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A very happy Thursday.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Today, I took a big step in investing in my future. Although I've been juicing for about a month, my juicer wasn't all that great. I finally bought a new juicer today! Yayyyyyyy. I'm excited to continue juicing and make some more yummy juices. Yesterday, I went grocery shopping. For the first time ever, I walked out of the store with ONLY 8 processed food items and half a cart worth of fresh fruits and vegetables. :)

As far as weight and exercise goes, Jillian Michael's 30 day shred level 2 kicked my butt this morning. I've finally hit 188 on the scale today (my lowest in last 10 month). I'm hoping to add some Zumba next week to get out of the plateu.

On a side note, my 5 month old is wanting me to hold her all day long. These sore arms are just not happy about that. Blah. Hopefully she comes around soon.

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ANGELFACE210 7/12/2012 7:20PM

    Level 2 of shred it is more challenging for me than level 1. I think it's difficult enough that I can keep at it for 10 days to master it. What sort of exercises do u do?

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JAMBABY0 7/12/2012 5:59PM

    I loved doing those exercises in the begining but i had to change up my routine. Well good luck

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It's been awhile...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tonight, I watched a film called fat, sick and nearly dead. It has given me more inspiration on this healthy living journey. I learned the importance of detoxing and the need to detox my body to eliminate the toxins. While I would love to do a juicing fast, I unfortunately can't since I'm breastfeeding my 5 month old baby. So, I will add at least 1 juice to my diet everyday to reap the benefits. I also completed day 10 of 30 day shred level 1 so onto level 2 tomorrow. Looking forward to the new workout.
Until tomorrow, goodnight.

If your interested in watching the film, here is the link:

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ANGELFACE210 7/12/2012 5:54PM

    There is indeed more waste with juicing. The thought is to absorb all the nutrients. I can't eat 2 carrots, apple, collard greens, 1 beet, 2 stalk celery all at one sitting, but I am able to drink a glass of juice made from all that. Also, fruits are better to make smoothies with and vegetables are better to juice with. Based on what I've been reading, it's harder for our bodies to absorb all the fiber from the vegetables. We'll see how it goes adding 1-2 juices a day to my diet. Hopefully it helps to bring my nutrition level up.

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SUGIRL06 7/11/2012 8:53AM

    That is a pretty inspiring documentary! Although, I would do a smoothie personally. There is a lot of waste with juicing. But it tastes good!

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10 Tactics for Overcoming Sugar Addiction

Monday, August 16, 2010

This is an article I found on Yahoo! Health. Obesity is mainly due to our diet and sugar plays a big role. This is a great read to get you thinking and help you make better choices about sugar. It's long, but its worth it, i promise. Happy Read!

Are you addicted to sugar?

When I ask that question, most people attending my weight-management lectures raise their hand. Addiction to sugar is stronger for some people than others, but the truth is sugar is a powerfully addictive substance. If you've overindulged in cookies, candy, cake, or ice cream—and who hasn't, at some point—you know its seductive pull. Food manufacturers bank on it when they load sugar into soft drinks, breakfast cereal, soups, salad dressings, spaghetti sauce, energy bars, and even catsup.

THE DETAILS: Addiction to sugar is probably more common than you think. Americans consume an average of 20 to 30 teaspoons (about ½ cup!) daily of this substance, which has been linked to a variety of health problems, including obesity, hypertension, heart problems, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), attention and memory problems, hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression. Every month a new study comes out adding to the list of dangers posed by consuming sugar and its cousins, high-fructose corn syrup, maltose and dextrose. Despite the risks, we continue to eat sugar because it is so addictive.

In fact, sugar meets all the criteria for an addictive substance:

•It stimulates release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, in a manner similar to alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs of abuse.
•People eat it compulsively, despite negative consequences and the intention to stop.
•With continued use, people develop a tolerance to its effects.
•Heavy sugar consumers have trouble functioning without it.
•When consumption ceases, withdrawal symptoms occur.

WHAT IT MEANS: Breaking free from a dependency on sugar is easier said than done. Because the roots of sugar addiction are both physical and emotional, you need a combination of physical and psychological approaches. The less you eat sugar, the less you will crave it. If you get withdrawal symptoms, know they will only last a few days and then you'll feel more balanced and energetic than ever.

These 10 recommendations will make it easier to get a sugar problem under control.

#1: Keep sugar and sugar products out of your house. This includes white and brown sugar, corn syrup, and maple syrup.

#2: Eat enough healthy food to satisfy your hunger. Eat healthy, whole food snacks like fruit, carrots, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, dates, and dried fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Drink plenty of water, too. Add a little fruit juice to sweeten iced tea, carbonated water, and other sugar-free drinks. Frozen fruit, whole or pureed, makes a delicious alternative to ice cream. Once you have cleared sugar from your system, your taste buds will become more sensitive, and these whole natural foods will taste sweeter and more satisfying. If you slow down and eat mindfully, you'll enjoy these foods even more.

#3: Eat three regular meals each day that combine complex carbohydrates (vegetables, whole grains, and fruits), lean protein (poultry, fish, meat, dairy, tofu) and healthy fats (milk, cheese, omega-3's, olive oil and other cold-pressed oils). This will help you maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day and reduce your sugar cravings. Eating a diet high in fiber also helps to reduce sugar cravings.

#4: Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Chromium picolinate and l-glutamine help to reduce cravings for some people.

#5: When you go out, make sure you are not ravenously hungry, especially if sugary sweets will be the only food available. Bring your own healthy snacks with you, or eat before going out.

#6: Get regular exercise, plenty of sunlight, and adequate sleep to reduce sugar cravings.

#7: Learn to identify and manage cravings that are not a result of physical hunger, but instead are rooted in stress or anxiety. Develop alternative ways of managing stress: Take a walk, call a friend, read a book, play with your pet, watch a movie. Breathe, meditate, listen to music, or take a hot bath to activate your body's relaxation response. Relaxation helps to balance your blood sugar and reduce cravings.

8: If you have turned to sugar to deal with uncomfortable feelings, learn to identify the specific feelings and respond appropriately to them. If you are tired, take a break or rest, rather than trying to persevere in the face of fatigue. If you are bored, find something stimulating to do. If you are lonely, reach out to a friend. Overcoming your sugar addiction involves really paying attention to what you are feeling, and giving yourself what you really need instead of using sugar as a substitute.

#9: If you do overindulge in sugar, acknowledge that you slipped, and get back on track as soon as possible. Let go of the guilt and shame. Eating sugar is unhealthy, but it's not a sin. As with other addictions, it doesn't matter if you need multiple attempts to quit, just that you keep trying until it sticks.

#10: Be kind to yourself. To end the struggle with sugar, learn to nourish your body well and respond compassionately to your own feelings. The best sugar substitute is genuine self-acceptance.

Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D., is a advisor and director of life management at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA. His column, "Mind-Body-Mood Advisor," appears weekly on

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MOJOONE 5/24/2011 9:18AM

    Thanks for sharing. One of my doctors told me that it takes 7-14 days for your body to rid itself of the sugar "addiction". But as soon as you give in and eat it, just start the cycle all over again. He highly recommends a "diabetic" diet for everyone.

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YICHE12 5/24/2011 8:03AM

    Thank you for the article. Very, very useful...

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