October 19, 2016

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Who is the new guy?

It’s Just Salad.

But not Just Salad, delicious fresh healthy nutritious raw and vegan salads, plus juice, plus breakfast, plus snacks!  What more could you want??

A lot of our cleansers love to get on the juice, ramp up their health, and then want to continue the good work but don’t feel they have the time/skill/inclination to do it themselves.  That is where we come in.  We have designed a whole food cleanse program that is nutritious, filling, tasty and convenient with the same fresh delivery we pride ourselves on. 

Kicking off from Monday 24th October we will be offering our new Just Salad program across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

The program has daily structure like this:

1. Muesli with fresh fruit for breakfast

2. One of our famous Leap Frog green juices for morning tea

3. Fresh salad for lunch

4. Nutty protein ball for afternoon tea 

5. Amazing salad for dinner.  

And still just $59/day (plus delivery).

The meal structures follow our Schkinny Protocol for healthy, sustainable plant based eating with mostly raw ingredients, vegetable based proteins and correct portion sizes. 

We have delish new salads like mushroom and black bean, beetroot and almond, and zucchini noodles with corn, you can check out the full menu here.

You can ORDER ONLINE HERE to commence Monday 24th (please note any orders that are received for dates BEFORE 24TH will be re-allocated to commence on Monday 24th).

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!

July 27, 2016

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Check out the new Skin GLOW juice pack

Spring is around the corner and while it may not quite be bikini weather yet, your best asset will be your glowing skin.  Shrug off the winter dullness with the Skin Glow Juice Pack.

This pack has been designed to help to make your skin healthier, clearer and more glowing, it has the following benefits:

Rich in Vitamin A - 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.

Rich in carotenoids - Research has shown that eating vegetables rich in the antioxidant, carotenoid, creates a healthy skin glow that is more appealing to the eye than the glow we get from laying in the sun. 

Rich in Silica - 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. 

Low in sugar - Sugar can raise insulin levels which produces an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin

This juice pack is design to drunk in conjunction with a healthy diet.

You can order the juice pack here:

Non-stick, fat free cooking - is it really healthier?

I read a news snippet the other day about a worker that worked in the factory that made non-stick cooking surfaces (you know, the stuff that lines most fry pans these days).  He successfully won a case against his employer as one of the chemicals that is used to make those non-stick cooking surfaces caused him to develop testicular cancer.

Non-stick surfaces are so common in our households these days as we are bombarded with messages to eat less fat.  So a cooking surface that allows clean healthy fat free cooking should be a win-win right?  Not quite.  Non-stick surfaces are metal pans (such as aluminium pans) coated with a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE).

Toxic fumes from the PTFE chemical released from pots and pans at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms (called "Teflon Flu" or, as scientists describe it, "Polymer fume fever"). Ingesting particles that flake off scratched non-stick cookware isn't toxic because solid PTFE flakes are inert.

While there are manufacturers labels that offer warning to consumers to avoid high heat, it is also highly likely that on a conventional stove top the temperature at which the non-stick surfaces are safe can be quickly exceeded. A US independent non-profit consumer group, EWG says that the non-stick surfaces start to deteriorate at about 260 degrees and significantly decompose at 350 degrees.  Searing and grilling meat normally occurs at about 260 degrees and the same temperature when an empty non-stick pan will release a gas that will kill a bird.

You might be trying to stay healthy by using a non-stick cooking surface, but it could be a very unhealthy dose of toxins that you might be unleashing on your body.  Try an stainless steel pan and try using a good healthy fat to cook with.  Your body, and the budgee, will thank you. 

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!

June 08, 2016

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Juices in focus

This week I want to focus on a set of juices that I would consider my absolute faves!

They are each full in flavour, rich in antioxidants, rich in vitamin A and C, and very rich in carotenoids.  I call them my beauty regime for my insides:

Triple C

The Triple C has got carrot, apple, cucumber and celery.  To make this juice we use about 3 lebanese cucumbers, 4 carrots, 1 and half apples and 4 sticks of celery.  I love this one as it has lots of cucumbers, which are rich in silica and very good for healthy hair, skin and nails.  The celery helps to reduce fluid retention and the carrots are rich in Vitamin A for a healthy skin glow and to help fight premature ageing.

Greens & Beets

The Greens & Beets is made from beetroot, carrot, lemon and spinach.  To make this juice we use a handful of spinach, 1 lemon, 2 beetroots and 5 carrots.  Whilst this one is less sweet than the others (this is one of our Low Fruit range), the natural earthy sweetness of the beetroot combined with the citrus tang of the lemon still makes for a delicious combo.  I love this one as it has the dark leafy green carotenoids from the spinach, and from the carrots and from the beetroot.  This is really a beauty serum in a juice bottle.

 Beet Froot Tingle

The BFT as we like to call it, Big Friendly Taste, as a great easy drinking combination of beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger.  About 6 carrots, 3 beetroots, 1 and half apples and a thumb size piece of ginger make up this juice.  This juice is bursting with Vitamin A and Vitamin C and is great for keeping the skin really glowing with a healthy looing “vegetable tan”.