Friday, December 19, 2008

carrot juice makes body fresh

believe or not carrot juice can make our body fresh along day.Beside, there are more advantages of carrot:
crush..!! biting carrot is always crispy. Despite it's extract of A vitamin, it supports advanatages for health.

consuming fresh carrot can reduce influenza liquid,hard breathing,constipation, and stomachache.

by drinking carrot juice daily, it can reduce acid in mag. it also can defeat wound, and scrub.

adding a litle honey in a carrot juice can heal face skin problem by using it as masker.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Key to Holiday Weight Control

Here come the holidays... ready or not! So you can still enjoy that piece of pumpkin pie or whatever your favorite treat is, be sure to get moving or keep moving. Exercise is a key ingredient in keeping your weight in check, especially around the time of the holidays.

Get this, simply walking at a brisk pace for 20 minutes will burn up 180 calories! (Based on 160# person) Just between now and New Years you could burn up about 6,000+ calories!

If you're in need of a personal trainer, in the Binghamton, NY area, check out the services that Trent Patterson offers at:

Are you looking for the perfect gift? Check out my book, the Choose Right Supermarket Shopping Guide! Your tool to simplify the quest for choosing healthier foods.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Must Have Fall Foods

As the weather starts to get colder, there are some foods that you definitely need to check out and start including in your fall menus...
- Parsnips - They are part of the carrot family and they are a delicious addition to any meal! You can roast or steam them and consider sweetening with a little pure maple syrup.
- Apples - Enjoy homemade applesauce this fall. It's so simple and very tasty! It's so sweet it can even make a great dessert. Here is my quick recipe: Prep 9 apples (washing them, remove the cores, and cut into quarters). Place in a large cooking pot with 1/2 cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and them turn to low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Mash the apples and serve warm or cold. Note: you can remove the skin of the apples but leaving the skin on, adds great flavor!
- Sweet Potatoes - Swap out plain old potatoes for sweet potatoes! In fact, try making sweet potato fries. Scrub the potatoes. Slice into thin strips, place on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until crispy!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ambarella drink

This is one of my favorites.

  1. 2 Medium size raw Ambarellas
  2. 3 Table Spoons of Sugar
  1. Wash Ambarellas thoroughly.
  2. Do not remove the green skin
  3. Cut small cubes (1cm x 1cm x 1cm) & put them to blender jug
  4. Cut cubs until you reach the spiny seed & do not forget to enjoy the seed while you continue with rest of the steps
  5. Add sugar
  6. Add one glass of water & start blending
  7. Blend for 1 minute with 2-3 pauses in the middle
  8. Add 2 more glasses of water, blend for 10s & serve
Things to try
  • Do not filter the juice, serve with small greeny pieces (result of skin getting crushed against blender blades) straight from blender jug
  • If you want to feel the pieces while drinking, reduce the blending time
  • Add some salt(but only a very little amount)
  • Choosing ripen Ambarellas would result in a different taste
  • Clean up the mess


Unless specified, I always prepare for three. Hence you need to adjust the quantities to match your serving head count.

What you need?

Apart from the obvious, following items are needed during preparation.
  • A simple blender with tightly closing lid (it can get messy sometimes....believe me)
  • Drinking water(Do not use chlorinated water without boiling, as it sometimes can effect the taste)
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • It is advisable not to serve some drinks in clear drinkware - not all drinks are visually appealing ;-)
  • Most importantly, a wife who do not mind you messing around in her kitchen ;-)

The Disclaimer

I shall not be held responsible for any sickness, nausea, illness,ailment,etc..etc.. after trying/while preparing these recipes. In simple terms, try these @ your own risk !!!.

Why this blog?

I am a great fan of home made fruit juices. Most importantly, I like to make them !!!!.....

I think I picked the simple art of making fruit juices from my parents. Especially from my mother, who would blend most of the fruits/some selected vegetable & make delicious drinks out of them. Wife & father are my regular tasters. Although my mother occasionally tastes them, she is always doubtful if I washed my hands properly before preparation ;-) .

