Carrot Pineapple Citrus Endurance Smoothie

When I’m setting out to do a long ride, run or swim; I always plan my nutrition/fuel ahead of time.What I like to go for is a clean, complex carb blend that won’t weigh me down. I’ve learned that eating large solid meals (even hours beforehand) seem to hold me back. So today I whipped up this juice-smoothie which is packed with the fuel to stimulate, sustain and help recover from a long, tough workout.

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12 oz extracted Juice (Carrots, Pineapple, Yellow Squash, Orange, Lime, Romaine, Turmeric and Ginger)

2 Bananas

1/4 Cup Ground Quinoa Flakes

1/4 Cup Ground Whole Grain Oats

1 tsp Maca Powder

2 tsp Matcha Powder

2 Tbsp Chia Seed (soaked)

Juice the fruits, veg and roots in your juicer. Strain out any lingering pulp. Pour 12 oz of the juice into your blender jar (store any extra for later). Add the bananas, quinoa, oats, maca, matcha and Chia seeds to the blender jar. Add some ice cubes if desired. Blend all on high speed until smooth. I like to sprinkle some coconut and cinnamon on mine. Drink about 1 hour before your workout. 

10 Tips to a Successful Juice Fast

Juicing holds a special place in my heart; it changed my life 2 years ago when I fasted on it for a total of 45 days (20/10/10/5). I shed 70 pounds, went full on vegan, reversed my high cholesterol and high blood pressure, curbed many bad habits including (food addiction, alcohol and caffeine) and completely overhauled my eating habits from the ground up. This all happened over 6 months. Crazy, right? Nope. Not crazy at all. It’s science really. 

To me, it will always be known as the most powerful weapon in my arsenal; a weapon that fought (and won) against my most destructive habits. It changed both my physical and mental health forever. Some see it as a trendy, hipster fad; conventional doctors don’t recommend it; the mainstream media pokes fun at it any chance they get. But you’ve gotta let all that brain chatter go. It’s the real deal, if you do it right.

That said, I’d like to share with you some tips that were not only vital in making my juice fasts a success; but were the very things that helped keep me on the right path for good!

1) Drink warm Lemon Water when you wake up to jumpstart digestive system; this may even eventually replace your morning coffee habit.

2) Drink 5 or 6 (12-16oz) Juices every day. There is no limit, drink even more if you want.

3) Drink tons of water in between juices; it’s extremely important to stay hydrated throughout your fast.

4) Enjoy detoxifying Herbal Teas throughout the day. Not only does herbal tea continue to nourish and help with digestion; a hot cup of tea in your hands will be a welcome change to all the juice. It is calming and you will begin looking forward to it.

5) Drink 16 oz of Pure Coconut Water each day to replenish lost electrolytes. Very important.

6) Move your body! After the initial days of rest and detox symptoms begin to fade, go for a walk, a light jog or some yoga. This will keep you fit AND keep your mind off hunger as well.

7) TRUST! Stay the course…you will most likely feel crappy for the first 3-5 days; this is normal. It’s called withdrawal 😉 Once you get over that hump, it’s smooth sailing from there. Your body will tell you when it’s time to transition back to eating again.

8) Relax! Try to get into a meditative state throughout your fast. Deeply feel the good it is doing for you. I see people fail all the time because they get inside their head too much. They worry that they aren’t getting enough of “this or that”. Keep in mind that this is only temporary and you will eat again!

9) Make it fun! Mix it up and make different recipes. Use different types of glasses and straws. Chew the juice! Serve it to yourself in a different way each time. This will help avoid the monotony and lighten the mental load

10) KEEP IT UP!!

Are You Too Acidic?

The answer is: probably not…unless, of course, you are currently experiencing severe symptoms, in a coma or already dead. Even if one subscribes to the typical Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), our pH stays steady between 7 and 7.35. If this balance shifts by even one whole number, in either direction, it’s game over. Our pH level does not shift based on the food we eat. If it did, many of us would not be alive to discuss the issue. But before you label me a naysayer and smash your screen in frustration, please read on.

The consensus in the alternative health community is that a diet rich in alkaline foods increases the blood pH, making us more alkaline; whereas a diet rich in acidic foods will lower the pH, making us more acidic. Interestingly enough, this isn’t exactly what happens in the body and conventional doctors are having a field day with this information. In an effort to debunk us “crazy new-agers”, some doctors are aggressively making the argument that food has no immediate effect on blood pH since our body naturally regulates it. While the statement is scientifically true, it is also misleading and void of any further thought passed “right now”. In fact, the issue is not as “black or white” as either side makes it out to be. For instance, if I drink an alkaline rich green juice am I raising my blood pH? Nope. If I eat an acid rich Bagel with Cream Cheese am I lowering my blood pH? Nope. Does this mean the doctors are right? Sure, if you approach the subject from the same immediate, matter of fact perspective. What these doctors are failing to elaborate upon are the very truths that may eventually kill us.

When food is broken down and metabolized in our body it releases either an “acidic” or “alkaline” base into the blood. The trick is that this process does not directly affect the blood pH levels whatsoever; what actually occurs is that the pH levels in the food itself have an effect on the internal buffers that regulate the blood pH. Once these buffers are damaged, they cease to maintain proper pH levels, hence, opening the floodgates for these levels to change. This is the missing explanation that needs to be understood on both sides of the topic. And drum roll…it just so happens that “acidic” foods have been proven to damage our organs while “alkalizing” foods maintain, nourish and clean our inner systems. That said, the true nature of this debate is not about food increasing or decreasing blood pH; it’s about preventing the breakdown of the systems that already regulate it. The “crazy new-agers” still come out on top. Yay for independent research!

