Feeling Under the Weather!

It’s Wednesday, and I’m feeling under the weather. Yesterday I had a sore throat, and today my body aches all over. I don’t normally get sick but when I do, I prefer homeopathic remedies to treat my illnesses.

For my sore throat, I gargled with peroxide mixed with warm water. What that does is strip all the slime and bacteria off. Then, I gargled with two crushed aspirins in warm water. The aspirin brings down the inflammation. I repeat these steps three times for the day. Today my throat feels 100% better.

As far as my body aches goes, I’ve been drinking a lot of lemon water and fresh juices. Luckily, I still had a variety of vegetables and fruits available so I juiced kale, apples, carrots, lemon and beets. Now for food, I had some watermelon, peaches, almonds and a coconut yogurt. I’m trying to eat raw foods to help bring down the inflammation in my body. The fresh juices will definitely reboot my body.

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My cut up fruit and veggies to juice.

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This really re-energized me. Juicing vegetables gives you all the good enzymes, minerals, vitamins, co-factors, chlorophyll, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and all other nutrients your body craves. I can’t think of a better way to energize and alkalize my body naturally.

Are You Drinking Your Greens?

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Green Juice Provides us with Enzymes

Enzymes’ that we need to cleanse, detoxify and renew at a cellular level. Enzymes are also needed to digest food. We cannot have amazing health without enzymes.

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Cooking and processing of any type destroys all enzymes, so raw foods, especially greens, is absolutely essential to maintain healthy enzyme levels. A daily green juice is a sure way to maintain enzyme levels.

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Resources:
Health Benefits of Drinking Green Juices

Food Fact: Swiss Chard

According to the website WH Foods, Swiss chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around and ranks second only to spinach. It follows their analysis of the total nutrient-richness of the World’s Healthiest vegetables.

Health Benefits
The amazing variety of phytonutrients in chard is quickly recognizable in its vibrant colors, including the rich, dark greens in its leaves and the rainbow of reds, purples, and yellows in its stalks and veins.

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Virtually all of these phytonutrients provide antioxidant benefits, anti-inflammatory benefits, or both. In addition, many provide health benefits that are more specific and of special important to particular body systems.

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I love to juice them. This way I’m getting all of the natural raw enzymes and vitamins all in one glass. Whole Foods carries an organic brand I always get.

Nutritional Profile
Swiss chard is an excellent source of bone-building vitamin K, manganese, and magnesium; antioxidant vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E; heart-healthy potassium; and energy-producing iron.

It is a very good source of bone-healthy copper and calcium; energy-producing vitamin B2 and vitamin B6; and muscle-building protein, and heart-healthy dietary fiber.

In addition, Swiss chard is a good source of energy-producing phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, biotin, and niacin; immune supportive zinc; and heart-healthy folate.

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Here’s a great recipe I found on Lisa’s Project Vegan website . I normally juice my chard but after coming across Lisa’s recipe, I will surely give this one a chance. It looks and sounds tasty. I especially like the fact that the chard isn’t overly cooked down. It’s still intact.

Update – Weekend Raw Food/Juice Cleanse

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My vegetables I juiced for the second half of my Saturday. Its very green. I juiced kale, apples, a broccoli stem, rainbow chard, celery, lemon, ginger, and some curly parsley. I kept more of the lemon peel on for more zing this time around.

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My juice this morning held me pretty well. I started drinking it after 9:45am and finished some time after 11:00am.

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My Blender Bottle was very helpful because I was able to tug my juice all over town today without a spill. It snaps tightly so there’s no spillage at all. I love this bottle. I also had an organic apple around two o’clock so that kept me going until just now. I was feeling hungry so I decided to juice. This will hold me over until later. I did a Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s run today, so I’m stocked for the week ahead.

Thanks for the support!

Weekend Raw Food/Juice Cleanse

It’s Saturday, March 23rd and I’m going on a juicing cleanse for this weekend. I decided to do this because I wanted reboot myself.

What is a reboot?
Well according to Joe Cross from Fat Sick and Nearly Dead it’s a period of time where you commit to drinking and eating only fruit and vegetables, herbal teas, and water in order to regain or sustain your vitality, lose weight and kick-start healthy habits that recharge your body and get your diet back in alignment for optimal wellness.

