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Veggie Cheese...

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A couple of Sparkers asked about veggie cheese. I have used this brand for as long as I can remember.

It comes in all different flavors. I especially like pepperjack and provolone and their parmesan cheese.

You can find it in the vegetable section of most grocery stores.

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JAXMOMMY 2/3/2014 4:29PM

    Hey, could you give me that brand name? I've tried some and didn't like it at all. But, I'm always willing to give other brands a try before I decide I don't like something. One question... Is it all soy?

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MBTEPP 2/3/2014 2:03PM

    I have used this veggie cheese, but so hard to pass up the real thing.

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ISLENAA 2/3/2014 9:51AM

  I've been eating this cheese for years and love the cheddar flavor.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/2/2014 9:40PM

    Never heard of this product. Wondering is we have it up here in Canada. I'll have to look for it.

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SHERYLP461 2/2/2014 9:03AM

    I liked the flavor of this cheese, but the texture really put me off.

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2DAWN4 2/2/2014 12:28AM

    Thanks for posting! I will have to try them out. My love of cheese is what has stopped me from going vegan. I have been a vegetarian for many years now and can't imagine going back to eating meat!

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ARNETTELEE 2/1/2014 4:36PM

  Used to buy these but now hubby gets a reaction from these. He can't have cheese, but not even these suit his body.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/1/2014 4:24PM

    I've gotten interested lately in fermenting vegetables. Did your class / expert talk about that at all?

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Veggies, Running, and Sunshine In Sight...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I have been focusing on adding more veggies to my diet.

Tuesday I made stuffed peppers - peppers stuffed with a mix of bison, brown rice, onions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and topped with veggie cheese.

Last night I made red roasted hummus, and coupled it with an apple and walnut salad.

Tonight I gave a new veggie juice recipe a try. I used hot water, boullion, carrot, tomato, kale, onion and southwest seasoning. I like hot veggie juice so much better! And, it totally filled me up!

I also made roasted kale chips.



My HM training is going ok. I have taken a few breaks. I really enjoyed running outside in Florida; it's hard to go back to the treadmill! It is supposed to be 50 degrees on Sunday! Should be a great weekend to run outside.

Here is a picture of my front yard today:

I hope you all are having a fabulous week!

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SMITTY4RL 2/3/2014 8:31AM

    The food looks amazing! And gives me an idea for my hummus (I usually make it every week). Kale is something I've never tried, but the 'chips' look really good. Thanks!

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    Looks good!

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BEWELL48 2/1/2014 9:44PM

    Can I come for dinner? Looks yummy.

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SPEEDYDOG 2/1/2014 1:46PM

    Your menu is very similar to how my wife is feeding me now. She has this organic veganism down. Fruits and vegetables have much more variety of flavor than meat and potatoes. Don't get me wrong, in my way of thinking the lowly potato may be a perfect food.

Your photos of food look yummy!

Thanks, Bruce

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MESEATURTLE 1/31/2014 11:23PM

    Looks yum !!! Great going !!!
If that's the view ... U r one lucky person !

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SPARKLED146 1/31/2014 5:45PM

    Love the photos! Yummy! I grow kale in the garden and have made kale chips. Really liked them.

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JAXMOMMY 1/31/2014 3:13PM

    I think I would have to spice my veggie juices up! The stuffed pepeprs sound delightful! I need to try some kale this weekend for a challenge I'm in! I may try the chips.

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INFLATED 1/31/2014 1:54PM

    We are due for more snow and ice here next week. I need to get my boots. I watch the weather channel.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/31/2014 9:57AM

    What a great front yard! What is veggie cheese?

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/31/2014 7:28AM

    YUM! The bison veggie peppers sound awesome! emoticon

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KRISZTA11 1/31/2014 5:15AM

    Hm, hot veggie juice definitely sounds much better than cold veggie juice!
And the kale chips look great.
I'm glad your HM training is going well.

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DOGLADY13 1/30/2014 10:29PM

    The peppers looked pretty. Very colorful.

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2014 9:10PM

    Looks delish! and healthy too!

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MBTEPP 1/30/2014 8:43PM

    It all looks and sounds amazing! I used to do a lot with Bison. It is a really good meat choice.

I had the same problem coming back from 2 weeks in Tucson. I was so motivated by the weather, and scenic runs.... Oh, depressing. It has not been quite the same since, but it did give my training a real boost!

