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Juice Feasting - Day One!

Today marks the first day of my juice feast! My boyfriend has been struggling a little with his health & fitness goals recently, so he decided to join me as well - which made my heart jump for joy when he told me! :p He went out last night to the wholesaler and brought back this gorgeous bounty of fresh fruits & veggies:

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I spent about 2 hours in the kitchen last night with my juicer and made about 5.5 L of various juices: some orange/strawberry/lemon for breakfast, tomato/carrot/cucumber for him for lunch & green juice with pineapple/kiwi/lemon/apple/spinach/ginger for me. Simply delicious! 

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Dinner we shared approx 4L of oranges, carrots and apples together! So smooth and refreshing!!

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As most of you know if you read my blog, I usually have a juice of some sort just about every day. I’m a self-confessed juice-a-holic. But right now I just finished my green juice from lunch and I am buzzing from all those vitamins and minerals! ;) My boyfriend has informed me that he’s already had to take a few emergency trips to the bathroom - but I take that as a good sign. The more that comes out, the more toxicity you’re getting rid of! 

I’m not doing this for weight loss. I’m using it as a cleansing period, a chance to really let my body relax and focus on healing for a short while. Yoga, reading, inward reflection, affirmations & meditation are all part-and-parcel of my detox. :) 

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I’ll be posting more pics of the juices I make over the next few days too. As well as any more info on detox symptoms or cravings we might experience. My main informational post will be at the end of the week to summarize & give more background knowledge about fasting & feasting with juices. 

Peace & Love to you all! <3 

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A lil farmers market haul. :) 

A lil farmers market haul. :) 

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Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Farmer&#8217;s Market:

1. Cost. At the very least, you can find cheaper produce at markets than you can in any grocery store - and better quality too. You can also buy some things in bulk (peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, apples etc.) which saves you money as well. 
2. You Know Where Your Food Comes From. Farmers are proud of their produce and  will likely tell you all you care to know about their farms and gardening methods if given the chance. Get to know &#8216;the pepper guy&#8217; named Neil and the &#8216;redhead with the best tomatoes&#8217;, and you&#8217;ll learn a great deal about your food.  You might even get offered a deal or two down the line for being a loyal customer. 
3. New &amp; Interesting Foods – Heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables aren’t the only new foods you might discover at the market. You’re also likely to find edible flowers, fresh herbs and lettuces and homemade pastas and bread products. Many stands even allow you to try a taste before you buy! Who doesn&#8217;t like nibbling on fresh raspberries and peaches as you feast your eyes on local grub?
4. If You Shop Healthy, You Eat Healthy. Shopping at the farmers market means you’ll come home with plenty of fruits and vegetables and not over-processed and over-packaged junk. You&#8217;re more likely to eat healthy meals if you stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies from the market! 
5. Being Kinder to the Environment – When you get your food from local sources, it means less trucking or shipping which reduces the number of miles your food has to travel to get to your table. You’ll be helping to keep pollutants out of the air simply by choosing to eat food grown nearer to your home.

Find The Nearest Market To You:
http://www.localharvest.org/
http://www.veg.ca/content/view/76/108/ http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/index.html

*Thanks to my sister Rachel, for letting me use this super cute pic of her getting excited over broccoli! ;)

Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market:



1. Cost. At the very least, you can find cheaper produce at markets than you can in any grocery store - and better quality too. You can also buy some things in bulk (peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, apples etc.) which saves you money as well. 

2. You Know Where Your Food Comes From. Farmers are proud of their produce and  will likely tell you all you care to know about their farms and gardening methods if given the chance. Get to know ‘the pepper guy’ named Neil and the ‘redhead with the best tomatoes’, and you’ll learn a great deal about your food.  You might even get offered a deal or two down the line for being a loyal customer. 

3. New & Interesting Foods – Heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables aren’t the only new foods you might discover at the market. You’re also likely to find edible flowers, fresh herbs and lettuces and homemade pastas and bread products. Many stands even allow you to try a taste before you buy! Who doesn’t like nibbling on fresh raspberries and peaches as you feast your eyes on local grub?

4. If You Shop Healthy, You Eat Healthy. Shopping at the farmers market means you’ll come home with plenty of fruits and vegetables and not over-processed and over-packaged junk. You’re more likely to eat healthy meals if you stock your kitchen with fresh fruits and veggies from the market! 

