Monday, March 31, 2014

My Second Juice Fast - Day 1 and Day 2

I decided I needed to do a juice cleanse because my body is stuck at a plateau and last time I did one, I was able to start losing weight again and I felt great!!  

I just came back from vacation and felt relaxed so what a perfect time to detox!  

Day 1
My first day was strange.  I wasn't hungry at all, but I was already experiencing detox symptoms.  I was sneezing, stuffy nose, achy fingers and minor headaches.  Last time I did a cleanse, I didn't have any symptoms until the end of the second day.  My body must have a TON of toxins right now.   

When I woke up, I had a cup of hot lemon water and started to juice.  I made 64 ounces of kale, swiss chard, lettuce, carrots, celery, beets, an apple, an orange, a zucchini, a cucumber, tomatoes and brussel sprouts.  Everything was organic except the sprouts.  

I didn't drink all 64 ounces, but I didn't need to.  I put the left over in an air tight Mason jar.  

I took a nap that was about 2 hours long because I was so exhausted.  I tried to go to sleep earlier, but it was hard to sleep because of my runny nose and feeling sooooo cold!

Day 2
I think I drank a little more today.  I started off with the hot lemon water again and juiced more than 64 ounces of the same blend as yesterday.  I drank about 64 ounces.  I lost 3 pounds since day 1.  

I was so tired all day - not much energy.  I took another nap and tried to go to bed early.  I didn't get a good night sleep again because I have a toddler who forgot how to sleep through the night :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Gluten Free "Cookies"

Thus was super yummy and gluten free! 

I mashed up 3 bananas and added a 1/2 cup of applesauce (I cut, steamed and ran an apple through the food processor). 
Next, I added 2 cups of gluten free oats, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. 

Lastly, I added a handful of dark chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. 

Instead of individual cookies, I put everything in a pie pan and cooked for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  

So yummy!!  Store this in your refrigerator.

All ingredients used were organic.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Project Eliminate Gluten - Day 1

Over the past year, I have noticed several differences in my body which makes since considering I had a baby 12 months ago. 

My food intolerance to gluten and dairy is the most noticeable change.  I feel bloated, pain in joints - just gross overall. So, I have been researching different things that I could do.  A friend of mine recently did the JJ Virgin Diet in which you eliminate 7 foods for 21 days and slowly add them back to see if you can tolerate them.  The 7 foods are gluten, dairy, peanuts, soy, artificial sweeteners (Stevia is okay), corn and eggs. 

While I am not doing JJ Virgin exactly, I am eliminating gluten and dairy from my diet.  It takes at least 14 days to get out your system completely!  Crazy!  But worth it in the end. 

I am also attempting to down my water every day.  I have 24 ounce cup complete with a straw.  I love this cup.  The goal is to have four of them a day (you do the math - 24 times 4!).  

Tonight for dinner is soup:
Chicken, quinoa, chicken broth, mushrooms, celery, carrots and onions.  I will post a picture later.  It is so yummy!  Whenever I post recipes on here, all ingredients are organic.  I encourage you and everyone else to buy all organic produce, meat and quinoa (Just say NO to GMOs!!!).

Anyway, that's all for now!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Creative Wine Corks - Keychains

Look at the pictures to see the keychains I made this week for an order!  I love the ones with the bling the best.  I need to remember to post pictures from all of my Etsy orders. 

Until then.....cheers!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Juice Fast - 4th and Final Day

As for my dinner juice last night that my husband made, he put burdock root, garlic, oranges and tomatoes in it! Tomatoes!   I have a love/hate relationship with tomatoes.  I don't like to eat them, but I love to buy them and cook with them and I love the way they look in dishes, however, I usually pick them out.  Anyway, I really hate tomato juice, but I didn't taste it at all in the juice.  Probably because the garlic was so strong.  Very sneaky husband I have!

Today, I started to get a headache around 5:00 a.m.  I got up and drank about 20 ounces of water and it totally went away.

My morning and afternoon  juices included carrots, celery, beets, an apple, ginger, spinach, cucumber, parsley, kale and tomatoes.  It was really good!  I probably could have skipped the ginger and then it would have been awesome, but ginger has so many health benefits so I put it in.

During the afternoon, I started making dinner because I knew that I was not going to continue with the fast beyond dinner.  I made lentil soup with a ton of veggies.  It was weird to cook without tasting.  I also made a sweet treat - mashed bananas, homemade applesauce, a dash of vanilla, cinnamon and oats.  Mix it all together and bake!   They made the house smell awesome and made me hungry!

I had about 80 ounces of water, seven cups of decaf tea and three and a half glasses of juice (~46 ounces).  I was also down another pound. 

Mitch and I had a last juice, about 5 ounces, a little before dinner. 

