Interview with Phytality

Interview with Phytality

You may have seen that Phytality has been gracing our store shelves for a few weeks now, so we thought it would be a perfect time to get to know the founder of Phytality, Mark Pages a little bit better and ask him all of our burning questions about Phytality.

1.What inspired you to create Phytality?

Phytality came about as a result of my search for a plant-based alternative to fish oil and long chain omega-3s. When I adopted a vegetarian diet many years ago, I found that there were no products on the market offering a plant-based solution to this key nutrient. This lead me on a journey of discovery where I found that the original and pure source of these nutrients is not fish at all, but the plants that the fish eat – marine microalgae!

2.How is ULTANA Phytoplankton produced?

The microalgae strains in ULTANA Phytoplankton are grown in a controlled environment called a photobioreactor. Essentially this is a high-tech greenhouse where we can control all the inputs to ensure the final product is of high purity. It’s also a far more sustainable alternative than looking to our oceans to supply us with these nutrients, which is more important than ever with the increasing pressures on our oceans, from fishing and pollution. Sustainability is a huge part of our story and our mission.

3.What are the benefits of taking ULTANA Phytoplankton?

There’s so much to talk about based on ULTANA’s broad suite of nutrients. The omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) are anti-inflammatory and offer benefits for heart and brain health, while the vitamins, minerals and beta glucans help support the body’s immune system. Micronutrients in ULTANA help increase energy and aid in recovery from exercise. ULTANA also contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which are important for eye health and help protect the macular region of the eye.

4. What is the best way to use ULTANA Phytoplankton?

I always suggest taking it first thing in the morning for a nutrient boost to start your day. It’s great in a glass of water with a squeeze of lime, or you can also add to your favourite smoothie to supercharge the nutrients! We recommend starting with just 1 gram/day (approx. 1 tsp) which delivers (believe it or not) 1 Trillion microscopic plant cells into your body.

5.What is your favourite recipe that incorporates ULTANA Phytoplankton?

At the moment I’m really enjoying our green smoothie with papaya recipe, which is nice and creamy.

Ingredients:

 1 fresh banana

½ papaya

1 loose cup spinach

1 tsp maca powder

1 cup plant milk

1 tbsp hemp protein

1 tsp ULTANA Phytoplankton

1 squeeze lime juice

You can follow Phytality on Instagram @phytalitynutrition

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Garden Of Vegan

Garden Of Vegan

Garden of Vegan is Australia’s first 100% organic, vegan and gluten-free meal service – “plant powered meals”. Garden of Vegan was started by four humble Aussie blokes, united by a dedication for health, their love for animals and a passion for great food. At WholeLife, we have a special place for Aussie health food start-ups, so it was an absolute no-brainer to welcome the Garden of Vegan team and have their products ranged in our stores.

Garden of Vegan source only premium, certified organic and non-GMO produce from local Australian farmers, which is better for our health and the health of the planet!

Their range of snacks, sides, desserts and essential pantry items are 100% wholefoods, to meet the nutrient requirements of your whole family.

We were lucky enough to taste the Chef prepared meals and we can confirm that the ingredients taste so fresh and delicious!

Fresh in the WholeLife fridges you will find:

Pad Thai Stir Fry 400g

A fresh Thai salad for summer lunch, packed full of nutrient rich summer vegetables & clean organic brown rice noodles. This flavourful salad ticks all the boxes!

Mexican Burrito Bowl 450g

Rich Mexican flavours with spicy black beans, a tomato & herb salsa & sautéed vegetables. This dish is filling & delicious!

Afrikaan Peanut Stew 500g

Loaded with delicious and traditional African flavours. This dish has strong tones of ginger, paprika, pepper and lemon travelling on a rich tomato and peanut broth. This one was without a doubt one of our favourites!

Baked Shepherd’s Pie 450g

Everyone loves a hearty shepherd’s pie and this is our chef’s secret recipe. Healthy, wholesome, rich and satisfying!

Pumpkin Korma 400g

Fragrant Indian dish is based off a thick, creamy golden coconut sauce, roasted and marinated cauliflower along with slow cooked pumpkin. Richly spiced and served with fresh seasonal greens.

Buddha Bowl 450g

A delicious bowl of goodness featuring chickpeas, quinoa, pumpkin, cabbage, broccoli, capsicum, tahini, seeds and spices.