Better days ahead! I hope you can get out this weekend and run. Wishing the weather to cooperate, wishing, wishing.


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SABLENESS 1/30/2014 7:31PM

    Aren't kale chips amazing?

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Veggies Coming Out of My Ears!...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I have added TONS of super veggies to my diet. I am still on a quest to find recipes for my "Ninja". It is a beefed up blender. Yesterday morning I threw a carrot, apple, tomato, kale and flax seed in. It was too thick and too sour. I had a hard time with the veggie idea first thing in the morning - I love my oatmeal & fruit!

Last night I soaked garbanzo beans in water. Tonight I made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (sparkpeople recipe). It came out perfect!

We went to Firebirds for lunch. I had a grilled vegetable kabob. It was delicious and quite filling. I looked the nutrition facts up on line, all numbers looked great except for sodium! I really have to get into the habit of saying "no extra salt" when I eat out! The waiter told me the chefs put a lot of salt on everything.

Today there was a Vitamix salesperson at Costco. He used hot water when preparing his veggie drink. It tasted wonderful! Just like soup. I bought the spices he was selling. The first ingredient is sea salt, so I will be using it sparingly. And now that I have it I will know which spices to use on their own in the future!

I was also lucky enough to have my Sparkbuddy MBTEPP share her veggie juice recipes with me. She juices a lot. Here is what she sent me:

I went into my archives for some recipes, but once you get the hang of your juicer, you will be combining your own flavors. Go easy on ginger root, as it over powers most flavors. I love cilantro and parsley in everything. Kale is a must.

Have fun. MB

Dr. Oz's Green Drink (very good)
Many people have asked us, so here it is, the drink Dr. Oz swears by! This "green drink" is high in fiber, low-calorie and rich in vitamins. You can make this in a low speed juicer or combine all ingredients in an Omega blender.
2 cups Spinach
2 cups Cucumber
1 head of Celery
1/2 inch of teaspoon of ginger root
1 bunch parsley
2 Apples
1 Lime
1/2 Lemon

The Hulk (My Favorite)
Omega's ultimate green juice recipe! Enjoy!
2 Stalks Celery
1 Cucumber
1 Apple
1/2 Lemon
1/2 Green Chard Leaf
3-5 Kale Leaves
1 Cup Spinach

Green Juice (I always added 1 fruit for sweetness, apple or pear)
1 cup Spinach
2 cups Kale
2 Cups Parsley
1 Cucumber
1 Celery Stalk

Kale Green Juice
Of all green leafy vegetables, kale is the most nutritionally dense.
3 Carrots
1 Apple
3-4 Celery Stalks
3 Cups of Kale

Berry Juice
2 Cups of Strawberries
2 Cups of Blueberries
1.5 Cups of Raspberries

Apple and Beet Juice (less in more when using beets)
1/2 Beet with Greens
3 Apples
Wash thoroughly and remove apple stems.

Veggie Juice
1 cup of spinach
1/2 cucumber
2 stalks of celery
3 carrots
1/2 apple
Juice cucumbers with their skins on. The dark green skin is a great source of chlorophyll, a phytochemical that can help build red blood cells. Make sure to wash them before juicing.

Heartburn Eliminator (DH favorite)
1 Cup Spinach
6 Carrots

V8-ish Juice (love this one)
1/4 cup water
2 tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 handful spinach
2 carrots
1/4 sweet onion
2 celery stalks
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-2 shots hot sauce

Cheers!! emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/30/2014 9:02PM

    I love my oatmeal for breakfast, but a tall glass of mean green juice for Lunch, or a small glass before dinner is fabulous. The best part about juicing is the triple amount of nutrients that come in a cup of juice, and your body absorbs it faster since there is little digestion. This is why it is a good way to detox, since the digestive system does not have to work.

These recipes are all tried and true. MB

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SABLENESS 1/29/2014 9:14PM

    Great collection! I need to try some of those. Thanks for dropping by my blogs! Yep, persistent, that's me.

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MJ7DM33 1/29/2014 5:30PM

  emoticon for sharing!

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SHERYLP461 1/29/2014 5:27PM

    I've been veggatating today too, wonderful coconut veggie soup by our fantastic veggie love food truck (Vegan) with a delightful chocolate peanut cupcake which I am sure wasn't my best choice, but if felt right for today. Also vegan.
I would probably never juice either, but that doesn't stop me from ordering at my favorite veggie juice cafe.

