Are you ready to Ignite Your Spark?

Ignite Your Spark

Pssst: Here’s the link to buy Ignite Your Spark!

Oh my, I loved making this book for you so much! True, it was stressful trying to fit in little pockets of writing and designing in between making 10 juices a day (yes, seriously!), doing 3 enemas as well as constant food prep, soup and coffee making. Ah, life on the Gerson therapy is a fun ride.

My office is crazy messy, I’ve got files all over the place on my computer and my to do list is a mile long. But I’ve been smiling the entire way through it (minus one teeny tiny meltdown – I get one right?) because I just love what I’m creating. Read the rest of this post »

The Vedge is changing… announcing Hello Wellness!

Hello Wellness

When I started The Vedge two years ago, I was a passionate vegetarian (still am ;)), recently diagnosed with celiac disease and navigating the gluten-free world, and I just wanted to share my creations with the world.

I had no idea where my celiac diagnosis was to take me. It turns out, on quite a journey.

My passion for wellness kept tugging at me, these little ideas nagging at me, but I felt confined to talking about veggies or recipes here on The Vedge.

I want to do more. I want to help more people. And I want to do it in a bigger way.

I felt that a new place for me to explore was the answer I’d been looking for. Read the rest of this post »

Nut & Seed Crackers (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)

Nut Seed Crackers

Hello Vedgies!

It’s getting so close to Christmas now and I’ll be taking a few days off to prepare food, clean the house and wrap all the presents (um, yeah, still haven’t done that yet!). It’s going to be a full on few days, so I’m going to make sure I schedule in even more time for my self-care routine, especially meditation.

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb

I take zen proverbs very seriously. Just kidding! To be honest I haven’t been too well the last few weeks (major detoxing going on over here), so I’ve been attempting to swap my regular morning 30 minute walk for meditation. Read the rest of this post »

Garlic Paprika & Chili Herb Walnut Nut Cheese Logs (Dairy-Free)

Dairy-Free Nut Cheese Logs

Here is another awesome Chrissy/party/gathering recipe! And it’s a good one.

These cheese logs were such a hit when I made them last year for Christmas and served it with my nut & seed crackers (I’ll be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow).

This recipe makes two decent size logs, and trust me, both will be gone within no time at all. Delicious, addictive and totally guilt-free.

This recipe needs to be started at least two days in advance, although it’s all hands off time. It needs at least 24 hours to culture and develop a cheesy tang. It also need a good half a day (or a little longer if you have it) to thicken and set in the fridge so you can roll it. Read the rest of this post »

Chocolate Caramel Tart with Shortbread Crust (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

Choc Caramel Tart

Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching, and I’ve only got two things on my mind: planning big, huge amazing things for 2015 and clearing out, cleaning up and organising to go into the new year with a clean slate.

I can’t wait to tell you all about what I’ve got planned for the next year (BIG news), but you’ll have to wait a bit longer for that. But this recipe is helping me clean out my archives. For whatever reason I have a bunch of fully finished and amazing recipes that just never made it into one of my books or on the blog, and in a case of perfect divine timing, they are perfect recipes for Christmas!

There are no words to describe the deliciousness of this chocolate and caramel tart. Read the rest of this post »

Summer Mango & Avocado Salsa on Zucchini Noodles

Mango Salsa

I hope your in the summer part of the world, because I want you to get this in your belly ASAP! If not, you’ll have to cry in your pumpkin pie and save the recipe for in 6 months time.

This salsa is definitely going to be on my Christmas menu, and I’ll probably end up making it for both lunch and dinner!

Anyone else getting excited about Chrissy?! I love spending the whole day with my family – and we don’t have Thanksgiving here so I’m not sick of them yet. In fact I haven’t seen lots of them in months because I’ve been at home doing Gerson therapy, so Chrissy will be fun this year!

Mango Salsa

I love throwing this salsa on zucchini noodles, it makes a perfect summer pairing! Read the rest of this post »

5 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Vedge Christmas Menu

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I’ve always found the secret to a successful Christmas (or any other dinner party) is to be extremely organised. Lists are your friend!

