OUR MISSION STATEMENT
We just love juice!
Our mission at Love Thy Juice is to educate the Darwin Community about nutrition, and healthy lifestyle's by providing organic local food and juice, with customer satisfaction being our number one priority. We are passionate about engaging with customers and helping them to maintain a healthy lifestyle with knowledge beyond Love Thy Juice.
The menu and recipes are uniquely designed with the contribution of staff and created fresh daily by all of our wonderful team members in our kitchen.
Laura's LTJ Story
Laura Smith is the owner and creator of Love Thy Juice.
My health journey began about 6 years ago after suffering for years with chronic "IBS" and stomach cramps/issues. In and out of hospital, seeing doctors, and taking medicine which never helped me, I was pushed to look outside the square and try and heal myself from the inside out!
I started with the documentary "Food Matters" to which I signed up, and I started watching every documentary they had. I also started researching every day to grow my personal knowledge of food.
The two documentaries that really affected me were "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and "Super Juice Me”. I hadn’t realised how juice could be so powerful. It was literally healing people of sleep apnea, colitis, IBS etc.
I then went on to start juicing at home and eliminating such things as dairy, gluten, soy, and I added organic cold pressed juices, more fresh and wholesome foods. I started to change the way I viewed food, from "needing foods" high in sugars and salts (this comes from your brain), to "how will this meal nourish my body" and listening to my gut and my intuition.
I have always enjoyed cooking and entertaining, and with this new mind set came a challenge... how do I make healthy / "boring" food, tasty and exciting and how do I help or encourage other people to make this change.
So many people are living a life of illness, or discomfort and think healthy food is boring, or tasteless, and therefore making a change this like feels so overwhelming and just too damn hard.
My last boost of encouragement came from Jessica Ainscough. She was an extraordinary woman, and after reading her book "Make peace with your plate".
I knew it was time to make a difference in the community.
I researched a lot on organics... was it just a "fad" or is it true what is being done to the food, meat, fresh vegetables and fruit that we consume on a daily basis. After reading through the organic market reports over and over, researching farms, meeting farmers, I knew I couldn't offer anything less than pure organic foods! Especially when it comes to juice, when the fibrous walls are broken down with juicing, the chemicals seep in.
The whole point of drinking juice is for your body to readily absorb those amazing living enzymes and nutrients, WITHOUT absorbing chemicals as well!
I saw how giving your body a chance to stop processing food which takes up a lot of your body’s energy (especially with the toxic loaded foods we are over consuming and drinking) gives your body the time to cleanse and re-energise. Cleansing just made sense in that your body could then readily absorb the nutrients in organic, cold pressed juice. Your body also then has a chance to process some things that may have gotten a little built up or "stuck" whilst getting a huge hit of vitamins! (how cool is that seriously!)
It's also a great time to recognise some sensitivities within your stomach post cleanse; you know how sometimes you feel a little off after eating that packet of chips, your intuition (your gut) provides you with little warning signs but you brush it off because the chips are just so good, surely it can't be them that's making you feel that way? After a cleanse you would have kicked some of those sweet and salty cravings your brain makes you feel so happy about, and have become a lot more in tune with caring for your gut. You will be able to identify what is not serving you, and will be craving a lot more real, living, wholesome, nourishing foods!
I was pleased when my passion, drive, and work brought me to open Love Thy Juice. I first began creating cleanses from home which I created and had approved by my Naturopath Kate Murray, in which we endeavoured through some body analysis testing with myself and a few close people around me, to ensure what I had learnt about the health benefits about juice cleansing was in fact correct.
We tested before and after multiple cleanses, with and without exercising, both men and woman, and the results were phenomenal! We also lost toxicity build up in our cells, the age of our cellular bodies significantly reduced, (the health in which your body feels your "age" is), our hydration levels increased significantly. The fat percentage decreased, although this is not something that I like to focus on, as every single body is different and we cannot guarantee weight loss.
The majority of the time, your body holds onto excess fluid, and with any irritation or intolerance, the body can become bloated therefore weigh more when you cleanse. Most of the time, this will go away by the third day and so most people find they lose a little weight. No muscle mass was lost even when enduring high intensity exercise, although as I said before, everyone is different and if you don't feel up to it, you must not push yourself as you know your body better than anyone else. For a lot of people, it is a time to accomplish nourishing activities such as walks, swims, hot magnesium rich baths (Epsom salts) as your body is going through a delicate process.
After a year I was lucky enough to find my beautiful space and be capable of offering organic wholesome and delicious food and juice to Darwin... and this is where we are today!
WHAT WE ARE ABOUT….
Cold pressed juicing
When you’re serious about your health, consuming the highest quality, nutrient-dense foods should be your first priority and something not to be compromised. Cold pressed juicers operate at lower speeds keeping heat exposure to a minimum and slowing down the oxidation process.
Juice that is extracted by pressing is the most nutritionally complete juice containing up to 5 times more vitamins, minerals, and enzymes than juice extracted by blending or centrifugal juicing. This not only produces a superior tasting juice, it also means those beneficial enzymes and nutrients are retained. This is where all the goodness is!
Our juice is raw and un-pasteurised, with no additives or preservatives, allowing us to maintain the vital micronutrients that are found in beautiful fruits and vegetables.
What is conventional farming?
Conventional farming employs the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on crops therefore leaving undesired residue when harvested.. In conventional farming, animals may be subjected to hormone injections and antibiotics. These are being used in order to increase production by preventing or treating animal diseases.
What is Organic Farming?
The use of any synthetic chemicals is prohibited in organic farming therefore antibiotics, antimicrobials, hormone growth stimulants are not utilized. Instead, the use of natural substances such as compost and insect predators are employed. Organic farming provides us with the ability to improve our soil, reduce contamination to waterways, protect native biodiversity and show greater compassion to the welfare of animals.
It is against organic regulations to inject hormones or antibiotics to the animal. Animal welfare in organic farming is highly regulated in order to provide humane and compassionate treatment.
WE COUNT NUTRITION
Love Thy Juice meals are designed to have you feeling your absolute best from the inside out, our meals are all balanced, nutritious and healthy! We believe that everybody has a different body shape and type and you should love yourself from the inside out by nourishing your body right!
Organic healthy meal plans in Darwin is what we do, nourishing as many people as possible.
Our aim is to provide ready made, delicious meals & juices that pack a nutritional punch using nothing but the best organic produce sourced locally. Refined sugar free, wheat, gluten and dairy free… what other company can do that!
We’re a small team that just loves real food, feeding people, spreading happiness and inspiration wherever possible.
After seeing the so called ‘healthy convenient meal’ service a friend was using and reading the veerrryyy long list of preservatives and artificial additives that were on the back of these packages, I realised, that stuff just couldn’t be good for you!!
So, we decided to create a REAL food alternative to the already existing convenient meal plan services out there. A service that actually nourished your body and improved your health, not poisoned it with artificial crap.
We just know that there is a HUGE amount of people out there that love to eat real food that has not been messed with but are frustrated at the prevalence of mass produced and industrialised food manufacturers.
With more and more people becoming aware of the importance of removing all chemicals, preservatives and artificial nasties from our diet, we firmly believe there is a place for Love Thy Juice meal options…or dare we say a need for it.