Friday, July 29, 2011

HandmadeBits4U: Christmas in July

HandmadeBits4U: Christmas in July: "I'm dreaming of cooler temperatures during this hot, ugly, never-ending heat wave we are experiencing here in Minnesota. Yesterday we broke..."

I LOVE her handmade bowl holders... like a cozy for a hot bowl of soup! And, everything is 10% off!!!

"Everything in my HandmadeBits4u ETSY shop is on sale - to receive a 10% discount you must use this coupon code when you check out : CHRISTMASINJULY2011 "

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rebooting and Juicing Up!

Have you seen the documentary, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", yet? My hubby and I watched it the other day... actually, I did... he fell asleep half way through...

We watched it on Netflix... here's the trailer...

Though not the most entertaining flick, it is very interesting and quite inspiring... so much so, that I''ve decided to try the juicing "Reboot" for two weeks... maybe longer. My plan is to use the reboot to cleans and jump-start my way to healthier eating through adding more fruits and veggies to my diet, and eliminating  processed foods to once-in-a-blue-moon. 

This isn't a spur-of-the-moment decision for me... it's something I've been working my way up to for a long time... especially since having colon cancer surgery almost a year ago. I was lucky, the surgery "cured" me of that bout with cancer, but it also made me realize, I'm not as healthy as I thought I was, and that diet plays a major roll in overall health. (not that I didn't always know it, but now I really have to do something about it)

Yesterday I purchased a juicer and about $65 worth of veggies and fruits, which I'm figuring should take me through the next 4 or 5 days (I shopped at a local "up-scale" grocer, and would have spent less buying "on sale" at the regular supermarket). I got the $149.99 Cuisinart CJE-1000 at Macy's using a couple of gift cards I had gotten for Xmas, and with a coupon the sales lady had, I got it for around $37... Merry Christmas to me! They also had a store brand juicer for $39.99 with a $10 rebate, so it's not too expensive to try juicing. :) 

So, here's my first juice of the day... pretty dang tasty!

7 Veggie Yum

2 tomatoes
1 green pepper
1/2 a large cucumber
large carrot (or 2 reg carrots)
2 stalks celery
big handful of spinach
3-4 leaves of kale
1/2 a lemon
about 8 fresh basil leaves

Wash everything under running water, cut to fit (if necessary) and juice. 
I  added a pinch of sea salt and some fresh ground pepper to my juice, 'cause I likes it like that! ;)
I ended up with about 30 ounces of juice and had a big glass for breakfast, and another around mid-morning when my tummy started rumbling.
Make sure you keep your leftovers refrigerated, and drink within a day.

If you have any of your own "juicing" recipes, please share them in your comments!