Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with Almond Butter Frosting for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with Almond Butter Frosting for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

To continue my Pumpkin Series, today I bring you this truly whimsical Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with indulgent almond butter frosting that’s designed for GERD and Gastroparesis. It’s also a luscious treat that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

As it happens, Autumn is a great time to embrace the fruits of the labour of a low-FODMAP diet as there is an abundance of hearty seasonal ingredients around. Because of this, I’ve been creating a Pumpkin series on my blog.

First, we had a hearty Pumpkin Soup, then a soothing Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl, and finally this yummy pumpkin and banana bread that also feels like a cake that’s a mix of the two, and just as warming!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
This scrumptious Low-FODMAP Pumpkin and Banana Bread Cake with indulgent almond butter frosting is a scrumptious treat for GERD and Gastroparesis that's also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. With the earthy mix of pumpkin meeting the exotic blends of banana, this bread feels like a cake that's moist, soft and perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up. 
Course Breakfast, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 225 grams Gluten-Free Flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 10 tbsp Coconut Sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts
  • 115 grams Pumpkin OR Pumpkin Puree (Grated)
  • 2 small Bananas
  • 2 Eggs/Flax Egg OR Vegan Egg (I'm using Oggs)
  • 2/3 cup Coconut Oil (melted)

Instructions
 

  • Place the oven onto 180C or 160F and allow it to warm up
  • Line the base and sides of a deep 20cm/8 inches round fixed-based cake tin (pan) or a suitably sized dish with baking parchment.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt into a mixing bowl and combine.
  • Stir in the sugar, chopped walnuts, and grated pumpkin until thoroughly mixed.
  • Make a slight hollow in the middle of the dry ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the bananas (if you're using pumpkin puree rather than grated pumpkin add it here) egg/egg substitute, coconut oil, and then stir in the dry ingredients.
  • Turn this into the prepared tin and level the surface. Place in the oven for 30 minutes. You'll know it's done by placing a clean knife in and see if it comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool and now it's time to create your icing! This was a really intuitive process so I used: 1/2 cup of almond butter, 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Paste, 1 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup, 55 grams Vegan Butter and a Pinch of Sea Salt. Pop into a blend and if you need to sweeten it more add more maple syrup.
  • Apply your frosting to your cake and you're done! Whimsical decorations are optional!
Keyword banana, banana bread, gastritis, gastroparesis, gerd, low fodmap, pumpkin, pumpkin bread, vegan, vegetarian

With the earthy mix of pumpkin meeting the exotic blends of banana, this bread feels like a cake that’s moist, soft and perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up!

If you would prefer to make this as a bread, you can simply adapt the container you place it in. As for the whimsical decoration, I was really called to honour the sweetness of this season and all the gorgeous animals that frequent my local habitat.

Will you decorate yours, or leave the almond frosting as it is? Speaking of that, this was such an intuitive process to make this indulgent topping. I really just threw lots of things in a blender and felt it was complete when it was sweet and silky enough for my preferences. Feel free to have fun with this! You can also make yourself a vegan cream cheese frosting.

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I hope you love this banana and pumpkin cake and that it’s something that can comfort and nourish you as we enter into these colder months, and of course this next lockdown here in the UK.

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Especially for autumn and winter.

Also, have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

LOW-FODMAP PUMPKIN RECIPE SERIES:

CLICK HERE FOR A LOW-FODMAP PUMPKIN SOUP RECIPE

Click here for a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Did you see my recent Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup Recipe from yesterday? Well, depending on how big your pumpkin was, you might have some leftovers so I have just the recipe for you: a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

This warming, festive and sweet Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl boasts a delicate spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves paired with a soft vanilla base. If you’re a fan of a certain latte blend, see how you find making this gorgeous easy recipe from the comfort of home.

After making this recipe, do you still have more Pumpkin leftovers to use? My next recipe will be a dreamy banana and pumpkin cake so look out for that soon!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
Depending on how big your pumpkin was, you might have some leftovers so I have just the recipe for you: a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl for GERD and Gastroparesis that is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
This warming, festive and sweet Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl boasts a delicate spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves paired with a soft vanilla base. If you’re a fan of a certain latte blend, see how you find making this gorgeous easy recipe from the comfort of home.
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin
  • 1 Banana (small or half a big banana)
  • 1 tbsp Dairy Free Yoghurt (I'm using Oatly plain yoghurt)
  • 100  ml Dairy Free Mylk (I'm using Hemp Milk)
  • 1 scoop/tbsp Protein Vegan Powder
  • 1 tbsp Peanut OR Almond Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 whole Clove
  • Pinch Nutmeg, Ginger or Allspice
  • Gluten-Free Granola (I'm using Nature's Path)
  • Coconut Chips
  • Edible sparkle and decoration

Instructions
 

  • Place the chopped Pumpkin, the Banana, the vegan yoghurt and vegan mylk into a blender and blitz together. You can always add a scoop of vegan protein powder if you would like to. You'll want to give this all a good few minutes to create the consistency you're after! Add all the spices and vanilla.
  • Pour your smoothie mixture into a bowl. I'm using a small bowl from Coconut Bowls. If there's too much smoothie for you, put some in another bowl and keep for another day.
  • Now it's time to decorate! To start, I added a semi-circle halo top to the bowl with the Coconut Chips. Next, add the gluten-free granola in front of where you added the Coconut Chips.
  • Anything else you add is now down to your whimsical imagination! I added some of my edible woodland animals, some raspberries, and some edible glitter. Now, enjoy enchanted being!
Keyword acid reflux, autumn, banana and coconut smoothie, dairy free, fall, gastroparesis, gluten free, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, samhain, smoothie bowl, vegan

Honouring Samhain

The sight of Pumpkins truly conjures up the arrival of autumn, and there’s an abundance of Pumpkin related specialities such as Pumpkin scented candles, and a certain latte blend (!), that also coincide with events such as harvest, the arrival of Pumpkin patches and Halloween that takes place on the 31st October.

I’d love to know if Halloween has any significance for you, or if it’s just another night of the year? For me, I take time to dig deeper into my Celtic roots by honouring this festival that originated from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition.

In modern times, Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “sow-win” that’s derived from a compound of two ancient Gaelic words, “sam,” which was an old word for “Samrad,” or “Summer,” and “fuin,” an ancient word for “end,” referring to the “end” of Summer).

Traditionally, Samhain was usually celebrated from 31st October to 1st November to welcome in the harvest and the remaining dark half of the year.

For those that celebrated, and continue to celebrate and honour Samhain, they believe that the barriers between the physical world and the spirit world break down during Samhain, allowing more interaction between humans and “otherworld.”

This meant that the fairies and other immortal beings might roam the Earth as they pleased on this special night. As a result, only the very brave ventured out of their homes on Samhain Eve for fear of meeting one of these supernatural beings.

I lean so heavily into the origins of this magic, now more than ever. It reminds me how special it is for me to lean into mysticism in all forms.

Added Whimsical Touches

So if you’ve become enchanted by the above, why not add a little bit of whimsy to your smoothie bowl? I’m using a mix of edible sparkle, woodland creatures and granola to create a truly enchanting mix.

Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Granola has been such a magical discovery and it’s quickly become my autumnal granola of choice!

With clusters of golden baked oats, toasted pumpkin seeds, almonds, coconut, tangy cranberries, raisins and a pinch of cinnamon it’s the scents and taste of the seasons in a bowl.

Discover more about Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed, Almond and Raisin Granola right here.

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Pretty Pea Protein (AD-Gifted as I have previously worked with this lovely brand and I have done a separate review here) is a vegan protein powder that is not only incredibly pretty and ethereal to behold but packed with superfoods such as Spirulina, Green Tea, Acai Berry and Chicory Root.

These powerful ingredients that feature in Pretty Pea Protein are all known for their potency and power for centuries. Having said that it’s nearly but not completely Low-FODMAP so I just wanted to add that as a little disclaimer here for those strictly following a Low-FODMAP. I haven’t had any problems whatsoever, it’s been so soothing for my tummy, but as this is a Low-FODMAP recipe just wanted to add that additional info!

If you enjoyed seeing how I add protein powder and have enjoyed this recipe, then be sure to check out my lovely Tropical Protein Pink Porridge using Pretty Pea Vegan Protein here.

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I truly hope you enjoy the sweetness and creaminess of this cosy Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl!

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Especially for autumn and winter.

Also, have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Recipe Series:

Click here for a Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup Recipe

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

As Autumn greets the Northern Hemisphere, with all its luscious symbolism and poetic richness, the temperatures begin to drop, and it’s a time for truly inviting warmth in with comforting and cosy foods to warm you up.

Today’s recipe will do just that, and I present to you this warming low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup that is ideal for GERD and Gastroparesis whilst also lovingly made in made for those that are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

The sight of Pumpkins truly conjures up the arrival of autumn, and there’s an abundance of Pumpkin related specialities such as Pumpkin scented candles, and a certain latte blend (!), that also coincide with events such as harvest, the arrival of Pumpkin patches and Halloween that takes place on the 31st October.

In celebration of this hearty gift from nature I’ll be making three recipes from one gorgeous Pumpkin: This soup recipe you’re reading now, a sweet banana and pumpkin cake and finally a fun pumpkin pie smoothie bowl.

Let’s start with this Pumpkin soup that is filled with warming spices to nourish your heart and soul.

My experience of the Low-FODMAP Diet for Gastroparesis

As of August this year, I have been eating exclusively on the Low-FODMAP diet as a result of spending most of this year moving through an insidious Gastroparesis flare and chronic nausea.

So far the process of adopting a low-FODMAP diet has helped immensely and I’m blessed to be able to handle more solid foods after months of liquids.

I have had many experiences before this where I would dip in and out of the low-FODMAP diet, but this season I have given it my full dedication and I’ve been so held by the results.

Of course, it is not a miracle cure for GERD and Gastroparesis, however, by eliminating problem areas in my diet, I have been able to eat 3 small meals a day. As a result, I don’t have as many days where I am completely bed-bound due to nausea.

Having said all of that, a low-FODMAP diet takes a while to settle in! I’m still very much finding my feet and sometimes the types of fruits and vegetables that are harmonious for me, and those are not, don’t always make sense!

For example, sweet potato can be enjoyed in moderation but white potatoes are fine. For me, the lower GI elements of a sweet potato was easier for me to enjoy so this was strange to see!

Then there are blackberries that are sadly not allowed on the low-FODMAP diet, whereas raspberries are fine! Things like this have taken a lot of adjustments for me!

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
As Autumn greets the Northern Hemisphere, with all its luscious symbolism and poetic richness, the temperatures begin to drop, and it’s a time for truly inviting warmth in with comforting and cosy foods to warm you up.
Today’s recipe will do just that, and I present to you this warming low-FODMAP Pumpkin Soup that is ideal for GERD and Gastroparesis whilst also lovingly made in made for those that are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course autumn, fall, Soup
Cuisine American, autumn, fall
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 900 g Pumpkin Peeled with seeds removed (leave aside to toast for the finish) and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil (or cooking oil of choice)
  • 2 Celery
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 750 ml Low-FODMAP Stock of choice (I love Massel)
  • Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley to finish (to garnish)
  • Cinnamon (to garnish)
  • Non-dairy yoghurt (to garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Start by carefully peeling and de-seeding the pumpkin and then measure 900g worth of Pumpkin. Cut the large Pumpkin chunks into 1cm cubes.
  • Heat the oil in a big pot and add the celery. Cook gently until softened but not coloured.
  • Add the ginger and cumin and stir for another minute.
  • Add the Pumpkin to the pot and a tbsp of filtered water so that the Pumpkin doesn't stick. Let the Pumpkin soften with the celery and spices for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the stock, salt and pepper, and allow to boil. When it reaches a nice boiling point, turn the temperature down to medium-low so it simmers for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Take off the heat and use a hand blender to puree the soup.
  • Top with pumpkin seeds (you can roast the seeds from your Pumpkin!) and stir through a dollop of non-dairy yoghurt and a sprinkling of cinnamon and parsley. Enjoy!
Keyword acid reflux, autumn, carrot soup, fall, gastroparesis, gerd, gord, low fodmap, pumpkin, pumpkin soup, pumpkins, soups

Pumpkin as a Low-FODMAP Superstar

Well, as it turns out, autumn is a great time to embrace the fruits of labour of a low-FODMAP diet as there is an abundance of hearty seasonal ingredients around and I’m excited to share a lot of recipes soon.

However, let’s start with a feast of Pumpkin recipes that will all be vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and of course, aimed at those that, like me, suffer from GERD and Gastroparesis or similar,

Pumpkins are a miracle food for Gastroparesis that have an anti-inflammatory effect that is wonderful for soothing ulcers, acid reflux and an irritated gut.

In addition, Pumpkins contain high levels of beta-carotene, a pigment that gives certain fruits and vegetables that glowing hue of orange, yellow and red pigment that the body converts this beta-carotene into Vitamin A.

This source of Vitamin A benefits the skin that you might already know from food with a glowing orange hue. This, along with pumpkin’s Vitamin C and E content, plays an essential role in the health, development and maintenance of the glow of our skin that can help to minimise cell damage caused by free radicals and protecting the skin from premature aging, leaving it feeling soft and supple.

Pumpkins also contain tryptophan which encourages a restful, peaceful slumber and balances our moods by increasing serotonin. In a season that arrives so that we are able to retreat inwards and slow down, the relaxing qualities of Pumpkin are particularly potent.

Then there are the gifts inside a Pumpkin: pumpkin seeds!

These incredible gifts that reside inside the Pumpkin like a treasure, contain a heap of nutritional benefits such as magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, and they are also a good source of iron, copper, protein and zinc.

The Spiritual Significance of Pumpkin

At this time of year, there’s an abundance of Pumpkins, and many of us will be carving them this weekend. But how much do we know about the history and the spiritual significance of Pumpkins?

Though the origin of Pumpkins is not definitively known, it’s thought that they originated in Mexico or North America where pumpkin-related seeds believed to be thousands of years old have been discovered. Now they grow on every continent other than Antarctica.