Breaking fast - we had some cucumber slices, blueberries, dates and homemade applesauce.  So great!

The lentil soup was AMAZING!  I was really happy with it and I will definitely make it again.  Sweet treat was also yummy!

Some of my take aways from this fast:
I didn't enjoy fasting and it took daily motivation to keep me on track.  It was definitely easier since Mitch did it with me.  When you detox, you always have to keep your eye on the prize.  My prize is I have a new outlook on eating.  I definitely got away from healthy eating during my pregnancy last year.  Now, I am more focused moving forward. 

I plan to do this again in the Spring and urge you all to try it too!  Cheers!

The Art of Juicing

PARSLEY juice helps stop hay fever attacks and has more than three times the vitamin C of oranges. A safe, therapeutic dose is one half to 1 c. parsley juice per day. Parsley juice can be toxic in overdose and should be avoided by pregnant women. Parsley juice is also good in treating anemia and multiple sclerosis; it serves as a diuretic that helps decrease inflammation and irritation in the bladder and urethra; it contains beta carotene, magnesium, zinc, B6 and bioflavonoids; and helps produce an overall sense of well-being.
CELERY juice raises blood alkalinity, which helps reduce allergic reactions. Also good in treating insomnia, has a calming effect; contains silicone, strengthens nerve and heart tissue.
DANDELION greens are commonly used in treating anemia. They are a good source of iron, folic acid, calcium, potassium and trace minerals. Also a traditional remedy for osteoarthritis. Recommended a half-cup morning and evening. Dandelion is also a traditional remedy for healing rheumatoid arthritis and tendonitis; contains phytochemicals believed to deactivate the TB bacteria. Fights water retention.
FENNEL calms the mind. Is used as a traditional tonic and found to help release endophins into the bloodstream. These feel-good chemicals create a mood of euphoria and dampen anxiety and fear. Also aids digestion, relieves gas and serves as a uterine tonic.
ASPARAGUS is a good diuretic and traditional remedy for kidney and bladder problems.
GINGER serves as an anti-inflammatory and lowers cholesterol levels.
CARROT reduces cholesterol levels; helpful with fatigue.
GARLIC contains substances that help stop stiffening of the aorta, the body's main artery. Decreases cholesterol and triglycerides; lowers blood sugar levels. Strongly antimicrobal, effective against bacteria, viruses and parasites.
JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE is rich in inulin, a substance that increases immune defense mechanisms; helps stabilize blood sugar levels, and helps support the liver and pancreas.
PARSNIPS along with JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES are traditional remedies that help curb cravings for sweets and junk food. Sip the juice slowly when you have a craving for high fat or high sugar food.
WHEATGRASS is a powerful immune builder. Also good for blood purification, liver detoxification and colon cleansing.
APPLE has antiviral properties. Use tart apples such as Granny Smiths or Pippins to avoid consuming too much fruit sugar.
CABBAGE juice has been documented to heal ulcers; also helpful with diabetes.
DAIKON RADISH is used in traditional Oriental medicine to help dissolve hardened accumulations in the intestines; also helps eliminate excess fat from the body.
TOMATO juice contains licopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against digestive tract cancers.
DARK GREEN juices rich in chlorophyll are helpful for depression; help relieve excess menstrual flow.
BEET juice is a good liver cleanser.
TURNIP is a traditional remedy for lung diseases.
SPINACH/CARROT juice helps with blood sugar regulation and liver cleansing.
BEET/CUCUMBER juice helps cleanse the liver and gallbladder.
SPINACH/APPLE juice cleanses and rejuvenates the intestinal tract.

Here is the source of the information in this blog:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Juice Fast - Day 3

I woke up with a RAGING headache! I was surprised because it felt like a caffeine withdrawal headache. I used to get those when I was addicted to caffeine and tried to give it up. I am surprised because I am not addicted to caffeine any more.  The headache did not go away until I had a cup of tea and my first glass of juice. I don't want to feel that again!

My first juice consisted of carrots, an orange, beets, celery, kale, spinach, lettuce, an apple, ginger, burdock root, parsley and a cucumber. It was really good and hit the spot.

This morning, I was super energized! Jumped on the scale this morning and I am down 4.2 pounds. Again, I am not doing this for weight loss, but a lower number on the scale is always good in my opinion :)

By dinner, I had had two and a half juices (~16 oz), five cups of tea and 70 ounces of water.

I am not sure what was in the dinner juice.  My husband made it and I wasn't watching and I didn't ask.  There was definitely garlic and an orange though.

It is before bedtime and I have been sluggish all afternoon.

I am excited for this fast to conclude tomorrow night.   More because I have had time to reflect on my eating habits moving forward.  I feel like I have more clarity about that and even if that is all I take from, then I will call this fast a success.