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Juicing Update

Hey everyone! I have had my juicer for over a week and while I was unable to start a fast or reboot because of timing issues, I have been juicing every day and started replacing some meals with juice, I still lost six pounds!! I am beyond excited since I had ten pounds of baby weight from Lucian that I just could not shake. Also, I have that stubborn belly fat pouch thing which is shrinking.

I cannot wait to try the fast. I know it’s going to be tough especially since I will still be making meals for my boys but it will be worth it. I will keep you updated. 🙂

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Preparing For My Juice Fast: Step One The Juicer

There are a few things that you should know about juicers. A juicer should go no faster than 80 rpms. A slow juicer. The reason is because when the juicer speeds up beyond 80 rpms it begins to heat up your juice which destroys the micro nutrients and defeats the purpose of juicing. The one I bought is one of the more expensive ones so let me tell you why we chose it. First of all my Juice Mentor, Sifu Sarah, has had hers for about two years give or take a couple of months, juicing every day and it is still going strong. Finding products that last today is harder than finding a needle in a haystack so I immediately knew I wanted to go with that brand at the very least. Looking at the Omega juicers there were a few options. The least expensive was the VRT 330. We did not choose this one because it is made for juicing every few days and during the fast we will be juicing every day a couple of times a day. Once you cut and juice your veggies and fruit they again will begin to lose those micro nutrients which are so important. So you need to drink your juice as soon as possible after making it. So for fasting the Omega VRT 350 was a better choice. I also plan to drink juice as a regular part of my diet once the fast is over.

On days when I am working I will have no choice but to juice my breakfast the night before. I can’t really be running the juicer at 4am with two kids sleeping right above my head. Unless I want a grumpy husband when I get home. The idea here is to give you the most information so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

For a less expensive option on a juicer, there is the Hamilton Beach 67601A. My mom bought this juicer for a beginner model. The juicer cost is significantly lower than the Omega unfortunately it does not give you the rpms. However, it is 800 watts while the big ones that go 1200 or more rpms are closer to 1000 watts so it is still a better choice. I know this is the direction that is best for me and my family that is why I spent the extra money and got the one I did. I have been doing a lot of research on juicing from watching documentaries to reading books and talking to people who already do it. Don’t feel like you need to run out and buy the most expensive juicer you can find to get a good one. Some of the crazy expensive ones are way too fast. Reaching speeds of 13,000 rpms. No that is not a typo. Starting small is just fine and probably better for more people.

Happy Juicer hunting! I am here if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to comment.

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About two years ago my Kung Fu Instructor, Sifu Sarah, told me that she was using juicing to treat her husbands cancer. During our conversation I was amazed at the power of juice and thought, well that’s good to know if I ever get sick. Her daughter told me to watch Forks Over Knives, available on Netflix instant, and I thought, sure I will but later.

I was not ready to get rid of my hamburgers just yet. Fast forward a year and I had started to think more seriously about food mostly because as the main meal maker for my growing family it was my responsibility to keep us healthy. So as I was scrolling through my instant queue one rainy day looking for a movie I saw Forks Over Knives, and thought Ok, why not? What’s the worst that can happen? I am a science minded individual so that documentary really hit me where I live.

Briefly let’s step back into my childhood. I was raised on a small farm in rural New Hampshire. We had pigs, cows, chickens and a moody horse named Captain. We ate the male cows and we milked the females. My father just recently told me he used to order twenty-five chickens each year and once they were grown we would have a rooster for dinner every week until their were only hens left, from which we got our eggs. When my parents divorced, I was five-ish, we got rid of the animals. Anyway I was and am ok with killing animals for food, just don’t ask me to do it. I would rather not eat them at all but if you want to I won’t hold it against you.

That being said, I watched the movie and I was mortified. I had been lied to. We all had. The experiments that these two men were doing, unknown to each other, had the same results. The animal protein we had been trained was our best source of protein was in fact killing us. The cause of many cancers and heart disease.

However, I still didn’t know how to make a change. I did not know how to cook vegetables. I knew how to cook meat and I was good at it. Also, there was no way my husband was giving up his beloved steak tips. So I made a conscious decision to make more veggies and less meat and starch but that was as far as it went. I also am still on the fence about cutting meat out entirely. I am still pretty much thinking “If one of us gets sick” Although after watching Food Inc., and hearing a mother talk about her little boy dying slowly over the course of mear weeks because of a contaminated hamburger, I have definitely rethought the big meat company route.

Fast forward another year and Sifu Sarah brings up juicing again. This time the juicer cost and the cost of the fruits and vegetables are what are in my way. About a week later my sister calls me up and says “We got a juicer! You should come over and have some fresh juice sometime!” So I did. It was amazing. So fresh and just delicious. So I asked what was in it, naturally. There were at least three vegetables I absolutely despise in it. So I went back to Sarah and we talked in length about what is necessary in a juicer. I then looked them up online and began to research juicing in general. That is when I stumbled across Joe Cross and his movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (also available on Neflix). In which Joe embarks on a journey to get control of his body and off prescription drugs by going on a 60 day juice fast. The results are amazing and inspiring.

