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JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

JUST FOR YOU – A LETTING GO YOGA SEQUENCE!

Posted June 20, 2013

I have a little present for you! A mid-week surrender pressie.. I’ve decided to share one of the exclusive bonuses included in my new ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet. Within the book I mention movement as an integral part to learning how to let go and surrender. As a gift to you I’d like to open up this BONUS 20 minute yoga sequence to all of you! This is a beautiful, flowy, juicy sequence. It’s the perfect time and the perfect way to start the day or when you just feel you need to get out of your head! This sequence is not about the postures and making them ‘look good’ but rather dropping  into your body, stepping out of that overpowering thinking space and into a more playful state. Have fun with it and enjoy the flow. Surrender Sequence from Claire Obeid on Vimeo. My ebook is all about the FLOW. It’s an insightful, intuitive journey into the art of surrender – the most profound way we can open up to our best lives yet and allow that beautiful, effortless energy to be part of our daily lives. The other day I was with a client who mentioned that she was really struggling to set her intentions (the first step in our work together). She read my ebook and spent some time outside, after which her intentions flowed so easy and effortlessly. I LOVED hearing that… it’s exactly what I wanted to incite. Ease. Flow. Surrender. Softness. If you want some of that then head over HERE to check it out and get yourself a copy! Here’s what a few people have been saying about the ebook: Your book is great, very heartfelt and real, sharing your life with strangers is a brave move. I have enjoyed reading it first quickly and now to take it slower and with time on my side. Maddi Lock ___________________________________________________________________ Beautiful Claire, thank you so much for sharing your story. It was truly beautiful and inspiring to read your journey into wellness and surrender. Congratulations lovely.. you should be so very proud of yourself, I loved every piece of your e-book.. the pictures, quotes, artworks – all of it! Natalie Leahy ___________________________________________________________________ Sweet Claire, I have just finished your book. LOVED IT!!! I really think Surrender needs to be my word for the rest of this year!!! I have, over the last few months, been given so many signs to surrender, and ignored them. Your words and your story have helped me see how to incorporate all those ‘tools’ into my life. Thank you again, I’m sure I will be revisiting this many times over the coming weeks. Brandi Myers ___________________________________________________________________ I read the entire thing over a pot of tea yesterday! So beautiful… The exercises were amazing xx Thank you for writing such an honest book about letting go. We all need a little more of that in our lives. Krys Hansen _____________________________________________________________ Love + light to you, Cx Read more

