Monthly Archives: February 2015

Juice On!!

Today I’m going to share info with you. Info that I spent time searching up that will save you time. I hope you sat down and watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on Netlix or hulu. If not please make it a point to do it. Dont worry about watching the second one, just watch the first.

Joe Cross has the best site I’ve found for starting to juice. I would suggest if you are starting out to print out is 3 day juice plan and start by using those recipes to juice once a day or however many times you want to. Here is the page with the plans. http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting/plans/  If you dont have a juicer there are many smoothie recipes on his site as well. Juicing is better if you are going to do it because your body doesnt need to digest anything. It will absorb the juice within 15 minutes. When you blend you still get the juice but with it is the pulp and your body has to take the time and effort to digest the pulp. Depending on why you are doing it, its not always a bad thing. For me my body needed rests throughout the day because I take a long time to digest proteins. So I smoothie or juice for breakfast. I actually get sick if I eat actual food for breakfast. A juice allows my body to take the time it needs to get started in the morning by not having to digest hardly anything. I then do my “juice” for the day and eat a light lunch and light dinner. If I’m hungry after dinner, which is usually my binge time, I will try really hard to grab a handful of seeds or other nuts (not peanuts) because again my body takes forever to digest them so I am full until bedtime.

Here is a great guide to colors of foods and what they do. https://dnetproxy.appspot.com/juicing-for-health.com/color-food-groups.html  This will help you as you put together juices for yourself. I ended up copy pasting into a word document and then printing it out on card stock as references for myself. Many of Joe’s recipes combine a couple, but he sticks to color juices which usually have more of that particular color. My week usually looks like 1 Purple day, 1 orange day, 1 red day, 1 Yellow day, 1 green day and then two days are free for whatever juice I can make with sale items. So lets say blueberries are on sale and black grapes..yup I hit the jackpot this week! I was able to actually make a blue/black day. I try to make two green days if I can and then most of the time I have another orange day. I save my white veggies for dinners and lunches except I drink 8 oz of ginger water each morning while I make my breakfast juice. There are many mornings I am not even remotely hungry. If I drink that ginger water when I wake up. It actually gets me hungry!

Another great site I found the other day is this http://www.justonjuice.com/ It has recipes and stuff on it as well. Their plans and grocery lists suck, but lots of good info you can read while drinking a juice or something!   😉

Those of you that are struggling with multiple food allergies, please look into Leaky Gut. I cant find the article I read last week but it said that once your gut is damaged, one food leaks through. You become intolerant because your body attacks the proteins leaking through. So you eliminate that food, only to find yet another you are intolerant to. Well that is because your gut is not fixed and the food you used to be fine eating has not started leaking through because you took away the other. Now your body is fighting against the new food leaking through. It causes you to keep eliminating “intolerant foods” and pretty soon more items are leaking through. Leaky Gut is a horrid thing. I believe I have this and that is the reason I have my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Leaky Gut takes forever to heal and you need to be on a super strict diet but little to no hope of eating your food again. By eating fruits and vegetables and juicing, for me, it has helped repair my gut enough that I can eat one of my trigger food, not much, once a week. I usually do greek yogurt because it has a lot of bacteria in it that my gut needs. It also talked about rotation of food and to not eat the same food for 4 days but I cant do that. I found this is working and I just keep away from the foods that cause me issues.

As I sit and type I’m regretting the chicken I had in my wrap for lunch.. argh. I found also that by adding Apple Cider Vinegar to my weekly juicing, that helps. If I eat something that is making me feel bad, like this chicken…. I just make a juice that has that in it, and it helps break that down some. Any acidic fruit helps me really. Lemon and ACV are the best. Its along the same line as what a marinade does to meat.  Here is the juice I make when I eat meat. I usually sip on it throughout the night after dinner.

Digestion Drink

  • 4 Carrots
  • 1 Orange Peeled
  • 1 Granny Smith apple(use it because its more bitter)
  • 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
  • 1 small Piece of Ginger

Juice the 4 carrots, orange and apple. Add in ACV and stir. Ginger you have two options. If you like ginger you can juice it too. If not my suggestion is to take some ginger and cut it up. Add a little water into the bottom of the jar to cover part of the ginger. Let that sit overnight and then you can pour off the water into your juice to add the flavor and enzymes. It really needs the ginger to help cover the ACV though so try to add some in. Its great for digestion   🙂

I’ll share one more recipe that I got from an ebook. I made this last night and this is my new go-to pudding. I cant eat pudding anymore..its tragic but dairy hates me although I love it! BTW I hate avocado’s..like mega hate but this is awesome so try it even if you hate them because this is a great way to get some into your diet!

Chocolate Orange Mousse

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 banana
  • 2-3 TBS unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1-2 TBS Maple syrup
  • juice of one orange
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest

Blend avocado, banana, cocoa powder, taste and add maple syrup. Add juice of an orange and blend again. Eat or chill in the fridge.

I found that my blender did not want to blend those three ingredients. I would suggest juicing the orange first. Then put the liquid in the blender with the ingredients and blend. In a pinch you can use orange juice. I added my orange pulp into my blender and I also waited on the maple syrup until last and stirred it in by hand. This dessert is 340 cal per serving and serves 2. When I made mine I put it into 3 jelly jars and got 3 servings. Avocados are high in fat and cals but its the good kind so eat up..just not everyday!

