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Hallelujah!  Yesterday was the turn around day for me.  My energy levels are going up, my moods again are leveling out, and my waist is shrinking!  When I began juicing (not fasting but juicing daily) I weighed myself, that was March 26th.  Since then I have lost 11lb!  Most of the weight loss has been during this fast.  I’m 4lb away from a major goal and once I reach it I will share more.  😀 Suspense. LOL

I am still very much under attack though, yesterday was a very difficult day emotionally.  However, I turned my eyes on God and honestly He pulled me through it.  What would have been much more difficult ended up being easy to slide off my back.  I noticed a MAJOR change in my attitude and emotional state.  I am much more calm.  I enjoy being calm!

Today I put on a pair of pants for work and I used to have a nice little muffin top hanging over the top, guess what? That muffin is gone!  The pants fit amazingly, I can’t wait until they are too big. 🙂  God is good to me.  I’m so grateful for what he is doing in my life.

 

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Well isn’t God funny sometimes!?  I was sure 100% last week that my time at my job was ending.  That it was time to make a change and I made a move, but nothing has happened.  In fact I prayed, Lord if this is not where you want me to be (the new job I applied for) close that door and make me know that I am supposed to stay.  Boy, Oh Boy, did He answer that prayer for me!

I had the most amazing weekend.  My mental health Friday was exactly what I needed.  Three whole days off of work and a beautiful sunny Oregon weekend ahead of me, it was wonderful!  We got out into the yard, got wet in our creek, played with the dogs and the next door neighbor kids.  I even got a sunburn!  Which I’m quite grateful for actually, it’s been nothing but rain here for months so I’m excited to have red shoulders.

Next thing I know it’s Monday again.  I didn’t give myself enough time to make juice this morning so I figured I’d do that for dinner.  Another beautiful day, it was easy to get on the road and open the sunroof.  I got to work and had some Teeccino in tow.  Teeccino is a coffee alternative, I gave up coffee about a month ago.  My boss walked in and gave me a face, “that looks like you scraped it up off the parking lot.”  I half laughed, was that suppose to be a joke or was he serious?  Later he told the medical assistant the same thing, she replied to him “it’s probably juice, Corri’s been juicing.”  I missed a very interesting Friday, apparently one of our patients (that the doctor knows personally) had begun juicing and had lost 20lb.

Sitting in my office the medical assistant beeps my phone and says “can you come back here please.”  Awesome, called to the “principal’s” office on Monday.  I get back and she and the doc are staring… “uh… what’s up?”  I ask.  “What kind of juicer do you have?”  My boss asked, “A Hurom slow juicer, why?” I respond.  Turns out he’s looking into buying a juicer for the office.  The Medical Assistant told him how much she wanted to start, then the patient on Friday and now he learns Hubby and I have been at it for a month, it was the perfect “storm.”  My boss is great in the fact that he wants us all to be healthy, he gives us extra time during the day (paid I might add) to go for a jog or a walk or to a gym to workout.  He’s an Orthopedic doc so he’s into fitness.  Anyway, he saw it as a way to help us, add some health to our lives and I’m sure it’s a tax write off too.  He asked me to go with him to Sur La Table at lunch to look with him.

Come lunch time, we head over.  I tell him about Hubby and my journey, he tells me about the patient who lost 20lb.  We get to the store and the only juicer there is the Hurom.  I tell him all about it, how it works even the sales person came up and asked me if I had a job! LOL  I guess I was doing a good job selling the product. 😉  When you love something, you love it, I guess it showed.  He bought it for the office!!  I am giddy!  I ran to the store picked up some produce and came back and made everyone juice.  Now I don’t have to stress myself out if I didn’t make juice for the day before heading home!

I never did hear from that job I applied for.  Then my boss bought a juicer for us… I heard the answer to my prayer loud and clear.

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Subway in Belo Horizonte. Português: Subway em...

Subway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was thinking about picking up a Subway sandwich, I watched The Biggest Loser and they were eating Subway.  We’ve all heard of Jared who lost weight eating Subway and walking.  We are bombarded with how “healthy” of a choice it is.  I do suppose that compared to McDonald’s or Taco Bell it is probably a healthier option but is it really “healthy?”

Instead of blindly running down there at lunch to fulfill a void I decided to research what I was going to be eating.  Most places these days have ingredient lists on their websites as well as nutrition facts.  I wanted to know what exactly is in their bread, is that a healthy option for me?  I found a PDF on their site giving the ingredients, check them out http://www.subway.com/Nutrition/Files/usProdIngredients.pdf

The first thing I noticed was the famous word “enriched.”  All their bread is made from enriched flour, sounds good enough right?  What exactly is enriched flour?  Basically they remove all the natural God-given nutrients from the flour to make a finer flour that also has a longer shelf life.  Then in an attempt to make it healthy they add back the nutrients they just removed.  Here is something interesting I found “When the bran and the germ (the parts of the wheat that contain vitamins and minerals) are removed, your body absorbs wheat differently. Instead of being a slow, steady process through which you get steady bursts of energy, your body breaks down enriched flour too quickly, flooding the blood stream with too much sugar at once. Your body then has to work hard to absorb the excess and stores it as fat. This causes quick highs and lows in your blood-sugar level which can lead to type-two diabetes and obesity. All this and you’re not even getting close to the amount of nutrients that whole grains contain.” Source: http://www.bhawkindustries.com/blank?pageid=174&catstart=0&prodstart=0  Sure sounds “healthy” to me, what about you?

