**Current Natural Plan**


I seem to be always changing my strategy when it comes to natural remedies, but I think this whole thing is a changing process.  I have adapted my thinking on medicinal interventions and having natural remedies added has not changed.  You need it!

Diet:  I remain on a soft low fiber diet called Low Residue.  It just means that all food will break down easily and leave little waste to clog me up.  This means eliminating insoluble fiber from fruits and veggies.  Without these, where do I get nutrition? http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/84/948/lowfiber-diet07.pdf

Medical Interventions: I take my Lexapro 1x a day and this keeps the stress down very low.  I internalize all stress and I keep a smile on the outside.  I take Prednisone 2x a day and I will be off to the doc this week to see about weaning down and replacing with a longer term – Which I will Take As Directed!!!! 🙂

Current Natural Plan:  The afternoon when I come home from work is natural intervention time.  This is when I get my maximum nutrition to help with what I can’t eat throughout the day.

  • I make a 32oz mason jar of juice.  It usually ends up red or green, but the key to all the juice combos is to think anti-inflammatory.  Kale, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon, Beets, Celery, Pineapple, ect…This is when I get more nutrition than the average joe who eats a normal diet.
  • I take 70 Billion Count Probiotic.  I purchased Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic brand because I like the work he does and what he speaks about.  His also has research that backs up some of the strains.  The juice also helps to feed the probiotics with prebiotics to keep it healthy.
  • I take a liquid vitamin. I take a highly potent vitamin from Alive.  It has vitamins, green foods and tons of other good stuff in it. It does not taste awesome, but I have juiced garlic, carrot and parsley once and I can handle it:)
  • I take my Oregano Oil.  This is my natural antibiotic that will only kill any bacterial overgrowth and not harm my probiotic strains. Doctors do prescribe an antibiotic like this, but it might kill your probiotic.

In addition to all of this, I still need to take a tablespoon of Miralax with dinner to keep things super easy.  I also take a Metamucil fiber supplement in the morning with breakfast to get my fiber that I miss.

NICK THIS SEEMS SOO EASY!!

It is not, but it is my current plan and I deal with it daily.  I have a routine and I tweak it if needed.  I am trying and not giving up.  That is the key!! Later ya’ll:)

iquim.org – Photo Credit

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A Plant Based Diet for Crohn’s


I have been experimenting with a fully raw plant based diet for about 2 weeks now and honestly I feel pretty darn good.  My doctor told me to stay away from foods like you see in the photo and I guess that is true if your insides are in bad shape.

I have been able to maintain my weight at about 160lbs with uncooked olive oil and avocado as good fat.  The calories also come from the fruit that I have in the morning for breakfast and for snacks.

The idea I am working on here is that all of these plant based foods do not activate an inflammatory immune response causing Crohn’s to flare up. I have seen a lot of research out there of foods like meat, wheat and dairy that cause the body to go on the attack for those that are sensitive.  In the process it now attacks your healthy tissue = Crohn’s Disease.  Then again there are those who will benefit from these foods and not receive any ill effects due to everyone being different in they way the process foods.

Many have changed over to this plant based diet and have seen a total turn around in their health ailments.  Just to name a few: fullyrawkristina, Joe Cross, Tracee Sloan and many others.

I am once again Crohn’s medication free and I am trying to use the food as my medicine along with juicing every other day.  I do take a small stress management medication once daily though.  This was very hard for me to do and change to every other day juicing.  I did that because I was eating so many good healing foods that I no longer need the juice every single day!  Plus I am a teacher and I am poor:)

Here is what I have been eating:

Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal almond cereal with almond milk – Not Raw
  • bananas
  • melons
  • pineapple
  • oranges/tangerines
  • apple slices
  • dates

Lunch:

  • Salad with power greens
  • avocado
  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • oranges
  • apple cookies with almond butter
  • bananas
  • Soaked raw cashews

Dinner:

  • Sometimes a different salad
  • Zucchini pasta with different food processor created sauces
  • Lettuce wraps with veggies

I do need more variety and I do have a few things that are not completely raw, but most of it is ALIVE.  When the food is cooked many of the nutrients and enzymes die at a certain temperature.  Although there are foods that benefit from being cooked such as tomatoes which release more Lycopene then when raw.  These are the components that you need to heal and feel great and your are not getting them in cooked food.

The overall plan is to put in foods and juice that totally create a new environment in the gi system.  Taking a probiotic to try and do that is great, but in combination with this lifestyle it should be amazing.

Lastly, I know that the food is not cooked, but it is incredibly flavorful in its natural state!

