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If you’ve been following me for any length of time you will know how much I have been into juicing.  In fact looking back we’ve been juicing for a month now.  It is amazing how we feel, how my skin glow and how people are noticing it… here’s the deal we went on a 7 day juice fast.  We ate fruits and veggies along with nuts during that week and we felt really amazing.  Since then I’ve lost a total of 5lb.  It just isn’t enough, when we broke our fast we started back with dairy (which I’m suspicious that I shouldn’t be eating it) and grains and meat, although we only ate meat a few times a week.  Since my boss bought the juicer for our office we decided that we are going to do a 30 day fast, after 30 days I’m going to evaluate things and either continue for another 30 days or be done then.  Hubby is committed to doing this with me as well.

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Juice (Photo credit: hynkle)

Every morning we start out with our smoothie.  Here’s the recipe:

1 banana

1 tsp spirulina powder

1 tsp kelp powder

1 tsp carob powder (until it runs out… we’re getting close)

1 tsp wheatgrass powder

1 tsp dulce powder (again we’re about out of this and don’t plan on getting more)

5 drops stevia

5 drops Iosol Iodine (I purchase the 8oz bottle from swanson vitamins)

We have a magic bullet so I make individual servings in the cups, blend and drink.  I actually gave up coffee with this smoothie.

The rest of the day it’s juice and fresh veggies and fruit.  Today we start, so far so good although the lady behind me at the store with the roasted chicken? SHAME ON YOU! Don’t you know I’m fasting!? 😉  I don’t have cravings today, I’ve been juicing pretty regularly, I probably only missed a few days in the month, so I hope to not go through the same detox that I did for the week fast.  If you want to read about the start of my juice journey you can read it here, and also learn more about the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, which in the US you can watch FREE on hulu.com.

So we’re on an adventure… more to come!

 

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Hubby and I have been juicing since last week but really changed everything on Sunday.  Don’t get me wrong, we have been doing smoothies every morning and we eat fairly healthy as a whole, but Sunday was a turning point.  We started juicing as our main source of nutrition, have eaten very little else, and have been starting to feel the goods and bads along with it.  This will not be a glamorous list, but it’s true and if you decide to get into major juicing then these are some things you can expect.

First off let me give it to you straight as far as what is going into our mouths.  Every morning we start out with a smoothie, that used to be made with raw milk, now I’ve been using water.  I add a banana, kelp, spirulina, dulce, carob and wheat grass powders to it, with a little stevia and blend.  I drink this on my way to work and it fills me up.  We wake up and juice as well.  We juice what we have and right now we have abundance because we wanted to not feel “deprived.”  We juice most of these things together: kale, chard, celery, cilantro, parsley, broccoli, carrot, apple, ginger, beet, kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, jicama.   We don’t always add everything, the kiwi, pineapple and strawberries are eaten when we want something sweet.  Last night I cut up pineapple, kiwi and a banana and it was so good, plus it got rid of that sweet tooth.  We have had bone broth soup, I ate the last of some organic crackers I had at work, we’ve snacked on nuts, drank tea, even have peanut butter (all these are mainly organic too)… so we’re not going “crazy” but we are also not eating a whole lot other than juice.  We also just got an order of Teeccino in, oh my goodness this stuff is my favorite!  We are not drinking raw milk, we aren’t eating much meat in fact I haven’t had any since Saturday, we do plan on eating our eggs, and big huge salads!  I think the main thing here is staying off processed foods, processed meats and sugar and increasing juicing and fresh raw veggies and fruits.  Ok so that’s the lifestyle, I almost called it a “diet.”  It’s not…it’s a lifestyle.

Lets jump right into the positives, well positives so far that is.  First off I notice my body is actually wanting the juice.  You actually feel it energizing your cells and I think my body likes that. 🙂  When we juice I get a weird giddy energy, I want to drink the juice really badly.  Second, I notice higher energy levels.  That said, today I don’t feel that as much.  There is a certain detox period, that will be covered in the cons section.  The energy levels are super high after drinking the juice.  Hubby and I spent tons of time outside Saturday, came in and juiced and all of a sudden we were back up cleaning our house.  I also feel happier, I don’t know how to describe it, but I do feel a bit “lighter” in the head and heart.  My craving for sugar is reduced drastically.  I’m a sugar-aholic, Hi I’m Corri and I’m a sugar-aholic.  I actually remember a doctor telling me to try to stop eating sugar in high school, I laughed… oh if I would have listened!  Anyway, I notice that I am not tempted like I use to be or would be if I went on a “diet.”  A patient brought in some thank you caramels yesterday, they stare at me every time I walk in the break room, but I don’t have the urge to grab one like I used to.  I mean I can stop the whole positive section with this alone!  This is huge, especially for me.  I think this can prove that my body is getting all it’s nutrition and it doesn’t have to crave something, because it’s getting all it needs.  I am also having very regular bowel movements.  I consider this a plus.  I am satisfied, I’m not generally hungry, there are some occasions this is not the case but for the most part I’m full.