Ok so we know the enriching process is a bad deal, what else can we find on their list?  Soybean Oil.  We know from GMO class that soybeans are pretty much all GMO unless they are Organic.  Sorry Subway… you lose again.  Then we see “yeast nutrients” which from my research is just a hidden way to put some yummy MSG in our food.  See hidden sources for MSG here.  Plus we have “natural flavor” again a good hiding place for MSG and “caramel color” which is what exactly?  Certainly that must be natural right?

I wasn’t giving up though.  I thought ok, so there must be one option on their menu that would be healthy.  I scrolled down and read “honey oat bread” I saw organic cane juice solids there, now we are on to something!  But after further reading they use the same “wheat bread” as a base for almost every bread they make.  There are no healthy bread options at Subway.  At which point I became discouraged and quit reading.  I figure if I can’t get a healthy sandwich at a place that is supposed to sell healthy sandwiches, then I didn’t need anything from them.  *sigh*  I have to admit I was pretty disappointed, I thought for sure with as healthy as we are being told these guys are that there would be a healthy sandwich option.

Just goes to show you that reading ingredients is very important.  I used to love to be blind to the things I was stuffing my face with, but no more.  It seems like now I’m obsessed in a completely different way, and I have to tell you I like this new Corri!

 

 

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How’d you like today’s title? Sound appealing? Yeah…it’s not to me either, but there is a health benefit to them.  Several years ago Hubby and I watched a movie called A Beautiful Truth.  It is one of the movies that blasts the cancer epidemic wide open and it’s done by a teenager!  I had heard of vitamin B-17 before for cancer treatment, even Rife treatment, but the Gerson therapy that was discussed in this movie, I had never heard of.

Dr Max Gerson was a brilliant man, and of course as in most amazing discoveries for diseases (especially those that don’t cost much) his ideas were swept under the rug and he was dubbed a “quack” by most doctors and organizations.  He suggested that a diet that is mostly plant-based along with coffee enema could cure diseases.  This suggestion to the normal medical community is outlandish and crazy, but the problem with Dr Gerson’s therapy is the fact that you can’t make money on fruit and vegetable juices and coffee enema.  What would happen if cancer was cured?  We wouldn’t be asked for money at the grocery store check out, there would be no more “race for the cure’s,” or no more cancer society.  The doctor who’s only job is “treating” cancer would no longer be needed, and what about the multi millions of dollars spent on the new cancer centers around the country?  The problem is, they don’t really WANT to cure cancer, why would they?  Pharmaceutical companies would be out millions of dollars that people pay out for the cancer drugs, with the radiation, the actual treatments are more likely to kill a person than the cancer themselves.

I’m not callous.  I have great sadness for people dealing with cancer.  I, myself, have been changed by cancer.  My grandma died when I was 13 due to complications from her ovarian cancer.  I currently have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and you don’t think it scares me to death that my Grandma had ovarian cancer!?  My “second mom” died last year from complications from her cancer.  She was though to have asthma most of my growing up period, then turned out it was actually cancer.  She and my mom were best friends and both single mom’s.  Caren lived up the street from us and took care of foster kids, so she was home while my mom was at work.  She became a mom to my brother and I, and would watch us after school until my mom would get home from work.  So I’m not one of those people who speaks out against something and has never experienced the pain associated with it.

Here’s the thing, God thought of EVERYTHING.  He knew exactly what would happen to us, he knew we would be faced with things like this, he knew we would be depressed and gave us herbs like St John’s Wart to help us.  He knew we would be faced with cancer and gave us things to ward off the cancer.  He gave us fresh fruits and vegetables, he created them to have the nutrients we needed.  Ultimately, God created us as vegetarians! Genesis 1:29-30 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”  It wasn’t until sin came into the picture that we were told we can eat meat now.  Sin brought death, things then died where before they didn’t, so now we can eat meat.

This "fountain syringe" should only ...

