We recently discovered a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Kingsland, serving all things fresh, healthy and organic. Greenleaf Organics, owned by brother and sister duo Sarah and Mike, have garnered a reputation for its delicious smoothies and their range of cleanses, delivered straight to your door.
When it comes to wellness, owner Sarah knows the importance of looking after yourself both inside and out. We spoke with Sarah about living a balanced lifestyle and her tips and tricks for staying fit and healthy as we head into the festive season.
How did Greenleaf Organics come about?
Greenleaf Organics started in October 2014, offering organic smoothies and detox cleanses. I wanted a side project while looking after my two year old girl. I had always been a fairly healthy person, but a bout of shingles led me down the path I am now on. It’s all about organic whole foods and nourishment from skin to soul.
Before I knew it the business had taken off and naturally we had to grow with the demand. In February this year my brother and his wife moved from Sydney to be a part of the business. One year on and it has developed into an organic café with a large wholesale offering.
What are your top tips for staying fit & healthy?
Be realistic! If you have fitness and health goals, don't compare your point A to someone else's point G. We are all on our own journey, and it's a matter of realising yours is unique. The only person you have to be better than, is who you were yesterday!
Slow down! I have spent most of my adult life hammering it out at a gym or on a treadmill thinking that was the way to optimum health. All the while, putting my body into stress mode and actually doing more harm than good. By slowing my movement sessions, and making them more mindful, rather than mindless I have benefited hugely. Nature walks, yoga and meditation are all great ways to get your body into alignment and reset. Especially when we are overindulging at this time of year, our body needs love, not more punishment!
Go organic! This is our passion at Greenleaf organics, and one that we truly believe makes all the difference to how you feel. If you are drinking smoothies, or trendy cold pressed juices which are often disguised as something "healthy", you want to make sure the produce is organic. If the produce is not organic, you are basically drinking liquid poison. Herbicides, pesticides, insecticides are all over non-organic fruit and vegetables. Not to mention the sugar content! By choosing whole food, organic or even better - vegan smoothies (like ours) you know that you are giving your body the very best. No matter what you got up to the night before!
How do you know what cleanse is right for you and when to do it?
We have several options on offer because we believe that each person’s body has different demands. If you’re wanting something super clean, lean and low in calorie's and sugar, our NAKED cleanse is most popular. If you want a beauty boost of antioxidants and organic skin food, then the BEAUTY cleanse is the way to go. If you are a guy and require higher protein, calorie's and you do more than a usual amount of physical movement, then the FIT cleanse is perfect. We’re always available to answer questions, and have a qualified nutritionist on board for regular consultation.
What’s next for Greenleaf Organics?
We have so much planned! It's a matter of forward planning while keeping up with the flow of a blossoming little business. We are growing our wholesale range, branching out into different offerings, nationwide cleanse deliveries (although, not in its current form as it's too delicate to deliver overnight)...watch this space. Lots on the go at GLO! x