After the movie I was decided. I would do a ten-day juice fast, which Joe called, a reboot, and much to my surprise and happiness, my husband will be joining me. That means that we will be eating nothing but juiced vegetables for ten days. Maybe longer if we feel we need to once we reach the ten-day goal. I will also be drinking water because I think we need just plain old water sometimes.

This is a detox that we have been in need of for quite some time. My motivation is the fact that I cannot remember a time in my entire life when I woke up feeling rested. No matter how much sleep I get, I am still tired. I thought I might have lyme disease last year because I had joint pain and I was so tired. Just exhausted and I am sick of it. The tests came back negative. I am also desperate to be able to think without bursting a blood vessel. Unfortunately I am only slightly exaggerating. When I speak there are more Uh’s and Uhm’s in it than actual words and its driving me crazy.

Mike’s motivation is trying to fit into his dress blues for Memorial Day. I will keep you updated on our progress and please remember if you are going to embark on a fast you should always consult your doctor especially if you are on prescription medications.

Maybe you think I am crazy, maybe I am. Either way I need a change and I can’t wait around for someone to tell me what’s wrong because my tests always come back normal and I don’t want todays band-aid solutions of some medicine that barely treats the side effects and causes more problems that the disease itself.

My juicer should arrive on Wednesday of this week. Mike is starting his fast on Thursday and I will start mine Friday afternoon when I get home from work. My understanding is the first three days are the hardest so I will be blogging about it each of those first few days. I want to try and vlog too so we shall see about that.

Here are a few links if you would like to check out what I have learned. If you are health driven I recommend Fat, Sick and Nearly dead. If you are science driven, Forks Over Knives. And if you are morally driven I suggest Food Inc, but have a tissue ready.

http://www.amazon.com/Reboot-Joe-Juice-Diet-healthy-ebook/dp/B00I4C4548/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1399320067&sr=1-1&keywords=joe+cross

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Sick-Nearly-Dead-Cross-ebook/dp/B00AG3SVI4/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0JAMNK5YM3RRMDJVK0ZQ

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Sick-Nearly-Dead/dp/B004O63TX6/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1399320130&sr=1-1&keywords=fat+sick+and+nearly+dead

http://www.amazon.com/Forks-Over-Knives-Colin-Campbell/dp/B005K23RS0/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1399320158&sr=1-1&keywords=forks+over+knives

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Inc-Robert-Kenner/dp/B002VRZEYM/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1399321738&sr=1-1&keywords=food+inc

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To Be a Stay At Home Mom

So, when I first started this blog I talked about possibly having to get a job and how I both liked and disliked the idea. Well, in about September of last year I got a job at a large red retail store who shall remain nameless.

At first I was so happy to be making money everything else seemed worth it. The kids had a hard time with me being gone and I had a hard time when, a few weeks after I started they no longer came to me with their boo boos and problems. Of course so close to the holidays I was working anywhere for thirty-nine to forty hour weeks, so I thought once things calmed own everything would be fine. I will be working closer to twelve-hour weeks and all will be well in the world, right?

Wrong. Things have calmed down and I do love the people I have met and would not trade my new-found friends for anything but I miss my kids. Now more than ever. It’s like, because I see them more I need to be with them more. Kids will do that to you haha.

I don’t know if it is because I want to stay home so badly or what but I have noticed more articles about staying home vs having a career and people fighting about whose better. Don’t even get me started on the whole mom vs not mom thing. I mean really, how does having kids make you better? How does having a career make you better? Can’t we just be us and be happy with that?

ANYWAY, sorry getting back on topic, haha, but as a member of the work force I cannot wait to be home again. And it’s not because I would get to “Stay home and watch TV all day”. Staying home with your kids is work don’t get me wrong. But it’s a labor of love and it’s what I am dying to do! I will also be going to school because y kids won’t be little forever and I do have plans outside of being a mom. But while they are small and so full of life and wonder, I want to be right here in the thick of it. Boogers, potty training accidents and all.

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Why Being “Just” A Mom Is Not Enough

Please don’t get me wrong. Being a stay at home mom is enough for me, but in being a mom it’s not all about me. It’s about my kids, and to be the best for them as far as I’m concerned, means being everything I ever wanted to be.

Let me explain. I want my kids to see me and my husband living our dreams. That doesn’t mean getting home at 9pm and never actually spending time with them. Before I got pregnant with my first child in 2010 I wanted to be a FBI Agent. No joke. When that double line appeared my dreams changed. I wanted to be a stay at home mom. I still do (As I sit in the Cafe at work trying to get a bit of writing done before I go home to my little darlings). However, when I was young I saw both my parents working jobs they hated and all I ever heard when expressing my dreams was not “You can do it!” It was “How much money does it make?” And “How can you make money doing that?” Both practical questions but to my young ears it meant it was a bad idea and I would never make it in the world. As a result I want to show my kids they CAN.

