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Straight Juicin’ – FAQs

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Soooo…I have recently added solid food back into my diet due to the cost of feeding myself three times a day on produce AND still feeding Mr. Brewton. I have decided to continue keeping it light when I do eat (minimal meat, if any) and LOTS of fruit and veggies. I am maintaining my juices for dinner and some breakfasts.

I initially chose to do a full juice fast, cutting out all solid foods, in an attempt to give my digestive tract a rest and to take the time to pay attention to my body and take note of how different foods effected my body. For example, I am the type of person who suffers from sinus issues year round. Every. Single. Morning. I’m hacking up phlegm and fighting post nasal drip for the first two hours of my day. On the fifth morning of my  juice fast, I noticed that there was no phlegm in my head or chest. Even after getting out of the shower, when everything really gets to moving, I experienced no drainage whatsoever.

Now that I’ve began adding meat and other foods back to my diet, I’ve found that I’m back in the throngs of my sinus struggle. Now, to just take note of what exactly is causing the problem (I haven’t had any dairy or soy so, that’s not it although I know that dairy products are a leading culprit in such reactions).

Moving on…

I had taken a video answering all the questions I’ve been receiving about my juicing experience but, my technology life is a struggle so…

Here you go! Feel free to post more questions here in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer them or find you the answers you need!

Why juice? Why not just eat the vegetables/fruit?
Think of all the nutrients you’d get eating three pounds of fruit and vegetables. You can’t imagine eating that much green stuff in one sitting, right? (I know I couldn’t) Now, imagine getting those same nutrients by drinking 16-24 ounces of juice created from the same three pounds of produce! It WORKS!

Are you hungry or tired while you juice?
Not at all! I was amazingly energetic and was never hungry! I would generally have 16-32oz of juice in the mornings, 16oz for lunch and another 16oz as a snack in the late afternoon and maybe 16oz for dinner. Normally by the time I got home in the evenings, I wasn’t hungry!

In addition to the juice, I would drink hot Yogi’s Ginger or Healthy Fasting Tea. I also keep a 20oz bottle with me for consuming water regularly. I maintained a tally of how many bottles I drank throughout the day drinking no less than six 20oz bottles (1 gallon).

Can you workout while you’re doing a juice fast?
You can workout while juicing but be certain you’re listening to your body (especially women during your cycles). ***Remember***DRINK PLENTY OF WATER***

What type of juicer do you use? 
I use the Breville Fountain Compact. It’s 700watts and although it’s not the “best” juicer out there, it’s a great tool for people who are just starting out juicing. It’s relatively easy on the pockets, sturdy and it gets the job done without *too much* waste!

I don’t have time to juice. Cleaning up is so time consuming. 
Tell yourself what you want. 🙂 The truth is, we make time for the things we want to make time for. I also chose this type of fast to exercise greater discipline when it came to actually taking the time to prepare each “meal” and clean up. This meant getting up a little earlier in the morning and/or staying up a little late at night.
I found that it took me all of 3-6 minutes to clean up after I finished juicing. Juicing itself takes another 5-10 minutes depending on how much I’m juicing.
During the weeks that I knew I had a full schedule, I was able to juice enough 16oz Mason jars to last me for two days. From what I’ve read, you do not want to keep your fresh juice longer than 48 hours as to not waste any. Even in tightly sealed Mason Jars (available anywhere from Walmart to Target and even Big Lots) shouldn’t hold juice for longer than 48 hours.

What if I’m not ready to do a total juice fast?
No problemo! Maybe “detoxing” or fasting isn’t for you right now. That’s just fine. The key is that you begin to include more nutrients in your daily dietary intake. So, instead of eating a late dinner when you get home from a long day, replace that meal with some fresh juice! Or instead of a soda, tea or processed juice with a meal, replace it with fresh juice!!!
The idea is that you replace “bad” food with good food. You’ll eventually find that you won’t even crave the same foods/drinks after juicing for a week or so! (I promise!) 