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

WHEN YOU’VE BLOWN AN EMOTIONAL FUSE

Posted June 18, 2013

I’ve long held the belief that we are more than our bodies… in fact, I’ve believed in this since I was just a little thing. We all ‘know’ that now, don’t we? We all understand, even if it’s on an intellectual level, that we are mind (thought/ego), body (flesh and bone) and spirit (universal consciousness, true essence, pure love). The reason I learned this at such a young age is because I witnessed the DIRECT correlation between emotional trauma + physical dis-ease within my own family. My mother – the source of my spirituality and the one who still teaches me about unconditional love and compassion – often showcased the effects of emotional pain and imbalance through her physical body. I can almost timeline every major illness that she has been struck down with alongside an emotional period! (A big Middle Eastern family is not without it’s trials and tribulations!) Without over-sharing (out of respect for my gorgeous mamma) it was witnessing this that clearly flagged to me how our illness(es) really are a clear smoke-signal from the amazing system of our mind/body/spirit that something is out of whack. It’s not just about food Some of you may have noticed a slight shift in direction on my blog over the last 6 months. I am STILL hugely passionate about good food, nutrition and movement, however (and as most of my clients know) I believe that is simply the ENTRY point into true wellness. I still get so excited to work with individuals and help them find true health by harnessing the power of food. However, at some point, once we’ve cleaned up the diet and we have found a level of balance and health (and only when you are ready) we then need to peel back the layers to see what we have lying underneath. Emotions that do not serve us, limiting beliefs, stress, past hurts > often we think we’ve ‘worked’ through this stuff and it’s just laying dormant.  More often than not we are still being bullied by the junk hiding underneath. This is when we realise that, hey, it’s not just about the food I am eating… there is something else going on here! Maybe you’ve just blown an emotional fuse? When I’m working with a client who, after a few sessions, has all the information they need to eat and live well BUT they still show signs of illness OR they still can’t commit to what they know, then it’s time to peel the layers back. This is when we explore – what emotional fuse have you blown? What smoke-signal is your body sending up to you, asking you to respond and react accordingly to the emotions that you aren’t dealing with. Unfortunately we are trained to TREAT the physical ailment as THE PROBLEM. More often than not it’s the final symptom of the underlying problem – negative emotions, events and belief systems. Sometimes we just get sick – it is what it is – and I’m not discounting that. But I speak from experience when I say that often when something repeats itself or lingers there is something else going on… you can be sure of it. As many of you would know now after reading my new ebook I was sent messages, quite dramatically through my body. The state of my health deteriorating the more I ignored the underlying truths. [If you haven’t yet checked out my new ebook on surrender and learning how to let go head over HERE.] That back injury I had for over a year – oh my that was deeply rooted in financial insecurity, fear of moving forward, not feeling supported by life, disbelief in my own abilities and so much more. Do I have that back injury now? NO. Do I have any of those beliefs now?… you know the answer. Louise L Hay is the master of this. In her famous book Heal Your Body she connects your bodily pain/illnesses to emotional blow-outs. Having problems in your back/spine? Where don’t you feel supported in life? Digestive problems? Where do you feel stuck or what are you refusing to let go of? Cold or upper respiratory problem? Maybe there is too much going on in your life?! Persistent cough? It’s time to speak up or maybe you need to ‘bark’ back? What is your body trying to tell you, NOW? Take the time now to scan through your body. Listen to its signals. Or rather, can you smell the smoke it’s been burning…trying to get your attention. There might be something small and niggly that’s been there for a while but you’ve cleverly and skillfully ignored it. Or perhaps you’ve just been struck down with the flu, an injury or otherwise. Get aware! Do this exercise below: It’s like heading down to your emotional fuse box and shining a light on the truth. What am I feeling PHYSICALLY? Write down as many things as you can register, some are going to be so obvious, others maybe have been swept under the covers. But go with your intuition. Sometimes we just KNOW when something isn’t a problem. If I am honest, what am I feeling EMOTIONALLY? Write down the emotions that come to mind. When you take a moment to connect in with how you FEEL. You can’t THINK your way through this answer by the way, you’ll need to quietly and softly enter your hear and move out of your headspace. Now, looking at my life, what is the CAUSE of these feelings? Now that you’ve been clear about what you are feeling emotionally (and therefore physically represented in the body) now try and draw a connection to where in your life you’ve blown a fuse. Be honest with yourself about what you aren’t being honest about! Get me? Where are you lying to yourself and ignoring the truth? Finally, what would it be like for you to be FREE of these feelings? To allow yourself to completely […] Read more

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: POMEGRANATE GLAZED SALMON WITH FENNEL + MINT SALAD

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: POMEGRANATE GLAZED SALMON WITH FENNEL + MINT SALAD

Posted June 17, 2013

There are a few flavours that I absolutely love and remind me of home. Pomegranate Mint My parents garden is FILLED with fresh mint growing wildly. My beautiful mum would used to (in fact, still does) pick some mint from outside and bring it to me and say “smell this, smell how fresh and alive this is!” To this day the smell of mint always calms me down, like a lungful of fresh air makes you feel centred. Pomegranate, in middle eastern cultures represents fertility and love. On my wedding day all our guests huddled around me as I very elegantly (not quite) hiked my wedding dress up and did my best to squash and smash a whole pomegranate with my foot (yep, I was still in my heels!) All in the name of love and babies! So, today I bring you this middle eastern inspired dish. Honestly, it doesn’t have a name, I made it up based on the flavours I grew up on and what my taste buds were calling for! And they were calling for light, fresh and wholesome without being too heavy. I tend to reach for more protein during the cooler months but every now and then I need to ‘lighten the load’… you might be feeling the same! This gorgeous meal is perfect for a Sunday lunch or a midweek dinner. The best bit? The flavours are sensational, but it’s so easy to whip up! The middle eastern inspiration comes from the fresh salad with zingy flavours and the use of mint and pomegranate. You are going to HEART this so much. Enjoy! What you’ll need 2 medium sized salmon fillets (skin on) 1 large fennel – finely diced 1 pomegranate – cut in half and deseeded (I hold the 1/2 under water in a bowl and push the seeds out and then gently tap the back with a spoon to release the rest. You can use your fingers to ease out any stuck ones too) 1 bunch of asparagus, diced. 1/2 bunch of mint, roughly torne 2 tsp of Pomegranate concentrate/molasses (you can buy this in middle eastern stores!) Coconut oil 2 Lemons Salt, pepper,  cumin and cayenne pepper What to do: Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Heat some coconut oil in a pan, medium to high heat. Quickly coat your salmon (both sides in the melted oil) and then sear for about 3 minutes both sides. Take the salmon off the stove and glaze your salmon (both sides) in a mixture of 1sp pomegranate concentrate, a decent squeeze of 1/2 lemon, a dash of cumin. Pop the salmon into your oven for around 10 – 15 minutes. You want it to be cooked properly but soft and flaky in the inside, so perhaps check it at the 10 minute mark, depending on how strong your oven is/isn’t. Place your diced fennel and asparagus into a colander over boiling water. Steam for around 5 minutes – 10 minutes. When the fish is done, turn off the oven and open the door – let it sit like that for a moment. Toss your salad together: Fennel, asparagus, mint, pomegranate seeds. Dress with a the juice of 1 lemon, a dash of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and pomegranate concentrate, lots of pepper, a kick of cumin and tiny sprinkle cayenne pepper! Saha (good health) to you! Claire x Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BREAKING DOWN THE FLOW

