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Drinks/ RECIPES

Why A Juice Cleanse?

If you have been reading, you already know that I am doing my first ever Juice Cleanse.  My goal is to drink only freshly juiced fruit and vegetable juice for 3 days.  I am on day 2 and so far so good!
Why would one want to do such a thing?  
There are many reasons for juice fasting, most do it to detox and lose weight.  
My purpose is to detox.
This is something I have wanted to do since finishing treatment for breast cancer in May 2011.  I so wanted to be able to go to one of those fancy exotic places that specialize in detox, that give you shots of wheat grass and prepare all your coffee enemas. Have not heard of coffee enemas?  Neither did I until I entered a world of cancer.
Yes, I wanted to go there and get rid of all the nasty toxins they pumped into me.  I couldn’t afford to, so I took steps myself to do what I could at home, mainly with diet and exercise.  I now eat a high plant diet (fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains), but I wanted to take my health up to the next level.
I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead and was so inspired by the health Joe found by just juicing and exercising.  I checked out their website and everything was laid out so simply that I thought, “ok, I can do this myself.  Who needs a fancy detox spa?”  

I do believe our bodies were created to detox themselves, but due to an environment of chemicals and toxins in our air, food and water, I think our systems are getting overloaded.  Some can handle this overload.  Others can’t.  Being a 2 time cancer survivor (Melanoma -Stage 1 and Breast Cancer-Stage 3), my immune system obviously needs help, which is why I have so embraced nutrition.

Every book I read on beating cancer focused in on the liver.  If you have cancer, your liver is not functioning like it should.  It is overwhelmed and needs help doing its job. Nutrition, exercise, supplements and detox are all ways to help the liver, but especially detox.
I am following this super easy juice plan.  It is called Reboot.  You must check it out if this interests you at all.  There are 5 different of levels of juice cleanses.  I am still not sure which one I am going to end up doing.  I know for sure that I am doing a 3 day juice only (they call it the long weekend) cleanse, and I am thinking it will turn into one of their other choices, and last up to a week.  
I lost 2 pounds in one day, and weight is not something I want to lose, so adding food back by day 4 is pretty much a no choice for me. 

I will keep you informed on how the cleanse is going.  I will share my juice recipes, let you know what the cleanse cost me, get real with any side affects that come up, and I may even tell you whether or not I embraced coffee enemas.  Now you have no choice but to stay tuned… ūüėČ
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Meet Joe.  He is the same guy as that guy up in the video picture! Whoa.

“Let me tell you my story: around 4 years ago, I was 45kg overweight. I was taking medication night and day. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. My blood test results weren‚Äôt great‚Ķ some things were in the normal range but most were either too high or too low. Basically, I was a mess.
When I turned 40, I looked in the mirror and said: ‚ÄúEnough is enough‚ÄĚ. I decided to take matters into my own hands. There was no magic pill to cure me, indeed the pills I was on clearly weren‚Äôt cutting the mustard, though maybe they were keeping me alive. So, I got to wondering about radically changing my diet. I‚Äôd done juice fasts (what I now call ‚ÄėReboots‚Äô) before, with success. So I wondered what would happen if I only drank fruit and veggie juices for 60 days? What would that do to my health? It was literally an experiment I planned myself, based on this question: If I only consumed plant food: vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, legumes and seeds, would I be able to get off my medication?
I did my first fully-fledged 60-day Reboot in late 2007 and was completely off my medication in March 2008. I‚Äôve been off medication ever since and remain trim, taut and terrific ‚Äď if I don‚Äôt say so myself! So, when we wrapped ‚ÄėFat, Sick & Nearly Dead‚Äô, the crew, the medical team that was monitoring me and I all knew we had something very special and inspirational to tell the world. I decided to create a community that would enable everyone to experience this life-changing approach to looking after ourselves.
My vision is that we will have millions of people that join up here as members and make the commitment to increase their plant-food consumption‚Ķ be it by drinking fruit and veggie juices or by eating more of both. The actual Reboot Plans in here are just the beginning. Once you successfully complete your Reboot you will crave more plant food. Weird but true!”
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Inspiring, huh? I was super inspired when I watched the movie.   You can order it here, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead if you do I will get a small percentage, or if you have Netflix you can get it from there.

