I never realized how many chemicals were in things I used every day. I have really dry skin. One of my daily regimens used to be lubing up with baby oil gel every morning out of the shower. It would keep my legs soft and silky all day long. It was thick, moisturizing and smelled good. Wasn’t until one day Steve wanted to see if we could get it in bulk (since I was buying it so often). As he was checking things out online he decided to research the product itself. That’s what started it all. Baby oil gel contains mineral oil, which clogs your pores and suffocates your skin. Yikes! That was the end of that. Over the last couple of years we’ve been swapping out all of our yucky chemical-filled products for natural ones.
It’s day TEN of our juice fast and now that we are in the double digits, I feel like I can say that time is flying! Week one seemed like it would never end. The hardest day so far was day six. I had forgotten from the last time we did this not only how challenging this can be physically, but also emotionally. Our emotions are tied so closely to food it’s hard to understand just how much so until you go without it. Not only that, but this is such a huge undertaking I don’t think any amount of preparation can prepare you for the mental struggle. Thankfully, it was just one day – and then the next day was a brighter day!
This Orange/Apple Wake-Me-Up (as I like to call it) is the smoothest most delicious fruity juice. Orange can be the base of anything and it will turn out wonderful. I love the citrus fruits and with the addition of lemon and lime, this really will awaken your senses. When I drink fresh squeezed fruit juice I feel alive! There’s just something about fresh vs. store bought. And actually, we hardly ever buy store bought fruit juice. If we do, it’s the organic apple cider to add to our green smoothies. This Wake-Me-Up was the perfect way to help get the Dr. Shulze’s Superfood Plus down (yuck!). For those that aren’t detoxing, you’ll LOVE this juice perfectly wonderful all on it’s own!
I interrupt this juice fast series for a moment to bring you these seriously amazing Dutch Oven Cinnamon Nut Pull-Aparts! Here’s the thing. We’ve still got a couple of months of great camping weather. If you are anything like me, you are going to take full advantage and soak up as much time in the outdoors as you can! Grab your dutch oven, this awesome recipe, and head out!
Last year some of ours invited us to go to Bear Lake and we had the best time! It was the first time I dutch oven cooked believe it or not, and guess what? I fell in LOVE with dutch oven cooking!!!! Two of the recipes I made were from Rhodes even. You’ve got to check out my Dutch Oven Buttery Pull-Aparts and my Dutch Oven Buttery Breadsticks!
I’m not the know-it-all-juice-master, but the hubs knows quite a bit. He answered most of the questions for me. Love him. One thing I want to make clear: juicing is NOT new to us. Steve and I have been juicing together since we met in 2008. Steve himself, prior to that, started about 9 years previously. So we do have a little bit of experience under our belts.
- Why is juicing so special?
Juicing allows you to condense a large plateful of healthy fruits and vegetables into a glass full of tasty liquid that you can consume in minutes. Juicing removes the fiber from the plants and this makes it easier for your body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals.
Juice is fresh and ALIVE and puts just about anything that comes in a box, bottle or capsule to shame! You can practically feel the vibrant energy in juice the second you take your first sip.
I often say that a large glass of juice likely contains more live nutrients than the average American “living” on the SAD (Standard American Diet) eats in an ENTIRE WEEK! Countless Americans fall prey to serious diseases on a daily basis and I believe that the vast majority of these diseases are due to poor diet and a lack of nutrition. Fight back with juice!