Interview with Peace, Love & Vegetables

Interview with Peace, Love & Vegetables

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself; Peace, Love & Vegetables and how it came to fruition.

At our core, PLV is all about health and providing life-giving and healing foods and drinks that taste amazing. When I met my wife Anya we did not muck around and by the next day we were already talking about starting a life together and part of that conversation was what are we going to do? At the time I was working on a natural supplement website and she was already making sauerkraut for a handful of dedicated customers. So we decided to go with the ferments because of the incredible importance that probiotics can offer to people’s wellbeing in this modern world. 9 years, 2 beautiful girls, and a lot of ups and downs later we are still here stronger, happier and better than ever. We live and breathe the organic/natural lifestyle and love the idea that we are contributing positively to the planet and people’s health.

2. What fuels your passion for fermented foods?

Originally my wife Anya had candida and was following the Body Ecology Diet which focussed on fermented foods but now Anya is a full-time mum and my drive is largely using the knowledge that I am constantly procuring about what is healthy for us and applying that knowledge to better our current line of products and developing new ones. We are constantly tweaking and working out ways to make our products healthier and that is our philosophy, a very strong foundation in health and that happiness comes from within.

3. This month we are focusing on gut health, what are the benefits of eating fermented foods for your gut health and overall wellbeing?

There are many benefits, from the lactic acid, enzymes, increased nutrient absorption and of course the probiotics. But not all ferments are created equal. We do something very unique where we use ancient fermentation practices; where we grow the friendly microbes that are already present on cabbage but I have also researched and sourced the most positively studied strains for gut health and wellbeing. This is our point of difference and why I believe at this point PLV makes the healthiest fermented products in the world, these strains are in everything we make now. If you look in the ingredient panel you can read and research the 10 strains that I carefully chose that have all been rigorously studied and can be anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, D lactate free and make a bio available form of Vitamin K2 that is essential for bone health and is hard to find in a plant-based diet.

4. Tell us a little bit about your different fermented products available.

We make Sauerkraut and Kim Chi, we call it superkraut because we focus on the super strain probiotics and also the superfoods that we love. We make a generous selection of incredibly yummy cashew cheese and the world’s strongest probiotic drink, our Coconut Kefir.

5. What is your favourite fermented product from Peace, Love & Vegetables? 

Without a doubt the Coconut Kefir. A lot of scientists and probiotics companies said that they didn’t know that getting all these super strain microbes to grow on the single culture of the coconut water was possible. But 3 months of my life later with too many errors to mention I finally got it! I said after that I could never be a scientist because all the failures can be very disheartening, especially when you make a brew and then wait in anticipation for 2 weeks, then go to see how it turned out with the expectation that you finally got it but was another failure. But with every failure, I learnt and got closer to my goal and now I can say that at PLV we make the strongest probiotics drink in the world!

6. What is your favourite recipe including that product?

Wow, now this is so hard. I eat superkraut with every meal and I love spice so Kim Chi or our new to be released Smokey Chipotle kraut is so good, but all the krauts are amazing. But simple is often best so I love one of my cashew cheeses (French Onion is a total hang for me ATM) spread onto a piece of my home make sprouted and sourdough spelt bread with some avo and choice of kraut on top that I am in the mood for at the time and then washing it down with a few gulps of Kefir then wow I am a happy camper. But I will say keep an eye on our social as I will be showing people ways that they can creatively use all of PLV’s products in and on the foods that we love.

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Healthy Gut: Tried & Tested Product Essentials

Healthy Gut: Tried & Tested Product Essentials

Research on the human gut has been one of the biggest revelations in nutritional science & medicine as health professionals are recognising the important role that the gut plays in health and wellbeing. Did you know that at least 70% of your immune system is found in your gut, which is why keeping it in top condition is so important! It’s no wonder everyone can’t get enough of gut health products in store! Here are 6 gut friendly products from WholeLife that we love and have tried & tested for you.

Peace, Love & Vegetable Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a fermented food product. It’s jam packed with vitamins, fibre and probiotics. The probiotics found in sauerkraut are important for good digestive health as they ‘feed’ the good bacteria in your gut and can help combat inflammation. Peace, Love & Vegetables have an epic range of sauerkraut flavours, the one featured here our favourite at the moment is the Seaweed Superkraut. With the addition of Tasmanian Wakame, this jar of goodness is as refreshing as an afternoon swim!

Morlife Complete Gut Restore*

With a yummy tropical flavour, this gut restoring blend features a combination of both probiotics and prebiotics that promote a happier belly. This blend also provides an extensive range of functional herbs and extracts as well as Calcium, Zinc plus Vitamins A, B2, B3 and Biotin to encourage gut lining repair, optimise digestive enzymes and support metabolism.

Gevity Total Tummy Mayo

Gevity have harnessed the power of bone broth to make a delicious mayo. This mayo is packed with prebiotics, fibre, bone broth and zero additives, plus the addition of anti-inflammatory turmeric to support and repair. Bone broth is known to be one of the best foods to consume for those suffering with digestive issues, as it is rich in gelatin. Gelatin is essential for connective tissue function to heal and seal the gut, an essential for those suffering chronic inflammation or leaky gut syndrome.

JS Health Detox + Debloat*

The JS Health Detox + Debloat formula assists in banishing uncomfortable bloating and gives your liver some loving. These tablets contain two main components to detox and debloat.



Milk thistle is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to maintain and support natural liver cleansing and detoxification processes. Turmeric helps to maintain, support and protect the liver.



Fennel is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to relieve digestive discomfort and decrease, reduce and relieve bloating.

Herbs of Gold Gut Care*

This Vanilla flavoured dissolvable gut care powder is a nutritional formula to support gastrointestinal tract function. The blend incorporates Aloe Vera and Liquorice to maintain health mucous linings in the digestive system. The Calendula acts as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve mild gastrointestinal tract inflammation and the L-Glutamine is an important fuel source for intestinal mucosal cells.

Remedy Kombucha

Making kombucha involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. The result is a super yummy sugar free drink that contains healthy, living cultures (good bacteria) and organic acids that are good for your belly and overall wellbeing.


We hope that you enjoyed our top gut health products! Chat to our friendly team in store to learn about what products are right for you and your gut health.

*Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. 

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The Power of Pets

The Power of Pets

Do you ever suddenly feel happier and less stressed when you are greeted by your furry friend when you come home from a long day at work? That’s the power of pets!


Multiple studies have shown that pets can be known to positively influence the state of our mental health and can do wonders to alleviate anxiety, depression and loneliness, increase our emotions of positivity hope and joy! Humans are naturally social beings and long for deep emotional connections with other living beings, making pets perfect companions that make us feel more supported! It is these strong bonds which can be formed between the pet and owner, that can positively influence our mental health, especially during these unprecedented times where many of us are isolated from our loved ones and are desiring company and support.


After long stressful days, especially during these times, we are desperately longing for something that allows us to unwind and alleviate us from our stress. Not only do pets uplift and nourish our own emotional wellbeing, they can also encourage us to live a more active lifestyle which can be enjoyed outdoors. Walking your pet not only benefits them but can also give you an opportunity to physically enhance your own wellbeing and clear your head, which can be great for your mental health!


At WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods, not only is your health important to us, but so is the health of your pets! At a number of our stores, we offer compounding services for your furry friends, providing them with the best chances of a healthy and happy life that they deserve! We can fully customise the experience for your pets by incorporating delightful flavours into those not so pleasant tasting pills and customising dosages that suit your pet whatever size they are, making it a more pleasant experience for your pet.

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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.


 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

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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