My First Long Day Trip with Juice…..

With horse blanket season starting up I have the pleasure of spending 14 hours on the road covering 357 miles and picking up a very large trailer full of very dirty horse blankets.  I am very grateful for days like this.  These trips are a significant part of my business.  I usually treat myself to a very unhealthy Arby’s Rubin Sandwich with curly fries and a root beer.  Somehow, I don’t think that fits into the juice + 1 meal plan.

I am leaving so, so early and will be juicing tonight.  The trick will be to keep the juice nice and cold during one of the warmest May’s that I can remember.  I’ll be taking the larger cooler and at least 80 oz. of veggie juice and 16 oz. of fruit juice.  Also a quart of rice milk flavored with stevia and cinnamon and a quart of ice tea.

I am a bit excited about this trip….one, it is the second major trip of the season and two, the juicing will be a new success.

On a side note, I had mentioned to my wife I was feeling depressed or a bit low over the last month or more.  I wondered about how this could be when I have been slamming myself with all kinds of great healthy nutrients.  Last night in “Food Matters” there was a segment on Niacin for depression.  I was taking 2250 mg of niacin for my cholesterol up until I started juicing.  I stopped and went without the niacin for almost two months. I decided to start it up again to see how it changes my low-level depression.  The film actually said there was a patient who was taking 10,000 mg of niacin and it help her very severe depressionm.

That’s all for today…..time to juice!

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2012-05-28….Funny, what I wrote for someone else was really for me…..

Good Morning…no need to settle for half the weight..there are people in here who managed to go a full 60 days and lost close to that amount if not that amount.  You will learn how your body responses to the reboot, what works for you and what does not.

Hearing your response reminds me that I often settle for less and may have communicated that.  Thank you for being my mirror.  I just wrote in my blog that I have carried around these last 15 pounds since I quit smoking in 1973.  I started my journey at 185# and am going down to 140#.  Yesterday I was at 151#.  I hope to be there in another month or less.

Go for it NOW.  I am 59 and struggled with my weight since I hit 195# in 1978.  What a huge waste of time and life energy…..34 years of not getting it right.  I know there will always be work to do, goals to strive for and many excuses to get in the my way.

Bod Dylan wrote in one of his songs:  “There’s a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it.”

Go ahead and LEAP…Juice on..Jim

May 27, 2012: Juicing on the Run…

My Little BabyIn the first juice cycle I made my juice every morning with the Omega VRT 350 juicer.  It is a “masticating” juicer;  a different company now calls it the “silent juicer” (Bed, Bath and Beyond:  List price minus the 20% discount on one item = $397.00 plus tax).  I would juice a couple of quart canning jars in veggie juice and a quart of fruit juice.  Definitely not the 80-20 ratio recommended by everyone in the know!  My blood sugar numbers have been fine so I did not worry about it.

This time around I bought a case of 1pt. canning jars and 1/2 pint fruit jars.  With a quart jar I was stuck with 1 kind of juice. Know I can have a bit of variety.

This time around I juice two different recipes and fill 4 pint jars with veggies.  Then I make a nice fruit juice that fills 2 jelly jars. That gets me to 64-32.  I try really hard to exercise for at least 1/2 hour during the day and drink the second sugar just before or during the exercise.  While juicing one does not have the carb reserves to pull energy from and the sugar get burned up pretty quickly.

I have a cooler that neatly holds all 3 pint jars, one jelly jar, two 1 liter water bottles I fill with distilled water ice cubes and distilled water.  I also add a 1 quart jar of sun tea (also made with distilled water and caffeine free teas.  I have the last pint of veggie juice at home 1/2 hour or more before dinner.

I am currently on “Juice plus 1 meal” and having a total of 96 ounces of juice per day.  A nice veggie meal at night and a bowl of two of corn chips (I can’t help the corn chips….definitely addictive)

May 26, 2012: ” I Bless You My Son ” A Reminder to Be Grateful and Bless Others

A long time ago there was a young boy who lived with his father in a small cottage. Almost every evening he would hear his father say the same thing:
“Poor me. I will die a sad old man because you are a fool and will never amount to anything.”

But the boy was not a fool, in fact, he showed a lot of wisdom for his age, and he had a generous heart. One day, after helping a widow stack wood, he was about to go home when she stopped him and placing her hand on his head spoke these words:

“You are a reflection of the face of God. The world is brighter for the joy you have given me this day. I bless you my child.”

The boy stepped back, amazed: “What was that?”

“Why, it was a blessing my child! Haven’t you ever received a blessing before?”

Back at home he asked his father: “Papa? Why do you curse me? Why do you not bless me?”

“What a ridiculous question. It is against my nature to bless. Poor me. I will die a sad old man because you are a fool and will never amount to anything.”

“Oh” said the boy, and he felt sorry for his father. That night he decided that no matter how uncomfortable it felt, he would become the kind of person who blessed others. And so he did.

The boy grew to be a man, left the forest and built a home for himself and had a family of his own. He was still haunted by the curses of his father, but he had decided to bless.

