Could your diet be a better sunscreen than your actual sunscreen?

I am not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens.  Something just feels a bit unnatural about putting something on your skin that needs 15-20 minutes to “soak” in, then before it works.  The soaking in seems a bit strange.  I understand how it works, but then we need to stop seeing our skin as a barrier and more of an extension to the internal system, as it is all connected. 


So when you think about something needed to “soak in” to work, my mind goes straight to the thought of, “well, when does this get into my blood stream, if it needs to soak in?”  It’s a little bit the same as makeup and moisturisers, if you don’t think it is safe to eat, then why would it be safe to put on your skin?  I am more of a fan of physical zinc sunscreens that more “sit” on your skin to protect your skin.  I have yet to find one that I think is perfect, as there is a lot of questions about nano particles being very dangerous too. 

What if your diet could be an even more effective sunscreen? 

My posts never cease to mention the word “antioxidants” as they are a critical part of a healthy body.  Interestingly there was a study, done a long time ago, done in Australia, that showed a dramatic DECREASE in cancer cell production from an increase in eating omega 3 fatty acids.  In this study, the omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA not only stopped cancer cells from continuing their production cycle, it also resulted in apoptosis, which means the cancer cells died.  Another study had a similar conclusion.

Sources of omega 3, fish are great source, but a lot of fish is full of mercury too, so eating fish every day may not be the best solution.  Plant based sources include chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds.  But an amazing plant based source is algae, which is things like spirulina and chlorella.  These algae’s contain ALA which is the Omega 3 found in plants, while EPA and DHA are the Omega 3’s typically found in seafood.  We have some great supergreen sachets that you add to your cleanse online here:

The miracle wonder drug that can help prevent cancer and heart disease!

Imagine if the news tonight ran a story about a new cheap wonder drug that could PREVENT you from getting cancer and heart disease.  What do you think would happen?  Would you run out and grab it, for you and everyone you know?  I am sure most people would.  Now what if I tell you that this affordable wonder drug ALREADY exists.  And it is available to everyone, everyday for most people, right around the corner. 

The wonder drug is called: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.  A number of studies have shown a significant link between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced cancer and cardiovascular mortality.  Vegetables may have a stronger association with mortality than fruit. Consumption of vegetables or salad were most protective, while frozen/canned fruit consumption was apparently associated with increased mortality.  This study adjusted for a number of other factors such as age, sex, social class, education, BMI, alcohol consumption and physical activity.  So eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15%

 Another study found that total fruit and vegetable intake was inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular disease, this means that eating more fruits and veg may LOWER your risk of developing heart disease.  Heart disease is the biggest killer of people around the world and yet doesn’t get the publicity that cancer does.  Of the food groups analyzed, green leafy vegetable intake showed the strongest inverse association with major chronic disease and cardiovascular disease.  It looks like just increasing your servings by only one more day you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Easy ways to increase your vegetable intake:

  • Throw a few handfuls of baby spinach through your dinner – baby spinach wilts easily so you really don’t need any extra cooking. Just toss into a hot dish, stir through and viola!
  • For a pasta dish, half the pasta amount and replace with steamed cauliflower – the white cauliflower can easily “fool” your mind into thinking you are having a nice big comforting bowl of pasta
  • When making a meat dish, half the meat portion and add in extra mushrooms – mushrooms have a lovely meaty flavor when cooked with sauces.
  • Make more soups! There is no easier way to eat more vegetables than to throw a whole heap in a pot and cook them up.

Why it's not such a bad thing to feel hungry

Hungry mostly isn’t comfortable.  We live in a world with instant gratification on so many levels and satisfying hunger is definitely one of them.  At the first inkling if hunger, we normally start to look for means to fix the problem, like quick chocolate bar at the convenience store, grab a muffin at the café, or duck into Macca’s super quick.  Hunger solved, you can get right back into your day.  Now with a 1 year old, I understand how we have developed that need to satisfy the pangs of hunger quickly (lest you suffer through agonising screams of anguish).  But does that really translate into adults.  Is feeling hunger such a bad thing?

It may feel a bit uncomfortable, but it isn’t such a terrible thing for your body, metabolism or weight management.  Our lives have evolved into a steady, reliable and consistent 3 meals/ day.  With fairly standard size bowls and plates that we have learnt to understand as the “right” portion size (who decided they were going to be that size anyway?).  And when we skip one of those regular consistent meals we feel “hungry” as our body has developed that habit of always eating around those times and approximately that portion size.  Without knowing it, the body is very good at maintaining status quo, like most of our conscious minds it prefers not to have big dramatic changes.  So when you skip a meal, your first response is “I’m hungry”.  But the interesting part is when you decide to ignore that hunger, drink lots of water and just move past it.  After a time, the pangs of hunger start go away. Your clever body switches to alternate sources of energy, which can be your fat stores.  I am currently doing our Schkinny Days program (which will be launched in the New Year), and yesterday I got up at 3:30am and didn’t have a thing (except water) until 12pm.  Sure I was hungry about 7am, but I just drank lots of water and decided to ignore it.  At about 8:30am, I no longer felt hungry, I went for a quick jog, drank lots of water after the jog and then had a salad around midday.   I felt fine, not once did I think I was going to pass out or lose concentration.  Psychologically I knew I had some fat stores that would keep me from fading away so I just kept reminding myself that being hungry meant my smart little body was going to help keep me in shape!

