Sunday, July 28, 2013


I am not a religious juicer but I do it now and then and always enjoy my creations, which range from exotic to weird - let's say eclectic. 
I still always enjoy them.

A lot of gurus have talked about juicing.
Juicing extracts the juices and discards the rest.
I just put everything in the blender/food processor and drink it while chewing at whatever is left unblended.

I make smoothies, home-made ice creams, blended fruit and vegetable juices,  and will sometimes add dairy free milk (any of your choice), filtered water, spices like cinnamon and/or turmeric, and whatever else I can think of.

The ingredients depend on what I have in my fridge or freezer.

A few weeks ago, I was at the grocery store and they had over ripened organic bananas in their discount section. I bought a whole lot and froze them.
A few months ago, friends of mine brought me 8 cases of mangoes. I peeled them, cut them into chunks and froze them.
Costco had organic frozen Blueberries and I got some.

Last week, I made a Mango Ice Cream that was dairy free, sugar free and preservative free. Just frozen mangoes, and a little dairy free milk. That's it. I loved it!

This morning I made a blend using Organic Kale (stems and leaves) Organic Cucumber, frozen organic Blueberries, frozen organic Bananas, coconut cream, turmeric, and filtered water, and I am loving that too.

(I have to start my own little jingle,something similar to “pa ra ra,  ra ra – I’m loving it”. That’s taken!
Anyway, here is what I used:

  • 1 cup organic Kale –stems and leaves
  • ½ organic cucumber (with the peel and seeds)
  • 1 medium frozen organic banana cut into chunks (remember to peel)
  • ½ cup frozen organic blueberries
  • ¼ block of 100% coconut cream shaved
  • ¾ cup filtered water
Put it all in the blender, Set in on High Pulse and…………. till everything is blended. For a smoother consistency, blend for about 3-4 minutes or more.
It did not look that great butit was quite tasty.
I could not taste the coconut and will make a milk and cool it down or freeze it an use frozen coconut cream cubes, and add some coconut milk or coconut water.
I could have had the blender run longer for a smoother drink but I was too impatient.
I could have used dairy free milk instead of water to make a nice creamy smoothie but I didn’t think about it.
I could have put it in a fancy glass with two celery stems and an organic strawberry but I didn’t.
I always do things in a way that feels right at the time and this felt right just the way it was.
It is a hot sunny day and this drink is/was delicious, cooling, refreshing and nutritious.
I just put it in a large mug as I did not want to go back and forth to serve a glass at a time. I consumed it all before even I finished writing this article.

I think I will make some more mango ice cream later this afternoon!

Eat Healthy, Drink Healthy, Breathe Healthy, Think Happy and Healthy - Be Healthy!
It is not that complicated!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Multi Tasking Begins With the Self

I have been away and when I returned, I got busy with organizing the garden for the planting season.

A lot has happened:

Firstly, I noticed  a lot of things going wrong: my gait is a little worse, I tire more easily,my right leg is weaker, and my tingling has increased considerably.

I think I am detoxifying more as I have increased the detoxing supplements and the more I detoxify, the sicker I get. But this just seemed like something else was wrong. So I decided that it was time to make some changes. In the last month, I have made the following changes:

  1. I started exercising everyday. I used to exercise everyday and decided to exercise every alternate day instead. Now I have gone back to exercising everyday - stretch cords weight training, leg exercises, counter push ups, sit ups and strength exercises. I even bought an exercise bike to help strengthen the legs and feet (the right leg is noticeably weaker).
  2. I started a new foot exercise - I sit on a straight chair, raise one leg at time so it is parallel to the floor and write the alphabet in the air. I went a step further and started two letter words, then three. One of the symptoms of MS is loss of muscle mass and control and I need to re train my weak leg to become strong again.
  3. I allocate a few hours a day to writing -either for my blogs, my books in progress or just writing exercises. I found several writing prompt websites and these help to get the creative juices flowing.
  4. I joined the local writing club and absolutely love it. I have been recommended to join another in the nearby town.
  5. I started volunteering. Now, I cannot do as much as I would like but I do what I can and it feels great.
  6. I work in the garden as much as I can, even if it means sitting and re potting plants, dividng the perennials or re-designing the garden. It helps to do some physical work.
  7. I have set goals - Education Goals, Personal Goals, Household Goals, Personal Growth Goals, Financial Goals, Professional Goals and Health and Wellness Goals. These keep me from wavering. Whether I achieve them or not is not the point. I work toward achieving them. They will often change, depending upon my circumstances but I have a game plan to guide me and that is what is most important.
The art of muti-tasking begins withthe Self and I find myself busier, now that I am retired and I like it!

These help me have a little more structure and focus. I think it is important to have focus so that I am more productive, always learning and upgrading my skills, and constantly improving my physical and mental well being.

I also re-established my routine:

  • Starting the day with 32 ounces of water and continuing to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water throughout the day.
  • Exercising a little throughout the day. I will do 70.............. yes 70 counter push ups, three times a day. I drink so much water that I am constantly going to the bathroom. After I finish my business, I do 70 counter push ups.
  • Meditating at least once a day, sometimes more than once, depending on my stress level.
  • Having a protein breakfast and eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day.
  • A little physical work like cleaning, dusting, organizing and/or gardening, everyday.
  • Allocating  time to pray, calm the spirit and give thanks.
  • Reading more - My attention span seems to be affected by the MS and I want to be able to read a book a day. I will start with a book a week and take it from there.
  • Sleeping on time and getting a good minimum of eight hours of sleep every night. Doctor Chang has always said that the body heals when it sleeps and that, I need to sleep till I wake.
  • I had my Food Sensitivity Test but I was not very pleased with it. It only covered 160 foods and I need it to be more comprehensive. I am going to get another test done. This last one showed strong sensitivities to: beef, wheat/gluten, almonds, papaya, eggs and red kidney beans.

Hopefully,these changes will bring a new sunrise in my journey towards better health!