Category Archives: Cleansing

Juice Cleanse: Sunshine juice

I juice daily, I found that none of the store bought juice can compare to the freshly made juices I make at home. Freshly prepared juices have more nutrients since none are destroyed since it’s not pasteurized.

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Last evening, when the winds were shaking our house, I made this juice.

Sunshine Juice

  • 10 apples
  • 2″ Ginger
  • 2 lemons

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to juicer
  2. Juice, serve and enjoy

I was going to add a habañero pepper, but I chose not to do so. I’m currently sipping on the last cup of this sweetly delicious juice (to which I added one teaspoon of black seed oil) and I am about to juice pineapple in my Breville so I can take it to work. I don’t need additional stimulants to wake me up in the morning. I continually am boosting my health based on the foods I chose to consume. It goes without saying that a boost to my health, also means I’m enhancing my immune system. All the ingredients used helps your body fight off a variety of ailments. That’s always a good thing.

Apple Benefits

  • great for cataract prevention
  • detoxifying your liver
  • reducing cholesterol
  • enhancing your heart health

Ginger benefits

  • Aids in reducing exercise induced muscle pain
  • Ginger enhances the absorption of nutrients in the body
  • Gingers anti-inflammatory properties can aid in relieving joint pain
  • Ginger aids in nausea reduction

Lemon Benefits

  • Great for cleansing your bowels (I usually drink ginger and lemon tea first thing in the morning)
  • Vitamin C in lemons aids in neutralizing free radicals linked to aging and other diseases
  • Vitamin C and flavonoids in lemons help combat infections such as colds and flu

References:

  1. Medical News Today: Daily ginger consumption found to ease muscle pain

Appliances used

  1. Breville BJE510XL Juice Fountain

 

 

 

A new theme…

It appears my last theme (and a few other WordPress add-ons that I was using) was a memory hog. Because of that, my hosting provider pulled my site offline. Well, it was visible to me, but not anyone else who might have tried to surf onto my site. I still have much to do, but won’t be able to do anything until Friday. That’s when things will slow down for me (a bit.)

My juice cleanse/one raw meal per day is going well. This afternoon, one of my co-workers approached me about juicing. Seems he wants to do focus on making healthier choices.  He had a lot of questions to ask me. He also was interested in juicing recipes. I told him I did not follow any, but if I could locate one of my juicing books it was his to keep.

Dr. Robert Morse on Candida Albicans (Fungus) Issues

This past Saturday I had a lot of free time. My daughter was at her friends for a birthday celebration. I finished my work, went outdoors and enjoyed the fresh air for a bit, once I returned inside I finally got a chance to check out a few of Dr. Robert Morse’s YouTube videos. I hadn’t heard about him until recently and was curious to learn more about what he does.

If you do a bit of research, you’ll find that he has a fairly impressive background; he holds a Doctorate of Science in Biochemistry. After I learned more about him, I could easily understand certain scientific terms/explanations were effortlessly woven within his conversation. He’s speaking about topics that he’s very knowledgeable about.

Fruit sugars and candida

It was interesting listening to his explanation about fungal infections and some of the misconceptions about candida. For example all sugars being bad, even fruit. Or the fact that you must avoid all sugar (including fruits) to eliminate parasites. Say what? There are ingredients within fruit that are very helpful to ward off candida or parasites. So yes… I always found this blanket statement a bit strange, especially with the results I was seeing when I decided to introduce juicing fruits only into my candida plan. Instead of making the candida go haywire it was seeming to help, hmmm… But I’m just one person you know, the results might vary depending upon the person. Well… after more research I found others using fruit, just like myself in their fight against candida. So of course what Dr. Morse said made sense. I had first hand experience and I agree with him. Raw fruits can be good, but processed sugars aren’t when fighting candida.

Hardly any candida symptoms

I received one of his books today and will be doing some bedtime reading. I will say months later my candida has not been happy since I’m constantly giving it a beat down.

Candida cravings/symptoms… take a hike!

Yes, I did go through the part where I had intense cravings for things that would wreak havoc with candida, and sometimes I did cave but… I made it over the mountain and now I’m cruising. I still make homemade pizza, but you know what? I’m not interested in having it at all even though it looks amazing!  I’m at the point, where I can look at them without craving them and that indeed is a blessing.  I realized the culprit behind those cravings was my candida. It was craving those yeasty foods and I thought it was me. The American Parasite video was a great visual tool for myself.

I do get the occasional itch and that usually means I’ll be passing some candida colonies in my bowel movements. Do I still take enemas? Of course I do, but only as needed. Making proper food choices has helped, having regular bowel movements and the occasional enema have all played an important role into bringing me where I am now.

A few of my favorite things…

OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler_

OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler

Besides making spaghetti with my spiral vegetable slicer I also like making fettuccine type noodles.

My old Y peeler broke a few years ago. It looked sturdy, but obviously it wasn’t since it broke after about four months of use. I wasn’t heavy handed when using it either.  However, after a bit of research I’ve decided to purchase the OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler. Hopefully it will last for a while and not conk out like the last one I purchased.

Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen

This past weekend I went onto Amazon with the intention of purchasing only one book, but wound up purchasing four. The last book I purchased was a book that I used to have by Alissa Cohen titled Living on Live Food. About four years ago, I’d purchased two; one for myself and the other I intended to give away at some point to someone interested in raw foods. Well… turns out there were a few that were interested and so the one that I’d set aside for myself was eventually passed along to someone else.

