SCOJEN's SparkPeople Blog SCOJEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 30 days of health: day 12 - walking for a cause <img src=""> <BR> There was an invite in one of the groups I belong to on FB. It said there was a walk to raise awareness for CMV. Normally, in all honesty, I would have googled "CMV," made myself "aware" and moved on with my life. This time, I decided to walk. Because walking is good for my health and, in this case, it supports the people around me and what is important to them. So why not walk for a cause whenever you get the chan... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:21:47 EST 30 days of health: day 11 - fat effects <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/how-your-body-is-benefited-when-you.<BR>html </link> Fri, 17 May 2013 10:31:55 EST 30 days of health: day 10 - skin care <img src=""> <BR> 3 Worst Things People Do For Their Skin <BR> SOURCE: <link><BR>e-do-for-their-skin/ </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Coffee - The caffeine levels in an average serving of coffee are high enough to act as a diuretic – which actually pulls water from the body and organs, which often results in a few trips to the bathroom. Dry and flaky skin is often a common side effect of dehydration. ... Wed, 15 May 2013 10:29:19 EST 30 days of health: day 9 - juice! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not on a juice "fast" right now. However, I still love my juice throughout the day. It is, by far, the best way for me to get all my fruits and veggies. Tue, 14 May 2013 09:52:13 EST 30 days of health: day 8 - oil pulling <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (NaturalNews) Oil pulling is said to be a powerful means of maintaining good health as well as an effective cure for a variety of ills. This is an ancient technique, first described in 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic texts. The practice is simple. Soon after waking, before eating or brushing your teeth, swish your mouth with a spoonful of high quality oil in order to "pull" bacteria, parasites and other toxins from your ... Sun, 12 May 2013 22:30:45 EST 30 days of health: day 7 - relax <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Loafing needs no explanation and is its own excuse. ~Christopher Morley Sat, 11 May 2013 23:47:40 EST 30 days of health: day 6 - menu planner review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found the best app for my iPad last night! All in one. It is easy to use, has everything you need all in one place. I am very pleased with it. Some things this app can do: <BR> &#9733; Key Features: <BR> • Plan out your meals exactly how you like them, as far out as you like <BR> • Keep track of what you have in your pantry to make meal planning and shopping lists simple <BR> • With the advanced pantry, you ... Fri, 10 May 2013 23:53:08 EST 30 days of health: day 5 - no excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We can all think of reasons NOT TO DO. Take some time today to list all the reasons WHY YOU SHOULD. Focus on the latter and not on the former. BECAUSE YOU CAN. <BR> Fri, 10 May 2013 01:53:37 EST 30 days of health: day 4 - what works (for me) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on day 4 of health and so far my days look something like this.... <BR> <BR> Upon rising: <BR> 16oz hot water with lemon and 5 drops of stevia <BR> Juice (OR) 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal w almond milk, chia seeds <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> 1oz wheat grass <BR> raw fruit (OR) veggies w hummus (OR) juice <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Dinner for lunch (made light) eat till satisfied, stop before I am full. <BR> <BR> Snack... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:46:24 EST 30 days of health: day 3 - balance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I get older, 33 now, (gasp) I realize how much of my life has lacked balance. My personality is "all or nothing." I see how that has both enabled and hindered me. That is why I am either juice fasting or ice cream fasting. As I begin to realize the lack of balance, I can adjust my life to walk this tight rope of strength and health. <BR> <BR> BALANCE is the KEY! <BR> <BR> I am not juice fasting at this t... Tue, 7 May 2013 20:37:07 EST 30 days of health: day 2 - wheatgrass <img src=""> <BR> One word: <BR> WHEATGRASS! <BR> YA! <BR> I cannot believe I have waited this long to try wheatgrass! It was great. I had a 1oz shot at my local juice bar. <BR> Benefits of One Shot of Wheatgrass Juice <BR> **One ounce contains 103 vitamins, minerals and amino acids. <BR> <BR> **One ounce of wheatgrass juice represents as much nutritional value as approximately 2.5 pounds of fresh green vegetables. <BR> <B... Mon, 6 May 2013 18:14:10 EST 30 days of health: day 1 - 3 day reboot <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recipes: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Carrot Apple Ginger Juice <BR> 3 carrots <BR> 2 apples <BR> 1-in ginger <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> Juice. Pour over ice. