Hooked on Juicing

Day 2 of my 7 day juice cleanse is complete, and what a great day it was. I’ve got the juicing process down to a smooth routine. And I woke up feeling energized and full of anticipation for the day. 

Hooked on Juicing
I tried three new juice combinations today, at lunch, mid-afternoon and dinner. My morning routine of warm lemon water, celery juice and a fruit smoothie is unchanged. 

Here are today’s juice recipes:

Hooked on Juicing
Hooked on Juicing

If you don’t like beets, this is not the recipe for you! I like beets, and this was my absolute favorite juice today! The carrots and apples balanced the earthy flavor of the beets and the ginger and lemon provide a delightful zing. Plus, the ruby red color just made me feel happy. 

Hooked on Juicing
Hooked on Juicing
This light and refreshing juice was a perfect to-go drink as I headed out this afternoon. The pineapple was wonderful, combined with the cucumber. I have already come to appreciate adding fresh ginger to my juices. Ginger is very anti-inflammatory and great for the digestive system. 

Hooked on Juicing
Hooked on Juicing
I chose this juice for dinner because it was full of vegetables. The flavor was excellent, although the carrots and apple sweetened the juice a bit too much for me. I like my vegetable juices to be less sweet. 

I took my lunch outside, and sat on the front deck. Sipping on my Red Roar Juice, the wind stirring my hair and my heart, I felt that sense of euphoria rise within me. I’ve come to recognize what that feeling is. It is good health. This is what being healthy feels like. My energy and vibrational frequency are both so high. 

I am loving this week of drinking my fruits and vegetables. I am hooked on juicing!

Hooked on Juicing

First Day of Juicing

Today I kicked off a week of juicing, with my first full day of drinking my meals and snacks. Setting up the juicer this morning and keeping it rinsed and ready to go between creating juices made the day go smoothly. I discovered that prepping the fruits and veggies for each recipe and having them in a bowl next to the juicer helped too.

First Day of Juicing
I kept to my usual morning routine which included hot lemon water, 16 ounces of fresh celery juice and a fruit smoothie. I like my morning smoothies…today I enjoyed a banana, mango, wild blueberry blend with hemp seeds…and I want to continue with those this week. They are liquid drinks after all, just blended rather than juiced.

First Day of Juicing
From there, however, the day shifted. I didn’t feel a need for a mid-morning juice, so I tried out my first new juice recipe at lunchtime, with the Mean Green blend.

First Day of Juicing
This green juice with a kick from fresh ginger was wonderful! I learned creating this first juice to have all the fruits and veggies washed, trimmed or peeled, and ready to go. I didn’t peel most of the vegetables or fruits that I used today. For this drink, only the piece of ginger was peeled. I left the rind on the lemon.

First Day of Juicing
The mid-afternoon juice, Grapefruit Margarita, was my favorite today, and no, it didn’t really have alcohol in it. Light and refreshing, the grapefruit, pear, apple blend was perfect.

First Day of Juicing
First Day of Juicing
Dinner juice was an interesting and robust mix of flavors, including parsley and onion, with a whole lime thrown in.

First Day of Juicing
First Day of Juicing
This recipe makes 32 ounces of delicious juice. I’m still sipping on it, which means I will probably skip the last planned juice this evening. It featured a sweet potato, which is intriguing to me! I’ll include the Sunset Juice tomorrow. Instead, I’ll finish my day with a cup of hot nettle tea.

I feel pleased with this first day of juicing. I have not experienced hunger or any feelings of weakness or tiredness. Perhaps because my body is used to a diet of fruits and vegetables, I have not felt ill or suffered from headaches or withdrawal symptoms, which can sometimes happen initially during a cleanse.

Rather, I feel light, energized, centered and excited to see how the rest of the week goes. The only downside I have experienced today is that drinking so much liquid nourishment means I am visiting the bathroom more frequently. But that’s how a cleanse works…you pee a lot. The upside of drinking juices today is that I haven’t felt thirsty at all. My body is getting enough fluids along with a flood of nutrients.

I love practicing this level of self care. I am continuing to heal my body with nourishment, and raising my awareness and my vibrational frequency at the same time. And tomorrow, I get to do it all again.

