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I took the dogs out for a last potty before bed last night and discovered my neighbor was outside having a smoke.  She is my first “friend” in our new neighborhood, we’ve had a few conversations and seem to have a bit in common, plus I don’t have many girl friends.  I don’t know what it is but girls tend to be a bit more… drama then men.  I have two very close friends from high school who are female but that’s about it.  Anyway, we got to chatting and all of a sudden I blurt out “we’ve been juicing and I feel great!”  Then I laughed and said “oh I’m such a dork.”  I started telling her about the juicing, how great I feel and that I got the idea from the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  She, to my surprise, had actually heard of it.  I also encouraged her to watch the free viewing of Hungry for Change.  It was strange though, I mean she and I don’t really know each other well.  She has told me a bit about her divorce and some personal stuff, but I’ve only lived next to her since November.  There I was standing in the rain, in my pink slippers, chatting about how great juicing made me feel.  It’s a bit unlike me actually, I’m not a get in your face type of person.  If you see something and ask then I’ll tell you generally, but just blurting stuff out to someone who is pretty much a stranger, is just not my style, but there I was.

Wednesday night Hubby made some organic locally grown hamburger with some brown rice and topped it with some Bragg’s amino acids, and some fresh veggies, including some home-grown sprouts.  I really thought I wanted it, it was the first time I ate meat a while.  It didn’t leave me feeling the way I thought I would.  I didn’t feel bad, but I certainly didn’t feel the way I do normally, well my normal now that is.  I found myself going back to the kitchen to top my bowl off with more fresh sprouts, what is going on with me!?

Yesterday we ran out of produce, so I juiced everything we had in the morning and shared it with Hubby.  It wasn’t enough to keep me full all day, so I munched on nuts and had some chicken feet soup stock with veggies.  Yet my body was craving juice.  Hubby went to the store and I came home to a big glass of juice, it hit my stomach and every cell was dancing.

Several years ago I became a vegetarian, I did it because I felt like a hypocrite.  How could I eat meat if I was too squeamish to kill it myself?  I lasted a year until a steak from a BBQ called me away from that life.  I’m not claiming to be a vegetarian but I can say that my body is reacting very well to this new diet.  I had a huge salad last night that filled me up, which is fairly uncommon, usually only carbs fill me like that.  I’m a sugar addict, and yet I don’t crave sugar anymore!  In fact, I don’t crave anything really.  I would get cravings for hamburgers (fat), carbs and sweets, coffee… now my body seems to only crave juice and healthy produce.  It feels weird, and yet exciting.  I’ve even lost some weight to boot!  Weight loss is not the goal but it is a nice motivator, I sure have some pounds to lose.  My skin is starting to clear up, I have color in my skin, I am more clear in thinking, and I have more energy than I use to, even my hair has more of a luster to it.  My body likes this new juicing thing!  I feel amazing, absolutely amazing and I never use to feel amazing.  Just the other day I was in my office and it was a slow day and I was alone, so I started doing squats and wall push ups and then jogging in place.  I felt all light and good so I started to do jumping jacks and soon remembered that my body weight has not quite caught up to how good I feel, I was reminded how heavy I felt, but that is just temporary.  Juicing is a lifestyle, I don’t believe it’s fleeting for a moment, because once you start and feel good, you can’t stop!  I feel amazing!

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I really feel like I am on God’s path for me.  After watching Hungry for Change I noticed some of the speakers themselves had “starred” in movies, basically they had some kind of health issue and they documented their journey to health.  One guy, Joe, he did a movie called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  I happened to find that movie is offered free (again LOVE free!) on hulu.com!  So this weekend Hubby and I sat down to take a peek.  Let me just say that I am overjoyed that Hubby is on board with all these things I bring up. I am truly blessed to have such a supportive spouse.

The movie starts with Joe, an Australian who is over weight and has an auto immune disorder.  He decides to go on a 30 day juice fast and travels to the USA to do so.  On his journey he meets a truck driver named Phil, who also has the same auto immune disorder that Joe has.  Joe tells Phil that if he ever wants to turn his life around, Phil was morbidly obese (many truck drivers seem to be) and very sick, to call him.  After Joe completes his journey, Phil calls him.  The last half of the movie is about Phil’s journey.  I couldn’t stop watching!  I had to see what was going to happen to these two.