Every meal has been designed to provide a complete essential amino acid profile and provide your body with all the protein it needs!

Now available at all WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfood and selected WholeLife Healthfood stores!

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What to Say After RUOK?

What to Say After RUOK?

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a truly challenging year for all of us considering that current circumstances have made it increasingly difficult to stay connected to one another, which is why it has been even more important this year to support those around us.

This year the message for R U OK day is “There’s more to say after R U OK” encouraging us to continue the conversation beyond asking R U OK.

So, what should you be saying after R U OK?

You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just be a good friend and a great listener. Use these simple four steps and have a conversation that could change a life:

 

  1. Ask R U OK?

. Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach

. Help them open up by asking questions like “How are you going?” or “what’s been happening?”

. Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “you seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?”

 

 What If…

 

. If they don’t want to talk, don’t criticise them

. Tell them you’re still concerned about changes in their behaviour and you care about them

. Avoid a confrontation

. You could say: “Please call me if you ever want to chat” or “Is there someone else you’d rather talk to?”

 

  1. Listen

. Listen with an open mind

. Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation

. Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them

 

  1. Encourage action

. Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”

. Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times

. If they’ve been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a health professional. You could say, “It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I’m happy to assist you to find the right person to talk to.”

 

  1. Check in

. Pop a reminder in your calendar or diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner

. You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”

. Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

 

If you want to learn more about how to keep the conversation going you can find extra resources on the official R U OK website.

Read more on mental health: Maintaining Mental Health in Isolation

Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

In celebration of Organic Awareness month, we chatted with the organic queens at Nutra Organics about their range of Certified Organic Superfood Lattes. Nutra Organics is an Australian family business who believe that the food you eat directly influences your health & wellbeing. They pride themselves on being a company of integrity that only sources the best quality, organic ingredients.

1. What inspired you to create these superfood lattes?

 Our range of superfood lattes were inspired by our teams own need to find a nourishing caffeine-free alternative to our morning coffees. We wanted to create delicious, functional options that we could enjoy throughout the day that we were unable to find anywhere at the time. 

2. What ingredients do you use to create these products?

 Our superfood lattes all contain different functional and colourful ingredients so each one has a unique flavour along with their own benefits. 

Our Velvet Latte is a delicious beetroot chai infusion which makes a vibrant pink latte. It’s naturally sweet with subtle Ayurvedic chai spices; ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper with cayenne, turmeric & vanilla bean. It’s the perfect harmony of flavour and nutrition.

Our Golden Latte is packed full of all the goodness of turmeric, along with the unique properties of Manuka honey, making a bright golden latte. It also contains creamy coconut milk powder along with Ayurvedic chai spices.

Our Mermaid Latte is a dazzling marine blue and features blue spirulina, blue butterfly pea flower, Manuka honey, arctic sea algae, and adaptogenic herbs, which are perfectly complemented by an array of Ayurvedic chai spices and creamy coconut milk. 

Our Lunar Latte is a blissful blend of vibrant purple carrot, traditional Chinese adaptogens and organic floral botanicals including Chamomile, Lavender and Passionflower making a moon milk potion to help relax before bed. Its smooth vanilla tones combined with caramel notes of mesquite and a subtle hint of pink Himalayan crystal salt compliment the delicate bouquet to deliver a delicious pre-bedtime indulgence. 

3. What process do you go through to learn and source what ingredients to use?

We are so fortunate to have a team of incredible naturopaths and research nutritionists who live and breathe sourcing unique and supportive ingredients which are not only delicious but provide unique health benefits that are easily incorporated into daily life.

4. How important is using certified organic ingredients to you?

It’s in our name! Our team works hard to source all of our products as locally as possible as well as certified organic wherever possible. It’s at the core of all we do. All of our Superfood Lattes are certified organic.

5. What is your favourite recipe incorporating a superfood latte?

That’s a tricky one, we’ve created so many delicious recipes over the years. One that definitely sticks out is our Unicorn donuts with creamy coconut glaze, we mixed our Velvet and Mermaid Lattes through the glaze and it was the perfect addition to the moist banana bread donuts. You can find it here.

6. What is your favourite flavour in the range and why?

That’s also a tricky one, and my answer definitely changes all the time. But at the moment I’d have to say the Lunar Latte, it tastes like a rainbow paddle-pop and is the perfect bedtime treat with relaxing botanicals and herbs like lavender, passionflower, chamomile, ashwaghanda, he shou wu and reishi mushroom.

