Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Schkinny Maninny - 5 Day Active Cleanse

Schkinny Maninny
5 Day Active Cleanse

Last week I had the pleasure of trying the uber convenient “Schkinny Maninny” 5 day active cleanse, BLISS! What a nourishing week it was that had my whole being going through an internal detoxification that Removed, Repaired, Restored & Rejuvenated not only my internal temple but my whole body, mind & soul. As you’ll see below the experience was made exceptionally easy with the help of Schkinny Maninny’s absolute attention to detail from pre cleanse, during my cleanse & right through to post cleanse guidance.

The Company

Schkinny Maninny is an Australian based company which was born when a health junky, exercise addict (let’s just call her Catherine Craig, but only for the purposes of the story), and general “body is a temple” kind of girl decided it was high time for actually healthy stuff to be available. Schkinny Maninny’s first cleanse was born into wholefood life after Catherine devised her programs to the highest level of nutrition, integrity & in a safe, well guided approach that not only gives you a cleanse but nutritional education to keep you living a lifelong wholefood lifestyle well after your cleanse has finished. All of Catherine’s programs have been devised in conjunction with Nutritionists, Naturopaths & health professionals. Schkinny Maninny is available in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane with the hope to take over the “WHOLEFOOD NATION” one cleanse at a time.


Q. Catherine what was your inspiration to create a nourishing wholefood company?

A. Dayne I am a firm believer in listening to your body and feeling what your body is telling you.  Like most people, I love the odd treat, but I also try to be intuitive enough to listen that my body can't tolerate that all the time, & if it wants to feel clean, energised, relaxed and happy.  So I run my business with the aim to help other people strip away the "noise" and cleanse their bodies with just pure fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds so they can understand how it feels to be clean inside.
Founder “Catherine Craig”

The Experience

5:30am Monday. I find myself awake, bright eyed, bushy bearded & with one thing on my mind… GREEN JUICE & ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE! I highly recommend preparing your body for your cleanse by making sure you get a good 9 to 10 hours sleep per night before your cleanse begins & cut out all stimulants like sugar, tea & coffee etc. This way you will enjoy the experience & won’t be going through the emotions of your soul destroying break up with Mr. Soy Latte on bonsoy & it better not be hot morning love affair.

Every morning is made blissfully easy as there is no need for you to lift a knife, chopping board or dish clothe, apart from the collection of your little blue esky of abundance from your front door. Inside is everything you need for your day as explained below & you even get a guidance card for each day of your cleanse which becomes your own personal counseling service to let you know it’s all ok & these feelings you are feeling are 100% NORMAL! You even get as a little extra an exfoliating pad, detoxifying bath salts & a week’s supply of my personal FAVE Dr Stuarts Detox tea.

6 Phases Of Your Detox Day

Breakfast Smoothie:

Your day starts with a nourishing & very satisfying Banana, Almond, Sesame seed, Organic Oat & Almond milk Smoothie. This smoothie really gives you an abundance of key nutrients which feed your vital force & give you the energy to bounce on through the morning.

Morning Tea Green Smoothie:

Next is my personal FAVE your daily green smoothie. Full of detoxifying, invigorating & alkalizing fruits/greens that will soothe your digestive system with essential Pre Biotics creating an anti-inflammatory environment essential for your good bacteria to thrive which in turn improves not only your immunity but your nutrient absorption. I strongly recommend to take a high strength probiotics whilst on your cleanse for maximum results.

Lunch Soup:

Lunch was a delightful array of abundant & fulfilling soups that changed every day of your cleanse. One thing I loved about the soups is you really can have them anywhere as they are made to be served cold as a raw soup which means you are getting a %100 nutrient packed meal. My FAVE was the Schkinny carrot, cashew & ginger soup which I ate chilled as a raw soup.

Afternoon Elixir:

Its cocktail time wholefood style! Your afternoon pick me up is raring to go & these potent vegetable/fruit elixirs will become your afternoon Zen. You can feel every cell in your body tingle with nourishment & your skin glows as it’s fed an array of essential vitamins/minerals. My FAVE was the Vitamins A, C & Betacarrotene rich rockmelon, mint, orange, cucumber & apple juice which not only cleanses your skin through prevention of oxygen damage to cells but protects the body against oxidative stress caused from pollution & free radical damage. 

