Wild Child

hi there, summer has left and autumn has arrived and along with this transition comes a bounty of wild edibles on offer, however some may surprise You!

We walk everywhere we go and I mean everywhere, however as the family keeps growing this may change, but before it does I want to share one of the greatest benefits of walking everywhere.

Wild edible and very tasty food!

In one Wild Child day we collected the following and all were within 30 minutes walking from our home:

  • Blackberries
  • Elderberries
  • Passion Fruit
  • Grapes
  • Apples

We could have foraged rocket and dandelions amongst other wild edibles on offer.

All of the mentioned fruits were growing on bushes, trees and vines alongside busy roads and people’s homes, the grape vine was literally hanging over the wall of a house alongside a busy main road and my son familiar with elderberry said dad look elderberries, I looked up towards the sky and was met with sun in my eyes and green round fruits staring at me. I had to do a double take and to collect them I had to climb a little way up the wall to reach them. I could not believe we had found a grape vine in the end of summer England, but there it was.

As we walked home we passed a blackberry bush coming to the end of its season, then we stumbled upon an apple tree, which was in full blown bloom of a good harvest, we also foraged some elderberries.

All of this free wild fruit in abundance just waiting to be picked and enjoyed.

It also dawned on me that if everyone planted a fruit tree or bush there would be a bountiful supply of locally produced food! We could also plant nut trees, the potential to create sustainable,free, abundant nutritious and delicious food is endless, not great for the economy maybe, but I’m sure with a super healthy populous we would figure something out.

Happy Wild Food Foraging

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

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The BIG C!

im a thirty something male and I’m not the only one growing!

In thirty years cancer has grown steadily side by side with me and has claimed too many and continues to strike people of all ages and all back grounds.

I have children and if cancer continues to grow as fast as it is then the statistics will be even more damning and so something needs to change.

Fighting Cancer is clearly not working, there is that old phrase that says to do the same thing over again and expect a different result is insane and whilst preserverance pays dividends and I am by no means suggesting we give up I feel it’s time we are honest and accept the current method is far too hit and miss and not really getting anywhere.

What do we do?

Well I believe the simplest cure and prevention is LOVE, but before everyone cries be realistic. Let me explain!

I have explored the health and wellbeing of the human organism with vigour I could throw facts and stats around that prove everything works and nothing works, you see you can live a squeaky clean life eat super foods practice yoga and get a good nights sleep and still wake up in the morning to find you have cancer, you could smoke everyday of your life and live to see the twilight years, life is not meant to make sense.

Each time I thought I had found the next elixir I would find its flaw round the next corner, but what I did find is this.

Those who can soften to the experience of life, those who feel a deep connection with themselves, with each other and with nature, those who feel as though they live a life of purpose, those who laugh and play as if all they had was right now, those who turn of the negative drone of the mass media and immerse themselves in the essence of the experience of life, those who are emotionally healed and balanced either never suffer from cancer and or naturally release it from their bodies should it manifest.

The key is connection, gathering the information from inside yourself and trusting that information and having the faith, strength and love to keep going with what you know you need to do and be.

I still love Patch Adams’s speech when he said if you treat the disease you win you loose, you treat the person and I guarantee you win.

Fighting cancer is you fighting yourself and there can only be loss in that process, the new way would be to travel to the other pole and love yourself unconditionally with all your heart as if your life depends upon it, why? Because it does.

Big love to you all

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Stuffed Marrow (Vegan)

now I have not always been a Vegan stroke Vegetarian, I have actually spent more years eating meat than a simple and delicious plant based diet over the course of my life, I aim and intend to change that in time and as time passes I find more interesting and enjoyable challenges to overcome and today the challenge was what to do with a Marrow?

You see I order a veg box each week and the last two weeks Marrows have been delivered, there they were sitting side by side in my fridge and each day I would look at them wondering what to do with these overgrown courgettes. My Marrow cookery book only listed meat recipes such as bolognese stuffed marrow with cheese on top, this was no longer an option! What to do?