Let us first look at the roots of the fruit itself, where the Pumpkin receives all its nutrients from the ground through the vine of the fruit providing its connection to the world from which it grows. And in addition, this same vine of the Pumpkin has become a symbol of friendship where of course connection naturally blossoms.

Then there’s the significance of the shape of the Pumpkin. In Early societies, many saw symbolism and spiritual significance in round objects, from rocks to seeds and, yes, the pumpkin.

And what else is round, why, the World! And truly a Pumpkin is a world in itself. Being one of the biggest fruits that we know of, a Pumpkin is completely full of seeds and rich flesh and produce. As a result, it’s truly become a symbol of abundance.

So of all nature’s edible gifts, the Pumpkin truly is the poster image for abundance and prosperity! The seeds also carry great significance, where you can find nearly as many as 500 in some Pumpkins!

As you scoop out your Pumpkin this season, just imagine that every single seed is an opportunity to be grateful and find your life filled with blessings waiting to be granted.

Instead of throwing your Pumpkin seeds away, be sure to roast them gently and then assign a blessing to these seeds. Then throughout the season to come, you can really feel into these blessings.

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I hope this Pumpkin soup recipe helps you find magic in some way. I’m a big believer that food is medicine and this Pumpkin soup is just what the doctor ordered! A bowl of soup that, no less, both nourishes the soul and brings together the richness of this beautiful season.

Would you like to see more Low-FODMAP recipes that are suitable for Gerd and Gastroparesis? You can get access to all the recipes to date right here.

Please note that if you’re reading a recipe that is not before August 2020 it will not be specifically low-FODMAP. Going forward, however, many more recipes will be added that will be all low-FODMAP, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free focussed that serves those with GERD, Gastroparesis and beyond.

Finally, do you have any recipe requests for me? Have any of you had any experience of the low-FODMAP diet? Would you like to see more posts about my experience to date? As always, please be sure to let me know how this has landed in your heart and mind.

Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Recipes:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Bowl

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It’s my ultimate hope that there has been something on my blog that has enabled you to travel into the deepest realms of wonder and enchantment so that you can truly feel and embody your own world, and the world around you, that can be filled with more magic than you could possibly imagine. 

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Connecting Back To Our Bodies and to Mother Earth Through The Way Of The Womb: An Interview with Bec Wallis Birth Keeper

Connecting Back To Our Bodies and to Mother Earth Through The Way Of The Womb: An Interview with Bec Wallis Birth Keeper

October is Pituitary Awareness Month and whilst last year I wrote vulnerably about my experience of Living With a Prolactinoma, this year I wanted to mark this event by inviting Bec Wallis, an empowered birth keeper and healer, onto my blog to discuss how we can come home to our bodies and Mother Earth through the way of the womb.

I have a very complicated relationship with menstruation and I live with the trio of a Prolactinoma, PCOs and Endometriosis.

As a result of living with these conditions, I never started my periods properly. And at this time in life, I still have no regular monthly period despite 10 years of medication to treat all of the above with their endless pills, potions and incredibly invasive treatments.

This lack of the seemingly ‘normal’ 28-day cycle, coupled with intense pain and a myriad of other hormonal complications, has left a scar of me being deeply unconnected with my soul femininity that has plagued me throughout my teens and twenties.

However as I look back on my Living With a Prolactinoma post from last year, I realise how much I have changed in just a year. I am no longer at war with my body. I meet it with love even when the most heartbreaking and insidious symptoms arise. I marvel at it working so hard to keep me here. Even when I do bleed now, it’s nothing short of a blessing, including whatever else may come with it.

It has felt like a true homecoming and there are so many parts of this conversation with Bec that has helped to further heal my body, heart and soul.

Throughout this year I’ve really wanted to just bathe in the medicine of healer’s like Bec that can impart their wisdom and alchemy into my imagination. I want to learn, unlearn and sit at the feet of anyone who has teachings for me so that I can just receive it all into my bones.

In acknowledgement of this, and my desires to have this space holding for me, it has allowed me to have a much needed break from posting too much about my own journey. So today, I, like you, am here to listen and be held in the womb of love, understanding and transformation from Bec.

This conversation feels like a reclamation. So, grab your favourite nourishing beverage and take some time to absorb this wisdom. You can either read the transcript or you can listen to the audios directly from Bec on the journey of her own healing and her adventure into the ancient craft of midwifery as a birth keeper and doula.

Hi Bec! Thank you so much for your time. Please can you give my readers a quick introduction to you, where you live and what you do?

So thank you so much for having me and inviting me into this beautiful space. It’s so lovely to connect with you and I’m so grateful for this connection. 

My name’s Bec and I am originally from Liverpool however for the past few years I have been travelling around Asia and living amongst beautiful people from all around the world. 

Now I’m settled in Glastonbury after about seven years, finally putting in roots to this beautiful space which lies upon the deep ley lines of the Earth, which is the heart chakra of the Earth. 

I’m so grateful to be here and I’ve already been so caught up in all the beautiful energy from this place. I feel like I’m really being held in an energetic womb of love and the energy here that is actually really similar to Bali. I don’t know whether you or any of your readers have been there before but it’s really magic.

Now I’m here I really am just embodying and soaking in all of the beauty here and coming home to myself and my journey that has been into the Duola realms of birthing and helping both women and men, birthing their babies and coming home to the most empowered place they they can to journey into the process of the rite of passage that is birth and childbirth. 

I now offer womb healing. This is to help people journey to deeper connections into their womb space to release emotions from this place and come home and meet themselves or come home to their bodies so they can learn to work not from the mind, or things we’ve learnt such as ‘this is what we need to do’ and ‘this is how we’re meant to live, in this masculine, energetic society’. But that we’re able to really tap into the feminine and be able to work from there. 

The true essence of the divine feminine is to tap into our intuition and the wisdom that we hold within our wombs. So this is really powerful for people who are feeling a disconnect from themselves, wanting to process emotions, to learn about themselves and release and embody their true power. 

I also offer birth guidance and attend births for women and men to have, and experience, the most empowered birth that they can. And also bringing couples into it as well. To really allowing ourselves to just embody the primitive raw essence that is birth and do it in a safe and supported environment where they feel this isn’t just something that happens to their body, but rather it’s something which is profound and an experience to embody the beautiful journey to meet your baby.

You’re a Trauma-informed Doula Guiding women to experience empowered Pregnancy and Birth with a deep connection to their bodies. Can you tell my readers all about this unique spiritual path?

Well, I feel like this is a beautiful question. Thank you for asking me this.

So truly I think one of the most profound things that has happened to me that has really brought me on this journey was the death of my dad. I didn’t know this at the time, but through the death of him, emerged the rebirth of me. And through his death, it has really brought me to a deep understanding of myself and it still does all the time. And I’m like, fuck, so many things are coming through that wouldn’t have come through if he was still here.

Of course, I miss him every day and wish that he was still here. I know that everything that I’m experiencing is off the back of the loss of him in my life is bringing me closer to myself. And I think every experience I’ve had since then has really shaped my spiritual journey. More than I probably even understand.

Through my relationships, to my spiritual practises. One of the big ones for me was my yoga teacher training after I got diagnosed with my Psychosomatic Disorder where I was really struggling to meditate. It’s something I’ve been doing for years but I was feeling a lot of resistance and I was getting a lot of jaw pain when I was meditating. I knew I really had to start doing more embodiment practices. 

