Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Juicing in the New Year




Happy New Year!

I am excited to kick 2013 off with a bang and doing this I plan on participating in a 30 day fast/cleanse of only juicing fresh organic fruits and vegetables. No alcohol, tea, coffee, or solid foods of any kind, just juice.

 Last summer I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis an autoimmune disease which threw me for a major loop. I always thought of myself as a healthy person. I exercise regularly and eat fairly well. Although I will be honest food has always been my weakness. I love food and I love to eat it. After being immobile for a couple of months due to my RA I gained about 16 pounds and was miserable. I finally got medication figured out for this painful disease and was back in the gym, thank goodness! My medications are extremely toxic and I knew I had to get off of them as soon as possible! I knew deep down inside my diet had to change, and that the foods I love and have such an addiction for were slowly killing me.

I had heard of juicing and was very curious, after doing a little research I went and purchased my beloved juicer. I picked the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. It's been great so far, and easy to clean!




 I am not going to ramble on forever so you loose interest. It all boils down to this your body needs fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis instead of white, packaged, over processed foods. Juicing is the only way to get a lot of fruits and vegetables into you fast in it's raw state. A great documentary on juicing to watch is... Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. The movie is only an hour and 30 minutes and is about two men who are over weight with autoimmune disease and how juicing changes their lives.

I plan on documenting my journey here on my food blog I hope you all will follow me and maybe be inspired to make the change in your diet. I am already on day two of my fast and let me tell you it's not that easy. I'm hungry, tired, irritable, and have a pounding headache. My body is definitely detoxifying. I woke up last night dripping with sweat. Ewwww, I know! I hear the first 3 days are the worst and after that it's smooth sailing. Lets hope! It's not that I'm starving, it's that eating is so social and comforting. I keep telling myself is that tomorrow is day three, Here's to day three!!

I will be posting my juicing recipes daily along with a little journaling about how I am feeling. Thanks for taking this journey with me.

Enjoy!:)

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Day 1: 
(you can use as much or as little of the ingredients as you would like depending on your taste and the amount of juice you want to make)

Breakfast Juice:
spinach, celery, mango, meyer lemon.



















Lunch Juice: 
kale, cucumber, green apples, red grapes, ginger
*a little bit of ginger goes a long way, I use 1 "

(not sure why I didn't photograph my ingredients??)



















Dinner Juice:
beets, carrots, spinach, strawberries, cranberries




















*Also when fasting/cleansing remember to drink lots of water!!

Day 2: 

Breakfast Juice:
butternut squash, carrots, pineapple, cranberries, strawberries




















Lunch Juice: 
kale, zucchini, beets, grapes, red apples




















Dinner Juice: 
spinach, carrots, blueberries, green apples


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  1. I just wanted to to know that I am seriously cheering you on Laura. You are amazing and although we've never met I'm incredibly proud of you.
    Raw/living foods are truly the way to go. I embraced them fully for about 6 weeks a few years ago and after the "hump" of detoxification, I never felt better. Unfortunately I could not keep it up. Especially up here in the north where we get 3-6 feet of snow on a weekly basis.
    I would love to get back into them on a 70/30 plan and am just trying to psyche myself up to it.
    Keep up your fasting and cleansing...you are a role model for your family!

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