Good thing I have a wonderful wife, she simply said stuff them with lentils and all of a sudden the light bulbs came on and let me tell you – YUM😀

Ingredients:

  • 2 Marrows (cut them in half and take out the middle mush).
  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup garden peas
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 2 spring onions (any onions will do, they were floating around in the fridge and stepped up for this meal).
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (roughly 1 tbsp, a generous glue you could call it).
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes (i also added 2 cherry tomatoes)
  • A pinch or two of sea salt
  • A squeeze or two of lemon
  • 1 tbsp Vegan Pesto
  • A small handful of fresh coriander

Method:

Get the lentils cooking (1 cup lentils to 3 cups water), whilst they are cooking get your marrows prepped on to an oven tray (cut in halves and de seeded). When the lentils are simmering and nearly done add the mushrooms, peppers and peas.

All the other ingredients go into a blender to make a sauce, so pop or throw or place depending on how your feeling into a blender and blend away, check after for seasoning to see if you need to add more salt or lemon ect.

When the lentils have cooked pour the sauce into the lentils and stir, once that is done simply fill your marrows and wrap them in foil so the filling does not spill out into your oven, I have cooked them on a low heat because as you will discover there is plenty of mix left over to serve at least 2 bowls of lentil soup, which can act as a starter (bonus).

  
When cooked serve and enjoy 😛

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

this mousse is so simple to make hence it is a staple in a busy home like mine. Each time I make this mousse I throw something different and new into the mix; this time Cordyceps and Chaga mushroom powder was the extra added ingredient. In case you are wondering why we only used 1/4 of the sachet well the rest of the sachets made a nice cup of tea 😀. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 maybe less of a sachet Cordyceps Mushroom Drink by Four Sigma Foods.
  • 1/4 maybe less of a sachet Chaga Mushroom Drink by Four Sigma Foods.
  • 2tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of carob powder
  • 1 tsp of granulated molasses
  • 1 tsp of Wild Honey
  • 1 tsp of Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 avocados
  • 300ml of filtered water (not exactly sure how much water I used 😁)
  • Pinch of rock salt 
  • 8 – 10 dates (pitted)
  • 100g of cashew nuts

Method

I leave the cashew nuts, chia seeds and dates to soak in the water for 10 or so minutes, then add the remaining ingredients to the fast speed blender. The blending part is where the skill lies because you (I should say I) want a thick and creamy mousse, which means I only use enough water to make it go round. As the mixture blends it catches air pockets and stops, which requires me to give it a little shake and the air pocket will pop and away I go again.

Start slow with the blending and be patient with starting and stopping because of the air pockets, in no time your have the best mousse ever; so good my 4 year old son devoured the whole thing in 2 seconds.

To get it really thick and creamy leave in the fridge for a good chunk of time.

Enjoy

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Millet, Mushroom and Vegan Pesto Veg Fest

I have a recent love affair with Millet and have been using it in many different ways including the one presented here. I have always loved Mushrooms and Pesto so it was just a matter of time before they all became friends.

The millet is easy to cook, you can pour one cup into a pan with a teaspoon of coconut oil and water (I also add garlic and onions at this point), keep it on the heat for thirty seconds or so and then add 2 cups of water (it’s one cup grain to two cups water). Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 10-15 minutes (the millet will soak up the water and become fluffy).

In another pan start of in the same way – water, coconut oil and garlic, but no need for more onion unless you feel inclined to do so and add the baby button mushrooms, pesto and any vegetables you come across to make it a veg fest, I used a low heat at this point and whilst all that was going on I simply made a simple salad and placed that into the bowl.

Once the millet is cooked add it to your pesto, mushroom, veg fest mix and stir. Once stirred add to your raw simple salad and YUMMY.

Enjoy 

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach

Chicken Mad

Now lets get of on the right foot here, this is not about judgement even at points it appears to be condemning, this is not about being righteous even if at points it appears to be right, this is about raising awareness and leaving you to your own conclusions and thereafter actions including taking full responsibility and accountability for those actions.

