Chunky cheeks is back on the juice!

Yeah, I fell of the truck. BIG time. Taking care of Grandma was exhausting. It was a hard winter for all of us. She passed away in May, RIP Grandma Fredia. You are missed.

I think with all the stress, I just let go and focused on her care, neglecting my own health. Simply put, it was easier to eat out. Oh man, right now I could use my underwear for a parachute! No worries, I’m back in the driver’s seat. Picking up on my raw foods again.  Detox is not fun, but I’m taking it one day at a time. She’s back!

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Good Nutrition, Gainsville, Georgia

Picking up parts in Gainsville for a job, and what do I do? Well, of course I googled the health food stores in the area cuz that’s what I do! There wasn’t much to choose from, but they had a Good Nutrition. Can’t say I’ve ever been in one before. I thought this place would be bigger, but it’s more like a GNC. I don’t mean to discourage, they have some raw food goodies and personal care products. I will stop when I’m in the area…but it’s no Earth Fare :/


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Raging Raspberry Dressing

I am so sick of store bought dressings! They love to use soy (most of which is GMO) and what’s with the MSG??? I poked around on the internet today and found this raspberry dressing recipe. Super easy. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of raspberries, but who are we kidding here?!? It’s raspberry dressing! I upped it to 2 cups. Yeah baby! It was delish.

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Raging Raspberry Dressing

• ¾ cup olive oil (first cold press)

• ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (with mother)

• 1 teaspoon sea salt

• 2 tablespoon honey (raw unrefined)

• 1 teaspoon dried basil

• 2 cups fresh red raspberries

• ¼ cup water

Mix the ingredients in a blender to desired consistency. I recommend you give it a good mix, or your salad is going to taste like you dropped it on the beach and chunked it back in the bowl! Got to grind up those seeds haha Live and learn!

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Our new Vitamix finally arrived!

Ok, let’s start with the basics. A blender is NOT a blender is NOT a blender. If you don’t believe me, purchase any blender from Wal-mart and you will see it doesn’t last long making smoothies! I tried it, I killed it…DEAD! Save your money…go for quality. Right now you’re probably saying, there’s no freaking way I’m paying $400 plus for a blender. I said that too! Nowadays, there’s a cheap and high quality version of just about any product available on the market. You get what you pay for. Blenders are no exception. I bit the bullet and purchased my first Vitamix blender back in 2005. Two months ago, something broke on it. The motor was still going strong, but the part to fix it was worth half of a new Vitamix.

Let me reiterate – I had this blender for 12 years with not the first problem until 2 months ago! That is amazing, considering what I put it through! Never in a million years did I think it would ever last that long. This $350 blender paid for itself a long, long time ago. I was so impressed, I did not hesitate to purchase my second Vitamix. It is a lot of money up front, but a good quality blender should last you several years.

There are several blenders on the market. I encourage you to watch a lot of Youtube videos before deciding, as it is a big purchase. You want to make sure you are happy with what you get. There are a lot of videos out there that demonstrate the different types of blenders, sometimes side by side. I personally enjoy the videos made by Discount Juicers and Dan McDonald, but there are several others out there. Whatever you decide, I’m excited that you are on this journey to optimal health and I wish you all the best! Today, our new Vitamix arrived, and sooner than expected! Man, that was a looong two months! I’m looking forward to making our 2017 summer smoothie videos! I had to share the excitement we felt when unpacking our new baby. Our family loves smoothies! And we love our Vitamix! Cheers!

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Water balance…am I doing it right?!?

Summer is almost here! Who can resist the urge to get out and soak up some sunshine after being cooped up all winter? Before you know it, we’ll be heavy on the perspiration across the nation! Just remember, perspiration can lead to dehydration.

You’ve heard the saying, ‘listen to your gut’, right? Unfortunately, when it comes to hydration, your gut is not likely to be a good indicator as to when and how often you should drink. Mild dehydration often goes unnoticed until it becomes severe dehydration, which is a life-threatening situation. Many don’t realize they have a water imbalance until they start experiencing one or several of the warning signs:
• Extreme thirst

• Dry mouth

• Fatigue

• Decreased urine output

• Dark-colored urine

• Headache

• Dry skin

• Confusion

• Dizziness

• Muscle cramps

Even mild dehydration is anything but mild. Our bodies depend on adequate hydration for the transport of nutrients and to eliminate toxins. While eating raw, fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to hydrate, it is not enough. Furthermore, if you enjoy alcoholic beverages or beverages with a high caffeine content, such as coffee, tea, or energy drinks on a regular basis, the risk of dehydration may be increased.

I enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors in the summer, but I am the worst when it comes to drinking water. Well, I was until recently. A few months ago, I started seeing a nutritionist for some health issues I was experiencing. Of course, the first recommendation he had for me was…drink more water! He recommended 80 ounces a day. I never really paid much attention to how much water I was drinking in a day, or should I say, wasn’t drinking! Looking back, I was lucky to average a quart of water in a day! I guess that explains how I got my first (2001), and now second ‘too big to pass’ kidney stone.
I thought I would surely die before I would manage to get 80 ounces down, but it turned out not to be so bad after all. I just had to find what worked for me. I started out using a gallon water jug to measure my progress. I managed to average a gallon a day. It wasn’t exactly convenient carrying a gallon jug everywhere, and I’m not a big fan of drinking from plastic containers (harmful chemicals). Since I always drink my green juices and smoothies from a quart mason jar, I thought I would try using it for my water too. That has worked out the best for me. So, four jars a day and I’m good on the H2O!