I stumbled upon Alissa videos in 2009? I had seen a few of her videos, loved her positive vibe and promptly bought her book.  I didn’t follow any of the recipes she had included within the book. I much prefer coming up with my own thing, even though I adore a good recipe book and get inspiration from them. That’s why I purchase them.  But even though I did not follow the recipes, it’s still a book I treasured because of the positive vibe that oozed out from every single page.

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Feeling the love…

How I’m feeling

It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling. I already have a lot of energy and I know it’s tied to not only how I eat, but the healthy way I approach whatever comes my way. I don’t let things fester and spiritually my walk with Christ continues to grow. But even with all those great things I’m feeling even better and that has a lot to do with the past few weeks of just consuming juices and recently just adding one raw meal per day.

Cleaning with juices

A few words on cleansing…

I’m seeing more of what seems to be candida being released from my body and it seems that most of the symptoms are gone. Since it takes a while for candida albicans to take a foothold in your system, I also believe it takes a while for it to be defeated and brought back under control and that’s why the foods that I consumed that triggered it (although healthy) won’t be on my menu for at least a year. So no, I won’t be adding the occasional flour product or nice dark brew into my lifestyle and you know something? I don’t miss them at all. Good riddance I say… 😉

Recommended Products

  1. OXO Good Grips Pro Y-Peeler
  2. Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen

Cleansing and Constipation: Traditional Medicinals; Smooth Move Tea to the rescue

Occasionally when I cleanse I get constipated. One of the symptoms of candida is constipation. While I’m not sure if my constipation is related to candida, I do know that’s it’s something I did not want to keep within my body. Speaking of candida… I will say that a lot of my candida symptoms have disappeared.

When constipation hits, I do specific exercises and eat produce that will increase my regularity, but I’ve found that does not always work when I’m juicing.  That’s when I reach for herbs; senna or black walnut hulls. However since I was out of both, I went to my last resort, purchasing an herbal laxative tea.
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Yesterday morning you could find me at my local Target, looking for Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move tea. It’s a brand I’ve used in the past and for me at least, it’s been very effective to get my bowels moving again.  Initially I was only going to purchase one box, but since it was on sale I bought four boxes.  If I’m constipated, I’ll normally drink the tea first thing in the morning. I prepare the tea the night before, let steep for at least an hour and drink one cup before bedtime and one the following morning. The teas will last me a long time! I don’t use them daily. In addition to using it as a laxative I also use it as an herbal rinse for my daughters and my hair.

I’ve read where some experts recommend not using laxatives (even natural) for bowel elimination while cleansing. I’m sorry, but being constipated is way too uncomfortable for me to be doing that and there is no way I want to keep carrying around waste. It’s meant to leave my body not to stay hanging out in my intestines 😉

Cleansing update

Consuming only freshly prepared juice and raw foods is going great! I’ll be sure to post some more of my recipes (juice and raw foods) throughout the week.

Raw Pasta: Fun With Raw foods & Juicing…

About thirty minutes ago, I made flourless pasta.

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Raw Pasta: Zucchini Pasta

How did I make it?

Plastic spiral vegetable slicer

Tri-blade Plastic spiral vegetable slicer

 I pulled out my Tri-blade plastic spiral vegetable slicer and made some zucchini pasta. The spiral vegetable slicer can be used for a lot of vegetables as shown in the above photo, but I mainly use it to make vegetable pasta.

I must say raw veggie pasta is the quickest type of pasta that I prepare. It doesn’t take long compared to the traditionally made flour based pasta that I also make, and I will say that I’ve grown to like this even more. The main vegetables I used to make ‘pasta’ are zucchini.  Zucchini,  has a light taste which doesn’t overpower the dish. Also, you can marinate it and it will adapt the flavor of whatever you add to it. So what did I add to this?

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Raw pasta with a creamy tomato nut sauce

Pasta Sauce

  • roma tomatoes
  • cilantro,
  • soaked cashews
  • soaked walnuts
  • freshly ground spices and herbs

Directions

Add the pasta sauce to food processor and blend all together to make a ‘creamy tomato nut sauce’.

In hindsight I should have chopped up some tomatoes to add a bit of color, but even without it still was very good. The good news is, I made enough for leftovers.

Keeping with lent, the majority of what I consumed was juice. This afternoon, my upgraded Breville arrived and I must say that I’m thrilled that I decided to make the switch.

Tools Used:

  1. Plastic spiral vegetable slicer
  2. KitchenAid 12-Cup Food Processor, Chrome

 

 

 

Juicing Adventures: Pineapple Apple Juice

No this isn’t the lava juice I mentioned in yesterday’s post,  there’s nothing spicy about it and my daughter loves it. What’s in it? Just pineapple, apples and a small amount of greens. A bit to sweet for my tastes, I’d have to tone that down a lot with a lot of greens, but this drink suited my daughter just fine.

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Freshly made pineapple apple juice

When the weather gets warm, my daughter will be clamoring for homemade popsicles.

Steel popsicle molds

Stainless steel popsicle molds

I’ll pull out my popsicle molds so my daughter will have some delicious frozen treats. Since they’ll be freshly juiced it’ll be much healthier than the popiscles that can be purchased at the local store.