Crohn’s: Reset the Flora


***I know this post seems repetitive, but it is vital to anyone’s treatment protocol***

Crohn’s Disease is the result of the immune system attacking healthy tissue, harmful bacteria and beneficial bacteria.  Did the poor bacteria balance activate the immune response or did the immune response cause the imbalance? This is the chicken or the egg for Crohn’s.  So what is the answer?

The answer is, I don’t know or care – haha.  All I know is that good vs bad bacteria is involved in this whole mix. I can manipulate the flora at least.

Here are my prescription drugs: I consider this to be level #1 and not the most extreme.

  • Lialda = Crohn’s inflammation drug: Keeps a potential future blockage at bay.
  • Viberzi = IBS-D drug: Slows down the gi to limit surprise bathroom trips.
  • Celexa = Anti-stress/Anxiety drug: The stress of life and my job.

These drugs are great and they work for me personally, but they are truly band-aid options and I am fully aware of this – haha. The problem is that many people will just take these medications and avoid certain foods without doing something to improve or change their flora.  

  • Taking a strong probiotic is just not enough on its own – I know, I’ve tried!

I am in the middle of my Sunday Cleanse, where I have evacuated everything like a colonoscopy would do (no TMI here).  I used a lot of water and a natural cleanse supplement to flush out everything to start with a clean slate.

I am now about to create a juice and now take the probiotics to create a super healthy environment.  This probiotic now has a chance to work and overtake anything that still remains after the cleanse.

My goal is to truly stay on the first level of drug management and not to get to the immune system suppressing drugs or surgery.

Order of Attack:

  1. Cleanse = Water, Juice, Herbal, Supplement: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ISAPPLI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. Replace = Juice, Probiotics
  3. Maintain = Juice, Oregano Oil, Garlic, Digestive Enzymes

I leave you with Dan McDonald.  Follow him and learn!  Take care ya’ll :):):)

 

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**Why Juice For Crohn’s Disease**


Questions to be discussed: 

  • Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?
  • What type of juicer should I get first?
  • What are some easy recipes to start with?
  • What else should I be doing to help my medicine do it’s job?

Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?

  • If you are like many victims with Crohn’s Disease, you have been told not to consume too much fiber from raw fruits and vegetables.  The lining of you gi tract is inflamed and cannot deal with breaking down the insoluble fiber.  As a result, most will avoid fruits and vegetables completely. The goodness in these foods may very well heal you if you could eat it.  This is where juicing for Crohn’s comes in to save you.  The juicer will remove 90+% of the fiber that you cannot break down and use.  This now leaves you with vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and nutrients that kill bacteria, strengthen, heal and nourish the inflamed areas of the gi tract. Your body is essentially a juicer anyway and the juicer on your counter does the work for you.
  • It costs about $25-30 per week for the ingredients I need to make these juices. Hospital and doctor visits cost much more and you are practicing preventative medicine at the same time for possible future problems.
  • It takes me a total of 15 minutes to prep, juice, drink and clean/rinse the juicer each day.  I make it part of my routine at the same time each day.  It is just what I do after work and it has become very easy.

What type of juicer should I get first?

What are some easy juices to start with?

  • I have always recommended that you start off with signing up for the FREE 30 day juicing challenge at https://juicerecipes.com/30-day-challenge/  = This link takes you there and Tracee Sloan provides a great easy start to juicing for you.
  • My favorite starters: 1 Apple, 3 Carrots, 1/2 Lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger                                                                              1 Apple, 1 peeled beet, 3 Carrots, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger

What else should I be doing to help my medicine to it’s job?

  • There are a couple of extra things that I do in addition to taking my medicine, juicing and eating foods that digest well.
  • I take organic potent Turmeric capsules 2x per day.  This is my natural anti-inflammatory booster to go with the juice and my medication.
  • I eat a lot of garlic!  Garlic is highly medicinal and will kill harmful bacteria that could be causing the Crohn’s in the first place. (Just don’t juice it) Just don’t!! haha
  • I also take vitamin D and B to help with a deficiency in it.  These 2 vitamins are lacking in those with Crohn’s.

I hope some of this information will be helpful to you.  I hope you choose to try juicing for Crohn’s, Colitis or any other health issue you may have.

