Less popular benefits of a juice fast

This past week my partner was away for work and I have finished breast feeding so thought it would be the perfect time to get my cleanse on.  There a lot of obvious benefits to a juice fast, like all liquid to be easily assimilated into the body, allowing the body to detoxify and cleanse naturally and boosting my system with massive amounts of fruits and vegetables.  I know exactly how much produce goes into each juice, so when you are drinking the juices it just feels good to know I am putting all the right things in.  But there were a couple of other benefits that I had completely forgotten about:

1.     I forgot how nice it was to have someone else prepare my food.  There was no thought, no effort, nothing involved.  With an almost 1 year old and a full time business, it is easy to neglect me in the whole picture, so having everything pre-prepared was so GOOD.  I didn't have to think about the babies food, milk, snacks, nappies, clothes, toys, etc, then think, what I am going to eat/drink today.  It was such a pleasure to be totally taken care of, like my fairy god mother totally had my back for a week.

2.     I forgot how much extra time you have when you don’t have to prepare meals.  I had such a productive work week and got so many jobs finished because I wasn’t spending the 40-1hr prepping, making and cleaning dishes that is involved every night.  It was such a good feeling.  Like a mini holiday.  Time is the only thing finite in our lifetimes, everything else is infinite, so having a little bit more of it to be productive, read my book, do some exercise, watch the baby explore and discover or just be was a little luxury.

A fast way to live longer

Did you see Catalyst last week?  Thank you to Jo for alerting me to it being on TV, admittedly I was in bed at 7pm on the night that the show was televised but she told me the next morning.

The basis of the show was investigating how some people can live longer than others and whilst a lot of their research focused on the DNA, they also discussed some research surrounding other ways to extend life.  I am not one to propose we live the rest of our lives taking pills to live longer, but the show did discuss another method, one we all have easy access to, that could increase our longevity and most importantly, our health into those extra years. 

The show looked at the presenter who attempted a diet that was designed to mimic a fast, so it was essential low in protein and sugar but also had good healthy vegetable fats, like from nuts.  The aim of mimicking the fast was to get the body into maintenance mode by reducing the growth signals it gets from certain food types.  The professor explains,

“Enough protein is very important, but people are now eating 50%, 100%, 200%, 300% more than normal and this is pushing the system to try to grow but there's no growth. And so the consequence could be that you put an accelerator on all these systems and you just really push them to the limit and then they fail.”

 The results have been quite remarkable with improvements in inflammation, dermatitis, a major reduction in tumours, improvement in cognitive function, and a reduction in visceral fat (this is the bad fat around your middle section) without a loss in muscle mass.

The professor explains what they think is happening, “One is the killing of a lot of bad cells, but also a lot of not-so-bad cells but they may have been old. So you fast and every day of the fasting, the organs are getting a little bit smaller and they're getting rid of cells because they have to save energy. Then eventually when you re-feed, these organs and cell systems, they have to return to normal and that's really a remarkable way to replace and rejuvenate almost every component of the body.”

 So it is this process of fasting 3-4 times per year for 5 days that could have an incredible impact on the liver, the blood system and many other systems in the body, in a way, making our body act the way it did when we were young. 

Now I am sure you are probably busting to know what the diet was?  From the Catalyst website, they explain it is very low in proteins (like no animal proteins – so no dairy, meat, etc) but with almost 50% made from carbohydrates from vegetables and the rest made of healthy fats from nuts.  The amount of calories was approx. 700-800 per day with unlimited herbal tea and lots of water. 

A similar dietary composition can be achieved with a Low Fruit Cleanse, we have vegetable soups, juices and nut milks that can create a similar fasting diet that may help you live longer and stronger.  Contact us for any questions!

Does a healthy body image mean you don’t eat healthy?

Sometimes wanting to eat well and look after yourself can be associated with an unhealthy body image.  Like a person that is conscious and careful about what they eat must be unhappy with the way they look and want to change it.  But does it really mean that?  I don’t think so.

Casting my mind back to my early twenties, I think I used to have a slightly unhealthy body image, not in the extremes but I always wanted my thighs to be skinnier (who doesn’t??). I have quite short legs and I always thought if I could make my thighs skinnier then my short chunky legs wouldn’t be quite as out of proportion to the rest of me.  I avoided exercise like spin classes, lifting heavy weights in pump class, and doing too many lunges and squats, all things that I knew could make my short muscly legs look even thicker.  I stuck to lots of running which I found did the best job.  I ate very well, lots of fruits and vegetables, did regular juice cleanses, drank lots of fresh juices, no processed sugars, no dairy, no caffeine.