First Day of Juicing

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Prepping for a Week of Juicing

Since I began a plant based lifestyle 9 1/2 months ago, I’ve been interested in experiencing a juice cleanse. Inspired by Jonny Juicer on Instagram, I’ve followed his journey and saved some of his recipes, eager to take my own healing journey to a new level. 

With spring well underway, and an international trip about a month away, this feels like the right time to initiate a seven day juice cleanse. I stocked up this afternoon on fresh fruits and veggies and cleared out the fridge, symbolizing a fresh, clean start. 

Prepping for a Week of Juicing
There are many benefits to juicing for a short time, or even extended period of time. 

  • Faster and more efficient way to get nutrients into the body
  • Gives the digestive system a break
  • Floods the body with micronutrients 
  • Easy way to consume fresh produce
  • Promotes healthy eating habits
  • Removes insoluble fiber allowing for increased absorption of enzymes and phytonutrients 
  • Feeds the body at a cellular level

And for me, I might add, this will be a creative way to experience something new and have fun trying out different veggie and fruit combinations as I create a variety of juices. 

Prepping for a Week of JuicingPart of today’s purchases. I have more veggies in the fridge. 

Being plant based for a while, I am already familiar with juicing. Celery juice has been an important part of my health regime. My plan is to start the day with a cup of warm lemon water, followed by 16 ounces of fresh celery juice with a spoonful of barley grass juice powder added. 

Breakfast will continue to be a fruit smoothie, with hemp and chia seeds added. During the rest of the day…lunch, dinner and at least two “snack” times…I’ll drink juices freshly prepared from my stash of veggies and fruits. I’ll finish the day with a cup of hot herbal tea. And I will take my daily supplements as well. 

Prepping for a Week of Juicing
I’m excited about the week ahead. My body has been healing so beautifully and juicing feels like a vital next step. How do I know this is right for me? My body is letting me know. I am craving juice. 

I’ll be sharing my experiences and a recipe each day, via this blog. And I will post a follow up next Sunday to give an honest opinion on juicing, including benefits and any challenges I encountered along the way. 

Here’s to good health and vibrancy and a tall glass of juice! 

Prepping for a Week of Juicing

Barley Grass Juice Powder

I have known about barley grass and its healing properties for years, however I’ve never used it before. Recently Anthony William, author of Medical Medium and Life Changing Foods, posted an article about barley grass juice powder on his Facebook page. Intrigued, and at a place in my healing journey where I felt ready to try this supplement, I ordered the product.


This morning I added a tablespoon of barley grass juice powder to my freshly pressed celery juice. Alternately, this bright green powder can be added to smoothies, other juices or water. I confess I sniffed the powder before dropping a spoonful into my glass. I couldn’t detect an odor. There was simply a light, fresh scent.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
Moments later I filled the glass with celery juice, fresh from my juicer.

According to Anthony, barley grass is a nutrient rich food that has been used since ancient times, for medicinal purposes and healing. The barley grass juice powder is a convenient way to consume this supplement, as it concentrates the nutrients and is easily digested and assimilated by the body.

Barley grass juice powder is rich in vitamins A, B and C, plus the minerals iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. This supplement is also high in absorbable protein, contains 20 amino acids, and supplies enzymes that help the decomposition of fats in the body to go smoothly, balancing weight.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
The benefits of barley grass juice powder include:

  • Inhibits the growth of disease bacteria
  • Balances body’s PH
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Alkalinizes the body
  • Increases energy
  • Aids digestion
  • Relieves constipation
  • Improves health of skin, hair & nails
  • Removes toxins and heavy metals from the thyroid
  • Assists the circulation of the lymphatic system
  • Aids in healing migraines, arthritis, asthma, fatigue, cancer and diabetes

Barley grass juice powder is made from tender young shoots, harvested before the grass produces any grains.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
I couldn’t taste the barley grass juice powder after mixing it in with my celery juice. I tend to sip my green juice, rather than drinking it quickly. As I neared the bottom of the glass I could tell the powder had settled there. Although I couldn’t taste a difference, I could detect the graininess of the powder. Tomorrow I will stir the mixture longer, or stir frequently as I am drinking.

For I will continue to add a spoonful of barley grass juice powder to my morning celery juice. The bag that I purchased should last at least 30 days. I am curious to see how my body responds to this health boosting supplement.