How do I get started?
1) Purchase a juicer. The one I mentioned above is only $99 and you may be able to find it on Amazon or Ebay for even less. If you’re unable to purchase a a juicer, perhaps start with a blender and go from there. The consistency will be different (of course) and hard to swallow (pun intended) but you’re still on the right track. 
2) Dive into information from people who have experience in juicing! I follow @straightjuicin on Twitter and FB. They are always doing “challenges” and giving tips for better juicing! 
Check out the following documentaries (available on Netflix) for more insight and actual medical expertise! *whispers* Start with ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ which gives a first hand account of someone who changed their entire life through juicing!

Juicing (and eating healthy) is too expensive!
Consider this: In one week I spent about $90 on only fresh produce. Is eating healthy expensive? It can be. But think of all the other things we spend our money on frivolously. Also, I’ve had to consider, do I want to spend more money now on healthier foods or later on the cost of healthcare. For our own sake  we MUST start thinking long-term! 

It’s nothing for us to spend $35 on pizzas and sodas for a night or $70+ for dinner for two on any given night. This $70 of produce will last me for at least the next week. It’s really all about prioritizing. Eat to live! Don’t live to eat! 😉


What are some of your favorite recipes?
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+Ras Idric Durden put me on to:

  • sweet potato juice
  • (Fuji) apples
  • Ginger 
    • THIS is my go-to when I’m suffering from a sweet tooth! It’s so rich and wonderful…YUM! He actually adds pineapple as well but I have yet to do so.
Post workout:
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cucumber
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Lime
Citrus Blend:
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Lime
Beet Treat (Yes, I named it! Lol)
  • 1 Beet (I don’t measure much of anything. Even when I cook, but I can tell you that you won’t want more than one beet. Ha! Quite a strong, earthy taste.)
  • Carrots
  • Fuji apple
  • Ginger (If I’m feeling fancy)
Hydrating Juice:
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Granny Smith
  • Kale (or spinach…or chard…any green will do! *wink*)
I think that’s it! For now!

HAPPY JUICING!
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Change Isn’t Easy

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Today is day 17 of my 40 day juice fast. I haven’t been able to share the information I wanted due to technical difficulties BUT I am going to fill my blog up with all the information I can today. For now, here are some thoughts from today (I’ll share a confession post later this afternoon):
If you are seeking to live a healthier lifestyle, perhaps in unconventional or seemingly “trendy” ways, do not get discouraged when friends/coworkers and loved ones don’t always provide you with the encouragement you need. Especially if they’re close minded to new ideas/habits. 
Continue to do what you know/are learning to do. Don’t give up or consider yourself a failure if you eat a meal of veggies when you’re juicing or eat meat while attempting to eat vegetarian/vegan. 
When it comes to living a better life and being a better you, do what it takes and continue to be an example for those who have yet to find the strength you’re gaining!
I’ve had a terrible tension headache all day. I’m stressed, frustrated and want junkfood. I want cupcakes, something fried and some bread. 
I don’t want these foods because I’m actually hungry for such foods but because out of habit, these are the things I allow myself to eat for “comfort” when such feelings come upon me.
INSTEAD I am standing fast and will remain disciplined. When I crave something sweet, rich and comforting, sweet potato and apple juice with ginger has been my go to. 
I’m learning that the key to replacing bad habits is to find good habits that triggers the same feel good emotions. This takes a conscious effort on our part as change begins first in the MIND. When we find ourselves discouraged or down in the dumps because of stress, laying around sulking or pigging out on our favorite junkfood is not conducive to permanent change. 

To BE the change you want to see you have to DO the things that need to be changed! (Wow! What a concept!)

*BEAM*

6 Day Detox Drop – Smoothie Recipes

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Vanilla Blue – Breakfast
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
1 scoop or 4TBSP vanilla protein powder
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 small banana, sliced
6-8 oz distilled water
Pomegranate Blend – Lunch
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
½ cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
Misty Red – Dinner               
½ cup crushed ice (optional)
2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
½ cup organic unsweetened orange juice
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
Other Smoothie Options