I end up trying new combinations once in a while & thought of putting these simple recipes online so that anyone interested can try these(read the disclaimer ;-) ) @ home.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Blood Orange Health Benefit Summary for Doctors

Written by Marianne Trevorrow, MA ND

There is an increasing prevalence in Western societies of diseases commonly associated with oxidative stress; cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancers being the most well known of these so-called ‘diseases of affluence’. Increased production of oxygen free radicals from such causes as chronic stress, poor diet and environmental pollutants are often at the core of progressive cellular damage from lipid oxidation, which in turn can cause breaking of DNA strands and the release of inflammatory blood chemicals known as cytokines. This chronic release of pro-inflammatory chemical signals is believed to play an important role in the initiation and promotion of pre-disease conditions such as atherosclerosis or metabolic syndrome (Esposito & Giuliano, 2006).

Consumption of a diet rich in fruits, juice and vegetables, along with whole grains and omega-3 fats, commonly known as the ‘Mediterranean diet’, has been demonstrated to decrease risk factors for both metabolic syndrome and coronary heart disease (de Logeril et al; 1999; Espositio et al. 2004). These protective qualities are believed to be promoted in large part by antioxidant phytonutrients such as flavonoids, which are believed to be the largest source of antioxidant compounds in the human diet (Scalbert et al. 2005). Flavonoids such as the one that cna be found in teh VioVi blood orange juice are effective antioxidants because of their free radical scavenging abilities; by reducing free radical activity, they can help protect the body’s tissues against the progressive effects of oxidative stress lowering the incidence of many chronic diseases (Knekt et al. 2002).

The red color makes the difference
Numerous studies have demonstrated that flavonoid compounds are particularly high in fruits such as blood oranges . These oranges are native to the volcanic soils around Mount Etna on the island of Sicily, in Italy. Due to the large fluctuations of temperature characteristic of this region, Red Oranges have much higher levels of antioxidant compounds such as Vitamin C, flavonoids and carotenoids than regular oranges. Their distinctive red color, in fact, is due to the presence of one particular flavonoid family known as anthocyanins, which are present in both the peel and the juice portion of the orange. This is the same red pigment found in blueberry and pomegranate juices, but is unique in richnes the cocktail of antiooxidant in red oranges among citrus fruits.

Up until the past decade, most of the studies on the health-promoting benefits of red oranges, similar to other citrus fruit, focused almost exclusively on their high vitamin C content. More recently, however, improvements in chemical analysis methods such as High pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), and tests of anti-oxidant capacity such as Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) and a vitamin E based assay known as Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC), have allowed researchers to determine specific constituents and to quantify the relative effect of these constituents individually, as well as any synergistic effects that can be measured in whole food compounds.

As indicated in Figure 1, Anthocyanins, abundant in Blood Orange varieties are almost not present in the traditional ornage juice sold in the US stores shelves. Vitamin C content in freshly squeezed red oranges is approximately 2 times higher than non-pigmented oranges, while the flavonoids hesperidin and nairirutin are approximately 2-3 times greater. (Proteggente et al. 2003).

A 1999 study argued that the antioxidant activity of red orange juice is mainly related to its total flavonoid content, including the anthocyanins and also hesperidin and nairirutin. Oranges with higher levels of these compounds were demonstrated to be better antioxidants (Rapisarda et al, 1999). More recent studies have given more importance to the Vitamin C components (Arena E. et al. 2001; Proteggente et al. 2003), but what does seem clear is that in addition to the anti-oxidant properties of Vitamin C, which are well known, the abundant flavonoids present in red orange juice are themselves a significant source of dietary antioxidants.

Studies on anthocyanins found in red oranges have shown protective effects on heart muscle and red blood cells from oxygen mediated damage (Amorini et al, 2003), against LDL oxidation (Amorini et al. 2001) and against free radical associated DNA damage (Aquaviva et al. 2003). Cyandin-3-glycoside (C3G), the most common anthocyanin present in red orange juice, has been shown in one study to have antioxidant activity higher than either Vitamin C or resveratrol, an anti-oxidant component of red wine (Amorini et al., 2001).

