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Juice Plus+ Welcomes A New Addition To It’s Family…A Plant-based Omega

As you may know I’ve been using Juice Plus+ personally and professionally for many years with great success. With it’s 30 different fruits, vegetables and berries, Juice Plus+ is a great way to add much needed plant-based, whole food nutrition to your diet. That is why I’m so excited to announce the newest addition to Juice Plus+ family… Juice Plus+ Omega Blend!

Juice Plus+ has learned that the #1 supplement that their customers take in addition to their Orchard, Garden and Vineyard is an omega fatty acid supplement. And the main concern people have with taking an omega is the fishy taste and the concerns with toxicity in the fish (primarily mercury).  So thankfully Juice Plus+ created a plant based omega supplement. Not sourced from fish but the original source of algal.  No more fish smell, no more fish burps and no more fear of mercury! (All the reasons I didn't use fish oil.) And great news for those who live with seafood allergies!

Using the original algal provides a more pure and sustainable form of Omega 3s. In addition to algal, Juice Plus+ cold presses the oils from five other seeds and berries in which omega fatty acids occur. Bringing you a naturally balanced blend of omega fatty acids - not just Omega 3 but, Omega 5, 6, 7 and 9.

So why are Omega fatty acids so special? Well, the human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch, but must get them from food. Omega-3 fats are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body affecting the function of cell receptors in the membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, omega-3 fats have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions.

We can all use more nutrition from fruits and vegetables in our diets, and through Juice Plus+ Orchard, Garden, Vineyard Blends, and now Omega Blends, you can bridge the gaps. Scientific evidence continues to grow indicating that a diet rich in in a broad array of fruits and vegetable including omega fatty acids provides numerous benefits to our bodies including heart, brain, joints, skin and eyes. Juice Plus+ Omega Blend contains 100% non-GMO ingredients, is gluten-free, contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or added starch and will be NSF and Kosher certified.

B Renewed is proud to provide this line of long trusted products to our customers!  If you are you ready to take the next step, just give me a shout.

 

My 3-day Cleanse Journey – Day 2

Day 1 is done! So where do you think I struggled most? I caught myself in my daily habit of getting up from my desk to grab a snack. I realized that when I feel stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, I distract myself with a snack. Most of you know I am not grabbing a candy bar or cookie (we eat predominantly whole, clean) but, eating when your body doesn't need food is not healthy! So how did I cope knowing that I couldn't grab a snack? I decided to try some deep breathing and downloaded a meditation app. I believe this is a new healthy habit that I will incorporate long after the cleanse.

As far as detox symptoms, I dropped a couple pounds (toxins!) and had a few minor headaches throughout the day as well. My tongue has the usual thick white coating which is a sure sign of detoxing. But overall, I had great clarity and focus. My overall sense of well-being has improved. Less anxious. More calm.

My sugar cravings have subsided much faster than I imagined as well. The dark chocolate bar stashed in my freezer is no longer calling me!

The biggest benefit was not having to think about what we are having for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Then you have prep time, cook time and cleanup, so time savings was an unexpected positive benefit.

I was also blessed that my husband joined me, so the temptations were not there. If I had to prepare a meal for someone else, I'm sure it would have been a bit more challenging. If you have children heading to summer camp or, your hubby is traveling, this would be a great time to try a cleanse/fast.

I'm not sure I can say it was easy but, it wasn't that hard. When you are drinking juice every 2 hours from 7am to 7pm, it helps you focus on that task. I rewarded myself at the end of the day with an organic bubble bath and some lavender essential oil. Sending a positive message to the brain is important when tackling something new or a bit more challenging then the norm.

 

My 3-day Cleanse Journey

It's day one of my 3-day cleanse which started with a 2.5 mile walk on July 4th. What a perfect day to celebrate freedom from toxins! Instead of focusing on what I won't be eating, I'm focusing on the benefits such as mental clarity, focus and increased energy.

I prepared my body by eliminating meat and increased my consumption of fresh, raw organic fruits and vegetables. If you consume alcohol, caffeine or dairy on a regular basis, I  would eliminate these products a few days before as well. Except for an occasional (organic) ice cream, I swore off these vices years ago. However, with dark chocolate, I still have issues!

I typically make my own juices but due to time constraints and the fact I sold my juicer a few years back (in lieu of a Vitamix), I purchased the organic juices from a local company called Sunshine Juice. I'm not being paid to endorse their products, I just wanted to share my experience with others. Their cleanse consists of seven juices per day which you consume every two hours.

It's been several years since my husband and I fasted. He is a great support as he offered to join me...with modifications (as he tossed the pound of grass-fed beef back in the freezer). His modified liquid diet will consist of using our favorite plant-based powder, Juice Plus Complete, with almond milk. We've used the shakes for several years (love them) and this is what I will transition to prior to starting back on whole food.

I remember how much fun with had with it last time as we started to get a little slap happy around the second and third day. Watching television wasn't a good idea as we realized almost every commercial promoted food! Even though most of it isn't stuff we would ever eat, it all started to look good. We decided that reading was our best bet and I spent lots of time in prayer and meditation.

For me, this isn't about weight loss, although I put on a few extra pounds over the winter. Cleansing is more for the emotional and spiritual aspects of my life. Spending time with my creator without distractions is my ultimate goal.