I answer all messages quickly, so feel free to send a message or question.  Thank you and take care! All is free:)

Juicing: its role in Crohn’s


Back a year ago, I was excited to tell people I “had”(past tense) Crohn’s, that I healed it.  I did do this through juicing, diet and supplements, but I have learned unfortunately that it will always be there.  Little things like not sleeping enough, a bad diet choice and stress – (a BIG one!) can get it to flare up again.  Stress did this for me and I am having a tough time getting this under control presently.

Everything that I have written about as far as healing Crohn’s,  I still believe to be true.  I think when you juice raw organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and super foods you heal the damage Crohn’s inflammation has done.  It’s the strength of the immune system that attacks the good healthy parts, that is the mystery here.  Is it genetic that our immune systems are on overload? Is it the lack of a certain vitamin or the overgrowth of good to bad bacteria?

The one thing that I do know is that the true role of juicing for crohn’s is ultimate nutrition in one glass.  I am not trying to fight inflammation or bacteria overgrowth anymore.  I am looking to provide the maximum most potent vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and prebiotics to a body that cannot eat that food.  If you provide this nutrition daily, then you have a better/very good chance to suppress Crohn’s and put it into remission.

My diet at this point consists of soft and very digestible foods.  I tried the vegan diet and my body could not break down the salads and fiber.  For me it most likely got stuck causing the last obstruction I had.  I was not happy with this because that diet was so super healthy along with juicing and I felt great!

I still believe that drinking as much raw juice as possible can play a key role in placing you into remission.  You also need to eat foods like garlic to keep the bacteria in check.  You also need to take your medication as directed.  I learned this the hard way 2x, but hey I was being hopeful!!

I drink about 24oz+ of juice 1x per day and I get all the nutrition I am missing.  It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, nutrient dense, energizing and anti-cancer as well.  I take my medicine as I am told to now!  I take a liquid vitamin because I can’t absorb vit B and D very well – who knew!!:)

Now, if you don’t juice like this and you eat a diet void of fruits, veggies and herbs, how are you preparing your body to fight the inflammation or harmful bacteria if you cannot actually eat the food? 

My go to juice: 

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Ginger

Enjoy your day everyone!:)

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

My Saturday Super Boost + Recipes


My day starts at 7:30am and out the door! The very first thing I pick up is Kombucha fermented tea, which is filled with good probiotics and a few super foods.  This stuff is better than coffee as it gives you a nice energy/mood boost without the jittery feeling.  

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-kombucha

http://synergydrinks.com/index.php/products#enlightened-kombucha

Back in the car and over to Earthfare’s juice bar for a shot of wheatgrass!! This one shot has the nutritional value of 2.5 lbs of fruits and vegetables.

http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

Back in the car and over to Trader Joe’s for the weekly juice supplies and tried a cold pressed bottled juice.

  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 apples
  • ginger
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • 1/4 pineapple

Finally making it home for the morning breakfast juice:

  • 6 Carrots
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 Fennel
  • Kale
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Green bell pepper

Afternoon Power Green Juice + Probiotic

  • 1 Yellow Zucchini
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 2 Apples
  • 3 Oranges
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon
  • Kale
  • Ginger

Now this has all been on an empty stomach due to the fact that I was going to try for a 1 full day juice cleanse.  I decided that I am hungry and I want to eat – haha!  I know I am weak!  I think one more juice will be in order for later on and this one is just the simple ABC!

  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Beet
  • 4 Carrots

I envy anyone who has made it through a 1,3,28,30 or 60 day + juice fast.  If you cannot make it like myself -haha, try a weekend boost day.  Have a great weekend!

My Ultimate Juice Recipe


Lou Corona’s:  Ultimate Lemon Ginger Blast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZtGldiCsj4 = Who is Lou Corona?

http://puradyme.com/lifestyle/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Lemon-Ginger-Blast-Recipe.pdf = Actual Recipe

I have posted about this recipe in the past, but now it is time to bring out the big guns and go back to the juices I started with. I seem to have gotten away from creating juices with massive amounts of green chlorophyll.  I am personally starting a green juice week that may lead to a month or more.  The recipe above will be my start today, but I need to make some changes due to the produce that is available.

My adaptation: 16+ oz

  • 1 whole lemon with skin
  • 2 apples
  • 1-2 inch ginger
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 3-4 celery
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • handful of fresh mint

This is the type of recipe that I started with over a year ago.  A recipe that is filled with chlorophyll and fights all sorts of disease, infection, overgrowth, inflammation and ulcerations.  It is time to go back to that and stick to it to help solve any inflammation that I personally have going on.