Hesperidin and nairirutin, the other main flavonoids in red orange juice, are metabolized by the human gut to form the compounds hesperitin and naringenin, which have also been shown to have many health-promoting effects. A hesperitin metabolite, for example, has been shown to protect human skin fibroblast cells from ultra violet A-induced oxidative stress (Proteggente et al., 2003). Hesperitin and naringenin together were shown to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting cholesterol ester synthesis in human liver cells (Borradaile et al. 1999). Hesperitin and naringenin have also been shown in vitro to have antiplatelet (Jin YR et al., 2007), anti-inflammatory (Hirata et al. 2005), neuroprotective (Heo et al. 2004), anticarcinogenic (Shen et al. 2004), and anti-inflammatory (Rotelli et al. 2003) activity.

Ironically however, these same free radical scavenging qualities that make flavonoids such effective anti-oxidants also make them unstable to high temperatures or UV light for long periods. A recent study by Fiore et al., showed that red orange juices that were both flash pasteurized and refrigerated maintained a high level of both anthocyanins and antioxidant ability for up to four months—values comparable to freshly squeezed juice (Fiore et al. 2005). On the other hand, high temperature processing and long shelf-storage were both shown to degrade anthocyanins to the point where they were almost negligible, according to the authors.

This is a unique benefit of Blood Orasnge juice against companies that are selling products with less amounts of juice or with juice that has been sterilized etc. This, I think, is your products greatest leverage against the ‘multi-nationals’—as Fiore points out on p. 1133 (I’ve attached the article)—there is huge difference between the cold pasteurized and sterilized juices—that might be good to put into a graphic.

Also: Rapisarda’s articles (attached) points out that anthocyanin levels can vary significantly according to variety, environmental conditions, fruit maturity and cold storage (for example, he reports a 500% increase in C3G over 120 days’ storage at 8°C).

In addition to in vitro evidence for the anti-oxidant abilities of red orange juice, several human trials have also demonstrated that the red orange juice flavonoids can increase the antioxidant capacity in plasma or in specific types of blood cells after they are ingested. Citrus flavonoids such as hesperidin and nairirutin are present in red oranges as glycosides—that is bound to sugar molecules. In the human digestive tract, enzymes remove the sugar molecules, creating what are known as aglycones (molecules ‘without sugars’). The anthocyanins such as C3G, interestingly, as also present in red orange juice as glycosides, but appear to be absorbed with their sugar molecules intact (Cao et al. 2001; Prior, 2003). In both forms, flavonoids then enter the bloodstream and become biologically active as free radical scavenging anti-oxidants.

This was demonstrated in a 2005 study with human subjects found a significant increase in plasma vitamin C and the anthocyanin C3G after consuming red orange juice for a period of 21 days (Riso et al. 2005). They also found increased white blood cell DNA resistance to oxidative stress in the group consuming the red orange juice over the control group. Another more recent group found decreased DNA damage in one type of white blood cell for 24 hours following a single serving of red orange juice given to volunteers. Interestingly, this effect was not seen after volunteers were given a drink supplemented with the same amount of vitamin C (Guarnieri et al. 2007).

Extracts taken from blood orange juice have also been shown to have some beneficial therapeutic effects in human studies in physical stress recovery. One group found a marked decrease in levels of serum free radicals and other markers of oxidative stress in diabetic patients given the extract daily for 2 months (Bonina et al. 2002). This free radical-lowering effect was also found in professional handball players also given the extract daily for a 2 month period (Bonina et al. 2005).