I am also quite serious about my healing journey. My health is crucial to my well being and to my future quality of life. Adding barley grass juice powder is another step toward being, and feeling, my absolute best.

Barley Grass Juice Powder
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Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

I am enjoying trying out the healthy, plant based recipes in Anthony William’s book, Life Changing Foods. For each of the 50 life changing foods that Anthony writes about, he includes a wealth of information plus a mouth watering recipe. Recently I sampled the Apricot Bars.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
This simple recipe has only four ingredients and using a food processor made preparation quick and easy.

Apricot Bars
1 cup apricots, sulfur-free
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup shredded unsweeted coconut

Combine ingredients in processor and process until well blended. Line cookie sheet eith parchment paper and press mixture into a large flat rectangle, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Chill in freezer for 30 minutes. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator for up to a week.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

This recipe was so simple to make, and took less than 5 minutes to prepare. I used organic, sulfur-free apricots. Dampening my hands with water made shaping the mixture easier as it didn’t stick to my fingers.

After chilling, the mixture cut readily into bars. I tried one immediately. Naturally sweet and chewy, these bars are the perfect treat. I’ve grabbed Lara bars in the past, snacks made with a few wholesome ingredients and sold in grocery stores. These apricot bars are even better and I can make them myself.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients

Apricots are high in amino acids and minerals. They help cleanse the digestive tract and lower the risk for many types of cancer. In addition, this fruit stabilizes energy, boosts the growth of red blood cells, strengthens the heart and nourishes the brain. Those are powerful benefits in a small package. And sulfer-free dried apricots tend to hold all of their beneficial qualities.

I love having a healthy option if I feel like a treat. And I like knowing I am contributing to my healing rather than than feeding disease with sugar laden desserts. I’m looking forward to sampling each of the recipes in the Life Changing Foods books. It is a form of creative and delicious play with long term benefits that go way beyond having something good to eat.

I am inspired to create lasting health.

Apricot Bars Made with 4 Ingredients
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Turn the Beet Around Juice

I was excited today to try out a new café that opened recently in downtown Joplin. Located at 122 S Main Street, Jasper’s Juicery features freshly prepared juices and smoothies and an assortment of delicious meals. I stopped in to sample a juice. 

Turn the Beet Around Juice
The cute café has a long counter for ordering and pulling up a stool. And there are tables and chairs in the front section of the restaurant with more seating available in a back room. I browsed the menu while a customer ahead of me placed her order. 

Turn the Beet Around Juice
Turn the Beet Around Juice
I knew I wanted fresh juice, however looking over the menu I was impressed that Jasper’s Juicery uses locally provided ingredients, as much as possible, and that the smoothies are created with almond and coconut milk. I decided on the Turn the Beet Around juice blend, with beets, carrots, celery and apples. 

Celery is a powerful anti-inflammatory vegetable that alkalizes the gut. Apples are a true brain food, high in anti-inflammatory properties. Carrots, a great antioxidant root vegetable, are high in vitamins and minerals, aid in digestion and promote healthy skin. And beets, another root vegetable, boost the immune system by providing vitamin C and essential minerals. 

Turn the Beet Around Juice
Turn the Beet Around Juice
I watched as my juice was prepared. The staff was friendly and helpful. The young woman taking my order expressed excitement about my selection, telling me it was her favorite juice. In moments my drink was ready. 

Turn the Beet Around Juice
I took a sip while still in the café and gave a thumbs up to the staff. The juice was delicious, with a slightly sweet taste, due to the apple. I like beets, so the flavor was mild to me. I took my drink with me to my mom’s, where family members were gathered before a birthday celebration. Everyone bravely tried a sip. Beets are not everyone’s favorite vegetable, to eat or drink, however the consensus was that this was very good! 

I love that Joplin has restaurants and grocery stores that offer healthy meal choices. I’m looking forward to trying other juices, and all of the smoothies, at Jasper’s Juicery. Five stars for this great little health conscious café. 

Turn the Beet Around Juice

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie

This is a great plant based recipe, sugar and gluten free, with no baking required. I’ve wanted to sample this delicious looking pie since seeing it in my Life Changing Foods book by Anthony William.

