Juicing, Jogging, & Joyful Living

For the past month or so, I have been doing volunteer work at the People’s Food Coop. I attend their cooking classes, take pictures, and tweet about them to help spread the word of these awesome cooking classes and the Can-Do Kitchen. Last night was the Get Juiced! class – where we juiced it up. I had attended this class back in January, when my ex and I were thinking about incorporating a juice bar into his brewery (the juice isn’t happening, but the beer is, and I’m not involved anymore). So, I have memories of going to juice bars as a kid and ALWAYS ordering watermelon and cucumber juice – yum – but I learned that I could probably just make that in a blender…so until I invest in a juicer, I’ll be blending whatever I can.

I’ve done a lot of research on juicers and as soon as I get my housing situation figured out (I’m hoping to own a home by mid-summer) I’m buying the best juicer that I can afford. I’m thinking of this Omega juicer – and maybe, with graduation gifts, I’ll be making that purchase soon! So anyways…here are the juice recipes we made last night:

JuicingRecipesThere were delicious! And they all turned out great – as expected. The class was a small one but had a lot of great energy! I love going in there and meeting new people, who all share something in common: supporting local, eating better, and living a holistic lifestyle. For me, I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to serve the community. I’m going back tonight to help prep some food for the Annual Owner’s Meeting on Friday! It should be a good time. So, this is what I wore last night, as I thought it may be ironic:

IMG_3626So before this juicing class, but after work, I went on a nice 2 mile run with my best friend. I have been running alone, but it felt good to run with someone else. He definitely kept me motivated and pushed me to do a little sprinting. The teacher of the juicing class is starting to train for a half marathon so we may try to run together. It makes me nervous to think about running with someone that has so much experience but…I wouldn’t mind trying to run a half marathon next year – that would be an epic goal! Also…after the run yesterday, we did a good 1/2 mile walk cool down and a little stretching – but not as much as I usually do…and I can feel it today. I’m definitely going to have to do some nice yoga stretches throughout the day so I can get back out there tomorrow!

After our run, I heated up some of my chicken broth and some matzoh balls – yumm – and I could eat this every day. It is such a comfort food but also full of nutrients – just add a big salad and it is the perfect dinner! My soup was smiling at me, and I smiled right back at it, and smiled inward to my soul.

IMG_3619So cute :) and delicious – I think what made these matzoh balls to flavorful was that I used chicken fat as my oil, instead of olive oil. I also added some dried basic and thyme to the mixture – so those herbs help boost the flavor.

Let’s see…what else is going on in my life? I quit smoking cigarettes, after…wow…7 years of light/moderate smoking…I’ll share this story quickly. I tried my first cigarette as a freshman in high school. A friend told me that if I didn’t try it, she’d kick me out of her house…so I caved and tried it – and it was DISGUSTING. But a few months later, and after all my friends started smoking, I just picked up the habit. I was never really “addicted” – I never smoked at work, or at breaks from school (even once I got to college) – it was mostly just when I drove or when I was around my friends…but still, any smoking has consequences on the body. So, for years, I said that I was going to quit by the time I graduated college and I’ve lived up to the goal (and I’m early)! I quit smoking in February and, as of TODAY, haven’t smoked a cigarette in 8 weeks! I’m feeling great and don’t even crave them anymore. The first few weeks after quitting, I had a pretty bad cough and lots of phlegm  That has settled down, but since I was congested last week, I feel like this cleanse is pushing out the rest of those toxins from smoking – as I’m still having some phlegm (but now it is clear, instead of dark brown). Studies show that after 12 weeks, your lungs heal themselves and go back to the healthy tissue of a non-smoker – so I’m 4 weeks away, and maybe then I’ll be running like a pro…either way, I’m happy I quit, and I will NEVER again smoke a cigarette.

I’m on Day 19 of the Bepure Cleanse and I’m feeling pretty good! I could have used a lot more sleep last night, got about 7 1/2 hours – but I feel like I could sleep all day long. Maybe it is the rainy/dreary weather? Perhaps. I’ve got class after work, before more volunteering at the PFC…so I hope I can get some energy before the rest of my long day drags and after doing some cooking at the coop, I’ll be joining a few lovely ladies for some wine at my favorite Wednesday restaurant – Webster’s (they have a blog too!).

Until next time, stay pure, stay happy, and love everyone, especially yourself. <3

 

 

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pH Balancing & Alkalinity

I’m on Day 23 of my lymphatic system cleanse and I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s been a rough week, busy with work and school, and I’ve been sleepy – but still staying active and feeling healthier than normal! I had been doing some research and decided I wanted to start recording my pH levels. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t acidic, and if I was, to make some major diet changes. However, since I’m on a cleansing diet, maybe this isn’t the best time to start testing my pH levels…but I did anyway.

I wanted to start taking my urine pH levels in the morning, using Litmus Stix – but when I woke up and took my first pee of the day, I totally forgot…so before I had eaten breakfast and brushed my teeth – I did a saliva test. I didn’t take a picture (yet) but I will be – once I get a week or so into the testing strips. Well, okay, so I stuck this strip in my mouth after rinsing my mouth with water a few times and swishing around my spit…wow this is such a cute discussion…and I pulled out the strip, let it sit for 15-30 seconds, and looked at the color. My pH was BLUE – like…way blue…like off the chart blue. Like, I’m as alkaline as…well…I don’t even know – leafy greens?

So there are a few things that came to mind: is this bad? am I sick? could I have done this testing wrong? should I not think about it until I test a few more times? but of course, I did some research and came back with mixed results. Most people suffer from acidity (pH lower than 6.5) but it is very rare to be too alkaline (pH over 7.4) but… I am. So good news, I probably don’t have any cancer in my body, at all. I probably am absorbing nutrients well – especially calcium, magnesium, and potassium…but why am I so alkaline? I’m not sure.

I sent over an email to Ralf, the original owner of Universal Formulas, who has decades of experience – and I’m hoping he has some insight into my health predicament. Maybe it is just because I’m cleansing – but then some research says that cleansing (especially your lymphatic system) will make you more acidity for the time being – well…not in my case!

On another topic – I’ve been having really weird, but realistic dreams lately. I feel like they are completely real while I’m having them – like all of them could have happened in real life. But of course, they were worst case scenarios, like getting back together with my ex and being really upset about it (but still doing it, ugh, how stressful), or my work hiring in a new employee and not promoting me…or missing a class at school that I had to attend so my GPA dropped right before I graduated and I no longer was graduating Magna Cum Laude. All these things are fears that I have – on a subconscious level – but why are they coming out in my dreams? Maybe this is all part of mercury retrograde and my introspection is on point – and I’m identifying my fears and letting them go? I’m not sure – but they are starting to bother me.

Yesterday was a hard day for me…I was in a pretty bad mood upon waking (from the dream…or I’ll call that one a nightmare … about the ex) and then I had to go into work – which is normally fine – but our system was moving slower than usual and I felt like I wasn’t getting anything done. Everything that could go wrong went wrong…so by noon, my attitude was pretty horrible. I had to quickly change that because I wanted to enjoy my day – so after work, I went to hot yoga, came home, went and visited a dear friend who is dealing with some serious family matters, made him some chicken noodle soup, and caught up on my favorite TV series – Shameless. It ended up being a good day – and today is better – but I’m definitely ready for a relaxing weekend.