I started doing yoga and I did my yoga teacher training in India and met my body in ways that I didn’t know I could possibly even imagine doing. In meeting my body it brought up and released so many profound things for me and it showed me things about myself and how actually my body is working for me and not against me. Because of all my physical symptoms, I was like, ‘why does my body hate me? What is happening to me?’ 

It really just showed me actually that this isn’t the case, actually, it is just when these things appear in my body, it’s actually just being like paired back. We need to look at something here. So to even have that realisation changed everything for me. 

Off the back of that was when I was in that space in India by the river Ganges in Rishikesh where I met lots of beautiful people and one of them had spoken to me about the Doula journey because I’d always wanted to do midwifery, but it just didn’t sit right with me. The alignment of Midwifery was to do with hospitals and it was very hospital bed based. 

So I spoke to one of the girls on the course about it, and she said, ‘what about doing Doula work’? And I was like, ‘what is this’? I researched and was like, oh, my gosh, this is me! This is exactly what I should be doing. And so I found myself off the back of a Full Moon ritual I went to booking a course in Glastonbury in January. 

Very synchronically, my course happened to be on the date of my dad’s birthday and I got the sixth place. Six is my number and all these beautiful things happened for me that just meant that I ended up in Glastonbury on this course. 

I have never felt more passionate about something in my entire life and always knew that I was meant to do something that meant something to people. But I just didn’t know what. 

I really found that when I went to my training. It all kind of happened that now I now live with my Doula trainer so I’m in her wisdom constantly, which is just magic. 

It was never my plan to move to Glastonbury, but here I am. It’s all fallen into place for me. Very perfectly so it’s just been so profound. 

Embodiment practises have been a huge part for me. An ecstatic dance and connecting to people through soul gaze, which is a process of doing an eye gaze and with another person and just truly finding myself being mirrored through the eyes of another person and realising that we are all so connected and also connected to the Earth.

I am the tunnel for light language, which is a practise of burying my roots of my womb deep into Mother Earth. I have words and sounds of music that flows through me. They are not mine and it’s something I’ve only just recently started sharing about, but it’s been very interesting. 

I did a Tantra activation a few weeks ago where I spoke to a beautiful lady who I’d worked with when I was staying in Bali and I did a Tantra activation with her and the light language flowed.

What I didn’t know is that she was also a channel and she started channelling and we had a conversation that was not a language from this Earth. I know that it’s going back to my ancestry because I’ve done a lot of ancestry work and it’s all to do with and warriors and tribes and people who lived off the earth and people who used to gather in Red Tents when women would bleed. It’s all very synchronistic and it will make so much sense.

Just when I allowed myself to open up that portal to my womb all this magic of my true essence came to flow through me and my soul spoke to me and is still speaking to me through profound realisations. 

Plant medicine and veganism opened up everything for me. Through veganism my connection to the Earth became much stronger and through working with Plant medicines such as Kambo, Sananga and San Pedro the journey to myself just skyrocketed. The journey to the Earth and through that process, I’ve heard my soul speak for the first time in my life. 

I’ve got goosebumps now talking about it, because it’s not actually anything that’s outside of me, it’s all things that are within me that I’ve just now had an outlet.

I’m only at the beginning of tapping in because I know there is immense wisdom within me and within every single human on this Earth. And we are just taught not to trust them. And it’s not our fault that we feel such disconnect. But it is our responsibility to come home to ourselves.

What offerings or practices do you offer to help women become more empowered and reclaim this deep connection back home to our bodies?

So I offer one to one womb healing and the journey that I offer is called ‘Returning Home’ and it is about tapping into the womb space and cultivating that connection that we have been taught not to listen to.

Everything we’ve learnt in this society is about being disconnected, not trusting our bodies, and it’s about undoing that and allowing us to feel empowered and trust in ourselves and feeling at home in our bodies and just tapping into that space before we make big decisions. Before we do things, and just saying, how does this truly feel? What is my soul truly calling for? So it’s a six-week journey but I offer for women’s bodies to truly journey and just cultivate a sense of deep trust. 

In the Doula realms, I offer support throughout pregnancy and birth. We use different modalities, such as embodiment practises, meditation and some Tantric work that comes through by connecting to partners and to yourself

It empowers you to be able to make decisions in alignment about what feels good for you. Not what we’re told ‘should’ feel good, or not what we’re told we ‘must’ do or ‘mustn’t’ do because each path is so unique to each person. 

So it’s really about tapping in and asking ‘what would feel most empowering for me?’ and then cultivating that wisdom to know that is what we can experience.

That is truly what my offer can give to people, it’s that inner knowing and guidance, the support and safety, and also having the exact birth we want. Even if the birth doesn’t go exactly to plan, and what your birth preferences are, you can truly be okay with whatever experience you have because whatever experience you have, you can still make it your own. 

It’s about informing, educating and supporting in safety, in love and really tapping into what the person in question would like to experience. And really knowing that that is something that can be true. It’s not just something that we want and we go, ‘oh, I hope it happens.’ No, we can experience that no matter what.

Our birth story isn’t just about us it’s about the baby as well. The baby may have a plan that is different than our plan. And that’s okay because every birth is sacred and every birth is beautiful. It’s just about making people feel safe and empowered on their journey and connected and really present with the whole experience of overcoming any fears around birth. And any potential things that could come up, that may come along with unfavourable or difficult emotions, we can really heal through that.

When we allow ourselves to feel deeply connected to our bodies our spiritual gifts open to us and we become naturally more in tune with the rhythms and cycles of the universe. Can you guide my readers through how they can start to connect to this magic, even when menstruation can be a painful thing to experience with PCOs and similar conditions? 

So a powerful way of really connecting into our cycles is through the Earth, the universe and the Moon. The natural cycles of our body. If you are someone who has a monthly bleed or an irregular bleed, it’s really potent to tap into what it is that our body is trying to tell us.

Everything that happens in our body are messages that are trying to tell us something. Our body wants to work with us. It doesn’t want to work against us. It’s about really coming to be aware that menstruation, or our moon cycles, and our bleeding, has been something that we’ve really been taught is a thing we have to deal with. 

Like when you look at things like advertisements, even if you Google things about periods and menstrual cycles, you’ll see memes and write-ups and things that people have written up like, ‘I’m bleeding. Why do I have to do this? Men don’t have to experience this’ and men do experience this too. Men can bleed too and it’s really important that we acknowledge that. 

If we really can tap into that space and be okay with where we’re at, and we can then listen to our bodies rather than trying to constantly try to fix. When we listen to our body, it wants to tell us something, our it’s telling us what our body wants to journey.

From there we can truly heal and create a better relationship and understand why things are happening the way they are. I truly believe that our body contains an imprint of how we mentally and emotionally show up in this world. It’s not always linear, it can be a deeply emotional journey but it is a journey that is truly beyond words when you make that connection with yourself or come home to yourself. It is absolute magic. 

