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Souper Dooper - New JUST SOUP Cleanse

Tis the souping season and the season to drink warm things.  So we are launching a super dooper special Soup Cleanse.  Featuring all your favourite soups, plus some delicious new ones.  The program has 4 soups each day plus a hot shot elixir and organic vegetable broth each day.  We are featuring the delicious gut healing broth from the fabulous cooks over at Broth of life.  The broth is made from nothing except pure organic vegetables, Himalayan rock salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil.  Our hot shot elixir is a spicy mix of ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper with lemon juice.  The hot shot elixir is a natural immune boosting and natural anti bacterial shot that needs to be mixed with hot water.

Our new soups include a scrumptious Pumpkin Coconut soup, and an Asian style Kale Broccoli soup and an Indian spiced Kale Coconut curry Soup.

Our delicious soup cleanse has a sample menu such as:

Breakfast: Pumpkin coconut soup – pumpkin, coconut milk, leek, ginger, garlic, chives, coriander

Post breakfast: hot shot elixir – ginger, lemon, turmeric, cayenne pepper

Late morning snack/early lunch: carrot cashew soup – carrot, cashew, ginger, coriander seeds, pear

Early Afternoon snack/late lunch: Lentil Luncheon – tomato, carrot, lentils

Pre dinner drink: Organic vegetable broth

Dinner: Rockin’ tomato soup – rocket, tomato, chickpeas, celery

You can order our Just Soup Cleanse online now!

The newest tan in a can

I am always espousing the benefits of lots of fruit and vegetable in your diet and have always been convinced of not only the internal benefit but also the external beauty benefits.  Now it seems some science is backing my claims!

Whilst the study only focuses on Caucasian faces, it indicates that faces appear more attractive when shaded with a golden type colour gained from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids.  The research, published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behaviour, shows that the glow we can get from eating lots of vegetables rich in carotenoids is more appealing to the eye than the glow we get from laying in the sun. 

Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combating disease. Responsible for the red colouring in fruit and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes, carotenoids are important for our immune and reproductive systems.

Looking to get your golden winter glow on without visiting the tanning salon or risking sun cancer? The foods richest in carotenoids are: carrots, plums, apricots, tomatoes, mangoes, sweet potato, kale, broccoli, and spinach.

Where to go when you need to go

I recently suffered a bout of very uncomfortable constipation after changing some vitamins I was taking. Normal for me is 2-3 times a day, because I eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables and drink lots of fresh raw juice, so having a fibre rich diet means you will go more frequently than someone who doesn’t. But with this new vitamin I was struggling to go once every 2-3 days. Which not only bloated me, but made me feel sluggish, tired and revolting. This got me researching what to do, as naturally as possible, to help get me going as quickly as possible. Here is a breakdown of the main components

Magnesium

Magnesium helps with bowel movements through two different ways. It helps to relax the muscles in the intestines which helps to establish a smoother rhythm. But it also attracts water and this increased amount of water in the colon serves to soften the stool, helping to make stools easier to pass. It is easy to get extra magnesium from your diet, look for cacao, dried fruit, and dark leafy greens.

Sorbitol

Sorbitol is a simple sugar which is sometimes used as a natural sweetener in soft drinks due to its sweet taste. While sorbitol does have calories, the body absorbs sorbitol more slowly than it does regular table sugar. Sorbitol works by drawing water into the stool from the surrounding tissue through osmosis. Get sorbitol naturally from apples, pears, peaches and of course, prunes (which are really just dried plums).

Psyllium husk

Psyllium husk increases the bulk in your stool, just making it larger, an effect that helps to cause movement of the intestines. It also works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making the stool softer and easier to pass.

Enema

This is something only to be used in really desperate times. Enemas treat constipation by introducing fluid into the intestines through the bottom end of the digestive tract (the part where you want things to come out). The liquid softens the stool while the enema nozzle can help to loosen your body parts.

