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Green juice and morning sunrise

Juicing – Health from the inside out.

The Juicy Beginnings… I am adding fresh-pressed juices to my life. Yet another way to get a variety of vegetables and fruits into my diet and feed every cell in my body with optimum nutrition.  I purchased my new slow juicer a few weeks ago, and started easy… making fresh orange juice with my kids. Then I made carrot and pear juice. Then carrot and beet juice… I’ve even made straight up green juice (and I love my green smoothies).

So, my days have evolved to include a green smoothie and a juice (typically carrots and a fruit, or carrots and beets).

Then I watched “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”… and I was further inspired. Why not try a juice reboot every week, just for one day… where I can reset my body with optimal, fast nutrition in the form of fresh-pressed vegetable and fruit juices.  It’s hard… even for just a day…but the next morning, you feel amazing… light and vibrant. I have only done a juice day once a week. Joe Cross in the documentary drank juice for 60 straight days and it has changed his life, along with so many others. You can get more information on juice reboots at Reboot with Joe.

So, why Juice? Juicing allows you to consume a massive amount of vegetables and fruit in a serving. It’s much easier to drink a juice made of 10 carrots, 2 beets, 1 pear, 1 lemon.. .then it is to eat 10 raw carrots, 2 raw beets, a pear and a lemon in one sitting.  The fresh juice is loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals… All the wonderful benefits of plant foods. You can take your juice to go, drink it fast or enjoy it slow. You can even juice vegetables you don’t like to eat and chances are, you won’t even taste them in your overall juice (this is what I do for celery!).

The one day reboot plan I use is based on the 3-day Reboot with Joe plan:

  • Wake up: Drink 2 glasses of hot water (lemon and/or ginger can be added).
  • Breakfast: Go orange or red for your juice.
  • Mid Morning: drink 16 oz unsweetened coconut water.
  • Lunch: Go green
  • Afternoon snack: Go green or red
  • Dinner: Go green
  • Dessert: Go purple or orange
  • Throughout the day – drink lots of water.

Juicy Recipes
My favorite recipes from Reboot with Joe were:

Sunrise juice (orange)
4 carrots
2 oranges
1 beet

Green Lemonade (green)
6-8 kale leaves
3 handfuls of spinach
1 green apple
1 cucumber
2 celery stalks
1 lemon

Un-Beet-able (red)
1 apple
1 beet
3 carrots
Small piece of ginger root (1”/2.5cm)
3 cups leafy greens

Recipes of mine I have made and love are:

Luscious Carrot-Pear
8 carrots
1 beet
1 pear

Watermelon mint
1/2 watermelon
small clasp of fresh mint

Joyful beets
3 beets
1 orange
3 carrots

I double some of these recipes and sometimes drink two of the same type of juice in a day… Or I store the extra juice in a mason jar to enjoy the next day.

I also think it is very important to use organic produce when you juice. The last thing you want to add to your juice is pesticide.

If I can boost my immunity by including juicing and blending into my healthy lifestyle….Then I’m in!

My breakfast in Seattle.

Boosting our immunity

Autoimmune disease… “an inappropriate immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body”. Recently, I have heard this diagnosis a little too often. It could be considered as relatively good news.. in that your body is not fighting something scarier, but at the same time the body is fighting something with an unknown cause. How can this even be possible? Can we do something to change this?

I just got back from the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute in Seattle… not only am I inspired, but I also feel like I lived every day well while I was there. As I consider this.. I know it has the majority to do with what I ate over the weekend. Not only did I make good food choices and drank lots of water, but I also ate a plant-based diet. I’ve done this a few times – been inspired to follow a plant-based diet, particularly after I read Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollen, Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, or watched the documentaries Forks over Knives and Food Inc.

One of the sessions I attended was Boosting our Immunity by Teri Mosey. Totally inspiring! After the session it got me thinking… eating is not just about fat loss and being lean (which is what I have recently been striving for), it’s also about using food to optimize my life, improve my immunity, fuel the cells in my body.

According to Mosey, every system in our body is intertwined… the skeletal, muscular, endocrine, digestive, immune system… the list goes on. If 75% of your immune system is linked to your digestive system, and 90% of your body’s serotonin is in your stomach… how can what you eat not matter to your whole body? Well evidently it does! So… what should you eat? What is optimal for our body?

Here is some interesting information that I learned:

  • The body is a self-healing system. If self-healing is optimal, you are physically a new person every 7-10 years.
  • You want the pH of your blood to be slightly alkaline. This is ideal for your immune system and allows optimal self-healing. In an alkaline body, cancer cells can not grow.
  • So, what causes the opposite; what causes acidity? This is what causes inflammation in the body. It includes, processed and packaged food, genetically modified food, excess protein, fat, sugar, alcohol, coffee, dairy and meat, sweeteners, stress, and lack of sleep,
  • Anti inflammatory (alkaline forming foods) include walnuts, avocados, bitter-leafy greens..
  • The most genetically-modified food in the US are wheat, corn and soy.
  • Carbohydrates should be fruits and vegetables, and gluten-free alkaline grains (quinoa, amaranths, millet)
  • The only sugars that do not harm the immune system are maple syrup, unheated honey, unrefined cane juice.
  • The digestive system is our enteric brain, our second gut… hence the term “go with your gut”… therefore by keeping your digestive system balanced and healthy you can positively effect your emotions.
  • Supportive nutrients for a healthy digestive tract include, cinnamon, cayenne, cumin, mint, ginger, sage, thyme, rosemary, papaya, pineapple. Natural prebiotics (food that feeds the good bacteria in your stomach) are bananas, raw garlic and raw sauerkraut.
  • The number 1 causes of allergies/intolerance are gluten and dairy.
  • Grass-fed, organic, antibiotic and hormone-free meat should be consumed in moderation.
  • Going gluten free needs an all-or-nothing approach. As soon as you have one meal with gluten, you have caused inflammation and you are back to square one.
  • To reduce gas from beans, cook with Kombu seaweed in the water (and scoop off the foam in the water while boiling) or used Eden bran canned beans (organic, non-BPA can linings, cooked with Kombu seaweed and not salt).
  • Eat with the seasons is advantageous to the immune system

So..I found this information really interesting and I am definitely going to try a plant-based diet while I keep researching … but be your own nutritional detective – we are all different.. find what works for you!

My breakfast in Seattle.

My breakfast in Seattle. 5oz broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, coconut milk, grapefruit, almonds, cranberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds and cacao nibs

Some stuff to check out:

Teri Mosey’s Website at https://holisticpathwaysllc.org/

Eat to Live food Pyramid http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/foodpyramid.aspx