Juice Fast Commonly Asked Questions

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I am currently doing a Juice fast, I have done them before and I always get wonderful results. But if you are new to juice fasting and you are planning on joining me as I host a 3 Day Juice Fast Reboot Aug 4-6th then you may have some questions. This blog post is an attempt to answer those questions and help you prepare mentally before you undergo your reboot!

Q: Do I have to own a juicer?

A: No, if you have a high powered blender such as a Vita mix, blend Tech, Ninja, Magic Bullet or another then you will be good to go!

Q: How will I know what to buy and what to juice together for optimal nutrition?

A: I will be taking all of the guess work out of this experience for you, I will tell you exactly what to buy (via lists) and how much you will need to get you all the way through your 3 day juice “feast” I will also tell you what to juice together and what to avoid for certain health conditions (such as thyroid issues) to make sure you get the most optimal nutrition for your body.

Q: Is it hard to make the juice?

A: No, if you are capable of rinsing and chopping veggies and running them through a machine, then… you got this!

Q: How much weight will I lose?

A: It really depends on a lot of variables, such as how much weight you need to release, how toxic your system is, how closely you stick to the fast etc… But look at the weight loss as an added benefit and the improvements to your health, immune system and wellness as first priority.

Q: What if I get hungry or want to give up?

A: You might experience some hunger during your juice fast, if you get hungry, drink more juice 🙂 If you feel like you want to give up… Don’t! 3 days will pass quicker than you think! This is one reason I have created this to be a group experience complete with private Facebook group, this is where you go to get encouragement and support, even if you feel like throwing in the towel midway through, I encourage you to stick it out to get the full benefit!

Q:Will you help me know what to eat when the fast is over so I don’t “undue” all the good I’ve done on the fast?

A: Yes! As part of this 3 Day Juice fast I will be supplying you with a special sheet full of suggestions and ideas to help you ease back into the real world with real food after your 3 day fast is complete.

Q: How often should I juice fast?

A: This is really up to you, I see nothing wrong with juice fasting as often as one or two days per week, you may want to try to do a juice fast once per month or once every few months, there is no correct amount. Fasting with the aid of organic juice is a wonderful way to improve the bodies own healing mechanisms and correct imbalances. It is also a great way to release excess weight and detox and cleanse the system from the inside out. Using organic juice to cleanse the system is a great preventative medicine and can also be used as alternative medicine if sickness is already present. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates

 

I hope that I have helped answer some of your questions and concerns regarding juice fasting, it would be my privilege to walk along side you as you work on improving your health! More questions? Contact me today! Ready to get started? You can reserve your spot in the “3 DAy Juice Fast Reboot”  today!! Registration will be open until Aug 3 2014 and all of your printable lists and materials will be e-mailed directly to your inbox by Aug 1 2014! 

Banana, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Oat Balls…. Yum!

These little balls of deliciousness are vegan, gluten free and powered with plant based protein! They will also give you a good dose of fiber and hit the spot for that sweet tooth without going too far off track! This was an impromptu  recipe that I came up with, and after the fam ate them faster than I could get them out of the oven, I figured it was blog worthy!

 

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These are best served right out of the oven when the chocolate is good and melty…. I had mine with a cold glass of almond milk!

 

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Here is what you will need:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I prefer silk almond milk because it is part of the non GMO project and it does not use carrageenan as a thickener)
  • 1/4 cup natural no sweetener peanut butter (I used chunky no salt added on these) *plant powered protein
  • 1/2 cup raw almond meal *plant powered protein
  • 1 cup gluten free oats *plant powered protein
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds *plant powered protein
  • 1/4 cup vegan and gluten free chocolate chips such as enjoy life brand

 

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Mash your banana in a medium size mixing bowl, then add your coconut sugar, almond milk and peanut butter, once this is nice and creamy add the rest of your ingredients with the chocolate chips last. Use a cookie scoop if you have one, if not a larger table spoon will do to make the dough into “balls” place on a baking sheet or stone and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes each. This will make about 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Introducing Sweep and Shop!!!

I’m so excited about this!!! It takes my passion of helping others, shopping, cleaning and healthy foods and rolls them all into one awesome experience!

Okay, so what the heck  is this awesome experience all about?

Well…

Have you ever seen one of those reality type shows where some health guru comes into the home of a normal everyday American family and goes through their pantry and fridge with them and helps them get rid of everything that is not health promoting or nutritious??

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Do any of these foods look familiar?

Then goes with them to a local health food store and helps them restock their shelves with nutritious health promoting food and even creates one or two delicious recipes with them right in the comfort of their own kitchen?

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Have you ever wished you could have this experience in your own home? ?

Now you can (minus the camera crew!) !  I offer just this opportunity to those of you that live within a 50 mi radios to the 92407 zip code. (I’d be willing to travel farther but you need to contact me so we can talk details! ) During our scheduled sweep and shop day, I will arrive at your home ready to navigate with you through your pantry and fridge and help you decode labels and understand what might not be so optimal for you and your families nutritional needs,then its time to say bye-bye to those not so nutritious foods!

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Once we get done with the “sweep” it will be time to shop, we will go to the most conveniently located health food or natural food store near you (such as Trader Joe’s, Sprouts or Whole Foods)  and I will help you navigate through the aisles and answer questions, make suggestions and even offer great and family friendly alternatives to some of your most loved foods.