This "fountain syringe" should only be used for douching, by replacing the attached enema nozzle with the vaginal nozzle (shown bottom left). The vaginal nozzle is longer and thicker and has lateral holes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve tried the vegetarian thing, I was very bad at it.  The only reason that statement is true is because I didn’t eat well, I filled up on carbs and sweets rather than healthy foods.  In the movie A Beautiful Truth, they talk about the mercury in our mouth from silver dental fillings.  I am proud to say I just had my last silver filling removed!  They also talk about coffee enema.  I wrote down the protocol, and Hubby was determined to try it.  Here’s how it goes: 1 Quart of water to 3 Tbsp ORGANIC coffee.  Simmer on the stove for 15 minutes, strain off the coffee through a coffee filter and allow to cool.  Once cool add enough water back to make it a quart.   Fill an enema bag with half the coffee (or a pint).  Enema bags can be purchased at Walgreens, Rite Aid etc.  The fun part is next!  Then you put that said half coffee (a pint) in your bum.  Yep real fun stuff here.  Once it’s inside you lay on your right side with your knees drawn up, sort of like a chair but laying on your right side.  We fill up a tub of warm water, it gets cold laying in the bathroom, so we lay in a tub of water.  You lay like that for 12-15 minutes, then expel, which is another “fun” part.

Hubby was the first one to try it.  He did it and raved about it.  But we made some mistakes, let me share them with you as uncomfortable as they were, they might help you not make the same mistakes.  The biggest mistake was we put the entire quart of coffee in, rather than splitting it half and half.  Hubby did just fine.  Me on the other hand… it was BAD NEWS JOE BROWN!  I’m smaller than Hubby, so what ended up happening was I think it pushed up too far and into my stomach.  Gross.  When it was time to “expel” not much came out… then the stomach ache started and then I was up all night because of all the coffee.  It was HORRIBLE!! I have no idea how he talked me into doing it again, but he did.  The next time we split the quart.  It was easier but the process is NEVER fun.  It is uncomfortable, you cramp, you feel like you can’t hold it in, these are all very normal.  Even the expelling process is not fun, although it feels great to let it all go, what comes out of you might be surprising, and how much will also be a surprise.

For complete disclosure and honesty, I must say I’ve probably done this about 5 times.  Hubby is much more proactive about it than I am.  In fact he just did one last night and reminded me that I need to do another one.  So I promised I would do it Saturday morning, what a way to wake up!  But it is for health reasons, not for fun.  So what’s the point? Well coffee stimulates the bile flow, bile holds a lot of toxins, so when you cause it to flow it will expel the toxins with the coffee.  It also increases circulation, as well as increased bowel movements, and coffee contains antioxidants. Hubby says he feels less bloated and his pants fit better after he does it.

Charlotte Gerson, Dr. Max Gerson’s daughter, is still alive and they have a center in Mexico where people can go and seek treatment.  She also does a lot of talks and interviews.  I just listened to an amazing one, listen to it here.  Any thoughts on trying this yourself?  🙂

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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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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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I subscribe to a lot of different people who have different philosophies, some of them are raw food people.  My opinion?  I don’t think I have one.  I have tried to be raw, but it isn’t as easy for me, maybe I wasn’t ready, or maybe I just love a steak every now and then.  One of the raw food people I get blog updates on is Kevin and AnnMarie at http://renegadehealth.com.  I started out watching their youtube channel, and I highly recommend them.  I do learn a lot from them.  They just suggested a movie called Hungry for Change you can watch the trailer here   WOW WOW and more WOW!  Hungry for Change is really what our world needs.  There are many different speakers in this film even Jamie Oliver who’s Food Revolution has really sparked an interest in my heart to make good changes in cooking food at home.  I do have a love/hate relationship with food though.  I learned at a very young age to make it comfort rather than nutrition and necessity.  I remember being a kid and eating my heart out when no one was around, it made me feel better… it still does sometimes.  In fact I was pretty sure my cat was dying Sunday and Hubby took me out for fried food.  My tummy paid that price later, but the food was comforting going in. (And my cat didn’t die, Praise God! But she doesn’t have years and years left that is for sure)  I “know” a lot but there is still part of me that is broken, a recent blogger “friend” posted a book review on The Obesity Epidemic and I think that is something that I really need to get on reading.  Another yahoo group I belong to just posted about weight loss and many were chiming in that most people who have weight issues also have emotional issues that they “comfort” with food, often time sexual, physical and mental abuse occurred to them and it’s safer to be in a “fat suit” than to be real and healthy and attractive.  I can relate.  Although I don’t want to be here anymore.  I want out of this fat suit!  I want food to be nutrition for me, not comfort.  I think MANY people struggle with this, or it wouldn’t be an epidemic.  I also think that many people don’t know how to start, and don’t know the truth about real food or the truth about fake food.

Hungry for Change is offering a free viewing of this film if you go to their website and sign up, sign up is easy: just your name and email address.  The free showing is March 21-31 2012.  Go here to sign up http://www.hungryforchange.tv/.

I urge you to take a look at your own life, are there things in what you are eating that you can’t pronounce?  Do you live on sugar or diet sodas?  Is there something that you can do to change your health?  Are you always tired?  Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you on so many medications your head spins?  God didn’t intend for us to live this way.  I believe there is a better way, let’s find it and change this destructive path, if not for us then for the next generation.

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