Monthly Archives: June 2013

Juice D – Product Review

DSCF4543Our good friends at Juice-D surprised us this morning with a delivery of fresh juices to our healthy shop HQ here in Devon. This stuff seriously packs a health punch! Karen Downs who runs the company has been working round the clock to come up with a range of amazing flavors each with its own unique list of benefits for your body.

Our favorites?

Blood Builder; This has got to be one of my favorite juices on the market, by combining sweet tasting orange and apple juices with the normally quite bitter taste of beet-root, Karen and her team have produced a simply sublime tasting drink with amazing health properties including reducing blood pressure, increasing blood flow to the brain and other areas, strong antioxidant properties and a great sources of folic acid!

Ginger zinger; Another one of our favorites from the Juice-D range is the ‘Ginger Zinger’ this great tasting mixture of carrot, ginger, apple and orange is loaded with health benefits some of which include improving digestion, overcoming nausea and help with fatigue.

Wheat Grass; If you’re a fan of natural health you will already know about the amazing health benefits that wheatgrass can offer, however if you have tried to drink it in the past I’m sure you will agree the flavour leaves a lot to be desired! Well, not anymore!
By combing wheatgrass with spinach and carrot juice Karen has created a great tasting wheatgrass based juice that can be enjoyed by anyone. Give it a go today!

For more information please check out the official website at www.Juice-D.com

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Healthy Shop Garden – June Week 3

DSCF4536 DSCF4535 DSCF4534 DSCF4539 DSCF4538 DSCF4542It’s now the third week of June and the garden is flourishing. We’ve had some really great weather over the last couple of weeks and the plants are officially loving it.

Since out last update we decided more room was needed, so we’ve been out in the garden constructing some very cool makeshift polytunnels  to add to our original three.

This week we sent off our first vegetable boxes of the year to some of the family’s we are supporting, filled with rhubarb, mint, sage, lettuce and salad onions. All of which are looking and tasting great.

We make sure we pick and ship our vegetables all on the same day to ensure maximum freshness for the kids and families that need them.

Over the coming month we’re looking forward to being able to start harvesting some of our leeks, tomatoes and the first batch of tasty summer peas. If you know of any kids undergoing or recovering from cancer therapy that could benefit from our vegetable boxes please contact us at Info@kict.info.

The picture to the right shows one of our new makeshift tunnels, even though it might not be the traditional shape, the extra growing room it can offer us, proves to be very handy indeed.

The more we learn about the ever changing world of vegetable gardening, the more determined we  become to make sure we can help as many family’s as possible to benefit from fresh organic food. For a lot of people it’s simply impossible to find the space and time needed to undertake such a task while caring for a ill child.

And as we have always said here at Bobby’s healthy shop, nutrition is key to a healthy life and without good quality fuel your body is fighting a loosing battle.

Do you have any ideas on new interesting vegetables we could grow or any essential tips on bettering what we are already doing? If so please leave us a comment below.

Next update: July week , Stay tuned.

Intro to Holistic Living

Hi, I’m John Daly and, well, today is the day I begin passing on a few things about what it means to live a more holistic lifestyle. Pretty simple, huh? 😉 From diet, hydration, stress, meditation, laughter, dharma (purpose in life), I’ll try and create dialogues around topics that may be a little more niche to the average person, yet be practical enough to make use of in a day-to-day setting.

Transcribe:

“Hi every one my name is john, just recently I decided to make a series of videos discussing what I’ve come to learn over the years regarding how to live a little bit more holistically. What I mean by that is things like diet to pretty much ass facets of nutrition and how I’ve evolved my own diet and things that I’ve noticed with my own health.

Also exercise with things like Yoga, Thai chi and rebounding and stretching showing what they can provide for health. And I would even like to talk about the mental and emotional components of health as these seem to be the missing elements that I notice in a lot of people.

Just now I recalling the words that ‘nothing kills someone quicker than uninspired living’ and there nothing more true than that, when you see people that have arthritic pain or chronic fatigue syndrome we start seeing these terms appearing more and more for things that we cant quite describe. So what I want to talk about is things I’ve come to learn over the last few years I’ve looking into nutrition, and seeing where our food comes from”


I wanted to discuss agriculture a little bit and why organically grown food will lead you to better health. Not only do you get more nutrition, you will get fewer irritants in the form of pesticides, herbicides, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) which will lead you to a longer, healthier life.

