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!

Organic Creamy Dilled Butternut Squash Soup

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  • 1 organic butternut squash
  • 1 32 oz container of free range organic chicken stock (I get mine from Trader Joes)
  • 1 8 oz package of full fat organic cream cheese (if you cant find the organic variety, go for all natural full fat)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Dill (fresh or dried will work)
  • dried spice blend to taste (mine had onion, celery, turmeric, black pepper and paprika in it)

First thing you want to do is take a vegetable peeler and peel the skin off of your squash, then cut it in half and scoop all the seeds and strings out of it, it’s sorta like a pumpkin in this way. Once you have it nice and cleaned out chop it up into squares for boiling like so…

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Victoria chopping away

Boil the squash over medium heat for about 40 min, just keep an eye on it and get it to the fork tender point. When it is nice and soft, drain ALL of the water and replace the liquid with the chicken stock (I only used about 3/4 of the box, it depends on the consistency you want, creamier use less, thinner use more) and the entire 8 oz block of cream cheese, break it up into chunks if you can. Now you are going to transfer it to your blender, unless of course you have an emersion stick blender then you could skip this part entirely  and just blend it up in your stock pot. But for the rest of us, we are going to transfer this into a high powered blender (I love my vita mix) and blend until smooth, you may have to do this step in batches depending on the size of your blender.

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Creamy goodness

Once it is nice and smooth, transfer it back to your stock pot and add your seasonings and reheat just before serving. That is it! I told you this was easy 🙂 now I do want to talk just a bit about the nutritional value of this soup. Butternut squash packs a big nutrient punch giving your body adequate doses of Vit C, Vit A, Vit B6, Folate and Potassium, All great to eat during cold and flu season, but…. in order for your body to assimilate these nutrients you need to eat them with some fat…. enter cream cheese to the rescue! These nutrients will satisfy your body and the taste will satisfy your taste buds (even the kids will ask for seconds!!) I hope you enjoy this recipe, be sure to come back and let me know what you think. Also come on over and lets continue the discussion on Facebook, I’d love to chat with you more about all things natural 🙂

Weight Loss Success Story, Justine

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Justine’s Before Picture With her Hubby

 

Yesterday I introduced my friend Charlotte to you, today I want you to meet my friend Justine. Justine and I also met during our taping of “The Doctors” TV show last November. Like Charlotte I also gave Justine a set of interview style questions to answer about her weight loss journey, below are Justine’s inspiring answers.

What was the most difficult part for you when it came to losing the weight?

The most difficult part for me was getting into a routine of exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.  I never really exercised and didn’t care what I ate so it was hard for me to adjust.  I also had to find what worked for me, what I liked and what I didn’t like.  I knew if I didn’t find something I liked, I wouldn’t stick with it.

How did you overcome that?

I have an amazing support system; my husband, my family and my close group of friends that helped keep me going.  I also knew that I needed to get healthy for our son, Ryder, and our family.  My husband needed a wife that could physically and mentally take care of things on her own with the job he is in and I needed to be healthy so I could model healthy habits for our growing toddler.  It became something I HAD to do for my health and for my future, not something I wanted to do or was trying to do.  Because of that, I completely changed my lifestyle and overcame my difficulties by finding new foods I liked and exercises I liked to do or that made me feel good about myself.

What was your inspiration to lose the weight?

My inspiration to lose weight was my family and myself.  I wanted my son to grow up knowing what healthy eating habits are as well as what exercise can do for his body.  I wanted him to have a mom that could do things with him and a mom he could be proud of.  I also wanted my husband to have a wife he could show off (even though he already loved me for who I was) and I wanted to be able to take part in family activities.  I could not believe I let myself get that out of control and, at times, didn’t even see myself in the mirror anymore.  I wanted to find out who I was, prove that I could do it and get healthy for myself.

How did you lose the weight?

Losing weight was a long, hard process; the most difficult thing I have ever done.  It took dedication and a lot of accountability.  In February of 2012, I started walking 6 miles a day every day with our son, Ryder, in his stroller.  I also cut out fast food, junk food, soda, and many other unhealthy choices in food.  I replaced them with lean protein, dairy, a lot of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  After about six months, I added running to my walk and could eventually run a mile without stopping!  I couldn’t even do that in high school!  We ran a 5K, my first, as a family in April of 2013 and finished in 32 minutes.  I was so proud of myself because I would never have thought to do this beforehand!  After that, I ran a lot and added a mommy and me stroller fitness class in May 2013.  It was perfect because I could take Ryder with me and he could play with the other kids while the moms worked out in the same area.  At that point, I had lost 75 lbs but still hadn’t hit my final goal weight.  From May 2013 to October 2013 I worked my butt off and by October 2013, I ran the Breast Cancer 5k in 25:52 and hit my goal weight!  I had lost a total of 115 lbs by exercising and completely changing my diet!

 

Who were your biggest supporters/who do you want to acknowledge or thank?

