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    What is dowsing and what do I use it for?

    What is dowsing and what do I use it for?

    They're here! 

    They're here! 
    They're here! 

    Nope, not excited about my parents being in London one tiny bit.

    Not excited about this weekend either.

    Not about David Wolfe's epic masterclass on Sunday where we are the exclusive caterer.

    Not about my mum's insanely important workshop on dowsing this Saturday.

    None. Of. It.  Ha! Yeah right.  In fact, these are the days I LIVE for!

    My parents just landed in Heathrow for the first time in 8 years, which makes it all the more special. Then come Saturday, we will make our way to Central Working in Paddington, where my mum's workshop 'Connection with your Higher Self via dowsing' will take place 2-5pm.

    A few of you have been asking about what dowsing even is and how this may be relevant to your life, so I wanted to tell you about what I do with it...

    What is it?

    If you were to google 'dowsing' you will find lots of reference to a couple of L shaped sticks held with your hands and used to locate a water source.

    But man, there is so much more to it! It dates to at least 16th century. Later dowsing was used to locate mines to avoid a particular route. Then it was even used by Albert Einstein, who said this:

    "I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time."

    What do I do with it?

    In my coaching practice, dowsing helps my clients work out the foods they are sensitive to or whether their stubborn unwanted fat has anything to do with stored childhood memories or perhaps their low energy levels has something to do with the weight of 'evil eyes' brought on by a distant relative. Once we know the cause, we can use the dowsing rod to work out a possible treatment.

    For my own personal use, dowsing is a tool I utilise for almost anything.

    When we travel, I check whether the fruits I'm buying are organic. If they aren't, I can do a further check on whether they are safe for me and my family (on a recent trip, a pineapple showed up to be 90% safe for me, but only 10% safe for Lake. No doubt, more chemicals were used in agriculture than her tiny clean digestive tract could handle)...

    I use a dowsing rod to check whether I'm lacking any minerals and which supplement is necessary. I even take it to a health store and use it to check exactly which brand and type of say Magnesium is required for my body. I then use it to check how many capsules, how many times a day and what duration will be required to take those supplements till my system is stabilised. You get the idea.

    Aside from diet, I can use the dowsing rod to confirm that the home we're looking to move to is 100% suitable for my family and if not 100%, then whether the schooling, future capitals gains, bad energy vortex of the land it's on, bad neighbours or poor construction quality have anything to do with why it's not a suitable home for us. 

    I can check if I need to run Lake to the doctor, if my bloated stomach has anything to do with what I ate or how I combined the ingredients, if it is safe to travel somewhere, if I should go ahead with the business deal,etc etc etc.

    BTW, it's not as straight forward as a Yes or No answer and the art of formulating a question correctly is something that takes time to master. Even interpreting an answer can be tricky, because the answer can be produced against your intuition and turn out to be merely a suggestion for taking a certain route because it is the only way to teach you an important lesson.

    This is where my mum, Lena Alekseeva, comes in!

    And she's not only here this Saturday to help you receive answers to some of your burning spiritual, diet, wellness, relationship or finance related questions, she is here to teach you how to enquire with the Universe at any time at all.

    She will teach you how to use a dowsing rod, how to tune it to your energy, how to formulate a correct question and how to interpret the answer.

    Pretty fricken cool.

    Go straight here to book your spot or to read more details>>

    As for this Sunday, my parents will be with me in York Hall, Bethnal Green, helping to run the Tanya's organic lunch stall at David Wolfe's masterclass. 

    If you're yet to discover why this nutrition superfood legend is pretty amazing, just google his name or find how many books he's written or note that he has over 11 million fans on Facebook alone.

    To learn more or to book your spot, go here>>

    Bring. On. The Weekend!

    Hope to see lots and lots of you there,


     P.S. Don't forget the code TANYASPLUS to receive a discount to David Wolfe's event. 

    Raw Chocolate Masterclass with Pana and Tanya

    Raw Chocolate Masterclass with Pana and Tanya

    If you think raw food is awesome and you like chocolate, you would've probably, most definitely, certainly, absolutely heard of Pana Chocolate!

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    No matter where I am in the world, I always make sure I sample the raw chocolate on offer and although I’ve tasted some pretty incredible treats, Pana Chocolate is still heading the leaderboard for their perfect combination of taste, texture, flavour, values and love marks.

    pana barbounis

    Can you imagine my excitement when I heard that Pana himself (I didn’t know it was a person’s name either- ‘Pana’ sounds like the best raw chocolate in the world to me) is releasing a book AND he’s coming to London from Oz AND he wants to teach us his top recipe secrets AND he wants to do it at Tanya’s!!