What to eat at what time of year

Have you ever noticed that things taste different in Winter as opposed to Summer?  Growing up on a fruit farm, I used to both love and loathe the fruit season (my parents farm grew peaches and nectarines).  I loved it because of the fresh availaibility of delicious sweet fruit (and I loathed it because it meant working every weekend and after school).  This was summer and that is when stone fruit is readily available, as well as other things like pineapple and mangoes.  So what does the season mean for your fruit and veggies? 

Basically eating your fruit and veg in season will mean it will taste better.  The flavours will be fresher, sweeter, fuller and taste how they are supposed to taste.  Plus it is cheaper!  You know it is in season when those prices start to come down and they can't move the stuff quick enough.  Basic economics, if it is in season, there is lots of of supply so there prices will be better.  Fruit and vegetables in season will have had more of a chance to ripen properly Vs sitting in cold storage for months on end, so there should be more availability of micronutrients for your body.

What should you try to eat this season?

In Autumn, apples, pears kiwi fruit and lemon are all seasonal.  You will see all sorts of brightly coloured apples in the grocer right now.  Try them salads or just munch on them as a snack (and tooth cleaner).

Winter is great for bananas, oranges and mandarins.  All citrus comes alive in Winter, plus it is rich in Vitamin C which is exactly what you need in the cooler months.

Brocoli, beans and cabbage are seasonal vegetables in Autumn, together with cauliflower and mushrooms.  They are perfect stir fry and soup vegetables.  Pumpkin is also in season, which is so versatile in any kind of dish.  I roasted some last night with a little salt, pepper and coconut oil and tossed it through a salad!  Delish!

Is it ok to miss your veggies?

Maybe, but one day can turn into two days and before you know it, you have had a busy week and totally neglected your eating.    Eating at least 5 serves of vegetables per day is important to overall wellbeing and feeling awesome.

There are vitamins and minerals in vegetables that could mean you can skip your synthetic multivitamin tablets each.  These include vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and folic acid. Folic acid may reduce blood levels of homocysteine, a substance that may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

Lots of vegetables in your diet can educe obesity and maintain a healthy weight, lower your cholesterol and lower your blood pressure.  Scientific research shows that if you regularly eat lots of fruit and vegetables, you have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease – when fruits and vegetables are eaten as food, not taken as supplements, and high blood pressure (hypertension).

Veggies of similar colours generally contain similar protective compounds. For example:

  • Red foods – like tomatoes and red capsicum contain lycopene, which is thought to be important for fighting prostate cancer and heart disease
  • Green vegetables – like spinach and kale contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help protect against age-related eye disease
  • Purple foods – like purple carrots and eggplant contain anthocyanins, which may help protect the body from cancer
  • White foods – like cauliflower contain sulforaphane and may also help protect against some cancers

Why do you crave carbs in Winter?

Does the cold wet weather mean you start to notice the new gourmet pasta and rice billboards?  I am sure there is a method behind them advertising right about now when the weather starts to turn.  While there might be a primitive explanation that our bodies are stockpiling for usual cold winter with little food availability, it can also be explained by some basic body functions.

In winter the days are shorted, and a normal adult will spend less time in the sunlight with darkness on the commute into work and ditto on the commute home.  This means your body is getting less sunshine and sunshine triggers the production of serotonin in the body.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is in charge of boosting your mood.  When the light goes at night time, the serotonin converts to melatonin, which makes us sleepy, and then when the sun comes back up, it goes back to serotonin and we go about our days like happy little workers!

So weren’t we talking about carbs?  Yes!  Carbs come into this little story because consuming carbs boosts the availability of an amino acid Tryptophan, which is what your body converts in serotonin and vitamin B6.  The problem is that you are probably not eating Tryptophan rich foods like green leafy vegetables, seafood and green vegetables.

Eating carbs can provide the short term mood lift that your mind is looking for, but is only short term.  During these phases you are probably not thinking  a big serve of broccoli will cure your hankering for a ham and cheese toasted sandwich. 

Here are a few tips:

  • Get outside in your lunch break, lay, sit, sprawl in the sun as much as possible during winter.  It will help keep your vitamin D levels up, plus will keep you skinnier
  • Try to mix your carbs with lots of green vegetable and leafy greens, make soups and stews that have both potato and broccoli.  Put some fresh spinach on your sandwich.