Friday, January 27, 2012

A few random health facts...

What does your sandwich say about you?

According to a survey by UK neuromarketing firm Mindlab, what you put in your sandwich says a lot about the kind of person you are:

Cheese and pickle = high IQ
BLT on seeded bread = opportunist
Ham salad on white = forward thinker
Beef roll = impulsive
Egg mayo = quiet homebody
Tuna and corn = highflyer
Prawns on brown = sensitive soul
Chicken and salad wrap = extrovert

Position is key...

Fact. We are more likely to favour items in the middle row of our fridges and pantries. It's not just about buying healthy food - we also need to place it strategically in that 'easiest to reach' drawer or shelf. Keep the naughty items tucked away, out of reach.*

* Study in Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Do we know how fat we are?

• % of overweight people = 64%
• % of overweight people aware they are overweight = 43%

• % of overweight people = 60%
• % of overweight people aware they are overweight = 33%

• % of overweight people = 59%
• % of overweight people aware they are overweight = 40%

• % of overweight people = 59%
• % of overweight people aware they are overweight = 41%

• % of overweight people = 21%
• % of overweight people aware they are overweight = 25%

Yep, there's no avoiding it. Us Aussies are in denial about our expanding waistlines. The (pretty scary) stats above are from a 2011 'Health Pulse' survey by leading healthcare group BUPA. Time for a reality check!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Ultimate Liver Cleansing Salad

Last week we dished up a Mini Detox Menu fit for a king (or mini-king). This week, a jumbo salad to cleanse your liver and tantalise your tastebuds… Enjoy!

Start with a supercharged salad base…
Mix 2-3 of the following delicious bitter and leafy greens: 
- Spinach
- Rocket
- Endives
- Dandelion leaves
- Mustard greens
- Watercress

Next, the bulk of your salad…
Choose as many of the following as you like:
- Grated white and red cabbage
- Grated carrot
- Grated apple
- Diced beetroot
- Sliced avocado
- Diced tomato
- Boiled egg, chopped in quarters
- Raw almonds, activated if possible
- Mixed beans and/or lentils (from the can if you don’t have time to soak)

If you have extra time…
Prepare the following the night before and throw them in the mix:
- Asparagus (lightly seared)
- Broccoli (raw or lightly steamed/sautéed fine)
- Brown rice or other wholegrain

Whip together a tasty little dressing…
We suggest making a bottle or jar (easy to shake and you can go back to it again and again):
- Olive oil
- Balsamic or apple cider vinegar
- Squeezed lemon, lime and grapefruit
- Crushed garlic
- Finely diced red onion
- Turmeric
- Dijon mustard if you like a kick to your dressing!

And now for the garnish…
Sprinkle with:
- Gomasio
- Seeds
- Fresh herbs

Serve with green tea, et voilà!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mini Detox Menu (for between cleanses)

This week we’re dishing up a yummy ‘Mini Detox Menu’ to keep you healthy, clean and glowing between cleanses. Enjoy!


Bircher muesli or raw muesli with sheep or goat’s yoghurt. Add fresh fruit and raw activated almonds if you’re feeling hungry! Sheep and goat’s dairy are better tolerated than cow’s dairy as their protein-fat structure is easier to digest.

Dandelion tea or a dandelion latte (if you’re lucky enough to have a good coffee shop that does these!) instead of coffee. Green or white tea OK too. Dandelion helps cleanse the liver and purge toxins; green and white are packed full of antioxidants!


Mixed bean and/or lentil salad with spinach leaves, diced tomato, haloumi (or goat’s cheese) and avocado. Season with olive oil, squeezed lemon, fresh herbs (we like basil), rock salt and ground pepper.

Peppermint or ginger tea (drink an hour after lunch to avoid diluting digestive enzymes) to soothe a bloated tummy and ease digestion.


Oily or white fish in a pine nut and herb crust or baked in foil with fresh herbs and organic butter. Serve with a bitter greens and beetroot salad. Bitter greens include chicory or endives, rocket, watercress, mustard greens etc.

2 squares of dark chocolate – we like Loving Earth as it is raw and sweetened with agave

Fennel tea to combat bloating and fluid retention


Detox juice: choose either apple/pear + green veggies or beetroot/carrot/ginger 
Celery and/or carrot sticks with hummus or fresh guacamole
Raw activated cashews or almonds
1 or 2 pieces of fresh fruit

Friday, January 6, 2012

Four easy ways to make this your best year yet!

They say how you start the New Year is a good reflection of how the rest of it is going to be. A little bit like how your breakfast (the meal of kings) determines your eating patterns and metabolism for the rest of the day. So we thought we’d help you get off on the right foot for 2012.

You’re not alone if December saw you feeling sillier than usual – dinners replaced with canapés and champagne, weeks blurring into weekends, celebrations never ending – or if the Christmas festivities quickly turned into New Year’s Eve ones, with no respite in between. That’s OK, we’re not about to tell you off. They call it ‘living’ for a reason right? It’s all about balance, finding your way back to your centre and knowing how to take care of your body when it’s worn out and needing some TLC.

Here are our 4 tips for making this January the best yet:

1. Start SMALL. Don’t put yourself off your resolutions by jumping in the deep end (we’re not saying this doesn’t work but 5am jogs are not for everyone). Go for a brisk 10min walk in the evening after dinner or do some stretches and toning exercises at home in the morning before breakkie. Every. Little. Bit. Counts.

2. Love yourself up. Wake up in the morning and tell yourself how wonderful you are. If you wake up doing the opposite, what’s the point in striving for better? PMA (no, not PMS) = Positive Mental Attitude. It’s corny but it works. Eating well, exercising and generally being healthy is largely governed by how driven you are to make the changes. If you’re kind to yourself, you’re more likely to feel motivated – a little like being your own best friend.

3. Embrace the change of season. When the weather changes, so does your body’s requirements. Don’t get stuck in an autumn/spring (can we even call it spring?) lunch rut all the way through summer. If your body is craving salads bursting with colours and nutrients, go for it. Tune in to what your body wants (within reason of course). A little trick of the trade – if you’re pining after junk, drink a big glass of water first and then think about what you really feel like eating again.

4. Out with the old, in with the new. The New Year is a time for renewal. Clean out your wardrobe, your pantry, your fridge, your filing cabinet, your phone, your mind… and last but definitely not least… your body. There’s no doubt about it, December isn’t the saintliest of months. Our bodies are full to the brim with all-you-can-eat buffet, champagne, appetisers, chocolate, Christmas pudding, roast chicken, roast potatoes, roast… well, everything. The mind-body connection is undeniable when it comes to cleansing and clearing out your insides gives you a new lease on life – a fresh perspective.

We’re attacking a 5-day cleanse this month at the UR HQ… wish us luck!