Dinner Time:

The soups really were like taking a magic carpet ride to your very own 5 star health retreat as the quality, taste & nourishing array of ingredients got your taste buds salivating every night whilst sustaining your nutritional needs. My FAVE was the Spinach, cashew nuts, lemon juice, leek & almond milk soup. Rich in 1000’s of phyto nutrients, EFA’S, Iron, vitamin C & protein you really will feel a sense of wellness after this one!

Sleep well:

This will become your daily time of solace as you settle in after your detoxifying bath salts soak, full body brush with your complimentary body brushes & a nice whole body rub with my FAVE black sesame oil. Sit back & let your nervous system absorb the high levels of magnesium from your sleepy time almond, Brazil nut & almond milk smoothie. You really will sleep like a baby to a bottle… Let’s just say it was 10 hours of blissful stillness a night for my 5 days.

I must say from day 1 to day 5 I was thoroughly nourished by my 5 day active cleanse & did not once feel like I was deprived at any stage as the Schkinny Maninny cleanse is balanced with the exact ratios of Complex Carbohydrates, Proteins, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Minerals & Phyto Nutrients needed to detoxify the body whilst still being able to lead your active lifestyle. It doesn't matter what schedule you are on or weather your a homemaker, Inner City hippie, business women/man, CEO, or anyone that leads a busy lifestyle as the active cleanse will have you bouncing like a mung bean. I highly recommend The Active Cleanse & give iy my nutritionist tick of approval.

From Earth to Plate Ratings
Freshness: 10 Plates
Nutrition: 10 plates
Variety: 10 plates
Value for money: 10 plates
Service: 10 Plates
Total score of 50 Plates 

The Schkinny Maninny Crew would like to extend the below offers for our readers to get them kick started on their future cleanse. 

We do Cheap Tuesdays, so if you subscribe to our Facebook or twitter feeds then you will see a code is uploaded each morning that will allow a 10% saving of orders.  We also do Couples Discounts and Group Discounts 20% off for 3 or more at the same address.

Our main contact details are
phone: 1300 021 601 
(you can place orders for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane through this number)

"Eat well, Move well, Feel well, Live well"
Dayne Crocker 

Live It Now - 2 Day Worshop

Live it Now

As time goes on and life gets busier and the end of the year draws closer it is easy to get bogged down in our daily routines, thoughts and ways of living. Perhaps it’s time for a personal Spring Clean, clear ourselves of the junk, media and pesky weeds that have grown in our subconscious minds.
Over the weekend just gone I attended a two day jam packed seminar "Live it Now" The two day program has been developed using the latest advances in Neurological re-patterning, strategic strategies and consulting methods.
What I got out of it was a refresh and a reboot to rekindle that burning flame inside that sometimes gets dampened by life events. In turn this reminds us that the power of positive thoughts, belief in yourself, self learning and education empowers you to follow your bliss. Sometimes we just need that Coach or Mentor to remind us or motivate us to put a plan in place to dust out those cobwebs in our minds and tap into our creative powers, deepest desires and dreams.
The program that "Live it Now" offers helps you to realize your full potential no matter what area of life you would like to work on whether it be health, business, financial, spiritual or other. Check out

Internal & External dialogue:
1. "I Am" - Use wisely, for the words that follow this pair will more than likely manifest themselves in you. "I am excited and confident" will change your day. Do not say "I am bored & lonely".You will become or receive what you think you are.

2. "I Love" - Love is at the centre of ALL things. Give love and you will receive it back in abundance. Love all there is. Practice loving what would usually annoy you. Most importantly - tell yourself that you love yourself and your life will change positively. Do it every day and you will find the truth in this for yourself.

