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Cleansing with Cali Press

Hi guys!

Some of you have asked me about the 3 day cleanse I recently did with Cali Press. I thought I would share my experience with you, discuss what you might get out of it and let you know some juicy ways to enhance a cleanse, should you choose to do one yourself!

What it involved…

I did the Super-Flu fighter Juice Cleanse centered around boosting immunity. Fitting for the season! It has been formulated to ensure that the cleanser is receiving a rich amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytochemicals to ward off the winter flu.

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You receive 4 delicious cold-pressed juices a day, full of veggies with a little bit of fruit. You also get 2 warming miso soups, 4 cups of Ovvio herbal tea daily and a “fireball” shot for each evening (that’s 12 juices, 6 soups, 12 teas, 3 shots!). Some of the superfoods used in the cleanse include ginger, echinacea, olive leaf, dandelion leaf, turmeric, green capsicum, kiwi, spinach, kale, oregano oil and lemon. So nourishing!

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I have done a few cleanses before, some with companies, some on my own, and I have to say, I am a fan. I feel they are a perfect little break for my digestive system and allow me time to be really gentle and kind to myself. Even though I love to cook, it is nice to stay out of the kitchen for a few days (which can be time-consuming!), reset and recharge. I do find when I do them with external companies (instead of juicing myself) it requires less self-discipline as they make up the rules for you. I believe doing cleanses with the change of season is a great way to incorporate a few each year and ensure you are looking after yourself in this transitional period.

How you will feel…

It really depends on your eating patterns and your digestive system. Of course, if you are not used to eating clean it might have a different effect on you, due to the detoxifying effect and withdrawals (I’m looking at you coffee!). Hopefully this subsides, and after day 2 you feel better than ever!

I personally feel amazing whilst I cleanse. I sleep well, wake up refreshed and feel light and energetic throughout my day. I also find I am more productive. When I am out of the kitchen and my mind is off food and thinking about what I am making for meals, I get a lot more done! Therefore, I feel it is both a digestive and mental vacation 🙂

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You might get a little peckish, but it’s nothing that a herbal tea can’t fix. Once you are past the hunger, which is often mental, you will realise you feel quite lively. You learn to drink slowly and mindfully and savour the taste of your juices. You can feel your body drinking up the nutrients and thanking you. I feel like your senses are enhanced and you begin to salivate by the sight and smell of your drinks, which is fabulous for digestion. Your taste buds completely reset, and that first green juice which may have tasted more like spinach than apple on the first day, tastes sweeter by day 3! By the last day, I could really go a fourth or fifth day. And really, we are resilient, we can try just about anything for a few days!

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Things to remember…

This is not a “quick fix” – I don’t believe in viewing your cleanse as a quick-fix to weightloss and a flat tummy, because that is not what they are about and you will likely binge-eat the second you finish. Rather, if you have been indulging too much lately, look at this as a reset and a gentle stepping stone to forming healthy patterns post-cleanse. You are doing something good for your system. The intention is important.

Drink slowly and mindfully – as I mentioned, you want to give your system all the signals it would usually receive when you are preparing a meal. Look at the juice, smell it, sip it slowly, even swishing it around in your mouth. Really savour and enjoy it!

Ease your way back into eating solid food – after a cleanse, it is a good idea to ease your way back into eating slowly. Try not to gorge on every food craving that potentially popped into your head during the past 3 days! I began my day after with a green smoothie full of simple whole-food ingredients (i.e. no powders and packaged liquids). You might then want to munch on some raw veggies throughout the day, make yourself an abundant vegan salad with some good fats for lunch (avocado, extra virgin olive oil, raw nuts/seeds), and enjoy a warming soup or veggie dish with some grains/legumes for dinner. I’d love it if you avoided coffee for the day after too 🙂 Your system is sensitive.

Don’t over-exercise – in line with the below point, this is a time to rest. I understand the desire to do some daily exercise, which I fully encourage, but make sure to check in with how you feel and not overdo it. Pilates, gentle yoga, walking and a short light jog are about all I would recommend, but of course, everyone is different so see how you feel. I did my own yoga each morning, went to one yoga class, one pilates session and did two 45-60 minute walks. That felt right.

This is a time to relax – I understand that the show must go on, and you might have work and duties to attend to. Try to incorporate some restorative practices into your day each day of the cleanse (as we should every day), to truly give your system a well-deserved break.

Additions…

I was very impressed with how easy it was to stick to the cleanse. In the past I have usually completed cleanses that included a smoothie or a nut mylk as well as a few juices daily, so I was worried I would be starving! However, as I mentioned, once you get past the mental aspects you are actually very satisfied. The one time I felt like I needed something more, I munched on some raw nori sheets (seaweed) / added them to my miso 🙂 If you feel like you have to have something additional, I recommend raw nori, a little avocado, some raw celery/cucumber sticks and of course, more herbal teas.

I still had my warm lemon water every morning, as it is part of my morning ritual, and I love it so much. I then would have my Ovvio tea, do some daily exercise and start with my first juice. I also continued to take my probiotics and added a magnesium oxide supplement in the evening to ensure I was eliminating properly.