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: BREAKING DOWN THE FLOW

Posted June 13, 2013

Welcome to a new Yoga With Claire segment. A few weeks ago I guided you through two of the most popular Vinyasa Sequences: Surya Namaskar A + B (aka Sun Salutations). Catch-up HERE if you missed these sequences. Now, when I teach these in both beginners AND general classes I often break down the postures within this flow sequence as it is practiced over and over and over – and that’s just in one class. You might practice a more flowy style of yoga and therefore you’ll find this repeated at a quicker pace. Other more static styles will still include vinyasa but it’ll be slower and focused. Either way, it’s important to learn how to do this vinyasa properly – for your safety and to build up strength and flexibility correctly. My biggest pet hate is watching students crunch and throw themselves through the practice – I am stickler for alignment! The poses covered in this video: Adho Mukka Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) High plank Chaturanga Dandasana (staff pose/low push-up) Bhujangasana (cobra) Urdhva Mukka Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog) Variations of the above Now, before I go on I do have to say that it’s important to be honest about where you are at with yoga. If you are still a beginner be careful to not push too far and stay with the variations I provide. Without further adieu let’s get going. This sequence will definitely generate some lovely heat within the body and make you feel alive! Click PLAY to watch. Don’t forget, once you’ve gone through the sequence let me know your feedback – did you enjoy, did you learn something new? Which asana (pose) did you find the most challenging? Namaste, Cx Read more

CRYING & WHY I LOVE TO DO IT + AN eBOOK OFFER FOR YOU

CRYING & WHY I LOVE TO DO IT + AN eBOOK OFFER FOR YOU

Posted June 11, 2013

A few weeks I jumped onto the phone after reading a blog post from my soul sista, Melissa Ambrosini. She was blogging about how she’d been feeling quite emotional and crying alot. I totally resonated with her post because I had been feeling the same. On one particular day there were tears, lots of them, and this uncomfortable feeling stuck in my chest. We chatted through crying and the experience of opening up to whatever was there. Simply and whole-heartedly accepting that we felt something, although often unidentifiable and unnamed, and what we needed to do was move towards those feelings, instead of suppressing them. I have a secret love of crying – a secret joy for those really messed up moments. That might seem like the strangest thing to say, ever, but hear me out. I’m not getting off on pain, it’s more about the underlying truth. In moments of pain I feel the most alive: It’s hard to deny that when we feel hurt and sad, as heavy and awful as that might be, I feel like I’ve tapped into something deep and have nose-dived into some dark corners that being on the surface won’t allow me access too. It’s like I get a direct two-way feed into my true essence, my true being. I can tell there is something trying to be communicated to me – the REAL me fighting it out with my ego and it wants to be heard. In those sad times everything is quite raw, vivid, honest. It’s hard to shy away from the truth (whatever that may be for you) and from that truth comes such aliveness. I feel so connected and in tune, despite the darkness. When I cry I feel the most present I can ever feel: Think about it. You are crying, curled up in a ball, sobbing into a pillow. You aren’t checking your phone or answering an email. You aren’t distracted by anything else nor would you care to be. You are fully and completely IN THAT MOMENT. You totally and utterly surrender to it, irrespective of whether you know what IT is. It’s all about surrender: The common theme here is that the way in, through and out of these more emotional experiences is to let go of your own agenda, ideas and expectations and completely surrender to the experience and the messages being beamed to you! Surrender is a HUGE topic and one that is very close to my heart. In fact, it’s so special to me that I’m just about to launch my first eBook called: Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet. Within my book I talk about the healing power of tears. Here is a little excerpt for you: It’s all about moving towards and embracing the emotion instead of stifling it and fighting it. That just feeds it and encourages it to grow bigger and out of control. And then underneath the ’emotion’ and the pain, which is really ego-driven, is your truth – what you really feel to be true! If you are ready to explore this idea of surrender and embracing crying for its healing powers then jump on my list below to receive a special subscribers only discount. This 20% discount offer isn’t here for long, just a few more days! You’ll get my eBook, priced at $17.50 for $14! Just sign-up below and you’ll receive a special code on email to utlise on the ebook SALES PAGE. And now it’s your turn to share. When was the last time you cried and how does a good crying session make you feel? Comment below and share your story with us. love + light, Cx Read more

GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

GET ORGANISED…FIND MORE TIME + STICK TO YOUR INTENTIONS

Posted June 10, 2013

From structure comes spontaneity. Organization creates time. Routine and intentions go hand in hand. First, let me ask you a few questions: Do you always feel as if there is never any time in your week to do the things you say you’ll do? Are you always trying to squeeze in last minute plans and then feel that you had to BUMP something else to make it happen? Do you regularly SKIP the things (exercise/yoga/meditation)  that you know you want and need for a healthier lifestyle? Do you constantly feel that you are out of balance and don’t have any real direction? If you answered at least ONE of those with a resounding YES then this where structure, routine and organization can help you. Here in Australia many of you would be enjoying the June long weekend. How good is it – 4 days to switch off. What might be a great idea is to spend a little time getting organised for the week ahead. I promise you, it’ll make you feel more focused and calm. When we have a routine we can achieve the things we want to, stick to our intentions AND from there, that organisation allows us to see the space we have within our day and week. That space is important to ensure we are ready to respond to spontaneous situations and experiences. In the video below I talk through the EASIEST and most SIMPLE tool I know to experiencing more balance in your life, doing the things you intend to do and inviting more time and space into your week. Yep, and it all comes down to getting organised! CLICK PLAY TO WATCH So what did you think? Are you loosely moving through your week wondering WHY you don’t stick to that PT session or WHY you always feel frazzled and never have time for a social life, to read that book that’s collecting dust, to work on a personal project or to simply just tidy your home? If it’s not scheduled it’s not real! Amen to that. Marie Forleo drilled this message in during my recent RHH bSschool studies and I love it! It’s something I have always lived by. If it’s not in my diary or planner, it’s not real – therefore, it’s not going to happen! When I first started practicing yoga and I wanted to upgrade from 1 to 4 classes per week getting organised and scheduling it in was the only way it was going to happen. This may seem too easy to work, but I can’t tell you how many of my beautiful, amazing clients that have achieved so many of their goals purely by getting organised. No-brainer! What do you have to lose? Share below: How do YOU structure and organise your life? How do you create balance through routine? Or are you struggling to find some stability and balance? I can’t wait to hear from you. love + light, Cx Read more