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SPARKLED146 1/29/2014 1:28PM

    It's interesting to see these recipes. Thanks for sharing them. I eat a lot of vegetables, but I don't think I'll ever be a juicer.
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MESEATURTLE 1/29/2014 10:47AM

    Thanks for sharing !!! Will def try !!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/29/2014 10:17AM

    Looks good, but I need to chew! emoticon

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LYNNIERN 1/28/2014 11:53PM

    Thanks for all the recipes, I'm going to have to try them. So, would you post a picture of you with all those veggies coming out of your ears? emoticon

Great blog!

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TIMOTHY53 1/28/2014 11:02PM

    Those are some really good ideas. Godzilla blender or not.

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COFFEELS 1/28/2014 10:59PM

    great way to get your greens! I was using my nutribullet lot but it broke recently and I've switch back to my regular blender so making more fruit based smoothies with just a few leafy greens thrown in.

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JAXMOMMY 1/28/2014 10:54PM

    I couldn't go all juice as i need to sink my teeth into something. But, these recipes sound good. When you said Vita Mix all I could think of was i love Lucy and the vita veta blah, blah blah! Can't remember the whole thing! And now that makes me think of Dan Akroyd on SNL with the Bass-o-matic! Let us know when you find a juice you like!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/28/2014 10:37PM

    What's wrong with oatmeal?

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ELSCO55 1/28/2014 10:35PM

    thanks, cucumbers don't agree with me, but teh recipes look good.

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Two Interesting Free Documentaries...

Monday, January 27, 2014

I watched two documentaries last night. The first was called

It discussed the water bottle industry, the state of our tap water, how and where the plastic for the bottles are made, and how it can affect our health. It was very interesting.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"
documents an overweight Australian who decides to do a 90 day detox of veggie and fruit juices only - uses a juicer. He does check in with his Doctor and gets blood tests every other week. He travels across the US as he does this. He interviews and chats with an assortment of people as he travels and gets some great reactions! I found myself cheering him and others he inspired on during this documentary. I also learned more about raw foods and juicing.


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LOSTMYMINDX2 1/29/2014 9:05AM

    here is a link to fat head:

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LOSTMYMINDX2 1/29/2014 5:39AM

    another good one is "fathead" it starts as a critique of "super size me" but then goes into a ton of historical detail about the fda and dietarty regulations, recommendations, food pyramid, etc. Very interesting!

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INFLATED 1/27/2014 11:14PM

    I put Tapped on my Facebook page last night. I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and bought a Nutri-bullet instead of a juicer. Some of my friends juice and eat raw foods 80 % of the time.

I am not a vegetarian, but I have included more fruits and vegetables in my diet. There is a Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead page on Facebook and you can have daily recipes sent by e-mail. I have never gone into a health food store and don't have a source for a lot of the ingredients used.

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JAXMOMMY 1/27/2014 10:49PM

    As always, thanks for passing on the info!!

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MAMMER3 1/27/2014 8:57PM

    I watched fat, sick, and nearly dead I was so happy for all of the people involved that did it. I am not sure I can ever do something like that but a cleanse now and ten could be good for you!!

Good luck on the challenge :) emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 1/27/2014 8:30PM

    We live on a well, and I'm always suspect of the water, especially when they drill a few miles away for a new housing development. Yikes. But we use a reverse osmosis for all drinking, cooking, water. I think I saw the Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead--has it been out a while? Or I might have it confused with the two Kiwis (husband and wife) who runs a marathon a day on a raw/juice diet. It all makes me go hm...(in a tell me more way).

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/27/2014 10:59AM

    I have a Reverse Osmosis filter -- all drinking and cooking water goes through that. Expensive, relatively speaking, but worth it to me.

I also have a VitaMix rather than a juicer. I've never seen the value of throwing out the fiber.

Thanks for sharing!

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SPARKLED146 1/27/2014 10:13AM

    We tested our well water and installed a filter. I also try to carry my own bottle of water with me. The bottled water just doesn't appeal to me.

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SHERYLP461 1/27/2014 9:13AM

    I do not use bottled water either, the bottles spend an eternity in the landfills. I do however have a filter to filter out the chlorine and other impurities found in city water.