Photo Credit:  www.fullyraw.com

Backing up Juicing Claims


I have gotten a few challenge responses here or there that really try to shoot down the benefits of juicing and what the goal of this blog site really is.  (These individuals are usually ones who have never tried or have tried and given up on juicing quickly.)  The goal of this site is to share information and to help others with outside the box thinking.  The goal is not to make money from advertising and WordPress does not allow that anyway.  Plus, after writing over 200+ posts and answering every single inquiry within 1 day, my goal is clearly to help others who need new ideas.

After talking with a parent the other day about the benefits of juicing, I came up with an interesting way of thinking about why it truly works if you give it a good try. Think about how drinking soda causes weight gain, spikes sugar levels and many other health ailments or how drinking alcohol dries you out and causes fatigue.  If what you drink in these cases causes so many documented health problems, then it is highly probable that drinking the juices from fruits, veggies and herbs can cause the complete opposite.  If you would like to seek out and watch Superjuice Me or Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, you will see what I mean about progress.  

Why do I feel energized from wake to sleep? Why do I feel mentally clear and quicker? Why is my immunity through the roof when others catch every cold that comes by? Why have my allergies disappeared? The only thing that I do differently that others do not is drink juices once daily 7 days a week.  I feel the benefits and I can see the healing that takes place, but you have to commit to it for at least 1-3+ months to really see the positive changes.  Many do it for a few weeks, stop and then say it does not work.

Thus ends my rant on the benefits of juicing.  I will continue to do this for myself and as I keep encountering others who state that its is just a fad, good luck to you.  I will keep at it for myself:)

If you do believe in this way and are dedicated to healing yourself, stay tuned.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

<3Green Juice for V-Day<3

  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 leaves kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 full lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber

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

Set Back or Motivation?


I have had some recent set backs in health in the past few months that lead me to speak to my gi doctor recently.  It has been about 1.5 years since I contacted him.   I was experiencing nausea, appetite loss, fullness and a bit of anxiety that I just could not explain.  He looked over all of my tests that were all normal and suspected another possible blockage.  After taking colon blow, I still did not find relief and I called back again.  He suspects that my gi tract is mildly inflamed at the ileum where I had my first blockage and prescribed a steroid.  He said a CT scan does not always pick up mild inflammation and that makes sense with a blockage there.

At first I saw this as a set back, but now I am motivated to turn this around both medically and naturally.  I do plan on taking the steroid and I plan on focusing my juice to fight inflammation and bacterial overgrowth.

I am also going to start a round of Candibactin AR an BR.  I plan on taking the Candibactin AR long term because I believe that the inflammation is driven by bacterial overgrowth deep into the intestine.  Each time I have started an Oregano oil supplement, I saw results in just a few days.  I truly believe that bacteria is a key factor to Crohn’s and the inflammation.  This is why doctors prescribe strong probiotics, but you need something else to kill the overgrowth as you repopulate.  This is also why many do well with a fecal transplant.

I believe that my system might always have trouble keeping the balance of flora and this is why I am choosing the Oregano oil along with powerful mixes of fruits, vegetables and herbs daily.

After going through this set back, I thought that this blog was coming to an end because the idea is to basically cure yourself from Crohn’s through juicing, diet and supplements.  I still believe that this can happen and there will always be some road blocks ahead.

I have made tremendous progress through juicing for over one year and who knows why our bodies decide to go a little crazy sometimes.  I blame it on stress – haha!

I think this is also a perfect opportunity to do some self-testing and bring in the Candibactin AR, Juice and Probiotics to monitor what it does for me.  I will be reporting back as I see results and pass them along to you.  Have a great weekend!

Daily Juicing: One Year Later


It has been one full year of daily juicing dedication!! It truly has taken some dedication and time management to juice for all, but 3 days out of the year.  I have learned a ton of information along the way and not just about juicing.

2014 Highlights:

Juicing: The act of daily juicing can have numerous positive effects for many health problems.  It seems so logical now that if you juice ingredients with live enzymes, vitamins and super anti-inflammatory properties it can do amazing things.  If juicing gives you the nutrition that you need in a 99% digestible form, then why is it not pushed by doctors.  I’ll get to that answer in the doctor section.  There is an unexpected sense of energy and clarity that I got after a month or two that has really enhanced my mood and daily drive.  Juicing is an easy preventative for other future problems and as you optimize how your body works, you avoid sickness.  I do not intend to stop juicing each day.  It has become part of my daily routine and I will continue as long as my DNA allows me to.  In celebration of this one full year of daily juicing, I am doing the same 21 day juice challenge this year through allaboutjuicing.com! Perfect timing:)