The story of the elephant who couldn't stay trim

An overweight elephant expends more energy than a mouse, which make sense right? It takes a lot more fuel to power an aircraft than it does a car.  So the elephant needs to eat more than the mouse because he burns more fuel.  He has a group of trim friends that always look great and he is sick of being overweight.  Let’s say the elephant decided to start exercising and limit his calorie intake and he lost quite a bit of weight, yah for the elephant!  So now the new trim elephant needs less fuel as he did before. Once the elephant lost his weight, he thought he could eat the same way as his forever trim friends eat because he was the same size and weight.  But as he eats just like them, the weight starts to creep back on.  Oh no!  This is confounding for the elephant because he doesn’t too badly and it just the same as his mates and they aren’t getting fat, WHY WHY WHY????  He pleads….

The unfortunate but true answer is “adaptive thermogenesis”.  From a technical definition it can be defined as the decrease in energy expenditure beyond what could be predicted from body weight or its components (fat-free mass and fat mass) under conditions of standardized physical activity in response to a decrease in energy intake.

But basically it means that a the formerly overweight elephant is going to burn LESS energy than his trim mates even though they are the same weight.  So the formerly overweight elephant is going to have to EAT less than his trim mates.  Our bodies have an overwhelming tendency to maintain a status quo, which I can see would have served us during periods of starvation to adapt energy expenditure, but doesn’t bode well for losing weight.  Best thing to do?  Shock your body!  No, don’t plug the hairdryer in and fill the bath.  But a rigorous change in diet and exercise can exactly the thing you need.  Think a juice cleanse or brand new exercise regime to help get your body snapped out of adaptive thermogenesis.  The trick is to maintain the new weight for at least 4 weeks so your body thinks this weight is a new “normal.” 

How does fasting contribute to cell renewal?

There is now evidence that fasting could help contribute to regenerating new cells in the body to help fight against disease and ageing.  One of these studies looked at how prolonged fasting (for periods of 2 to 4 days) not only helped protect the immune system but also helped to induce immune system regeneration in people who had undergone chemotherapy. 

Here is how it works:

When you starve your systems tried to save energy and one of the things it can do is to recycle a lot of immune cells that are not needed, especially damaged ones.  So the white blood cell count does go down, but then when food is re-introduced back into the diet the cells come back.  Prolonged fasting has also been associated with lower levels of a particular growth-factor hormone , IGF-1, that has been linked to aging, tumour progression and cancer risk. 

This research seems to have supported the recent study that showed that a low calorie diet that mimicked a fast can yield a wide range of health benefits including cutting belly fat, elevated stem cell renewal in the brain and slowed ageing.  The study looked at a group that ate normally for 25 days/month and for 5 days per month did a low calorie diet based mostly on fruits and vegetables, with plant based fats and very little animal based protein.  It’s about re-progamming the body to enter a slower aging mode but also rejuvenation through stem cell based regeneration!  Exciting times ahead!

 For more info, check out these links:


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!

April 26, 2016

Posted in glowing skin, healthy eating, nuts, raw, skin, vitamin a, zinc

Utlimate Beautiful Skin Smoothie

 With the exception of my time as a child under 10, I have never had good skin.  Whether it was acne as a teenager, then dealing with the results of strong acne medication to pigmentation and dryness and clogged pores.  I have had it all!  And the wrinkles are starting, to add to the list of my woes!

So I have always taken quite a personal interest in using nutrition to help with skin health, as the skin is a reflection of the overall health on the inside.  Here I have designed the ultimate nutritional recipe for lovely glowing skin:

Carrot juice – 200ml

I love to add plenty of carrots to my juices.  Not only are the reasonably inexpensive, but they also have some great health benefits AND beauty benefits.  Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, providing 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually increases the deposition of collagen; therefore it slows the normal aging breakdown of your collagen and elastin

Half an avocado and 3 dates

Avocado and dates are a good source of zinc.  Whilst the exact nature of how zinc works in the body is unknown as it is found within cells and not usually in the blood stream, zinc most likely promotes healthy skin by carrying vitamin A to your skin and by regulating your body’s hormonal balance. 

Cucumber juice – 200ml

Cucumber is rich in silica which is a trace mineral that strengthens the body's connective tissues - muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone - and is vital for healthy skin. 

Handful brazil nuts

Brazil nuts have high levels of Selenium which is an antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity.  It also may play an important role in preventing skin cancer, as it can protect the skin from damage from excessive ultraviolet light.

Mix all ingredients and blend til smooth!

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