Every ingredient in this recipe has some powerful influence over anything going wrong in your body.  It is different from just creating something sweet like pineapple, orange and carrot.  The juice above is a powerhouse against inflammation that can drive Crohn’s disease and many other health problems.

Please take the time to check out Lou Corona and his 4 principles of thinking.  It truly makes a lot of sense and I wish I could follow all of his ideas, but the diet seems like a big challenge for me.  I can however make the LGB juice and take enzymes/probiotics daily to at least follow part of the plan.

http://puradyme.com/lifestyle/principles/ – 4 Principles to great health/healing

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

Which Juice do I begin with??


I get this question all the time and I think I have found the correct answer to show you that juicing can be so incredibly tasty. You then realize that the juice in the store is just plain sugar water when compared to this recipe below.

This recipe is great because it is very simple to create with just 4 ingredients.  It has an amazing golden orange color and it includes some ingredients for strengthening your immunity and energy level.  Let’s be honest, you want juicing to taste great first while enjoying the health benefits.  It truly does take a while for your taste buds to be ready to handle something like a Mean Green.  Don’t just jump into a green juice!  You also might detox too quickly and it feels like the flu.  

The Beginning 

  • 3 oranges peeled
  • 1/4 pineapple peeled
  • 4 orange carrots
  • 1/2 lemon with skin

This recipe makes about 16-20oz

  1. Oranges:  Leaving the white pith on adds a cancer fighting benefit in addition to Vitamin C and energy.
  2. Pineapple:  This contains Bromelain, a powerful enzyme for digestion.
  3. Carrots: Cancer fighter, digestive soother, help for your eye sight.
  4. Lemon: PH alkalinity, cancer fighter, digestion/weight loss.

One of the coolest things about getting all these tests done for my recent set back was the urinalysis test.  Most people on average have a ph of about 6.5-7 and my ph came out at 8.0!! The juicing lowers the acidity in the body where disease likes to flourish and creates an alkaline environment where they perish.  This was great news because bottled water ph sits at about 7-7.5 ph, so having 8.0 running through my body and kidneys is good stuff!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as a good starting point.  The next few green ingredients to try subbing in would be cucumber, celery or spinach.  All three have a mild flavor and can be covered with ingredients like orange, pineapple, grape, apples or pears.

After you have played around with those mild greens, then you can start bringing in the Kale, parsley, cilantro, collard greens, dill and cabbage.

It is a process for your taste buds and for creating recipes that don’t make you gag and give up right away.

Let me know what you think of this one in the comment section below:)

*Image from vegansparkles.com*

**A New Year: Overall Wellness**


It is that time of year again for resolutions.  Many begin a resolution and lose sight of it after just a few months.  They should be commended on at least starting something to improve themselves.

I see a new year as the opportunity to create a new lifestyle and not just a quick resolution.  The resolution that you choose should become part of your daily routine so that it just feels natural and easy.  This is what I did with juicing for one full year. My routine was always to hit Trader Joe’s each weekend with a list of ingredients for juicing.  Each day I have a certain time that I like to create some juice recipes and I try to stick to that.  Of course having a juicing blog helps to keep going as well 😉 – Thanks Tammy!

My resolution this year does not deal with juicing because it is just daily routine at this point.  I will certainly continue that each day.  My resolution is to attempt to attain overall wellness through food choices and diet.  To add more variety, colors and new ideas to each meal.  My RD has assigned me the FODMAPS diet plan as of yesterday and I love that I have a structured plan to go by.  I was eating some things that might not have agreed with my system since learning about this diet and it is very interesting.

Health Lifestyle Routines / Resolution Choices:

  • Start a juicing challenge online – There are three about to start that I know of.
  • Add juicing once daily to your routine and stick with it!
  • Buy a juicer and leave it in full view – make it your new lifetime hobby!!
  • See a different type of doctor than your specialist for new ideas – RD or Holistic Doctor.
  • Try some of my supplement suggestions daily to work on your microbiome.
  • Share your trials and success with others.
  • Never stop researching for new ideas and ways to heal rather than just take pills and give up.

What ever you decide to do this year, make sure that it is realistic enough to make it at least one full year and beyond.  If it starts to work for you, share with as many people as you can.  You never know who you might help out there with just one small tip they have never thought of.  

Happy New Year Everyone!

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!