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Terrible Death, tragic loss, so sad

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I am rather sad, due to a DEATH.
I will explain more at the bottom of the blog. Death is so sad, no matter whom or what you loose. I lost something very important to me. At first I was MAD as it was too soon, then I realized that new DOORS will Open.

Before this event happened, I was busy LEARNING from the Experts.
It seems that all the experts are confused, they say one thing and change their mind a few days later, only to change it back again. Whew. One day this food is good to eat the next day it's not. SO CONFUSING. I have come to the conclusion that all experts are confused, mixed up, have ideas, but in the end still tend to be confused.

One expert I trust is the Hippocrates Institute. Brian and Marie Clement are a wealth of the best nutrition knowledge around for those of us who want to stay healthy or who are battling health issues. I found their videos on youtube. A set of wonderful videos they sell at the Hippocrates Institute. My mind was blown away by the information they shared. I knew bits and pieces of what they said, but they way they put the information together amazed me. I know I will watch the videos over and over again. I even took notes, pausing the videos as I watched. The said each person that visits is able to have their blood-work analyzed for free at their facility so they can continue to guide them on their path to health. It gives Hippocrates institute information on diet that is leading edge. You can watch the series here:
=RfxFBjvcbhw This is the first one. If you click videos and scroll down you will find 12 videos about a hour each. I can't say enough good things about this video series, if your serious about your health. I have learned so much.

Their diet is a vegan diet. They make a juice of 50 percent sprouts and 50 percent vegetable juice (Cucumber and celery) 3 times a day. Each drink is 12 ounces. In addition they drink wheat grass shots a few times a day. They consume 2 giant salads a day. They do allow other foods such as nuts, some fruit, during the week. They explained why on their videos they picked the foods they did in detail.

The sprouts contain the maximum amount of nutrition in any vegetable available. They said sprouting increases the nutrition by 10-30%. They like sunflower sprouts which have about 25% protein as one of the sprouts they drink in the morning. Sunflower sprouts contain all the omega 3's the body needs and is so jam packed with nutrition.

They encourage people to raise their own sprouts as they are so inexpensive to grow.

Watching their videos just made sense. It made sense that if you follow their program your body can heal, you will loose weight, and you will feel better. I plan on experimenting with my diet to see how I feel on it. The hardest part is the willpower. On one of his videos he said results are about self-love. How much you love yourself. You will fluctuate on how much you love yourself from day to day. How much you love yourself influences how willing you are to feed yourself in a healthy manner. WOW. He said you have to be willing to love yourself in order to ignore those around you who freak out at the changes you are making, people who criticize even when they see how much are improving.

Yesterday I made the decision to use the credit card to purchase a variety of sprouts. I ordered Fenugreek, Alfalfa, Clover, Garlic, Onion, Buckwheat, and many more sprouts. The seeds aren't very expensive and each pound of seed is supposed to grow about 10 pounds of produce. Hubby and I went to the health food store and I picked up a few lids for mason jars that have screens in them. They make growing sprouts easier.

Today's juice has Clover sprouts, Mung Bean sprouts, apples, fresh rosemary, fresh sage, lemon grass, fresh spearmint, fresh turmeric root, fresh oregano, fresh garlic, ginger, grapes, zucchini, cranberries, lemons, bell pepper, spinach, kale, and more. This time juicing I added in some packets of fresh packaged herbs sold at the grocery store. I had no clue as to what the juice would taste like. I was pleased, it's super yummy. The herbs have their wonderful medicinal values of their own that many people forget about. Next year I must enlarge the herb garden greatly as I really enjoyed jugging my herbs. It makes sense to juice sprouts after what I learned.

I made up a batch of vegetable soup while I juiced. Yum. I plan on mostly juicing with some vegetable soup, some cooked vegetables, and salads as my diet. Salad dressings will be home made when possible. I will work towards transitioning over to their diet. The do allow 20% cooked food after a few years on their diet. I plan on leaving in some cooked foods. They said more cooked foods caused issues with an immune response as verified with with blood work.

The Breville Juicer is DEAD. It made a blended soup. I ended up re-juicing the slush in the Sampson 6-in-1 juicer so I wouldn't waste the ingredients. The Breville Juicer is about 6 years old, but has only about a year or less of hard juicing time on it. While I loved how it could juice a large amount of juice quickly, it could not juice greens, grapes, and wheat grass very well. For now I will have to make do with the Sampson juicer which can do it all. Hubby wants to purchase another juicer. YIPPIEE !! I haven't decided which one will be our new backup. I must go do some more research. Death of One juicer opens the Door to another one.

