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October 31st, 2007 at 09:14pm Under Recipes

Juicing is a process that separates the juice from fruits and vegetables from the pulp. The removal of fiber enables the body to absorb large amounts of vitamins, minerals, food enzymes, and antioxidants with minimal effort. The energy and enzymes that are not needed for digestion and assimilation can then be used to cleanse, rebuild, and repair. Enzymes are the life force of food, responsible for every chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of your body. They are destroyed in foods that have been cooked or processed. We have a finite amount of enzymes and when they begin to run out, we start to see the signs of aging and increase our chances for disease.

Juices are best consumed upon rising when the body is in cleansing mode, but if this is not convenient for you find a time that works best for your lifestyle. Start out with 6 ounces per day and gradually build up to 16 ounces. In time, you will begin to experience the many benefits of juicing including, increased energy levels, weight loss, stronger immune system, and healthier skin, hair and nails.

Please see my Juicing Recipes page for ideas.

FYI Fiber is essential for health and proper elimination, so continue to eat raw fruit, vegetables, and legumes in conjunction with your juices to keep your body in balance.

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Beginner’s Green Smoothie

October 29th, 2007 at 09:24pm Under Green Smoothies

Beginner’s Green Smoothie

  • 2 apples (seeds removed)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 bunch romaine
  • 2 cups water

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Dandelion-Spinach Smoothie

October 29th, 2007 at 09:12pm Under Green Smoothies

Dandelion-Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 handful dandelion greens 
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 of a mango (peeled) or 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 small apple (seeds removed)
  • 3 cups of water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds.

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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Recommended Reading Materials

October 26th, 2007 at 06:29pm Under Books

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Chia Seeds

October 26th, 2007 at 06:22pm Under Food

Chia seeds bind to toxins and carry them out of the body, assist in lowering cholesterol, and help with hydration. I add 1 tablespoon to my green smoothie everyday. They don’t alter the flavor of foods so chia seeds can be added to just about anything.  To make chia gel: Soak 1/3 cup chia seeds in 2 cups of water, stir and put in fridge.  This gel will last up to two weeks.

Click on picture to purchase

1.5 lb bag for just $9.95

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Excalibur Dehydrator

October 26th, 2007 at 12:20pm Under Uncategorized

Dry fruit without the preservatives and added sugar found in store bought dried fruit. Also great for making fruit leathers, dried vegetables, raw flax crackers and raw bread.

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Omega 8003 Juicer

October 26th, 2007 at 12:14pm Under Appliances

In addition to juicing soft and hard fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and wheatgrass, this multi-purpose machine can be us as a food processor, homogenizer (create seed/nut butters and frozen desserts) and pasta extruder. Easy clean up too!

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October 26th, 2007 at 08:51am Under Juicing

Beet Drink

This is the combination my mother used to lower her cholesterol from 300 mg/dL to 171 mg/dL naturally!!!

1/2 large beet or one small beet

3 carrots

1/2 cucumber (peeled if not organic)

1 apple (seeds removed)

1 celery stalk

1 small piece fresh ginger (optional)

Calcium Drink

Broccoli and parsley are both very good sources of calcium

1/2 cup broccoli

small handful of parsley

4 carrots

1 small apple (seeds removed)

Pink Lemonade

One of my personal favorites!

4 red apples (seeds removed)

1/4 of a lemon (unpeeled)

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Cholesterol Tips

October 21st, 2007 at 05:06pm Under Lowering Cholesterol

Changes that have helped people in my life lower their cholesterol naturally*:

  • Chia Seeds!  Consume 3-4 tablespoons of chia gel per day.  The soluable fiber will strip excess cholesterol from your body and the Omega 3s will help reduce inflammation.
  • Increase fiber consumption (include quinoa, brown rice with black beans, lentils, etc. into your diet)
  • Alternate between Beet Drink and Green Smoothies on most days of the week
  • Add ground flax, sesame (said to lower cholesterol), pumpkin, and sunflower seeds to your diet (add to smoothies, soups, salads, etc.)
  • Limit coffee and alcohol consumption
  • Limit consumption of animal/dairy products
  • Exercise!

*It is important that you consult a physician or other qualified health professional before changing your diet or beginning an exercise program

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Simply Delicious!

October 21st, 2007 at 05:03pm Under Green Smoothies

  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 apples
  • 4 leaves of kale
  • 2 cups water

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix. Feel free to add more water to reach desired consistency.

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