Thursday, May 7, 2015



A History on Sprouts

Sprouting is a new concept to many people, particularly of the Western World. It was the Ancient Chinese Physicians that recognised and prescribed sprouts for curing many disorders more than 5000 years ago. Western civilisations waited centuries to finally adopt sprouting for its nutritional benefits.

Did you know that some of the first settlers of Australia consumed sprouts? In the 1700’s, Captain James Cook had his sailors consume Vitamin C rich foods including citrus fruits and sprouts to avoid scurvy, which back in those days, was the greatest obstacle to surviving voyages covering thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe.

Sprouts provide the body with a daily source of vitamins as well as valuable proteins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes. During germination, there is a sharp increase in the vitamin content of sprouts; moreover, carbohydrates, fats and proteins are partially broken down, increasing their digestibility.

Health Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

Different types of sprouts exhibit various health benefits, however broccoli sprouts have attracted numerous studies highlighting the outstanding effect that broccoli compounds have against human disease.

Broccoli Sprouts:
-       Help prevent age related macular eye degeneration and blindness
-       Sulforaphane helps to prevents tumour growth and kills stomach bacteria that lead to ulcers and stomach cancer
-       Help to prevent high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke
-       Isothiocyanates from broccoli sprouts can decrease growth in bladder cancer cells
-       Broccoli sprouts contain cancer-protecting agents, which activate enzymes to detoxify cancer causing chemicals in the body and increase levels of glutathione (a potent antioxidant).
-       2-3 tablespoons of broccoli sprouts a day can help prevent breast cancer, gastric cancer and other diseases
-       Provides protection against carcinogens, mutagens, toxins and oxidative stress
-       Has even been shown to ease classic behavioural symptoms in those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Nutritional Information:

Contains vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Contains minerals Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Trace Elements, Amino Acids and Antioxidants.
Protein: 35%.


What you’ll need:

-       Fine Strainer
-       Soaking Jar
-       Water for Soaking, Rinsing and Watering (I used filtered water)
-       Layered Sprouter/Germinator
-       2 tablespoons of Broccoli seeds (for my first attempt, I used 2 teaspoons)

Strainer and Jar of Soaking Seeds


  1. Make sure all sprouting equipment is cleaned, and then rinsed with cold water before use.
  2. Measure the amount of seeds required (measure according to the packet instructions – each type of seed has different spacing requirements and particular growth needs) and rinse in a fine sieve under running water. For Broccoli sprouts, I used 1 teaspoon per layer for my first attempt. 1 tablespoon per layer would be ideal.
  3. Broccoli seeds require soaking. Scoop the rinsed seeds out of the sieve and place into a small jar with enough water to generously cover all of the seeds. Leave the seeds to soak for 6-8 hours.

Using the Layered Sprouter/Germinater:

  1. Pour the seeds out of the jar and into the strainer for rinsing. Rinse the seeds under running water.
  2. Gently transfer the seeds using a spoon, from the strainer and into the Sprouter. Allocate the seeds evenly between the Sprouter layers, ensuring that the seeds are nicely spread out upon each layer.
  3. Assemble the layers on top of each other.
  4. Depending on the type of sprouter you have and the type of seeds you are sprouting, follow the specified watering/rinsing instructions. For my sprouter, I gently poured approx. 500mls of filtered water into the top layer of the sprouter. This water then self drained through the inbuilt siphons into the lower layer and so on until the water reached the bottom catchment tray for disposal (handy for watering the outside pots!).
  5. After watering, place the lid on the sprouter.
  6. Place the entire sprouter unit into a light space out of direct sunlight.
  7. Rinse the broccoli seeds twice a day. With my layered sprouter, this was achieved by pouring 500ml of fresh filtered water into the top tray to cover the seeds. The water then rinsed and watered the seeds before draining into the lower layer and so on until the water reached the bottom catchment tray.... Quite a handy design!
  8.  Sprouts should be ready for harvest in 3-5 days depending on environmental factors such as temperature, sunlight and the amount of water administered.
Note: Broccoli seeds produce small, fine, white fibrous hairs during sprouting, giving a fury appearance. Do not mistake this for mould. 
If you do happen to find mould (rare when instructions are properly adhered to), the whole system will need to be cleaned, the seeds discarded and new seeds rinsed and soaked to start a new batch.

