Sunday, October 31, 2010

14 th day of Juicing......

Two weeks baby. Yes, it's been 2 weeks since I started my juicy adventure. I never had any idea how great the body can feel when feeding one's self such nutritionally balanced fruits and vegetables in the liquid form. I have always loved juicing,but never had any idea what a natural high I have going on inside of me. It's so insane that I am actually loving each and every moment on this journey, and having no boredom. Is a matter of fact each day is exciting to me because I have somewhat planned what will be made each day ahead for 3 days in advance. I also think this is necessary,since I bought vegetables and fruits yesterday and need to know what will be made to keep me nourished.
This is such a mind thing that is happening. Each and every moment is psychological. I found myself on the toilet crying with thanks because I am doing something I have always wanted to do and that something was juice feasting. Yes crying,I know a detox thing ,OK I accept that answer, and I bet it is a true fact. I also had a tiny little rash appear on my left side of my neck. I have 2 pimples on my face and I can't wait until they disappear. Normally I have a clear complexion, but not at this moment.

I am finding that every day I am exploring different vegetables in a different light. I want to know WHY each vegetable is a benefit to our body. Today I wanted to explore Spinach.

Health Benefits of Spinach

  • Spinach is loaded with phyto-nutrients that have disease prevention properties
  • It's very low in calories and fat (100G of raw spinach leaves provide just 23 cals), and contains about 25% of our daily intake of iron
  • Fresh leaves are a rich source of anti-oxidants like vitamin A and Flavonoid anti-oxidants like beta- carotene
  • Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and is essential for our vision
  • 100 g of spinach provides 40% of daily Vitamin K .Vitamin K plays a vital role in strengthening bone mass by providing osteotrophic ( bone building) activity in the bone.Vitamin K also helps with Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain
  • This green vegetable also contains good amounts of B- complex vitamins like Vitamin B-6,Thiamine, folates, niacin and vitamin C
  • Spinach leaves also contain a good amount of minerals like potassium,manganese,magnesium,copper and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is required in the production of our red blood cells. Zinc is an enzyme that regulates growth and development and aids in digestion
  • Spinach is also a rich source omega -3 fatty acid
My Juicy day consisted of:
after waking ~ warmer water,lemon with 2 MSM capsules,Vitamin A, B-12,Bee tablet,C ,D, 2 Klameth Lake Kelp capsules. I take all Vitamins listed above after my first juice of the day.

32 oz of Green juice- 2 bunches Spinach, 2 Granny Smith Apple,1/2 bunch Parsley,1 lime ,1 lemon (sour but refreshing)
16 oz of 1 big Grapefruit, 3 small oranges and Vita -Mineral green (love this) Oh that's the photo . This made more then the glass would hold
32 oz of red juice- beet,kale,spinach,broccoli stem,celery,cucumber,lemon,ginger

32 oz of Mixture of greens~ Swiss chard,red pepper,burdock root, fugi apple,lemon,ginger

* Water all day as usual .Lots of water ....I pee often :-)

* fresh coconut water with 1/2 of a teaspoon worth of Vita-mineral ( I love this at night when I want something sweet)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

13th Day of Juicing.....

Today as usual I started with warmer water,lemon juice and 2 MSM Caps. My first juice of today was kale,beet,broccoli,rainier apple(yellow),ginger,2 radish. Speaking of radish ,I was interested to know why folks add radishes into their juices and here is the benefits and why radishes are good to use. Research has shown that besides vitamin C,calcium,potassium,radish also contains mustard oils that stimulate the liver to induce the gallbladder to secrete bile that aids in digestion and good nutritional absorption.