Well Joe lost a ton of weight, his big gut was gone.  Phil eventually got off ALL medications and lost, I believe it was half of his weight.  All they “ate” was juice and water.  It was really life changing stuff.

I was ready to join the juicing “revolution” when Sunday morning I woke up to Hubby making up some Chorizo.   After reading that it contained “spices” which can be a way to hide chemicals like MSG, I decided to opt out of that breakfast option.  Hubby would later wish he chose that as well, but live and learn sometimes I guess.  I had a green smoothie with no milk but water instead, I added my normal spirulina, kelp, dulce, carob and wheat grass powders and it was satisfying and energizing.  We did eat food yesterday, and actually there is a youtube video where Joe says that you get a bit constipated after the third or fourth day of only juicing so he recommends eating actually fruit and veggies as well.  But I think we’re on to something here.  Yesterday we ran down to the grocery store and picked up $60 worth of fruits and mainly green veggies to juice.  The lady at the cash register actually said “we don’t much of this come through,” as she was trying to identify chard and kale, how sad is that!?!  We had juice for dinner and woke up and juiced.  To be honest with you, my energy level is much higher than it was when I drank coffee (which I’m only about two weeks without it).  I can actually FEEL my body craving the juice.  When we make it I get all giddy and excited, it’s almost like my body knows what is about to come.

I don’t think we will be 100% on the whole juicing thing.  I mean, we eat food too, but juicing will be a main part of our diet.  I can just tell a difference already in how I feel.  I wish I could tell everyone who was over weight about it, but just like in the movie, many people are just happy to be where they are.  There were a ton of people who said “Oh I could NEVER do that.”  Which I don’t get, why won’t we do things for ourselves that we would do for others?  Why would we allow ourselves to slowly die rather than get healthy and live life happy? And can’t anyone do anything for 10 days??  I guess it’s too easy to stay in a complacent place…

Start out slowly, add FRESH juice to your diet every day.  Pull our your juicer, or go buy one off craigslist (you can get a cheap one, well…cheap!).  We don’t have anything fancy (Juiceman II that we got at a garage sale), in fact we re-juice our pulp because it doesn’t get super dry the first pull.  Get tons of leafy green veggies, apples, carrots, celery, cucumber… with the sweet items (like carrots and apples) the juice is surprisingly sweet, even though it’s very green.  There is no way to be able to eat that much produce in a day, so get the nutrients into your body by drinking them.  Just start there, at least juice one time a day, if not make enough for your entire day.  I’m not saying you can’t eat food, just try doing one thing for your health.  It will be a chain reaction and sooner than you think you’ll be on your way to a different healthy life.  Want to join me?

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Do you diet and diet and never really see true results?  Have you, like me, been perpetually on a “diet” since you were a young kid?  I remember going on “diets” with my Mom growing up, I remember the time when she cut our 2% milk to…gulp… fat free, or working out to Richard Simmons, or counting this or that… Are you ready for a change?  Are you ready to get off the crazy diet roller coaster and really get healthy and stay that way?  Enter the new movie Hungry for Change.  Brought to you by the same people who made Food Matters but this one focuses on weight loss and “dieting.”

Hungry for Change is being offered to you FREE until March 31, 2012.  Don’t you like free? I do!  I have had the privilege of watching this amazing movie already this week, however I fully intend on watching it again today and maybe this weekend.  I can not say MORE about this wonderful movie, I mean it puts to shame any “diet” you’ve ever been on.  In fact it inspired Hubby and I to find our juicer, pull it out and allow it to find its permanent home on our counter top.  It also inspired the purchase of almost $50 worth of veggies and fruits to put through that said juicer.  I can’t wait until growing season this year, where we can juice our own home-grown veggies!! We had our first cup of fresh juice last night, you can instantly feel it go to your cells.  I gulped down my first glass and then half of another, it was like my body was screaming…”give me more!”

Here is the first part to Hungry for Change, does it inspire you to want more?  Go to their website, enter your first name and email address to watch the complete movie for free here.

You can’t go wrong with free folks.  Seriously, I think this movie is truly life changing.  I think it will inspire you to want more for yourself, for your body, for your family.  Take advantage of this free movie, I promise you, you will not regret it besides what do you have to lose?

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