Last month we launched The Mindful Breakfast Club – Manchester’s first health conscious breakfast club. Both passionate about health and wellness, Jane and I have observed for some time the lack of places to enjoy a good breakfast out in the city… vegan options are certainly on the rise but to find food that is not only vegan, but gluten and refined sugar free as well? It’s slim pickings. So, we decided to help fill this gap, and on a sunny Friday morning in July my flat was transformed into a pop-up breakfast shop and meditation space – filled with love and positive energy.
We welcomed our guests into the space with a selection of herbal teas and raw treats before getting comfortable for a short meditation with Rebecca Wilson from Transformational Retreats. Rebecca led us through a beautiful gratitude meditation and healing mantra, allowing us space to thank our bodies and be grateful for the food we were about to fill them with… and then came the food. On this month’s menu was Avocado, Quinoa and Kale Fritters with a Cashew Hollandaise; Raw Date and Apple Bread with Almond Butter; Raw Cacao, Raspberry and Coconut Chia Pots; an alkalising green juice and a summer fruit salad of peaches and raspberries, with a sweet tahini drizzle.
The concept behind The Mindful Breakfast Club is that mindful eating is not just about making healthier food choices, it is about community, gratitude and taking time for you – to enrich our minds and souls, as well as our bodies. We believe that how we feel is intrinsically linked not only to what we eat but how we eat, the environment we are in and how we take care of ourselves. Our breakfast clubs offer a fantastic opportunity to connect more deeply with ourselves and strengthen our bonds with others, whilst enjoying seasonal foods that nourish us from the inside out.
The next Mindful Breakfast Club is on Friday 19 August, if you are interested in joining us please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via our Facebook page – we hope to share a breakfast with you soon!
Love Bex & Jane x
All of the food we serve at The Mindful Breakfast Club is vegan, gluten and refined sugar free. Here’s why…
Why no animal products?
Animal products are highly toxic to the human body – they contain high levels of saturated fat and hormones that increase the risk of diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Dairy, in particular, should not be a staple in your diet. It contains some very allergenic proteins, such as casein that creates inflammation in body, leading to symptoms such as acne, eczema, allergies, bloating and gas. A vegan diet is not only kinder to your body, it is kinder to the earth and all its living things, and forms part of a much more compassionate, sustainable and fulfilling way of living.
Why no gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in grains (wheat, rye, barley). It is the stuff that makes dough sticky. As many as 30% of us suffer from some form of gluten intolerance where gluten causes inflammation throughout the body – with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. Even if we have no obvious symptoms, it can be the hidden cause behind many diseases.
Why no refined sugar?
We are designed only to tolerate very small amounts of sugar at any 1 time – 1-2 tsp max. Any more than this can cause our blood sugar levels to rise, which can deeply affect our metabolism (leading to diabetes), impair brain function and make us much more susceptible to obesity, heart disease and cancer. Sugar is also highly addictive – in fact, it lights up your brain on an MRI in the same way as cocaine, and studies on rats have shown that it is eight times more addictive! Find out more about the types of sugars we should be avoiding and which ones are acceptable.