Daily consumption of Blood Orange juice has been an integral part of the Mediterranean diet for generations. As part of this healthy diet, daily intake of red orange juice provides high levels of flavonoids, including anthocyanins, hesperidin and nairirutin, as well as vitamin C, beta-carotene and dietary fiber. Taken together, all of these compounds have important health benefits, but as a whole food, red orange juice has synergistic benefits greater than those of the individual phytonutrients and vitamins, ones that we are only just beginning to truly understand. This is why a daily glass of red orange juice may just prove to be an economical way not only to maintain good health but also to protect against many of the common diseases of aging, including atherosclerosis, stroke, diabetes, and many cancers.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Sports Drink? or Water?

A question I get a lot is: do athletes need a sports drink or is just water okay? Here is the scoop... if you are exercising over one-hour consistently then yes, a sports drink would be best to fuel your body. Although, if you are exercising less than one-hour, just water will do!

Most importantly, drinking enough fluids is what is essential to maximize performance! Why? When you're just 2% under-hydrated your performance is compromised by 10 - 15%! Best advice: don't wait to drink until you are thirsty!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Product Hits and Misses

Spending time in the grocery store is something that I love to do! Consequently, I am always exploring new products. Here are a few products that I are tasty (oh! they're nutritious too):
Kashi Tasty Little Cereal Bars - favorite flavor Blackberry Graham or little guy loves them too
Larabars - all the flavors are YUM!
Clif Bar Mojo Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars - grab this for breakfast with a banana
Hodgson Mills Whole Wheat Whole Grain Pasta - any shape

Here is one that I didn't like, the Slim-a-cado. We love avocados and when I bought them last I noticed a new version of the avocado, a slim-a-cado with less fat and calories than the original avocado. So I bought it and we (my husband and I) put it to the test. The result... it's flavorless and most importantly, the fat in a avocado is heart helping and may even help to keep away belly fat so in my opinion, skip this slimmed down version!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Law of Attraction?

One thing that I have noticed, particularly since being on a fruit diet, is how certain things have an attraction for you- and vice versa.

For example, just before I did a 26 day Orange juice fast; I was thinking about whether or not I wanted to go on O.J. diet ; when the car I was in passed a huge model of an Orange, in somebody's front yard!

I also find that as well as noticing images and information about Oranges, when I am on an O.J. diet or thinking about going on one, in turn I am also attracted to all things Orange.

I have(among other things) two very realistic looking fake Oranges, that I picked up from the local $2 store, a radio in the shape of an Orange(complete with straw antennae), a music shaker that looks just like a juicy Orange and a hair bobble with a plastic Orange attached.

It seems that whenever I am thinking about an O.J. mono-diet, then I get the 'orangey' signs. I see pictures of Oranges everywhere- in magazines and books and of of the corner of my eye as I am out and about.

I do think that we are like little receivers, we humanfolk; we send out certain signals, depending on where we are in life- and then we pick up on and are sent back the things that we truly desire!

As with fruit, it is similar with other people and animals; we draw into our lives those people and animals with whom our energies and wavelengths resonate.

The Universe is not an airy fairy wishy-washy place but very well ordered logical and rational.

There are definate laws. Certainly Health laws, but also the laws of Cause and Effect and Attraction.

A certain action or behaviour will elicit a certain response. The Universe acts on order and harmony and not disorder.

So if we eat and behave in a certain way, we will get definate responses to those actions from the Universe.

Each of our actions sets of a whole chain of other actions, that have an impact not only upon our own lives but also upon the rest of the Planet.

The Universe does not lie and cheat but can only be true to herself. Her Health laws will serve you well and are there for everyone to enjoy.

Similarly you will attract into your life that which is attracted to you!

Enjoy peace, love and a vibrant and happy life.

Love from Anne XXX.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oh Bloody Good Juice!

One of the delights of Winter, for me, is the arrival of the Blood Oranges.Not too different on the outside from their cousins the Valencias, they hold a lush secret within.

The outside may be speckled with red or with red undertones; a little hint of what is to come.

Then cut or break into one and within is filled with deep red delights, more luscious than a ruby and filled with sweet life blood for us mortals.