So what I would recommend to really start building that relationship with yourself and with our bodies is to lie down and bend your knees whilst putting your feet flat on the Earth. Allow the knees to drop out and then place your hands onto your womb space. Next, just start to breathe really deeply and connect into that space. Notice what comes up in your body. You can put on some beautiful music on or light some candles, and cultivate that loving connection that you want to feel with a lover,  how you want to feel with the Earth, and how you want to feel within yourself.

It’s not something that will come through straight away, especially if you’ve been very disconnected with your body. It’s is a journey and it is something that we must continuously show up and do whether it’s 5 minutes a day or twice a week.

However much you can manage it, just breathing into this space and just asking, ‘what needs to arise today? What do I need to know right now? Then journaling on it. It might be something like ‘I don’t know why Larry from Year 6 has popped into my head’ but it’s all relevant!

When we start writing and start expressing ourselves, nuggets of wisdom constantly flow through and everything starts to make sense. It doesn’t have to make sense in the words that you write. You can just jot things down or you can speak out loud. Or you can discuss it with a close friend or a partner. 

But once we start connecting to this it’s magic. Through our cycles, once we start to understand what happens to our body when we bleed, it is profound. Because every time we bleed, it is a true gift that we are able to release.

Before we bleed, I know a lot of people, we call it PMS (premenstrual syndrome) but this term doesn’t resonate with me because we’re not suffering from something. It’s not a syndrome. What happens in our premenstrual cycle is that it illuminates the veil between our subconscious and unconscious mind. It’s why we experience sensitivity like deep emotions that may come up alongside things we’ve been struggling with that maybe are more at the forefront of our mind. We may feel that we become more reactive to it.

This is because our body, our minds and our spiritual essence is allowing us to come up with whatever is no longer serving us and with what we need to release. When we can be aware of this and go, right, this is what’s coming up for me before my bleed, I now know what I need to release, we can release that in our bleed our body sheds with us.

So when we bleed it’s also symbolic. And when we bleed, we can connect that with the New Moon, the Dark Moon, that is a time to rest and contemplate what has gone on.

Our bleed is also represented in the season of Winter. So in Autumn, the leaves are starting to fall, and we’re wanting to be around warmth and really coming home to ourselves. Then Winter comes, we start shedding, and when we bleed, it’s about releasing, resting and letting go.

If we can tap into this cycle and tap into the energy of Winter, the energy of rest, and listen to what our bodies need, then it will really help us to release.

Then after winter comes Spring when we start to feel refreshed and our energy starts to build in time for the Summer when we ovulate. The Summer ovulation is the Full Moon. The full power and energetic imprint of the divine feminine rising from within us. Everything we see in nature truly is a symbol for what we experience in our bodies. 

So this is our seasonal moon cycles, even looking at plants and how the flowers blossom and then come back. And also butterflies, how they emerge, fly and then fall, and their life is all about death and rebirth. And similarly, every month that we bleed we have a chance to rebirth.

Every bleed is the death of who we are and the rebirth of the person we will become. When we become that person with each moon cycle, we are a little bit wiser and a little bit lighter. It’s just a beautiful gift that we are able to truly embody and physically shed and release the things that are no longer serving us.

When you tap into that power of physically being able to bleed to release and shed and express it is profound. Then every cycle is the potential of new life. That’s why we bleed so that we can potentially birth new life. So every bleed is literally an opportunity for us to grow and prepare for a child’s birth, which is why they really can come together. And through tapping into the womb space and our cycles this can then lead onto childbirth if people want to journey with that.

If you’re reading this and you’re not someone who experiences a bleed monthly, or you’re in your wisdom phase of menopause, you can truly tap in by using the Lunar cycles. I would also say it’s really powerful to track your cycle. Even writing a word down a day of what emotions are coming up. Are you feeling energetic, do you feel emotional and what emotion is coming up? It’s about really allowing yourself to just sit with that and contemplate, alongside doing your 5 minutes of womb meditation. It all comes into together and it’s all interconnected and intertwined as we are with the Earth, the cycles of the moon and the energy of this Earth. 

Have any fears, obstacles or unexpected surprises showed up along the way as you have worked on facilitating this work? And from rising into priestesshood? 

So many fears obstacles and surprises have shown up for me as I’ve started doing this work and experiences as well. It’s just been really profound.

Through my mental health journey, I was so disconnected from my body and I have experienced and have been diagnosed something called Psychosomatic Disorder, which means that when you suppress emotions to such an extent, they start coming out as physical symptoms. 

So for me, I would experience sensations in my body such as panic attacks, leg pain, irregular periods and spasms in my hands, legs, vertigo and a number of different things that I still sometimes experience. 

We are all on this journey and its not linear and there’s no end goal. It’s just meeting myself where I’m at. When I’m truly becoming aware that my body is releasing these things for me, that I felt I was unable to subconsciously release that I wasn’t even aware of, its changed my whole life, and I’ve met myself in ways I didn’t even know I needed to. 

This is such deep work and most of the people that I have met don’t really enjoy their periods, they feel disconnected and sometimes even have hatred towards their period and that time of the month. The feelings that they experience, and we’re taught, is that that ‘it’s not normal’ and you hear sometimes women get spoken to like, ‘don’t go near her she’s about to bleed so her emotions are all over the place’, but no, it’s a sacred thing. If we can start embodying that ourselves, honouring and being grateful for the process that we can have within us, then other people can start seeing it differently too. 

We are in a time when the feminine is rising and the energy that’s happening in this world is coming to the forefront, and it’s time to awaken the healer, the shaman within us within our womb space because that’s where she resides, and she is there and all we have to do is listen if we know how. 

So the obstacles I faced a lot of past trauma, a lot of unhealed emotions have come up for me which I’ve been journeying with and still am. To do with ex-relationships, childhood emotions and abuse. So many things have come up for me. I didn’t expect it to be so profound and so life-changing and it really has been.

Since stepping into my Priesthesshood, I have been open to a world of sisterhood, support, love and once we actually tap into this space within ourselves, of loving our bodies and loving our cycles, or even just creating that space, because it can take a long time sometimes. But just appreciating what is happening to us, and understanding what we’re experiencing can truly empower you in every aspect of your life.

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What routines and rituals for the soul do you practise each day/on a regular basis that help you feel connected to both yourself and the world around you? 

So every day I will do a ritual of womb meditation. I do about 30 to 40 minutes of womb meditation every day and womb pulsating where you tap into the pulse, or the heartbeat of your womb and see what needs to arise.

I practice yoga, daily when I can, which is normally quite a slow Yin practice. That’s because I’m very fast-paced and I like do to everything  500 mph so it really grounds me and just reminds me to connect into my power and my body’s wisdom.

I practice Uddiyana bandha which is a practice of abdominal locking so, to look internally within the stomach and womb space and activating the power that we would never normally tap into. That’s something that’s been part of my daily practice. 

Also having a green juice in the morning and drinking lots of water. And just really asking myself what do I need? Also, I have a big love of burning sage and incense and I do a lot of chanting and Oracle readings and shamanic work with shamanic instruments such as rattles and drumming to disperse any stuck energy within my womb space and heart chakra. 

I am currently microdosing some San Pedro which is the grandfather cactus plants of the Earth and it is a heart-opening medicine which just allows me to always come back to the heart and work from that centre rather than an outside source. 