5. Being Kinder to the Environment – When you get your food from local sources, it means less trucking or shipping which reduces the number of miles your food has to travel to get to your table. You’ll be helping to keep pollutants out of the air simply by choosing to eat food grown nearer to your home.



Find The Nearest Market To You:


http://www.localharvest.org/

http://www.veg.ca/content/view/76/108/ http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/index.html



*Thanks to my sister Rachel, for letting me use this super cute pic of her getting excited over broccoli! ;)

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This past week one of my good friends mentioned to me that she was struggling with her weight and after hearing me talk at length about the magic of raw food, she decided to give it a shot and eat mostly raw for a week. Inspired to up the ante in my own diet, again, I decided to join her. For those of you who know me, you know that I am quite passionate about raw foods. Though, to be honest, the longest I have stuck 100% to a raw diet is only 30 days. Not long at all considering the time it takes for real change to take place in the human body (if it takes seven years to generate new cells throughout your entire body, 30 days isn&#8217;t going to have much of an effect - overall). But I keep reminding myself that even little steps in the right direction are better than none at all. ;) 
Luckily, the timing of my renewed motivation coincides quite nicely with The Banana Girl Diet Challenge happening on Facebook. There are now over 1,100 members and many fruities who are very experienced on the raw vegan / high-carb raw-vegan / 80/10/10 diet. If you are at all interested in learning more about raw food, you should come check it out and join! 
Also, starting this afternoon The Brilliant Body Summit begins! It&#8217;s a series of telecasts done by poignant members of the raw vegan movement (starting with author of The 80/10/10 Diet - Dr Doug Graham)! This is a rare chance to hear from the pro&#8217;s and ask your own questions, so once again, I highly recommend you take a peek! ;)
I&#8217;m off to start the day on the healthy foot and have bananas for breakfast! Happy &amp; Healthy Tuesday Everybody! :) 

This past week one of my good friends mentioned to me that she was struggling with her weight and after hearing me talk at length about the magic of raw food, she decided to give it a shot and eat mostly raw for a week. Inspired to up the ante in my own diet, again, I decided to join her. For those of you who know me, you know that I am quite passionate about raw foods. Though, to be honest, the longest I have stuck 100% to a raw diet is only 30 days. Not long at all considering the time it takes for real change to take place in the human body (if it takes seven years to generate new cells throughout your entire body, 30 days isn’t going to have much of an effect - overall). But I keep reminding myself that even little steps in the right direction are better than none at all. ;) 


Luckily, the timing of my renewed motivation coincides quite nicely with The Banana Girl Diet Challenge happening on Facebook. There are now over 1,100 members and many fruities who are very experienced on the raw vegan / high-carb raw-vegan / 80/10/10 diet. If you are at all interested in learning more about raw food, you should come check it out and join! 


Also, starting this afternoon The Brilliant Body Summit begins! It’s a series of telecasts done by poignant members of the raw vegan movement (starting with author of The 80/10/10 Diet - Dr Doug Graham)! This is a rare chance to hear from the pro’s and ask your own questions, so once again, I highly recommend you take a peek! ;)


I’m off to start the day on the healthy foot and have bananas for breakfast! Happy & Healthy Tuesday Everybody! :) 

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While camping @ Cyprus Lake. Our first meal was veggie stir-fry made with my mom&#8217;s produce. :)  Yep - it was delicious! 

While camping @ Cyprus Lake. Our first meal was veggie stir-fry made with my mom’s produce. :)  Yep - it was delicious! 

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Leftover Salad Juice ;p 
5 stalks of celery
handful of strawberries
1/2 cup cantaloupe
handful of kale
handful of spinach
3 large oranges
1 cup grapes
1/2 cucumber
Makes for a refreshing celery/citrus flavored drink! It packs quite the punch, so I diluted mine with about 2 cups of water. It was a little under 2L in all. Going to save some for the morning! :-) 

Leftover Salad Juice ;p 

  • 5 stalks of celery
  • handful of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe
  • handful of kale
  • handful of spinach
  • 3 large oranges
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1/2 cucumber

Makes for a refreshing celery/citrus flavored drink! It packs quite the punch, so I diluted mine with about 2 cups of water. It was a little under 2L in all. Going to save some for the morning! :-) 

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