Now the cons.  I’m going to start with the most unpleasant, gas.  I don’t know what it is about eating raw food, but when I started looking around at people eating a new raw diet, the big complaint was gas.  Yesterday was worse than today, and I suspect it goes away, but maybe grab some lavender oil in some type of spray bottle if you work around others. 🙂  Diarrhea, really do I have to say much more?  It’s not horrible, and it didn’t start right away but there is generally a day or two where this might be a time you want to have a bathroom close by.  Headaches, I’m starting to get them more.  I think it’s from the sugar honestly, but it could be a number of things.  See when you go through something like this, there is most certainly a detox period.  In the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe says that he wanted to stay in bed the first two days of his juice fast.  You feel a disconnect from the world, but also you are going through some major body changes.  Especially if you ate pretty rotten up until the point of the fast.  Hubby and I ate pretty well, sure we still enjoyed a treat here and there… but we didn’t live on McDonald’s and Taco Bell before doing this, in fact I can’t remember the last time I’ve even had them (in my 20’s I lived on that junk).   If you do, you might want to take a couple of days off and allow your healing to begin, alone.    Today I’m hungry.  I don’t know what it is, but I am.  I am also pretty tired today, again this could be a detox thing as well.  So combined with a headache, hunger and the tired I’m a little grumpy.  I want to stress A LITTLE, I’m in no way shape or form the type of grumpy I used to be (which is a huge pro).  OOPS! I forgot to mention I have a bit of a foggy head by the end of the day, that happened to me yesterday too.  And I’m dealing with some body acne, again I’m sure this is detox, this stuff has to get out of my body some way.  I guess my skin is taking the brunt of it for now.

I think that getting the right nutrition packed into juice, my body is finally on a path of healing.  God‘s way of healing, not some voodoo or some pill.  God’s creation is allowing me to become healthy again and I am forever grateful for that.  Over all I feel absolutely amazing!  I’ve been telling my coworkers all about it, I want everyone to hear about this.  I feel renewed, I feel healthy and oddly enough I keep thinking the weight has already dropped off because I just feel lighter.  Can’t be a bad thing!

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Several years ago Hubby and I went to the coast with my best friend, her cousin and boyfriend for a concert at a casino.  We all shared a house for the weekend and got into a lot of fun conversations.  My best friend’s cousin knows a lot about herbs and natural life and told us WAAAAY back then about Spirulina.  I had never heard about it before that conversation.  We asked her if you could take one thing every day for health what would it be and her answer was Spirulina.  At the time my source of buying herbs and health items was only one place, Mountain Rose Herbs, which is located in Eugene, OR.  They have a great website if you haven’t ever ordered from them, and they pretty much have every herb you will need.  We ordered a bag of Spirulina, when we got it, it was this DARK green color, not appetizing at all.

To be perfectly honest, we didn’t eat it much.  In the beginning Hubby (bless his heart!) made some nasty smoothies.  They were packed full of kelp and dulce and Spirulina and protein powders.  His thought was they were for health and not for taste, but we didn’t keep up with them because well… they tasted like a nasty fish died in our morning smoothie.   Really who wants to eat that?  Now, we are in a better place.  We make smoothies that taste very healthy but they also taste very good.  There is a fine line to adding TOO much dried sea vegetables, trust me it’s not pretty either.

So Spirulina what’s the big deal?  Well when watching Food Matters I learned a lot more than I ever have.  First off and what seems most important is Spirulina is the highest food protein source in the world.  When you cook your food you lose up to 50% of the protein in it just by cooking it.  It is packed full of vitamins and minerals here are a few: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Vitamin C, D, and E, foltate, vitamin K, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Beta Carotene, calcium, manganese, iron, chromium, phosphorus, iodine, chloride, magnesium, sodium, zinc, selenium, germanium, copper, boron… that isn’t even the full list.  It’s easily digestible… listen to how David Wolfe explains that in Food Matters.

It’s pretty much got it all.  I haven’t tried it alone, only with other algae but interestingly enough Spirulina is a fresh water algae.  I just learned that today.  There are tons of sources for buying yours, buy organic only though.  Start having a smoothie every morning add what makes you feel good.  Our morning smoothie we do very simply in our Magic Bullet:    1 Banana, 3 drops of stevia, a teaspoon of kelp, dulce, Spirulina, pea protein (any protein works), and milk.  I’m a huge raw milk advocate, so we use raw milk for “animal consumption” because that is the only “legal” way to sell it in Oregon.  Goat milk however is legal raw.  But if you have blueberries make a blueberry smoothie, or have strawberries, or raspberry or blackberry, whatever you like and you have.  I can’t wait for the growing season this year, fresh fruit will be SO great in our smoothies this summer!
Spirulina is just another proof that God gave us everything we need.

