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The Fruit Centric Kitchen??

For a couple of years I cut sugars out of my diet almost completely, including fruit. Last March another flight attendant gifted me with a huge bag of freshly picked oranges and I devoured the entire thing in two sittings. It felt great. Ever since then I’ve experimented with the amount of fruit in my diet, cutting it out from time to time for fear of any old yeast issues coming back. The past few months have seen me eating more, and more and MORE fruit and feeling really great on it…so might it be too extreme to try a diet that’s mostly fruit? Until very recently I would have said yes.

80:10:10

I’ve followed along with proponents of the 80/10/10 diet for probably a year, first because I thought they were crazy and I was entertained, then because I was intrigued but still thought it wasn’t for me and more recently…because I secretly really, REALLY wanted to give it a try. I won’t go into a ton of detail today but it’s basically a low-fat, raw-vegan diet that gets 80% of it’s calories from carbs (fruit), 10% from protein (greens and veggies) and 10% from fat (avocado’s, nuts, seeds etc). The diet is based on Dr. Douglas Graham’s book 80/10/10 and “a day in the life” usually ends up looking like 2-3 big fruit meals and a huge (HUGE) salad at the end of the day. It’s a lot of food and my massive appetite is loving it.

Now it’s only a 30 day trial (am I crazy to do this in December??) and I have no commitment beyond that but I’m excited to see how I feel making such a big shift. A veggie-focused diet has been really good to me and I do always seem to go back to it regardless of what else has caught my attention but I’m open to whatever the results might be. I also have no intention of giving up green juices or colon cleansing, neither of which are on the “program”. I don’t know what recipe posts will look like this month but I have a HEAP of thoughts to come so stay tuned!

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Hot Chocolate Juice

The perfect compromise for chilly days when you can’t bear the thought of downing a cold glass of vegetable juice.

Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 cup romaine juice
1/2 cup carrot juice
2 dropperfuls NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia
2 Tbsp cocoa powder

Heat water until boiling. Spoon cocoa powder into a 16 oz mug and pour water over the top, stirring until dissolved. Add juice and stevia and stir again.

For anyone who follows me on Pinterest- I’ve started dividing my “Food Love” board into categories so I can actually find things. There are now multiple boards under categories like “Food Love – Avocado” or “Food Love – Smoothies“, if you would like to follow along.

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Jalapeno-Lime Carrot Juice for Fathers Day

My dad likes his juices spicy. He often tells me of of the latest adventures with his Champion juicer, almost always spicier and stranger than the last one. I recall a time he drank a quart of rhubarb juice…then there is his “whatever’s in the fridge” specialty…he has interesting tastes that one ;)

The last time I had a visit from my dad this was the concoction I came up with to please his taste buds. Be careful with the jalapeno- a little goes a long way!

Happy Father’s Day dad!

Ingredients:

3 pounds carrots
as much jalapeno as you can stand, with or without seeds (he’s up to two whole jalapenos WITH seeds these days. I like half a pepper, minus seeds.)
2 limes, peeled
a bit of stevia (optional)
a handful of cilantro (optional)

Juice and drink! Prepare to sweat.

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Juice Fast Day 2 and My Can’t-Live-Without Detox Treats

Day two was very smooth! I ended up running more errands than anticipated before getting juicing groceries so I did end up quite hungry at one point but other than that it’s all going very well.

Today’s juicy goodness:

32 oz basil/garlic/lemon/celery/carrot juice
24 oz Tazo Passion herbal tea
8 oz parsley cilantro juice and young coconut water (with a probiotic)
30 oz Casey’s Mexicana Green Juice
32 oz Gena’s Nourishing Vegetable Broth
34 oz romaine/carrot juice with vanilla stevia and cinnamon

I also thought I’d share my favorite ways of assisting my body in the detox process. As previously mentioned, I’ve attempted fasts before without employing anything of this sort and either failed to finish the fast due to uncomfortable symptoms or didn’t end up with any noticeable benefits at all. It doesn’t do any good to hydrate all the old stuff in your body if it doesn’t leave, and my body seems to appreciate all the assistance it can get.

My can’t-live-without detox treats:

1. Booty cleansing (colonics and enemas)

2. Castor oil packs

3. Indian Healing Clay (my absolute favorite facial mask, I mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar)

4. Inversions (I have a cheap board that works just fine).

5. Rebounding (this! and this! and this!)

6. Yoga (stretching, twisting, and deep breathing are very helpful and feel wonderful, I got a stack of new yoga dvd’s from my library this week!).

and a few things I love but haven’t indulged in this go round…

6. Massage

7. Hot epsom salts baths (I’m freshly tattooed so no baths for me right now…pictures when it’s finished :))

8. Infrared sauna (I used to have this one and it lasted about a year, not bad for the price and I loved it).

Do you have any suggestions to add to the list?

