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Sunday, 30 March 2008

Simple Sundays: Dishy Dates & Massages!

We LOVE... Simple.

Wholesome. Uncomplicated. Direct. Complete. Focused. Dedicated.

We LOVE... Sundays.

A whole day dedicated to Self alone. Growth. Renewal (old to new week). Energy. Reflective. Enjoyable. Fun. Peaceful. Blessed.

Fuse these together... For a perfect end-new week routine.

This section is part of the Self-nurture routine - sharing ideas/rituals/tips that you can do to celebrate Self - and not just for Sundays lol!

This Week - Getting back to pampering with detoxing dates and massages!

... Not the kind you might have in mind lol - We're talking healing food and Self facial massages - that both womben and men can enjoy as a Self routine.

The clocks changed last night which makes it officially the beginning of the Sun months (Spring/Summer) even though the weather has had it's own mood swings lately and refuses to acknowledge any of it! I love this time of year - Enjoy!

Dates Delicious!

Part of getting back to roots is indulging in foods that might remind the senses of the early years - and dates have long been another favourite in my house hold. So this week, I'll be sharing why I love dates so much!

Packed with essential goodness and health benefits, it can be eaten both fresh or dried. And made into sweet or savoury dishes... the possibilities of using this ingredient at home are endless and flexible. It's worth having this at hand in the kitchen and for experimenting!

Here are my favourite ways of using dates:

A natural sugar source!

Dates can be very sweet and can be converted into sugar at home. A great sweet substitute for using normal sugar in recipes and daily life.

To make your homemade date sugar... Slice up your dates and place in a baking tray. Bake at 450° for 10 to 20 minutes - You should start to notice that it becomes very dry, brittle and rock-like. When it reaches this state, remove, let cool and then grind (by hand or using a food processor) into natural date sugar. Store in a container in a cool place.

If you like, you can add some taste into your date sugar by adding a few drops of vanilla to your dates after baking and before grinding.

Energise With Homemade Energy Bars!

This is a simple recipe that can be changed around to add/remove ingredients. On a busy day, energy bars are a quick, non-messy and healthy fix to add to food breaks.

What you will need:

1 stick non-dairy butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs (optional)
1/4 cup. apple juice
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup flour
2 tbsp bran (optional)
1 1/4 cup raisins
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped almonds (or any other nuts you prefer)

Combine first 4 ingredients and blend well. Add next 3 ingredients and stir in last 3 ingredients. Spread in greased pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Raw Breakfast Treat!

Dates can easily be chopped up into small pieces, along with your favourite wholegrain cereal and fruits. The usual way I like to prepare it is by chopping up dried dates and dried fruits from the whole food shop and mixing that in with wholemeal cereal - add in soya milk and use honey for some extra sweetness.

If you like yogurt, you can add your fruit/date chopped up mix to plain yogurt. Chopped up mangoes and dates work well with yogurt too.

Self Facial Massage

This is a fantastic routine to incorporate into your life. It can be done with your favourite oil (I love organic coconut oil) and this time is perfect to tune into music and to simply relax/reflect. You might like to do this Self massage before meditation work. It's also great to leave your oil on your face afterwards so the skin can completely absorbs it.

You may like to exfoliate your skin before doing this massage.

With time and regular use, you might find that your skin texture improves - I certainly notice a huge difference even after 1 session.

For more Self body massage techniques and info, please read this.

Below are 2 videos to try - The first is all about the techniques to use for the facial massage. The second is a homemade whipped shea butter recipe that you might like to try for this massage (change the ingredients to suit your needs/taste). My personal favourite: For the whipped treat, I love adding lemongrass essential oil (smells heavenly and light!... perfect for the sun months), coconut oil, hemp oil and aloe vera. This can also be used on loose natural afro hair for wash-&-go and other styles.

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