I will not only support them and find ways to make their dreams come true but I will show them how by being a published author, and a literary agent and by selling paintings and by painting murals in nurseries and whatever else I come across. By being successful with a degree in Fine Arts, yeah that’s right Fine Arts!

I will also be following in my Best Friends shoes and fulfilling a life long dream or playing in the dirt by joining an Archeology program for the summer. Why? Because when I was five I saw Jurassic Park and have wanted to give it a shot ever since. Why not? Maybe it will be for me I don’t know but I intend to find out.

I want to show my kids that though they are my world, you only live once, so do it all. And I can do it all while being home with them. Being their Mom and reading them bedtime stories and teaching them. I don’t just want them to live in this world, I want them to be a part of this world. In whatever way makes them happy. Weather that’s living in NH for the rest of their lives being a Kung Fu Instructor or if it’s by joining the military or going to school to get a degree. I do not want them to think for one second that they cannot be whatever they want to be.

That is why being “Just” a stay at home mom is not enough for me. That’s not to say that you can’t show your kids how to follow their dreams as “Just” a stay at home mom, but for my family, I need them to see it. Too many generations sat idly in jobs they hated thinking that for whatever reason they couldn’t. My kids will see it. Breath it. Know it.

PS I want to give a quick shout out to my Mamma who is an inspiration to me as she pursues a nursing career and to my Daddy who has started his own business. I’m 100% sure he enjoys what he’s doing but I do know he did it and it’s not easy. Love you both.

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Sometimes You Just Need To Sit On The Kitchen Floor

Logan and Lucian have had a bad day. Mike and I are tired and patients have been worn very thin. After running on the elliptical I let Mike head upstairs for a nap and got the kids from their rooms since they clearly were not going to take a nap.

When we got downstairs I noticed it was about five thirty so I started dinner. As the water boiled for mac and cheese, the kids started to torment each other in the kitchen. No amount of yelling, or talking to, or any of that parenting crap worked. So finally, I just sat down on the floor. I gave Logan a long hug. He finally wriggled out of my arms and ran off to play as Lucian climbed up my leg for his turn. After a much shorter hug he escaped and they played nicely until dinner was ready.

I know what you are thinking but I had already played with both kids and given both of them tons of hugs throughout the day. I am fairly certain what actually made the difference was that I took a moment and a deep breath. I calmed myself and they relaxed noticeably. So the next time you are at your wits end have a seat on the floor, at kid level, give out some hugs and really feel the love.

 

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5 Reasons You Should Be Having A Family Game Night

1. Happy Childhood Memories

As a child when we went on vacation in Maine, we would all play phase 10. Every single night. It may sound a little repetitive and boring but those nights were, and remain, some of the best times of my life. We had so much fun. I still remember some of the jokes and the all around sense of happiness whether I won or lost.

2. Everyone can be included

If you have game night every Friday as we do, let a new person pick the game every week. Yes, this does mean that every now and again you will have to play one of those never-ending strategy games but it is worth it to make sure everyone is included. It would seem that every family has at least one Risk lover. I will never forget one game of risk in Maine, my brother did not like card games, my cousin had one lonely soldier in Australia so we let her live. She ended up winning the game.

3. You can form it to fit your Family

When my husband first suggested Family Game Night it was centered around the PS3 and Xbox. Soon after that we started looking into old board games like LIFE, Monopoly, and Clue. Risk also of course. Clue is my personal favorite. We had so much fun with Clue I am constantly trying to get people over to play it.

I am also attempting to start improv at family game night. You know like Whose Line Is It Anyway?  I really hope this takes because improv is a great way to loosen up and just have fun while using your imagination.

4. It’s not just for immediate Family

We started with my sister in-law two weeks ago. The following week we were able to get my other sister in-law and her boyfriend to play and now this week my third and final sister in-law will be here tonight as well as my mother in-law! We almost have a complete set! I have also invited a few friends.

TIP: If you end up with more players that a game allows make teams! The more the merrier!!

5 It’s good inexpensive fun!

We don’t have a whole lot of money to spend on non essentials. This provides us with a whole lot of fun for a relatively low dollar amount. If you are hosting you can feed a lot of people with spaghetti and sauce! If you are really strapped you can ask people bring something with them and make it a pot luck kind of thing!

Games can be pricey. We really lucked out because my Mother in-law had most of the games from when my husband was young. (Also vintage Clue, way cooler than the new one! The pieces were actual people not just lame little pegs!) We did buy Monopoly and LIFE and over the next few months I will be collecting Phase 10 and Skipbo. There are also lots of games you can play with an ordinary deck of cards! Google it if you get stuck on Go Fish!

Hopefully this has helped you decide Family Game night is something you can do at your house. Slowly collect games and just have fun with it! That is what it’s all about after all.