I’ve had quite a few veggie Christmas’ now and have a few rules that I live by. Don’t make anything too ‘weird’ and ‘healthy’, or anything too vegan (eg plain tofu). Let other people eat and bring whatever food they want, and be accepting of everyones choices. 

Christmas is a fun time to spend with family, not a veg vs meat war zone. Keep it light and happy and let other people choose their own path.

Whether you’re having a summer Christmas with swimming and BBQ’s (like we are here) or a white Christmas by the fire, these menu planning tips will make sure you’re veggie Christmas goes off without a hitch! Read the rest of this post »

31 Ways You Can Help Others Without Spending Money

31 Ways to Help Others

It’s Thanksgiving time, and everyone is talking about gratitude. The thing that fills me with the most gratitude is giving back to others. You might think this can only be done with money, but that’s not true!

The smallest things we do can help people in a million ways that we will never know.

Smiling at someone and striking up a conversation with them may just help them feel less lonely and be the highlight of their day – you just never know.

I thought it would be fun to put together a list to get the juices flowing of ways that you can help other people – even if you can’t afford to give money to charity.

Always be thinking of ways you can help other people. Read the rest of this post »

Natural Cleaning Tips: Chemical Free Cleaning is Cheaper & Easier Than You Think

Natural Cleaning

It’s amazing how ingrained chemicals are in our lives – to the point that when you are trying to get rid of them from your life it can be a difficult and suprising process. Just when you think your on the right track, you find out theres another whole area that you need to look at.

Household cleaning is perhaps one of the more obvious areas (when you’ve already got your eyes open to the chemical craziness) – you’re touching and smelling them.

I remember having the skin on my hands become painful, red, and start cracking open with cuts when I was using particularly harsh chemicals at my job in a certain fast food chain in my teens. Luckily (or not?) my body is very sensitive to any chemicals – just smelling them will give me a rotten headache so I’m well aware of chemicals around me and am forced to use clean, natural alternatives for everything. Read the rest of this post »

Superfoodie Spotlight: Claire Baker from This is Lifeblood

Claire BakerClaire Baker is a beautiful shining light in the health and wellness community. One of my favourite things about her is she is not about eating the ‘perfect’ diet, she’s about living a fun, playful, radiant life – and if that means eating cheese and wine every now and then, then she’s doing it!

Great health is not about eating the cleanest diet, it’s simply a tool you use to help you be able to live a happy, vibrant life. And this girl knows it.

Her book, She is Radiant, is a 6 week wellness adventure that takes you step-by-step through from start to radiant. This book blew me away by it’s depth but also its approachability – it’s like taking a nutrition course, but completely do-able and understandable. Read the rest of this post »

The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Enemas

Guide to Coffee Enemas

Ah, the coffee enema.

If you want a good giggle, just tell someone that you do coffee enemas every day and enjoy the confusion-mixed-with-disgust look on their face that follows!

Actually, I was exactly the same when I first learned about coffee enemas. I thought they were just not for me, and not something I could ever bring myself to do. I got a little nervous pit in my stomach when I thought about doing one.

I knew they were beneficial, but there was no way you were getting me to put that tube up my butt. But as my health continued to decline and I decided that I wanted to do a juice fast, I knew I had to bring my self to give them a try. Read the rest of this post »

Healing Garlic & Parsely Potato Salad (GF, Vegan, Gerson)

Potato Salad

This is just one of the many, many ways that I eat potato. Since I am having them at every meal I have to get creative! But really I usually end up doing this same potato/garlic/parsley/flax oil combo, because it’s so yum and easy. I promise I’ll try harder!

Every ingredient in this recipe is incredibly nutritious and healing. Here’s why:

Potatoes:

Potatoes play a very important role in the Gerson diet. Despite the bad rap they’ve gotten, potatoes are actually incredibly nutritious. The basis of the Gerson therapy is to restore potassium balance in the body, and luckily potatoes are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium (higher than bananas).

In addition to vitamin C, potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6 and niacin (vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid).

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