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Let’s take the “scary” out of shopping for healthy foods!

Once we are done at the store we will return to your home, restock your pantry and make one or two simple recipes for you and your family to enjoy right away! This package also includes printed recipes and resource links for you to continue going on your new and improved lifestyle! From start to finish you can expect to make a day of it spending anywhere from 3 to 6 hours together!

 

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So here is my question for you?

What might you gain from having a trained expert in the nutrition field make a house call and show you what it takes to turn your pantry, fridge and life around? If you have been struggling with excess weight, blood sugar imbalances, chronic illness, kids with ADD ADHD, food sensitivities, mood swings, constipation, digestive disorders or if just want to practice good preventative medicine with your lifestyle and nutrition choices but don’t know where to start. Then this package is for you!  Contact me today for availability and to schedule your date and time, I am also here to answer any questions you might have about this package!  For pricing of this package and other programs check out my “services” tab .

What’s The Big Deal About Essential Oils Anyway?

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You may have seen the growing popularity of essential oils circulating on the internet lately and thought to yourself, what is this new fad? The truth is essential oils are not new, they have been around and have been a viable source of natural remedies for a millennia.

 

I am certain that essential oils were one of God’s designs for medicine (along with foods and other natural sources) and that is why I affectionately refer to them as “God’s pharmacy”

There are many essential oils and many uses for them today. In fact I find myself saying “there’s an oil for that” quite often among the many complaints of aches, pains and troubles that people face on a daily basis. In our current day and age we have been taught that going to the doctor and getting a prescription is the way to handle our sickness’ and ailments to the point that we look at something as natural as a “plant essence” as uncivilized at best and “woo woo new age” at worst. I hope to help clear up any confusion and tell you that is simply not the case!

Essential oils are age old wisdom, I want you to think of a plant that grows in nature, take peppermint for example, the plant was created to thrive, to fight off harsh elements, disease, fungi bacterial threats etc..
The essence of the plant or its essential oil within is literally the “life blood” of the plant. It is the plants own defense mechanism that will protect it against such threats.

When you take a plant and steam distill all of this “essence” (not all essential oil manufactures use steam distillation, but doTERRA does!) out of it, what you have is a very powerful, very concentrated natural medicine. For every chemical pharmaceutical on the market today, there is a remedy found in nature that it has copied, that is something to really think about.

As a holistic health coach it is my passion to use the most natural means when treating my family, my clients and even my own ailments. As a mom it gives me joy when my child says to me, “mom, my ear hurts, can you rub some oil on it?” she asks for this because she knows it makes her feel better, she has no other agenda. Essential oils are good safe medicine, plain and simple.

Are you intrigued? Does what you have just read make sense to you? I invite you to watch the brief and informative video below and get to know doTERRA brand essential oils a little better, and here about the “Family Physician Kit” one of doTERRA’s most popular choices!

I know what you are going to say “But Michelle, those oils are too expensive!” Really…. they are not. Or “Michelle, do they really work?” Take a look at the cost break down and time of effectiveness of a doTERRA oil (which is a certified pure therapeutic grade essential oil by the way) vs. a traditional pharmaceutical remedy:

For a child’s fever: peppermint oil 33 cents vs 50 cents of traditional medicine
peppermint oil for fever works in 5-10 min vs 30+ for traditional med

For ear infection: Lavender & Melaleuca oils 64 cents vs Doctors visit and antibiotics $28.99
Lavender & Melaleuca oils works in 1 day vs 7-10 days of antibiotics (not to mention the damage that unnecessary antibiotics cause to stomach flora and gut health)

These are just 2 simple examples of how doTERRA essential oils can positively influence the health and financial savings in your home!

Make sure to watch the video below to the end to hear about the special offer from me! Also if you join as a wellness associate in July and have a qualifying pv order of 100 doTERRA will give you $50 in free product value as a thank you! This is the month to join if you have been sitting on the fence, take advantage of this great deal!

 

Patriotic Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

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4th of July is here! I’ve shared this before but some of my best summertime memories as a kid were from the 4th of July, swimming all day in my grandma’s pool, enjoying all the family and friends that were there and then when night fall finally came setting off what seemed like endless hours of fireworks!

Good memories 🙂

Unfortunately, I’m sure I spent the day also eating less than nutritious foods, chips, soda, popsicle’s and hot dogs… sigh

4th of July is a time when many get together to celebrate friends and family and summer and freedom, and it does not have to be unhealthy! Try this recipe for a natural red white and blue fruit salad! Fruit is simple, refreshing, tasty and this festive recipe is perfect to adorn any 4th of July table!

For the salad: (organic ingredients are always best whenever possible)

  • 2 boxes strawberries hulled, stemmed and sliced
  • 3 small boxes blueberries or one large box
  • 3 apples any variety peeled, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 3 cups of seedless watermelon balls
  • mint leaves to garnish

For the dressing:

  • juice of 2 large limes
  • 2 tbsp of organic raw honey
  • optional additional mint leaves finely chopped

Clean and prepare all fruit, in a large bowl mix all your fruit together, in a small mixing bowl, combine your lime juice, honey and optional mint leaves, pour over fruit salad and toss until all is coated, cover and place in fridge for a minimum of one hour before serving for all the flavors to mingle together. Garnish with extra mint leaves just before serving. Simple, healthy, clean eating. Enjoy!