Conventional doctors focus only on what is happening to you “right now”, so they can make a quick assessment and send you on your way home or to the pharmacy. Our bodies are so very complex, most things that can go wrong with our health will happen over an extended period of time. Disease may take a long while to present itself to the body after many years of persistence against it’s natural functions to fight it. That said, unless you are currently experiencing a medical issue or emergency; you will most likely get a stamp of approval and a pat on the back on the way out of your annual checkup, regardless of what illness may be slowly transforming inside of your body. Armed with absolutely no guidance on what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your diet, what is there to worry about?

Unfortunately, our whole way of life has become greatly “acidic”; not only through food and drugs but also from the toxicity caused by pollutants, body/house care products, stress, anxiety and depression. So take a step back and really analyze what you’re choosing to use and consume everyday (both mind and body). Begin to make better choices that will replace the damaging ones and before you know it, you’ll begin lifting the weight of sickness from your very being. Why not start now with this fantastic green juice?

Super Alkaline Green Juice w/ Spirulina

5 large leaves Kale

1 Cup packed Red Dandelion Greens

1 Cup packed Parsley

3-4 Celery Stalks (w/ leaves)

1 Cucumber

2 Cups Watermelon Rind (or Watermelon)

1 stalk Fennel

1/2 Green Pepper

1 Green Apple

1/2 Lemon (w/ Rind)

1 1/2″ Ginger

2 tsp Spirulina (whisked into juice afterward)

Prep all ingredients to extract in your juicer (except for the Spirulina). Juice all ingredients. Stir in Spiralina. Makes 2 12oz servings.

References:

The Truth About Alkalizing Your Blood

http://drbenkim.com/ph-body-blood-foods-acid-alkaline.htm

Detailed Listing of Acid/Alkaline Forming Foods

http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm

Real Orange Juice (Extracted)

Golden Beet, Orange, Cranberries, Carrots and Turmeric

Instead of opening up a concentrated, sugary carton of OJ in the morning, why not make this real Orange Juice? The pairing of ingredients makes this a serious antioxidant powerhouse with a laundry list of benefits. Packed with fiber, vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e and beta carotene, this juice is Cancer’s worst nightmare; an alkalizer that is great for the eyes, brain, skin and heart. It can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and relieve inflammation as well. This juice is the swiss army knife of health. You can’t afford to NOT drink this.

1 Golden Beet
1 Orange
1/2 Cup Cranberries
3 Carrots
1 tsp of Turmeric (or 1″ Fresh Turmeric)

Prep and extract all ingredients in your juicer. If using Turmeric Powder, whisk into juice afterward. Enjoy!

STAY GOLD!

GOLDEN BEET, PURPLE & ORANGE CARROT, CELERY, ORANGE, APPLE, LEMON, GINGER, KALE, DANDELION GREENS, TURMERIC

I just love Beet juice…especially when it’s combined with Carrots and Oranges. This is one of those “slightly sweeter” juices, so if you’re on a reboot/detox, just be careful about adding too many sweets…reserve them as your 1 dessert juice of the day. Now that I’m eating (plant-based), I’m getting the needed fiber so sweeter juices are tolerated more by my digestive system (no glucose spikes). This juice is one of my favorites! I also added Turmeric to really drive home the gold…I take it regularly for joint pain (usually in Golden Milk). If you’re on a reboot, the Turmeric is optional. This is also a good pre/post workout juice…packed with energy! Enjoy.

1 Golden Beet
1 Purple Carrot
1 Orange Carrot
1 Orange
1 Green Apple
2-3 stalks Celery
5-6 leaves Kale
1 big handful of Dandelion Greens
1/2 Lemon
1 inch Ginger
2 tsp Turmeric (optional)

Makes about 2, 12 oz servings.

Juice all ingredients in your juice extractor. Whisk in the Turmeric Powder afterward. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy your juice w/ your favorite straw; although, for Earth’s sake, I recommend a glass one from Glass Dharma http://glassdharma.com.

Pre/Post Workout Juice

GOLDEN BEET, CARROT, GALA APPLE, MANGO, CELERY, ORANGE and LACINTO KALE

After dragging my daughter out of her dark cave and going for a nice, long walk recently, I whipped up some tasty “post workout” juice for us both. And boy, was it good! Although most folks would usually hit up some beet juice before their workout, as it has been known to boost performance, I also like it “post” workout for replenishing lost energy and helping the body recover.

The Beets, along with the Carrots, Apple and Mango help provide a powerhouse of re-energizing nutrients with their natural sugars. While the natural sodium in Celery and the Potassium in the Orange jack up electrolyte replenishment. AND…the Chlorophyll and Protein in the Kale help oxygenate the blood while repairing muscle tissue.

Next time you decide to workout, chuck the Gatorade and drink some real energy instead. Your body will be happy you did.

1 large Golden Beet
2-3 large Carrots
1 Gala Apple
1 large Mango
2 stalks Celery
1 large Orange
5 large Lacinto (Tuscan, Dino) Kale leaves

Wash and prep the Beetroot, greens, fruits and veggies. Juice all with your Juice Extractor (doesn’t really matter what order). Pour. Enjoy!

Makes about 2, 16oz servings.