Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Healthy Eating & Juicing

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Healthy eating and living allows us to THRIVE.  It's an aspect of our life that Ryan and I are passionate about!  

We realize that we can make a choice every day to put something good and nutritious in our bodies or stuff it full of junk.  It takes the same amount of time to eat a a big greasy slice of pizza as it does a veggie loaded, whole grain sandwich.  

As we face Ryan's health issues right now it has become even more important that we maintain a healthy, organic eating plan.  No diets, no impossible foods-just real life, responsible living because that is what sets anyone up for long term success. 

One of the largest allocated sections of our monthly budget goes towards healthy food, supplements, teas, and other health additions.  We value it because taking care of our bodies is Biblical and lets us serve the Lord and others better.  Plus we just feel so dang good when we eat well!

Our fridge lately-stock up with good stuff and you'll be sure to EAT GOOD STUFF!

We run food and health purchases through these questions:

1. How natural is it?  Aka How many ingredient does it have?  Anything more than 6 ingredients usually starts to get sketchy.
2. Would I feed this to a kid?   If I wouldn't want my niece or any other little one eating it because I know it won't help them grow or function well-why would I let myself eat it?
3. Does this encourage or hinder my health?  Pork Rinds? Hinder. Kale? Encourage. Chips?  Hinder.  Salmon?  Encourage.   It's a simple way to measure your choices.

I would encourage you to think through one simple, attainable step towards healthier living this week.

Maybe it's leaving those cookies on the shelf and making our own healthy batch at home
Swap the chips for vegetables and hummus
Taking in more water instead of soda

What can you do?  Try these recipes for more ways to spice up your plans!

And in the spirit of our passion for wellness we've added a new addition to our morning to try and speed Ryan's recovery: freshly pressed juice.  It gives us TONS of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

(I'm not a health expert so not sure if it is wise long term to just drink juice for breakfast.  It seems like protein, healthy fats, and carbs would be important too to start your day.  Something to consider...)

In case you have a juicer or are thinking about getting one let me share the recipe we have been enjoying for the last 2 weeks and we feel super invigorated and energetic (despite Ryan's issues)!  This is a stupendous way to start the day!

Kick-Start Morning Juice
Serves 2

2 apples
3 stalks celery
3 carrots
2 small beets
1 bunch kale
1 cucumber
1" chunk of ginger (optional)

Add to your juicer as your machine directs.  Stir up well, pour, and enjoy.  Chill for an hour if you enjoy colder juice.

Other goodies to try in your juice:
Romaine Lettuce

 All the sliced goodies ready to be juiced!

The juicer model we bought-really loving the ease of fresh juices available to us!

Juice on!  And live this week with a decision to honor the Lord with your body-you have a temple to look after and you are worth it to Him to be well cared for. (1 Peter 5:7, Luke 12:28, 1 Cor 6:13 )

What are your healthy eating habits and why?
Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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  1. I hear so much back and forth on juicing. For one, it gets you eating more fruits and veggies, which is great... but it extracts all the healthy fiber, and you are left with a major sugar rush. The fiber is what helps our bodies to deal with the sugar.

    And then I read about smoothies, which are also supposed to be so great for you. Except somewhere I read that blending fruits and veggies can actually damage the vitamins and make them less available to your body.

    Wish it was easy to make these choices!

    1. OH man that does it get complicated. Stacey we honestly just make sugar a once in awhile treat, but we go big or go home with dessert. I would just die if I couldn't get chocolate! Cutting/reducing refined sugars has been one of the easiest ways to combat fatigue, sickness, and poor eating choices.

      The rest can be simple if we stick to foods in their most natural state or make our own homemade dishes so we know what's in it.

      Keep persevering!

  2. Yum! I like that recipe you posted. We started out with a celery, apples, lemon, parsley, cilantro, carrot and cucumber juice recipe and we seem to be stuck- although I did see a recipe with ginger so we have that in the freezer now. I'll be sure to try that morning recipe. Robert and I need to buck up on our health (me especially). It's just so.hard. LOL Thanks for this post! -Nicole at Working Kansas Homemaker

  3. I think it's AWESOME that you both are taking new steps to be healthy. There are a lot of juicing combos.

    We tried this one this morning: Golden Beets, Spinach, Apple, Celery, Carrots YUMMY!

  4. I don't have a juicer, but that does sound like a great way to start the day. Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesdays; come back tomorrow and see if you were featured!

    1. For sure--maybe smoothies for non-juicing people is another healthy option!

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