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Life for a Jet-Setting Juice-Lover: a Guest Post by Hollie McKay

Hello, veggie-lovers! Today I am delighted to introduce Hollie McKay: Entertainment/Media Columnist for Fox News and friend through the internet’s detox circles. I immensely enjoyed reading her thoughts and I’m confident you will too. If you’ve ever traveled with stevia in your bag or used the word “cherish” in reference to salads, you’re gonna love this:

Leaving on a Jet Plane… Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again

John Denver’s eponymous song just about sums up my life. One minute I’m enjoying life
in my shoebox apartment by the beach in Santa Monica, the next I’m barking at a cab
driver to hurry up en route to LAX to fly somewhere for something for some unknown
amount of time.

I work in the media/entertainment industry, so while most of what goes on does happen
in the hub of Hollywood, I do travel quite frequently for business purposes to other parts
of the country or if it’s an extra adventurous day, the world. Sometimes it is somewhere
bustling like New York City or Las Vegas, but often I found myself in the middle of
nowhere where the closest I can get to a juice is the so-called cranberry they serve
behind the bar at the local dive.And more often than not, I don’t have the luxury of
preparing snacks to take or stocking up on frozen green juices. Everything happens
so last minute (I keep a suitcase filled with clothes, underwear, running shoes and my
toiletries in the trunk of the car) so I can be prepared for breaking news or an off-the-cuff
trip.

So how do I keep up this awesome detox-inspired lifestyle while dashing abroad in a
moments notice?

I’m not going to lie. I still stress a little, there’s work to coordinate and things to do on top
of everything else, and I find myself wired with adrenalin, stress and excitement to see a
new part of the world and get out of my comfort zone. While you probably won’t see me
jumping out of a plane or bouncing down some hideously high cliff in the jungle, I seek
my own “rush” in my spontaneous travels and having everything fall into place.

I’ve learned that I don’t have to surrender my detox lifestyle (green juice, uber amounts
of organic vegetables, cleansing practices) while skipping from state to state, but what I
have had to do is carve my own plan. I take the words of wisdom offered by the likes of
Natalia Rose, and I make them my own. I know myself and my body well, I know what
works and what doesn’t. That never changes when I travel.

First things first, I follow a “(high green) vegetable-centric” (yo, Rande!) regime when
home in Los Angeles, and that does not change no matter where I am in the world. I
always make vegetables/salads the bulk of what I consume. Luckily I have a simple
palate, and I cherish steamed veggies and garden salads. I also consume lean protein
such as wild fish is small amounts too, but veggies are my love affair.

Tip two, I never step out of the house without a health food store supply of NuNaturals

liquid stevia in my handbag, and I use it for everything! Literally. Salad dressing, to
sweeten my juice, my coffee (yup, I heart my cuppa joe and have no desire to do way
with it even as I delve deeper into this lifestyle) and although I very rarely drink, when I
do,I fascinate those around me with a clean vodka soda, squeeze of lemon, and stevia
drops to sweeten.

Everything is cool so long as I have my stevia. Hi, I’m Hollie and I am a stevia addict. If
worse comes to worse, I’ll order a bunch of garden salads and sweeten them with this
magical plant derivative and I feel satisfied.

Another thing that is incredibly important to me is my fitness and exercise routine. This
never ever dissipates when I travel either. Since my early teenage years, I have loved
waking up at the crack of dawn and getting my sweat on. I enjoy running (hence why I
chose to live right on the beach) and also indulged in an elliptical machine for rainy days
or days when it’s too dark to hit the sand. So when I’m away from home, I continue my
early morning jog. If the weather or terrain doesn’t permit this, I look for a fitness center
or swimming pool. Often the hotel will have something in this realm, but if not, the front
desk (or google!) is usually helpful in pointing me in right direction.

Worst case scenario: I always travel with a jump rope and resistance band, and if need
be, I will bounce around, stretch and do some strengthening exercises of my own
creation. Working out is sacred to me, and I feel my best when I have moved my body
and purged some toxins while listening to Britney Spears at the same time.

Another key factor in leading this kick-ass detox way of life is green juice. Thankfully, it’s
becoming easier and easier to access fresh-pressed kale and cucumber even in remote
parts of America, but when this is not an option, I always have packets of raw green-
powder in my suitcase. I like Healthforce Vitamin Mineral Greens, which is available
at Wholefoods and most health stores or online. Sure, the powder isn’t as ideal as the
freshly-squeezed, but it gives me energy and nourishment when I travel and that is key!

But above all, I understand and accept that this detox lifestyle is really a journey, as
is my travels. The type A inside me relishes in the ideals of perfectionism, but the
realist component of my brain knows it’s okay if I don’t eat as many greens as I would
normally, or of I miss a day or two or three of juicing, or even if I have a slice of pizza
in an effort to willingly share a culinary experience with my friends or co-workers. I am
blessed to live an existence in which I know I will never have to starve, and that when I
eat food – whether it be food I prepared myself, or the goodies that were served to me at
a restaurant or a dinner party – it was served with a desire to make me feel good. And I
am grateful.

My first love in this life is learning, and everywhere I go no matter how busy I am, I take
a few minutes to appreciate my surroundings and learn something new about its history.

