Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Make Your Own Trail Mix

If you are in need of a snack recipe, check out my Make Your Own Trail Mix. It's really easy and much healthier than many store bought versions. Give it a try! enjoy...

2 cups whole grain cereal (e.g. Cheerios)
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup low fat granola
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1. Combine all the ingreidents together and store in an air-tight container.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 160 calories, 7 grams fat, 0.5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 55 milligrams sodium, 23 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 13 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, 2% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 6% calcium, 20% iron

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Three Weeks on Blood Orange Juice ♥

It has been my very great pleasure to have done three weeks on mono Blood Orange juice.
The Blood Orange season is about complete, and I have my last few Beautiful Blood Oranges.
I am just so glad that I had the priviledge of three weeks on this amazing fruit.
It has been a very special time ♥
I have felt wonderful; clear and clean in mind and body, have played and worked with Beautiful Blood Orange energy, felt flexible and free, and felt a loving connection with the Wonderful World around me.
I found this time priceless, the season was so short and I was able to gain so much from it. I also felt very much in-tune with the time of year just because of the seasonability of this special fruit ♥
I guess on average I was juicing 24–26 Oranges per day, although this varied a bit due to their varying size.
I am very thankful and this time will stay with me always.
Much Love and Peaches,
from Anne XX ♥

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day Sweet Sixteen Mono Blood Orange Juice ♥

I thought this photo of a Blood Orange looked like a map of the world!
I am on Day 16 of Mono Blood Orange juice.
I am pretty excited because I have never been on a Mono Blood Orange juice diet before. I mostly lived off Blood Oranges in March 1995, when I was in Malta, but I did have some other fruits a few times during the month.
The Bloods have been of superb quality; some big, some small, some with marbled skin, some with orange skin — but all delicious.
The season will not be on for much longer, so I am delighted that I have been able to make the most of the very seasonal Blood Oranges ♥
They have taken my Orange juice experience to a whole new level.
I am consuming about 1.5 litres of juice per day.
My energy is great, I am finding my morning workout easier and more fun to do.
I am sleeping very well.
My flexibility is improved.
Life is good ♥

So I am eternally grateful to the Australian Blood Orange trees, and also to the Australian Blood Orange farmers.

Thank you for reading ♥
Love and Peaches,
from Anne XX♥

Thursday, October 7, 2010

♥ Day 8 Blood Orange Juice ♥

Day 8 on Mono Blood Orange juice.
I must say that I find Blood Oranges to be one of the most striking of all fruits.
They are sometimes beautifully gradiated with colour; starting from orangey-yellow, through red, to purple.
Here is one I juiced (in my mouth ) today.
I felt it was just so Beautiful ♥ that I had to capture its Tequila Sunrise colours on my camera.

Such a Beautiful Fruit with such a beautiful taste. I do think that fruit lovers are blessed with the most divine looking food ♥

I have been juicing between 16–20 Oranges each day, this feels like a good amount for me at the moment.
I have had good energy, and feel very satisfied with the quality and ripeness of the lovely Bloods.

Cappi, my son, and I went out with our trolley today to find some more of these Beauties. We combined food hunting with exersise, sunshine, and homeschooling as we did mental maths and spelling on our walk; so some great mulitasking and we got to bring home some delicious fruit.

I feel very blessed and happy today ♥
Love and Peaches,
from Anne XX.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

♥ 7 Days on Blood Orange Juice ♥

This is my seventh day on Blood Orange juice.
Blood Oranges are one of my favourites of all the fruits. There is something very special about their delicious, rich, Mulberry wine flavour, and they are not only beautiful to look at and a delight to eat, but they are full of goodness.
Bloods have up to twice the Vitamin C content of their more orangey cousins.
Their Australian season is short but deliciously sweet.
Blood Oranges can be a little hard to track down; supermarkets rarely stock them, it is usually fruit shops that are home to these litttle purple juice balls.

Blood Oranges make an excellent juice, just using a simple hand-juicer you can get so much juice out of them.

Bloods originated in Sicily, hundreds of years ago, and in 1995, I was fortunate to be in Malta in Sicilian Blood Orange season. Malta is a beautiful island and due too her proximity to Sicily there were bags of Sicilian Blood Oranges in every small grocery store.

I found out that the colour of the Blood Orange is caused by the colour pigment and antioxidant anthocyanin. Anthocyanins are also found in Mulberries and Raspberries, and that may be why, to me,  the Blood Orange has flavours of  Raspberries and Mulberries in it.

