sale. 

 I buy organic fresh produce as much as possible. I do my best to at least buy the fruit & veggies under the Dirty Dozen list, always organic. 

I buy organic fresh produce as much as possible. I do my best to at least buy the fruit & veggies under the Dirty Dozen list, always organic. 

Dry Skin Brushing

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Dry Skin Brushing is a natural technique which I love and recommend to all my clients. Apart from exercising, dry skin brushing is one of the top techniques to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is very simple, easy to introduce to your daily routine and it is cheap. 

Your lymphatic system is extremely important to help your body get rid of toxins and waste and it is also crucial for the performance of your immune system. The lymph nodes are the rubbish collectors along the lymphatic system. They filter any viruses, bacterias, cancer cells and any unwanted substances and make sure these are eliminated from the body. 

The skin is the largest organ to detoxify the body. Dry skin brushing open the pores and exfoliates the skin, allowing toxins to be expelled from the skin pores. 

There are many benefits to dry skin brushing: 

  • It increases the circulation to the skin breaking down unwanted toxins
  • It reduces the appearance of cellulite
  • It helps shed dead skin cells and encourages cell renewal
  • It assists in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Improves the immune system 
  • Improves digestion 
  • Promotes relaxation 
  • It increases vitality 

How to do it? 

You need to buy a natural bristle brush. 

-   Dry skin brush before bathing or showering
-   Brush your skin firmly with longer, smoother strokes.
-   Always begin at the ankles with upwards movements towards the heart - the lymphatic fluid flows through the body towards the heart, so it's important that you brush in the same direction. Your neck is the only exception to the preceding rule; brush from the neck down to your axile.
-   After you've finished with the ankles, move up to the lower legs, thighs, stomach, back and arms. Be cautious of softer and sensitive skin around the chest and breasts, and never brush over inflamed skin or sores
-   Ensure you shower to wash away the dead skin cells and impurities. 
-   If you’re feeling brave… alternate temperatures in the shower from hot to cold to further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation.  

I recommend you to do it 3 times a week for maintenance. For best results, do it twice a day, every day. 

Have fun with your Dry Skin Brushing. 

Much love, 

Carolyne Ji

 


 

Top Tips to avoid Burn Out

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So, when was the last time you took a break when you felt like you needed one?

Do you listen to your body when it is asking for a pause? Do you give yourself permission to pause? Or do you push through until you feel overwhelmed and see an emotional turmoil coming or either crash, from exhaustion? 

Most of us, especially when living in the city, resonate with the second option. Don't you?

I understand it. I used to do it all the time. Actually, most of 2015/2016 I was fatigued. I was diagnosed with mild chronic fatigue/exhaustion/burn out. My number one 2016 resolution was to love myself more and get my mojo back. And. . I did it! 

The society in which we live in today is highly oriented by productivity. People are becoming more burnt out and sick. Burnout messes up with your health. 

Yes, for a few years I was pushing through all the time. Then after researching and getting my toolbox of natural techniques out, I've learned and implemented a couple of simple self-love techniques that have made me feel much better. Check out my favourite self-love practices here. There is one technique though that has made a HUGE difference for me. It’s made me happier, healthier, and more productive. 

Here is my top tip to avoid burn out: Give yourself a break!

  1. Create a morning routine for you: It can be something from 15 - 60min. My morning routine is: I get up and do tongue scrapping, pranayama & yoga stretches, dry skin brushing, shower and have a yummy green smoothie followed by my supplements. Having a morning routine sets the pace of your day and help you make decisions from a centred, calmer, powerful you. 
  2. Take a 15min Mid-morning Break: you can go for a walk, have a healthy snack, talk to a dear friend, do a meditation.
  3. Take a 45min Lunch Break: make sure you take time to chew properly and eat mindfully
  4. Take a 15min Mid-afternoon Break
  5. Finish work by 17:30. Make a list of things to be done tomorrow and leave it at work. This will help you not take work home. 
  6. Create a pre-evening routine for you: take a 15min Break once you get home to reset yourself before starting your evening. (this is so important and it has helped me hugely). You can have a bath or a shower, do a few stretches, lie down with your legs elevated on the wall - this helps to restore your Adrenal glands; etc. 

Resting is extremely important so the brain can digest and process all the experiences you're going through. When you rest, you reset your whole bodymind and allow space for creation as well. Try for yourself. Create breaks in your day and you will feel the benefits straight away. ;)

 

With much love, 

Carolyne Ji

 

 

 

 

My Favourite Self-Love Practices

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These are a few of my favourite self-love/self-care practices:

All these practices help to bring me back towards me. Self-love is something we are entitled do every day, every time, all the time.