Hawaiian Breeze
½ cup frozen or fresh pineapple chunks
1 small banana
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
½ cup original Silk soy milk or non-fat milk (I prefer Rice milk)
¼ cup organic unsweetened orange juice
Soy Smoothie
¾ cup original Silk soy milk or non-fat milk
½ cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
½ bananas fresh or frozen
½ scoop or 2 TBSP of vanilla protein powder
Summer Chill Smoothie
1 scoop or 4 TBSP vanilla protein powder
1 cup peeled and seedless red watermelon, cut (fresh or frozen)
¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
¾ cup distilled water
¾ cup organic unsweetened apple juice
1 TBSP lime juice
Do’s of the 6 Day Detox Drop

1.    DO follow through with the Cleansing Ritual twice daily on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes prior to food.  Note: If you get nauseated after the Cleansing Ritual, you may be one of the rare individuals who needs to have something in their stomach prior to the ritual.  If this is the case, eat breakfast first – wait an hour and then do the Cleansing Ritual.
2.       DO drink at least two quarts of distilled water daily
  
DO GET MOVING!!!

6 Day Detox – 15lb Challenge

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Looking to kick start a healthier lifestyle?

Every four months or so I send myself through a detox in order to bring some order back into my food life.

I have gained about fifteen pounds in the last two months…what to do, what to do!?

MmmmmmmDROP!

So, here’s what I do… Robert Ferguson’s 6 Day Detox Drop which is part of the Diet Free Life

I’m not looking to lose the whole 15lbs in the next six days, although, it is quite possible 😉

6 Day Detox
Days 1-3
Cleansing Ritual (within 10 minutes of rising)
Part 1
4 or 6 oz unsweetened apple juice
1TBSP Psyllium Hulls
1TBSP Aloe Vera juice
Add all 3 to a jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to mix and drink immediately.
Part 2
8oz distilled water
1TBSP liquid chlorophyll
Add chlorophyll to water and drink. Swallow capsules.
Cup of Green Tea (within 30 minutes of Cleansing Ritual) Decaffeinated, Hot or Cold
Breakfast (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual) Vanilla Blue Smoothie
Morning Snack (2 to 3 hours after breakfast) 12 oz organic unsweetened carrot juice or 8 oz of unsweetened apple juice
Lunch (2 to 3 hours after Morning Snack) Pomegranate Blend Smoothie
Afternoon Snack (2 to 3 hours after lunch)
Choice: Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger Soup
Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Men: 2 cups
Women: 1 cup
Evening Cleansing Ritual (at least 2hrs from Afternoon Snack and 30 minutes before Dinner)
Dinner (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual) Misty Red Smoothie

Evening Snack – Choice: Trader Joe’s Carrot Ginger Soup
Low-Sodium Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Men and Women: 1 cup
Evening Tea (1 to 2 hours before bedtime)

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Days 4-6 – Are much like the first three days but notice the change in the snacks*
 Cleansing Ritual (within 10 minutes of rising)

Part 1
4 or 6 oz unsweetened apple juice
1TBSP Psyllium Hulls
1TBSP Aloe Vera juice
Add all 3 to a jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Shake well to mix and drink immediately.
Part 2
8oz distiller water
1TBSP liquid chlorophyll
Add chlorophyll to water and drink. Swallow capsules.
Morning Tea (within 30 minutes of Cleansing Ritual)

Breakfast Smoothie (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual)
*Morning Snack – 1 piece or 1 cup of fresh fruit (2 to 3 hours after Breakfast)

Lunch Smoothie (2 to 3 hours after Morning Snack)
*Afternoon Snack – 1 piece or 1 cup of fresh fruit (2 to 3 hours after Lunch)

Evening Cleansing Ritual (at least 2 hours from Afternoon Snack and 30 minutes before bed)
Dinner (at least 30 minutes after Cleansing Ritual)
Evening Snack (2 to 3 hours after Dinner) – Men and Women 1 cup

Evening Tea (1 to 2 hours before Bedtime) – 1 Cup Decaffeinated Green, Milk Thistle, Ginger or Dandelion Root Tea
HAVE A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP!!!

Part of my problematic weight gain has also been my lack of activity so…back on the horse uh…trail I go!

GET MOVIN!!!

What’s It Gonna Take?

