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Juice Feast – Day 1 Recap

Posted by Kim Williams on
Juice Feast Day 1

So here we are.  Day 1.  For the lead up to Day 1 go to 10 Day Juice Feast (otherwise know as What Was I Thinking?) At about 3 p.m. yesterday I threw my fist up in the air and yelled “Dang you, Whitney Cabrera!”  Yep, she’s the one who roped me into this cleanse.  Well, rope might be an exaggeration.  All she did was mention it on Facebook and I jumped right on the bandwagon. I was off yesterday, so it may have slightly harder than had I been at the store. Here’s the summary of the day: 8:00 a.m. – Picked up my 6 pack of juices.  Whitney said to drink one every 2 hours.  Ok, no problem.  I must admit, it was really nice to not have to do all my own juicing.  It was a nice mixture of different juices plus a nut juice as the last juice of the day.  Very nice change of pace after inhaling cucumber, carrots and celery all day.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. 8:30 a.m. – Feeling very cocky and proud of myself.  Drank the first juice, Ginger Lemon-Aid.  A really yummy blend of carrots, apples, lemon & ginger.  As I drank it I thought, “this is easy.  I’m not even hungry!  I’m going to breeze through this thing!” 9:45 a.m. – I had a massage scheduled for 10:15 a.m. so that would interrupt my every 2 hour juice schedule (I’m only on the 2nd juice and I already can’t follow protocol).  So I drank half of the 2nd juice, the Green Glow (cucumber, celery, parsley, spinach, apple and lemon) saving the rest for after my massage. 10:15 a.m. – Wonderful, amazing, relaxing massage.  Stomach started to growl about 1/2 way through. 11:30 a.m. – Finished rest of 2nd juice.  Helps with talking stomach. 12:30 p.m. – Start to stare at the clock.  Why isn’t it 1:30 yet?  I’m starving!  I want my next juice!  I want to eat! 1:05 p.m. – Give in 30 minutes early and drink my 3rd juice, the Twisted Sister made of pear, beet, ginger, lime and spinach.  Ahh…that’s better.  And now I’m feeling sleepy… 2:00 p.m. – Decide Spike (you’ll see him later) has the right idea for the moment and decide to take a nap with him.  Dream about juicing. 3:15 p.m. – Website guy calls and wakes me up.  I don’t let on I was sleeping though cause what kind of a loser is asleep at 3:00 on a Monday? 3:30 p.m. – Drink my 4th juice of the day (Green-Aid composed of Carrots, Apples, Spinach & Lemon)  and then decide Spike and I need some fresh air.  Head to Peterson Park, one of our favorite places to walk.  Also trying to take my mind off how stinking hungry I am.  I know I’m supposed to keep myself occupied.  I had a nice long walk in mind, but Spike had other ideas.  After 30 minutes he started to pull toward the car.  Was momentarily distracted by a squirrel, then continued the car-pull walk.  So then we drove around Lake Hollingsworth a couple of times cause Spike loves to ride in the car.  But I started feeling like one of those creepy people who cruise the lake (not sure why they do that), so we headed for home.  Time killed:  50 minutes.  Still hungry. 5:25 p.m. -  Time for my 5th drink called the Green Giant.  It’s combination of celery, cucumber, parsley and lemon taste like pure heaven.  Dear Jesus, please let it fill me up.  Fold laundry while drinking it so I don’t gulp it down.  Whitney said it’s good to sip it over 30 minutes.  I made it last for 5.  Contemplate doing a yoga class, but decide to wait until Weds.  I’m tired. 6:10 p.m. – Very hungry.  Need a distraction.  So I convince Spike to go for another walk with me.  The sun is starting to set and it’s gorgeous.  I practicing taking deep breaths as I’m walking because I’ve read that we tend to breathe very shallowly and our lungs need to be detoxed as well with deep breathing.  Start to choke on car fumes.  May need to find less toxic place to walk. 7:05 p.m. – Last juice of the day.  But wait, it’s not a juice.  It’s cashew milk with chia seeds.  And it’s like the nectar of the gods. I could kiss Whitney full on the mouth for coming up with this treat!  It’s amazing.  Tastes like a cold coffee treat.  Exactly what I needed to stave off hunger and drift off into lala land.   Drink while I’m taking a nice relaxing bath. Bath So for tonight’s bath I do a super simple but highly effective bath of Epsom Salts and Peace and Calming essential oils from Young Living.  I’m hoping it will help me fall asleep sooner rather than later.  Epsom salts baths have a lot of benefits.  Click on the photo to the right to make it bigger. Recipe: 2 Cups Epsom Salts 5 drops Peace & Calming Add both to water and swish around.  Rest in bath for at least 20 minutes for the full benefits of the bath. I really like the Peace & Calming blend because, well, it helps you feel peace.  And calm.  But also because it’s ingredients help to detoxify as well. Quick summary of the oils used in Peace & Calming: Blue Tansy – Helps to cleanse the liver and lymphatic system.  Also helps to combat anger and negative emotions. Patchouli – Promotes grounding and helps center the emotions to clarify thoughts, allowing the mind to relax and let go of jealousies (people eating food), obsessions (food), and insecurities (I’ll never make it thru the next 9 days!). Tangerine – Is sedating and calming, helping with anxiety and nervousness. Ylang Ylang – Increases relaxation, restores confidence (I can make it thru the next 9 days!) and equilibrium. After my bath, Spike and I curl up...