The Blood Orange has more vitamin C than a standard orange and makes more juice than most other Oranges. It is a little juice bomb waiting to explode with flavour. When I lived in the Northern Hemisphere, I got beautiful Bloods from Sicily. The Scilians certainly know a thing or too about great fruit growing and I would go for their beautiful bloody oranges anyday in preference to their bloody Mafia.

Once I spent a month in Malta, close geographically, to Sicily and also a very beautiful island. Apart from two days, I spent the entire month living on Blood Orange juice. Now residing in the Southern Hemisphere, I appreciate that the Aussies have got their act together and are now growing some simply delightful Blood Oranges.

Do try them, a glass of Blood Orange juice looks so spectacular and always get comments such as "What's That!"

Build up your blood with Bloods. Leave the animal blood to the Vampire bats, go with the Fruitbats and drain the Blood Oranges dry!

Enjoy your Juicing,

Love from Anne XX.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Should All Athletes Eat Like Michael Phelps?

Are you enjoying watching Michael Phelps sweeping up more Olympic gold medals? I surely am! He's an amazing athlete. Although, as a Registered Dietitian, I was shocked to see what he eats! NBC even interviewed a chef/ owner from a local diner where he always hangs out. Greasy sandwiches, loads and loads of food, all totaling about 9,000+ calories per day. Pretty amazing and of course, his body definitely needs that much energy to fuel all of the exercise his 6 foot something body does everyday!

To put it in perspective, an average 160# person would have to swim about 15 hours to burn 9,000 or so calories! So in other words.... even if you're an athlete, don't start eating like Michael Phelps. In fact, I think he needs to work a Registered Dietitian :) To check out how many calories you do based on various activities, click here.

Tip of the day for athletes: refuel your muscles within 1 - 2 hours after a workout with carbs & protein. For example: a glass of chocolate milk (low fat) or a PB & J sandwich on whole grain bread and some plain old water too!

Monday, August 11, 2008

McDonalds, The Official Restaurant of the Olymics

While my husband and I were enjoying watching the Olympics, I was horrified to see the McDonald's commercial, touting... McDonald's, the official restaurant of the Olympics! Athletes were snacking on french fries! YIKES! Now, I do think there are healthy/healthier choices on the menu at McDonald's (e.g. apple slices, salads, yogurt parfaits, low fat milk) but showing athletes snacking on french fries?! Very disappointing to say the least. Next time you're at McDonald's or anyother fast food place, checkout the variety of great options they're offering and try one! Like the low fat milk with your meal.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

If trends continue & 5 simple steps to reverse the trend

If trends of past 3 decades continue, every American adult could be at least mildly overweight by 2048, according to a study in the journal of Obesity. What's even more scary is that the study predicts that health care costs related to excess pounds could reach $957 billion by 2030. YIKES!
Read more:

Enough doom and gloom! Here are 5 simple steps to reverse the trend:
1. Have a glass of fat free or low fat milk at every meal! (just 8-ounces will do)
2. Snack on fresh produce like: apples, bananas, carrots, (my favorite) mango, or cucumbers!
3. Sip mostly water all day!
4. Have dinner together as a family, even if it's something quick like PB & J (on whole wheat bread), carrots, & fruit salad! (Don't forget step #1, see above)
5. Get MOVING! Do sit ups or leg lunges during tv commercials, go for a walk, take a bike ride... no excuses!

Sunday, August 3, 2008


I must say that I do prefer fruit with seeds in.

Fruit, for me has a lovely symbiotic relationship with fruit eaters.

We savour the delights of fruit and in return we can spread the plant's seeds.

Fruit without seeds, changes this symbiotic relationship. We eat the fruit and then what?? No seeds to plant in return.

Fruit is made lush by the parent plant to entice us to eat, in the hope that the seeds will be spread and even fertilized!

No seeds and we renge on the deal.

Also it seems kind of inapproriate to me; here is this plant doing its best to create delish fruit so its seeds get spread and guess what there are no seeds.

