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Make a NEWSTART with the Revive Cafe Cookbook

on February 25, 2013

Revive Cafe CookbookI was recently in New Zealand visiting my sister and one of my Christmas presents from her was the fantastic Revive Cafe Cookbook. She’d actually bought the second book as well but wasn’t quite sure if she was ready to part with both of them so we took one each and decided to swap later on!

At first I assumed it was just another cookbook. Ok it’s a veggie one but all the same, I thought, I’m sure I’ve seen it all before. How wrong I was! I started reading the lengthy introduction and was intrigued to discover the story behind the Revive Cafe in Auckland which was set up by Jeremy Dixon and his wife in late 2004.

Jeremy has a passion for sharing health principles with people and demonstrating how easy it is to make healthy meals. I was inspired by some of these, which centre around using fresh, local produce; minimal use of dairy and gluten; mixing whole grains with beans/legumes to form complete proteins; and using natural flavourings and sweeteners in place of artificial or processed ones.

I was particularly struck by his ‘8 Keys to Healthy Living’ which are very much in line with my 10 Ways to a Happy Belly:

Nutrition: fuel your body with quality food and feel great!

Exercise: feel alive with 30 minutes of exercise per day.

Water: increase your vitality with 8 glasses of water a day.

Sunshine: enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of sunshine.

Temperance: all good things in moderation and set yourself free from harmful things.

Air: breathe deeply to de-stress.

Rest: sleep deeply with 8 hours of rest per night.

Trust: live in peace with a life full of great relationships.

Ok, so getting enough sunshine could be tricky in the bleak English midwinter, but there’s no excuse not to make a NEWSTART with the other elements. I love some of the tips and quotes peppered around this section too, such as “People who cannot find time for exercise will have to make time for illness”, “Sleep with the window open and you will get a better night’s sleep” and “You would not put bad fuel and oil into your car and expect good performance. You only have one body. Feed it well and you will live long and with vitality.”

I love the look and feel of the book and the recipes are pretty awesome too! First up I’ll be trying the Mushroom Goulash and the Spanish Bean Stew. So watch this space to find out how I get on!


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