**New** Super Hydrating Juice Recipe

This is quite a good one folks!! The flavor is sweet and color is pretty awesome.  The benefits are through the roof on this one as it is highly alkaline from the watermelon and lemon.  The other ingredients are all anti-inflammatory.  This was just a very good one for taste and health.  Give it a try!  It made a lot of juice too:)

Energy Through Hydration


  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • ginger optional

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

The Food We Eat: Food Matters

www.fmtv.com  = Food Matters the movie and many other eye opening movies about juice, food and health.

I was watching the movie Food Matters featuring David Wolfe and he kept on repeating throughout the film “let food be thy medicine”.  It got me thinking not about what I eat, but what I have seen from other people who have realized this way of thinking.  Many videos on youtube and around the web have proven the above statement when it comes to disease and health.

When you watch Dan McDonald through youtube, he states that much of the food we eat today is not designed to truly feed your body and give it what it needs. It is designed unfortunately to cause inflammation and disease.  Why does this happen?

Before we get to that answer, another observation that I have found is that every well known person out there who is promoting juicing and super food eating has had a life long illness plus medications.

  • Jason Vale = psoriasis and gastro
  • Lou Corona = Cancer
  • Joe Cross = weight and Urticaria
  • Tracee Sloan = Lupus
  • Jay Kordich = Cancer

All of these people are juicing and eating super foods now because before that they were not, and they were sick.  Some of the above were not given long to live and they are all here today.

Why is disease and especially autoimmune conditions on the rise? I have learned that processed foods cause inflammation because your body thinks its an invader or virus if it is not natural and what the body needs.  An inflammatory response occurs with food that is not what the body needs.  It does not need chemicals and preservatives so it creates inflammation and attacks not only the food, but you in the process.

So what am I doing? I do not eat processed foods that contain extra chemicals or preservatives.  Instead I am trying to eat foods in a natural state more often.  I realize that some of my food is processed and not perfect, but I hope to balance that out with natural foods.  I tried this yesterday with a salad and it was amazing.  It is almost like the food we are told to avoid at the doctors office is that food that might actually heal us?

Joe Cross Super Food Salad = Amazing Stuff!!!!

  • Mixed power greens
  • 1/2 chopped avocado
  • chopped basil
  • 1 orange cut up
  • 1/4 fennel diced
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Dressing – TJ’s Olive oil and Red wine vinegar

Surviving this salad will be a big win for me and an open door to many new varieties of food.  I believe that through juicing and smart food choices that we can all achieve what the individuals above have achieved.

I also realize that the doctors are there to help, but only know one way to do it.  It is up to you to research and understand that covering the problem will not solve it.  Use the medication instead to help get you to a place so that you feel healthy enough to make some big food and juicing changes.

I hope you all have a good week.  I’m off to cut up a pineapple:)

**High Anti-Inflammatory Juicing**

The List

  • Turmeric – The most anti-inflammatory substance on Earth.
  • Ginger – The second most anti-inflammatory substance.
  • Berries – Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries ect..
  • Beets – A total blood purifier and great for energy.
  • Dark Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, collards, parsley, cilantro, ect…
  • Lemons with skin – The skin contains the anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Pineapple – Great also for digestion and immunity.
  • Celery – Highly anti-inflammatory and cooling.

Now to create a smooth tasting anti-inflammatory juice, I like to break it up into base, greens, sweet and power ingredient.

  • Base:  Celery 4 stalks
  • Greens:  Kale and Spinach
  • Sweet:  Pineapple, Whole Lemon, Apple
  • Power: Ginger and or Turmeric

The celery provides a good water base with sodium included.  The pineapple and apple also provide a good water base, but with added sweetness.  The whole lemon with the skin is needed to neutralize the bitterness of the kale.  The spinach does not have a strong taste.  The power anti-inflammatory ingredients boost up the power of this juice.  The taste of Turmeric will be lost in this mix so you can add quite a bit and not even notice.  If you add a bit too much ginger, you will surely notice.

I hope you enjoy how I think up these combinations each day.  Have a great weekend! ~Nick:)

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.  



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.


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

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

**Great Energy Recipe**

Many with Crohn’s just can’t absorb nutrients and vitamins like others do.  That is why you need juicing in your life so that you replace these essential nutrients that can give you energy to get through your day.  When you remove all fiber from the juice, your body does not need to expend any energy to break the fiber down.  The juice is 100% digestible even for someone who has Crohn’s flaring up.  This recipe is RED, energized and super tasty.

Red Energy #2

  • 2 beets
  • 1 apple
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • ginger – optional

The energy and mental clarity from this continues into the next day as soon as you wake up.  I hope you enjoy this one!

Image – http://www.tastespotting.com

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*

Ultimate Dark Sweet Green Recipe

  • 1 apple
  • 4 wedges of Pineapple
  • 1/2 Lemon with skin
  • 1/2 golden beet
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 3 Collard Green leaves
  • 2 leaves Kale
  • 1 thumb Turmeric

 – About 250% vitamin C

 – About 650% vitamin K

I have to say that I expected this recipe to be pretty rough tasting due to the heavy green ingredients.  I was totally surprised at how great this mixture was.  The pineapple, apple and lemon cover up all bitter flavors in this dark green concoction.

This recipe is completely detoxifying and it might be a good idea to wait until you have been juicing for a long while.  You do not want to feel the side effects of detoxing too quickly.

Crohns Benefits: 

  • Collards – Great for the immune system, blood detox, major cancer fighter!
  • Cilantro – Digestion, Antibiotic(flora), Anti-inflammatory, Immune booster
  • Kale – Detoxifying, Anti-inflammatory, Cancer fighter
  • Golden Beet – Blood cleanser, Detoxification, Ulcers, Cancer fighter
  • Pineapple – Digestive enzymes, Anti-inflammatory,
  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic
  • Lemon – Anti-inflammatory, Immunity
  • Apple – Colon Detox

I really love to look up this information right after consuming this recipe and I think it is completely obvious of why this works for Crohn’s, Colitis and IBS.  I mean just look at all of the benefits above!! It still surprises me:)