Sunday, July 20, 2014

The 5-2-5 Plan of juicing

So it's the weekend and I love the 5-2-5 plan.  I juice during the week and have weekends off.  I still have had a juice for at least one meal during the weekend.  The reason I like the 5-2-5 plan is that it gives you the freedom to eat if you wish.  Of course don't overdue it.  I did cook fish one night and I said that I would only eat a little bit of it and it tasted so good that I kept on eating it and I was so uncomfortable.

That is the part that I love about juicing. Is that your system gets reset and you crave veggies!  Also, you stomach shrinks and you eat less food.  I don't know how long I will keep on doing the 5-2-5 plan.  But I do know that at least this week, I will juice again.

I find juicing so much easier than planning meals and cooking.  Just juice and go.. no worries.  I think that if I keep going this way that if a work lunch comes up, I may just get lunch that day and drink my juice the next day.  I'm not going to make a big deal out of my juicing plan.  I am just going to give myself the freedom to plan on juicing and be free to go away from the plan if I would like to.

My ultimate goal right now is to eat mostly raw foods and juicing is a good way to do this.  I heard that you should eat 80% raw foods.  I don't know that I could do that forever. But maybe I can eat at least 50% raw foods forever.  At this point, it's just an experiment.  We will see how I do.  I just know that right now, I feel so good from juicing that I don't want to stop.

For those of you out there that may have the problem that I had.  Constipation while juicing.  I thought that I was weird for having this problem but other juicers out there have had this problem too.  Read on to find out how I fixed this problem.

On day one (Day 1 Juice) I mentioned that I was nervous about juicing again because I got constipated the last time I juiced.  Something that I never expected should happen but after doing some research, I found out that this is common.  I think most people tend to go when they do a  juice fast though.

I'm glad that I did some research on this and didn't give up because I found out that if this happens to you that you should take psyllium husk.  The recommended dose was 1 TBS and I'm glad that I did 1 tsp.  I feel so much better right now!!!!

I just love it when I happen to stumble upon good health information out there.  It always seems to come at a the right time.  Now I feel that I could do this juice fast another week!  I have all the tools now.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Juicing Day 3 and 4

I know that I haven't done my juicing perfectly so far only because I ended up with a sinus infection and needed to take antibiotics that upset my stomach.  So yesterday with my pill I ate one portobella mushroom cap and that seemed to help with the upset stomach.  This morning I ate one "juice bar" with my pill.  I found out that you don't really need to eat much to help relieve the upset stomach.

I may have some yogurt or oatmeal on my other days with my pills.  I'm trying to keep whatever I eat raw or a plant food.  I'm trying to avoid grains except oatmeal.  And of course the vegan yogurt will help get my system back in balance.

I was planning on only doing this for 5 days but since I couldn't juice correctly.  I'm going to keep going and eating the small foods with my pills to get me through this.  So next week I will juice again.  Who knows, maybe I'll just keep on going like this.  I like the idea of juicing for 5 days and then having the weekends off.  I find it so much easier to get ready for work by making juices for my lunch than rather trying to figure out what to bring for lunch.

Here is a picture of the "juice bar" as I call it.  Jason Vale has his own brand of Juice Bars.  I think whatever you eat during the juice time should be low human intervention food as Jason Vale would say.

I think that we should always eat as close to nature as possible.  Think about if you were stuck out in the jungle or a deserted island.  What would you eat?  I don't think that you would be eating bread.  How would you make it?  You would gather fruits and nuts.  Maybe catch a fish or a wild animal if you were lucky.  You would be eating mostly raw foods.

Honestly, when we were created, we were created to eat from the Garden of Eden.  We didn't cook any food or eat any animals back then.  That is the perfect diet.  I'm not saying that we should cook anything but we should be eating a mostly raw diet for optimum health.  And definitely be eating less animals.  We just have it backwards.. eat a huge piece of steak and a small portion of veggies with french fries.  If you eat like this all the time you are missing vital nutrients.  And if you eat like that, you should juice often to clean out your system.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 2 of my Juice Fast - not going so well

Well darn it all.. I hoped to juice this cold out of me but today I gave up and went to see the doc.  I guess I am glad that I did that because I have a sinus infection.  I hope that I still can juice.  But I know that antibiotics normally cause an upset tummy with me.  Maybe I will still juice but eat something like an apple when I take my pills.  I may not be able to finish off my juicing week perfectly but I'm still going to attempt it the best that I can.

I do plan on doing this as soon as I'm off the antibiotics. I have to complete one week of juicing without eating.  I know that some of you out there think this is a lot of work but I think it's so much easier then planning and cooking meals.  Just just everything and go, so simple!

Some tips that I have learned is to cut up your veggies the night before and put each juice in a separate bag or container.  I put any fruit that I will be using on the counter and cut that up in the AM.  The other thing is to invest in a good quality juicer.

I purchase the Omega Wide Mouth Juicer.  It's a bit loud but it can handle whole apples and it juices fast.  I also found that it seems to produce more juice than my old juicer.  Now that's value in itself.  It's very easy to clean up and the juice is done in seconds.