3. "Thank you" - You should always show and give appreciation. When you give gratitude and are thankful for everything that you have or know you will receive, you will receive more and be able to give more. Realize what you are thankful for each day - for example - "Thank you for the most amazing day I have experienced" or "Thank you for the love of my family". Find the gift in your day - it is there even if you think it isn't.

Crystal King Xxx

Sunday, July 28, 2013

From Earth Weekly Update

The Weekly Update

Good morning from earth mung beans,

We hope you all had a magical weekend & got a chance to get out in the sunshine, drink the wild air & enjoy some time for self. What a weekend it was... The from earth crew were blessed to have embraced the winter sun, coastal walks, the local farmers markets, the "Live It Now" seminar & lots of yummy "From Earth" content reviewing for your future nourishment! 

This week Yoga teacher & co editor Crystal King will be covering the inspiring "Live It Now" motivational behavioral science 2 day workshop in Sydney. The Live it Now life transformation workshops are offered nationally & internationally . Read Crystals feature on this life changing workshop that will be sure to get you on track with you r "LIFE GOALS" & Exclusive offers for our readers.  Feature will be live Wednesday 31st July 2013. 

This week I have been on the Nourishing "Schkinny Maninny " 5 day  Active Cleanse in Sydney. Schkinny Maninny nourishing detox programs are offered in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. Full review on this optimal,  inspiring & nourishing wholefoods company will be live on Thursday the 1st August 2013.
Exclusive deals just for our readers.

As winter comes to an end & spring nears we have some exciting editorials, special offers & reviews on nourishing wholefoods  vital yoga services, invigorating beauty products, restoring body services, innovative Eco clean living products & the where to guide for recharging Eco travel retreats. 

"Eat well, Move well, Feel well, Live well"

Oceans of Peace, Light & Joy.
Editors Dayne Crocker & Crystal King x

Monday, July 22, 2013


Eat Fit food

Fresh Wholefoods Delivered Daily
 Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Sydney based wholefoods company EAT FIT FOOD’S 5 Day Cleanse program. The home delivery service that delivers more than just food to your door step but a  nourishing, vital & wholesome cleanse with absolute attention to detail, from the Detox guide book you receive on the first day to your daily menu explaining your daily plan. No need to worry about chemicals, preservatives or added sugars as EFF is 100% sustainable, chemical & preservative free with all their meals made with a wholefood approach. ETT was founded in 2002 by Bianca Monley with a belief in keeping life simplistic just as Bianca’s wholefood company motto states below.
Another advantage of EFF is even after your cleanse you can keep on ordering with their flexible dining options & order per meal. This is perfect if you know you have a huge week coming up where you will be arriving home late at night or simply cannot leave the dreaded office desk to hunt the city for a quality wholefood meal. This will insure you stay on track with your health & don’t fall off the wholefoods bandwagon!
‘EAT’ – FRESH, Healthy & Delicious WHOLEFOOD meals & snacks conveniently delivered to your door. Designed & prepared by our talented EFF chefs & in consultation with our dieticians, EFF meals make eating HEALTHY, effortless & enticing.
‘FIT’ – EFF meals are developed to inspire HEALTH & WELLNESS through calorie-conscious, portion controlled meals. SUSTAINBALE WHOLEFOODS contain quality nutrition: premium PROTEIN, lower GI Carbohydrates, Fibre, Vitamins, Minerals & HEALTHY FATS.
‘FOOD’ – EFF source FRESH, FLAVOURSOME & FAIR WHOLEFOODS which are SUSTAINABLY, HUMANELY produced & farmed. We are committed to reducing our CARBON “FOOD” FOOTPRINT & seek to GREEN-UP every EFF Process, product & service.

 The Experience
Monday morning could not have come quicker in anticipation for the start of my EFF 5 day cleanse program. Like a sunflower beaming towards the sun as did I bouncing out of bed like it was Christmas in July, well let me tell you the next 5 days were exactly that as I open my door each morning to my delivery it really was Christmas every day & a surprise as to what nourishment those EFF esky bags would contain to feed my vital force over the coming week.
From breakfast to Morning Tea to Lunch to Dinner my day was amplified by the thought each of these meals were not only cleansing my body, mind & soul but had carefully been prepared & put together by the EFF team. Every meal was fresh, abundant & the highest quality. The portion sizes were extremely generous & now that my weeks meals were set out for me I could actually see that even as a nutritionist how much I actually do OVEREAT & more often than not I have my hand in & out of that goji berry jar!