IT’S FINALLY HERE: MY EBOOK ON SURRENDER

IT’S FINALLY HERE: MY EBOOK ON SURRENDER

Posted June 07, 2013

I can’t believe I did it. I wrote my first eBook and here it is, ready for you! When I think back to my childhood I always loved to read. It taught me how to imagine, how to be free, how to explore words and their power. It taught me so much. My passion for reading birthed a secret desire to write a book, one day. It was a secret dream that I filed away into the ‘someday when I’m old and grey’ pile. I guess I never really believed that it would be possible. Thanks to the wonder of the internet, little dreamers like me can take their wishes and make them a reality… all on their own. Let me introduce you to My NEW eBook: Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet This little gem has been bubbling away in my mind since last August! It evolved a few times until I finally settled on what you now see. Surrender is an incredibly personal journey to me, and I know so many of you are going to resonate with it too. This eBook is for each and every soul out there who has ever desired a more balanced, healthy and happy life. If you’ve felt stuck, limited or lost, unable to find yourself or blossom into the person you know you deserve to be. This is for you! Here’s a little excerpt from the book. Does that sound like something you need? If you are nodding your head YES, I hear you! If you want to head straight to the ebook page click HERE. ________________________________________________________________________________________ The wisdom and kindness that radiates from Claire’s blog has been a constant source of support for me on my own personal wellness journey – and now, Claire has taken things a step further with her lovingly crafted, and equally insightful, eBook. Get out of your way is for anyone who is sick of forcing their way through work, relationships and health, and knows there has to be a gentler – and ultimately – a more successful way of navigating life’s turns with grace and ease. Beautifully personal, action-focused and totally grounded in the reality of modern life, Claire’s book is full of practical tips and tools to create – and enjoy – the incredible life that’s waiting to unfold for you. Kacey Crawford | Multi-passionate career + life coach | www.kaceycrawford.com.au ________________________________________________________________________________________ If you are ready to surrender, then this eBook is for you. It’s a set of tools to help you explore the beauty and joy of letting go and opening up to your life. But this is more than just a book. It’s so much more. It’s a lifestyle review, a deeply personal check-in with yourself and a chance to really own your life in the way you’ve always dreamed. What do you get? The introductory price is $17.50 and for that you receive: My 80 page ebook including 17 suggestions on how to live your best life yet. Suggested tasks, questions and activities to move deeper into the journey You also receive 5 DOWNLOADABLE BONUSES: (yours to keep!) The Wellness Project ‘Foodie Shopping List’ A ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ check-list A ‘New Day Diary’  – including gratitude, affirmation and priorities section A 20 minute at-home Surrender Yoga Sequence A 10 minute guided Mindful Meditation track Click HERE to find out more or just click the button below to buy. I’m so excited I can’t stop smiling! Thrilled to hear your thoughts and have you on this journey of surrender with me. love + light, Claire Read more

3 STEPS TO REFRAM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FOR THE POSITIVE

3 STEPS TO REFRAM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FOR THE POSITIVE

Posted June 04, 2013

Like you, I too have thoughts that don’t serve me in any positive way. Alot of these thoughts are usually centered around the things I am NOT doing. We have a default setting – mentally and emotionally – that immediately reverts to reacting and responding to what we have not done, didn’t do well enough, could be doing more of. Do you get my drift? Let me give you a few examples. I should exercise more I must eat differently I have to save more $$ I need to see my friends more I must be more attentive to my children I should work harder I have to do better, look better, act better! I should have a better job What this all boils down to is what you think you SHOULD do. Recently I read about the idea of ‘should’ in Nick Ortner’s book, The Tapping Solution. The word SHOULD  is a thought so engrained in our staple vocabulary that we don’t even realise it’s actually heavy with self-deprecating, put-down, negative emotions. Reading his words I felt thrilled to see, in print, a theory I work with on a daily basis for both myself and my clients. We feel guilt, shame and regret around most of the emotions that relate to what we THINK we SHOULD be doing/saying/acting/being. My nieces and nephews learnt from a very young age how to identify ‘put-down’ words. Often we’d be playing and in the spirit of silliness I would say something like “Oh, I can’t do that. I wish I could, but I can’t. It was always such a confronting experience to hear my 3 year old niece say “Auntie Claire, those are put down words, don’t say that to yourself”. But we do it. All the time. We always put ourselves down, wrap ourselves cosily in put-down words and getting up close and personal with the idea we are not enough or we don’t do enough. It’s overwhelming. It’s stress-inducing and It’s limiting. Here’s an idea on how to reframe that perspective.You have the power. You have the choice. Step 1: Look to those feelings that you have and truly identify what you care about and what matters – where did those thoughts/feelings come from? As an example – you might think, wow I SHOULD exercise more. If that is because you KNOW you need more exercise or it has been a personal goal then roll with that. I’m not dissing motivation, whatever form! However, if you sit with that, the feelings that came up within you and realise that what actually came up was a feeling of insecurity – comparing yourself, putting yourself down, getting caught up in what you aren’t instead of what you are – then perhaps this isn’t a true heart’s desire, or something of great importance. What I mean is this – yes, exercise is important but it (and everything else) has to come about because you feel to do it. Not because someone else’s lifestyle has left you feeling disappointed with yourself and therefore not good enough. The problem is we tend to go down the ‘should’ path mentally, inviting all these negative feelings and energy in and yet we still don’t respond by actually DOING what we are SHOULDING about. Get me? Therefore your energy shouldn’t be going into creating stress around something you aren’t going to do, or don’t truly desire. But, here’s the rub – maybe what came up help you to realise that actually you DO want to do more of that stuff. Well, here’s when we have to reframe in order to turn that should into a do… Step 2: For the things that you do really desire reframe your mind set into positive, affirmative language. I CHOOSE to exercise more. I CHOOSE to eat differently. I CHOOSE to be more attentive. You switch your perspective from putting yourself down and judging what you don’t do into allowing yourself to OWN what you want. It’s in your hands. You empower yourself through those words. Now, for the items that you don’t feel you need to change (maybe as you explored your feelings you realised that you are CONTENT with what you do already and that’s perfect, as it is) In those moments when you catch yourself thinking a ‘SHOULD’ thought take a moment and reframe it: E.g… I exercise enough I eat well I am attentive I am enough Then look at how those statements FEEL for you. Where do they sit, physically, in your body. Do you believe them? The funny thing about our own ’emotions’ is that they are often masked by our ego. So even when we’ve convinced ourselves that we are happier with our live how it is, sometimes when you try and bring them to life you realise you don’t actually really believe the. So if you don’t believe them go deeper and ask WHY? Why don’t you believe them? What comes up for you – memory/past negative experiences/comparing yourself? Step 3: Tap on it! If the ‘should’ that you are working on is so engrained and you find that as you do deeper it’s so difficult to find your truth on the subject (what do you really want, believe and FEEL?) then click on the below to learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and tap your way through the block until you clear it. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH. You could start with an opening statement (this will make sense when you watch the video) like this: ‘Even though I’m so hard on myself and I think I should do X… I deeply and completely accept myself Even though I want to do X but I never do… I deeply and completely accept myself Even though I’m so caught up in what other people do…I deeply and completely accept myself” Remember this. Choosing is EMPOWERING. You own your feelings. They are created from a conscious place. A place of deep wisdom and truth. It’s this knowing coupled […] Read more