The snow is still on the ground here in sunny California. Sweet alyssum pokes its cheerful flowers up through patches of ice. The ground is FROZEN. The cat's foot prints are frozen in the mud outside.

That just doesn't happen here. It's been as low as 16 degrees. My lemon tree looks frozen. While the branches have green all the leaves are frozen. I don't know if it will pull out of it. We covered it up during the frosts. It supposed to be able to live in our zone here, but it normally doesn't snow. Sigh. On the bright side the pansies are in bloom and the paper whites, the sweet alyssum. The hummingbirds are still alive even with the severe weather.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHAKENMA 12/11/2013 8:05PM

    Wow! thanks for shariing emoticon

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CAROLIAN 12/11/2013 1:44PM


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LOUIE-LILY 12/11/2013 12:19PM

    Great blog . . .
Just FYI, on juicing - I also have a Breville. But I gave up juicing because it was just too concentrated for my body - I'm diabetic. But the last year I've been using a NutriBullet and I cannot live without it! Plus I get all the fiber and other health benefits that I was losing with juicing.
Very informative - Thanks for sharing all the information!
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BRENDA_G50 12/11/2013 12:08PM

    Very informative. The only juicing I've ever done is making fresh orange or pineapple juice in the blender. As I only think of the kitchen as a room I try to stay out of as much as possible, I've discovered I can still cook from scratch and even bake!!! I'm amazed at what I still remember how to do!!!

I love reading your blogs because they always contain such great information. I always wondered how they made the green juice that tasted so good and because of you, I now know how to make it. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us. Would love to have the recipe for the pot pie you had the other looked delicious!!! Sorry your old faithful blender died on you. Maybe DH will find you an even better one. emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 12/11/2013 9:43AM

    emoticon blog

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DS9KIE 12/11/2013 8:48AM

    your doing emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2013 6:59AM

    I really like my Angel juicer. It's very powerful and not hard to clean up. It can juice wheatgrass, but I haven't tried doing it yet because I don't have any fresh wheatgrass.

I add sprouts to all my juices. I use alfafa spouts because the taste is mild. I tried broccoli spouts because they are so healthful, but couldn't take the bitter taste. I might try them again after I'm done with chemo. The current chemo I'm on is making it much harder to enjoy juicing due to the taste bud changes and nausea I'm experiencing. This chemo will be over in 7 more weeks. Juicing is incredibly important to me.

My husband and I plan to make our second batch of chocolate ganache today from the recipe you posted a couple months ago. He's a huge chocolate fan, so this is a healthy way for him to get his "fix." Everyone that has tasted that ganache has asked for a copy of the recipe; it is that good!

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JIBBIE49 12/11/2013 6:52AM

    Have you watched "FAT, SICK and NEARLY DEAD" with Joe Cross? It is on Netflix. He has a great web site called Reboot.

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MAMISHELI53 12/11/2013 6:25AM

    Poor little hummingbird!
Enjoy your sprouts. And I agree - "experts" aren't always!

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ILOVEROSES 12/11/2013 5:18AM

    Thanks for a great blog. Hope your lemon tree recovers.

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DIPDAB2011 12/11/2013 3:39AM


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ARTJAC 12/11/2013 3:26AM


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XIALUDI 12/11/2013 3:14AM

    RIP old juicer! haha emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 12/11/2013 1:19AM

  not sure i'm ready for a vegan lifestyle,

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123ELAINE456 12/11/2013 1:11AM

  Thank You for sharing all of the information that you do. I appreciate it very much. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. WTG!!!

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ILOVEMALI 12/11/2013 12:58AM

    great blog! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/11/2013 12:57AM

    Great Blog!!!! emoticon

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MICKEYH 12/10/2013 11:10PM

    I am doing sprouting also. My fave is mung bean. Planing to but sunflower seeds in the near future. I don't juice them . I eat with my salad. Good luck on your research for your new juicer.

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DIANER2014 12/10/2013 10:43PM

    Great info! Thanks for sharing!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/10/2013 10:32PM

    I hope it gets better for you.

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MERRYMARY42 12/10/2013 9:13PM

    not quite that cold here in the San Gabriel Valley, but way colder than a normal December, my lemon and orange are fine, a few flowers got frostbit, but, my trees are fine.

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IMAVISION 12/10/2013 8:53PM

    emoticon for sharing this information.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/10/2013 8:52PM

    Your lemon tree will be alright that is what they do in Florida when it get cold here. They spray them with water to act as a shield from the cold. So look forward to more lemons from the tree next year.

