Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Five Months Down, Seven to Go!

I had two goals for January.  The first was to explore the world of micronutrients, phytochemicals, vegetarianism, and maybe even veganism.  In that exploration, I devoured Super Immunity and Eat to Live, both written by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  I’ve experimented with his recipes and know that smoothies are now part of my life.  What I’ve learned about nutrient-dense food is sending me in a direction I’d never before seriously considered.

The second goal was to share Healing Touch every day with my husband, by both offering and receiving ten minutes of full body Magnetic Passes – Hands in Motion.  We started January well, hit a dry spot, resumed with a vengeance for a solid week, and then petered out to nothing.  Even though my husband is a good sport, I admit that I felt like I was imposing if I reminded him that I needed my ten minutes of Healing Touch.  It’s far easier to set a goal where I’m the only one who needs to step up to the plate.

As for the Self-Chakra Connection, I completely forgot to do it on January 11 and I didn’t even realize that I’d forgotten until the next morning when I was waiting for the alarm to go off.  After four months of daily practice, I completely forgot to do it!  I have not resumed this daily practice and I have no idea when I’ll do so.

January was disappointing for exercise (with none being done) but I did manage to get a facial, a massage, and some energy work.

This self-care journey is never predictable.

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Dry Brushing (Part 2 of 2)

Thanks again to Kris Carr for introducing me to the fabuliciousness of dry brushing.  It’s so wonderful that I’m making up words!  According to Crazy Sexy Diet, dry brushing helps keep skin clear of debris.  We dump about a pound of waste from our skin every day.  By daily brushing, we help eliminate these toxins, instead of letting them reabsorb and clog the skin.  Kris Carr gives some tips on HOW TO DRY BRUSH, although she encourages us to have fun most of all.

  1. Start at the feet and work up your body towards the heart.
  2. Use long upward strokes.
  3. Add circular motions, particularly on your upper thighs and gluteus maximus.
  4. Be extra gentle on your face with a specific facial brush or just use a dry facecloth.
  5. Brush before a shower or bath in the morning.

I adore dry brushing, almost as much as I adore the smoothies I’ve been making every morning for the last week.

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Dry Brushing (Part 1 of 2)

I’ve used loofah gloves for years but always during a shower.  I discovered DRY BRUSHING when I read Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and I was hooked after the first time.  I feel like my skin is singing with joy when I do this before a shower or bath.  Seriously, dry brushing feels so amazingly good, kind of like a delicious tickle.  Happily, the feel good factor of dry brushing is matched by its BENEFITS.

  • loosens dead cells
  • stimulates acupressure points
  • moves the lymph
  • wakes up your immune system
  • improves circulation
  • makes your skin soft
  • reduces cellulite

If loofah gloves are not your style, buy a natural-bristle brush.  Be sure to wash the brush with soap once a week and let it dry to avoid mildew.  To clean my gloves, I throw them in the wash from time to time.

“Delicious smoothies are made by blending a mixture of fruits and raw leafy greens.  Blending raw vegetables with fruits is an efficient way to increase your nutrient absorption. The cell walls of the foods are efficiently crushed, making it easier for your body to absorb the beneficial phytochemicals contained within.”
Joel Fuhrman, M. D.
(p328, Eat to Live)

I am obessed with smoothies.  For the fourth consecutive day, I’ve put the Vitamix to use to create a high-nutrient smoothie.  Today, I experimented with a recipe from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen.  A. J.’s Power Smoothie on page 89 was interesting, with its almond milk, frozen berries, frozen mango, raw almond butter, cinnamon, kale leaves, and spinach.  I detected a faint taste of kale but it wasn’t unpleasant.  My husband and I both agreed that we’d make this smoothie again.

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I’ve eaten mango before but today is the first time I’ve ever cut up a fresh mango.  BLENDED MANGO SALAD was on this afternoon’s menu and, yes, it is another creation from Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live.  Added to the mango were spinach, romaine lettuce, and unsweetened almond milk, resulting in a surprisingly yummy and thick drink.  My husband said it could be a dessert.  Lover of sweets that I am, I am happy to agree.

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I don’t dislike peaches.  I’m just not a big fan.  I don’t even remember the last time I ate a peach.  Today, however, peaches were one of the ingredients in another Dr. Joel Fuhrman smoothie recipe.  I put the Vitamix to work again this morning, creating this yummy concoction.

CREAMY FRUIT AND BERRY SMOOTHIE (p330, Eat to Live)
Serves 2
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or soy or hemp)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1 banana
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.

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IMG_2790I got to use my Vita-Mix this morning when I tried my first recipe from Eat to Live.  I shared the EAT YOUR GREENS FRUIT SMOOTHIE with my husband, and he found it as tasty as I did.  Despite the large amount of spinach, the most overwhelming taste was the banana.  I used almond milk which I made last night in my Vita-Mix.  Have I mentioned that I love my Vita-Mix?

The recipe, as found on page 331, is:
5 ounces baby spinach
1 banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk
1/2 cup pomegranate juice, or other unsweetened fruit juice
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.

When the alarm goes, I crawl out of bed, brush my teeth, and start drinking my water.  The water is room-temperature and I have no problem finishing 2.5 cups in the one hour it takes me to get ready for work.  I had no idea that drinking water in the morning had some benefits.

5 advantages of drinking water in morning

Healing Touch International offers many suggestions for self-care.  One suggestion is to hydrate adequately, with 6-8 glasses of water a day, provided there are no medical restrictions.  I drink 5 – 6 cups a day, an easy feat since I down half that amount before leaving for work.  Dr. Fuhrman claims, however, that following his fiber- and fluid-rich diet decreases our need for extra water.  In fact, three glasses a day would suffice, unless we are exercising or in the heat, which would necessitate replenishing any liquids lost through perspiration.  (Eat to Live)  If we are not eating high nutrient food as per Dr. Fuhrman’s program, this chart might be helpful.

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“A medical breakthrough…There is no question in my mind that it will work for you.”
-says Mehmet Oz, M. D., about the nutrient-rich eating plan created by Joel Fuhrman, M. D. in his book Eat to Live

While this program is supposedly amazing for fast and sustained weight loss, I’m most interested in seeing if Fuhrman’s “nutritarian” way of eating will blast through and annihilate my chronic back and neck pain.  If I lose some body fat along the way, that’s a bonus.  To prepare for this food adventure, I’m reading his recipes, buying ingredients, and making sure I understand exactly what I’ll be doing on the Six-Week Plan.

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