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
Wild blueberries are the super food, among super foods. Anthony calls them the world’s most powerful food. They are extremely high in antioxidants, making them effective in preventing and fighting against all diseases, including cancer. Wild blueberries eliminate heavy metals from the body, restore the liver, nourish the brain and they are the most potent prebiotic in existence.

While domesticated blueberries have health benefits too, it’s the wild berries that are most powerful. Buy them frozen at the grocery store, making sure the package has wild blueberries printed on it.

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
Raw Wild Blueberry Pie

1/3 cup cashews

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

4 cups pitted dates

20 oz frozen wild blueberries, thawed

1 mango, sliced or 2 cups frozen mango chunks, thawed

For the crust: process cashews, coconut, and 3 cups of dates in food processor until thoroughly combined. Press crust into 9 inch pie dish. Cover and refrigerate while preparing filling.

For the filling: process half the wild blueberries, 1 cup of dates and mango chunks until well blended. Add remaining blueberries. Pour into crust. Allow to set in refrigerator, 40-60 minutes.

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
I garnished the pie with additional wild blueberries, covered with plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator.

After a healthy dinner, a slice of this easy to make pie was my special treat. And what a treat it was! Light, fruity and so satisfying, I enjoyed my piece of pie even more, knowing I was receiving health benefits with each delicious bite.

I will be making this pie for special occasions and as a dessert for company. And sometimes, I’ll create one for me, as a celebration of my healthy lifestyle.

Raw Wild Blueberry Pie
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Make Your Own Deodorant

The first question one might ask is why would anyone want to make their own deodorant? In the US, after all , 95% of the adult population use deodorants and antiperspirants. Why bother to make something that can be so easily purchased?

My answer, my reason for trying this Do It Yourself project, was simple. While I am in the process of increasing my health and well being by changing my diet, fighting viruses with plant based foods, and detoxing from heavy metals, it seems counterproductive to keep using a product that contains unhealthy chemicals and additives.

Make Your Own Deodorant

My research shows that most deodorants and antiperspirants contain these ingredients that are not good for us:

* aluminum-a primary ingredient, this metal has been linked to breast cancer and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Aluminum clogs the pores to prevent sweat from reaching the skin’s surface.

* parabens-a synthetic preservative that can disrupt hormonal balance. This chemical has been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.

* propylene glycol-a petroleum based material that can cause damage to the central nervous system, heart and liver.

* phthalates-another chemical that has been linked to health issues, including birth defects.

* triclsoan-a substance classified as a pesticide that is a known carcinogen.

As I am seeking improved health, I have made the decision to stop using products that can compromise my well being. When I ran out of the antiperspirant I have used for years, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to switch to a healthier version. I felt inspired to make my own!

Make Your Own Deodorant

I used this simple recipe, from Thank Your Body:

1/3 cup arrowroot starch (available from health food stores or click link below)

2 tablespoons baking soda

1/3 cup coconut oil

10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)

Combine arrowroot starch and baking soda in a small bowl. (You can substitute pure cornstarch if you want. Just make sure it doesn’t have aluminum in it.) Add coconut oil (I softened the oil for 20 seconds in the microwave) and blend, using a spoon. Add essential oil, if desired. I added 10 drops of orange oil and 5 drops of rosemary, creating a light, clean scent. Combine, pressing mixture with back of spoon, until well mixed and smooth. Use by smoothing small amount on underarms with fingertips.

Make Your Own Deodorant

Making my own deodorant only took a few minutes. I tried a dab on my inner wrist and tested it under my right arm. I have been using this DIY deodorant for a couple of months now, and it is working wonderfully!

I feel good about this unique creative endeavor, and good about further eliminating my body’s contact with chemicals and toxins. Healthy living, for me, involves more than diet and exercise, although those are crucial. What I don’t allow to interact with my body is important too, even if it puts me in a category considered outside the norm.

The second question one might ask, and I get this one frequently, is…are you a hippie? That’s a simple answer as well.

Yes…yes I am!

Make Your Own Deodorant

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Dandelion Tea

Warm temperatures today and the arrival of spring tomorrow lured me outdoors this afternoon. I enjoyed the meditative task of transferring young flowering plants to clay pots, and strolling through my awakening gardens. One of the harbingers of spring is the appearance of bright yellow dandelions. For the first time, I gathered tender green dandelion leaves, and the sunny blooms, and created a healthy tea. 