    Well if that’s not enough good news, how about that he is going to run this workshop for you next week, so that you have plenty of time to learn the techniques right in time for the healthiest most delicious Easter!

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    The recipes Pana will demonstrate are:

    Chai filled chocolates
    Strawberry Basil tart
    Mini Lamingtons (very Aussie for you)
    Bloom breakfast bars

    And if all THAT is not enough, you will be the first to get an exclusive sneak peek into how we are progressing for the re-opening of Tanya’s Reinvented, sample everything we demonstrate, be able to purchase a copy of the book for only £15 (or bring yours) and have it signed by the master himself, and go home with 2 x Pana Chocolate bars!

    Book your ticket now>>

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    When: Saturday 1st April
    Time: 3pm-5pm
    Where: Tanya’s inside MY Chelsea, 35 Ixworth Place, SW3 3QX
    Fee: £45pp
    What’s included: Step-by-step raw chocolate demo, tasters of our favourites from the book, Q&A with Pana Barbounis, book signing (bring your own or buy a £15 copy on the day) and 2 x Pana Chocolate bars.
    How to book: via Eventbrite here>>

    See you there, I hope!
    It’s my first workshop in over a year and numbers are super limited, so we’ll have full house in no time (don’t say I didn’t warn ya!)
    Happy Friday!

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    Superfood SupperClub with James of FMTV

    Superfood SupperClub with James of FMTV


    On 28th July 2014, the sunniest of all sunny days, we opened the doors to Tanya’s flagship raw food restaurant and Europe’s first ever superfood cocktail bar in the heart of Chelsea London.

    On exactly this date two years later, we want to get together and celebrate this amazing achievement with you guys!

    As always, we will be celebrating in style with a beautiful Superfood SupperClub…


    This time, we have a very VERY special guest flying over from the Food Matters Headquarters in Australia to join us on the night! It’s a real privilege to have James Colquhoun host an epic Q&A session on ‘The Future of Wellness’, so needless to say, this SupperClub evening will be a one-off event. Told you it’s a special one!

    Reserve your spot on EventBrite>>


    You will be welcomed with a floral summer cocktail, a probiotic appetiser of kombucha’ish soup with cultured seed cream, a protein starter of satay seaweed salad, a vibrant luxury raw food pizza for a main, a trio of the most decadent desserts, complemented by a nourishing digestive tea. For those wishing to make the most of the celebrations, we will be offering 2 for 1 cocktails, so come thirsty!

    And if all that isn’t already special enough, you will be dining on the most comfortable of cushioned chairs and lowered bespoke solid wood tables, because Tanya’s is getting a make-over and you will be the first to see it!


    Tickets are just £60pp or £110 for two. Seats are super limited. No refunds available.
    7pm-9pm, Thursday 28th July 2016.
    Held at Tanya’s inside MY Chelsea, London SW3 3QX.

    Reserve your spot on EventBrite>>


    About James

    James Colquhoun, filmmaker of Food Matters and Hungry For Change and founder of FMTV. Along with Laurentine ten Bosch, James founded Food Matters, giving people the tools (films, books, website, TV) to take charge of their own health. Food Matters is an internationally acclaimed widely popular documentary about the medical and healthcare industries. His latest documentary, Hungry For Change, reveals how the diet and processed food industries are the enemies of permanent weight loss, vibrant health, and natural living. From here, FMTV was born! A place where we can access vital information by watching all of your favorite inspiring documentaries, expert interviews & recipe videos in one place.

    About Tanya

    Tanya Maher is the founder of the ultimate wellness company BetterRaw.com, co-founder of a high-end gourmet raw café chain TanyasCafe.com, creator of the Amazon #1 best selling DVD ‘Raw Food 101’ and author of Hay House’s ‘The Uncook Book’. Born in Russia, raised in New Zealand and now pioneering the clean eating movement in the UK, Tanya has been hailed as one of most recognised experts in the world of raw food and the UK’s top wellness coach, by the likes of Vogue, Daily Mail and Women’s Health.

    How to turn tap water alkaline (+ Hay House World Summit News)

    How to turn tap water alkaline (+ Hay House World Summit News)

    Thank you so much to everyone who commented to request a post about how I healed 12 years of terrible skin. Looks like there’s a new article in your future!