  • Epson Salt Bath
  • Bath with Inner Strength Bath Oil from Aromatherapy Associates
  • Rose Petals, Lemon Verbena, and Chamomile Tea
  • Chamomile, Passionflora, and Vetiver Tea 
  • Have a Massage Session with my dearest friend and therapist, Purnima
  • Vetiver Essential Oil (I rub a few drops on my wrist and behind my ears before bedtime)
  • Morning Pranayama and Yoga Session
  • A few Deep Breaths & Stretches throughout the day to shake off any stress 
  • Turmeric Facemask 
  • A Walk in the forest
  • A Yummy homemade hot chocolate 
  • Listening to a Mooji Podcast 
  • Cleansing my aura and my home with sage 
  • Listening to Classical or Instrumental Music with Candlelight 
  • Meditating on Gratitude

What are your favourite self-love practices? 

Health & Love, 

Carolyne Ji

Why go on a Retreat?

Retreats have become so popular, haven't they?! Why is that? 

More and more people are going on retreats because we are realizing that the '24/7 digital connectedness' is affecting our general health and well-being, big time. We are embracing the 'turning off' the noise and the need for digital detoxes. 

A retreat is not a luxury, but an investment in our health. Supporting our health with detox not only helps prevent and recover from illness - but also slows the ageing process, maximizes our energy levels and helps to avoid burnout. 

We are also realising that life is not about our possessions or our career status. Life is about living a meaningful life, one which we create, share and capture memories earned through experiences. 

Retreats are an experience!

Retreats are catalysts for life transformations! 

When we are ready for a healthy shift in our own life, we go on a retreat, giving ourselves permission to stop, disconnect with the outside world and go within; relax and revitalise. When we truly relax, we can see our physical and emotional aches and with the help of natural treatments, make the necessary changes to find balance. 

Are you ready for more energy, a calm and focused mind, glowing skin and feeling healthier inside and out? Join my 5 Senses Yoga & Cleanse Autumn Retreat and give yourself the permission to stop and relax: you will feel wonderful and thrive! 

I look forward to welcoming you in beautiful South of France. 

In health,

Carolyne Ji

Pre & Post-Exercise Smoothie

Smoothies are an excellent choice for pre & post-exercise meal. They are packed with vital nutrients, protein and they are easy for the body to breakdown and absorb.  Smoothies are also a great choice for breakfast or whenever you feel like a healthy 'pick me up' or treat during the day.

Smoothies are simple & quick to make. You have a meal in a glass ready in a few minutes. :)

Here are two of my favourite smoothies: 

Very Berry Smoothie

1 cup of water
1 cup of spinach
1 banana
1 cup of frozen mixed berries
1/2 inch peeled ginger root
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of goji berries
1 tablespoon of plant-based protein 

Green Power Smoothie

1 cup of water
1 cup of kale leaves
1/4 avocado
1/4 small pineapple
1 tablespoon of plant-based protein
1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
A few brazil nuts or almonds  
A few fresh mint leaves

Simply blend all the ingredients together and then sip slowly. Treat your smoothie as a meal. 


Enjoy! 

Carolyne Ji xx 

5 Senses Yoga & Cleanse Retreat: a Journey of Transformation - October 6th - 12th

Step away from the demands of daily life, relax, find bliss and
explore a better version of yourself to thrive.

Join us for a 6 days retreat at Chez Zen, in beautiful South of France for a life-changing experience to expand your understanding of well-being. 

Embrace & reconnect with the 5 Elements through Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation,
Vegan Cleansing Food, Nature, Ayurveda & Chinese Health Principles,
Holistic Therapies, WuTao Dance, Workshops and much much more. 

Relax  .  Reset  .  Revitalise 

5 Senses Retreat - Chez Zen

Imagine Yourself Here. . . 

Chez Zen is located in the picturesque province of Gascony
in the south-west of France, only 1h10min from Toulouse.

Gascony is often known as the Tuscany of France,
with rolling hills, a plethora of sunflowers,
wonderful fortified hilltop villages and a multitude of vineyards. 

Close to the Pyrenees, the 2.2-hectare estate stands alone on a hill and provides breathtaking views into wide valleys with poplars, vineyards and
fields full of sunflowers.

The beauty and endless expanse of nature all around create
an ambience of complete peace.

The Retreat Includes
 

Pre-Retreat guidance
Free group transfer to/from Toulouse Airport to Chez Zen
6 nights, 6 days accommodation at gorgeous location
A large Salt Water Pool, Sauna, Fireplaces,
a close Swimming Lake and Hiking Paths
3 x Daily Delicious Vegan Cleansing Meals
2 x Daily 75min Yoga Sessions
Daily Pranayama & Meditation Sessions
Daily Element Workshop
1 x 60min Massage
Post Retreat guidance
 

Our team will be available on site to provide plenty of additional treatments including - Massages, Reiki, Nutritional Consultation, Divine Healing, Rebirth Breath Work, 1x1 Yoga & Meditation Sessions, and more.