Here is my Broccoli Sprout Photo Diary:





Enjoying the Harvest:

Use broccoli shoots on bread, toss into salads, fry gently in coconut oil when preparing tasty casseroles, pancakes, omelettes or rissoles; add to soups, dips, muesli, or simply stir into all kinds of pasta, rice, vegetable, fish and meat dishes.

How I like to have my Broccoli Sprouts

Sprout on! Demand to: Nourish Me Whole Heartedly!


Much Love,

Candice. Xx

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Nourish Me Whole Heartedly is passionate about living chemical free, getting back to basics and finding an appreciation for what already surrounds us. My name is Candice, the creator of NMWH, and my purpose for bringing this world to you all, is to provide you with the most natural, organic, non GMO, Australian made/owned and EFFECTIVE products out there. I personally aim to live by Nourish Me Whole Heartedly's core principals, which are:
  1. Organic Lifestyle
  2. Your right to live GMO Free
  3. Australian Made
  4. Motivation
  5. Happiness is the key
  6. Love yourself first

With this stance, I have achieved an indulgent sense of glorious wellbeing.  I want you to begin your own self-nourishing journey, feel fantastic, and ultimately REGAIN YOUR TRUE SELF. My beautifully inspiring world Nourish Me Whole Heartedly is here to get you motivated and only with the best products to get you started.

And that's exactly why we stock La Mav!

I know how overwhelming it can seem when changes are to be made to our usual daily habits... Security is found in routine. 
In this post, I wanted to focus on addressing any hesitations regarding skincare, and highlight the importance of moving on from any chemical-laden products you may STILL be using on a daily basis.

La Mav have kindly provided us with a lovely introduction to their company explaining how La Mav came into fruition, its worthy purpose, and the genuine principals by which La Mav was founded. 


What Is La Mav?

La Mav is Australia’s first certified organic skincare company. We are also 100% certified cruelty free and toxic free. We make skincare for every skin concern such as sensitive, dry, oily, redness and many others. La Mav also has a mineral makeup line that is perfect for those looking for makeup that is free from harsh chemicals such as talc, sulphates, and GM ingredients. Many of our customers have switched to using La Mav once they noticed how different their skin felt and how they themselves felt. You would be surprised at the amount of chemicals in your average everyday skincare routine.

How was La Mav Created?

La Mav was developed because of Tarj Mavi. Following the birth of her second child Jay in 1994, Tarj developed a severe case of postpartum pigmentation. She searched everywhere to find a skincare product that would diminish it that was also safe, healthy and effective especially since she was still breast feeding. Her search was in vain and she realized she would have to create her own range. Tarj Mavi has worked as a scientist in the research and development field for the last twenty years and she was aware of the cosmetic industry’s affect on our environment and health. The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and many of the products we use on our skin contain toxic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. It is not just us who absorb in these toxins but our children who can suffer the effects of exposure through contact. Because of Tarj’s passion for health and her commitment, La Mav was created and has become a leading developer and seller of organic skincare in Australia.

Tarj Mavi:
Founder of La Mav

Why should I buy organic?

In this current age, so much is out of one’s control, however your quality of health is 100% up to you. With everything from our food to our cloths containing harsh chemicals, toxins and even carcinogens, maintaining your health is becoming increasingly difficult. In everyday products many contain parabens, which are synthetic preservatives that can also disrupt normal estrogenic activity and are linked to being a possible carcinogen. Using organic skincare reduces your exposure to these harmful chemicals.

What are some most recommend La Mav products?

