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Hit the refresh button with green juice

Green Juice Refresh

Nothing is better than a fresh green juice after a 4 mile run with my hubby. I thought I was going to die for most of it but I made it and I feel great. Running with a buddy is so great for motivation!

Check out my refreshing after-run juice and make sure you get out and move your body today! Exercise is beneficial for every single part of you.

Juice:
a few collard greens
some dandelion
1 cucumber
2-3 bok choy leaves
swiss chard
1 lemon
2 green apples
tsp of spirulina

Insert all but spirulina into juicer. Add the spirulina powder to the juice and shake it well to dissolve the powder.

Experiment with your greens until you find a good balance. Rule of thumb for juices is 1 piece of fruit for every 3 veggies.

What is spirulina? Well, it is algae, which grows in the ocean, AND a superfood! It is 60-70% protein (depending on the type) and is also a perfect protein. That means that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids that humans need. It is used as a dietary supplement by many because of its immense benefits:

Boost the Immune System
Improves Digestion
Reduces fatigue
Builds Endurance
Cleanses the body by clinging to free radicals
Boost Energy Levels
Control Appetite
Maintains Healthy Cardiovascular function
Supports the Liver and Kidneys
Reduces Inflammation
Reduces Allergies

Nutrex – Organic Spirulina: this is a trusted brand and it’s organic!

xoxo
D.

Juicing

You may have heard people say that they “juice” and thought to yourself, “What the hell does that mean?” It usually means that the person prepares nutritious homemade juices from fresh fruit and vegetables.

When I began my journey to health, I found juicing to be a really important part. It gave me energy, filled my body with nutrients and vitamins, and made me feel refreshed. It was a great way to ingest all the fruits and vegetables that I couldn’t eat during the day.

Think of it as stripping out the most vital nutrients from a plant and sending it on a one way road into your body. Because you remove the pulp (fiber) when you juice, there is nothing to inhabit direct absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. However, smoothies are very beneficial as well (with pulp). The fiber that is ingested is great for digestion. Due to the pulp, it may take a bit longer for your body to reap the benefits of your smoothie. That is why I prefer juice. It’s also a personal preference because I like the consistency and texture of juice better than smoothies.

Some benefits (among many others) that come with daily juicing:

  • clear skin
  • higher energy levels
  • less fatigue
  • alkaline body free of disease
  • improved digestion
  • graceful aging
  • Cleansing of toxins

Here are some juicing tips:

  • For ultimate benefits, juice is better digested in the morning on an empty stomach. Try to go as long as possible without eating or drinking anything else to let your body absorb the deliciousness.
  • Rule of thumb is 3 veggies to 1 fruit (don’t forget all the sugar that is in fruit)
  • Try to buy organic. You don’t want your body directly absorbing chemicals and pesticides with those nutrients. Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen
  • Shop around. Club stores (Sam’s, Costco), farmer’s markets, produce stores, Whole Foods, WalMart. Check prices, quantities, and quality!
  • Juice it all! Many people throw out kale stems, for instance. I juice them! Why not?

Looking for a juicer? They can be quite pricy. I love my Breville Juice Fountain because it’s reasonable priced, easy to clean, and efficient. Not willing to shell out the cash yet? I used a blender then strained the smoothie through paint straining bags to remove the pulp and extract the juice. It was cheaper. But a little more time consuming.

Breville Juice Fountain

P.S. Just received this e-mail from “Hungry for Change figured I would share:

“…this week we’re featuring Jason Vale. Jason learnt from his own health issues just how much one can benefit from juicing daily. He suffered from psoriasis, eczema, insomnia, asthma, hay fever and was also a heavy drinker and smoker. After adding in a couple of juices per day he began to notice dramatic changes, seeing a fast improvement in his health! His body was finally getting what it needed. His 7-day juicing program has allowed him to see many others heal their bodies too. Find out more here: www.HungryForChange.tv/Juicing

XOXO
D.

Benefits of an alkaline diet

Your body is constantly trying to maintain it’s perfect pH balance. That means a balance between acidic foods and alkaline foods. By reducing the amount of acidic foods that you consume, you are naturally balancing your pH level. The best balance is 80/20. Consuming 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods.
Here are some benefits of an alkaline diet:

– More energy
– Weakened or disappearance of acid reflux, indigestion, IBS, allergies, bloating, arthritis, migraines, constipation, etc.
– Stronger immune system
– Graceful aging
– And so much more!! Each person is different and therefore may feel the wonderful effects differently!

Eating alkaline foods helps ensure the cells in your body are healthy, this allows your body to absorb food’s nutrients more efficiently. The coolest thing about all this is that disease cannot survive in your body if it is alkaline. If your cells are healthy, so are you!

Here is a basic list of which foods are alkaline and which are acidic. If you want a more comprehensive list, please visit http://www.energiseforlife.com You can print out a chart of all this detail, absolutely free!

Alkaline Foods: 

VEGGIES!
FRUIT (only a few here, most are acidic- see below- but should still be eaten in small quantities daily as part of your 20% acidity)  i.e. Avocado, tomato, lemon, grapefruit, coconut.
NUTS & SEEDS
SPROUTS
BREADS (sprouted and gluten free)
GRAINS, BEANS (again gluten free)
OILS
GRASSES
OTHER i.e. tofu, herbal tea, almond and goat milk

Clean green juice: Bok Choy, celery, basil, cucumber, grapefruit, apple, & a lemon. So refreshing!

Acidic Foods:

MEAT
MOST FRUIT
DAIRY
EGGS
SWEETENERS
DRINKS i.e. coffee, alcohol, energy drinks, etc.
OTHER i.e. white bread, pasta, pizza, candy, junk food
SOME NUTS & SEEDS: cashews, peanuts. walnuts, hazelnuts
SAUCES i.e. mayo, ketchup, soy, pickles, vinegar

This may seem very daunting. But remember, slow and steady. If you feel this is too much for you right now then don’t do it. Just as your body finds a pH balance, you have to find a mind and body balance that fits for you. It is much more beneficial to start slow and pick up pace later than to start fast and drop off completely after a few days. BALANCE!

xoxo
D.