The Alkaline Diet – Snake Oil or Common Sense?

There are a lot of fad diets out there. Often, they claim to be the ultimate healing regime. They will cure you of disease or cancer, melt the extra pounds right off your midriff, or make you look ten years younger. As soon as I start reading something that tells me that once I perform one special routine or purchase certain brands, I will start feeling amazing and all my health problems will go away, I move on. Some of these schemes have some great things to offer, but I am skeptical of their good intentions. A couple of years ago an obnoxious website completely turned off any interest I had in the Alkaline Diet. Thankfully, I began studying  more about the pH balance of foods in one of my nutrition classes, and, while I admit I was rather skeptical at first, what I have learned just might have changed my mind. [...]

February 20th, 2013|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , , |5 Comments

To Juice Or Not To Juice?

For the last year or so I have been reading quite a bit of confusing information about juicing. Some experts claim that it is extremely beneficial while others argue it is detrimental  for the human body. I must admit both parties have some very compelling arguments. Sally Fallon explains that "excessive consumption of fruit juice can also upset the acid-alkaline balance of the body, causing the urine to become alkaline rather than acid."Nourishing Traditions, Page 52   Very true. For this reason we we should juice mostly vegetables. I like to do a ratio of 85% vegetables and 15% fruit. We prefer sweetening our juice with granny smith apples. They have a lower glycemic index and they contain malic acid which supports kidney health. Sally Fallon also states that "fruit juice consumption should be limited to an ounce or two at a time, diluted with water, so you don't take in more fructose [...]

October 9th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: |4 Comments

Delicious Fresh Squeezed Pineapple Juice

Since we got our juicer I have been dreaming of freshly squeezed pineapple juice. I have been very patient to wait until pineapples were in season, March through July. While I am not completely a seasonal eater I still try my best to respect the seasonal changes and the food that changes with it. My body seems to adapt better from winter to spring if I am also adapting my food choices. Plus this pineapple really called my name. The whole process took under two minutes. We did not peel the pineapple, because the skin and core contain a lot of  bromelain. Bromelain eases inflammation in the body and helps with digestive issues like heart burn or upset stomach. I would highly recommend it to athletes, since it helps heal injuries and sores. This juice is full of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Copper, and Manganese. However, it does contain fructose [...]

April 15th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |6 Comments

Sunday Morning Smoothie

My husband and I came up with this recipe on a Sunday morning after the sad realization that we had no eggs and bacon in the fridge. We gathered all of the ingredients we had left in our fridge and in our fruit basket and decided to make a smoothie. The result was absolute deliciousness! This recipe has a ton of nutrients and good fats to last you until lunch time. Avocados are a great addition to smoothies; they contain Folic Acid, Vitamin E, K, B5, B6, Potassium, and monounsaturated fats that help increase the HDL, good cholesterol, levels in the bloodstream.   Ingredients: 2 Cucumbers 1 Pear 2 Avocados 2 cups of frozen blueberries 1 cup of raw cream, if dairy intolerant you can replace the cream with coconut milk or just make extra cucumber and pear juice. You will probably have to double the juice recipe.   Directions: Wash all the produce. De-seed  the avocados [...]

March 31st, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

Revitilizing Green Juice

One of the best health investments we have made in our lives so far has been a juicer we received for Christmas. It has been a fun science experiment combining plants together and hoping that the end result will be drinkable. I did have to hold my nose and chug a few glasses of muddy-tasting green sludge but slowly we are a learning what combinations of plants taste better than others. Here is a basic recipe for juicing (mostly) vegetables that we found to be both affordable (in season) and loaded with antioxidants. It costs us about 9 dollars for the whole array of plants we juice. If some of you might think it is too expensive, remember it is for two people so it is only $4.50 each. Also if you are on a really tight budget, just skip the green salad for dinner and drink the juice instead. [...]

March 9th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |6 Comments

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

We just finished watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and I highly recommend it. There were a couple of things I agreed with  and then there were some things that I am completely against. Don't read this part if you want to watch it without having any adulterated information about it. I agree that someone who weighs 400 pounds can physically do a sixty day fast as long as a doctor is checking up on them every couple of weeks. Juicing is amazing I totally agree with that. The miracle phyto-nutrients in kale, spinach, ginger, beets, and other vegetables help fight cancer, aging and inflammatory cells in our blood stream. I also agree that doing a juice fasting just for a couple of days, every few months can be a very beneficial, detoxifying experience. Hopefully during some days off! I liked all the interviews he did. However they were extremely painful to watch because most [...]

February 17th, 2012|Categories: Announcements|Tags: , , , |1 Comment
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