    But first…

    I have something else (and potentially even better) to share with you!

    You may have heard about Dr Emoto’s work. He is the awesome dude who showed us that although all molecular composition of water is H2O, it is the structure of all water which is different. He took water from various sources and demonstrated it to us under a microscope to reveal snowflake-like structures, he then uttered various words to the water and demonstrated what happens to these structures. Here’s an example:

    Dr Emoto did an experiment which blew everyone’s minds and got us all trying this at home. He distributed the same amount of rice and water from the same source into identical jars and put them near each other in the same room. Then, every day for a month, he uttered the words ‘Thank you’ to one jar, to the middle jar he said ‘You’re an idiot’ and the last jar- he completely ignored.

    After a month, the rice that had been thanked was fermenting and giving off a pleasant aroma; the rice in the second jar turned black; but it was the rice that had been ignored which shockingly was the most ‘damaged’. It started to rot.

    Dr Emoto believed that this is the same as how we bring up children. We should converse with them and give them attention. Indifference does the most harm.

    Deepak Chopra took this experiment even further and showed us how the same principle applied in the work force, where to be criticised is actually better than to be ignored. Your rate of disengagement falls to a whooping 42% when you are ignored, 25% when you are criticised and just 1% when you are supported.

    Deepak Chopra also showed us that when we experience love, our brain goes into a healing mode. And the same goes for all water. Kind words such as ‘I love you’ or ‘Thank you’ or ‘You’re beautiful’ uttered lovingly to your glass of water even when it comes out of a tap can transform the pH of it from acid to alkaline.

    That’s some powerful stuff! Can you even imagine what else you can do with such simple techniques if you only knew what they were? Can you imagine having the key to shedding off the weight which is bothering you, improving your digestion, healing your skin, increasing bone density, transforming your relationships and just being the awesomest amazing you?…

    Deepak has all the answers! Not even kidding.

    Download a taste of Deepak for free before it’s gone>>

    They said 'strictly no photos'. He may be Deepak Chopra, but I'm Russian :)



    If he’s good enough to be Oprah Winfrey’s No1 advisor/guru/mentor, then he’s good enough to be my teacher too! So good in fact, I happily paid hundreds just to hear him Live for a couple of hours when he was in London and paid thousands to hear him present only one lecture on my Nutrition course. So now that there’s this insane opportunity to hear from the man himself and for absolutely nothing, I HAD to share this with you…

    Hay House is at it again! They’re bringing you another World Summit to empower, heal and transform your life with the world’s leading experts.

    If you’ve never experienced a Hay House World Summit, you’re in for a real treat! Now there’s 20 days to listen, a downloadable Hay House World Summit Welcome Pack to help you take action, and a supportive global community –devoted to learning, growing and living life to the fullest!

    Start your world summit journey now>>


    Pre-Event Attendee Bonus Lessons

    As a “Thank You” for registering, Hay House is offering 4 amazing audio lessons for you to enjoy for FREE. These lessons are a great way to start your learning adventure while you wait for the summit to start! Hear the sensational…

    Marianne Williamson – Wisdom from a Course in Miracles
    Deepak Chopra – Who Am I?
    Brian Weiss – Meditation, Past Lives and Relaxation
    Davidji – Meditation and Mindfulness

    Register now to listen to your exclusive audio lessons>>


    What’s in this World Summit for you?

    • 100 experts, authors and spiritual teachers covering multiple topics including, physical, mental and emotional health, spirituality, prosperity, relationships and self-empowerment. (I’ll be there too!!)
    • Inspirational movies to uplift, stimulate and renew your mind, body and spirit.
    • The Hay House World Summit Welcome Pack to help you follow through in making changes that are important to you.
    • Choose Your Personal Growth Path Infographic to guide you to the lessons you most want to hear.
    • Exclusive access to our Hay House World Summit Facebook Group, a group of like-minded people who understand you and will support and nurture you in living your best life.

    Get all of this wisdom FREE with 20 days to listen and learn from the world’s leading experts!

    P.S. Deepak Chopra’s and Marianne Williamson’s audio lessons will only be available for 3 more days!