And each day when I wake up, irrespective of the city I wake up in, I tell myself out loud
that I am going to do the best I can do in whatever circumstance I am in- in my field of
work, my personal life and in my food choices. I work with what I have, and I make the
best of it.

So as John Denver also says, “I want to live, I want to grow. I want to see, I want to
know.” Word.

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Cinnamon Licorice Veggie Juice

I am not a fan of licorice. I have, however, fallen head-over-heels for a little vegetable called fennel which is strangely reminiscent of it in flavor (imagine licorice as a crunchy veggie if you can ;)). Along with juicing it and thinly slicing it into salads I absolutely love my Sweet-and-Salty Fennel Fries and frequently return to Lauren’s Iced Carrot No-Cappuccino. Today I’d like to bring to you that cappuccino’s cacao-free cousin:

Ingredients:

2 lbs carrots
2 heads romaine
1-2 bulbs fennel
liquid stevia (I use 4-5 droppers, it ends up pretty sweet)
a hearty dose of cinnamon

Juice the fennel, romaine, and carrots and pour into a blender. Add stevia and cinnamon to your liking and blend. You can also just stir in the cinnamon and stevia but I like mine frothy.

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Adventures and Travel-Juicing


Yesterday I embarked on a mini-adventure. I’ve been a Flight Attendant for about 4 years and have traveled quite a bit in that time. I’d been feeling a little (ok, a lot) over the airplane thing and put a ban on all unnecessary flight time for about 6 months and I’m happy to say my wanderlust has returned. Something I’ve wanted to do for awhile was to show up at the airport…with no destination in mind…and take the next flight out. So at about 9 A.M. I found myself in Sacramento for the day :)

Traveling unplanned made for quite a day- I got to the airport and sat down with my first of many herbal teas. While walking about, I discovered that the only way to have access to bathrooms or WIFI was to make a purchase. I was well hydrated ;)

Much wandering occurred, I’d never been to Sacramento so exploring the downtown and old town areas was all new and exciting. Unfortunately I was rained on for almost the entire day- apparently even Seattle saw more sunshine than I did!

My go-to’s when I’m in a new city tend to be: the local health food store, thrift shops (I’m a sucker for The Buffalo Exchange!), and hiking trails. Though I didn’t make it to all of these in the short time I was there, I did manage to scout out the Sacramento Co-op to buy veggie deliciousness for dinner :) I aimed to try local, new-to-me items that would keep it fun and indulgent but still clean and detox-friendly. As it turns out, Sacramento has the most amazing local salsa that I poured into a bag of chopped kale salad with chunks of Mt. Sterling Raw Goat Cheddar (which I’ve had before but can’t find in Seattle). It was also the first time I’d seen this Dark Cacao Love Cup, which was actually made in Sedona and probably the best raw chocolate I’ve ever had (I’m usually not crazy about the raw brands.)!

As the day was ending I considered hopping on a plane to another destination (I almost had to after I got lost and thought I’d miss the last flight back to Seattle!) but ultimately decided I’d rather spend the rest of the night at home with my lady. I flew home and we spent the evening catching up on Glee. Britney also enjoyed a Peanut Butter Creamie from Sacramento’s Sugar Plum Vegan Bakery. I hear it was delicious ;)

Traveling as much as I do, I can pretty easily integrate my daily healthy-living habits no matter what my schedule looks like or where I’m at in the world. I never compromise daily vegetable juicing (I honestly can’t recall the last day I went without one). It’s incredibly important to stay alkaline and hydrated when you travel, especially by plane. If you juice until lunch or dinner- it’s pretty much impossible to go without it and there are so many ways to make it happen:

1. Juice at home ahead of time and store your juices in the freezer until it’s go-time. They store well in a cooler or a hotel fridge. No, they aren’t as fresh (juice should really be drunk immediately after being prepared) but it’s infinitely better than just forgoing it entirely. I’ve been known to have 4-5 frozen juices in my suitcase at a time!

2. Google the area and see if there are any juice bars near where you’ll be. Even Jamba Juice has fresh carrot and wheatgrass juice and they are all over the place these days.

3. Bring your juicer with you. A hassle? Yes. Obsessive? It might appear to be but it feels incredibly normal to me at this point. I’ve spent weeks at a time in a hotel room, mini-fridge stuffed to the gills with produce, cleaning my juicer out in the bathroom sink and flushing the pulp down the toilet ;)

If juicing is a part of your lifestyle, do you bother with it when you’re traveling? What do you find to be easiest way to make it a part of your day?

In uniform and exhausted at the Sacramento airport. Adventure complete.

P.S. Sarah, the amazing blogger over at Queer Vegan Food invited me to do a guest post this week, you can see it (along with my recipe for vegan “Bacon” wrapped Sweet Potatoes) here!

P.S.S. You may have noticed the header above- I’m considering changing blog names! For the Love of Veggies is at the top of my list at the moment and I’m feeling it out. Other ideas welcome :)

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