Our top selling product would be out certified organic BB crème. Makeup is notoriously known for being full of so many nasties that Tarj quickly realised an organic BB crème would be great for women who are concerned about what they put on their skin. Another product that is a growing favorite is the nectars, specifically the intense moisture nightly repair nectar. The nectars are made to rejuvenate and repair the skin with nutrient rich oils such as Argan and Bisabolo, both that aid in absorption and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Another great aspect of the nectars is their smell! You’ll have to convince yourself to not use the whole bottle!

Want to know more?

For the best of the La Mav top sellers and detailed product information, visit Nourish Me Whole Heartedly's online store. You can read more about Nourish Me Whole Heartedly and the reason we sell what we sell, here.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Hi Lovelies!

Nourish Me Whole Heartedly and La Mav are hosting a beautiful Mother's Day Giveaway!

Do you need pampering? Or do you know of someone special (like mum perhaps) that could really do with a certified organic, Australian made, and all natural skin nurturing experience?

You do? Well this time it could be on us!

To enter, please click HERE! (Oh you do NOT know HOW excited I am about this prize!!!)

Winner will be announced on Mother's Day, Sunday the 10th of May. That's only two weeks away!

Entries close on the 9th of May.

Give the gift of moisturised skin by entering to win an Ultra Hydration Collection which includes the:

Make your mother smile this Mother's Day with a gift that keeps them FEELING and LOOKING their best.

Best Wishes and Good Luck from Nourish Me Whole Heartedly & La Mav!

Your health, your life, your happiness... Make it Beautiful.

Demand to: Nourish Me Whole Heartedly!

Much love to you all,

Candice. Xx

Saturday, April 18, 2015


The Initial “Official” Nourish Me Whole Heartedly Website Photo Shoot (with Penny from Portraits by Paj)

The Purpose Behind it All:

It’s been a wild ride here at Nourish Me Whole Heartedly over the past 12 months. I’ve been working away like a busy bee on the ‘bibs and bobs’ that I can manage to fit in amongst my other daily duties.

It’s been a passion of mine for some time… Wanting to share with the world my journey to better health. I have this urge of duty to communicate my knowledge, to share with you my tried and tested methods for improving one’s general wellbeing, and to expose my trials and tribulations as I discover and undertake the many new and changing wellness trends. As an everyday person, I am free to give my honest opinion on what works for me and what doesn’t – that is my advantage – the freedom to praise or dismiss without having to conform to a particular school of nutritional thought. I am not a health professional, and therefore I am not confined to a set of principals of what should and shouldn’t be. I am an everyday person trying to improve my health however I can with what I know, what I teach myself, what I come across in my own research, and what is presented to me during my quest to ‘do it myself’.

So now you know why I created my beautiful sanctuary  “Nourish Me Whole Heartedly”.

So far, I have experienced many chapters of what will become a very loooooong and satisfying novel (that’s the aim), and in particular, one chapter has proved to be extremely enjoyable and rather amusing at the very least! This will be a chapter to remember when I look back on it all.

I call this chapter: “The Initial Official Nourish Me Whole Heartedly Photo Shoot”

While creating the design and content of my website, I had an exact vision of what I wanted to see and what I wanted my audience to feel. While they browsed this virtual world of mine, I needed to effectively portray both who I was, as well as my motivation to help others to be proactive with their health. Anyone can feel beautiful when they are healthy… I figured that perhaps I could surround them with a beautiful environment (my website) to instill a snippet of that beauty before they took that first step. It’s a cycle of: (1) Getting healthy (2) Feeling beautiful, (3) Getting more healthy and (4) Feeling more beautiful, and so on! A ‘ripple effect’ with a wonderful purpose!

So to create this vision, I needed visuals… Photos! And some of these photos had to be of ME! I needed to attempt to capture who I was and what I was about. At some point I knew that I was going to have to build a collection of photos of myself because eventually (hopefully), people would want to actually see whom this woman was that kept blabbering on about her health achievements and aspirations.