 

Happy Homesteading!!   😀

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Vegan Farmer?? Well Almost

Vegan and Farmer dont quite go hand in hand now do they? Nothing like telling someone, “Yah, I’m a farmer. I have sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks, turkeys, and pigs that I raise for meat. Oh you want to go to lunch?? I need a place thats Vegan.”  They of course give you the weirdest look ever! So here is the deal. I’m NOT vegan, But I have to eat vegan..sort of.

About two years ago, almost three now, I started having issues. It was around the time I switched everything to organic around my homestead. It started off that I couldnt drink milk from the store. Well that’s ok because I wanted to go raw anyway and guess what? I could drink raw. Woohoo! Then I found out I had a gluten intolerance. Well that totally sucked butt and I did a post on that. I started freakin out because I love me my grain carbs and I was making everything from scratch!! Bread, pasta, cake, cookies…argh..I’m drooling! Then I found out I was intolerant to eggs. Soon it was peanuts… Yeah I was going nuts..not literally though!  What the heck was going on with me??!!  It’s come to the point now that I can not have any dairy at all..no cheese, no raw milk, no kefir, no yogurt… I feel nauseated when I eat peanuts, chicken, pork, eggs, gluten, dairy..turkey..am I missing anything;…Man I hope not because whats left?? Veggies and fruit!

How can I be a farmer raising meat for others and our family when I cant eat anything? About the only meat I can eat at the moment is grassfed animal meat. Rabbit because we feed no grain, grassfed beef, and our own grassfed lamb. Thats a short list..although two of those are extremely economical for us to raise here but still. Well on top of all this I am diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. So life so far as been a real bumpy, learning curve, trip right now. About 6-8 weeks ago I started doing Insanity…sorry I didnt finish posting on my days   :(..anywho I figured if I am going to hurt, I”ll give my body a reason! Well after a month into it I hurt my knees and they still hurt even after dumping that program. I have many other videos that I can use that are not so extreme but my weight is not coming off.  Researching the web brought about a lot of changes for me.

I came across someone saying I should watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. That is changed their life. So I did. Its on Netflix and Hulu, you guys should check it out because IT has changed my life!! Seriously.  This man Joe Cross is an inspiration. He was rich to begin with but now he’s even richer because he found a need in America and across the world and that is to eat healthier. He’s all about juicing to change your life. Now before I go any further, I’m going to tell you, its expensive. I totally get why poor people are unhealthy. We really cant afford for me to keep eating this way. Notice I said me..not my family. Here in good ol Indiana shopping at Aldi’s, its $100 a week just for meals for me. Then another $100 for the rest of the family.

It would be so easy to go on a $60 a month pill for my fibro versus $400 a month in actual food. I’m sure if you did the same juice multiple times a week it might be cheaper, but its about variety and color so I dont do that.  This is why healthcare is so easy to go to instead of using what God has given us here on Earth to use. A person making minimum wage with a house payment and a car payment cant afford to juice and smoothie, salad, and fruit their way to health. This is a sad world we live in, but its the truth!

Sorry I”m going off on a tangent. So I took the plunge one week when we had extra money. I juiced for breakfast and a snack after lunch. One juice split in half because it was about a quart. I still ate lots of processed stuff that I could handle because it was cheaper. I had no idea how to prepare meals that were real food that didnt have eggs, cheese, milk, flour, or meat in them! Those are staples for most Americans and the homesteader! Well I started noticing a difference in my body. I didnt hurt as much when I got up in the morning. That difference just in a week made me take the plunge to do Joe’s 10 Day plan.

In that 10 day plan you eat, juice, and make smoothies. He has a grocery list and recipes to follow, all Vegan by the way. Easy peasy!! So after the 10 days what have I noticed? Except for weather changes that affect millions of us, I no longer hurt when I wake up. I still have fatigue, but its so minimal I just schedule a small nap in my day, most days. Instead of being confined to the couch. I am able to work hard on my homestead and not have to take days laying on the couch for my body to recover like before. I can eat one of those “intolerance” foods again, but only one and only once a week. I havent noticed lbs dropping like flies like some other juicing people but fibromyalgia is an inflammatory disease. My body is working so hard to stay uninflamed that I am ok with taking forever to lose the weight…ok not really but I’m going with it   😉  I dont feel bloated, exhausted all day, FAT…my joints don’t ache, my stomach doesnt feel like I have heartburn, I can actually fall asleep at night. I feel awesome!

So for now I’m sticking with the whole Veganism because my body cant handle the things vegetarians and omnivores eat!  I listen to my body and if I want a small piece of lamb, a burger, or some rabbit soup made with gluten free pasta, then I abide. My body really doesnt crave it honestly. Yes I still raise animals and I”m not a Peta fan, but my body right now needs only fruits and veggies, minimal grains, and tons of water so I’m going to do it. I will find the money somehow to keep going as long as I can. I highly suggest if you are suffering from any sort of inflammatory disease that you give this a try. Be sure to add in cinnamon, tumeric, ginger, and garlic! Juice once a day if you have to, make a smoothie if you dont have a juicer, and get 90% of your nutrients from veggies and fruit if you can. It will change your life, I promise!  Even if you are dirt poor, watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It will inspire you to do whatever it takes to try it just for a week. Use his plans on his site, he has pdf’s for free. As spring approaches I’m looking forward to a huge drop in grocery bills for me because I can grow so much on my own 🙂 I encourage you to do the same!

 

Happy Homesteading!!   😀

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