On Day 6 of my green juice fast, I did not lose weight. It is a very predictable pattern for me in juice fasting, so I am taking it all in stride. It has happened in nearly every green juice fast I have done thus far, short or long. (My longest green juice fast was 18 days, and I plan to go longer this time.)
Last night I had two coconut waters that my husband brought from the store. I asked for it because it dawned on me that maybe that would be alright on my fast. Coconut water is said to balance electrolytes and have all kinds of health benefits beyond that. It is also very hydrating, one of the best beverages for a very hot day or after a workout.
Spirolina is on my list to be ordered. I know that some people use Spirolina on their fasts, and I have decided to use Spirolina cold pressed tablets on my own. I plan to order Nutrex Hawaii Pacifica tablets through Amazon. In the past, I have used the Spirolina and benefited. Somehow I got out of practice. Spirolina is a super food.
I have been asked about juice recipes so I am sharing the Mean Green juice recipe that is the basis of my green juice fast. The juice recipe is from Joe Cross of "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and was used by both Joe Cross and Phil Staples. It is a very nutritious juice with a lot of balance.
Please note that I likely add WAY MORE organic kale than is in the typical recipe. I also add as much ginger as I can stand as ginger is a major anti-inflammatory. It works better than Advil because it works on two fronts. I am a huge ginger fan as well, but a little goes a long way with ginger. At first I couldn't stand ginger. I had to start with a tiny sliver.
Also the recipe calls for lemon, lemon bothered my teeth. After three days, I had such tooth sensitivity that I had to stop. No lemon in my juice.
Here is the link to the original Mean Green recipe:
And here is an excerpt from the website link:
4 celery stalks
6-8 leaves kale (Australian tuscan cabbage)
1 tbsp ginger
Wash all produce well
Peel the lemon, optional
Pour over ice
Also here is the link directly to the Reboot With Joe website for more juice recipes and information:
In addition, here is the link to the free Hulu viewing of "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." The documentary changed my life, and I have seen it more times than I can count. The documentary can be viewed on Netflix and possibly other sites as well:
Also this is the link to Nutrex Hawaii. I buy the cold pressed tablets via Amazon, and I found that the product was useful to me. One thing that has my attention is that spirolina can make a big difference with allergies. That is surprising to me, but there is plenty of evidence that spirolina has great health benefits;
A lot of people put spirolina into their juices and smoothies, and it is often nicknamed swamp juice as a result. I have never done that, but I now feel that I need the spirolina pills for the iron, protein, and other nutrients.
Here are just a few of the health benefits, according to the Nutrex website:
"Spirulina Modulates the Immune Response
Spirulina has long been revered for its ability to strengthen the immune system. Because it actively promotes cell regeneration, it helps wounds heal quicker, and makes recovery from illnesses occur faster. Spirulina fortifies one's immune system, leaving the person less likely to experience colds, flus, and other contractible illnesses.
Spirulina Assists in Keeping Eyes Healthy
Spirulina is an excellent supplement for those looking to improve their eye health. This blue-green algae is very rich in vitamin A, and this vitamin is exceptionally important for healthy eyes. For this same reason, eating more carrots has long been recommended to those looking to improve their eye health, but spirulina actually has ten times the vitamin A concentration gram per gram of carrots.
End of quote--the Nutrex site reports success in reducing inflammation, easing PMS, and offering a major source of vitamins, etc.
Here are a few of those nutrient benefits, the reason I am planning to add Spirolina as soon as I get the order. This is a direct quote from the Nutrex website:
Spirulina is very high in bio-available iron, making it beneficial to those with anemia or pregnancy, with reduced risk of constipation
• Spirulina is a very good source of vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E
• It is also high in potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc
Since today is a gorgeous day in comparison to the driving rain before, I plan to take a very long walk today. I am so grateful to be feeling much better than I was a week ago. The detoxing is working. The one part that it tough at times is that I have to get up a lot at night to pee. Juicing fasts always do that for me. Even 18 days in, I had to pee more often.
One of other note for my day is that I need to do the coconut oil pulling three times per day instead of one or two. A couple of times I did it just once or twice and I see a bit of eczema on my wrists, perhaps due to my laptop. In any event, I found three times per day for 20 minutes each time worked much better. I'll go back to that.
My knees felt a bit achy today, so I am hoping that this means the detox and healing effect is going to town on my knees. My knees need lots of healing after a serious knee injury in early 2013. While that injury has healed enough to walk 7 miles, there are many activities I would not even consider at this moment. Let the healing begin!
Note: I am adding a link to a Livestrong article on the health benefits of Spirolina:
Here is a quote from that link:
"At 32 grams per 1/2 cup, spirulina is a great source of protein and contains 22 essential amino acids. Spirulina also has a variety of necessary vitamins and minerals, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and essential fatty acids, all of which may contribute to spirulina's possible health benefits. One-half cup of dried spirulina also provides 89 percent of your recommended dietary allowance of iron for the day. For these reasons, spirulina is often used as a nutritional supplement; however, consuming the large amounts of spirulina needed to obtain a high level of these nutrients is difficult.