The Reboot Site has the answer to any FAQ’s out there, so if you have any, make sure you check it out!

Cancer Journey/ Drinks/ HEALTH/ Healthy Eating/ RECIPES

9 Reasons To Juice Your Greens

When I was diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things I did was order a juicer. ¬†It was the best 99 dollars I have spent in a long time! ¬†I had read Kris Karr’s “Crazy, Sexy Cancer Life” and knew she was keeping her tumors “quiet” for over 7 years using only nutritional methods. ¬†The main practice that she swears by for her continued health is juicing her greens. ¬†Juicing is also the main practice of the Gerson Therapy for cancer, and there are several blogs out there that I love that tell of survivors experience with this.

I drank green, beet and carrot juices all though my treatment and after when healing from surgeries.  I stayed healthy throughout my entire treatment (except for a weird ear infection from a small cut when chemo had my cell count low) and honestly felt like my immune system was stronger than ever during treatment.  The only time I felt sick and weak was the first week of all 4 cycles of chemo, and that was to be expected.  My doctors commented on how quickly my incisions healed, and I think what I put into my body nutritionally had a lot to do with it!

The last 3 months I have not been as regular with juicing, and I miss it.  It is an amazing way to start the day, and I definitely notice a difference in my energy level and my complexion/skin.  When I juiced regularly, I had a healthy glow about me.  People commented on it all the time.  I have been pretty regular with my green smoothies, but alternating them with fresh veggie juice is definitely the way to go.

Why Juice?

1.¬†¬†By removing the fiber through the process of squeezing the pulp, we instantly lighten the load on our digestion. Nutrients pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and help restore our immune systems. —Kris Carr


2.  Fresh juice provides vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, proteins, phytonutrients, antioxidants and so much more!


3.  You will have increased energy.  This is one of the main motivations.  I love how energized I feel when I juice!


4.¬†¬†Much of the goodness of fruit is locked in the fiber which is expelled from the body. When we juice the fruits and vegetables, their goodness is released from the fiber and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients which are then able to enter our bloodstream very quickly. —Living and Raw Foods


5. The large amounts of concentrated nutrients one receives from juicing could never be eaten in one sitting.  Imagine trying to make a smoothie out of the same amount of veggies used to make 16 oz of juice.  You could never drink that much.


6. Drinking fresh juice guarantees you are receiving many of the nutrients you need.  Bottled juices on the market have lost most of their nutritional value.  Make sure you drink your freshly pressed juice right away, as nutrient loss happens fairly quickly.


7. It is a great way to use up fruits and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.  I have felt so much better about my lack of food waste now that I have a juicer.  Fruits and veggies that are almost past their prime are perfect for juicing.


8. No matter how we try, man cannot replicate the amazing goodness that is in food that God through nature has provided for us.  A supplement is necessary at times, but nothing can compare or compete with what nature can give through real food.


9. It increases alkalinity. ¬†It is said that diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline state. ¬†Fresh green juice is detoxifying and contains loads of chlorophyll. ¬†“Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that‚Äôs said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body, and counteract harmful free radicals. By eating (and drinking) a diet high in chlorophyll (raw fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens), we dine on liquid oxygen, the very substance we need to stay alive and thrive. —Kris Karr “Crazy Sexy Cancer Life”

My Go-To Green Juice
~big bunch of kale
~2 celery stalks
~1 regualr cucmber or 1/2 of a large
~1 green apple
~1/2 lemon
1 inch chunk of ginger (chunk in pic is too big, it is about 2 inches)
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1 scoop vanilla plant fusion pea protein powder (optional)
Ice (optional)
I use organic produce as much as possible.  Peel your cucumber if not organic.  The peel of lemons, ginger and apple core is just fine in the juicer.  I have recently read that apple seeds contain a toxin, so removing those would be preferred.
After the veggies are washed, the process takes just a minute.
It really is easy, the hardest part being the clean up, which really is not that big of a deal.
Adding produce to the juicer
Liquid gold in my opinion!!
Left over pulp can be used in soups or to make homemade pulp crackers.  Or compost.
I add a scoop of vegan protein powder.  It has the sweet herb, stevia in it, which I think makes the flavor of my juice so much better.  If you like a tart juice, you can eliminate this step.  I put the juice in a mason jar, add protein powder, add ice, put the lid on and shake!  Add a straw and enjoy!!
I use the
I love it!  It is compact compared to most juicers, a great price, and easy to clean!
Really, clean up is easy with this machine.  The most work is that mesh basket, but it comes with its own brush and takes seconds.  The rest is just rinse and dry.
Have you ever juiced?  Do you have a juicer that you love?  Does this interest or intrigue you?
Did you know there are a bazillion juice recipes out there? ¬†One of my fav–2 apples and 2 handfuls of fresh cranberries. ¬†Homemade Cran-Apple juice is AMAZING!