So I stick with the most pippy Mandarins and Oranges I can. They also seem to make the greatest juice. Seeds to me give a fruit power and life; they contain that magical undefinable element of potential New Life.

A single seed can grow and prosper into a fine and beautiful tree; bringing food , shelter and shade to the local environment.

Tree planting rocks and seeds kind of help this process along.

Humans breed seedless fruit for our convenience but sometimes vital elements are lost in the name of 'progress' and an easy life.

We break that cycle and that connection of fruit eating and seed dispersal.

Man and woman are not islands, our lives are intricately entwined with every other species and life form on this Planet; by cutting some of those ties we not only loose connection with Nature but we loose something rare and special in our everyday lives.

Wishing you great fruit - with lots of pips!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Vivano! YUMMY!

I just had the new Starbucks Vivanno Nournishing Blend, it's delicious! I tried both flavors, the Orange Mango Banana Blend and the Banana Chocolate Blend. They are both equally nutritious, my favorite was the Orange Mango Banana! (It was my husband and our little guy's favorite too.) The best part it you can enjoy this drink without feeling guilty! There is at least 5 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein and each contain at least a serving of fruit! Best of all, I compared the sugar content to other smoothies and there is about 50% less sugar in the Vivanno, as compared to other smoothie options. Enjoy it after a workout, for breakfast, or to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

New Study: It's Not Too Late... Kids Bones Can Get Stronger

Only 3 out of 10 body and 1 out of 10 girls consume the amount of calcium their body needs to build strong. Good news from a new study in the August issue of the journal Bone, found that children who were not consuming enough calcium, when they started consuming calcium, they had a substantial increase in their bone mineral content (a marker for bone strength in children). That's GREAT news! This proves, that it's never too late to build bones. Parents, here's a few ideas to try: have a glass of milk with every meal! This is a simple step will ensure your child is getting their needed 3 servings per day. DRINK UP!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Farmer's Market Recipe

This morning I was at a Farmer's Market in my area and was so excited to see how beautiful the fruit and veggies looked! This is the perfect time of year for summer squash & zucchini. Enjoy this simple way to prepare summer squash and zucchini: Wash and slice (about 1/4" thick). Toss in olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder. Grill in a grill basket until tender or saute on the stove in a skillet until tender. Serving suggestion: Serve over a bed of fresh baby spinach. Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Staying Hydrated & My Favorite Water Bottle

Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink! Why? By the time your body signals thirst you are already about 1% dehydrated. That may not sound like a big deal but if you're an athlete it is! In fact, by the time you are just 2% dehydrated your performance can decline by 15% OR MORE! So, drink fluids (mostly water) throughout the day! Click here to check out my favorite type of water bottles!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Wonder of Oranges- excerpts from Hilton Hotema.

Excerpts from Hilton Hotema's 'Long Life in Florida'.

The Wonderful Orange by Dr. Leon A. Wilcox.

"For twenty years I have been trying to put over a message about the wonderful Orange and the benefits to be obtained from its use.A few years ago a horse named Black Gold won the Kentucky Derby.It seems this horse was owned by a woman who had come into her fortune in the Oklahoma oil fields. She named her horse after the black oil that had made her wealthy. This black oil of Oklahoma never contained anywhere near the wealth that is to be found in the golden orange of Florida and California. In the orange there is health. In the black gold is self indulgence, dissipation, sickness and death.Till a very few years ago, it was the custom to carry home a dozen oranges with much the same mental attitude as was felt about a box of candy. They had been regarded as something nice to eat between meals, or as a dessert. To think of them as a wonderful food- perish the thought!The great majority of the medical profession have always knocked the citrus fruits.

Even in this day it is not uncommon to hear one say their doctor told them not to eat fruits, as they contained too much acid.Especially are people advised not to eat the citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons and grapefruit, on account of the acid. It is only within recent years that any of the medical practitioners suggested the use of these valuable foods.I regret to have to say that only a few today know how these fruits should be used.It depends entirely on how these fruits are used as to whether they will give an acid reaction or not. Citrus fruits will always return an alkaline reaction when taken in the stomach by themselves.

