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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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The Best BBQ Ribs You Will EVER TASTE!

So I am a young mother of two quite small children so when it comes to dinner easier is better right? RIGHT! So when my mother in all her wisdom shared this with me I was over the moon.

I honestly do not know where my mom got the idea from, possibly one of those little recipe books but anyway, all you have to do is thaw the ribs. Preferably a pack of six or fewer that are already cut apart. Once they are completely thawed (and even if they are still a little bit frozen) throw them in the crock pot, that’s right, no grill necessary, with your favorite bbq sauce. Mine is Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Brown Sugar, YUM!! Sweet Baby Ray’s comes in two sizes one is he normal size bottle but the one I use is twice the size. If your bbq sauce only comes in the regular bottle use two.

If you need to leave for the day and want them to be ready when you get home throw them in, in the morning on low. When you get home not only will you have delicious ribs when you get home but your home will smell amazing!

If you are home and don’t think to put them in until noon, like I did today, you are still in good shape! Just throw them in  on high this time. By dinner time they will be ready to go!

If you are a grill fanatic or just like the smoked flavor you can throw them on the grill for a few minutes before serving. Be careful though they are so juicy and amazing they tend to fall right off the bone when removed from the crock pot. You could try putting tin foil on the grill.

Enjoy!

Please let me know how yours come out! I would also love to hear what your favorite BBQ sauce is. I plan to try making my own in the near future and would love some different flavors to try out!