Drinks/ HEALTH/ Healthy Eating

5 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning

Number 1

It balances pH–Lemon is an acidic food, but once metabolized, it becomes alkaline. ¬†I work very hard at keeping my body alkaline. ¬†Why?

To put it most simply, alkalies help keep the oxygen in our blood at a safe pH level, and this helps our body heal itself, assimilate nutrients and fight off unwanted sickness.

-Nicole Bennet

 

I have read of many people who have fought their cancer nutritionally by focusing on the body’s pH levels. Kris Carr, of Crazy Sexy Cancer has halted tumors growing in her liver for over 7 years by focusing on nutrition, including alkalizing foods. ¬†I think that is crazy cool. ¬†Even a little crazy sexy cool!

 

I regularly check the pH of my body using these little pH strips. ¬†I now know what foods –GREENS!–will keep my levels where they need to be. ¬†I also believe lemon water helps this process.

Number 2

It keeps skin clear and glowing!   I have noticed this.  Hydration from drinking lemon water is great for moisturizing our skin from the inside out.  Lemon also contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps with wrinkles and blemishes.

Number 3

It kick starts the digestive system–a big glass of lemon water is a great way to start the day. ¬†It encourages the liver to produce bile which in turn aids in digestion. ¬†It increases urination which helps purify it. ¬†It also helps with heartburn and constipation.

Number 4

It helps with weight loss–I have read that keeping the body in an alkaline state helps people lose weight faster. ¬†Lemons are high in fiber pectin, which helps keep one full, longer. ¬†They also have a diuretic effect, which helps with water weight gain.

Number 5

It helps control the coffee habit–I will drink coffee sometimes, but only if I have had my entire glass of lemon water. ¬†Many days I feel like the lemon water wakes me up more than coffee does…

…which brings me to bonus Number 6:

It helps kick the pop habit--I have found that adding lemon to sparkling water and adding a whole lot of ice satisfies any soda craving I might have. ¬†I gave up soda pop the minute I was diagnosed a year ago, and I really don’t miss it. ¬†I don’t think I could stand the sweetness of it now, but I DO miss the fizz, so my “Lemon Spritzer”–lemon +sparkling water+ice–is the perfect solution!

My mom gave me this lemon press.  I just love it.  I think it is cute so it stays out on my counter top, on display, which is perfect since it is used every morning.

I use 1/2 lemon, add ice to a 24 ounce mason jar, and add water to the top.

So easy fun and easy to use!

I save the second half for a refreshing “Lemon Spritzer” (see #6) later in the day.

¬†When I pour freshly squeezed lemon juice over ice, I get the same feeling one might get when popping the top of their pop can and fizz leaks out, Ahhh…. or maybe the same feeling of the champagne cork popping? ¬†Ok..maybe not THAT good…

My lemon press is super easy to clean.  I just the remove the metal and rinse.

*Tip..use a straw to keep the acidic lemon off your teeth. Remember, it is acidic until digested, then it turns alkaline.

I am not sure where you can get a press exactly like mine.  Like I said, my mom bought it for me, it might have even been from a thrift store.

 

Thanks to your comments below, I am now saving my pennies for these beauties!

Endurance Stainless Steel Drink Staws (Set of 4)

These glass straws are strong, durable, and GORGEOUS.

They offer several sizes, I love that the 12mm will make my daily green smoothie sipping much easier!

The also offer bead free, if you prefer plain glass.

Glass Dharma Set of 4 Simple Elegance 12mm x 8″ drinking straws with cleaning brush

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