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mid-Morning Juice: Mean Green Juice <BR> 1 cucumber <BR> 4 celery stalks <BR> 2 apples <BR> 6 to 8 leaves kale <BR> 1/2 lemon <BR> 1-in ginger <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> Juice. Pour over ice. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Gazpacho Juice <BR>... Sun, 5 May 2013 21:36:41 EST 21 DAY JUICE AND RAW FOOD CHALLENGE: JANUARY 1-21 Hi everyone! So my friend and I will be doing a 21 day juice and raw foods challenge starting January 1st. We will be juicing the majority of our calories and consuming whole raw foods throughout the 21 days. <BR> <BR> I wanted to post this challenge here to motivate you to join us! <BR> <BR> Choose one of the following options: <BR> <BR> *juice with raw foods for 21 days <BR> *juice only and drink water for 21 days <BR> *eat only raw foods (no dairy, meat, cooked foods) for 21 days <BR> ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:33:16 EST 60 day juice feast: finishing the feast <img src=""> <BR> So I am finished my juice feast. I have been eating again this last week. I eased my way back into food. Now I am in a battle of balance and over-indulgence. Which is exactly what I did not want to happen. I am taking a pro-active approach. I am going to continue juicing many times through the day. I am juicing about 3 – 16oz glasses now. I am working out an eating routine and schedule that will help me not over... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:51:36 EST 60 day juice feast: saggy drawers <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Saggy drawers and smaller tummy. I am posting this only to motivate others who are merely thinking about juicing to give it a go. I came out to the living room the other day and Scott commented on how trim I was getting that my pants weren’t fitting any more and my tummy looked trim. He took a picture so that I would see the accomplishment and be e... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:44:51 EST 60 day juice feast: experiencing the benefits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 45/60! 15 days to go! <BR> I was asked last week, "What heath benefits have you noticed so far?" <BR> I wish I would have thought about writing this down sooner. <BR> <BR> *Spiritual revelation and boldness! <BR> <BR> *Lots of energy, very focused, skin is more radiant. <BR> <BR> *I didn't have any health "problems" before, but we are not diagnosed with a problem until it is chronic and advanced. You have s... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 09:29:54 EST 60 day juice feast: post-feast thoughts <img src=""> <BR> It is day 40 of my 60 day juice feast. I am feeling more and more healthy every day! I have lost 16lbs. All of my clothes are baggy and just right. <BR> <BR> I recently just finished the book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Juicing. I am looking at my "post-fast" diet. How I will continue maintenance and moving forward. I know I still have 20 days to go, but humor me a little. I am a bit bored right now with all... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 14:31:28 EST 60 day juice feast: letting go of emotional ties My updates are getting more and more infrequent. I am just going with the flow right now. It is getting a bit harder to stay focused on the goal. The rewards are numerous but being around food as often as I am makes things very hard. Tho I have not eaten a thing, I sure am mad about it sometimes. I think this is all a mourning process really. To get over the addiction to food one has to cross a lot of emotional highways I think. I know I would be severely disappointed if I stopped now.... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:18:10 EST 60 day juice feast: how much am I spending? <img src=""> <BR> I wanted to list my “go to” drinks, for this week at least. I juice this every day. Sometimes I make extra, but this is at least what I am drinking every day. Besides water and some non-caffeinated tea. <BR> Juice A: <BR> carrots oranges sweet potatoes ginger and lemon <BR> Juice B: <BR> kale apple lemon ginger celery cucumber green pepper <BR> <BR> Juice C: <BR> beets and beet leaves carrot apple lemon pear <BR> <... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:54:30 EST 60 day juice feast: optional morning routine My willpower is buckling tonight. I have not given in, even for a moment. But, I had to leave the kitchen. I decided to grab my juice and post my 29th day blog entry. I took some pictures of an (optional) morning routine. This is working for me this week and thought I would share. <BR> <BR> Morning Routine Option: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1. use a juice list that gives you juices for an entire day, including all ingredients and how m... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 20:43:04 EST 60 day juice feast: 28/60 <img src=""> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:38:56 EST 60 dat juice feast: 27/60 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I learned a little secret today. If I add oranges to my green drinks, I can hardly taste the “green.” They go down a lot easier. <BR> <BR> I was able to get some things cleaned and prepped and cooked for Thanksgiving. The mashed potatoes were the hardest. I did not take any bites or tastes. My family did all the taste testing for me. That was not easy. I just kept telling myself, it is only a season and your body ... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:54:05 EST 60 day juice feast: you are what you eat... or drink <img src=""> <BR> Morning: <BR> hot water and lemon <BR> 1 Pint of apples, carrots, sweet potato <BR> Snack: <BR> 6oz of apples and oranges <BR> Afternoon: <BR> 1 Pint of 1/2 beet, 8 kale leaves, 3 carrots, apples, lemon, sweet potato <BR> Snack: <BR> 6oz of apples and oranges <BR> Evening: <BR> 1 pint of beets, apples, lemon, kale, carrots <BR> <BR> Water throughout the day. Herbal tea and honey for night-time snack. <BR> <BR> NO BIT... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:09:27 EST 60 day juice feast: spiritual focus and discipline It has been 25 days of juice feasting. Over the last 3 weeks something has been lacking. As I look back I know God was telling me over and over again what it was that was that was missing. However, I have been deaf and blind to it until last night. <BR> <BR> I started my juice fast with the goal of getting my house in order, cleaning up my body and feeling healthy again. I did NOT start my fast with any spiritual direction or focus. This fast has been covered in problems of the flesh and has... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:34:59 EST 60 day juice feast: routines and schedules In order to be more purposeful in keeping a schedule and routine, I began tonight with the obvious. Write an ideal schedule. If I were to have a “perfect” day, what does that look like? Here is what I came up with for the 6 days of “work.” <BR> <BR> Ideal Schedule: <BR> 5am wake up <BR> Drink hot water and lemon <BR> 5:05am prayer and Bible Study <BR> 6am start breakfast for Oliver, prep fruits and veggies for a days worth of juice. Keep list on fridge for groceries <BR> 6:30-7am shower, ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:34:04 EST 60 day juice feast: ugly apples <BR> Day 23/60 <BR> I am feeling great! I have lots of energy and I sleep very well. I have lost 9 lbs. I am feeling slimmer and more comfortable in my clothes. I have slipped into a comfortable schedule and love all the juices I am making. <BR> <BR> I wanted to mention and throw out here about grade b or seconds produce. They are a great alternative to the more expensive "perfect" fruit you see in the store. I order grade b or seconds to save money. If you are juicing, what differen... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 20:38:04 EST 60 day juice feast: ACCOUNTABILITY I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to those who have been faithfully commenting and encouraging me along my journey. <BR> <BR> I had to go across town today to drop my son off at a meeting and passed my favorite coffee shop on the way home. I had been thinking all day about what I was going to do when I drove by. I stopped and ordered a small chai tea. I took three sips, wondering how I was going to get away with this. I hadn't had a headache yet today, so that was not an excus... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:37:45 EST 60 day juice feast: 19/60 Day 19/60 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is the oil supplement I use every day. I use 1-2 tbsp in 1/2 cup of applesauce. It has a delicious, nutty flavor. You can use it on salads, cooked veggies, or in any of your shakes and drinks. I have a friend who drinks it like a shot (you know who you are) Here is some more information on Udo Erasmus and his Oil blends: <link><BR>tm </link> <BR> <BR> You... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:38:28 EST 60 day juice feast: 17/60 <img src=""> <BR> I have had some sinus pressure and much sneezing and a very runny nose. I finally took time today to go get some oranges to make this sinus drink: <BR> Sinus Juice: <BR> 2 oranges (peeled) <BR> 2 apples <BR> 2&#8243; ginger (peeled) <BR> dash of ceyenne <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today’s juice: <BR> morning: kale, apple, beet, carrot, cabbage, lemon <BR> warm water and... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:06:18 EST 60 day juice feast: 16/60 <img src=""> <BR> A strengthened resolve. Today has been a day of inner reflection and rest. I have strengthened my resolve to take this 60 day challenge and complete it to the best of my ability. Some days are easier than others. Some days I take a bit more “bites” then I should. I am not doing this any longer. I am strengthened in my resolve to continue this feast to the best of my ability. <BR> My headaches have subsided, after ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:36:48 EST 60 day juice feast: 14/60 Ow! My head! I have had a headache since noon. I finally took some medicine after dinner. I went to a meeting and out with some friends. How ironic, my friends and I met at a coffee shop. I haven’t tried Daz Bog chai tea and it would have been an excellent opportunity. But, I kept my water and did not buy anything. I know by the size of my headache how very much attached I am to caffeine. I know it will go away. It was a late night so I am off to bed. <BR> But first wanted to show y... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 14:25:14 EST 60 day juice feast: 13/60 I haven’t been wanting to face the consequences. And so, often I have been going to get my favorite chai tea from my favorite coffee spot. And each day I have known that this day would come. I hoped it would be sooner than 13 days. But it wasn’t until today that I finally decided, “no more.” <BR> I was at the library with my kiddos and my youngest, Oliver, hit my hand and my tea landed all over the floor. I was so sad. And I couldn’t stop thinking about what happened and all the things ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:37:25 EST 60 day juice feast: 12/60 q's and a's <img src=""> <BR> Question: <BR> How often do you juice fast? Is this your longest one so far? How are you doing emotionally? Do you exercise while fasting? How do you avoid being in the kitchen as much? <BR> <BR> Answer: <BR> This is my second juice fast. I fasted previously, about 6 months ago, for 21 days. Because it was my first fast, I juiced all meals and snacks and ate one raw/vegan meal. This is my longest fast, but by far the ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:01:31 EST 60 day juice feast: 11/60 I love juicing. I am glad I didn’t back down when I heard some negatives like, “clean-up stinks” or “the prep takes forever.” Really, I experience none of these issues. Clean-up is as easy as cleaning up breakfast or dinner dishes. It does not take any more time than that. Unless you have an ancient juicer. With the newer juicers they will munch down entire apples with ease, prep is minimal. <BR> Yes, indeed, I love my juicer, except… <BR> peeling citrus. <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:07:59 EST 60 day juice feast: 10/60 Oh my! I have so much energy. I am getting so much done right now, I didn’t want to stop to blog tonight. I had a great idea while taking a shower this morning. To lift up the boys school table by using pvc pipe under the legs. Then they would fit better with the tall kitchen chairs we use. So that started the journey today. As of 7pm I was waist high in papers, notebooks, and binders. It is almost 10pm and I am almost finished re-organizing and decluttering our classroom. I am so gl... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:23:01 EST 60 day juice feast: 9/60 Day 9/60 I am rested and ready to go. <BR> Confession: I have taken a few bites of meals today. Some of my hubbys lunch, and after drinking the garlic, ginger, cucumber, celery, I took a quarter piece of a snickerdoodle. Don't judge me! Tomorrow is a new day! <BR> Good news: I have tried a few new juices in the last couple days: <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:08:23 EST 60 day juice feast: 8/60 <img src=""> <BR> Shabbat shalom! This evening begins a Shabbat rest. A 24 hour period to spend only delighting in my Creator, my Savior, and my family. The hours leading to Shabbat are spent preparing for rest. I made sure to juice all the juice I will be drinking tomorrow so that I wouldn’t have to “work” preparing my meals. <BR> It is important to take time to rest and be still. God is smarter then we are, He knew it wouldn’t be... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 22:16:59 EST a juice fast? more like a FEAST! 7/60 I am no longer calling this a fast. No way! This is a juice feast. I am not deprived or starved or any other such words you want to associate with a fast. I feel great! I feel full! In fact, right now, I am just plain stuffed! No a fast this is not. A feast is more like it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A little reminder to juice the rainbow. It is important to get nutrients from all the fruits and veggies available at your local ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 19:57:48 EST 60 day juice fast: 6/60 <img src=""> <BR> What's working: <BR> This is tomorrow's breakfast and lunch. I am using the juicer twice a day, which is far easier then using it at each meal and snack up to 4 or 5 times a day. I juice my breakfast and lunch while I am juicing dinner. I will juice a snack in the afternoon while I am juicing for my kids. By juicing more than one juice at a time I am saving time and energy. I was always worried if I juiced and left... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:56:16 EST 60 day juice fast: 5/60 <img src=""> <BR> Here are a few juice recipes I have collected over the last several months. I haven't tried a lot of these, this will be my goal over the coming weeks. I would like to be drinking a plethora of different fruits and veggies. This list isa great place to start. <BR> <BR> 8 medium carrots <BR> 3 Apples <BR> Inch of Ginger <BR> <BR> 250 g (8 oz) Blueberries <BR> 125 g (4 oz) Grapefruit <BR> 250 g (8 oz) Apples <BR> Cu... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 07:05:38 EST 60 day juice fast: 4/60 <img src=""> <BR> Fat-Burning, Metabolism-Boosting, Detox “Special Tea” Recipe: <link><BR>urning-metabolism-boosting-detox-tea-0<BR>20000722.html </link> <BR> 1 mug hot water – adds to your 8 daily cups of water, fills you up and flushes you out <BR> 1 entire Lemon (squeezed, then scrap out the fabulous fibrous pulp)- natural fat burner <BR> 1-3 shakes Cinnamon powder- helps regulate blood sugar lev... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:22:30 EST 60 day juice fast: 3/60 <img src=""> <BR> Day 3/60 <BR> The above picture was my dinner, and tomorrow's breakfast: beets, carrots, apples, lemon, and ginger. <BR> Beets are not easy for me to drink. Knowing the health benefits, however, make it easier to swallow. <BR> Each time I have had blood work done in the last year, I have had elevated blood pressure. It is in the normal range but high enough for the nurse to acknowledge. I don't eat pork or the kind... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 02:22:28 EST 60 day juice fast: 2/60 <img src="">I am writing this as I lay in bed at 11:30 at night. I had a restful Shabbat and felt great all day. I felt tired and had something of a headache around 8pm. I pushed through that and prepared for Joshua's birthday tomorrow. <BR> One thing I can say about doing a fast of this kind is seeing how often I think about food. How much it controls my day. I find myself going into the kitchen often and for no reason except that is ... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:03:48 EST 60 day juice fast: 1 down <img src=""> <BR> 1/60 <BR> Day one of sixty, the easiest of 60. I feel great. I know I won’t feel this great for long. I am glad tomorrow is Shabbat, I have a feeling I may be having withdrawal symptoms by tomorrow afternoon. I only know this because I didn’t prep for the fast like I should. I am suppose to ease my way into a fast, but easing my way into anything really isn’t my style. LOL So I will handle the symptoms the best I... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:54:49 EST 60 day juice fast: the night before A 60 day juice fast is just what this home-body needs! I start tomorrow, juicing fruit and veggies, drinking tea and water. <BR> Juicer: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> check <BR> <BR> Veggies: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> check <BR> <BR> Stats: <BR> Weight 140lbs <BR> Measure: <BR> hips 35 <BR> thigh 22 <BR> upper arm 13 <BR> neck 13 <BR> calf 15 <BR> Goals: <BR> Break addiction of sugar, caffe... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 01:13:34 EST