These fruits (in fact all juicy fruits) should never be eaten at the same meal with cooked or baked foods, nor should they ever be eaten with sugar.Cooked foods contain a certain amount of starch. When fruit juices come in contact with starch in the stomach, the reaction is sure to be fermentation. The fermentation process is what generates acid. So you see it is not the fruits that make the acid; it is the food combinations.Remember, all kinds of fresh fruits, melons and berries should always be eaten alone or with the fresh salad vegetables.

William H. Dieffenbach, M.D., of New York City, is the authority for the following about Fruits." Fruit instead of being a dessert, should, if properly evaluated, be classified as the most valuable of foods."Fruits contain little protein and fat but are most valuable sources of mineral salts, cellulose, carbohydrates and vitamins.The water content of fruits ,with mineral content, keeps the blood in a state of alkalinity. Its alkaline elements , which are combined with the fruit acids, act as natural laxitives by promoting the secretory action of the liver, pancreas and other secretory glands.

"Fruits furnish calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and manganese of a highly organised type and are indispensable for the rebuilding of blood platelets and corpuscles."Fruits are important sources of vitmins A,B, and C. Fruit sugars are a great source of vital energy and strength. Their combustion is readily accomplished and their basic elements readily neutralize CO2. Refined sugars, must first be converted by the pancreatic juices into dextrose before being available for combustion, and are therefore a strain on the economy if used to excess. Orange juice contains vitamins A,B and C."The fresh citrus fruits, lemon, orange, tangerine, lime and grapefruit, prevent scurvy, due to vitamin C."

King of Fruits.

After having given the question of fruits twenty years of study and research not only by personal use but also by the direction and treatment of patients, I have arrived at the conclusion that the orange is the king of all fruits.Very few would believe the length of time an individual can live and perform the hardest kind of work, both mental and physical, using absolutely nothing but oranges for food. Another very important thing; a sick person living exclusively on an orange diet, is not only getting all the nourishment that the body requires, but the orange will neutralize the acid in the system and prove a better medicine than any drug known to pharmacy.

Finset Distilled Water.I, one time heard a great physician and dietitian say "orange juice is water distilled in God's own distillary".How true this is. It is a food and a drink for the healthy and a medicine for the sick. For those who are seeking to regain their health, there is nothing that can be taken in the human system that will assist nature like this golden elixir of life.

Millions of dollars are being spent every year advertising all kinds of foods. The old high powered salesman has given way to the high powered advertising counsellor. These fellows must lay awake nights conjuring up good advertising copy telling us why we should eat Buncom & Co's Patent Leather Cheese for our health.In the fruits and green uncooked vegetables you have food exactly as Nature has prepared it, and there is positively nothing of any sort on the market that can equal these foods for good health. All the vitamin content is still intact. There has been no processing of any sort to take away the virtue from these things. All the food value is still there.Let us learn to utilize the golden nuggets of health found in fruit, so we can better enjoy the black gold found in our natural resources and industry."

February 1931. Pittsburg Health Club.

How these words inspired and enthused me when I was on my Orange Juice during Lent 2008.

I am endeavouring to find out more about the wonderful Dr. Wilcox and will keep you posted if I find out any more about him.

Orange Juice and Me.

I guess that over the past few years a big part of my life has been the mighty Orange, in the form of fresh squeezed Orange juice.

During the past 17 years that I have been on the fruit diet I have had some cool times with O.J.

The first session was on a trip to Portugal in the Northern Spring 1993.

I spent 9 days living off tree ripened Navels and Wild Mandarins.

What I found was that my health excelled and I felt cleansed and rejuvenated.

Since then I have kind of gravitated towards Orange Juice ,rather than the whole fruit.

O.J just works better for me, personally.

In March 1995, I spent the Month in Malta, and apart for one or two days of mixed fruit, I lived off Sicillian Blood Oranges and their juice for the entire holiday.