Supplements: In talking with many people from around the world, I realized that juicing needs a partner to really allow it to work/heal. I realized that when I was taking antibiotics long ago, my symptoms improved and there was some connection there.  Doctors prescribe probiotics for Crohn’s because it helped with an overgrowth problem of the microbiome.  Enter oregano oil, garlic and coconut oil.  These three do the same as antibiotics, but are more powerful and safe.  I realized that the harmful overgrowth needs to be destroyed before, during and after juicing is introduced.  These supplements kill the harmful bacteria only and leave behind the good bacteria.  The juicing comes in and strengthens the good bacteria and creates an environment were it can flourish.  When I tried bread again and had a reaction few months ago, I recreated an overgrowth that juicing just couldn’t tackle on its own.  I introduced oregano oil at that time and I went right back to normal within 2-3 days.  I was pretty amazed!  My newest supplement trial is with HCL/Pepsin to see if it will help with digestion due to low stomach acid.  That post is coming soon if I see any positive effects.

Diet: This year my biggest struggle was my diet.  I was so limited with foods because I was afraid to try new foods and mess up the progress I made.  I found out that chewing your food is super important especially if you are eating large quantities of nuts.  I learned also that my body is beginning to tolerate fiber from fruits and vegetables.  I now do not avoid or fear fiber.  I try to have a balanced diet, but still avoid dairy and wheat.  I have a juice/smoothie/veggie based cookbook coming soon by Joe Cross to help add even more variety.

Doctors: I truly believe that doctors are there to help you and they provide the best care that they know about.  It just bothers me that they say a digestive disease/disorder is not connected to diet!! The first choice for the medical approach is medicine.  I know that it makes a lot of money for all involved except for the individual who is suffering.  I guess if I were a doctor, I would look into every possibility to help others as I have done with this blog.  A digestive disease is most certainly connected to food and identifying your trigger foods is just not enough advice.

People: There are so many people out there searching the internet for an answer and it shows you that we are not happy with how we are currently treated by the medical field.  It is not just those in America searching for this blog.  I have seen many countries from all over the world with very similar searches.  I have spoken to individuals from many different countries and they all have a very similar treatment.  They are searching for something to heal and get them back to a normal way of life.  They don’t want to take drugs and get surgery.  These people are looking to treat the root cause for their ailments and unfortunately the answer is just not popping pills for the rest of your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and I hope that some of what I have learned has helped you in some way.  More to come in 2015!

**Interesting New Crohn’s Theory**


There is a lot of discussion lately about the microbiome and how it might play a major role in the development of Crohn’s/Colitis. Doctors have always thought that Crohn’s developed first and this caused an imbalance in the microbiome. I personally believe that it is the other way around.  I believe that the microbiome is disturbed by many factors and sets into motion Crohn’s/Colitis and other Autoimmune.

Here is the theory for the sequence:

  • Processed foods/drinks begin to disturb gut flora and cause stomach acid to decrease.
  • The decrease in stomach acid allows harmful bacteria in your food to live past the stomach.
  • Undigested food and bacteria move into the small intestine and create havoc.
  • The individual develops Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth in the small intestine.
  • The immune system launches an attack on this overgrowth creating inflammation.
  • As the cycle continues a severe imbalance occurs and Crohn’s/Colitis sets in.

The Low Stomach Acid Theory:

I realized that I had low stomach acid when I put the puzzle pieces together through experimentation.  I also plan to have a test done by my nutritionist.  By having low stomach acid, you do not digest and break down food properly.  You also do not kill unwanted organisms in the food before they enter your small intestine.  The undigested food enters the small intestine and could irritate due to being in the wrong form.  When your food is fully broken down by your stomach acid and cleared of all harmful bacteria, your body can begin to digest the nutrients better. Your immune system does not go on a rampaging attack! You can try some of the stomach acid tests by clicking the link below.

So what can you do if you have low stomach acid??

There are many natural methods to increasing stomach acid.  I have been doing the apple cider vinegar supplement before meals.  I take about 1 inch of water and place a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it.  The next thing that I am going to replace this with is taking an HCL supplement with meals to increase acid levels.  This is the supplement that I ordered through my doctor:  http://www.amazon.com/Metagenics-Metagest-90-Capsules/dp/B004N2I9DG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419200534&sr=8-1&keywords=metagenics+HCL+supplement

SIBO Information:

http://chriskresser.com/sibo-what-causes-it-and-why-its-so-hard-to-treat

Low Stomach Acid Test:

http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/03/3-tests-for-low-stomach-acid/

This post is based on theory, but sometimes it is the theories that help to solve problems.  We all need to think of this ailment in a new way and I believe this is a good start.  