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The “occupy movement” is really popular up here, so I had to chuckle when I thought of the title of this blog.  Several years ago I probably would have been on board with this whole thing, but God really has humbled my heart and this once liberal is fairly conservative now.  This blog is not about the occupy movement but 51% is important…

In the last few days I have been really getting into the film Food Matters, which in my last blog I said you could sign up and watch the first 40 minutes (of an 80 minute movie) for free.  The same company that put out Food Matters is coming out with a new film on March 21 through March 31 you can watch it for free.  I love free!  Nutrition has really been my passion for the past few years.  I have been doing a lot to learn about things that I wish I had known my whole life.  My body would probably not be in the shape it’s in (hormone imbalance, insulin resistant, over weight) had I learned these things a long time ago.  But, I didn’t and I’m not going to let that hang over my head anymore, I’m learning it now and I’m grateful.

I used to go to a naturopathic doctor, she was giving me homeopathy to help with my PCOS and my symptoms.  I saw her for two years and paid every cent out of my own pocket, my health insurance didn’t cover her because she is not a MD.  I since learned that homeopathy is really not of God, in fact it’s opposite of.  I won’t get into that here if you want to read more about it you can go here  or simply search “homeopathy and Christianity/God.”  When I quit seeing her I went to another ND who did an ultra sound on me to discover my ovaries are COVERED in cysts!  It was very traumatic to see, this guy wanted to put me on Metformin, which I was totally opposed to, I never went back.  Then I got to feeling that God wanted the credit to getting me healthy.  Sure the doctors could have probably done something for me, and I probably would have been better by now, but I truly feel that God wants to heal me and when I am healed by His way, then I can shout it from the roof tops!

A side note on PCOS, when I was diagnosed (by a saliva hormone panel) I did a lot of research on how to reverse this.  There wasn’t a lot out there, pretty much Metformin was the answer, just not my answer.  I did find a lady on youtube with a channel, she posted a video about how she reversed PCOS.  I was not at the time ready for the diet she suggested, which was a raw food diet, and how she reversed her PCOS.  Times change though… 

Now, I think I have figured out what it is that He wants me to do in order to heal my body.  After watching the first half of Food Matters, it was like the light went on.  Eureka! I got it!  What I learned in the first half of Food Matters is that basically our bodies see cooked food as an invader, not only does it cause our bodies to go on the defensive and white blood cell counts climb, but cooking also makes food lose nutrients.  50% of protein is lost when meat is cooked, did you know that!? I didn’t.  Am I advocating eating raw meat? No.  Although a rare steak is quite tasty, we also have chickens and I am not afraid to eat a raw egg from them.  In fact I’ve made raw eggnog with raw milk and some of our home grown chicken eggs and it is FANTASTIC!   There was a study done that people who ate 51% of every meal, raw, were healthier and the body didn’t go into defense mode after they ate.  So the first major thing to change in our diet is to eat 51% of each of your meals in raw food.  I showed Hubby the first 40 minutes of Food Matters and he also was changed by it.  Every morning since we have woke up and had a green raw smoothie for breakfast.  The smoothie is filled with stuff we already had, banana, raw milk, stevia, kelp powder, dulce powder, protein powder (we have pea protein), carob powder, wheat grass powder,  and a super food spirulina powder.  I am a coffee-aholic.  This week I have had coffee one time, which happened to be today because of two really rough nights of sleep.  I actually woke up this morning, turned of my alarm thinking it was Saturday… reality was not my friend this morning.

 

Have I been perfect this week? Absolutely not!  Every meal (other than breakfast) has been cooked for the most part.  Although I have been eating a lot of salads for lunch.  I make a conscious effort to eat more raw food though, a banana as a snack, some pineapple,  some nuts.  Last night I made raw “ice cream” with frozen bananas some raw milk, a bit of stevia (and I added a bit of maple syrup, the real stuff) cinnamon and vanilla.  It was a tasty treat!  The next goal is to add fresh juice daily.  We have a juicer…somewhere that I need to pull out and put in a prominent place in our kitchen.  I am not to a place where I am giving up meat, we are having a slow cooked roast for dinner, oh yum!  I do feel though that adding a large portion of raw foods to each meal is a good place to start.  Especially in the morning starting out with our smoothie, anyone can start the day with a fresh smoothie it’s actually faster than cooking eggs.  I haven’t added a raw egg to the smoothie yet, but I am going to now.  I eat my own eggs raw, I don’t advocate eating store bought eggs raw, because you never know where they are coming from and what went into raising them.  Read more about the health benefits of raw eggs here.

As I sit here at work sipping my morning smoothie, with a banana and pineapple on my desk, I’m ready for the raw day.  I don’t know what’s up ahead, but I do know I feel like I’m on the right track.  I highly recommend you take the 40 minutes out of your day and go to http://www.foodmatters.tv/ simply add your name and email address to have instant access to the first 40 minutes, I intend on paying $4.95 today to finish the video.  And on March 21-31st you can watch the whole new movie they have out called Hungry for Change by going here  you can sign up to be invited to watch the movie for free during those days.  They have some teaser videos on the website too so you can get your interests sparked like I did mine.  I promise it will change your life if you allow it to.

 

 

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