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English: A Burger King bacon cheeseburger.

English: A Burger King bacon cheeseburger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First thing I want to say is I am TRULY sorry for being very absent lately.  My life has taken quite the crazy turn, mostly at work where I find the most time to blog.  I no longer have that time, which is a good thing and a bad thing.  I have absorbed another person’s job and am swamped, but the trade-off is that they days fly by, even if I am stressed the whole day.

Monday (yesterday) was the first day off my fast.  I am truly proud of myself for sticking with this for 40 days, there were a few days I didn’t think I could or wanted to.  My cravings sometimes were too much and there were days I wanted to throw in the towel.  I haven’t been much of a finisher, so this was a good thing to prove to myself that I could (with God’s help of course) follow through with something I started.  I am happy to say I have lost 23lbs!  All my clothes fit amazingly, in fact I have found things that I still had tags on in my closet.   I bought some “birthday” clothes for myself last year, my birthday is in June so almost exactly a year ago, I thought I was a certain size bought that and went home without trying them on.  I remember going home trying on the pants that didn’t fit, then the top, throwing them all back in the bag and on to the top shelf of my closet.  I was so mad.  Now I get the joy of trying them on to have them be baggy.  What a joy!

I have seen others start their juicing journey because of my energy and excitement for it.  I have been told by people I know, as well as complete strangers at the grocery store that my skin glows, and I see that in myself too.  I’ve had good and bad days.  Over all, this journey has been really amazing and I am happy that I started on it, and even more happy I finished and can feel the results.

Yesterday Hubby got the good news that he got a job, that and it being the official day I could eat anything I wanted, we went out to celebrate.  However, the joys that we had yesterday were almost robbed from us with some car problems I had on the way home.  Satan didn’t win, he wasn’t allowed to rob us that joy.  We went out to a local restaurant, they serve the best burgers, and I have wanted a cheese burger for 40 days!  It’s funny, looking at the menu it was almost overwhelming.  I hadn’t had so many choices in food in a long time it seemed, there were almost too many choices.  We settled on a bacon cheeseburger and split it, when it came out it looked great, smelled great.   The first bite?  You know, it was just ok.  I know the hamburger was more than just ok, but my taste buds have actually changed.   We finished our meal and went home, soon to discover that burger sat like a brick in our stomachs.  Hubby even said we should have just went and spent that money on produce to juice, in a strange way I felt the same way.  It wasn’t the awesome meal I thought I was about to have.  I feel good about it, honestly, it helps me to know that I don’t need certain things in my life food wise, that I thought I did.  I can be content and full and satisfied with a much more simple diet.

So what’s next?  I see myself having meat every once in a while, maybe once a week, maybe not even that.  I see a mostly vegan diet with yummy vegan cheeses and stir fry and homemade black bean burgers.  I see soaked nuts on my counter every day, with homemade sourdough bread cooling on the rack.  Basically a whole foods diet, I don’t need processed garbage, tons of cheese (if you know me this is a really shocking statement, I used to adore cheese), or meat.  I have to admit, I’m changed.  I never want to go back to feeling the way I used to, to looking the way I used to… I pray that Corri is gone forever.  I promised photos… I have them, but they will have to be posted another day.  I’ve been too busy to load them onto a disc to bring to work and I never have enough time in the evenings, that is my Hubby time.

So the bottom line is, if you are considering a juice fast of any kind, I highly recommend it!  God’s nutritious foods are amazing life givers.  Praise God for his blessings!

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Most of us have some clothes somewhere that are only in our closets to wear “when I lose some weight.”  Since I struggle with PCOS, I struggle with weight issues.  Not everyone with PCOS has weight issues but everyone I’ve met so far do and I’m not the exception to that rule.  Even though I eat really healthy and avoid fast food, I still struggle with it.  Until now I haven’t lost weight since I was seeing a naturalpathic doctor, who was going to “heal” me.  I was on some “medicine” with her that worked to help me lose weight but didn’t change any other of my symptoms, when I got off that said “medicine” I gained all the weight I lost back.