Also going out into nature is something I do every day. I put my feet on the Earth, grounding into Mother Earth and just connecting back to her. And it’s something we can do simply without even people being aware of. Just taking off shoes and socks off and just walking on the Earth and feeling how she feels. Our hands to the Earth and just saying thank you, and you know people like ‘oh, it’s so hippy’, but it doesn’t have to be. She actually is medicine. She gives us everything we need in this life. I’m so grateful to her. 

I also work a lot with the elements, so everyday I will speak to the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and calling the energies of North, South, East and West. It changes daily what my routines and rituals are. Some days I work with Goddesess and other days I work with Shamanic energies or just the elements and it’s just a really intuitive thing. But connecting to the Earth and meditation and an embodiment practise.

I dance a lot as well it’s really profound. Journaling is also something I do daily and mirror gazing. So really looking into your eyes and saying what needs to come up today.

So that’s a lot of routines and rituals but some of the ones I do they’re not linear, they do change depending on how I’m feeling and where I am in my cycle.

I just meet myself where I am and do whatever I need to do that day. I get that answer by asking my womb space, and by asking myself, what I need right now? What does my body need?

Describe your perfect day: 

My perfect day would be to wake up with beautiful sunshine. To wake up really early in the morning before the world wakes and go outside, to be naked and just grounding down into the Earth.

Then meditating and really connecting to the womb space, doing embodiment practices and just being present with myself. And feeling in alignment and knowing that the people around me are in alignment with who I am.

Describe yourself in 3 words: 

To describe myself in three words I would say: Open, kind, and earthy. 

Finally, Bec, what is your one wish for the world?

My one wish for the world is truly for people to stop rejecting parts of themselves. To know that it’s not our innate soul purpose to reject ourselves, it’s to embody ourselves and tap into the true power that we hold. And when we heal for ourselves we heal our ancestral lines, we heal for the children that come after us, and we heal for the world. 

And I wish for more people to embrace the divine feminine that is rising. That’s why now is such a potent time to do so. Because the feminine is rising and if we can tap in and take responsibility for our own healing in our own way, and in our own journeys, it starts a ripple effect. Through the work that we do spiritually, and in the self-development world, we can truly heal the Earth.

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I truly cannot thank Bec enough for this beautiful, raw and deeply inspiring conversation that I hope touches as many heart and soul’s as possible.

2020 has been a year of shedding what has been. To think that so much of this knowledge is centuries years old and to me, it all seems so new. How does that also make you feel? That this alchemy and potency has been hidden from us all this time?

My biggest takeaway was that I feel like I will never see bleeding in the same way again. The opportunity for constant renewal is a revelation to me and so deeply powerful.

Fundamentally, when we start to unravel the medicinal emotion in our bodies, it can lead to us becoming even more deeply connected into our sacred vessel. And when we allow this empowerment to flow through us, and we meet our inner feminine, well, who knows what magic we can do in the world? And who knows what life will birth us in return?

I would love to hear from you and hear about any takeaways or downloads that came to you through this medicine.

Once again, I am beyond grateful to Bec for her heart, her vulnerability and for making this world the most enchanted and wondrous place to be.

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A Journey into Truth and Finding Joy, Peace and Serenity in a Chaotic World: An Interview with Christine and Lauren from Pretty Spirits

A Journey into Truth and Finding Joy, Peace and Serenity in a Chaotic World: An Interview with Christine and Lauren from Pretty Spirits

At this point in time life, alongside the external energies that surround us, feels indescribably heavy. And when life feels all-encompassing and chaotic, our hearts can begin to feel heavy with sadness or hopelessness.

Enter the Pretty Spirits, Christine and Lauren, who are the creators of a “spiritual lifestyle brand that encourages self-love, introspection, serenity and awareness” that aims to “encourage creating a space that brings joy, comfort and peace in such a chaotic world”.

And indeed, when our hearts, minds and the external world become heavy, the sense of creating serenity is the possibility of accepting that chaos will be there, but of finding an internal haven of peace and deep stillness to nurture us.

The co-founders of Pretty Spirits are Christine Deloatch and Lauren Brewer who are spiritual practitioners residing in Los Angeles, California. Alongside sharing their intuitive gifts with the world, they have also self-published a line of Oracle Cards, called ‘Truth Decks’ and also sell a bespoke collection of spiritually inspired goods for those looking to enhance the positive energy of their daily routines.

In this beautiful interview with Christine and Lauren, they share their profound wisdom on the spiritual tools they utilise to bring about collective healing, the power of discovering our authentic essence and a pathway to our soul’s truth with their ‘Truth Deck’ cards. In addition, Christine and Lauren also share the daily rituals that can comfort, heal us and help us to trust in life’s abundance, and so much more.

It is so easy to drown in the chaotic ocean of our world sometimes, and so I’m extremely grateful to Christine and Lauren for being such powerful priestesses who are here to guide the beautiful soul’s like you all over the globe about how to bring our world back to a place of peace and serenity whilst embodying their most abundant dreams.

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Hi Christine and Lauren! Thank you so much for your time on my blog. Please can you give my readers a quick introduction to you, where you live and what you do?

Hello! Thank you for having us! Lauren and I are the Co-Founders of Pretty Spirits, a spiritual and wellness lifestyle company based in Los Angeles, California. We offer healing services including psychic readings, reiki healing, guided meditation and virtual yoga sessions. We publish our own Tarot and Oracle cards, which are channelled ideas and messages from my meditative and dream states. All of the illustrations (and the words on the Truth Decks) are Lauren’s original hand-drawn creations! On our website, we offer many other spiritual products that can help enhance our customers’ self-love rituals too!

You are the creators of the magical Pretty Spirits that fuses ‘self-love, introspection, serenity and awareness’, alongside ‘creating a space that brings joy, comfort and peace in such a chaotic world’. This is all such a sacred portal for collective healing, this year especially. Can you speak to my readers in more detail about your offerings or practices and how they can help bring collective healing for us all?

The services we offer (psychic readings, reiki, guided meditation and yoga) help ease the anxieties so many of us carry. We provide a safe space to directly address and release fears, scarcity-mindsets, shame and guilt. By curating an accepting environment for our clients to fully express their worries, we help merge their shadow side with their light. This level of alignment helps clients feel whole again, which helps raise the collective consciousness.

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As well as this, you are the creators of the incredible Pretty Spirits boutique selling spiritually inspired cruelty-free and vegan spiritual goods that support fair trade artisans. Can you tell us about some of your favourite products and how we can use these to empower our daily lives?

Our favourite products are of course our Truth Decks! We love all of our babies. The Truth Deck Direct Oracle was inspired by our reading styles — direct, clear and to the point. We wanted beginner readers to have an easy time as well, so we make sure our decks are down to earth and accessible. The Reconciliation Edition actually came to me in a dream! I was able to amateurly sketch it out and explain the colours and vibe of it to Lauren the next day. She brought it to life perfectly! Our newest addition, the Tarot Edition, was created to remove the fear-based energy and complexity that tends to surround the traditional tarot. I wanted it to be a teaching deck with keywords for upright and reverse reading. Diversity was also important to us too. We wanted to see ourselves in our Tarot Edition. We are so thrilled for its release!