In contrast the colour pigment of the Cara Cara Navel Orange is not due to anthocyanin but to the antioxidant lycopene.

I usually eat mostly local fruit, but I make an exception for the Bloods, which come from the Southern part of Australia.
To get that really deep and tasty pigmentation, Bloods need to experience the cooler and drier nights. So whilst they will grow in Queensland, they will not develop the purply-red colour and taste.

So I give much thanks and gratitude to the trees and farmers of  Southern Australia for providing me with the truly delightful Blood Orange ♥ ♥ ♥

Love and Peaches and Beauty Days,
from Anne XX ♥

Friday, August 27, 2010

What is in a dietitian's refrigerator?

Blueberries, peaches, asparagus, onions, avocado, yogurt, fat free milk, whole milk, 100 percent OJ, whole wheat bread, yogurt squeeze tubes, coconut water, minced garlic, peanut butter, almond butter, left over tuna, salsa... those are a few of the items in my refrigerator. So many times people wonder what foods I keep in the refrigerator so I thought I would share a sampling. Lucky for me I have husband and two little guys who enjoy eating healthy too! If you are trying to improve your health, take a good luck at what foods you keep on hand and try every shopping trip to 'health it up'. What do I mean by that? Swap out a less healthful item for a better choice. Every little change helps!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Capville's List of Products

Fresh Malaysian Local Fruit Juice.

Ready to Drink Calamansi Juice (Jus Limau Kasturi), Mango Juice, PassionFruit Juice (Jus Markisa) and Pumpkin Juice (Jus Labu)

The fruits are being processed within 48 hours after harvesting to retain its natural flavour and freshness. No artificial colouring and flavouring added. Fruits are being cultivated by farmers practicing Natural Farming methods and it is free from any chemical residue from the use of chemical-based fertilizer and pesticide.

Passion Fruit Juice, Passion Fruit Juice with Stevia, Calamansi Juice and Pumpkin Juice.
Bottle Size : 250ml
250ml x 24 bottles = RM84.00 / carton
@ RM3.50 / bottle
* Passion Fruit Juice with Stevia : RM3.80 / bottle *

Mango Juice, Calamansi Juice, Passion Fruit Juice and Pumpkin Juice.
Bottle Size : 300ml
300ml x 24 bottles = RM67.20 / carton
@ RM2.80 / bottle

Passion Fruit Juice and Calamansi Juice
Bottle Size : 2L
2L x 6 bottles = RM90 / carton
@ RM15 / bottle

Passion Fruit and Calamansi Juice
Bottle Size : 5.75L
RM40.00 / bottle

Passion Fruit Jam
Bottle Size : 470g
470g x 12 bottles = RM132 / carton
@ RM11 / bottle

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

dunkin donuts new bagel twists...beware

New to the Dunkin' Donuts menu are innocent looking bagel twists. Why should you beware? One cheddar bagel twist has 400 calories, 9 grams fat, and 4.5 grams saturated fat. That is 80 more calories, 7.5 more grams of fat, and 3.5 more grams of saturated fat than a plain bagel. The cinnamon raisin twist is less offensive with 350 calories, 3.5 grams fat, and 0.5 grams saturated fat.

Before you drive thru DD again, check out the Dunkin' Donuts nutrition guide, click here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Orange juice flavonoids (high in VioVI) may protect against bad effects of high fat meals

Flavonoids from orange juice may neutralise the detrimental effects of consuming a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal, says a new study from the US.

The compounds were found to exert antioxidant activity and reduce the increase in inflammatory markers produced after consuming a fast-food-type meal, researchers from the University at Buffalo report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers led by Professor Paresh Dandona linked the apparent benefits of the orange juice to the high content of the flavonoids naringenin and hesperidin.

“Our data show, for the first time to our knowledge, that drinking orange juice with a meal high in fat and carbohydrates prevented the marked increases in reactive oxygen species and other inflammatory agents,” said the first author of the study, Husam Ghanim, PhD
Click to acess scientific article

Friday, April 2, 2010

Watch for Prevention Magazine's July Issue

I weighed in this week on some new products for an article in the July issue of Prevention Magazine. Watch for it to come out!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What Organic Can Do For You

Organic Manifesto by: Maria Rodale, this is a book I need to pick up! Men's Health Magazine this month has a great article about What Organic Can Do For You, authored by Maria Rodale. The bottom line is that the higher price tag you pay at the cash register can get you a return on your investment by helping your health, including: higher phytochemical levels (E.g. antioxidants) in the fruits, vegetables, and juices that you buy, reduced. The article also talks about the potential connection to reduced risk of diabetes and building more muscle and buring more fat. Click here to read the full artcile.