I only have a certain amount of work pants.  When I gained my weight back I struggled to fit into a pair that didn’t have an elastic waist, those and a few shirts became too snug, so into the top of my closet they went.  Friday I got home and was feeling kind of “thin.”  I got this hair to go try on those non-elastic waist pants and guess what? They fit!! (And quite nicely I might add)  I went into where Hubby was and did a little happy dance for him.  😀  Today I’m proudly wearing those pants.  It feels SO good to finally fit into them again! PRAISE GOD!!

I also went off the beaten path a bit this weekend, I made some raw tacos.  Hubby really enjoyed them although he thinks the “meat” should be warmed.  This is a great recipe for us here, we have TONS of walnut trees around us.  I am all about harvesting what God gave us rather than having to buy something extra, so this could save us some money, and they are tasty.  Hubby even thought I should run one over to the neighbor to see if they could tell there was no real meat in it, but I didn’t.  Maybe next time I make them!

Raw Tacos:

2 cups soaked  raw walnuts (soak over night or 24 hours)
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3-4 tbsp hemp seed oil OR cold pressed olive oil

You blend (or food process, I only have a magic bullet so I used that) all ingredients.  I did the walnuts separately then added everything to a bowl and added my spices etc.  Make some homemade guacamole, and any garnishes that you normally like on your tacos.  Take a leaf of lettuce put down a layer of guacamole, then some of the walnut “meat” and then your toppings.  Fold up your lettuce like a taco and enjoy!  I promise you, you won’t know there is not any meat in these either, they are surprisingly good!

Today is day 13 of 40 of my juice fast.  As you can see I got board with only juice and have included some raw food into my diet.  I don’t do this everyday but as little treats and to feel a bit normal.  I am still feeling great, still losing weight and happy with my journey so far.  God is really working in my life and I am so grateful.

 

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organic Heirloom tomatoes at Slow Food Nation'...

organic Heirloom tomatoes at Slow Food Nation’s garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is day 10 of my juice fast.  Why do they call it a FAST?  It most certainly is not going fast. LOL  However, I feel great, my moods are the most noticeable change, that and my waistline.  My belly fat is reducing drastically and today my coworker even noticed how I’m losing weight. Praise God!

Last night I “cheated” only a very small bit.  I follow a sweet lady’s blog I Used to be Fat(ter).  She just posted a blog about some vegetable ‘pasta’ with raw walnut basil pesto Click to view her post.  The recipe is simple and she posts some VERY tempting photos!  So I had to give it a go, it’s raw and the only “cheating” is the walnuts but only a 1/4c in the whole meal and I split it with Hubby.  So I’m not going to be picky with myself

Vegetable ‘pasta’ with raw walnut basil pesto

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 summer squash
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp filtered water (more as needed)
  • 1 small heirloom tomato

She has a really cool little tool that turns zucchini into “pasta noodles.”  I don’t have that tool so I used a vegetable peeler and removed the skin, then used that to make thicker “noodles.”

I omitted the nutritional yeast, only because I forgot it at work and our dogs ate our whole container we had at home.  No joke, apparently dogs like nutritional yeast!  They have this very bad habit of getting on the counter when we leave and I never thought to put it up… that was disappointing.  Anyway, blend the walnuts, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and water.  I added some dehydrated tomatoes we had on had to the mix too, after I soaked them in water.  Then I chopped the fresh tomato up and added all to the “pasta.”  Hubby got salt on his and I went without.  I missed the salt it was certainly “missing” something.  As we were falling asleep Hubby said “dinner was great!” YAY!  I enjoyed the change of pace too.  😀

I am also happy to report that a dear friend of mine from Washington (state) is going to do a 60 day juice fast with her husband, they start today.  I have also been talking to my Mom about the whole process and she wants to pick my brain and get started on a 10 day fast at the end of the month.  People are getting healthy with God’s nutrients!  Enjoying a very green juice this morning of kale, broccoli, celery, cilantro, and apple.  Happy Friday all! 😀

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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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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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