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Straight Juicin’ – FAQs


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!



I’m kind of a big deal. And by big deal, I mean…I’m overweight. While I have learned to stand in confidence in this skin, I know that my fluctuating weight is due to inconsistent habits when it comes to my diet and exercise. Lucky for me, my weight is distributed rather evenly across my whole body…all 210lbs of me. 
At my heaviest (two years ago), I was 225lbs and a size 18. Standing just under 5’7, my then 31 year old knees  were in pain from the extra weight. I’ve always taken pride in having good posture but with my bulging mid-section pulling my weight forward, my lower back was in constant pain leaving me sitting and walking lazily with slumped shoulders.  
In late 2011, I’d finally seemed to find my rhythm. I was running consistently with my first half marathon in sight. I got down to 190 or so and was a strong size 12…or weak 14. 😉 In April of 2012, I ran my longest run and completed the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
Shortly thereafter, I stopped running. I stopped exercising with exception of the occasional attempt to bring yoga back into my routine…kind of. I had, again, fallen from a horse that was racing towards the beginning of a very prosperous thirty-third year of life. 
Just months before, I had fulfilled the greatest physical challenge of my life! A FULL 13.1 miles?!?! And now, I’d fallen off the horse into an onslaught of weight gain…again.
Here I am nearly a year later and have gained back a significant amount of the weight. I’m winded taking the stairs and back to a “healthy” 210lbs. So…
…now what?
I’m longing for consistency. I LOVE the way I feel when my diet and schedule are in order. I’ve found that when I’m disciplined enough to continue growing in the natural and physical, my spiritual walk is far more disciplined…and vice versa. 
I’ve began a juice detox/fast. I chose this particular fast during the Lenten because it is both physically and spiritually driven. Here it is, day two and I’m feeling good. I’ll be sharing my journey right here every with updates every Tuesday and Thursday beginning today. 
I know I’m not the only one to struggle with weight. But I’m sharing my journey with you all to help show you that, “weight” itself isn’t the issue. The greater issue lies in our inability to practice discipline and remain consistent in multiple areas of our lives. Generally, when things are out of balance, our diet and exercise are the first to suffer.
I know that right now, juicing seems to be the trendy thing to do. But sometimes, it takes the ignition of a trend to ignite real change in the hearts and minds of people. I’ve enjoyed homemade juices for years but have never committed to it (consistently…dangit. There’s that word again) for any extensive amount of time. As trendy as it may seem, I know that it’s not going to be easy.  
Check back regularly, invite friends to subscribe and join me as I am inspired to inspire!


6 Day Detox Drop – Smoothie Recipes

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

6 Day Detox – 15lb Challenge


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!?


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)

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

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