I’ve actually never just juiced alone for a long period. I decided this morning to try juicing for my breakfast and lunch, only for this weekend. This will be my ‘Spring Cleaning’ for my body. I will however incorporate smaller raw foods mostly salads and very little grains for dinner. The whole point is to keep it RAW!

I need it, and my digestive system needs a break from working so hard breaking down processed foods all the time. By eating raw foods my body will not work as hard to break it down, and it’s very healthy for me.

This morning I started my day out with a cup of green tea. I juiced kale, beets, ginger, parsley, lemon, and carrots.

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Here’s my juicer! It’s a Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor. It extracts everything, literally.

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According to Dr. Mercola, juicing will helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.

Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it go down the toilet.

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Now here’s my finished product. It’s Saturday so I’m already on the go with my children. I have drop offs and errands to run all day. I had this for my breakfast. If I get hungry in between I plan on snacking on fruits until lunch.

BPA Free bottles all the way!

Day 9: Dinner w/Roti and Juicing

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For dinner tonight I juiced organic carrots, spinach, celery and beets. The health benefits for juicing your veggies are endless. It’s the best thing you can do for your body. Drinking green juices daily is the optimum way to consume your vegetables.

Your body can receive enzymes from fresh vegetables and fruits. However, once vegetables are cooked at 118 degrees, they loose their enzyme content. Drink your veggies, it’s best!

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I also had some of my curry vegetable dish I made on Sunday. I was in the mood for a roti so I made one. I’m actually getting better at it. Roti is an Indian bread. I ran out of whole wheat flour do I ended up using the regular one.

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I was in a cooking frenzy tonight because I also sautéed bok choy and string beans with garlic and olive oil.

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I took these pictures after I started eating so it doesn’t look the prettiest. However, it tasted great!

Day 3: Dinner…Juice Time

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For dinner tonight I decided on juicing. I juiced kale, carrots, and one beet. I wish I had some ginger. Ginger really gives it that kick. Anyway, I will have to pick up some tomorrow.

If you noticed a little hand to the right, it’s my daughter. She was helping me juice. She also enjoys drinking the juice too. My boys not so much! So far, I’m enjoying my vegan diet. I actually don’t miss eating meat, and I’m not craving for any.

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Thank you for your support!

My smoooooothie!!!

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Blueberries, strawberries, mangos, raspberries, ice and almond milk. It’s soooo delicious. I love this! I feel awesome eating healthy and clean.

This is a great way to up your antioxidants intake. Juicing and drinking smoothies just makes consuming your fruits and vegetables easier. It supports a healthy immune system. Plus, your body is getting all the raw enzymes, valuable vitamins and nutrients it needs.

Juice on!

Important Lesson for Juicing

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Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully. Juicing is a time-consuming process, so you’ll probably be thinking to yourself,

    “I wonder if I can juice first thing in the morning, and then drink it later?”

This is not a good idea. Vegetable juice is HIGHLY perishable so it’s best to drink all of your juice immediately.

If you’re careful, you can store it for up to 24 hours with only moderate nutritional decline. This is really helpful if you are bringing your juice to work with you so you can consume it during the day.

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How to store your juice:

Put your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in air (air is about 20 percent oxygen) will “oxidize” and damage the juice.

Purchase a food vacuum pump like Food Saver with a Ball jar attachment. You can pour your juice into a pint jar and put the lid on and use the Food Saver to suck out the air in the jar to vacuum pack it. This will remove most of the oxygen that will damage the juice.

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Immediately store it in the fridge and consume it when you are ready. It is best to drink it as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours of juicing.

Most people juice in the morning, but if that does not work out well for your schedule, please feel free to choose whatever meal works best for your lifestyle.

My After Work Cocktail!!

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My favorite after work cocktail followed up with a shot of freshly squeezed orange juice to chase. I love it but hate the chalky taste it leaves in my mouth. The OJ helps that! Wheatgrass is a powerhouse juice that contains all amino acids, a wide spectrum of minerals, and lots of vitamins, including B12. It is rich in the blood-boosting chlorophyll, and acts to oxygenate and nourish the blood.

It also contains antioxidants like superoxide disumtase, or SOD, and cytochrome oxidase. These powerhouse antioxidants work to bind up free radicals and release more oxygen into the blood. Oxygen kills cancer and disease. Wheatgrass juice oxygenates the blood, erases disease, boosts health, and is cheap to grow and make