Now, I’m not going to lie, I get tired of drinking plain water all the time! The good news is, with a little creativity and some fresh fruit, I don’t have to! Have you ever heard of infused water? Infused water is basically water with any combination of fruits soaked in it. Probably the best infused water you can drink is water with fresh lemon, as it is super awesome for your body in so many ways.

There are so many fruits out there, the possibilities are endless! Fruit infused water is a great way to get your children to drink more water, and it’s fun to make together. Here are a few recipes you might want
to try:
• Lemon + thyme

• Cucumber + mint + lime + strawberry

• Honeydew + watermelon + mint

• Raspberry + lemon + rosemary

• Blueberry + basil +orange

• Ginger + lime + basil

• Cucumber + lemon + lime

• Strawberry + cucumber + kiwi

• Pear + ginger + cinnamon + vanilla bean

Making infused water is super easy:
1. Fill the pitcher or mason jar with the amount and combination of fruit you desire. Organic fruit is preferred to avoid drinking pesticides/herbicides.

2. Fill the container almost to the top with water. Leave room for ice cubes.

3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

4. Add ice cubes.

5. Fill your glass with the infused water. Add cubes and fruit, if desired. Enjoy!

I hope you find these tips helpful in keeping your body hydrated. Water balance is not just important on those hot summer days, but every day! If you have any infused recipes you would like to share, post a comment below. I would love to hear from you! Be well.

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Let’s Make a Green Juice!

I have tried so many times to do a juicing video in my house, but as you can see, it is pretty dark in my kitchen. It’s also a very small kitchen, so camera angles are a challenge as well. It’s the best I can do for now, but we have better videos coming soon! I hope to be doing more outdoor videos now that the warm weather is here. The natural light is better in my opinion, and I just love being outdoors!

I hope you don’t mind, but my videos are usually short and sweet, and I try to provide uncut when possible. I despise video editing, long intros, and long-winded videos. My videos are as short as my attention span (haha). If you got something encouraging and informative from this video, well, that’s all I set out to do. Nothing more, nothing less.

This green juice has the following: beet root, romaine, carrots, cucumber, celery, lemon, and ginger. Cheers!


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Support organic farming by WWOOFing

Lately, my family has been feeling a little restless. We love to travel, but in recent years, we have found it hard to get away due to work and finances. One day, during a family meeting, we asked each family member, “If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?” Everyone agreed they would love to travel. The more we talked about it, the more we wanted to do it. I am a firm believer that you can do most anything you set your mind to. After thinking it over for weeks, I guess you could say we became a bit obsessed with the idea. My family decided we wanted to find a way to travel full time. We came to the conclusion that we had to be willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means selling everything we own. This burning desire to see the world has sent me on a quest for knowledge.
In preparing for this daring adventure, I have been doing a lot of research on the different ways people travel economically. I came across a fascinating option: WWOOFing! Prior to my research, I had never heard of WWOOF. I am surprised by this because I actually spend a lot of money on organic products
and spend a lot of time researching them.
So what is WWOOF? WWOOF is an abbreviation for:
• Working Weekends On Organic Farms

• Willing Workers On Organic Farms

• Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms

WWOOF was established in 1971 in the UK by a woman named Sue Coppard. What was once considered an effort to educate a community about the benefits of organic farming, over time, has become a worldwide endeavor! Essentially, WWOOF is when organic farmers offer accommodations, such as food and boarding, in exchange for work. It is a great opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, while lowering a farmer’s overhead costs.
I believe everyone should at least know about WWOOF, even if they never try it. It’s not just about the travel benefit or learning to milk a cow. WWOOFing is incredibly beneficial to the organic farmer in the form of ‘free’ labor, but the customer also benefits in many ways. I personally am grateful for the option to choose organic. Anyone who buys organic knows it is expensive! Have you ever wondered why?

Here are a few reasons you will likely pay more when purchasing organic:
1. Organic produce requires more time to grow than conventional produce because organic produce lacks the harmful pesticides, herbicides, and growth hormones. I’m sure you have heard the saying, ‘time is money’.

2. Natural methods of disease and pest prevention are more expensive to purchase and ship than synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

3. Without the use of conventional chemicals, organic produce requires more manual labor, like keeping weeds at bay.

4. Organic farmers produce less product than conventional farmers, and their product is generally smaller in size. Regulations require organic products to be separate from conventional during processing and shipping.

5. Conventional farmers are issued billions of dollars per year in government subsidies, which is considerably more than organic farmers receive.

6. Organic livestock farmers feed their animals 100% organic food, which drastically increases overhead expenses.

7. Organic certification requires farmers to meet strict certification requirements. These accommodations add up over time.
Organic products are not just good for the body, they’re good for the planet! Purchasing organic products is an excellent way to support organic farming, but WWOOFing offers an even better way, with the added benefit of travel! So, what are we waiting for? We only live once, but what you do in this life can make a HUGE impact on future generations. I’ve listed some very informative WWOOF sites below. I hope you found this information helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Date nut…balls?

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Laughing Seed, Asheville, North Carolina

I have wanted to eat here for a few years. I finally got the chance. It was really good. Can’t wait to go back!

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