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KOHINOOR2 12/10/2013 8:48PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great info. emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/10/2013 8:12PM

    I have a short attention span and my enthusiasm wanes quickly, although I have tried it and no doubt will again. So pleased to encourage you though. Hugs Brenda.

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RORYLYONS 12/10/2013 8:06PM

    Never started juicing but one day might try it. Always nice to add a new idea..It is totally freezing....My lemon tree is holding up, but my neighbors oranges looks like they need a facelift.. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 12/10/2013 7:51PM

    You are learning and trying so many good things. Great success to you.

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GENRE009 12/10/2013 7:50PM

    You are so amazing. I love reading about how far you will go on your health journey.
I already feel that compared to the friends I have I seem extreme, but am not. I have been teaching myself about using spices as medicines lately. eva

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MJ7DM33 12/10/2013 7:42PM

  Thx for sharing!

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2013 7:39PM

    I love juicing, but it is so time consuming that I don't do it as often as I'd like.

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CALIDREAMER76 12/10/2013 7:27PM

    Very interesting, I don't know that I can do that lifestyle as Salad's are not a favorite of mine. I really don't care for them, but I will try to incorporate more sprouts and want to look into the sunflower sprouts. Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/10/2013 7:17PM

    I know the feeling; I really rely on my juicer. Big time.

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BLUBIRDY00 12/10/2013 7:13PM

  I love fenugreek, it's supposed to be quite a little miracle worker. I used to eat spoonfuls of fenugreek or my aches and pains. It did not help me at all, but some people love it for aches and pains. I have made a mean sprouted mung bean salad before.

Enjoy your new juicer search. The Vitamix is pricy but it will pulverize the cores, pits, seeds, skins of everything, no waste.

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IGNITEME101 12/10/2013 7:09PM

    It's freezing where I am, too. Cute blog~

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L*I*T*A* 12/10/2013 7:08PM

    great share.......thanks

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LAURANCE 12/10/2013 7:07PM

  Eeek! Oh my! I have to say I'm relieved. When I saw your pictures I thought your dog had died, and it's so heartbreaking when a dear pet dies.

Still, my condolences on your blender! It's awful when a valued and trusted appliance bites the dust!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/10/2013 6:34PM

    Thanks for sharing! Sending you lots of hugs!
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MSROZZIE 12/10/2013 6:33PM

    Wonderful blog, Thanks for sharing. Great information! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BERRY4 12/10/2013 6:22PM

    The one thing I can agree with is that the "experts" really do make it difficult to choose a healthy path! (A LOT of the time...follow the money! Who's making it if I apply their approach, or supplement, or changes, ETC.)

What to eat? and what not to eat? ...that seems to be the question.

No, I won't personally change to that style of eating. None of us will live forever. That is a fact.
But choosing health...that is still the issue to discover...that is individual for each of us.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/10/2013 5:36PM

    Thanks for all the information you shared! HUGS

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TOKIEMOON 12/10/2013 5:24PM

    Sorry about you juicer calling it quits. I have a Vitamixer that I absolutely love! I can grind up or juice anything. And best of all, there is no waste (i.e. loss of nutrients in the form of pulp.) I really think that for all the juices and baking you do (you could grind your own flour) you would love it too. It even makes soup in about 4 minutes. (The motor is so powerful that it generates heat when going full tilt. Hope you get a replacement juicer ASAP!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 12/10/2013 5:14PM

    emoticon for sharing the information.

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KNYAGENYA 12/10/2013 5:04PM

    I'm sorry for your loss.

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SHERYLP461 12/10/2013 5:04PM

    You have put in a lot of time in juicing, just think now you can upgrade.

By the way, I believe it has to stay below freezing for at least 12 hours to kill the tree. Good luck with the lemon.

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CHANTENAY 12/10/2013 4:55PM

    Very interesting information! Will definitely look at those videos. I just went to the health food store and got mung bean, clover, alfalfa, and broccoli seeds for sprouting. I ate my first mung bean sprouts this afternoon. My purpose was in finding a solution to the shortage of organic lettuce in the stores lately. I realized I have a way of producing my own fresh greens and went shopping. I use the canning jar/perforated lid method too. I never thought about juicing sprouts.

The dogs look cute! I'm a bit pessimistic about the lemon tree. Let's hope for the best. Thanks for the blog.


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GODSCHILDAMYB 12/10/2013 4:50PM

    Wow, it is cool that you do all this on your own.

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MISHMOM 12/10/2013 4:44PM

    You sound like you should write a book on juicing and juicers! You are a walking encyclopedia! emoticon I hope you get your new juicer soon. emoticon

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