Mango Bliss Balls

These treats are delicious for dessert or breakfast! The original recipe called for dried apricots but since I had dried mango on hand, I substituted.  Be sure to use organic for all ingredients as conventional fruits and nuts contains toxic preservatives. Nuts, especially walnuts, can also contain BHT as a preservative which has to been linked to increased risk of cancer. Dried fruits may contain sulphur dioxide (sulfites) which has been linked to respiratory issues.  The #1 Rule is to read ingredient labels and buy organic!

1 c of dried organic apricots or mango

1 c. pitted dates

1/2 c raw organic almonds

1/2 c raw organic cashews

1/2 c raw organic walnuts

Set aside 1/2-2/3 cup of pure shredded organic coconut flakes

Place all the items in a bowl (except coconut flakes) and pour boiling water over until covered.  Let soak for 15 minutes, drain and add to a food processor.  Mix until everything is finely chopped. Roll into small balls and roll in coconut. Store in the refrigerator.  Makes about 20-30 balls (depending on the size that you roll them).

 

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice

Planning is the key to success when the goal is improving your health. Slow-cooking is an easy way to plan your week with healthy meals. Plan ahead by making one crockpot meal and one stovetop meal on the weekend to ensure you have good options throughout the week. This reduces the temptation to stop and grab fast food.

  • 1 lb chopped organic carrots
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 6 oz organic skinless, boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 cups of chopped pineapple
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp nonGMO low-sodium Soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan salt salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp of fresh minced garlic or powder

Add:

  • 3 Tbsp Arrowroot powder (healthier thickening agent vs cornstarch)
  • 1/4 c water

Serve with 3 cups cooked brown rice.

Layer carrots and onions in slow cooker. Top with chicken.

Drain pineapple, reserving the juice. Place pineapple over chicken.

Next, mix pineapple juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, ginger and garlic. Pour over the top.

Cook on low 6-7 hours.

Combine arrowroot powder and water then stir into the slow cooker. Cook an additional 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve over cooked brown rice. Garnish with a bit of dried cilantro.

2 Simple Ways to Love Your Body

Love Yourself HeartSo often, we get caught up in loving everyone else—our kids, our spouse, our family and friends—that we forget to love ourself.

Take a moment and visualize how that would look—if you loved yourself. How would your outside look? How would your inside look?

What if I told you two simple things you could do to love yourself and change your overall appearance from the inside out? Would you do it?

The two simple changes you will need to make involve eliminating genetically modified foods and increasing your intake of whole, clean foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Stop eating genetically modified foods because these foods are linked to weight gain, cancer and other health related illnesses. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are plants or animals that have been altered from the original state of the plant or animal and processed into our food. GMOs are found in everything from canned soups to baby formula! In fact, Brian Stoffel wrote an article that details "10 Foods You'll Have to Give Up to Avoid Eating GMOs." This article is alarming to say the least.

According to nongmoproject.org, "In the U.S., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. " This is a scary statistic and practice by our own government, not to mention a deceptive practice given the fact that companies are not mandated to include GMO's on product ingredient labels. Furthermore, it is embarrassing that more than 60 other developed countries have either put a complete ban on GMOs or strong restrictions. Personally, I am not feeling the love of my country when it comes to GMOs!

According to greenamerica.org, there are nine GMOs to avoid:

  • Soy
  • Cottonseed
  • Corn
  • Canola Oil
  • U.S. Papaya
  • Alfalfa
  • Sugar Beets
  • Milk
  • Aspartame

Look for the NONGMO Project Verified stamp

To be sure your food and products are free of GMO's, look for the verified label.

Eat more whole, clean foods and experience the freedom and physical and mental transformation of powerful nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber and beneficial fats. Your body was created for whole, clean food, so why not give your body what it needs to thrive! The best way to reduce your risk of disease is to eat healthy, and fruits and vegetables are two key food groups known to contribute to better health. Be mindful, though, of fruits and vegetables that may contain harmful pesticides. According to the environmental working group (EWG), there are vegetables and fruits that you should consider buying only organic.

The Clean 15 (the lowest in pesticides): Avocados, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Cabbage, Sweet Peas (frozen), Onions, Asparagus, Mangos, Papayas, Kiwis, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Cantaloupe, Cauliflower, and Sweet Potatoes

The Dirty Dozen (Buy these Organic): Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Sweet Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Snap Peas (imported), Potatoes. PLUS Hot Peppers, Kale, and Collard Greens

In closing, I pray you will choose to love yourself by giving up foods containing GMOs. Experience the freedom of health and wellness that whole, clean foods will provide you.

Cranberry Salad – more like dessert!

Thanksgiving Recipes Shared: Heavenly Cranberry Salad

Healthy holiday recipes are hard to come by, at least tasty ones. As a result I've put together a series of recipe posts to share with you right here on the site. They are also available for download and printing here. Today I am sharing my Cranberry Salad Recipe.

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Heavenly Cranberry Salad – more like dessert!

2 cups raw cranberries
8 large medjool dates (pitted)
2 oranges peeled
1 apple
4 tablespoons walnuts

Place all ingredients in food processor or Vitamix and blend for one-two minutes. Mix should be chunky.
Makes 4 servings.