As a mom, one of the most interesting benefits is that organic foods reduce pesticide exposure, which maybe detrimental to human health, especially to high risk groups like pregnant women and children.

This is a favorite resource of mine, the Environmental Work Group's Produce Buying guide! Click here to check it out. The top 12 fruits and veggies that you must by organic: peaches, apple, sweet bell pepper, celery, nectarine, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrots, and pears.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Health Benefits of Passion Fruit Juice

  • Passion fruit juice is an excellent digestive stimulant and helps in the  treatment of other gastric ailments.

  • Passion fruit seeds contain high amount of fibre that the body needs to cleanse the colon (prevents constipation), improve digestion, and is reported to assist in preventing heart attacks and strokes.

  • Passion fruit is high in vitamin A which helps the body to remove free radicals that cause skin and tissue damage, and it also helps to improve our vision.

  • It is also rich in Vitamin C which helps to repair tissue and bones, and helps prevent heart disease.

  • There is also a compound in passion fruit that is believed to block histamine, reduce allergy and inflammation; passion fruit therefore has the health benefit of reducing the symptoms of asthma.

  • The antioxidants found in passion fruit have been found to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

  • It is very good for attaining optimum health and to reduce weight.

  • Health Benefits of Calamansi Juice

  • Limau Kasturi juice is an excellent digestive stimulant and possessing multi-beneficial properties in disease prevention

  • Limau Kasturi contain high polyphenolic and flavonoid antioxidant compounds reported to have the capability of reducing the risk of degenerative diseases by reduction of oxidative stress (the main mechanism responsible for cardiovascular diseases) and inhibition of macromolecule oxidation.

  • Limau Kasturi is high in vitamin C and other compounds which helps the body to remove free radicals that cause skin and tissue damage, and it also helps protect us from infection.

  • The antioxidants in limau kasturi have been found to reduce bad cholesterol in the blood circulatory system.

  • Limau Kasturi helps cure arthritis, rheumatism, prostrate and colon cancer, cholera, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, fatigue, heart diseases and even very high fever.

  • It is very good for attaining optimum health and to reduce weight.
  • Health Benefits of Pumpkin Juice

    Pumpkin Juice
    • Having a yellowish-orange color, pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a vitamin that can be converted by the body into vitamin A. This helps the body in its process of regeneration and slowing down the aging process.
    • Pumpkin pulp contains vitamins, especially pro-vitamin A, vitamins E and C, salts and minerals, carbon hydrates, and proteids. 
    • The seeds contain oil, proteids and enzymes with antihelmintic properties.
    • The pumpkin's core contains lecithin, tyrosine, peporesine, phosphorus and vitamins B and A.
    • Pumpkin seeds contain the strongest therapeutic effects. These help in eliminating intestinal parasites, cleaning blood vessels, adjusting cholesterol level and stimulating kidney activity. In treating cancer, leukemia, sclerosis, or various diseases which are hard to cure, pumpkin seeds have an energizing role.
    • Pumpkin oil extracted from the seeds is recommended for reducing excess cholesterol. Pumpkin offers protection against heart diseases by containing antioxidants.
    • Pumpkin juice is indicated for ulcer and high acidity. It has to be drunk three times a day, half an hour before meals. It is also useful in cases of insomnia, having sedative properties.
    • Pumpkin is also indicated in cases of hormonal disorders or adolescent behavior, menopause disorder, intestinal parasites or sexual hyper-excitability. In external use, pumpkin is recommended for treating burns, inflammations and abscesses. It softens the skin and diminishes the inflammatory processes of mucous.
    • A number of hydrating and anti-wrinkle creams contain pumpkin.

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    ♥The End of The Juice Diet.♥

    So, I broke the Orange juice diet today on four fresh ripe Dates spread out over about one hour - and they tasted delicious.
    I am still doing some deep level elimination which is quite an experience in itself. And despite eliminating from my eyes, the whites of my eyes have never looked whiter. Also my skin is totally clear.
    So I have at least two nice side-effects from all the elimination.
    Later in the day I had about 50gms/1.76oz of Organic Watermelon.
    I am trying to take the re-introduction of other fruit gently.
    I also drank lots of water today, to help to flush my body out.

