Lifestyle changes: The Juice Remains the Same


It has been quite a year!  My 10th year of teaching was supposed to be a positive milestone, but I just didn’t have the best feeling about it going in for some reason.  I had been juicing non-stop daily for over a year with zero medications and then stress hit and I had no idea what a factor it really was.  As my poor puppy Cooper was getting sick, I had all that stress internalized and the juice and diet just could not deal with it.  Hospitalization #1 was due to Cooper passing and stress at work.  

To prevent another hospitalization I juiced more and took Lexapro for the stress and that really helped greatly at work. The 1st hospitalization from stress would not be the last unfortunately and did not completely resolve itself as I did not like taking medication again.

Hospitalization #2 taught me that I needed to take my medication and stop self treating! Not so much for me, but for my family who has to deal with me:)

I now take predisone for a small amount of time until the doctor makes the decision to wean me off.  He will replace that with a long term medication that I will take as directed!

The diet is all soft and not that full of nutrients like the vegan diet I sampled for over 2 months.  This is where juicing comes in along with a liquid vitamin for nutrition.

Since my diet is lacking nutrition, I need/must add the juice in everyday at about 24-32+oz.  I need to take my medication to prevent these unknown situations, but I need to provide a healthy gut and juicing will do that for me.

In summation, do what works for you and adapt as needed.  You must find a way to get rapid nutrition in so that your body is super strong to allow healing to happen.  The juicing remains the same and I hope always will.  Get that juice in you and start to feel the difference in energy, mood and feeling.  Take care!:) 

Today’ Recipe: It’s All Green

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2-3 celery
  • 1 lemon whole
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 apples
  • KALE
  • Ginger
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Crohn’s/IBS Calming Juice


Monday Soother:

  • 2 pears
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 4 carrots
  • 1/2 lemon with skin
  • 1 inch ginger
  • a small bunch of mint

I created this recipe in honor of my grumbling stomach on a Monday morning.  It seems that Monday is the hardest on my system due to waking up extra early at 5:20 and rushing around to get to school on time.  I have no trouble on the weekend when I get to wake up slowly and the rest of the week is usually pretty good.  It is a true case of the Mondays’.

Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Pears:  Soothing, anti-inflammatory and a light sweetness to the recipe.
  2. Apple:  Soluble fiber for gentle detox.
  3. Fennel: IBS soother! Cuts down on gas and calms spasms.
  4. Carrot:  Digestive system soother for the gi lining.
  5. Lemon: Anti-inflammatory
  6. Ginger:  IBS soother! Anti-inflammatory
  7. Mint:  IBS soother! Anti-inflammatory, gas reducer.

The taste with this one is a smooth sweetness with the fennel coming through along with the heat of the ginger.  The Heather’s Tummy Tamers that I take here and there are made of fennel, ginger and mint and the drink version of this is pretty darn good.

Image Credit: http://www.bonappetit.com

**New Lessons Learned**


Recently, I began to feel nausea, lack of appetite and intermittent trips to the bathroom.  I thought that I had a stomach bug, but then it went on for 7+ days.  I went to get a full blood test, stool sample and urine test.  All of those tests came out completely normal including my white blood cell count.  I was so scared that my WBC would be high again which would indicate inflammation (crohn’s) in the body.  I then got an x-ray and was shocked to see that I was severely constipated in the large intestine.  I believe that this all started when I began taking more digestive enzymes because the symptoms lined up in time with it.  That combined with avoiding fiber like the plague, caused these problems.  The only fiber that I do take is 1 single tsp of Metamucil fiber.  My juice has fiber, but I try to strain it out really well.

I have always been afraid of fiber in any form, but now I am realizing that it might be time to include it to balance my meals out and to balance out my gut.  I am now going to venture out into the land of blending/smoothies in addition to juicing.

If you know of a great smoothie recipe website, please leave a comment below and I can share that out to everyone who might be interested.  

I am going to do the beet transit test today to see how clear things are.  Directions – Drink a juice that is high in beet juice and track how fast it comes through to your stool.

Beet track juice:

  • 1 large beet
  • 1 medium apple
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1 thumb ginger

I also had a great smoothie mixture at Earthfare yesterday to give it a try.  By how green it was, it did not look like it would taste very good at all! It was quite good!

  • 1/2 cup organic apple juice
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • spiralina powder
  • ice

This experience might have been a blessing because it shows me that I cannot just eat a few types of meals and no fiber.  I need to expand my options and create a balanced meal plan.

Please send any website finds or recipe ideas in the comment section.  Thank you!!

And the winner is……..


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I get this question very often, is blending just as good as juicing? The answer is that they are both equally great based on how your digestive system operates.  In order to make that last statement true, you need to blending using a high powered blender that is designed to make smoothies such as the Vitamix ,Blendtec, Ninja and the Nutri-bullet.  These blenders are designed to chop the fruits, vegetables and herbs so fine that you can drink it.  Trust me I tried this with my Cuisinart and I was choking down the pulp – haha. 

Juicing: 

The difference is all in the pulp.  Since my personal digestive system does not like large amounts of fiber, I prefer to use a juicer that takes out about 95% of the pulp.  I even strain it a second time just to make is super smooth.  The less pulp you have, the easier it is for your gi tract to digest it and pass it through.  Juicing keeps your digestive system relaxed and does not cause it to work as hard.  This is why it is perfect for those with IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis.  Some of the vitamins are lost in the pulp that is extracted and that’s why some prefer to use a high powered blender instead. 

Blending: 

If you have no major digestive issues and you can handle fiber just fine, than blending is a great choice for you.  The blender chops up the pulp so fine that you can barely taste it and you get the maximum vitamins, minerals, enzymes from the pulp as well as the juice.  As Dan Mcdonald says, “it does not matter what you are using, blender/juicer as long as you are doing it”!  Although, some of the vitamins are not extracted from the pulp as with a juicer, you get a ton of benefits from both blending and juicing.