And the best person I could think of to make this happen (and the ONLY professional in her field that I could ever do this sort of thing with) was none other than our family photographer, Penny from Portraits by Paj! She had the talent and the sense of humour to carry me through this, plus she’d seen me in my ‘Mombie’ state during our earlier newborn photo sessions… There was nothing to hide with this lady!

Hmmmm… Costume Changes… Anyone done this in broad daylight with only an umbrella to save you?

I had it all planned out… I had my props at the ready, wardrobe packed (straight from my closet! Lol!), I knew where we would set up, the different scenes, it was all written down in precise order, and the whole lot was to be completed within a specific timeframe. We organised a date and away we went! Everything was smooth.

The first set of photos were done and dusted (Penny truly is a talented young lady – she knows what she’s doing and thank the stars for that, because I DID NOT!). But the day most surely did not finish without some (A LOT) of laughs! Here’s why…

Notice the uncomfortable "I'm not sitting in poo" pose,
as I try to look deep in thought (not poo).

Some shots required looking pretty while sitting in duck poo, some required a struggle through waist length grass (because I had a really big urge to hug a particularly beautiful, and particularly difficult to reach, specimen of a tree), some shots were begging for me to prance freely in front of onlookers (and their children) with an oversized bunch of balloons (children who probably really wanted those balloons… really bad), and then there was the completely necessary challenge of making all of this happen with each appropriate outfit… And… Brace yourselves… Here we go… NOTHING TO HIDE BEHIND to change into these outfits! Say WHAT? Whoops! A BIG GIGANTIC WHOOPS on my part! How could I have forgotten the fact that my dignity had to remain intact after this whole photo shoot thingie thing that I had become so obsessed with, that I would not even think about that small but very important factor involving possible nudity in a public place? I think that’s illegal too…

Now you know why the kids wanted these balloons!

I FORGOT that I would actually have to change in and out of my different outfits… In a public park… In the mid morning… Where people (like myself) went for casual strolls… With their families… Bright eyed and bushy tailed…. And NOTHING to hide behind while I did it! I think I was the one bright eyed and bushy tailed! Oh. My. God!

So here we were, me wriggling madly under and over shirts and skirts, and Penny waving around a big pink frilly umbrella, humming tunes to try and look inconspicuous! The biggest and best laugh I’d had all week… Someone should have taken a photo of THAT scene (who knows, maybe they did!). I tell you, Penny truly is a champion. Nothing phases this girl and she will try anything to get a good shot!
It was funny, a lovely older lady strolled passed (who was obviously intrigued by all the commotion) and asked what we were working on… She saw the disheveled look on my face, shared our humour and enjoyed a cheeky laugh as well. I think that’s exactly why she stopped by! I just love making people smile… intentionally and accidentally…
I nearly cracked a sweat though on the third change of clothes, when Penny hastily announced that a group of bicycle riders where making an entrance stage left of us… Well I’ve never moved so quickly in my life!

Another scene was of me holding my hands out to a pair of swans drifting by on the water… I’m pretty sure Penny was waiting for a swan to swipe a finger (and to snap a still frame of that as well).

We took some really great pics at the end of the day, and I look forward to showing the rest of them to you as time goes by. I’ve got a great list of blog posts to come that will find a home for most of these shots… I can’t wait!

All I can say is, thank you to Penny for making these moments as light hearted, delightfully amusing and ‘G-rated’ as humanly possible! Lol!

Honestly, Penny is my number one photographer and I have no hesitation in telling the world about her expertise. If you admire Penny’s style and you don’t mind a good laugh during what could otherwise be a standard ‘pose and go’ turnout, then please go ahead and view her image gallery at Just like her persona, her photography is just beautiful.

I hope you enjoyed a sneak peak behind the scenes of the “Initial Official Nourish Me Whole Heartedly Website Photo Shoot”.

And I hope you got a good laugh out of it too!

Much love to you all,

Candice! Xx

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