    And I just wanted to say  Thank You again to everyone who has followed my blog and given me support whilst I was on my Juice Diet.♥
    I an eternally grateful that I was able to carry it out in such a wonderful way ♥
    I think I will still post here if I find out some amazing Orange facts, and I certainly will the next time that I go on an Orange juice diet.

    So Many Thanks for all your wonderful support and great comments.
    Wishing you Beautiful Days ♥
    Love and Peaches,
    from Anne XX.

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    ♥ Day 84 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 84 ♥
    Because I was going through some elimination: mucus from the nose and eyes, feeling very tired, and having a headache, I had no desire to take any food today, so I water fasted for 42 hours.
    I was fortunate to be able to rest today, Cappi was wonderful and let me spend time relaxing, so I really appreciate his consideration.
    So I will take Orange juice tomorrow morning, and depending on how I feel, either have another Orange juice day, or break the Orange juice diet.
    This tiredness is very unusual to me and it does make me appreciate my normal high energy levels.
    I do have faith in my body though, and I feel that it is really removing some deep stored toxins .

    Have Beautiful Days ♥

    Love and Peaches XX♥

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    ♥ Day 83 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 83 ♥
    Today, was interesting, I seemed to go into some deeper stage of elimination, I felt weak for the first time in ages, and I had some elimination in the corner of my eyes, and a little mucus from my nose.
    So I will see how I feel tomorrow, and maybe it is time to finish the juice diet.
    As an added incentive, the box of Fresh Barhi Dates arrived today, and they look very good, and are just a a few days off ripening.
    My father and his friend are also flying out from England to spend time with us next week, and so it will not be best time in my life for taking  rest if I need to, as we will be travelling around the Sunshine Coast. It will be wonderful to spend time with him ♥
    So I will water fast tomorrow to help things along their way, and then make a decision maybe the day after.

    I have had the most wonderful experience on my juice diet, and before today, had no real feeling of when it may end.
    I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to undertake such a wonderful juice diet.
    And I am so grateful to all The Organic Orange Trees, and The Organic Growers, The Organic Fruit Pickers, and The Organic Distributers that have combined in their sweet efforts to bring the Oranges to my door.

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning - 16 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon
    Midday - 6 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥ - 40 minutes workout.

    Have Beauty Days ♥ XX♥
    Love and Peaches XX.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    ♥ Day 82 Mono Orange Juice ♥

          ♥ The  Orange - Superhero? ♥

    Day 82 ♥
    So whilst Spiderman might be useful to have around if the Green Goblin is giving you grief in New York, and Batman is a pretty worthy Superhero, especially if he gets his Superpowers from being a FruitBatman; my personal choice of Superhero is - The Orange.
    I guess I may be a bit biased at the moment, and it is true that under normal circumstances I am hardly monogamous with my fruit (having a bit of a roving eye for Mangoes and Malaysian Durians) but after such a long time being faithful to one fruit, it would take some doing to knock The Orange off his pedestal.

    Orange juice is, 'One of Nature's miracle foods', according to The Science of Life books; and the Orange (as mentioned in a previous post) is 'The King of Fruits' according to Dr. Wilcox.
    And indeed who wouldn't be seduced by a glass of golden just-squeezed Organic Orange juice from perfectly tree-ripe fruits.

    One person who was keen to get his own Oranges was the French King Francois I, who deeply desired the first Orange tree that arrived in France. The tree had travelled from Pamplona in Spain and was planted in the garden of Le Duc de Bourbon.
    When Le Duc ran off to Northern Italy to join Francois's adversary, Charles V, the  very first thing that Francois did was to sieze the Orange tree.
    The coverted tree was then planted in Versailles where, obviously much loved, it flourished for many, many years.

    So whilst some Superheroes may rescue mere mortals from peril, by swinging from webs or by racing around in Batmobiles; the Orange does its rescuing, like the other juicy fruits, by helping our bodies to heal and rebalance, and by providing a Superfuel whilst we cleanse. 

    I believe that sweet, juicy fruit has an enormous potential within it to amazingly affect the quality of our lives.
    Fruits, I feel, are the Superheroes of Mother Nature, who gives these champions to humans as a perfect food.