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Some juicy ways to enhance a cleanse…

Here is a list of great activities you can do to take your mind off food and enhance the cleansing process (note: just do what you can!)…

  • Dry body brush
  • Full body exfoliation
  • Facial or DIY facial
  • Long bath with essential oils
  • Diffuse/sniff essential oils
  • Yoga – self-practice or a gentle flow/yin class
  • Walking
  • Infrared sauna
  • Colonics
  • Float tank
  • Massage
  • Reading
  • Journalling

So, are you ready to embark on a cleanse yourself?! As you can see, it can be quite delicious in both taste and experience! Cali Press is offering a 10% discount off cleanses for the remainder of July, just use the code SAMI10 at check out.

I hope this was helpful! If you have any further questions, please email me 🙂

Love & health,

Sami xx

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Bang For Your Buck: Why Juicing From Home is Double the Nutrition and Half the Price

We all love our fresh fruit and vegetable juices, and rightly so. Not only do they taste amazing, they’re an awesomely easy way to boost our diets with all the right nutrients. However, not all juices are created equally. It turns out that how your juice is extracted makes a huge difference to both the nutritional pack they punch, and to your hip pocket.

In fact, there are two types of juicers; traditional (or centrifugal), and cold pressed (or masticating).

Traditional juicers extract juice using high speed and heat, a process that can readily destroy and oxidise nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes (also visible in your rapidly separating juice). Cold press juicers, on the other hand, use a non-heat, slow pressed extraction process that retains maximum nutritional levels.

Amazingly, studies* have shown that cold pressed juicers extract up to 50% more nutrients (including up to 42% more vitamin C, and 60% more vitamin A), all while yielding up to 50% more juice.

There are many other health benefits associated with enjoying your juice cold pressed. They can help manage weight, detoxify and cleanse our tired bodies, and prevent and fight a variety of ailments including that nasty winter flu. Juices also fit neatly into even the busiest of lifestyles, and can tempt even the pickiest of palates.

Purchasing cold pressed juice from your local café or bar can be a pricey exercise. In fact, if you were to buy a cold pressed juice every day from your local, you’d spend around $3500 a year (based on a conservative $9.50 per juice.) Yes, you’d feel amazing – but you would be spending ridiculous amounts of money in the process.

As a health food enthusiast and lover for fresh produce, I’ve found that cold pressing at home is the cheaper, simpler, and tastier alternative to store bought juice. By using the Mod Juicer, I’ve switched my daily café juice to juicing at home, and saved thousands of dollars in the process. It’s amazing how a simple switch can have such an impact, both to our heath and our wealth.

Juicing at home allows you to take full control over the quality of your produce, your recipes, your ingredients – all when you want it.

Only like to shop organic or local? Hate beetroot? Allergic to ginger? Want to start a detox immediately after a big weekend? All totally do-able. Not only that, you can also make your own tasty nut butters and natural nut milks. More wellness, and more savings. Here are two recipes loved by the Mod Team:

of raw almonds overnight in water (for at least 12 hours)
l of filtered water and add a small pinch of salt, mix together

Almond Milk

  1. Soak 100g of raw almonds overnight in water (for at least 12 hours)
  2. Take 800ml of filtered water and add a small pinch of salt, mix together
  3. Turn Mod on and add a quarter of the soaked almonds, followed by a quarter of the water
  4. Continue alternating soaked almonds with water until all added
  5. Waste from the nuts will begin appear in the pulp chute
  6. Open the juice tap to let flow your tasty, fresh nut milk. Enjoy!

Nut Butter

  1. Soak 200g of nuts (we love almonds as they are so alkaline) overnight in filtered water
  2. Drain nuts
  3. Replace the metal mesh and plastic rotation wiper with your clear plastic filter in your Mod Cold Press
  4. Open the orange juice stopper located inside the juice drum (where all the juice collects) (don’t remove, just move it aside)
  5. Place your nuts down the chute and watch in amazement as nut butter is created!
  6. OPTIONAL – Stir through a little sea salt once complete if you like a little seasoning to your nut butter

 

By Katharine McCarthy, Founder and Director of Mod Cold Press

Katharine McCarthy is the Founder and Director of Australian owned and run cold press juicer company, Mod Cold Press. Health enthusiast Katharine founded Mod Cold Press in 2015, after struggling with her first child’s distaste for fruit and vegetables. Katharine discovered cold press juicing as a complementary way to nourish her children. Here, Katharine saw the opportunity to create an efficient cold press juicer that was affordable, offered minimal wastage, and was aesthetically pleasing. The Mod Juicer comes in black and white and is $599 RRP available online at www.modjuicer.com.au.

For more information on Mod Cold Press Juicer head to the website and follow on Instagram: @mod_cold_press, Facebook: www.facebook.com/modjuicer, and the hashtag #mod_cold_press.

Sources:

*Korean Food Research Institute; Michelsen Laboratories Inc.

+Example based on purchasing a juicing box capable of creating at least 7 juices a week at a cost of $35 per box for 52 weeks. Mod Cold Press Juicer RRP $599, currently on sale at $499. Example based on sale price.

