Sunday, November 16, 2014

Juice of the Day

Today we tried:
(enough for 1 8oz glass)

Cucumber Kale Juice

1/2 cucumber
3 kales leaves
2 carrots
1 green apple
1/2 bunch of romaine lettuce

It was tasty, would have to give it a thumbs up!

Click on the veggies below to see full benefits:

Cucumber * Kale  * Carrots *  Green Apple * Lettuce

This juice is will be enriched with iron, Vit A, B, C & K, full of the minerals Copper, Potassium, Iron, Manganese and Phosphurus. It has anti oxidants and anti inflammatory components. 

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Two Years after Starting Juicing

Well it's been over 2 years now since I started this blog. How times flies when we're having fun huh?
Well for started, I am still juicing. I try to juice daily when energy and funds allow. I have noticed what juicing does for me, is to give me energy. When I'm having one of those days when I feel like I just want to lay there all day, then I juice, in about twenty minutes I'm up and doing dishses or taking a shower.

It doens't get rid of my Lyme symptoms or pain. I was really hoping for this since I have seen others claim juicing has been a cure for them. I am not looking anymore for a cure, just to be functional, and juicing defintly aids in my energy level.

I do have a grandaugther now. So it's really important for me to be able to hold her and play with her.
So I am doing whatever I can to get back to functional. And by the way, my little grandaughter loves to share the juice with me.

Recently in the last month I have also started eating clean. I have been eating gluten and sugar free. At first I overwhelmed myself trying to do a anti histamine diet and a anti inflammtory diet at the same time. But before long, I realized that was making it too hard, there was almost nothing on the list of "ok foods to eat" on both diets. So I mostly am trying to keep a list of foods that I react to then elimating them. I react to things like vinegar, alchohol, avocados which shows that I have a histamine intolerance.

Click Here to Learn about a Histamine Intolerance diet.

Click Here to Learn about an Anti Inflammatory Diet

So basically that sums up when I have been doing. I will check back in soon and give any updates on how this is helping.

3 Weeks
I am about 3 weeks into starting gluten free and sugar free. I have lost 5 lbs. I have had a couple days where my back pain was less, but not sure if it's related to diet or not. I have also started massage and accupuncture but only got one session in on each, so again, not sure what is helping.I am still far from being out of the woods with pain but will continue on this diet and with these alternative treatments to try to help with pain. The pain I have is in my back, neck and legs. Sometimes it's sharp stabbing nerve pain and it's sometimes a throbbing aching kind of sore muscle pain. It changes and moves but my back pain if by far the worst. 

Benefits of Pineapple

1. Antioxidant: Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, which will help protect you from diseases like heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, and different cancers.

2. High in Vitamin C: Vit C helps boost your immune system. It enables you to fight off infections.

3. Good Source of Manganese: Manganese helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues.

4. Contains Beta-carotene: Beta Carotene aids in vision and helps prevent macular degeneration.

5. Contains Bromelain: Bromelain is a digestive enzyme which promotes digestion. It is also an anti imflammatory  enzyme and act to boost the power of Vit C.

6. Good Source of Fiber: Which aids in digestion.

Nutritional Breakdown of Pineapples

1 cup of fresh pineapple contain:
* 82 calories
* 0 grams of fat
* 0 grams of cholesterol
* 2 milligrams of sodium
* 22 grams of total carbohydrate 
* 16 grams of sugar
* 2.3 grams of fiber
* 1 gram of protein.
* provides 131% of your vitamin C daily needs 
* 2% of vitamin A needs
* 2% of calcium 
* 2% of iron.

When Eating Pineapple Isn't a Good Thing

1. For Athletes trying to build muscle: The enzyme bromelain breaks down proteins. This is bad  for any athlete or person wanting to gain or maintain muscle size and strength. Proteins are needed to help rebuild muscles after exercise. 

2. It can thin your blood. This is actually good for some people for example those with high cholesterol, or those that are ill and have to lay in bed all day. But it this can be dangerous for those who are already taking blood thinners, hemophiliacs, or have other blood clotting complications.

3. People who have Histamine Intolerance: Yes, sadly pineapple is a histamine releasing food. See list here.


Healthy Pineapple Recipes

This Recipe is super yummy and only has 3 ingredients. Easy to make and yummy to drink

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Verde

Sugar Free Pineapple Carrot Muffins

Banana, Pineapple and Coconut Smoothie

Click on Fruit or Veggie to See the Benefits