Recipe courtesy of Katrina Ellis, Raw Addiction
Decadent Chocolate Slice
Makes 6 to 8 slices
1 cup of almond meal
½ cup of almonds
2 tablespoons of cacao powder
¼ cup of cacao butter or coconut oil
¼ cup of agave, coconut nectar, yacon syrup or other (optional)
To make the crust combine all ingredients in a processor. It should have a
dough-like consistency. Press the dough into a seven inch pan. Chill in
the fridge for at least one hour.
1 cup of cocoa powder
¼ cup of cacao powder
1 avocado, mashed
½ cup of agave or yacon or 1 tbsp of stevia or other
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of lucuma powder (optional)
Process all of the ingredients in a blender until nice and creamy. Pour
over the crust and put back in the fridge to chill for another hour. This
is a super nutritious, delicious and easy to make slice that your kids will
love – perfect for an arvo snack or school lunch box treat.
Recipe courtesy of Katrina Ellis, Raw Addiction
Makes 3 glasses
¼ cup of goji berries
1 cup of nut or coconut milk/water (or swap for your own milk)
2 to 3 cups of purified water
1 tablespoon of pure cacao powder
1 tablespoon of mesquite powder (optional)
1 tablespoon of freeze dried acai powder
1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal or chia seeds
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod (de-seeded)
3 pitted medjool dates or 1 teaspoon of yacon syrup
Blend the acai, vanilla, cacao, mesquite, natural sweetener, goji berries,
flax or chia seeds, purified water and ice until smooth. Acai and goji are
potent super foods that are famous for boosting energy, vitality and
A special thank you to Katrina Ellis, Naturopath, Iridologist, Herbalist and Author for providing these recipes from her book, Raw Addiction.
Today I had the privilege of meeting the very down to earth, gorgeous and extremely intelligent, Naturopath, Author and inspiring wellness advocate, Katrina Ellis. Katrina has an amazing healing story and is a remarkable example of the body’s ability to heal itself.
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your amazing healing journey?
Well, I started healing when I was a little girl. Mum always had naturopaths and nutritionist growing up and never had doctors. And as a little girl I was always interested by what food could do for me. With my dad a fitness instructor in the army and mum into health, the two combinations intrigued me. I was always fascinated how the food we eat and the sport we play can make you a better person.
My own healing journey started as a naturopath when I was taken over to Thailand by the Prime Minister, to run a natural health programme in his health resort Chiva Som. He wanted to revolutionise Thailand and bring health and wellness to the world by using Thai people. I then spent many years turning Chiva Som into a world renown health retreat.
During my time in Thailand, I was working 6 days a week with no time off and I got exposed to a toxic chemical that was buried during the Vietnam War. A big wind sprayed the chemical over our town and 3 weeks later my belly blew up. I was wondering what was going on, as my belly had always been flat? I thought maybe it was my digestion and tried a few natural treatments, but it slowly got bigger. That’s when I started seeking opinions. Two different doctors gave me a different diagnosis. One said I had a cyst on the right ovary and the other said it was the left? I then went to a well-known doctor in Bangkok who said it was a cyst on the left and we will need to perform a hysterectomy!
That’s when a friend flew me to England to see some doctors and still no one was picking up cancer. I then got flown to UCLA and they still wanted to take my ovaries out. By this stage, my belly looked 6 months pregnant and I had to sleep with a pillow under it!
My mum started doing some research and found a Homeopath who said get her back to Australia and I will treat her. So I flew back home and they did a American Indian technique on me that had been done for centuries. My belly started going down and he said you should be right. I was relieved and thought I’d go celebrate with some friends. But as I was driving to meet them, it started blowing up again……I couldn’t believe it and thought it’s got to come out!
Finally, it was taken out. The tumour was so big, it had already split and it was finally diagnosed as the most aggressive form of ovarian cancer. I would need 90 hours of Chemo to try and kill what had been split in my body. After 90 hours they had killed all my white cells and I was becoming resistant to the chemotherapy. During the chemo, I was trying to use natural medicine that I knew to try and overcome the chemo’s resistant to my body. By this stage, not much was working using orthodox medicine!
I finally got the courage to go home and try and heal myself, using every bit of knowledge I knew to heal the body. I tried a raw diet (not completely), healing food, meditation and healing herbs. I then had to remove a toxic relationship and finally things started to shift. I went back to the doctor and he gave me the all clear!
It was this journey that catapulted me to another level as a healer. It gave me a whole new empathy to understand chronic disease from orthodox and alternative perspective.
2. After that incredible journey, you obviously are a raw food advocate?
Raw is amazing, bringing more phytochemicals and healing nutrients into the body, but it doesn’t suit everybody. It depends on your genetic disposition, your constitution, blood type and iris constitution. If you are thin or underweight, raw food is too cooling and it doesn’t help a person to thrive.
I try to recommend adding more raw food into people’s diet and recipes. My book Raw Addiction had been tested by my kids and family before it went to print, to ensure it was liked by everybody and that the recipes were easy to incorporate into your diet.
Decadent Chocolate Slice
3.What role do you believe our gut has, in keeping us healthy?
The neurotransmitters in our brain that are made in our hypothalamus are 90% created in our gut. Good gut function, makes good neurotransmitters that help us to feel good!
Many Autoimmune conditions come from some break down in the gut and it also has a major role in our main immunity.
A good probiotic will help improve the gut flora already existing in the gut. I recommend Multiflora by Orthoplex. I also recommend taking a Prebiotic, which is the fuel that makes the good gut flora grow. This can be found in Kombucha drinks, Kefir, Miso and anything fermented is Prebiotic.