    Life is meant to be Suberb, not sub-standard, and aided by with a beautiful diet of juicy fruits, then I believe that anybody has the potential to reach for a Super Sweet Life ♥

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning - 1000mls of Organic Valencia juice, made with Amco hand-juicer.
    Midday - 14 Organic Valencias, juiced with a spoon
    Afternoon - 2 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    40 minutes workout.

    Have Amazing Days ♥
    Love and Peaches XX.

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    ♥ Day 81 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 81 ♥
    Because of all the heat and recent rain we have been experiencing here in South East Queensland, there has been a big growth in the Mosquito population.
    When I am out gardening or watering, I find that I am soon covered with hungry Mosquitos, even in the sunshine in the middle of the day.
    My experience with Mosquitos has been an evolving one since I began my raw journey.
    Growing up in Temperate England, I never really was exposed to Mosquitos, or their desire for human blood.
    I was first introduced to them, for any great length of time, at the beginning of my raw journey when I spent time in the Algarve region of Portugal; living  off some great local fruit, during the Northern Hemisphere's Winter.
    I got bitten many times, and I found that my body would react quite strongly to the bite, and there would be swelling and itching for about four days.
    As I progressed along the fruity path, I found that my reaction to insect bites in general, including Mosquito bites, really lessened.
    There would be less swelling at the bite area, and less itching.
    Before I started my current Orange Juice Diet, I found that initially upon being bitten by a Mosquito, I would have a very tiny amount of swelling and I would itch for up to 30 minutes; after this time both the swelling and itching would have disappeared - this was very different from the reactions I was getting at the beginning of my raw journey.

    However, it interested me to find that despite being covered by hungry Mosquitos recently, I have had no itching, swelling, or any reaction at all to their bites.
    So I was thinking that this Orange Juice Diet must have helped my body to deal even more effectively with Mosquito bites. Then in the evening I read this in Julie Stafford's book 'Juicing For Health':

    "Bioflavonoids...have a strengthening effect in the capillary walls, and act as an anticoagulant and antihistamine."

    So I was wondering if the antihistamine effect of Bioflavonoids, which are very high in Oranges, is one reson why I am not reacting at all to the Mosquito bites.
    I have also noticed that since being on this Orange Juice Diet, I have very rarely sneezed or had any reation to dust or mould.
    I sometimes get a bit sneezy, if I am exposed to a musty environment or to dust.

    Other useful snippets I read last night, regarding Orange juice and its constituents, include this quote, also from Julie Stafford's book:

    "Bioflavonoids maintain the walls of the small blood vessels; help combat odema, dropsy, diabetes and diseases of the joints; assist in arresting haemorrhages; aid the treatment of high blood pressure and cataracts; fight infectious bacteria, viruses and fungi, and assist in ridding the body of drugs, heavy metals and car exhaust fumes."

    And more from Julie Stafford:

    "It (Orange juice) cleanses and tones the gastro-intestinal tract and improves the permeability and strength of the capillary walls...and is helpful in treating asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, blood disorders, anaemia, scurvy, heart disease, high blood pressure, indigestion, liver disorders, lung disorders, pneumonia and skin disorders and can aid weight loss. Orange juice is also an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus. It assists in the formation of bones and teeth and prevents rickets."

    Stafford's sentiments are echoed in C.E. Clinkard's book, 'The Use of Juices':

    "The juice of the orange is one of the most palatable natural juices in existance and it is also one of the most beneficial. Its value is widely recognised nowadays and its advantages for babies and growing children have been clearly established, especially on account of its power to assist in bone and teeth formation and in preventing rickets. it is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus"

    And from 'About Juices' by John B. Lust:

    "The orange is one of nature's finest gifts to man. Orange juice contains pre-digested food in a most delicious and attractive form, ready for immediate absorbtion and utilization. Even full milk is not superior to orange juice in nutritive value as some might expect."

    And both John B. Lust, and Vivienne Lewis, in her book 'Raw Juices For Health', say that Orange juice is very beneficial for those suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis, because people affected by this condition have very fragile capillaries, which are aided by the bioflavonoids in Oranges and their juice.

    ♥ So All Hail the Mighty Orange ♥
    I certainly am very grateful for all the Golden Wonder it has brought into my life ♥

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning - 500mls/16.9oz of Organic Valencia juice, using Amco hand juicer.
    Midday - 600mls/20.29oz of Organic Valencia juice, using Amco hand juicer.
    Afternoon - 4 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth, and 1 large freshly squeezed juice from a juice bar.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    I hour fast walking.