Dandelion Tea
Most people consider the dandelion to be an obnoxious weed. However every part of the plant is edible and there are many health benefits associated with this spring flower. 

According to Anthony William, in his book Life Changing Foods, the dandelion’s defining characteristic is bitterness, and it is that very property that is restorative to the body. Says Anthony, “Dandelions shake you out of hibernation, getting your blood pumping and your organs cleaning house from radiation, toxic heavy metals, DDT, and other poisons.” 

Dandelion Tea

The dandelion flower, which is mildly bitter, cleanses the hollow organs such as the stomach, intestinal tract, gallbladder, bladder, lungs, uterus and heart. The leaves, being slightly more bitter, purify the blood and cleanse the lymphatic system. 

The stem, more bitter still, cleanses dense organs such as the spleen, liver and brain. And the root, which is the most bitter part of the plant, purifies those dense organs at a deep level. 

These cleansing properties make dandelion helpful for conditions such as lymphoma, kidney stones, obesity, blood disorders, inflammation, infections, liver disorders, digestive problems and fluid retention. 

Dandelion Tea
I was excited to try a healing tea, made from the tender young plants popping up in the backyard. I plucked six yellow blossoms and four leaves to make dandelion tea. I soaked the flowers and leaves in cold water while I heated a cup of water, and then rinsed them well. 

I have found that using a mesh wire basket in a tea mug is a great way to brew fresh herbs. You can pick up your own handy set through the link below. I steeped the flowers and leaves for 20 minutes, covering the mug with its lid. 

Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Tea
Curious about the degree of bitterness, I chewed on a dandelion leaf, and then popped a whole flower into my mouth, while the tea brewed. Although the blossom was slightly sweeter, both were fairly bitter, and yet entirely edible. I didn’t mind the taste at all. 

After 20 minutes, I cautiously sipped my hot tea. What a wonderful surprise! The tea wasn’t nearly as bitter as the fresh leaves and flowers. Light and refreshing, the tea had an earthly taste that was pleasing and grounding. I didn’t add raw honey, choosing to drink it without. 

In the past, I have been diligent about removing dandelions from my yard and garden. I will still remove them. But what a bountiful harvest I will have, for soups, salads and the healthy and cleansing dandelion tea. It is the perfect spring drink. 

Dandelion Tea
Check out Life Changing Foods for more incredile heslth information. And get your own tea brewing mug. I love the ease of creating teas from freshly picked herbs and plants. 

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National Pi Day…Celebrating Without Pie

Today, 3.14, is National Pi Day! March 14 is celebrated around the world in honor of the Greek letter pi, representing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The mathematical constant begins 3.14159 or, more commonly, 3.14, and as an irrational number, extends to an infinite number of decimal places. Congress made this date a national holiday in March of 2009, to show support for the National Science Foundation and to give teachers a reason to encourage students to have fun with pi.

National Pi Day...Celebrating Without Pie

My grandson brought the holiday to my attention years ago. And of course, one of the ways to celebrate pi day, is with pi(e)! I used to eat a slice coconut cream pie, or some other decadent pie from Big R’s. However, since I now adhere to a plant based lifestyle, pie is no longer an option!

National Pi Day...Celebrating Without Pie

Several years ago, browsing through a cookbook of Dr. Hyman’s that I had just purchased, I found a solution! Using a recipe in The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, I created my own mini “pie”….a Double Peanut Butter Chocolate Cup. Okay, it’s not a pie! But it’s round, and that stayed with the pi theme. 

Best of all, although it looks like it’s full of all the wrong things, it is a healthy alternative. This little taste of heaven has NO sugar, flour, gluten, eggs or dairy. Using organic ingredients makes it even better. The cups were quick and easy to make and set up in the freezer. Sometimes, food that looks good and is good for you, tastes terrible! But when I sampled a peanut butter chocolate cup, they were wonderful! Creamy, not very sweet, yet very satisfying as a treat.

Here is the easy recipe:

National Pi Day...Celebrating Without Pie

National Pi Day...Celebrating Without Pie

Today is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Pi day seems like the perfect birth date for this mathematical and scientific genius. Happy Pi Day…and happy birthday Albert Einstein…and good health to all! 

National Pi Day...Celebrating Without Pie


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