Big pharmaceutical companies will saturate you with inconclusive data on their studies of healthy food (for obvious reasons) but any independent test will show higher nutrient yields from soil that has been managed with compost or ‘green manures’.

I have been speaking to a few people regarding agriculture so I wanted to touch on a very important subject as far as I’m concerned and that’s what’s in our soil? What is in our agriculture? What is in the food that we are eating?

There is a very big difference between something that is conventionally grown and something that is grown organically, I would like to spend some time discussing this issue. So in this video I’m going to primarily talk  about the industry but I’m also going to cover how there are big differences between what mineral content is in our food as well as supporting a new model of living, and this is very well seen in agriculture.

Conventionally grown food is primarily grown using synthetic fertilizers and these fertilizers (a lot of them actually come from post wars times when a lot of bombs were left over  and a lot of farmers or people that were looking at the business side of things were thinking, how can we make food look good. How can we make our plants look greener? Our tomatoes look rounder? or the skin look more red on a tomato for example? The conclusion was Nitrogen Phosphorous and Potassium.)

 The unfortunate thing about this is that once these synthetic chemicals were put into our agriculture and into our food chain it created not only a lot of havoc on our immune systems but it also left us with deficiency are food now is being grown in less and less nutrient rich soil nitrogen potassium and phosphorous and just 3 different minerals, there are a plethora of more. Some say 70 some say 80 lets call it around 72 minerals.

People come in with lets say osteosclerosis looking for boron, borons supposed to be in our soil there for meant to be in our food but commercial agriculture its not supplemented for, instead its synthetically added by chemicals so we don’t see it in the food.

We are seeing heart disease on the rise, cancer on the rise, infertility on the rise and a lot of this can be traced back to what’s in our food or more importantly what’s not in our food and that is the minerals so not only is boron not in our food but I have people coming in looking for chromium which helps with the pancreas to balance blood sugar with its insulin production, or selenium for anti cancer or silica for hair, teeth, skin, nails.

People are buying these product right left and centre as they can no longer be found in our food, These are things that should naturally be in all fresh food and now we are seeing a plethora of all these new diseases because the minerals are no longer in our soil, we are a society that is deficient. 

Healthy Shop Garden – June Week 1

DSCF4527 DSCF4526 DSCF4525 DSCF4524 DSCF4523As many of you will already know, here at Bobby’s healthy shop our profits are donated to KICT (Kids Integrated Cancer Treatment) As well as being able to help the children out with valuable financial support, we also have a large organic walled garden used to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. This helps us to provide families with the healthy produce needed to improve their child’s nutrition and life style.

Absolutely no chemicals are used, not even slug pellets and all the water comes straight from our local spring meaning no nasty tap water and all the nasty chlorine and chemicals it can contain. You would be very surprised at the number of things that can be sprayed or added to plants while being still regarded as ‘organic’. We firmly believe in a fully holistic approach to growing food to such an extent that we now use nematode worms as our natural form of pest control. “nematode worms, are environmentally friendly natural parasites of insects pests but do not harm plants or other animals”.

It’s now the first week in June and the garden is in full bloom. Our team of gardeners have been working non stop making sure everything was dug and planted in time for us to have a bumper crop. Since last year we have bought and erected  three secondhand polytunnels, ‘good old Ebay’. This has enabled us to look in to growing even more great varieties of fruit and vegetables.

What things are we growing?

Currently in the ground we have

  • Potatoes
  • Cabbages
  • Beetroot
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Beans (broad and runner)
  • Peas
  • Swede
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweat peppers
  • Basil / mint / chives & the list goes on

What’s ready this month?

Unfortunately it’s still early in the year and there still isn’t a whole lot ready for the pot just yet, we have been eating some of the fresh romaine lettuce that also works great for juicing. We also have a great supply of salad onions and chives that are a great accompaniment to any salad. (Try adding apple cider vinegar for a great healthy dressing)

Once we have harvested our produce it is sent out to the family’s we are helping the very same day meaning they receive the food just hours after its been picked. We are still able to help more people with our fresh produce scheme so if you have or know a family with a child currently receiving or recovering from cancer treatment please contact us at info@kict.info for more details.

Our work with KICT often involves families come down to stay with us here at our headquarters in sunny Devon, during their stay we spend time talking about the importance of nutrition and showing how we cook fresh, healthy food from scratch. Although a great opportunity some times families are not in a position to make it down to see us. Due to this in the coming months we will be releasing a series of video cooking tutorials made here at Bobby’s healthy shop HQ showing great recipes, cooking tips & ideas. So stay tuned!