Your morning starts with a fresh cold pressed Juice which was changed throughout the week so you had the perfect balance of every colour of the juicing rainbow. Next is a nourishing breakfast, my FAVE would have to be the Green Eggs with Sweet potato rosti, roasted cherry tomatoes that literally burst vitality in your mouth & a nourishing green juice.
Next is a light morning snack which consisted of a beautiful array of fresh fruit, homemade apple & banana bread, homemade EFF cleanse bars or carob & banana bliss balls. These snacks were perfect for that 10am pick me up instead of an acidic, nutrient depleting energy sucking LATTE & kept my blood sugar levels balanced right through to my gourmet lunch.

I must admit lunch was one of my FAVE meals of the day as there really is no greater feeling than waking up in the morning & knowing you have a nutritious lunch in the fridge ready to GO! Don’t get me wrong as I love to make my own lunch but there are always those weeks where we fall victim to the BUSY MONSTER!!! EFF lunches are full of abundance, variety & are well balanced to keep you content right through to dinner but don’t think it’s all over there.... Afternoon snacks are next & they really are like having canapés at sunset whilst sailing around Sydney Harbour.
Now that I’ve returned from my day dreaming of canapés whilst sailing the south of France I open my little containers to a fresh array of crunchy raw veggie sticks or rice crackers with a selection of homemade dips. Absolute bliss I would call it & treats that are full of essential nutrients which kept me bouncing right through my afternoon yoga practice & onto dinner. My personal FAVE was the Mushroom Pate with raw veggie sticks, YUMO!

With busy schedules & that dreaded BUSY MONSTER looming over you at around 7:00pm the sheer thought of having to try juggle getting home & cooking an abundant, well balanced & variety rich meal is for most people at the bottom of their lists... Well EFF have it covered with an exquisite array of meals which I’m sure will impress the most judging of food critics. Each dinner has flavours that burst in your mouth & freshness you could not only taste but feel through the textures. My taste buds really were on a magic carpet ride each night as I ate my way through cuisine of the world. My FAVE was the Oven Baked ocean trout with fresh tomatoes, pea puree, asparagus & a lemon caper dressing.

Q. What inspired you to create a wholefood company?
A. One of the best things in life is waking up each day happy and healthy. I am extremely passionate about fitness and food and became frustrated working in the fitness industry seeing all these fad diets come and go which would only result in a continious battle for people with weight and wellbeing goals. Diets were something obsessed about and food was not something seen a pleasurable experience. I quickly became very motivated and inspired to educate and help people.  Eating healthily can be a enjoyable way of living and partnered up with exercise an extremely positive life changing experience. EFF Founder “Bianca Monley”

The Key Health Benefits:
·         Optimal digestive function
·         Rich in Pre & Pro biotics
·         Effective elimination pathways
·         Colon Cleanse
·         Anti-inflammatory
·         Alkalising
·         Stimulates phase 1 liver detoxification
·         Eliminates bad eating habits
·         Improves liver & kidney function
·         Elevated energy levels
·         Skin that glows
·         Weight loss

I highly recommend the 10 day cleanse as winter draws to an end as this will help curve any bad habits formed during winter & give you that healthy boost ready for spring.  The cleanse will really help anyone who is concerned about their portion sizes & will help re program the body to eat as much as it needs.
From Earth to Plate Ratings
Freshness: 10 Plates
Nutrition: 10 plates
Variety: 10 plates
Value for money: 10 plates
Service: 10 Plates
Total score of 50 Plates J

The crew at EFF have given us a special offer for our readers. When you purchase a 10 day cleanse you will receive one whole day of meals for FREE J
At checkout enter you unique promo code: EARTH

"Eat well, feel well, Live well"


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Elixr Healthclubs

ELIXR: Bondi Junction 

After returning home to Sydney from London one of my first priorities was to join a yoga studio. In a city where a good yoga studio is just as common as a boutique coffee house and hipsters on the Bondi seafront- I've been spoilt for choice!
The 3 main factors I was looking for were..
Location, Variety of Yoga and affordability. Of course the joint had to be as effortlessly cool as Steve McQueen in shades, but in this city, that goes without saying.