Also, can you please tell my readers about how they can connect to their higher self through using these cards?

They can connect with their higher self through using the cards by pulling a card of the day for themselves. Allow the theme to play out throughout the day. This way, you can apply your own meanings to each card instead of being tied to a glossary. I would encourage your readers to pull for themselves too, instead of going to a friend, family member, or another reader, build the relationship with yourself and begin to trust your inner guidance. The more you trust, the clearer the messages and answers will become.

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What experiences have most shaped your spiritual lives?

Trusting the move from Washington, DC to California has been the most pivotal spiritual experience for both of us. We both grew so much. That expansion allowed us to make new friends, to release old bonds that no longer served us and to ultimately trust in a new way of being. Learning to accept parts of who we were that we once shamed was another powerful experience. Being entrepreneurs, we have to be flexible and resilient. These skills helped us spiritually expand too!

Pretty Spirits is a truly inspiring sacred portal that guides your community into transformation and empowerment. What could my own readers start doing today that would help towards leading their dream lives?

I would advise your readers to trust their inner voice over all else. Tuning into your deepest desires, without the input of family, friends, the media etc, is key. The sooner you can deeply, unapologetically love yourselves and prioritize your needs, the faster you can manifest friends, lovers, and community that treats you with the same level of respect and appreciation.

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Do you have any routines and rituals for the soul, little or big, that keep you feeling grounded, joyful, connected or inspired?

Visualization showers and baths are truly a must! They are excellent ways to ground and release excess or heavy energy. Another great ritual is hiking or meditating at the beach. Getting outside with the intention of truly being with Mother Earth is such a soothing practice. Journaling or vlogging are also powerful rituals we practice. Getting back to your voice after a day of dealing with others is important.

My blog is all about seeking whimsy, wonder and enchantment. How do you find these things show up in your life? Especially through the gifts and magic that you share with the world.

Whimsy, wonder and enchantment show up in our lives through risk-taking, exploration and being open to new people. We risked exiting our comfort zones by moving across the country to expand Pretty Spirits. Through meeting new people, we have been surprised in the best way with loving supporters and teachers. Lauren and I are both adventurers! We have learned so much about being healers and entrepreneurs by trying new experiences and remaining optimistic.

Finally, Christine and Lauren, what is your one wish for the world?

Our one wish for the world is that everyone learns to act from a place of love instead of fear. That adjustment alone would eradicate so much trauma and tragedy and help us all experience more joy.

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Pretty Spirits Wishlist

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I’m so deeply thankful for the medicine shared in this interview from Christine and Lauren. Their website, Pretty Spirits, is truly a treasure trove of spiritual potent creations that are cruelty-free, vegan and support fair trade artisans. 

Not sure what to pick? Here are just a few of my favourites that I truly feel infuse the whimsy, wonder and enchantment that I hold so dear.

Release Milk Bath

Rose Quartz Mala Beads Necklace 

Truth Decks

Moon of Jupiter Statement Necklace 

Selenite Salt Lamp

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Tropical Protein Pink Porridge with Pretty Pea Protein Powder and Raw Nice Pink Pitaya Powder for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free) [AD-Gifted]

Tropical Protein Pink Porridge with Pretty Pea Protein Powder and Raw Nice Pink Pitaya Powder for GERD and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free) [AD-Gifted]

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This dreamy Tropical Protein Pink Porridge with Pretty Pea Protein Powder and Raw Nice Pink Pitaya Powder has been lovingly made in mind especially for Gastroparesis.

This Protein Porridge recipe is absolutely perfect for those chilly mornings and for when you want to start your day off with something packed full of vitamins and hearty goodness.

During the past few months, I’ve needed to rebuild my strength after months of a long, insidious Gastroparesis flare. Making protein-packed porridge has become my favourite way to pack in as many vitamins and minerals my body needs first thing in the morning.

The recipe I have created for today is a tropical nourishing bowl of pink porridge made with Pretty Pea Protein and Raw Nice’s Pink Pitaya Powder that is deeply inspired by my Caribbean travels from earlier this year.

This creamy, dreamy whimsical hot pink Porridge is an all-vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free bowl of comfort and vibrant colour that will warm up your mornings no end!

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Protein Powders for Gastroparesis with Pretty Pea Vegan Protein

Before I dive into the recipe, I wanted to pause and touch on how protein powders can be very beneficial to those that, like me, suffer from Gastroparesis.

Gastroparesis (also called delayed gastric emptying), is a chronic digestive condition.

With Gastroparesis, the vagus nerve and/or muscle damage can impair the stomach’s ability to contract and release properly.

Some refer to Gastroparesis as having a paralysed stomach (this is because Gastro equals stomach and paresis equals paralysis). This means that food and fluid in the stomach remain there for longer, hence Gastroparesis being described as “delayed emptying”.

I have lived with Gastroparesis for many years, and I write as extensively as I am able to about my experience here. To learn more about the condition I recommend starting with my post: ‘What Is Gastroparesis?’

As a result of having Gastroparesis, eating and drinking can be very distressing and troublesome. Every single day, I live with constant nausea and an internal battle of creating meals that my body is able to digest.

In this post I wrote called ‘Natural Therapies for Gastroparesis’ I touch on how I approach eating and drinking alongside natural remedies that help to soothe me when I need it.

More recently, I have been working with a Dietician to enable me to maintain a healthy weight as many who have Gastroparesis like me will understand how challenging this is.

When Gastroparesis patients like me experience flares, it can lead to long periods at a time of being on a liquid diet. And thus, in order to gain as much strength as possible, many will add protein powders to their liquid meal replacements.

Protein is an essential macronutrient and an important part of a balanced diet, and especially so when you have Gastroparesis. However, many forms of high protein foods, like animal products, legumes, dairy products, nuts and seeds can be extremely difficult to digest if you have Gastroparesis and many, including myself, have had to exclude them from their diet in order to reduce symptoms. And this is where protein powders can be a huge blessing!

Having said that, there is an overwhelming number of protein powders on the market and most contain whey protein that is unsuitable for me as I have a dairy intolerance. Moreover, they can also be filled with ingredients that aggravate symptoms in general, particularly sugar, alcohols, artificial ingredients etc.

I have also (as always!) been on the hunt for something that felt whimsical and enchanting to me, because if you’re here reading this, I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that’s how we roll around here!

I am therefore so delighted that it was complete fate that I was so kindly sent Pretty Pea Vegan Protein to use in this recipe.

Pretty Pea Protein is a vegan protein powder that is not only incredibly pretty and ethereal to behold, but packed with superfoods such as Spirulina, Green Tea, Acai Berry and Chicory Root. All known for their potency and power for centuries.

I know the idea of a tropical porridge recipe probably sounds a little odd. But trust me, this wondrous looking porridge, packed full with all the tropical flavours you could imagine, is guaranteed to brighten your mornings.

To make this extra decadent, I love making this porridge with coconut milk because it truly lifts the subtly sweet flavour and extra-creamy texture.

For a truly playful touch why not add some pink colouring? I’m in love with Rawnice’s Pink Pitaya Powder. The taste is ever so lightly sweet but also blends with just about anything. The colour and whimsicality it adds to a relatively simple dish like porridge are so fun to work with. Soon enough, trust me, you’ll be tempted to make all your food pink!

