In Conversation with Emica Penklis | LOCO LOVE

It’s very rare you when meet someone in everyday life who understands the full spectrum of determinants on our health and wellbeing. Emica Penklis is one such person, a super raw chocolatier, model, naturopath with a special interest in eating psychology. Emica discovered whilst practising naturopathy that the treatments would help heal her clients on a physical level however there is a much deeper level of healing required also integrating the mind and spirit. This revelation lead Emica to study food psychology and mind body nutrition. Our health is determined by so much more than food we eat and exercise we do and or don’t do. We embody our thoughts, feelings and emotions and this manifests physically into our general state of wellbeing and emotional fitness.

10933741_10152476976296899_2405499700724329197_nEmica saluting to the Cacao Gods on Bondi Beach with fabulous photography by Kane Skennar

In this conversation Emica gives us the lowdown on her healthy handmade love infused chocolates…

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Vegan Cooking Workshop (+ cashew ricotta recipe!)

Creating a Life More Extraordinary

I have just come back from attending a Vegan Cooking Workshop at Healing House Cusco (one of my new favourite places in Cusco!). It was run by Christine from christine eats the world and it was awesome! Christine has a background in traditional chef-ing and catering but has recently embraced vegetarianism and alternative cooking.

Not only did we discuss cooking tips but also the ethical reasons that generally motivate people to eat a plant-based diet. As a vegetarian it’s easy to feel I’m not a part of the cruelty and environmental damage caused by the meat industry, so it’s always a bit confronting for me to hear negative facts about the diary and egg industries that I am still involved in. Christine recommended a couple of documentaries – Cowspiracy and Food Inc – for more information.

Making vegan pestoVegan pesto and cashew ricotta

During the class we made raw vegan cashew coconut cheesecake, vegan pesto, raw gluten-free…

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