Happy Juicing!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Doing a juice fast again - Day 1

I've decided to juice for another week. I'm at least going to do this for five days. Jason Vale was the inspiration to juice again. He is promoting a seven day juice. The last time that I did this, I had some issues with constipation so I am a little nervous this time. I did decide to eat plain lettuce today to hopefully add fiber so that this won't happen again.

 I think day 1 is the hardest day of doing a juice fast.  Probably lots of people give up just because they think it's too hard and don't try to keep going.  I do know from doing this juice fast before that you have to make it to at least day 3 and then it's easy.  I suppose that you could keep going forever if you make it past day 3.  I do know that you have to keep you mind set on the goal because we are all so use to eating yummy food just to eat it, not because we are hungry.

Sometimes, I wish food didn't taste so yummy and then I would have an easier time controlling my weight.  It's just such a battle.  It's just so easy to overeat.  and in reality we don't need a lot of food to survive. Our bodies are designed to be able to survive famines.  So we can get by on very small amounts of food to survive. 

I think that it's a good thing to keep busy when you are doing a juice fast so that you don't think about eating.  Honestly, I'm not starving, a little bit hungry but it's not overwhelming, just a little bit annoying.  Like I said keep busy and you won't notice that you are hungry.

Here is the link to the juice plan that I am following. Jason has lots of juice plans in different amounts of days so anyone can do it.

Monday, June 9, 2014

6 Reasons to Drink More Water!

Water is vital for optimal health.  Most of us don't drink enough water.  Read what Dr. Weil has to say.

Want to promote healthy skin and proper digestion? Interested in a natural detoxifier? Water is a basic necessity. The body is more than two-thirds water, and keeping it hydrated is vital. Some reasons to sip H2O include:
  1. Healthy blood and bones. Your blood is over 80 percent water and your bones are over 50 percent water. Proper hydration is required to optimize creation of new blood and bone cells.
  2. Toxin elimination. Skip the fancy (and costly) detox plans. Plain water naturally helps remove toxins through the lymphatic system, intestines and kidneys.
  3. Lubricated joints. Water helps protect against wear and tear and can even help reduce joint pain.
  4. Proper digestion. Water helps prevent constipation by adding bulk to stools and fluid to the colon. 
  5. Alertness. Even minor dehydration can lead to headaches, irritability, impaired concentration and fatigue. The human brain is 85 percent water; keeping it hydrated is essential for proper functioning.
  6. Healthy skin. Water hydrates from the inside out, helping to maintain elasticity of the skin.
The standard recommendation is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. I don't believe there is solid evidence that such a high volume is essential for everyone; however, do drink throughout the day - this is easier if you keep a large glass or glass water bottle handy at all times. I have always recommended drinking high-quality water from a trustworthy source, or, if possible, getting a water-purification system for your home. If you are trying to wean yourself from soda, consider switching it out for sparkling water with a lime as a refreshing, healthful alternative. 

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Juicing - Day 4

Well it's day 4 and wow I only have one more day.  I made it!  I actually want to keep juicing, I feel great!  I think after day 5 I might just juice breakfast and lunch and then eat a normal dinner.  I can't believe how much I've "eaten".. I have "eaten" one whole large container of spinach, 4 bags of apples, 1/2 a large bag of carrots, 3 avocados, and things that I have never eaten before in my life, like parsnips and fennel bulb.  I have definitely eaten more fruits and veggies this week then I normally would eat.  I'm sure that is why I feel so great.. all that great nutrition in me.  Who needs a vitamin supplement if you eat like that.

Do you want to know the strangest thing?  My hot flashes and brain fog from my menopause seems to have lessened.  For those of you who don't know. I had a complete hysterectomy about 10 weeks ago.  I have been taking supplements to help with the symptoms and they do help.  But I still have symptoms, mild I would say.

So when I feel that brain fog coming on again.  I will do another 5 day juice fast.  I know that I will eat so much better once this is over.  And yes I did eat good before this.  I am a healthy dairy free vegetarian.  But I have never eaten all fruits and veggies without bread, rice or oils for one week.  Right now I don't feel like ever eating bread.  But when my cravings start to control me again. I will control them by juicing.

I hope that you can try juicing if ever for just a few days.  Look up Jason Vale the Juice Master on Facebook or just search him out online.  He has great juice plans 3, 5, 7, 14 and 28 day plans to choose from and they include smoothies so you won't get hungry and you are getting nutritionally fed from the juices.

Good Luck ~ Beth

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Day 2 of Juicing

Well day 2 was a little bit easier than day 1.  I did cheat a bit on day 1 and on day 2 I just ate a couple of carrots and my "juice bar". I figure if I'm going to "cheat" I'll eat only fruits and veggies, plain. I think that I have not been making my juices big enough. Not including enough spinach, apples or whatever. I think tomorrow I will add more than I have been and maybe the hungry tummy won't happen.

Tommorrow I get to have the Berry Crunch Smoothie. I think that will be filling and crunchy. I actually don't miss the crunching that much. I thought that would be the worst part of this whole juicing week. I thought that I would be dying to crunch on granola or carrots just to satisfy that need.

I can't believe that I tomorrow will be day 3 and I'll be halfway done!