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A Typical day... 

Each day we will explore one Element.

6:30 Pranayama & Meditation
7:15 Herbal Tea
7:30 Yoga
8:45 Breakfast
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Element Workshop
18:30 Yoga & Meditation
19:30 Dinner

Plenty of free time to Relax, indulge in treatments, go Within, explore the
Natural Surroundings & nearby Villages or take a swim in the Salt Water Pool.

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Prices

Whether you have your own room or share it with your partner or friends,
we have a few options for you to choose from: 

LIMITED EDITION  - Sale end on 30 July

Master Deluxe Double/Twin Room en suite
Shared: £1,150pp

Deluxe Double/Twin Rooms en suite
Shared: £985pp

Classic Double/Twin rooms - shared bathroom

Shared: £845pp

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EARLY BIRD - LIMITED EDITION - Sale end on 13 August

Master Deluxe Double/Twin Room en suite
Shared: £1,200pp

Deluxe Double/Twin Rooms en suite
Shared: £1,035pp

Classic Double/Twin rooms - shared bathroom
Shared: £895pp

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LAST TIER - Sale end 5 October

Master Deluxe Double/Twin Room en suite
Shared: £1,250pp

Deluxe Double/Twin Rooms en suite
Shared: £1,085pp

Classic Double/Twin rooms - shared bathroom
Shared: £945pp


* Prices per person. Single occupancy is possible with a 50% supplement fee. *

Booking

We're looking forward to you joining us at Chez Zen!

To secure your place now we need a 50% deposit with
the remaining balance due by September 5th. 

A month cancellation notice is required
for full deposit refund.

Contact me if you have any questions. 

Book your place now
 

Tips to Recover from a Big Night Out Drinking

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Fun is many times associated with having a drink or two with our beloved ones; and sometimes, we drink a little too much. I do!  Don't you? ;)

How to recover from a big night out drinking? 

Find below my Rebound Tips:

  • Hydrate: I recommend you to drink two litres of water every day - more when you exercise or if you are under a lot of stress. When you’re hungover, rehydrating is essential. Start with a cup of warm lemon water to hydrate and take two Activated Charcoal tablets to cleanse out any of the residual toxins from the alcohol. I also suggest drinking an Electrolyte Mixture or Coconut Water to help you replenish your electrolytes throughout the day.

Remember: The Solution to Pollution is Dilution. 

  • Have loads of Greens: kale, broccoli, Spinach, lettuce, cucumber, celery, sprouts and sea vegetables - these green veggies will help to alkalise your blood, bringing your body back to balance. Have a green juice and a couple of hours after, have a green smoothie. You will be giving your body loads of vitamins & minerals as well as giving your digestive system a rest. Remember to prepare your juice and smoothie with plenty of vegetables and only add a tiny piece of fruit like pear, apple, grapes, etc to sweeten them. 

  • Get some fresh air: You might not feel like moving from your bed or sofa at all when you have a bad hangover. But going for a walk or jog in the park or forest will help oxygenate your lungs & blood and stimulate your lymphatic & circulatory systems, helping your body to eliminate all those toxins while helping you feel good. 

  • Take a Bath with Magnesium Salts: Magnesium will help relax your muscles and alkalise your body further as you will absorb some of it. 

  • Accept your hangover: Do your best and enjoy watching movies, listening to your favourite music, etc and/or simply, doing nothing - one of my favourite hobbies. I used to beat myself up so much in the past for having a hangover and that did not help me at all. I felt anxious and guilty. Feeling guilty does no good! 

 

Happy hangovering...

 

Love & Health, 

Carolyne Ji 

Spring Time. . .

'The supernatural forces of spring create wind in Heaven and wood upon the Earth. Within the body they create the liver and the tendons; they create the green colour. . . and give the voice the ability to make a shouting sound. . . they create the eyes, the sour flavor, and the emotion anger.' - Inner Classic

Spring is the season of new beginnings and no better time to recharge and replenish.  

Embrace Spring with these tips: 

  • Rise early with the sun and take brisk walks or go for a jog, which are yang activities, reflecting the ascending and active nature of spring. 
  • Connect with your true nature and give attention to self-awareness and self-expression.
  • This is a season to attend to liver and gallbladder. In spring, we normally, eat lighter foods or even fast, to get rid of fat and the heavy the heavy foods we had over Winter. 
  • Our diet should be the lightest of the year and we should focus on foods which emphasise the qualities of spring: young plants like sprouts, fresh greens, wheatgrass, barley grass, etc. 
  • Salty and too heavy foods clog the liver so avoid them.
  • Use pungent-flavoured foods to create a personal spring within:
  1. Pungent Cooking Herbs: basil, fennel, rosemary, dill, caraway and bay leaf. 
  2. Complex Carbohydrates: grains, legumes and seeds. 
  3. Young beets, carrots, asparagus
  • Sprouted and Raw Foods. Raw foods should be used carefully in individuals with signs of weakness and deficiency. 
  • Green Juices, Smoothies
  • Liver Herbal Teas: Dandelion, Nettle and Licorice

The Wood Element organ is probably the most congested in modern people. Notice if you have any of the signs below. These are a few symptoms of Liver Imbalance:

Mood swings as well as emotional difficulty related to anger like irritation, impatience, resentment, violence, frustration, aggression, arrogance and an explosive or/and impulsive personality. 

