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Akesis Balance March 2015 Newsletter
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Holistic Health Coaching &
Education Newsletter - March 2015

 
 
Akesis Balance Tidings
We have been surprised and excited at the level of interaction between all of you through the Leah Follett Facebook page and through the Akesis Balance page on Instagram. It's so wonderful to see the idea sharing and support coming through in your words to not only to us but to each other.

It's incredibly important that we keep the connection going as this is how we once learnt and importantly evolved as a community. Although we appear to be separated by timezones and distance, social media has given us closeness.

As the Akesis Balance team we have made many meaningful connections through social media channels and although we wouldn't recognize these people if we passed them on the street we still feel like they are our family, primarily because when you are dealing with healing and wellness topics people are generally open to sharing vulnerabilities in their search for answers. We are bonded by love, truth and healing.

We are also bonded on a energetic level of spirit, love, god  and the universal unknown. Mark and I believe that this is absolutely verified by the emotional connection/reaction to the words that you all share so openly.

We all connect and share emotional energy through written words and reading these words can be an affirmation of strength and recovery and healing on so many levels.
Focusing this type of energy on each other by sharing allows us a closeness to the divine love that we are all born with.  An example of sharing oneness and increasing energy can be identified when attending church and praying together as a community, or singing in unison at a concert, group meditation, setting intentions such as workplace project outcomes, affirmations and chanting, or even a attending a fulfilling personal development workshop. These are all forms of focused attention/energy for the benefit of the group.
We come together to create strength and power through our combined energies and quickly become one. We are all energy that flows together, we impact on another existence and when we regard this energy and focus it intently we can achieve healing, closure, acceptance, togetherness which we all need to survive as a community rather than the individualistic culture that we have become in so many ways.

Of course the flip-side of the shared energy theory could be an issue when the energy comes from a place of fear, however we all have the option of focusing our intent on the loving and uplifting rather than being dragged into the other more negative paradigm.

Please see the Video Share section of this months newsletter for a few visuals to help confirm what I am talking about.
Thanks for sharing our journey and making us a part of yours.

Leah and Mark
Banana Coconut Cream Pie
on a
Salted Caramel Base

(grain, dairy, refined sugar free, and soy free)
LCHF, Paleo & GAPS Friendly


 
This pie was a quick little thing I created for Williams Birthday instead of a cake. I used the Multi-Purpose Coconut Vanilla Cream from last months newsletter and topped the pie with banana.

BASE:
  • 200g activated almond meal (soak, dehydrate and grind your own if can't find at the store- often cheaper anyway)
  • 4 medjool dates pitted
  • 60g desiccated coconut
  • pinch of salt.
Method:
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender together. Check the consistency. If the mix is too dry add a tsp of water.
  2. Line the pan with baking paper and press the mix into the base. I used a 30cm pan
  3. You can refrigerate the base or if you want a crunchy base you could bake it on 120 degrees for 1 hour or longer depending on  the oven. Keeping the oven under 120 degrees is to protect the nut oils from heat degradation.

Salted Caramel Layer:
  • 4 medjool dates pitted
  • 3-4 tbsp of warm water
  • 1/2 a tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla bean powder
  • 100g almond meal
Method:
  1. Grind the almond meal really well then add in the dates, salt and vanilla bean powder.
  2. Add the warm water a tablespoon at a time until you have a spreadable consistency
  3. Spread the salted caramel onto the base made in the previous step and set in freezer.
Multipurpose Coconut Vanilla cream
Ingredients:
  • 2 x 400ml cans of coconut cream
  • 160g of liquid coconut oil
  • 50g activated almonds
  • 2 dates (more depending on sweetness required)
  • 1 tbsp of gelatine powder (Greater Lakes brand)
  • ½ tsp of vanilla bean powder
Method:
  1. In a TM or high powered blender add in coconut cream, coconut oil, dates, vanilla and almonds.
  2. Blend until smooth and not grainy, this is about 2 minutes at high speed.
  3. Turn off and  taste test. Our house doesn’t need much sweetener but this is your chance to make it suit you.
  4. Turn on the machine to half speed and slowly pour in the gelatine powder. The blades must be moving quickly enough to incorporate all the gelatine powder quickly before is clumps.
  5. Turn up the speed for another 30 seconds to combine all ingredients.
  6. Pour into the pie crust and set in fridge or you can freeze it.
If freezing, the pie will need to be thawed before cutting and serving. 

Top with slices of banana and a little chocolate sauce.
*Chocolate sauce is a small amount of coconut oils added to cocao powder. I don't sweeten it because there is already so much sweetener in the pie and the sharp bitter taste adds contrast.
At all times taste you mix as you go and make sure that it is sweet enough for you.


 

Product/Service/Event of the Month:

MINDD FORUM 2015
It's not just about Autism!!!!

ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Depression, Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Digestive issues, Eczema, Pyroluria, Sleep, Memory,  and Learning

My family is what it is today because of the MINDD Foundation and their practitioners, education, and support. I am so pleased to share the up and coming event to be held in Sydney 15-17 May.
Not only does the Mindd Foundation host a range of local and international speakers that are leading the field in integrative medicine and holistic health practices but they also offer a resources expo that is open to both the public and practitioner levels.
Facebook
 
 

Blog of the Month:

This month Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking and I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristen Morison on the A Quirky Journey Podcast.

Kristen is a mother of three children who once upon a time had a thriving fashion label in Melbourne which she had to give up in order to care for her newborn, Gryffin, who was born with Downs Syndrome. Through copious amounts of research Kristen was able to remedy and reduce the complications that children with Downs experience and increase his health, quality of life and his social, emotional, physical and immune resilience that now sees him thriving in a mainstream school with all the support and care he need to learn.

The revelation to me is that children with Downs respond to the exact same protocol that I put together for my two special needs kids. I actually face-palmed my forehead when the penny dropped, I never drew the connection.

Aside from the really valuable information that she has on her blog, Kristen Is the co-founder of the Grow Foundation, she also runs a website called Naturally Better Kids where you will find loads of information including the er natural Detox blog that I've shared this month.

http://kristenmorrison.me/2014/01/01/detox-you-know-you-want-to/

 
Gryffin Morrison - The baby that changed the lives of so many and now at age 8 he is teaching others about how to educate kids like him.

Recipe Share:

This afternoon was overcast with a shocking storm. It's time to start dinner and I'm thinking of this....Can you imagine the leftovers!!!
http://www.quirkycooking.com.au/2015/03/chicken-pot-pie-with-grain-free-pastry/

Video Share:

To punctuate the connection that we all have with each other, that was described in the newsletter introduction, and the enormous amount of energy that we have the to share, this month's offering is a Flash Mob.
In watching this short film from start to finish you get the sense that every day people are all disconnected and focused of their own agendas. They seem a little lacking in vitality and by the time you've finished watching you'll most probably experience the goosebumps and immense warmth of closeness and appreciation.

(Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9 classical music

Quote of the Month:

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
~George Bernard Shaw

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