Sunday, August 26, 2012

Second Week of Juicing and Eating All Organic

Don't use too much lemon!
So week # 2 is now complete.

I still am noticing I feel better after I juice in the morning. As soon as I do, I get a burst of energy about twenty minutes later. It's like you can feel all the nutrients being absorbed. I still am pretty much juicing once in the morning and then eating an organic meal at night. And usually the meal is something like organic chicken and quinoa with some veggies.

Unfortunately symptom wise I had a rough week though. I even ended up in th ER one day. And believe me it takes a lot to get me there. But I woke up and one eye wouldn't I was afraid I was having another TIA. But cat scan and ekg showed everything was normal.

Since that happened Im starting to have trouble opening both eyes each morning, I have no idea what it is. I can't seem to find much online about this happening either.

But back to the juicing, it definitly gives me energy. I'm going to keep on doing it. Mostly still juicing carrots, green apples, cilantro, kale, celery, and a little lemon. PS: Too much lemon makes it taste like a Starburst, which to some people would probably be good, but to me... yuck! I think I need to start adding in more antioxidants like going to add that to the list.

Also on a side note, I have lost ten pounds in the first nine days of juicing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Juicing Basics

This post is going to be a work in progress...I will keep updating it for newbies like me as I learn new things.

But I'd like to compile all the basic juicing questions here and try to answer them so people who are starting out and may be embarrassed to ask them. One of the things I get asked the most is, is the juicer a pain in the butt to cleans when you are done. The answer is no, it's not, it's very simple. I have a Jack LaLanne, so I don't know about other juicers, but here is a video I made really fast to show you how easy it is. Not much fuss at all.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Low Blood Pressure?

This post is for those who are suffering from POTS/dysautonomia. If you are like me, your neurologist told you to increase my low blood pressure, I need to take in more fluids and salt. So I wanted to see what else there was to help naturally increase low blood pressure.

Here are some foods that are good for constricting your blood vessels. When blood vessels constrict it helps raise your blood pressure.
Read More Here 

* To Regulate blood pressure:
When people say salt causes high blood pressure it is the toxic table salt that is the culprit. Celtic sea salt has been shown to actually normalize blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, pure salt will bring it down. But if you have low blood pressure, pure salt will bring it up.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Week of Juicing Done!

Ok so one week down. The first three days were pretty bad. I was so sick. It was hard to get up to even make the juice. The first two days I did the lemon, kale, celery, ginger, apple, cucumber and kale recipe. I found it really spicy and I don't particularly care for celery so I cut that down a smaller amounts, and started adding in some blueberries or strawberries once in awhile. I make a juice in the morning (which for me is afternoon when I finally get up, insomnia is one of my symptoms.) So when I get up I make a juice...then I made a crock pot of organic chicken soup with veggies. I don't eat meat often but when I do it is grass and all that other good stuff.

Anyways  on the third day I was sooo sick I couldn't get up to even make the juice. I just laid in bed all day and night. Just eating one bowl of soup.

On the fourth day I felt totally sick again when I woke up. At about 5pm I forced myself to get up and make juice. About twenty minutes later, I felt pretty good. I walked my dog, Oliver, went to my moms and to my daughters to visit and felt functional enough to come home and clean my apartment. I haven't felt that good in  months.

On the fifth day I felt great again. Woke up and got up right away and juiced. It seems to do one of two things, I either get this weird sudden fatigue that sets in..for about twenty minutes to an hour then I get a boost of energy or I just go straight for the boost of energy after I drink the juice. I'm no sure what that fatigue thing is all about. It's like I go into this sleepy fog...then it lifts.

But now a week later, I can say I have had some pretty good functional days.

Here's my symptoms list this week:
(starting with most prominent symptoms)

1. Non ambition...the feeling of not wanting to move
2. Insomnia
3. Feeling sick upon wakening
4. When I try to go somewhere... the feeling of dizziness and weakness and head just feeling strange.

Symptoms I had some improvement over this week:

1. Dizziness
2. Head Pressure
3. I could stand longer periods of time (did the dishes and showered a couple times)
4. Heart burn gone.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Day Juicing

Ok so finally I got my juicer set up and got all organic veggies and on my way... the first juice I made was celery, carrots, kale, ginger, green apple, and lemon. Way too much ginger lol, gotta be careful with that because it's so strong.

Boring post I know but I have to do these to keep track for myself.

It was hard to get motivated today. I felt so weak and sick. Having bad fatigue and De-realization.  But managed to do it. Man I sure hope this is going to help. Just cutting the veggies and cleaning the machine used up all my spoons for one day.I don't think I can fast so I am making all organic chicken and vegetable soup in the crock pot for tonight. I don't eat meat much, maybe a couple times a month but feel like I am craving protein right now.

But all I keep thinking is, just do it, get good things into your body and fix those cells!

What do you do with the pulp from juicing?

I want to collect some ideas for what you do with the leftover pulp when you juice. If you have a good recipe or idea, please post it below in the comments!

Here are some ideas I've found:

1. Add is to dips.
2. Make homemade popsicles with it.
3. Mix it into meatloaf or meat balls if you eat meat.
4. Mix it into pancakes, biscuits, muffins or breads.
5. You could use it for a layer in vegetable lasagna.
6. Mix some extra pulp in a smoothie.
7. Soup in the crock pot.