When the Liver stays stagnant for a long time, sediment can build up in the gallbladder and if acute problems persist it results in stones. These are a few symptoms of Sediment in the Gall Bladder: 

Flatulence, indigestion, tension in the back of the shoulders near the neck, bitter taste in the mouth, chest pain. 

Why cleanse in spring?

The best times of year to experience a cleanse is the change of the seasons, often around the spring and autumn equinox. If we choose to cleanse in the spring, we are helping the body get rid of the accumulated damp from the winter months. By helping the body to do its natural detoxification process decreases the likelihood of coming down with a seasonal cold or experiencing hay fever and other allergies. 

April, May and June are the perfect months to do a cleanse and reset both your body and mind.

Contact me to discuss the root cause of your Liver or/and Gallbladder Symptoms and a perhaps a Cleanse Program for you.

 

Enjoy Springtime! 

 

Love & Health, 

Carolyne Ji

A lovely testimonial

I have been consulting with Carolyne Ji for over a year now since meeting her at a juice detox retreat in Gozo in October 2015.

The retreat was my first and a real life changing experience for me in the most positive sense. It helped me lose a lot of excess weight, which is relatively easy to do in the confines of an isolated location away from home. 
After the retreat, I found that I had all sorts of questions and needed advice on what to do to continue my new found lifestyle while working and living my normal life, with all its passing temptations while maintaining my weight loss and improving my health through diet. 
I contacted Carolyne by email and she offered me regular consultations by email. I found this very helpful, reassuring as well as very encouraging with her positive attitude.

Carolyne is, in my opinion, an excellent naturopath who is always interested in her patient's problems and concerns and is flexible in finding the best solution to suit the patient's lifestyle. She has helped me improve my health through a maintained weight loss, I sleep better at night while having more energy through the day. Together we have found a few supplements that Carolyne has recommended for me to take that I feel are steadily improving my wellbeing. I intend to continue our consultations for the foreseeable future as it works.

Oliver Mee

Simple Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Our immune system is a part of our body which is often overlooked and commonly taken for granted. We get busy, experience stress and often blame a sickness on some outside, rather than inside factor. 

Our body is naturally designed and perfectly capable of defending itself against normal, everyday toxins that we encounter. However, once it becomes overloaded, it is less efficient and less able to fight invaders. This is simply, how we become sick. When weakened for a long period of time, diseases may manifest.

So we do not 'catch' a cold, a flu or a 'bug' of some sort. We manifest these acute's only if our internal environment is too toxic. Over toxicity in the body depletes immunity - we are then prone to become sick. The body uses a cold, flu or any other acute to spell extra toxicity out of the body as the body does not tolerate being toxic or acidic for a long period of time. Ideally, the body likes to be mainly alkaline: 80% alkaline and 20% acidic! Aware of this, it is important to support the immune system, especially over the transition of seasons, when there is a big rebalancing and readjusting of the body in preparation for the new season ahead (autumn to winter, for example).

Foods to enhance immunity: 

Orange Foods: sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, pumpkins they contain the beta-carotenes to fight infection.

Dark Leafy Greens: kale, spinach, beet greens, mustard greens, lettuce, Swiss chard, cress - wonderful to fight off anything that threatens to compromise your immunity.

Shiitake Mushroom: it helps to treat colds and flu, poor circulation and exhaustion.

Ginger: it stimulates circulation and as well as garlic, lower cholesterol and prevent blood clotting

Chilies: warming & spicy! pepper fights bacteria and
stimulates digestion

Berries: berries are packed with antioxidants: antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Vitamin C: found in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, parsley, leeks, apples, broccoli. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which helps massively to boost the immune system, especially when under stress as we loose a lot of vitamin C when under stress.

The Allium Family: onions, garlic, leeks, chives.

Herbs & Spices

Cinnamon: improves vigor, concentration, and mood!

Ginger: it's warming, improving circulation and digestion. It reduces the inflammatory process in your body and improves the absorption of anything you eat.

Echinacea: a herb which is very well known for its immune supporting magic! It helps to raise the body's resistance to infections. It is very effective in preventing colds & flu.

Turmeric: countless properties ;) 

Thyme: to heal respiratory conditions

Add these foods to your diet abundantly throughout the Autumn and Winter Months. 

Love, 

Carolyne Ji x