I approach eating with as much enchantment and whimsicalness that I can bring to my life because it truly feels more inviting to nourish my body this way when I have Gastroparesis.

So, not only is this magical porridge a vibrant pink, but I have also topped it with tropical fruits, coconut chips, edible flowers, granola and edible glitter so that each bite takes me one step closer back to my memories of being in the Caribbean from earlier this year. I even used some of my precious Guava Jam that I got in Barbados (I need to go back just for this alone!)

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Tropical Protein Pink Porridge with Pretty Pea Protein Powder and Raw Nice Pink Pitaya Powder for Gerd and Gastroparesis (Vegan + Dairy-Free + Gluten-Free)

Georgie xoxo
This dreamy Tropical Protein Pink Porridge with Pretty Pea Protein Powder and Raw Nice Pink Pitaya Powder has been lovingly made in mind especially for Gastroparesis.
This Protein Porridge recipe is absolutely perfect for those chilly mornings and for when you want to start your day off with something packed full of vitamins and hearty goodness.
The recipe is a tropical nourishing bowl of pink porridge made with Rawnice and Pretty Pea Protein and deeply inspired by my Caribbean travels from earlier this year. It’s an all-vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free bowl of comfort and vibrant colour that will warm up your mornings no end!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 1

Equipment

  • 1 Pan
  • Measuring spoons and jugs/cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Plant-Based Mylk (I'm using Coconut Milk today)
  • 1 tbsp Pretty Pea Protein Powder (1 tbsp roughly equals 1 scoop)
  • 1 tsp Rawnice Pink Pitaya Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp Gluten-Free Granola (I'm using Deliciously Ella)
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Chips
  • Fruit toppings of choice (I'm using Strawberries and Bananas)
  • 1 tsp Jam (optional. I'm using Guava Jam)

Instructions
 

  • Preferably allow your oats to soak in a bowl of filtered water overnight. This helps make it easier to digest in the morning (especially if you're making this and have Gastroparesis). If this isn't possible, add a small amount of water to the dry oats and leave for 20 minutes to absorb.
  • Add your oats to a pan on a medium to low heat. Add the milk, vanilla and coconut oil and stir gently together.
  • Next, add the dry ingredients: the Pretty Pea Protein Powder and the Rawnice powder. Stir and fold this in gently. A small tip if you're using the Rawnice powder: Use the back of a small teaspoon to break up the powder so it's truly vibrant and not lumpy.
  • Cook your oats until you're happy with the texture and they are nicely warmed through.
  • Add to your bowl of choice and get creative with your toppings! I applied a semi-circle of granola to the outside, then add coconut chips beside this. I then arranged my fruit around this. I chopped up strawberries and then used a star-shaped cutter for the bananas!
  • To finish, I added a dollop of tropical Guava Jam. This is an optional step!

Notes

[AD-Gifted] I was so kindly sent Pretty Pea Vegan Protein to use in this recipe.
Pretty Pea Protein is a vegan protein powder that is a high fibre, low carb and low-calorie formula plus added superfoods with no bloat formula.
The superfoods included in Pretty Pea Protein include Spirulina one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, Green Tea which has been used for centuries and famed for being an antioxidant haven, Acai Berry, known as a Superfood for their potency. Chicory Root gives Pretty Pea Protein its high fibre content. Chicory is also part of the Dandelion family and a rich source of the water-soluble prebiotic fibre, Inulin. 
Keyword dairy free, gastroparesis, gerd, gluten free, oatmeal, pitaya powder, porridge, pretty pea protein, rawnice, rawnice pink pitaya powder, tropical, vegan

Rawnice Pink Pitaya Powder

The hot pink colour to this porridge has been created with the Rawnice Pink Pitaya Powder. Isn’t it just fabulous? It reminds me of the flamingos I was blessed to see in Bonaire! Rawnice’s Pink Pitaya Powder is made from the flesh of the red dragon fruit, a tropical cactus fruit native to South America.

Once ripe and harvested, the red dragon fruit is processed and freeze-dried into this gorgeous vibrant pink powder that is an Instagram dream!

By the way, how cute is the coconut bowl as well? It truly lifts the tropic vibes! I got it from Coconut Bowl. If you’d like to get one you can click here. Fancy a discount on your own coconut bowl for all your tropical creations? Enter 768980EF at checkout right here (this is an affiliate link).

Pretty Pea Protein Powder

Pretty Pea Protein Powder provides your body with the building blocks that contribute to growth in muscle mass and maintenance of normal bones. It is also free from gluten, dairy and soy with no artificial sweeteners or added sugars.

The unique formula in Pretty Pea Protein Powder contains a concentrated level of pea protein isolate that provides 72.2g of protein per 100g with an excellent amino acid profile.

If you are using a 25g serving of Pretty Pea Protein Powder, it will provide you with 18.1g of protein, 2.6g of fibre and just 0.8g of carbs. Additionally, this vegan protein powder is naturally low in carbs at less than <1g per serving with virtually no sugars. At only 96 calories per serving, Pretty Pea Protein Powder is ideal for both weight management and calorie-controlled diets.

The Pretty Pea Protein Powder is an ultra-fine powder delicately blended with real superfood ingredients. These include Spirulina, one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, Green Tea which has been used for centuries and famed for being an antioxidant haven, just like Acai Berry, and finally, Chicory Root that gives Pretty Pea Protein its high fibre content.

One tub is £20.99 for 500g which is truly a great investment considering I use just one scoop at a time. The consistency is that of a very fine powder so it blends like dream in smoothies and into a porridge recipe like this.

The taste is neutral with a touch of sweetness meaning it will really work with every recipe that comes to mind. I barely noticed it here in this porridge, but I love that because I know I can enjoy concentrating on the other flavours that I wish to combine.

Unlike some other protein powders I have looked at, Pretty Pea Vegan Protein contains no hexane or other toxic chemicals which are often used during the pea protein extraction process.

Moreover, this has been created with a conscience, with peas only picked within UK and Europe that have been extracted using just water pressure and flocculation, a process reserved for only the prettiest of peas. The pot is also 100% recyclable container (or fab for customising afterwards!).

If all of this wasn’t enough, Pretty Pea Vegan Protein is hypo-allergenic, bioavailable and easy to digest. This is so important with Gastroparesis, and this no bloat formula makes the perfect protein powder choice for those with certain food intolerances, illnesses and allergies.

I do hope you loved this enchanted, whimsical Pretty Pea Protein Tropical Pink Porridge. I’m also so happy to have found a protein powder that lives up to my branding, who would have thought!

I’d love to know if you re-create this tropical porridge so please do reach out to me on social media or let me know in the comments below what you think. I’ll also be sure to make more recipes with both the Rawnice and Pretty Pea Protein Powder.

Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you love porridge as much as me? What are your favourite flavour combinations? And how would you use Pretty Pea Protein? I’d love to hear all about it so as always, please do leave a comment below.

For more of my whimsical recipes head here. For additional information about Gastroparesis, my series can be found here.

Click here to purchase Pretty Pea Protein

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