My biggest supporters were and still are my husband, my family and the moms in my stroller class as well as a tight-knit group of ladies struggling through the same thing.  My husband pushed me to keep going and has been proud of me for setting out to make this lifestyle change.  He suffered through a diet change with me (and by suffered I mean it was more suffering to him haha) and exercised right along with me.  My family supported me from far away by encouraging me when they could and trying new recipes with us.  They also let me talk about all the things I was learning and doing without getting annoyed or tuning me out like some people did.  The moms in my stroller class and the group of ladies that I am close with are an amazing support group because we are all struggling for the same goal; to become healthy, lose weight and love ourselves.  We pushed each other and helped each other with tips and recipes.  Unless you’ve been there, you don’t know what it’s like and these ladies all know.  I can’t thank all of these people enough and I will never stop thanking them for what they have done and continue to do for me!

I can’t forget to also thank my instructor, Jasmine.  She got me started in the stroller fitness class and has pushed me through sore muscles and an aching body.  She introduced me to cycling class as well as Kickboxing and even gave me a few personal training sessions when I wanted a little extra push!  She is a great motivator, a great friend, and an even better instructor!

What are your plans, goals, dreams etc for the future?

I have hit my final goal, a weight loss of 115 lbs but my plans for the future are to maintain my weight loss and continue my healthy lifestyle.  We will hopefully have another child in the future and I will have to adapt to what pregnancy brings, but I am looking forward to starting healthy and staying healthy.  I would love to write a book, a blog or go on other television shows to talk to people about weight loss and healthy living.  I would also like to start a mommy and me fitness class or other fitness class, but we will see what the future brings!  Right now, it’s all about me and my family.

 

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Justine’s after picture with her hubby

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Justine and her beautiful family

 

Thank you Justine for sharing more of your awesome story with us! I hope everyone is encouraged to know that with the right mind set, nutritious foods and support any weight loss goal is possible! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my personal weight loss story and follow this blog for continued recipes, encouragement and healthy living how to!

 

 

 

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza

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A pizza crust made from what?? Yep that’s cauliflower alright! I made this for dinner last night and let me just say, next time… I’m making a double batch! The kids all wanted  more! One head of cauliflower will make one pizza, so plan accordingly if you have a larger family or want to make more than one pizza 🙂 This pizza was melt in your mouth delicious, you know the kind when you close your eyes while you chew to experience the flavor all the more (or maybe thats just me) Now since this was my first time making this recipe, I think I will make a few tweaks to it for next time, for one thing the crust was not crisp and we had to eat it with a fork (we really didn’t mind) and I used cream cheese in the crust and I think next time I will use an herbed chevre (goat cheese) other than that, we have a winner here!

So this is what you need to do, take your head of cauliflower (preferably  organic) and grate the entire head (minus the leaves) with your cheese grater into a bowl, when you are done it will give you approx 4 cups depending on the size of the head.

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I then filled the bowl with very hot water and covered it for about 15 min to let it “steep” after that I poured it in to my small holed metal colander to drain AND THEN I transferred it to a dry clean thin dish towel (a cheese cloth would work nicely as well) bundled it all up and squeezed all the remaining water out of it, seems like a lot of work, but its really not!

From there I put the soft cauliflower back into the dry mixing bowl and added 1 cage free egg, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp organic herbs de provence, 3 tbsp cotija cheese (the Mexican version of parmesan)  and 4 oz of natural cream cheese (not lite) and blended it all together. Then I spread it out evenly  on my rectangle baking stone and baked it at 350 for 15 min.

After this I pulled it out of the oven and topped it with organic spaghetti sauce, organic cheese, and sliced up mushrooms and red bell pepper and put it back in to back for another 25 min.

We enjoyed ours with a large green salad, which in my opinion has always been the perfect accompaniment  with pizza! Please enjoy and let me know what you think after you try it!

Here is what you will need again (for easier reference):

  • 1 Large head organic cauliflower
  • 1 cage free egg
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp organic herbs de provence (oregano is a good spice to use as well)
  • 4 0z natural cream cheese or 4 oz herbed goat cheese (chèvre)
  • 3 tbsp cojita or parmesan cheese
  • organic spaghetti sauce for topping
  • organic mozzarella cheese for topping
  • assorted veggies such as: bell peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms

12 Day Pre-Holiday Cleanse!! Yes, Lets Get Ready For The Holidays!!

While eating real food!! No diet food or special products 🙂 this is all about cleansing the body mind and spirit! Want to know more?? I am looking for 10 motivated people, if you are ready to lose weight, sleep better, have more energy and boost your immune system, and do it all before the hectic holiday season gets into full swing, then NOW IS THE TIME!!! Watch the short and informative video and then register here.

 

4 Weeks to Weigh Less~ A Non Dieting Approach to Transformational Weight Loss

Join Holistic Health Coach Michelle Hendrickson as she discusses the reason so many people lose weight and gain it back, hear from her first hand knowledge what has to happen in order to lose the weight for good!