Almost every evening, he would call one of his children to himself, lay his hand upon their head and speak these words:

“You are a reflection of the face of God. The world is brighter for the joy you give me this day. I bless you my child.”

One evening there was a knock on the front door and as he had raised his children to do, they welcomed in a blind beggar, and gave him some food to eat. The young man walked in and immediately recognized it was his own father, but he didn’t reveal his own identity.

He listened to the old man speak. And the old man talked about how he had lost his eyesight, and how he’d been forced to beg in a world where life was hard. Just then his son spoke up:

“Grandfather! You’re welcome to stay here with us!”

“But I have no money to pay you.” said the old man.

“Oh, we don’t need any money; all we ask is that as long as you stay with us, you speak only blessings. – What’s the matter?”

“It…it’s against my nature to bless!”

“Grandfather, I can tell by your hands that you have worked your whole life. So, begging must be against your nature as well, but see, it has brought you here to us!”

The old man couldn’t argue this point, so he agreed to stay, but it was weeks before he spoke a word – it was so against his nature to bless. When he finally did, you could hardly hear him:

“What’s that Grandfather?”

“I said, bless you for taking an old man in from the cold. I wish my son had turned out like you, but he was a fool and…”

“Ah! Grandfather, only blessings!”

“Well, I wish my son had turned out like you! Bless you!”

This wasn’t bad for a first blessing! And a week later he spoke another one and it was a little smoother. Then he began to bless every day — many times in a day. You could say that blessing became… second nature to him.

The more he blessed, the more he smiled. The more he smiled the more his heart softened. And the more his heart softened, the more joy he began to experience; a different kind of joy than he had known before.

They lived happily for years until one winter the old man fell ill and was near death. As his breathing grew labored, his son sat on the bedside and asked:

“Grandfather, is there anything I can get for you?”

“No one can bring me what I most need at this hour.”

“Please Grandfather, anything! What would you like?”

“I should like to see my own son once more to give him my blessing. As he was growing, I gave only curses. I told him it was against my nature to bless. And, as you can see, I have learned to bless too late…” Then his son leaned closer and whispered:

“Papa! Papa it’s me, your own son… I am here! It is not too late! God has seen fit to bring us together these last years. It’s not too late! I’m here… I’m here!”

And they embraced. A moment later the old man straightened up, stretched out a trembling hand, laid it upon his son’s head, and spoke these words:

“You are a reflection of the face of God. Though I cannot see you with my eyes, I see you with my heart and the mercy you have shown me these past years is like a brilliant light, dispelling all shadow as I pass from time into eternity. I will die a happy old man, because I have learned to bless and so…my son… I… bless you.”

With these words, his hand fell back down to his chest and he died with this beautiful smile on his face.

Just then the wind became very strong outside and he got up to close the shutter, but then he heard an ancient voice:

“Eternity shines brighter for the joy you bring me this day. I bless you my child.”

Then the wind died down and everything became peaceful in the countryside and in the heart of the young man.

~ Author Unknown ~

May 26, 2012…On the Road Again

Day 2 (Down 2#)

Good Morning all..  This is my second time going through the reboot process.  First time was great (of course there were a few yucky day in the beginning and then there was getting used to some of the green juices….)It will be interesting to see if the first two days are as bad as the last time through.

Here is my first reboot info:  Total 60 Days

Juice Plus 1 meal-39 days

Juice Only-21 Days

Started at 166 pounds and finished at 144

Gained an embarrassingly 9 pounds back in 3 days (customary amount is 5 pounds).

I stopped juicing somewhere around May 5th.  My overall goal is 140#.  That means I have to go to 135# to gain the 5 inevitable pounds back.  I have a small frame and will still have a bit of body fat even at that weight.

So…I am tired of playing these games.  I could keep going for another 20 years at this rate…..140# here I come!!!!!

May 25, 2012: Good Morning World….

Every spring brings a new excitement to me.  I always felt attuned to the earth’s quickening and believed the same occurred in me.  I find it both spiritually and physically energizing.  In years past, seeds were started in small hand-made earth blocks, the garden organized with raised garden beds, early peas, spinach, broccoli and onions already green and reaching to the sun.  The Celts celebrated this time of fertility with wonderful earth based celebrations; Estara abd Beltaine are both physical and spiritual manifestations of Gia’s yearly cycle.

Spring for this year represents a time of renewal for me.  I have hidden and hibernated all winter long.  Sadly, I procrastinated with several projects that are now all crunched together as spring arrives.  Oak Meadow Services is gathering horse blankets for washing and repairing every week.  It is taking much of each week to take care of “business”.  The painting, machine installations, organizing storage areas, the garage, my office, the basement…..as many areas that could be finished allowing for a clearer focus are incessantly tugging on my coat tail.    Yet, my life is full and gifted with people, great fun, and opportunities.

There is a lot to be grateful for….a gratitude list of 50 items (friends, successes and such).  I am hesitant to list them: so much is wrong in today’s world I do not want to boast yet remembering the things that are good is so important during hard times.