    Start your world summit journey now>>

    Master of The Month | Mel Wells | Raw Chocolate Goji Berry Brownies Recipe

    Master of The Month | Mel Wells | Raw Chocolate Goji Berry Brownies Recipe

    I met Mel at a Hay House bloggers event, just before my book ‘The Uncook Book‘ was published and when her own book ‘The Goddess Revolution‘ was still only a dream.

    Today, we don’t only share the great honour of belonging to the Hay House family, we share a massive vision for a brighter, more vibrant, greener, kinder planet via inspiring others to be kinder to themselves. And Mel does this impressively well, every single day…

    She helps women worldwide quit dieting and finally end the war on their bodies through an abundance mindset and practicing true self love. She does this through her website, social media and an online academy. If you ever do get the chance to meet her in person at one of her retreats, I would seize the opportunity, if only to see for yourself how happy, joyful, beautiful and lovable you can be when you are as loving, sweet, kind, friendly and non-judgemental, as Mel is to herself and to everyone around her.

    Meet our April’s Master of the Month…

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    No matter what I choose to eat or drink, I always start by listening to my body and make my food choices accordingly. Sometimes I’ll fancy avo-toast for breakfast, sometimes it will be my sweet Sunday pancakes and sometimes I’ll just have some green juice!

    For lunch I might have a salad or eat out – there are so many great healthy restaurants in London now and then for dinner I might have my Green Goddess bowl of love or a thai green curry. I love to batch cook my main meals so dinner one night will often be lunch the next day too.


    My biggest inspiration has always been my Dad. I started researching diet and wellness when he was diagnosed with cancer, and that was the catalyst for everything I’ve done since, including becoming a health coach. I have also been hugely motivated and inspired by T. Colin Campbell’s book The China Study, and the work of Kris Carr. She’s amazing!


    I think my biggest weakness is my schedule! I have an amazing but super busy schedule, and often it’s just too tempting to overeat in case I don’t have time to eat later or to get too engrossed in work and then skip food altogether! I have to actively remind myself to pause and give myself the time to sit and enjoy a meal. I drink a lot of green juice and smoothies on the go though which keeps me feeling nourished all day.


    Improving your diet is… focus on crowding in good things, rather than cutting out ‘bad’ things.

    Staying healthy while travelling is… to plan ahead and research healthy restaurants to visit! I spent 6 weeks city hopping in the USA last year, and loved exploring all the different healthy spots.

    Detoxing is… super important but easily used as a way to crash diet. To be done mindfully!

    Immunising is… much more effective when you have less meat and dairy in your diet, less processed foods, and more raw foods, more plants and more whole foods.


    The best compliments I receive are when a client tells me that the work I do has changed her life for the better. I could not wish for anything more and there is nothing more fulfilling than knowing that what you are doing is making a difference.


    I’d love to be remembered as being a force for good in the diet industry, and a change-maker. I hope to inspire thousands of women to ditch dieting for good and find true food and body freedom for life.


    From my kitchen it would have to be my Sage Juicer. Totally adore it. From my garden it would be my herb plants, for summer salads and from my bookshelf it would be….a notebook! I am constantly scribbling down notes and making lists – I would be lost without a notebook!


    My Dad

    Kris Carr – my biggest foodie inspiration

    Marie Forleo – my biggest business inspiration


    Quite simply for how it makes you feel! Your body is so clever and will always tell you what works and what doesn’t, some way or another. The body works better when it’s fuelled with more plants, more raw foods – you will have lasting energy, sleep better, better digestion, and lower risks of getting ill. Plus you are contributing to making our planet a healthier place for us all to live in. It’s a win win.


    Our Master of The Month shares her favourite raw food recipe…




    The Ingredients

    4 cups pitted dates
    4 cups walnuts
    1 cup raw cacao powder
    1 cup goji berries
    1 cup pumpkin seeds
    2 Tbsp coconut oil
    1 large avocado
    2 Tbsp Agave Nectar


    The How

    Blend the walnuts and raw cacao together in a food processor. Add the dates in, and keep blending, a few at a time.
    Add in the avocado, coconut oil, and agave, and continue to blend.
    Transfer to a mixing bowl, and add in the goji berries and pumpkin seeds to the mix, striring with a wooden spoon so they are well distributed.
    Line a cake tin or deep set baking tray with parchment paper – and fill the mix into the tray. Using the wooden spoon, press the mix into the tray so it is spread out and level.
    Freeze the tray for 1 hour.
    Cut into brownie pieces and serve to your guests!


    For more on Mel Wells, go to  www.thegreengoddesslife.com