***Free 21 Day Juice Challenge***


http://www.all-about-juicing.com/

Another FREE 21 day juice challenge is coming!!! This is the same challenge that I did last year before starting up this blog. When you click on the link above just fill out the information and you will receive an e-mail confirmation.  When the challenge begins you will get an e-mail of a shopping list and a week of recipes.  You do not need to starve yourself or go on a special diet.  You just need to make one juice per day for 21 straight days.  I did it last year and I am still going strong. Do yourself a favor and do this and by the end of the 21 days, you just might feel like continuing as I did.

http://www.regenerateyourlife.org/dvd/7dayreboot/

Also, if you want to reboot your entire body in addition to this, please click the link above and try Dan McDonald’s 7 day reboot program.  If I wasn’t a poor teacher, I would spend the money to buy this program.  Dan knows what he is talking about and is a true inspiration!

Ultra Immunity/Anti-inflammatory Juice Shot!!


http://fitlife.tv/immunity-boosting-spicy-turmeric-super-shot-saturday-strategy/

This simple recipe comes from Drew Canole and you can view the video above where he discusses the benefits of this powerful shot.

Recipe:

  • 1 thumb length Turmeric Root
  • 1 thumb length Ginger Root
  • 1/2 Lemon with skin
  • Cayenne powder (optional)

I am going to give this one a whirl later on in addition to my normal juice routine.  All three of these ingredients are MAJOR ANTI-INFLAMMATORY/IMMUNITY super stars!!

This combination is the type that will seek out cancer cells and destroy them.  If you have ever researched the power of these three, you will see why bringing them together is the ultimate cure-all for many health ailments.  

After making this shot, I made my usual daily drink and this one was highly detoxing!

Immunity/Anti-inflammatory/Detox Combo:

  • The shot described above

Deep Red Detox 16+oz

  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 bunch dill
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 3-4 leaves kale
  • 3-4 wedge pineapple
  • 2 clementines
  • 1/2 lemon with skin
  • 3 celery stalks

The drink mix above allows you to ditch your deodorant as the dill and parsley are natural internal deodorants.  I didn’t believe it when Dan McDonald stated that he does not need to wear deodorant anymore, but he sure was right about that. My body is so cleaned up on the inside that when I sweat, I have zero smell.  It is pretty crazy, but it truly works.

Do yourself a favor this Christmas and purchase a juicer and get started like I did just 1 year ago.  Who knows, you might be free of all that medication a year from now and urging others to get started juicing too.  Take care! 

Defeating Crohn’s Through Bacteria


The more and more I read about how doctors are beginning to see a major link between Crohn’s and the microbiome, the more I want to experiment with creating the healthiest bacteria strains in my own gut.  I believe that individuals with severe Crohn’s Disease symptoms have a tremendous bacteria, yeast and fungi overgrowth and a simple probiotic cannot overturn it on its own.

Recently, I decided to switch my probiotic for something that had different strains that were mainly dedicated to IBS symptom control.  I still get IBS symptoms on a Monday morning when I am waking up early for the first time that week (stress).  I chose a brand called RenewLife with 10 strains and a 50 Billion cell count.  It is highly important that you get a probiotic that is refrigerated with multiple strains and a high cell count.

It is also important to get a probiotic with both Lacto and Bifido bacteria strains.  One is for the large intestine and the other is used for the small intestine.  It is also a time release capsule so it does not get destroyed by stomach acids.

In addition, I am trying out a product in place of Metamucil called FiberSmart.  This stuff seems really cool and could be super helpful to you.  This product contains flax seed, L-glutamine and a probiotic blend of both strain types.  It also has fennel for gas, marshmallow root to sooth the intestines and slippery elm bark for easier bowel movements.  It is a world apart from simple Metamucil!  The L-glutamine in this product helps to heal the walls of your intestine and helps you to digest food better.  Pretty cool stuff!

In summation, if you are having severe Crohn’s symptoms and your medicine just does not seem to be working, here is what I would do:

  1. Research which strains of bacteria specifically help Crohn’s and IBS.
  2. Take oregano capsules to kill the overgrowth so you can repopulate with your strong probiotic.
  3. Try the Fiber Smart product because of the L-glutamine and additional probiotics.
  4. Drink one fresh juice daily at about 12+oz to get your enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients.

All signs point to the bacteria levels in your gut.  When I work on fostering a healthy bacteria level in my own gut, I see such great results.  This is what juicing along with natural supplements has done for me.  Its’ ability to create a healthy microbiome is truly amazing.

BTW:  I just passed 11 months of daily juicing an I’m closing in on my 1 year anniversary date.  Prescription medicine free as well for 11 months!!!!!:):):):)