    Have Wonderful Days ♥
    Love and Peaches XX.

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    ♥ Day 80 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    ♥ Happy St. Valentine's Day ♥
     ♥ All Hail St. Valentine ♥

    ♥ Thank you to Cheetah, for the Beautiful Picture ♥

    To all the Orange Lovers, as well as the Sweetheart Lovers out there, I thought on Day 80 of my Orange Juice Train ride, I would share a few little Orange snippets with you.
                                 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    ~ Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Oliver, gave her husband a hard time for quarrelling with the Spanish, because it sent the price of Oranges up to four pence each (quite a fortune in 1664).

    ~ Cardinal Wolsey used to carry Orange peel next to his nose  when riding on his mule to Westminster Hall, to offset the not-so-savoury smells of Tudor London.

    ~ Dr. Samuel Johnson used to save the Orange peel, of Oranges he had eaten, and carry it in his pocket.

    ~Samuel Pepys mentioned in his diaries that a trip to the theatre with his wife and friends, in the 17th century, ended up costing him eight shillings for Oranges (as Pepys stated that Oranges cost sixpence each, that was 16 Oranges for the group!)

    ~ The Orange was first known in England as long ago as 1290.

    ~ At the beginning of the 17th century, Sir James Lancaster, of the East India Company, forced all his captains to carry Oranges for the health of their crew.

    ~ P.E. Norris, in his book, 'About Fruit, Vegetables and Salad', says that: "Most people class citrus fruit as "blood cleansers", but few know that citrus fruits are even more important in COLD weather than warm, and more valuable for those who do hard manual labour than those who sit all day at desks, for citrus fruit conains something—whether citrus acid or vitamin C, we are not quite sure—which enable the muscles to function effectively. Without it they tire quickly."

    ~ Confucius was quoted as saying: " A Day without Orange Juice is like a day without Sunshine."

    Fruity Fare ♥:
    Morning~ 16 Syrup Ball Valencias, juiced with a spoon
    Mid-Morning~ 6  Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth
    Afternoon~ 500ml/16.9 oz Organic Valencias, juiced with Amco hand-juicer.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    20 minutes fast walking
    20 minutes workout.

    Have Beautiful Days full of Love XXXXX ♥♥♥♥♥

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    ♥ Day 79 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 79♥
    today, I was thinking about consequences and choices.
    For those of us who live in the Western World, we probably have more wide-ranging food choices than ever before. Whilst the Supermarkets are ever trying to reduce the varieties of fruit and dumb down fruit selection, the overall food choices in any one Supermarket is something that I often find staggering.
    Higher disposable incomes, freezing, refridgeration, canning, air flights, road infrastructure, and shippping, all combine to bring permanent seasons and continents into our Supermarkets.
    Also, the huge amount of processed foods and frozen foods, canned food and dehydrated foods mean that fresh is not an  important critera for most of the food stocked in grocery stores.

    And so we have a massive choice of all kinds of foods from all over the world all year round.
    Even just 50 years ago, food was so much more seasonal; but as cheaper air freight was made possible, and also huge juggernauts took to the road, suddenly the food seasons were not so clearly defined.
    As well as most of us having the opportunity to eat out of season foods, the type and variety of foods seems to be ever increasing as food companies are constantly looking for new market opportunities.
    But, I feel, whatever dietary we chose there are consequences that ultimately we are responsible for.

    For me personally, my ultimate diet would be all local, foraged or home grown fruit, grown without chemicals or animal by-products, and grown in such a way that allowed for sharing with other creatures. So no killing or trapping of animals who also wanted to share the fruit.
    When I buy fruit from a farmer I do not know, then I have to face the fact that he or she may put up barbed wire to kill Fruitbats, or they may kill so called 'pests'.
    Also, the transportation of fruit will have an negative impact on our environment.

    But as we do not all live in Edenic fruit gardens, then I feel that we have to make the most appropriate choice we can, and accept that there may be compromises in the way our food was grown or transported.

    By planting fruit trees and spreading fruit seeds, then I think I can help to rebalance a little bit the harm my diet may cause to the Planet.
    In the end, life is all about balance and, I feel, making the most optimal choices that we can, given our present circumstances.
    So whilst some of my food choices may not be my ideal, I hope to strive for making the best choice I could at the time, whilst still being aware of the consequences of my diet.

