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When I learned that juicing promotes healthy looking skin and it was like taking "live" vitamins, I was in!  I love finding new ways to take care of my hair, skin and nails...especially when I can do it naturally. Hey, I'm a girl who's a little vain...nothing wrong with that.

I happened to stumble over a film on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". It caught my attention, because like everyone else, I want positive change in my life. 

The "Hungry for Change" film had an entire section on juicing and how juicing literally has saved lives. I don't want to get into detail because I want you to watch the film for yourself. The experts explained that juicing was the best way to get vitamins and nutrients in your system. Also, if you juice on a regular basis, you will noticed increased energy, healthier looking skin and can help promote weight loss. 

So, I got my juicer, got my organic fruits and "veges" and now I juice every day! Before juicing, I experienced the regular aches and pains of aging. My joints would hurt, my energy was low and no matter how much or little I worked out, something was always hurting. After juicing for a solid 2 weeks, my energy level sky-rocketed, the aches and pains were gone and my skin cleared up. I also noticed I didn't want ANY junk food and I wanted to workout even more (if that's possible).  Juicing motivated me to start eating super-healthy ALL the time. I didn't want anything else bad in my system. I had no desire for that occasional donut or candy bar (that part didn't last long but it did happen). LOL!

Remember, I am a baby when it comes to juicing so, as I mature, I will share. I try and use all organic fruits and vegetables. I suggest that you clean your fruits and vegetables thoroughly.  Once everything is broken down into juice, save the compost for future smoothies. The compost is the fiber left over from juicing. Your body can always use a little extra fiber to lower cholesterol and regular blood sugar. Last, I suggest not drink more than a cup and half of juice. Remember, juicing is a live vitamin that goes straight to your blood stream and too much can keep you UP ALL NIGHT!

  • 1/2 Cucumber, 1 cup Kale, 2 small Carrots, 1 full Sweet Apple, 1 brocolli stalk, small piece of Ginger Root
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Spinach, 1 Large Green Apple, Ginger Root, 2 small Carrots
  • 2 tall Celery stems, 1 cup Red Organic Kale, 1 Gala Apple, 2 small Carrots, Ginger Root, 4 large Strawberries

Benefits of Juicing:

  • Facilitates weight loss
  • Increases energy levels
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Promotes strong bones and a glowing complexion
  • May reduce chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes

Finding the Right Juicer:

What juicer will work for you? When I started my research, there were SO MANY JUICERS to choose from! I needed one that was affordable, worked extremely well and was easy to clean. The Breville juicer was highly recommended on several juicing sites. The price range varies between $150 - $450. Even though I wanted to juicer to be easy to clean, I have to warn you, it is important to clean your juicer as soon as you are done using it. Get into that habit immediately to keep your juice clean, sanitized and ready for the next day. It's a LITTLE time consuming, but not really when it comes to making healthier lifestyle choices.Check out the link below and start juicing with me!  I've got my Dad, co-worker and a couple of friends to juice with me and they love it.

http://bestreviews.com/best-juicers

Posted on March 11, 2018 and filed under Food, Health, Motivation, Nutrition, Wellness.

EATING THE RIGHT FOODS

 
 

I am ALWAYS asked what do I need to eat to be healthy? There are so many options and sometimes we get stuck with the basic grilled chicken, spinach and rice. Click on the picture above to download a great list of fruits, vegetables and other sources of nutrients that will help keep you on track, as well as open up your pallet.

Contact your local dietician for specific meal plans.

DID YOU KNOW IT'S NATIONAL VEGAN MONTH?

BEFORE I FINISH TYPING THIS, MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE ALREADY ANSWERED THE NEXT QUESTION BEFORE I GET STARTED. Have you ever considered becoming VEGAN? I hear a 100 "no's" already and I completely understand, as I type this and eat my pasta with grilled chicken on the side. I mean, talk about eliminating meat, eggs and dairy? That's a lot to ask but that's only because meat, eggs and dairy is all most of us know!

