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I had a reaction to an organic aloe vera gel for the skin and it turned out to be a chemical used to preserve the product called sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. So you can imagine how surprised I was to see the same preservative in a tin of coconut milk intended for cooking. I am glad to say that the tin did end up in the recycling waste (minus the coconut milk) as I was too scared to use it after the incident with the aloe vera gel.
I have noticed that most coconut milk sold in supermarkets isn’t 100% pure and so coconut cream blocks offer the next best alternative but I have to say, the results in cooking is not that great with coconut blocks. Nowadays fresh coconuts are sold in supermarkets so I thought why not make my own natural coconut milk, free of additives.
So I bought myself a coconut from my local Sainsbury’s supermarket and created my own coconut milk in less than 45 minutes. It really wasn’t that difficult and here is how I did it.
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When buying meat and dairy products does it matter to you how the animal was reared? Of course it does! I like to think that the cows that produce my milk have spent most of the year grazing fresh green grass. This is the natural way and just how nature intended.
I am a great believer that a happy and healthy animal makes great produce which I much prefer to consume.

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I love to cook! So it is always great when I learn a new tip that either makes my life in the kitchen easier or helps to improve my cooking skills. Here are 7 tips that I love to use in my kitchen.

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To me natural living is about getting back to nature and making healthy dietary and lifestyle choices. To support this it really helps to know where your food comes from and / or what is in your food. I also think it is important to maintain certain traditions such as cooking real food and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
You have probably heard all this before but it is worrying when you hear and see evidence suggesting that we are moving more and more away from a healthy natural lifestyle. Let me share with you some facts that I have learnt and some of my views:

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Sales of natural cosmetic products are on the rise but the market is still dominated by products formulated with a high proportion of synthetic chemical ingredients. Take a look at shampoos and hair conditioners which usually contain chemicals and although the amount used may be small, I often think about the sheer volume used nationally on a daily basis and the potential impact on our natural environment. So it is always good news to hear of new developments of more environmentally friendly cosmetic ingredients. I welcome the use of ingredients that are biodegradable and have low aquatic toxicity.

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