I dogged down in a few studios close to my new Bondi pad before I discovered Elixr. Elixr stood out from the other studios offering a unique health club concept, a more holistic approach and one stop shop. Although originally out just to satisfy my desire to satisfy my yoga zen, Elixr also spoilt me with options of Pilates and a variety of timetables that included Spin, kickboxing and Swimming, well beyond the scope of just a yoga studio, like a kid in a sweet shop I wanted to try everything.

I Participated in Pilates reformer, Ashtanga, Yoga and hath yoga and I even put myself through the indignity of a purely fat burning, heart busting spin workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it. So, it ticked the yoga box and offered other boxes to tick too! The modern dilemma of being spoilt for choice, like going to Ikea specifically for a table cloth and coming home with some tea lights and garden furniture too had its advantages! The Elixr health club experience is feeding my mental and spiritual appetite and gives you that flexibility of choice with the added mental challenge of what class to do today, sometimes the yoga mat remains rolled up, ahhhh, variety is the Spice of Life!

I am now in my second week of being a member and it has not yet to disappoint. I have enjoyed the teachers, classes, variety, bathroom facilities and service. 
With 6 weeks till Spring I can already start to see some good results, my London winter layers are starting to shed, the chip and warm beer waistcoat being replaced by an aussie yoga bunny. My god, the coldest winter for 100 years in London was not conducive to an aussie swimwear body, but with the help of Elixr and that relentless roll of the calendar I am counting the days for that Yummy Australian Sexy Spring Season to come! 

To add to the buzz of Elixr, the Bondi club have just announced that they’re expanding- with the addition of a brand new level! The expansion will include the Elixr Yoga Centre, the Elixr Personal Training Centre, a stretching area and a larger studio for group reformer classes.

Splendid news, Yogis! They’re creating a dedicated Yoga Centre which will include two additional yoga studios. Be sure to watch this space to take advantage of upcoming offers.

What Inpires founder Richard Chew to create a health & wellbeing business?

"Business is a byproduct of my passion, with a drive to be the best not the
biggest and a focus on the achievement of excellence. I encourage all our
members to strive for this same disposition." Richard Chew

Written by: Yogini Crystal King

Thursday, July 18, 2013

From Earth to Plate The New Lifestyle Reviews Website

Good morning my little Mung beans, 

Now we all know the health industry is flourishing with innovative Eco Products, Yoga studios, Sustainable Eco Travel, Natural Skin care, Wholefoods, cafes, Nutrition products & services. But how do I know who, where or what to try?

Want to try before you buy? Well this is where the "from earth to plate" review crew come in, we will be covering everything clean living with weekly editorials on the above areas with "exclusive deals" just for our readers, the inside goss on what, where & who to get your daily dose of nourishment in your local, national & international area.

This week Yoga teacher & co editor Crystal King will be covering Elixir Healthclubs divine Yoga & Pilates programs with special deals just for our readers & some exciting news for the Healthclubs future expansion. Feature will be live Monday 22. 

This week I have been on the amazing "Eat Fit Food" 5 day cleanse & the full review of this abundant, inspiring & nourishing wholefoods company will be live on Tuesday the 23rd July. There will also be exclusive deals just for our readers.

Crystal & I are so excited to be launching our lifestyle website & looking forward to nourishing your life with our weekly editorials. If your a company, yogi or practitioner with Eco Products, Yoga studios, Sustainable Eco Travel, Natural Skin care, Wholefoods, cafes, Nutrition products & services we would love to hear from you for editorials, reviews & exclusive deals you would like to offer the public.

Please email myself  & Crystal on the details below.

"Eat well, Move well, Feel well, Live well"