I have a history of eating everything and anything, but these days I am mainly a Vegan I say mainly because I have the falable human habit of falling of my wagon, I share this because this is not about being perfect all the time, mistakes are ok, but at some point you need to get back up!

I recently watched a video about the EGG industry. Now being a health coach qualified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I have viewed many PETA films concerning the cruel treatment of animals at the hands of humans, but this video has urged me to step forward and give my 10 pence worth.

The cruelty demonstrated in the aforementioned videos is heart wrenching and sickening, the unfortunate matter is we all suffer; us and them as a result of that treatment, my question is WHY?

Why do we do it? The simplest answer is PROFIT! The trouble with animal welfare with regards to animals that are reared for food production is they have an economic value, which means that the dollar or pound dictates there care or lack off. 

Why care how they are treated they will end up on a plate anyway?

The way I do anything is the way I do everything! If I ignore the treatment and care of any living animal I am doing the same to all and vice versa. 

To starve a hen, cut of her beak and leave her alone in a dark hole so that in a stressed state she releases an increased amount of eggs (dollars & pounds) is not going to be good for anyone and in case you didn’t know a hen only has one hole! That means feces, urine and eggs all come out the same way, it all comes out of a stressed usually diseased animal!!!

The male chicks have no economic value, which means at birth they are round up and thrown alive into a grinder and sent to land fill. In many ways the male chick has an easier run than the female hen who if in the wild would lay up to 30 eggs or so in a year, under intensive rearing that number reaches a staggering 300 eggs in one year, then after a year and a half of intensive rearing, beaks cut off, starved and isolated they are then throw through the grinder fed back to other hens or make there way into processed food, yep that canned or premade food in the supermarket which has chicken as an ingredient may just be one of those intensively reared half starved and already dead hens – YUMMY!!!

The thing is eat chicken and eggs if that’s your thing, but take some responsibility for the welfare of the animal you intend to hunt! Now if I’m a wild animal and meat is on my menu I will hunt for my dinner, for the survival and growth of my family, I have no problem with that, that’s how life rolls and the animal that gets caught and eaten prior to becoming the menu had a LIFE.

That intensively farmed Hen, COW, Pig and any other animal man rears for profit has NO LIFE and that makes the man or woman who consumes these animals disrespectful hunters. If you want chicken on your dinner table go and hunt a chicken.

Hunting for food is part of life it is part of the natural cycle, however hunting for sport is not, when life is lost it can not and should not be called sport. In sport respect again is shown by all involved, those who lack respect in any way will be found wanting at some point.

Next time you think eggs or any meat for that matter think am I RESPECTING that animal and by doing so RESPECTING myself and the natural world we all live in, the care of any animal should not be a question of economic value! It should be a mandatory right.

For those thinking about Veganism know this, you can eat the most amazing, tasty and nutritious food. You can be super strong and full of energy. Humans are omnivores we can survive and thrive without meat if we choose.

To you all in great health

Matt

The  Yoga Health Coach

Wild Berry Smoothie

Now there is simply nothing more satisfying than great nourishment for the mind, body and soul than wild foraged food, the sea and sun 😀.

We were on our way back from the sea when my little wild forager of a son excitedly pointed out a blackberry bush, which happened to be next to an elderberry bush and after we collected our bounty we also stumbled upon a passion fruit bush.

These bushes were all next to roads and easily accessible to everyone plus they are FREE, WILD and bursting with awesomeness.

At home I have a little hemp plant growing and so we plucked some leaves  and added them to the mix.

Ingredients:

  • Wild blackberries, elderberries and passion fruit.
  • 5 hemp leaves
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 kale leaf
  • Mixed frozen berries (I do this to give the smoothie a chill factor)
  • 1/2 tsp of wild honey
  • Filtered water

Turn on your blender and watch as the colours and aromas burst out at you, serve as you wish and enjoy a wild berry bliss.

Love the wild

Matt

The Yoga Health Coach