4. What are your thoughts on all the different diets that are published each year?
To me a lot are fads. I believe in choosing whole foods, as unprocessed as possible. You have to find what works for you, so you and your family can sustain it long term (Individualism).
5. Tell me about why so many people have problems with gluten today?
Many years ago in the 1950s they cross bred grains to stop fungi growing because of our heat in Australia. Because of this cross breeding, our bodies don’t recognise them. They also store the grains for months, which develops mould and changes its structure, which our bodies don’t recognise. People are amazed how they can go to France or Italy and can eat pasta and bread with no problems. This is because they didn’t do this to their grains (although they are starting to).
6. Do you have a ‘self-care’ tip for my readers?
Exercise and taking time out! I always drink 1 1/2 litres per day of alkaline water, with a high pH in it. I get this from an alkaline water filter – water how we used to drink it with loads of minerals in it. People don’t realise water is more important than food, as our bodies are 70% water. And finally…… eat greens every day!
7. How do you find balance as a healer, wife and mother?
Exercise and taking time out are important to me. It helps keep me focused and the ability to function for my family and clients.
My week looks like this:
I run on the beach 3 mornings a week and walk my dog. I work four days a week and have Monday off for my family. I finish early 2 days a week to do afterschool sport with the kids and work 2 long days a week. We then all surf together on the weekends. My husband and I are a good team, we have a great balance.
8. I Love quotes, do you have one that you live by?
“Food is your Medicine” – I have always believed this since I was little. My mum taught me when I was young, if you don’t put the right foods into your body, your brain won’t function.
I have another one that Leslie Kenton taught me. Leslie was at the forefront of natural medicine. She wrote the books “Natural Beauty”, “Wise Woman” and many others. I met her in Thailand at Chiva Som and she said to me Katya (my nickname), I always say in my head every day, ”Cool, Clear, Calm”.
It’s worked for me, for years!
If you are lucky to live near the coast of Queensland, Australia. Katrina practises from the gorgeous seaside suburb of Kirra or is available for Skype consultations.
It’s Giveaway time!!!
LIKE this page to WIN, Shattering the Cancer Myth, written and donated by the beautiful Katrina Ellis.
It was a perfect day to gather some work friends for a relaxed lunch on my beautiful deck. To keep it simple, I made this easy Fritatta with spinach, halloumi, ricotta and mint.
Spinach, halloumi, ricotta and mint Fritatta
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large bunch of English spinach or (1 packet frozen spinach)
1 cup frozen peas
180g halloumi, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup of fresh chopped mint
8 eggs, lightly beaten
8 mini tomatoes, sliced in half
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (fan)
Heat olive oil in a large fry pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, cook until softened.
Add spinach and mint and cook until wilted.
Add peas to spinach and cook until softened.
In another bowl beat eggs, ricotta and halloumi together. Season with salt and pepper.
Combine cooled spinach mixture into egg mixture and stir until combined.
Pour into square baking tin, lined with baking paper.
Place sliced mini tomatoes on top (to decorate).
Cook for 40 minutes or until set.
Serve with salad.
(I served this recipe with my spinach, feta, cranberry and toasted almond salad – the girls loved it!)
One of my good friends has a saying “Does it Serve You?” This is such a good question to think about as I gobble my lunch on the run. Scull my cup of tea. Eat sometimes standing up whilst checking my emails…….hang on what did I just eat?……and then grab an apple as I run out the door to pick up the kids.
As I read more about ‘mindful eating,’ I stopped to think about how I could apply this quote, “does it serve you” to my own life?
Being Mindful, helps me to explore food is neither good or bad. It helps me think about how it makes me feel, promotes balance, choice and takes guilt away from the pleasure of food.
I know it isn’t possible to be mindful all the time in our modern, time poor lives. But if we think about it at least once a day that would benefit us.
So this week I’m going to practise ‘Mindful Eating.’ I’ll try to have my tea in a nice cup my grandma gave me. Enjoy the preparation of healthy food. Set a beautiful table. Breathe. Have the dessert without guilt and enjoy meals with my gorgeous (and sometimes crazy) family and friends.
Athletes do it, and entrepreneurs do it. So what is it, that they all are doing?
Creating vision boards!
A vision board is a compilation of pictures, ideas, quotes, products, or places representing your dreams, goals and what your heart desires.
Firstly, you will need to write down exactly what it is you want to achieve. Get clear on your intentions and clarify your goals. How long will it take you and what steps will you have to take to achieve this goal?
Then start to compile pictures, quotes and actions that represent these goals. Stick them on a wall or pinboard in the form of a collage.
Let’s say you want to lose weight. What does this look like? How does it feel? What steps will you take to achieve this goal? What will you wear at your desired goal weight? What quotes will help you achieve this goal? These are the types of items you need to pin on the board, to help create a feeling, emotion and image in your mind of your chosen outcome.
Display your vision board somewhere you will see it every day, as a reminder of what you want to achieve.
Take the time to look at it and meditate on your desired goals. As you achieve them, mark them off and reward your success.
So go on, create a vision board and start rocking your goals!
Being thankful and having gratitude doesn’t always have to be about the big things that happen in life (a new car, a wonderful trip overseas, buying a house). It’s also about the little things in life. It can be simple and small as a delicious egg for breakfast. A cup of tea made by somebody you love. Cooking a new recipe and it working! A smile from one of your family or friends or running into an old friend unexpectedly.
There is so much to be thankful for in our everyday lives and sometimes we forget to look for them. Being thankful, helps me to realise what I have and to be satisfied. It’s great to have goals and I love a good Vision Board! But today, I just wanted to be thankful for being a mum, eating good food and having the time to take a morning walk!
What are you thankful for today?