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

Akesis Balance Update
 

Welcome to the Akesis Balance newsletter for May. May is an amazing time of the year around the world and there is abundance to be found all around if you know where to look for it…

Over the past months we have been increasingly creative and spontaneous in our thoughts and actions due to a shift in perspective from fear based living to love. We have noted that our family has changed physically, emotionally, and spiritually as a result of modifying our lifestyle so that we have a focus on healthy eating and clean living.

The reason that health causes such a shift in overall perspective is that doing things that improve your health shows a focus on loving yourself. Once you have learnt to love yourself then you will also project love outwards to others and receive loving feedback in return.

We hope you all enjoy this newsletter and take from it some practical opportunities to show yourself some love by improving your health. There is no reality but that which we create for ourselves.

Live May with love and joy in your life and don’t forget to check back with us again in June as we will have a big announcement to make in the next newsletter.

Love and best wishes always,
Leah & Mark Follett

Sweet Potato Hash-browns
As it’s coming into winter I find that my boys like a little more carbohydrate in their diet and being mindful of not over doing their tolerance I am happy to include this in their meal plan once in the week.
 

Ingredients:

  • 130g diced brown onion
  • 230g grated sweet potato
  • 100g arrowroot starch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom pods
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander seed
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Oil for cooking

Method:

  1. In a large bowl beat the eggs and then add in the arrowroot starch. To this add the herbs and mix well with a spoon.
  2. Stir the diced onion and sweet potato into the batter and mix well.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of preferred oil (coconut, bacon lard, or chicken schmaltz) in a pan to moderate temperature but not smoking point.
  4. Using a ¼ cup measure fill the cup with the batter and dollop the mix into the pan in little stacks. Allow the stacks to fry off and soften the sweet potato before turning over.
  5. Drain hash brown stacks on paper towel
Depending on the temperature of the oil the hash browns will either be crunchy or slightly soft and you can adjust to suit your taste. These will go soft in the fridge when stored but make for a nice left over in a lunch salad.

Recipe Share Maple Mousse

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups of pure maple syrup

Method:

  1. Separate egg whites (save the yokes for tomorrow's omelette or make mayonnaise or aioli) beat the egg whites until they form stiff white peaks 
  2. At the same time bring to a simmer the maple syrup until it reaches 235 degrees Celsius on a sugar thermometer.
  3. Whilst beating the egg whites on medium setting slowly poor the syrup into the egg whites. This will form soft white fluff.
I found the recipe on the top of a maple syrup tin and had to try it out immediately. Obviously this would be a treat for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. It reminds me of meringue that doesn't need baking however I bet clever people out there probably use it as a torched meringue topping on a lemon curd tart.

As I've got to test everything out, so far I've used it as a spread on crackers, an icing and I've even added a single drop of good quality peppermint oil to the mix to make a batter that tastes like peppermint candy canes.

Video Share:

Tibetan Sand Mandala 

Given the destruction that Tibet has suffered during the earth quake late last month we thought we would share a video on the majesty of the Tibetan Sand drawings. These inspired works of art are ceremoniously crafted and then presented to the congregation in awareness of the higher self-consciousness and the connection of all things. The time taken to create the work is a vast reminder of our own creation in comparison to the minimal time taken to destroy it once completed.

The ceremony is a reminder that nothing is forever and nothing is permanent.

We have the here and the now to live in and appreciate but it all comes back to a beginning and an end. Similarly like the destruction of some of the most sacred monuments of the Nepalese nation during the earth quakes we are like the Tibetan Sand Mandala's in that our existence can be likened to being that of the sand and we each make up part of a much bigger picture of existence.
We will never not exist, we will be recycled and transformed anew.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA3su0ECdPc

Quote of the Month:

"Take a leap of faith and the safety net will appear, not that an eagle would need one."

This thought came to me when I was considering some upcoming life choices. I was worried that in making the decisions to change I would be left in a place of fear with no safety net to catch me if all the changes left me out in the cold. In reality all decisions that are made in the spirit of self advancement will always turn out well and a safety net will not be necessary as you are able to soar like an eagle.

This month make a positive change in your life by deciding that you will move forward through new experiences.

Mark Follett
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