I felt renewed and euphoric as if I walked with light and springy fairy steps.

The sun and light and beauty of Valetta, the capital, only enhanced my experience.

In the Summer of 1995, I went for 52 days on Orange Juice. This was a turning point in my fruitarian diet, afterwards I just felt that fruit was doing me so much more good. I never thought about this possible consequence when I started out on the juice. It was more of a deep feeling that came to me when I finished the 52 days.

What I did notice was that I needed to eat much less fruit, and especially more concentrated fruit; such as Avocados and dried fruit, to fulfill my energy needs .

I think that this may be because I cleansed my intestines and so was assimilating my fruit more efficiently.

Since then I have done a 26 day O.J fest in May 2007, 40 days for Lent in 2008 and I have just done 16 days in July 2008.
I am just getting so much from Orange juice at the moment, and I find that the more Orange Juice diets that I carry out, the less weight I loose and also the less juice I need to consume to stay healthy and happy.
When I am on juice I feel happy, invincable, strong; a fruit warrior, I feel a deep trust in the World and the Universe and a strong sense that Life really is Wonderful.
Love and fruitfulness,
from Anne XX.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Tasty Recipe for the Weekend!

This recipe is delicious and simple. Stop at a local farmers market and pickup the ingredients and in just a few minutes you'll have a tasty side dish to enjoy this weekend!

Creamy Tomato Salad
My Grandma's Recipe

2 medium cucumbers
2 medium tomatoes
1 large sweet onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 vinegar (white)
1/4 cup sugar

1. Wash and slice all the veggies.
2. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Blend with a spoon until mixed well.
3. Pour the dressing over the veggies.
4. Chill and serve.
Note: This even tastes better the second day when all of the flavors combine!

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tip Getting Toddlers to Eat Unusal Foods

Our little guy, Owen, is 13-months old and the most unusual food he eats is crumbly blue cheese! In fact, I would say it's one of his favorite foods. So here is my tip. Parents, let your little ones (within reason, of course) try foods from your plate! That is how we discovered that Owen loves blue cheese. We were out at a restaurant and he was looking at my salad with interest about 4 months ago now. I didn't want to give him any of the veggies because they were raw and I was afraid he wouldn't be able to chew them. So instead I gave him a few of the blue cheese crumbles & the rest is history! No need to stick to blah jarred baby foods! Your little one maybe interested in foods you would have never thought! Again, please be careful and of course, nothing that could be a choking hazard, possible allergen, or is too spicy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Shocking Obesity Statistic

Although I dislike the word obesity, sometimes there is just no way of avoiding it. This is one of those times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released yesterday new statistics that show America is still gaining weight. Approximately 24% of adult Americans were obese in 2005 and in 2007 that number continued to rise! Now over one quarter (25.6%) of U.S. adults are now obese.

Here's the scoop, obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30. It's simply a ratio of height to weight, click here to find out what your BMI is.

In my opinion BMI isn't a perfect indication of weight status. One key reason I think this is because there is no consideration for men versus women. Yet we know that men inch for inch weigh more than women. Another example, many professional athletes are technically 'obese' yet, it is because of their muscle mass and there is no need for them to lose weight.

Anyway, don't get too worked up over your BMI but if it's above 30, it's worth talking with your health care provider about your weight and determining if losing weight is right for you.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

the blog begins

It's official... my blog has started! Today I would like to start with a tip for feeding toddlers. Our little guy, Owen is one and his newest sound/ word is "ater...meeellloonn", which means watermelon! Parents, get your little one's interested in healthy foods early! My tip to make fresh produce easier is after you come home from the grocery store or farmers market, get the produce washed and ready to go right away. For example, as soon as we got home from the store last night we washed and cubed up the "ater...meeellooonnn" to get it ready for Owen's meals and snacks (and for us too). This makes including fresh produce with meals a breeze because everything is ready to go! Otherwise it's tough to clean and get produce ready to go with a toddler standing at your knees!