When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with coeliac disease. This is a condition where the gluten in wheat attacks your gut - gluten is insidious in a modern diet and is often used in the most obscure prepared foods.
My parents have told me that I was very poorly back then and it took some time to diagnose what was wrong.
What I have learnt from being coeliac is a better understanding of the importance of the quality of diet, not just for me but for all of us.
I believe that eating natural, unprocessed foods makes us healthier from the inside out.
In our quest for a balanced diet, there seemed to be a missing part to the jigsaw for healthy oils and fats. This changed in 2007 when my family was fortunate enough to be introduced to coconut oil by a good friend Indra, from Hong Kong, who gave us the book 'The Coconut Oil Miracle' by Bruce Fife and a jar of organic coconut oil to accompany it. Finally, we had found a really healthy fat.
All processed oils and fats have gone from the cupboards in our house and now coconut oil is used for almost everything from frying eggs, adding to homemade bread, roasting potatoes and making cakes. I love using it as a natural beauty product on my skin and hair and my dad's even been known to use it to oil the garden shears!
Our coconut oil is sourced in the Philippines and has a rich aroma. We never blend our coconut oil and the country of origin is stated on the label for ease of reference.
Our Lucy Bee family of store cupboard staples has since grown and I'm excited to share with you our Cacao (also sold as Drinking Chocolate), Turmeric, Turmeric Blend, Chai Blend, Whole Black Peppercorns, Creamed Coconut, Coconut Sugar, Coconut Flour, Cinnamon, Coconut Milk and Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil, all of which are Fair Trade.
For your beauty regime we now have our palm oil free bar soaps and skincare range, along with Epsom Bath Salt, Dead Sea Bath Salt and Himalayan Bath Salt to pamper and relax tired bodies. With my background as a beauty therapist, these are a particular passion of mine!
Key to our ethos is sourcing Fair Trade products that can be enjoyed every day.
Fair Trade means that the farmers get a fairer price for their product as well as funding sustainable community projects that are carried out for people much worse off than us. Our Fair Trade certification also means all workers get contracts, so they are not exploited, plus it ensures no child labour or animal cruelty - this also guarantees that monkeys are NOT used to collect the coconuts used in our coconut products.
In our quest to bring you ingredients of the highest quality, we have searched the world and developed relationships with suppliers who can meet our requirements and, also, support our Fair Trade policy.
With our Bath Salts range, we're unable to buy these Fair Trade so instead, we make a donation to charity, such as Love Support Unite, who we've worked with to support their incredible projects in Malawi (see 'Charity at No Cost' below for how you can support this, too).
Lucy Bee ingredients are all packaged in BRC Grade A facilities.
In addition to making sure that our range is of the highest quality possible, we also focus on being as environmentally-friendly as we can, which includes the packaging.
At Lucy Bee we're passionate about Fair Trade; ethical and sustainable living; recycling and eating close to nature. We do not use palm oil in any of our products nor are any of our products tested on animals.
We aim to reflect this in all that we do and like nothing more than chatting with you through our social media, in emails, over the phone and in our blog.
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If you're looking for plant-based sources of protein, why not try our Quinoa and Black Bean Bake. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids, which are the building blocks for proteins, all of which have specific roles within metabolism, immune function, making hormones, muscle building, growth and repair. Click on the image for the recipe.
You don’t have to belong to a gym to keep fit. ‘Mountain climbers’ are great to strengthen your core, as well as improving agility and coordination, and can be done at home. From a press-up position with straight back and core engaged, bring one knee to your chest with toes just off the ground, then alternate legs and increase your pace. Perform as many as possible for 30-60 seconds
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Want to know all about coconut oil? The 'Lucy Bee Definitive Guide to Coconut Oil' explores all the benefits and uses and how to incorporate it into your daily life.
Did you know that simply by purchasing any of our Bath Salts, you are also making a donation to charity, at no cost to you? This is because we donate 15p per box sold, to a chosen charity. During 2019 we are supporting the St. Francis Hospice, Romford. Click on the image for further details.