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: SLOW COOKED SPICED LAMB + EGGPLANT STEW

MIDDLE EAST MONDAY: SLOW COOKED SPICED LAMB + EGGPLANT STEW

Posted June 03, 2013

Oh I love me some lamb in the winter time. It’s nourishing, filling, satisfying and makes my body feel ‘cared for’ in the colder months. My body does not work on a full vegetarian diet. Depending on the season I can sometimes go MONTHS without meat, but at a certain point I will get a clear signal that it’s time to eat meat again. That’s my body and I believe it’s heavily influenced from my culture and heritage. Have you ever really looked at your heritage, body type, health and digestion to understand what really works best for you? As I’ve mentioned before, Middle Eastern cuisine is heavily based on lamb. It’s the staple meat and they KNOW how to cook it right. Slow, soft, pull-apart deliciousness. I had a chat to my mum on the phone to get this recipe right and she basically said I just had to trust myself and keep an eye on it. Let it happen slowly… My mum is such an intuitive cook that it’s hard to get directions off her because she just ‘feels’ her way through each recipe. Here we have my take on a lamb stew that my mother makes often. I’m serving it with brown rice instead of basmati and I’m including a few additional veggies that don’t normally feature. You can change this up as much as you want too! Lamb + Eggplant stew What you’ll need: 600 – 800 grams of lamb shoulder on the bone – ask your butcher for the best cut and have it cut up into small chunks for you 5-6 whole organic tomatoes 1 large eggplant 1 large green capsicum 2 – 3 zucchinis 2 -3 brown onions 3 garlic cloves Allspice or Cumin, Sumac, Coriander – any spices you have that are middle eastern inspired are great! 1 tbls organic tomato paste (look for the ones that are 100% tomato and nothing else) Water Brown Rice 3 lge tbls of organic cultured butter or ghee Just a side note here: I LOVE that I have a local butcher that serves grass-fed and pastured produce and that I can get what I need, know where it’s come from and have a little chat… it’s so divinely old school. If you can strike up a relationship with a good butcher it makes the world of difference. What to do: First rub some spices into your lamb and let it come to room temperature Heat the butter/ghee and brown off the lamb in a large pot Next toss in the onions and garlic, and stir-through Blend up all the tomatoes in a thick, chunky mixture and chuck into the pot. Add in all the veggies – diced into a small chunks Mix everything together and season to taste – I am very liberal and unstructured with my seasoning so aim for at least 2 tsps of spice, if not more! Mix 2 cups of water with the tomato paste and pour into the pot. You can also use your own homemade veggie stock here too. You want to almost cover the veggies/lamb but not drown it. Bring it all to a nice simmer and then drop it down and keep it on the stove at a low-ish heat for at least 1.5hrs. Cook up your brown rice with sliced onions through it To serve: plonk your brown rice in a bowl with the stew on top – use a slotted spoon so you strain some excess liquid out. Served with a bowl of yoghurt on the side. Eat and enjoy! Saha to you, Cx Read more


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