    And I also feel that it is important to be very thankful to all the trees, the tree planters, the growers, the pickers, the sellers and the drivers and pilots who make my life so enjoyable and healthy because they combine to bring me beautiful fruit ♥
    And I have been very fortunate that they have brought  me so many Wonderful Oranges over the past 79 days ♥
                                          ♥ Thank You ♥

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning—14 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon
    Midday—14 Syrup Balls, juiced with a Spoon.
    Afternoon 4 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon, 4 syrup Balls, juiced in my mouth.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    40 minutes workout
    20 minutes arm and hand exercises.

    Have Beautiful and Happy Days ♥
    Love and Peaches XX.

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    ♥ Day78 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 78 ♥
    Now as you might expect, during this 78 days on Orange Juice my body shape has altered a bit.
    I feel no less energy and endurance despite the loss in weight.
    And I am pleased to find that I am really liking my body. Sure it may be a little lean for some people's tastes, but it certainly feels very efficient, as if it is working really well and with no extra body fat or fluid to hamper its movements and inner workings.
    And I very much appreciate this feeling of efficiency in my body.
    I feel very fluid and lose and I like the way my body looks.
    One aspect is I feel very feminine still and I am still having my female cycle, but my body does not look as typically 'womanly', not so many curves for me at the moment!
    But as I was watering the fruit trees this evening, I just felt a sense of being very happy with my body shape and very grateful to have been able to experience this change in my physical body that has come with the Orange juice diet.

    Some thoughts I had as to why exercise could be more effortless on my Orange juice diet are that my limbs weigh less, and also that my muscles are less tense and my joints have an improved range of movement.

    I think that the more comfortable and happy we feel about our bodies when we are fasting or juice dieting, then the less other people's concern's or views will affect us.
    Because others may not have fasted before, and because our body's appearance may be very different from their own, it may be challenging for some folk to comprehend the leaner stage that we are going through.
    Also, if our bodies feel good and are working well, then this is a strong sign to me that whilst the body weight is certainly lower, the functioning of the body is effective; and hence the body is getting its needs met.

    When I prematurely ended my  52 day Orange juice diet, in 1995, it was because I was paying more attention to the concerns of others, rather than listening to my own body and its needs.
    I only want to disembark from this Orange Juice Train when I have reached the right stop for me

    Toot Toot!

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning—5 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon
    Midday—16 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon.
    Afternoon— 14 Organic Valencis, juiced with a spoon, 6 Organic Valencias, juiced in my mouth.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    40 minutes fast walking
    20 minutes weights and stomach exercises.

    Have Sweet and Fruitful Days ♥
    Love and Peaches XX.

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    ♥ Day 77 Mono Orange Juice ♥

    Day 77 ♥
    Now the funny thing is that when I went to bed last night (and yes, Jack did sleep in the bedroom too) I was so convinced that when I woke up it would be Jack for Breakfast.
    But when I awoke...
    ...all I wanted was Orange Juice.
    Certainly I could appreciate the beautiful sight (and smell) of Jack; fully tree-ripened and just in a perfect state to eat, but my desire was for Orange juice. And so here I am Day 77, and still merrily travelling along on the Orange Juice Train.

    Cappi devoured the Jackfruit. He  Loves it, goes Jackfruit crazy.
    But I sat beside him with my spoon and devoured my Orange juice.
    I Love it still, and each Orange still has the capacity to surprise me with its own unique and individual flavour.
    The Orange peel compost heap at the bottom of the garden has taken on the appearance of a strange Oange edifice, a large pyramid of peel and pith that pays homage to the Citrus Clan of the Orange juicers , and at the same time feeds a massive population of small black beetles.

    With this stage seemingly of assimilation, and taking more Orange juice, my weight seems to have stabalised, and I have not lost any for the past few days.
    My body fat is still around 5% and muscle mass is pretty similar to when I started out. These results are taken from my Tanita Body Moniter, and I have no way of knowing their true accuracy, but they do seem to be congruent with the way my body looks and feels.

    Fruity Fare ♥
    Morning - 16 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon
    Midday - 11 Syrup Balls, juiced with a spoon
    Afternoon 7 Valencias, juiced in my mouth.

    Fruitful Exercise ♥
    40 minutes fast walking
    20 minutes leg and stomach exercises.

    Have Radiant Days ♥
    Love and Peaches XX