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MIRAGE727 1/27/2014 9:10AM

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
I never cared about these concerns until I embrace a healthy lifestyle! It confirms our commitment!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2014 8:36AM

    Sounds interesting!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/27/2014 8:21AM

    Yes, these are good ones and got me started juicing about a year or two ago.

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DOGLADY13 1/27/2014 7:48AM

    I have always been suspect of bottled water and only buy a bottle when I don't have access to tap water or doubt the cleanliness of the tap water. It seems so silly to buy water when it is available at our kitchen sinks!

I'm following your raw food journey with interest. It isn't for me, but know there are benefits. It's part of eating a variety of foods to nourish our bodies.

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Raw Foods Class...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I made it back from Florida! I couldn't get wifi the last couple of days there, so I just finished my last coaching session. I learned that I need to maintain urgency and live like it is impossible to fail.

I decided to mix my diet up. Thursday I went with my mother and husband to a raw foods class, taught by a raw foods lifestyle coach. She was 51 and in excellent shape. She has been eating this way for over 20 years. Her son, around 8 years old was with her. I watched him eat dried seaweed for a snack.

I am going to try to summarize what I learned. I am going to share my notes with you, and warn you ahead - it will be a bouncy read! I will also give you her web site if you want to learn more. She loves to share information - emailed me tons of articles after I left.

A raw food diet is one that centers around raw vegetables and raw fruit and nuts. It is a plant-based lifestyle. Meat, poultry and fish are not part of the diet. Vegetables and fruit are not cooked. Dehydrated vegetables and fruit are okay. And, organic is preferred. Especially if it is apples, grapes and bananas.

She said to pick the % of raw vs cooked that we would feel comfortable starting with. (50%/50% or 75%/25%, etc)

During the class we ate celery stalks (cleanses palate) and dates (for energy). We also had "ice cream" made of frozen banana, raw chocolate, cocoa nibs, raw almonds, raw carob, vanilla, honey, dates and coconut oil.
My husband actually liked it!

The goal is to eat 80% carbs, 10% fat, and 10% protein.

Look for foods that say "raw", "cold pressed", "virgin".

One biggie is not to have carbs and protein in the same meal.
So, if you are still eating some meat, fish or poultry, don't eat it with a potato or rice - eat is with veggies. If you are eating rice or potato, eat veggies with it.

If you want to lose weight, eat alkaline, raw and super foods.
If you are eating for health and are at your goal weight or in the maintenance stage, eat organic, raw, vegan, alkaline and super foods.
If you want to detox, drink alkaline vegetable juices and super foods.
If you are focused on environment, eat organic, local, in season, fresh/raw (unprocessed).

Frozen fruit is ok.

One of the best foods you can eat is kale. She dried them at 50 degrees then spraying a little extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled spice on them. We tried them and they were quite good. She told us she eats 6 heads of lettuce per day! It is filled with water.

Start your meal eating fruit and don't eat cooked food with fruit.

Buy non-irradiated herbs.

Cook with coconut oil.

She also talked about not drinking water out of a plastic bottle, and suggested drinking it out of glass. She had sliced fruit in her water (peaches, blueberries and pineapple). Purified water is better than spring water.

She suggested that we watch several movies...
1. "Tapped" (about water)
2. "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead"
3. "Forks Over Knives"
4. "Rescue Engine 2 Kitchen"

She also recommended the book "20/10/10" by Dr Douglas Graham.

Oils are also important. The fastest absorption is the bottom of your feet.

We tried "citrus" which is an energy enhancer.

"solace" is calming and you can put drops in your water.

"frankincense" stops the proliferation of cancer cells.

"on guard" helps prevent illnesses. you put a drop on the palm of your hand and rub them together. It smells like cloves.

"Past tense" goes on the back of your neck to stop a headache.

"peppermint" oil can be used for headaches or hot flashes (put on back of neck)

She also recommended buying PH test strips at the drug store to test your alkaline level. You want it to be at 7.35 Processed food, animal protein and refined sugar can make you too acidic. She suggests testing your urine for at least 2 weeks.

The raw foods lifestyle coach's name is Shari Leiterman.

Her web site is
Her facebook address is
If you are interested in oils; go to

I hope that gives you some useful information.