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10 Day Juice Feast (otherwise known as What Was I Thinking?)

Posted by Kim Williams on
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Today I started a 10 day Juice Feast.  What’s that you ask?  It’s basically a juice fast, but a smart marketer decided to replace the word fast with feast so you don’t feel like you’re going to be starving the whole time.  It’s being headed up by my friend Whitney Cabrera, the Director of Lifestyle Medicine at Gold’s Gym here in Lakeland.  Check out her website here for great information on juicing and other nutritional information. My decision to do this was very last minute.  And I do mean last minute.  I was actually at the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot while we messaged back and forth about it.  Maybe not the best pre-feast place to be since I ate a little more garbage than normal.   But I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to do this with the support of a whole group doing this together.  Accountability works for me. Why do a Juice Feast?  According the very informative information packet I received when I picked up my first day’s worth of juices, it provides countless health benefits including (all of this is copied word for word from Elixir’s brochure): A break for your intestinal tract Dramatic Weight Loss Clearer Skin Improved Focus and Mental Clarity Improved Vision Anti-Aging Benefits Reduction of Inflammation Reduction of Pain Reduction of Cellulite Reduction of Wrinkles Strengthened Immune System Improved Digestion Improved Mood And much more Why Does Juice Feasting Work? How does feasting on almost nothing but juice provide so many benefits?  The Standard American Diet (SAD) is overly processed and we eat too much of it.  Our body is on overload trying to get any kind of nutritional value of what we’ve given it.  And it’s a testament to the amazing efficiency of our bodies that we live as long as we do when we’ve provided such horrible fuel to live on!  The body requires live fruits and vegetables for nutrients, enzymes, minerals, and vitamins.  But we tend to give it overcooked veggies, fatty meats, refined carbs (flour, sugar) and even non-food items like aspartame.  So our body spends all of it’s time trying to absorb whatever paltry nutrition it can while also trying to protect itself from some of foods we’ve fed ourselves. That leaves no time for the body to execute other functions like repair, proper digestion and providing energy for vibrant living. A juice feast does a couple of things.  One, it gives your body an influx of nutrition.  Your cells are going to rejoice when they are being given an abundance of nutrients!  Inflammation will go down because the body will no longer be responding in a negative way to toxins.  Wrinkles will relax because your body will jump into repair mode instead of always having to be in digestion mode.  Toxins are released from the liver for maybe the first time in years because you are not ingesting as many toxins AND feeding the liver what it needs to detoxify. Secondly, a juice feast gives your body a rest.  It has been digesting and processing for years.  Fresh vegetable juice is broken down to the point that it’s very easy for the body to absorb.  There’s not a lot of digesting the body has to do.  The juice is in a immediately usable form and can go straight to work feeding and nourishing. As for why I’m doing it, the weight loss and cellulite reduction are right up there as great reasons, but primarily it’s because I’m heading into the most stressful and exhausting time of the year for me, the Christmas season.  I own a retail store and we count on November and December for a huge boost to our bottom line.  And since we make 90% of what we sell, there’s a lot of work that happens between now (Oct. 21) and then.  I need good energy and focus and a better attitude.  And it wouldn’t hurt if my clothes fit a little better along the way and if on Christmas morning I weighed less than my sister for the first time ever. Preparation So with little time to prepare mentally and physically, I did a couple of things last night that I’m hoping will help with the journey. 1.  I prepared a two gallon glass container of purified water infused with lemon, cucumber and mint.  It’s in the refrigerator so it’s easy to get to and provides a little extra detoxification along the way.  Plus it tastes great, so I’ll drink more of it. I got this container at Target, but you can order one from Amazon (link is to the right) if you can’t find one locally. (It comes with a lid. I just left it off so you could see the lemons, mint & cucumbers) 2.  I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead again.  I watched this for the first time years ago and remember being motivated by it.  So I watched it again last night hoping it would provide much needed motivation and it did.  I’m going to try to find a few more documentaries like this one and watch them over the next 10 days.  I’ll let you know what I find.  If you are interested in watching it, the link is to the left.  It’s free on Netflix or Amazon Prime. What to Expect From past experience, I know Days 1-3 are the hardest.  Eating is a habit.  And combine it with hunger pangs and it takes one tough cookie to not give in to eating!  It can be even more difficult if you are especially toxic, because your body will start to detoxify and that’s not a pleasant process.  It can feel like you have the flu.  You may experience headaches, caffeine withdrawals (yep, there’s no coffee on this program), bloating, tiredness, crankiness (would someone get that cat to shut up!), and even dizziness.  How do I know?  I’ve had all of the above and more when Feasting.  And I can tell you...