Fast forward a few years to my mid thirties and I find myself walking the two blocks from my house to the beach in just my swimmers.  I felt my bum wobbling, saw my thighs jiggling with each step I took, and I was completely ok with it.  It is something I would NEVER have done a few years ago as I was so self conscious of my thighs (which is retrospect, there was nothing wrong with, you wouldn’t mistake them for Miranda Kerr’s, but they were fine all the same).

So now my body image is healthier, does that mean my desire to look after myself has waned?  Now that I have waved the white flag at my body, does that mean I have thrown it all in and I eat chocolate every afternoon, drink beer every night and eat more from the shelf than the vegetable crisper?  Not at all.  I still want to the best thing for my body, I want to live a happier, healthier, more robust life full of energy and vibrancy.  I want to have that healthy glow, clear white eyes and feel vitality to get out there and enjoy my life.  Eating well is not tantamount to unhealthy body image, it is the best way to treat your body with the respect it deserves!

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November 10, 2015

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Tea is good for you and me!

Being pregnant and desperately wanting our new little addition to come out and meet us, I have been drinking a lot raspberry leaf tea. It is supposed to help tone the uterus to make contractions smoother and more consistent. So it got me thinking about what other teas are good for other parts of the your body. As most of your would know, we supply a detox tea blend with our cleanses of 3 days or longer. The blend we use has dandelion leaf, fennel seed, celery leaf and peppermint leaf. The dandelion leaf is reported to help support kidney function, fennel seed is very good for reducing bloating as well as being a mild diuretic to help flush toxins out. Peppermint leaf positively supports digestion by helping to break down fats and reduce bad cholesterol. Decreased cholesterol levels reduce the work load required from the liver. Here are some other popular (and easy to drink) herbal remedies that could help you feel better on the inside:

Chamomile tea which for me is the go to “before bed tea” chamomile has a mild sedative effect, but it also could help you manage anxiety and stress. It could also be very effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps as it does contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents.

Ginseng tea may help to improve the immune system by increasing the number of immune cells in the blood. In one study 227 people got either ginseng or placebo for 12 weeks, and got a flu vaccine after 4 weeks. The number of colds and flu were two-thirds lower in the group that took ginseng. Ginseng is also popular as a natural appetite suppressant.

 Rooibios (pronounced Roy-boss) tea is a great alternative to normal black tea. It has a similar taste to black tea, so can be had with milk and sugar but it is totally caffeine free. Plus it is loaded with essential minerals potassium, manganese, fluoride, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Three of these minerals – fluoride, manganese and calcium – promote a healthy bone structure.

 Lemongrass tea possesses anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties that support healthy cholesterol levels. It is possible that the regular consumption of lemongrass tea could have significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the bad cholesterol in the body. 

Will bacon really kill you as quickly as cigarettes?

Hhm, maybe not. I like to consider myself a lazy vegan, most of the time I don’t eat any animal products (like dairy, meat, cheese, eggs, etc) but occasionally I do. And on that occasion I do veer onto the dark side, then I must admit I do enjoy a serving of bacon. But I wasn’t concerned when I heard the report from the World health organization. Even though some headlines have taken the main message from this report that processed meats are as dangerous as cigarettes and asbestos on your health, the actual report provided a risk ranking system which is based on the strength of the overall research NOT on a cause-effect danger of the product.

As a clean eating advocate, and clean juicing, I am not saying to go nuts on bacon everyday. Every now and then is ok, and in moderation. The strength of the research in this report did conclude that eating processed meats would increase your chances of colorectal cancer by 1% over those that don’t eat processed meats. So there could definitely be something to it, and would always advocate a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts over a diet rich in processed foods.

Best advice? If you are a regular consumer of processed meats, then perhaps it is time to start thinking about cutting back. Think of it more like a treat than a staple.

Why wait til Monday to start

Today is a good day, a great day in fact. The days are getting longer, the mornings are lighter, the birds are chirpier and this weekend is forecast to be above 20 degrees for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane! Good times!

So why wait to get started on being healthy? There are plenty of reasons to start tomorrow:

Just over 3 months til Christmas holidays, and if you plan on going somewhere where a swimsuit is mandatory, then that is not a lot of time to get into shape

Spring time is the best time to get inspired about changing something for the better in your life. It might be your health, your wealth, your education, or your relationships. Starting something new and exciting is as energizing as a holiday.

The fruit gets sweeter and more abundant which makes eating fresh and clean so much easier and much more delicious

Warmer nights means eating salads is suddenly not crazy talk. I know in the depths of winter, sometimes the idea of only eating a cold salad or juice seems like the most ludicrous thing you have ever heard. But what a difference a month makes!!