The Inertia Feature: Get the Most Out of Your Groceries

If you consider yourself a health foodie, chances are you are consuming a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. Great! But have you considered how much nutrition is actually still left in those greens by the time they’ve been picked, primed and peddled from field to fridge? I chatted all things nutrient preservation on The Inertia Health page, read my article here for some tips on how to get the most out of your produce!

6 Superfoods I Love & Why

Superfoods certainly received their fair share of attention, and then it seemed everyone started rolling their eyes, deeming each one a “fad”. My opinion is that they are great additions to a healthy diet, and can add variety and colour to your plate. I think there are a lot of healthy “regular” foods that can be classed as superfoods, but below are some more exotic bits and pieces to jazz up your meals and enhance nutrition.

There is definitely no harm in adding them, and there is plenty of good! Most are extremely high in antioxidants. Why does everyone go on about antioxidants? They are our protectors… Exposure to the sun, pollution and toxins as well as an unhealthy diet and stress can all release free radicals in the body. Antioxidants reverse the effects of these aggressive agents! Protecting our cells so that we can fight infection and reduce the effects of ageing.

Some of these superfoods, like chia and cacao, are great natural replacements for things a clean diet cuts out – like chocolate and pudding! So they certainly have their place and are worthy additions. Here are just a few of my favourites that I use regularly. If you haven’t tried one of them, give it a go this week!

  1. Chia seeds

Rich in soluble fibre, chia seeds lubricate the colon and assist with bowel movements and can provide relief for IBS symptoms. They are also full of essential fatty acids, protein, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and calming effects on the body. It can be difficult for the body to digest the seeds, so it is recommended that seeds be soaked prior for several hours. 3 tbsp to 1 glass of liquid works well.

Use: Make a delicious chia pudding or chia jam, add to your bircher muesli or smoothies, or sprinkle in your water and drink throughout the day.

  1. Ground flaxseeds

Also known as linseeds, they are high in Alpha-Linolenic Acid, fibre and lignans. Lignans are phytoestrogens that adapt to what our body needs i.e. if we are low in estrogen they boost it, whereas if we have excessive estrogen they reduce it! They also have powerful antioxidant effects. Note, ground as  opposed to whole flax are more digestible.

Use: Stirred into porridge, bircher, in baking, on top of salads, yoghurt or in smoothies.

  1. Cacao

Raw cacao powder contains nearly four times the antioxidant power of blueberries! It has long been used as an aphrodisiac and is rich in a plethora of vitamins and minerals – protein, calcium, carotene, B vitamins, sulfur and magnesium. Studies indicate it boosts serotonin, elevating mood and inducing feelings of contentment and relaxation, as well as having a cholesterol lowering effect. It is much more beneficial than its processed sugar-laden cousin, cacoa, but be sure to get it RAW.

Use: in place of cocoa powder – make a delicious hot choccy, a chocolate smoothie, chocolate mouse, raw chocolate, baking, breakfast oats or bliss balls. Cacao nibs make great choc chip replacements.

  1. Spirulina

Spirulina is an alkalizing, nutrient dense, protein rich powder containing a broad sprucrtum of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin E, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll and Gamma-Lenolenic Acid. It should be noted that although spirulina is often advertised as containing vitamin B12, the bioavailability of its B12 is limited and it should not be relied upon as a rich source. It has antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and probiotic effects.

Use: in smoothies, on its own in water or with fresh juice, in raw desserts or bliss balls.

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Psyllium husk

Fibre, Fibre, fibre! It contains both soluble and insoluble fibre to help keep you regular and assist your body with eliminating toxins. Adequate fibre intake is essential for not only digestion and excretion however blood sugar control, cardiovascular health, weight loss and maintenance, skin health and appetite control. Additionally, it acts as a prebiotic to help nourish beneficial bacteria in the gut, which assists you further with digestion and absorption of food.

Use: in smoothies, seed crackers, baking, oats or bircher muesli. It soaks up water similar to chia so keep this in mind; it can be a great bulking agent/vegan egg substitute!

  1. Maca

Dried maca root powder is from Peru and has an impressive nutrient content: it is full of protein, fibre, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine and potassium. It has historically been used to enhance libido and create an aphrodisiac effect! It is also associated with improved hormone regulation, menopausal symptoms and fertility, reduced fatigue and strengthened endurance and energy levels.

Use: in bliss balls, baking or in smoothies.

 

Try my Choc Mousse Supercharge Smoothie to incorporate them all, plus some everyday heros (avocado, nuts!)!!

¼ avocado

¼ banana

Vanilla or chocolate protein powder (grass-fed whey isolate or vegan pea/brown rice protein)

2 tbsp cacao

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1 tbsp psylium husk

1 tsp spirulina

1 tsp maca powder

1 tbsp stevia

1 cup coconut water or almond milk

½ cup ice

Optional: ½ raw zucchini and/or handful spinach

Blend!!

**Approx 28-36g of protein in this delicious shake and over 12 grams of fiber!

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