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Juicing Recipe: Acne Fighter

Posted by Kim Williams on
Carrot, broccoli, apples

Daily I have women come into the store looking for solutions for acne.  It doesn’t matter if it’s adult onset acne or a teenager who’s struggling, it is a frustrating problem!  Fortunately, we do have an awesome natural cleanser & toner that helps most.  But improving your diet will only make it easier to clear up this problem. The most important nutrients in the fight against acne are:   Vitamin A, Zinc, Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids. Vitamin A – Doctors will often prescribe Accutane for acne.  It’s a very concentrated form of Vitamin A so it does work for many.  But it’s also very hard on the body.  You can get Vitamin A from sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, papaya & peaches. Zinc – Some studies have shown a link between a deficiency in zinc and acne.  If you are vegan/vegetarian, this could be the issue for you since zinc is found primarily in beef and dairy.  You can also get zinc from beans, nuts & pumpkin seeds, though, so add those to your diet if you are not already eating them. Vitamin E – This vitamin is a great antioxidant to fight free radicals and also helps to heal scars.  Food sources are peanuts, broccoli & avocados. Essential Fatty Acids – Acne occurs when glands over produce keratin and sebum.  They clog pores and cause breakouts.  Essential fatty acids cause something called healthy cell transference which helps dissolve fatty deposits that block pores and cause acne.  EFAs also help the skin to heal and repair.  Great sources are walnuts, pumpkin seeds, avocados, kale & spinach. I’ve listed a couple of different recipes for you to try: Acne Fighter #1 3 carrots (tops removed) 1 cup broccoli 1 cup spinach 1/2 green apple Acne Fighter #2 8 carrots 2 sweet potatoes 1/2 inch ginger Let me know if you have  juice you enjoy that fights acne and I’ll share it with others by posting it on here.

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