She recommended the book "Modern Essentials" (oils)

So, today I bought a juicer/shaker/kneader at Walmart on sale for $79.95
I also bought a coffee grinder to grind nuts. I bought a bunch of veggies and am going to give it a try. I have been eating a lot of salads. I still like my soup and my oatmeal in the morning, so I thinking I will start with 50%/50%. I also like fish, so I don't think I will ever get to 100%, but I am making sure I don't eat a carb with a protein!
I liked the oils, so I think I will pick some up.

Have a great week!

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SMITTY4RL 1/28/2014 7:35AM

    Thanks for the info! I really need to look outside my usual veggies--kale being a prime example. The raw food diet is not something I think I could stay on for too long, but who knows? Never really tried. Thanks, too, for the link! Good luck with this change of life!

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SPEEDYDOG 1/28/2014 7:29AM

    I am a great believer in carbohydrates and the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many years ago I tried low carb diets and felt terrible.

For me, I would be concerned there would be too many ways to "blow it" on such diet. However, permanent positive change takes a lifestyle adjustment. I wish you great success.

Thanks, Bruce

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/28/2014 1:34AM

    Sounds like you had an interesting class giving you "food" for thought on your ways of approaching a healthier approach to eating. I don't believe I would be able to follow a raw foods approach but good for you being open to giving it a try. Would love to hear how it works for you. Hope you find a balance which brings you the healthy results you are looking for.

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_RAEVEN_ 1/27/2014 11:43PM

    I admire anyone who can go raw. Good luck to you and let us know how it goes. emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/27/2014 9:26AM

    Great approach! I started my journey on a juice fast for 15 days, continued juicing for months with juice for breakfast, and never introduced meats and dairy into my diet.

"Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" is very powerful. I should go back a review the documentary. I followed Joe for a good year. Good luck with your juicer. We make fresh lemonade with it, and it is awesome. I juice a butternut squash and sprinkled with pie spice. Yum. So much you can do with a juicer.

I have so much more energy because of the whole foods approach.

Kale - I cannot say enough about consuming this produce. It should be a super food.

I am going to look at "Tapped." Thanks for posting the link.

Have fun, explore, and I cannot tell you why guys get into juicing, but my DH did big time:) It was great to do it together.

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SHERYLP461 1/27/2014 9:00AM

    Raw Food is an interesting way to eat. I do embrace raw, however I do not like the high glycemic count of many of the ingredients. I do however use the recipe's for the veggies that are low. I think cutting back so low on any one food group is harmful to our health. Remember the no fat fiasco a few years back?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/27/2014 8:39AM

    Good luck!

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/27/2014 8:05AM

    Thanks for taking the time to share what you learn! I admire your willingness to embrace new things and step outside of 'norms' to find what works for you. I went all-in on the vegan route for nearly two years and that high of a carb intake it ended up being a disaster for my body, at least in the state it is in now. I still apply a lot of what I learned in reading and studying much of the related literature and movies, but had to find my own other route that's ending up being quite a different menu (with the the types of results I was looking to achieve with vegan). Listen to your body as you work into this!

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    I agree with the "raw" concept but all or nothing diets can cause nutritional issues. There is a school of thought that multivitamins do not do what we think and cannot be relied upon to make up what we exclude from our diets.
The oils have been used for centuries.
Her urine pH discussion is a bit shakey. You body processes foods at a specific rate to a specific pH. Most of the adjusting goes on inside your bloodstream prior to filtering into your kidneys and changes at different times of the day. Unless you are eating large masses of a particular food, you wouldn't see much of an effect.
Hope she told you when to test.

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BEWELL48 1/26/2014 10:29PM

    The oils sound interesting. I have a great whole Foods in my town. Wonder if they sell the oils.
Couldn't do the six heads of lettuce a day! Are you kidding me? Yikes!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/26/2014 10:00PM

    Aren't veggies carbs?

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JAXMOMMY 1/26/2014 9:56PM

    I'm pretty sure I will never go all raw or all vegan, but it is interesting. I believe it has alot of good qualities, but I "witnessed" a Spark Friend die from cancer because she believed eating raw would cure it. She died in alot of pain too. So sad. I'm interested in the oils. I like the idea of natural over chemical, but I know when I need medication and when not! But, eliminating some chemicals can only help! Thanks for sharing your knowledge! Exciting to learn something so new and interesting on vaycay!

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