To relieve liver and gallbladder problems: squeeze the juice from radishes into any juice you prefer in order to keep the intestines clean and working properly. I was glad I looked into this issue. When you are only juicing and not eating foods keeping the inside working properly is a must. My future drinks that I will be making will have more radish listed. Here is one drink I will make from here on out:

  • Carrot Radish Beet Lemon Detox Juice
1 large carrot,10 radishes,1 apple,1 beet
the juice and also the grated zest of 2 lemons , add up to
1-1/4 C Natural clear water of choice. I like natural spring water.
Juice the first 4 ingredients. Add the lemon juice and zest.
(I don't usually use water in ANY drinks ,but this is a harsh one)

Vitamin A is essential for healthy,radiant skin and you'll get it in abundance from carrots in this juice. The bonus comes from the radishes-their natural constituents stimulate the cleansing functioning of the liver,making this the perfect juice when you've been a bit overindulgent or your digestive system seems sluggish.

I want to share how I shop for my juice makings. I shop ORGANIC and I live south of the city of Seattle but shop at the "Whole foods" and the "PCC "above in the photo and that is 15 minutes beyond Seattle. I know this may sound nuts to some of you. I happen to live away where it's quiet and serene with the natural pine trees that Seattle and the Pacific Northwest is know for. It may be green but it's also very wet most of the time too. Like right now,very wet. What I did was head to the local Fred Meyers grocery because they carry organic. I had a list of items Fred Meyers was first on my drive 1/2 hour away. I have a closer Fred Meyers but the organic is not the same and variety as the one 1 hour away. Then it was into Seattle- now I was 50 minutes to the PCC organic store,and down the road about 5 more minutes was "Whole foods". I did this purchase in that order because I want my money to go farther. Come on, we have all heard "Whole Foods" is known as

Whole Paycheck*. Have you heard that before? So today with the three receipts I spent around $70.00 and that was good because I have gone to" Whole Foods" alone and everything there would have cost about $110.00. I know, I have been that route before. I love Whole Foods but don't like their prices. This will be only about 4-5 days worth of goods and I will be heading back to Fred Meyers or another local Marlene's Natural Grocery which is 1/2 hour away also,and a tad expensive too. So back to Seattle either Saturday or Sunday and do the shopping all over again. We use the husbands work car so his work pays the gas. It's his car ,and we are charged and taxed monthly to use it(company car).
The rest of my day I drank this:
  • Green juice of ~Swiss chard,apple,celery,cucumber,parsley,ginger
  • Red Drink of~ beet,kale,broccoli,apple,lemon,ginger
  • Coconut water (12 oz or so)with 1/2 teaspoon Vitamineral green
  • Water, water ,and more water in and out of my day~

Friday, October 29, 2010

12th Juice Day.....

I started my NEW first time juice feasting experiment with myself to see how strong I can be. I have wanted to do a juice feast for some time now. I am loving how I feel and what fun recipes I can make. I had a different blog, but I decided since I am on this new path I figured I would also start a new blog. And I must say I really don't know how to make my blog exciting and super interesting like other blogs I have read. So for those out there reading this please join in and follow my path. Here is what I ate today:
*2 glasses of warm water with lemon and 2 MSM Capsules
*Green Juice -32 oz kale,spinach,cucumber,celery,apple,ginger,lemon
*Red Juice-- 32 oz beet,kale,cucumber,parsley,cilantro,ginger,jalapeno
Lots of Spring water (I get at a local spring)
* 32 of Oranges,Grapefruit and 1 teas.of Vitamineral Green
*24 oz Vegi juice-4 carrot,1 C cherry tomatoes, 4 celery,1 lg leaf swiss chard,2 radish,1/2 bunch parsley,piece of celery root,garlic,and jalapeno

In the evening I had a few cups of Vegetable broth I made in my kitchen a few days ago and it lasts about 4 days. It's made of all vegetables,and what I do is save the vegetables add other broth and peas and or beans and make a soup for the non-raw hubby. I know this journey will be exciting because I have a terrific husband whom totally supports me. I also have no children at home. Our two boys are grown and on their own,so I have a hubby whom eats different from me at the moment and he has no problem with the difference.