Becoming vegan is more than eating plant-based only foods, it's a lifestyle, just like fitness and taking care of your body.

Vegans are strong advocates of NOT exploiting the cruelty of animals. From accessories and clothing to makeup and bathroom items, animal products and products tested on animals are found in more places than you might expect. Fortunately nowadays there are affordable and easily-sourced alternatives to just about everything.  (vegansociety.com)

Even though I am not a vegan, I support the vegan cause. My youngest daughter wants to become vegan after learning how animals are slaughtered for mass food production. I have to admit, I am not sure if it is a good alternative for a growing teenage female athlete but I am not 100% opposed to it. I am a mom first and ask the same questions any mother would ask...Will she get enough protein? Will she like vegan food? Will she get enough calories and have enough energy to get through the day? Is it healthier for her in the long run?

Well, just like fitness, I am allowing her to take one step at a time. She has asked to reduce the amount of eggs she eats per week. I make her lunch with vegan based "meat" a couple of times a week and she has asked to eat more salads and greens. So far so good...but we are not 100% but we are moving in the right direction.

I am NOT a nutritionist but I do believe in moderation and if you can become vegan or vegetarian, it's not a bad idea. Animals are being produced at a higher and faster rate. Many of them are pumped with steroids and are not plant based fed. The fish we consume have higher rates of mercury and the demand for these foods is really astounding once you start to do your research. 

Veganism has saved a lot of lives when it comes to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It can take a lifetime to damage our bodies with food but if you catch on fast enough, veganism can literally save your life. You have more energy, the body recovers faster after being stressed from exercise and people poop on a regular basis. Yep, I said it! Eliminating meat from your diet can be beneficial but you have to do your research, talk to your doctor and find a good nutrionist. 

Find out how you can get started and share your concerns about eliminating meat from your diet. What I can tell you? You will not starve. You have to be willing to try a new way of cooking, eating and living. That's it! You will definitely feel better and meet your health goals faster. 

Check out these resources to learn more about VEGANISM!  

www.vegansociety.com

www.foodandnutrition.org

www.vegan.com

Movies to watch:

Super Size Me

Hungry for Change

PlantPure Nation

SUPER FOOD - FLAXSEED

Flaxseed: Great Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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FLAXSEED is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 and fiber, just to name a few. Omega 3-fatty acids are a polyunsaturated fatty acids that are needed for numerous normal body functions such as controlling blood clots and building cell membranes in the brain! In my kitchen I add flaxseed to my pancakes and homemade apple pies. The high temperature of the stove or oven will NOT effect flaxseed or alter the effects of flaxseed. So, BAKE ON! I always find awesome recipes for flaxseed at flax.com...particularly the Black Bean Burgers! Happy Eating!

Always check with your doctor or dietician before adding something new to your diet!

KALE, SPINACH and QUINOA

SEPTEMBER is FRUIT and VEGETABLE MONTH

Here's a great recipe that you can use for dinner tonight or for lunch.

Quinoa is a great super-food that you can add to any meal that you already love. Quinoa is rich in protein, iron, fiber and magnesium.  It's the perfect food for vegetarians and female athletes who need high protein and iron.  I have learned to add quinoa to several meals that we already like and it really enhances the flavor and my girls always go back for seconds.

Here is an awesome salad recipe that fills you up and gets you going for the second half of the day.  It's definitely a power salad.  My oldest daughter loves to pack this salad in her lunch with half a sandwich.  Try it!

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  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup of previously cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Roma tomato
  • 1/2 of a small Hass avocado sliced
  • 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber
  • Alfalfa Sprouts (your desired amount)
  • Optional: sliced boiled egg, chopped chicken or tuna
  • Your favorite low-fat dressing
  • Serves 1-2 people

ENJOY!

Posted on September 7, 2017 and filed under Food, Nutrition.