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So, I got up and ran this morning…it wasn’t easy and anyone who knows me knows how much I don’t like being cold. In an attempt to remain consistent, I bundled up three layers deep, tied a scarf around my face and hit the pavement. I’ve always enjoyed running, but of course, the older I get…love and action just don’t seem to coincide as often as they did ten years ago, shoot, in 2006 even. I was up to running five miles a day and doing pilates and yoga every other day on rotation. I was a lean 160lbs and feeling GREAT in my size eight!

So here it is the beginning of 2008 and I am anything BUT “lean”. I’m still looking pretty good but my body can definitely tell the difference 20lbs have made…okay, 25lbs…but now that I’m running again, losing this weight shouldn’t be too hard. As with any success, it’s a process and I am determined to stick with the plan and reach my goal of running my first half marathon in April—PRAY FOR MEEEEE!? *wink*! I literally had to PRAY to get myself going today. Not only because it was 30 degrees outside, but because well, my bed felt good…but I told myself, if I am to attain my physical goals this year, I have got to stick with it…I determined in my heart that the only way this was going to work was if I practice consistency.

Over the years I have likened a relationship with Christ to getting into shape. When you’re working out, your body feels better, your mind is clearer and overall, you are healthier than when you were on the couch with a pack of cookies. Generally when people start a workout regimen they also commit to eating “right” or at least eating better. No more fried foods, cakes and other sugary snacks and, “I guess I’ll give up Pepsi for now…” When you’re on it, you’re ON it! But if you miss two days…even worse, over the holiday season, you allow yourself to indulge just a “lil’ bit” and the next thing you know, you’ve fallen off of the “horse” and sitting on the couch wondering, “what happened?”

My pastor says to all new Christians at our church that “a storm with Jesus is better than a storm without Jesus.” I cannot explain how true these words are. Just like a person who works out and lives a healthy lifestyle will have a greater chance at fighting illness, depression and other ailments, with a relationship with Christ, the issues of life always seem to be a little easier to bear. Getting to Christ is what’s so difficult. As with getting off the couch and getting active, letting yourself go and allowing God to control your life can be challenging. Not because He makes it challenging, but because by the time we recognize that we’re out of “shape” spiritually, we’re so far gone. We’ve adopted bad habits, bad relationships and everything else of our own will…so, the question is, what’s it going to take to get back in shape?

First it’s going to take confession. Admitting that I am not where I need to be. In the physical, that’d be confessing that I am unmotivated or simply lazy or addicted to chocolate, Pepsi or French fries. In the spiritual, we’d confess first that we are sinners; Confess that we don’t pray enough, that we don’t go to church, or that we have issues with believing in Christ at all. Maybe you struggle with forgiveness or jealousy or adultery…Confess. “I’m out of shape!? I’M NOT PERFECT!?”

Second, we’ve got to believe that we can change and see that we have everything that we need. Whether you join a gym, buy yoga DVDs (and DO what the DVD shows you to do) or just start out walking around the block in the mornings, you have what you need to get in shape. You don’t need high dollar gym memberships or cardio machines to get back into shape and neither do you have to go to the biggest or most popular church in your area. Find what works for you. Start reading the Bible…read a Proverb a day. Try to keep memory verses. Talk to God. Start out praying small prayers and don’t worry about not praying the way you’ve heard others pray…or using big words and sounding “profound” talk to God and ask for direction. You have everything that you need…now use it.

Now that we’re on the right track, remain consistent. Even on those days that you don’t feel like getting up and running or it’s cold and raining out and you don’t feel like driving to the gym, do it anyway. PRESS your way out!!! You’ll continue to see the benefits in your body and mind and you’ll feel accomplished knowing that you were consistent in working toward your goals. It is a cliché but, take it one day at a time. Spiritual conditioning is the same way. You must remain consistent in reading and you’ll find that not only are you reading more and more of the Word, but you’re beginning to become familiar with verses and learning to apply the words to your life. You’ll notice that you’ve moved beyond the simple, “Lord, help me” and are now not only praying for yourself but now you’re praying for others around you.

When you’re on it, you’re on it…as with working out, walking with Christ doesn’t make life easier, it just makes life better. You will still be tempted by your favorite snack, an extra glass of wine and fast food over taking time to cook at home; you’ll be tempted by ex-lovers, new ones. Your patience will still be tested as will your integrity. But do not bend! Stay focused on the prize and you will succeed!!!