Shop the Nutra Organics Superfood Lattes in-store at WholeLife, which flavour are you most excited to try first?

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Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

We’ve teamed up with our long-time friend and gluten free goddess Olivia Jackson from Yum Gluten Free to chat about all things mum-life since giving birth to her now 4-month-old baby, Eloise. Olivia chats with us about her newly uncovered mum hacks and her go-to ecofriendly products that she couldn’t live without from her local WholeLife!

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hi! I’m Olivia, owner of Yum Gluten Free, diagnosed coeliac of over 10 years and a new mum to four-month old baby Eloise. I wear many hats, but at Yum Gluten Free, we share all things in the gluten free wold. My husband and I also started another Instagram called @pandemic_parents to support those going through family life during this unprecedented time. It’s become being such a positive space to share our journey.

How did you find the shift in lifestyle to the role of becoming a mum?

It’s really and truly been the best experience of my life! Eloise has brought me more joy and fulfilment than I ever could have imagined. Some days are tough and others beyond exhausting… but she is just our greatest gift. My husband and I made a commitment to speak positivity over her while I was pregnant and it’s been so sweet witnessing our dreams become our reality.

What’s your ultimate mum hack that you have discovered?

Be sure you’re doing full feeds! In the early days, she was feeding on demand which helped my milk supply. But once my milk came in and we got the hang of things, I started lengthening our feeds. Then I found that full feeds meant long sleeps… and that’s the best thing any mama could ask for.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt about motherhood?

That I’m more capable than I ever could have believed I was. I had so many insecurities about how I would be as a mum whilst pregnant and I’ve surprised myself with how capable I’ve been since having Eloise. I’m also learning to ask for help when I need it… That was a tough lesson to learn but very important!

What is your favourite thing about being a mum?

There are so many things… but my favourites must be the smiles, watching her grow and develop and getting to know her little personality.

Any advice for the new mamas out there?

I’ve got three things.

1. Mum-instinct is absolutely a thing so trust your gut.

2. Join your local mother’s group through your community child health centre. Having the support of those with babies around the same age also helped me feel more confident and capable in my abilities as a parent.

3. Find a perinatal psychologist and have a fortnightly call. Even the weeks I didn’t think I needed it… I did!

What is important to you when looking to buy and use baby products?

Even before Eloise was born, I have always looked for products with clean ingredients. To me, this means ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are. Knowing just how sensitive babies are, this is my number one rule of thumb when buying products for Eloise.

Finally, which baby products have you discovered and would recommend from WholeLife?

All of the products are ones I would recommend to any new parent. I am especially loving the Ecoriginal nappies, Weleda Nursing Tea, Natural Rubber Soother Teether and the Wotnot Naturals Nappy Rash Creams. I love that I can purchase all of these products in one place!

We hope that you loved hearing from Olivia as much as we did! You can shop all of your favourite eco baby products at your local WholeLife, and check out our latest catalogue here.

Stay up to date with Olivia through her website, social media platforms, private Facebook Group, the Yum Gluten Free Village, and digital magazines.

Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding support with Herbs of Gold. For over 30 years, Herbs of Gold have been devoted to producing a ‘gold standard’ range of therapeutic herbal and nutritional supplements to nourish Australians with quality products. 

There are so many amazing reasons to breastfeed, for both babies and mothers. Breastmilk contains all of the necessary micronutrients to provide a strong foundation for your baby’s health and wellness. Breastmilk is a living fluid. It’s full of live cells and immune factors to help protect babies from illness.

 The concept of “Breastmilk as medicine” dates back in history. It is documented as early as the seventeenth century that breastmilk was used as a medicine to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions for infants and adults.

 In modern times, we understand the science behind breastmilk and are well on our way to knowing more about what makes the components of breastmilk so healing.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support contains herbs to support breast milk production in breastfeeding women. This lactation support contains two powerful herbs, Fenugreek and Blessed thistle, both of which support breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Fenugreek and Blessed thistle are well-known herbal galactagogues. The word “galactagogue” comes from the Greek “galacta,” which simply means milk.  Galactagogue herbs have traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to promote breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support is suitable to be taken either once or twice a day and available in a convenient, cost-effective 60-tablet bottle. 

Please speak to your WholeLife pharmacist, doctor or lactation consultant to ensure this supplement is appropriate for you and your baby.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

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