To Juice or To Blend… That IS the Question! (Part 1)


Adding large amounts of key fruits and vegetables to my diet was one of the first changes I made when i decided to eat clean.  I’ve never been big on raw salads (I seriously get bored with all that chewing), so I quickly found myself experimenting with juicing.  While I knew that it was really good for me, I had such a hard time throwing away all of the food juicing left behind- (and no, I am not one of those people who take the time to make muffins with the pulp or trek it down to my husband’s compost- don’t judge me). So I transitioned to making green smoothies.  Well wouldn’t you know it; everyone had an opinion. (Check out my vegan-vs- meat eaters post) :).


Those who juice swear by it. While it does separates the juice from the pulp, you are left with a liquid that is full of vitamins, enzymes, and tons of micronutrients.  Some prefer this because the body is able to absorb the nutrients in minutes, while the extra bulk in a smoothie can slow digestion down significantly.

On the other hand, green smoothies have become rather en vogue in lately- and with good reason! Everyone seems to have figured out that kale+beets+pineapple+ ginger goes down more easily with a straw. But are there health benefits to smoothies over freshly-made juice?  Yes.

Remember how I said I didn’t feel comfortable throwing away perfectly good food? Turns out that pulp is made up of additional nutrients as well as fiber.  As a hungry girl, fiber makes me really happy. It takes a drink and transforms it into a meal replacement.  There just wasn’t enough substance when I was primarily juicing- I felt like I needed to eat something. With smoothies, however, I feel satisfied for hours.  I have also discovered that I can get a wider variety of ingredients in with a smoothie. I find that certain fruits and vegetables do not juice well or require a huge quantity, leaving a lot for the garbage.  Another thing,  using my blender (more about which machines I use in the next part of my series) is much easier in terms of clean up. My juicer has multiple parts and must be disassembled to clean. AND, some pieces have to be washed by hand *gasps*!  In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

All jokes aside, there is one more very important variable to consider in the juice/smoothie decision. There are certain health conditions that make juices preferred over smoothies. Conditions that create malabsorption concerns, like certain cancers, bariatric surgeries, Celiac disease, and Alcoholism, are all better paired with juicing; it does not put as much stress on the gut.  It is additionally important to note that juices or smoothies alone are typically not recommended as a complete treatment for any illness.  While I believe that much of my current wellness has come from high dose nutrition in the form of  fruits and vegetables, every case is different.  Please check with your health care provider before making any major changes in your diet.

In an ideal world, I would juice once a day and drink a fresh smoothie once a day.  However, I live in the real world with my kiddos who don’t seem to want to hang around while mommy polishes her juicer. For me, smoothies simply make sense given my lifestyle, hunger (I really can eat), and health. What makes the most sense for you? Answer on the poll below:


Whatever you choose, adding a veggie/fruit cocktail can add a boost to even the cruddiest of days!





Proper breathing is an essential part of exercising. Knowing and executing proper technique can have a significant impact on performance.

The deep breathing you do during exercise also helps speed up detoxification in the body. You take in more oxygen, which helps all the cells to perform their jobs, including removing toxins. At the same time you exhale carbon dioxide, which is a by-product of the various functions performed by the body.

Check out this video that demonstrates basic breathing techniques during exercise, and take the time to breathe.

Sugar, Oh Honey Honey


Shortly after my last post life got just a little crazy.

I finally scheduled a medical/nutritional evaluation that I had been avoiding for some time and received some sobering feedback. Bottom line, another couple of layers were added  to my health care regime: a heck of a lot of nutritionals to give my immune system a boost and oh, I almost forgot.  No freakin’ sugar.  In addition to to my commitment to homemade meals, organic/local eating, limiting gluten, balanced nutrition… I have to give up my beloved chocolate.

I took a deep breathe, negotiated to keep my wine and coffee (organic, fair trade, and sulfite free ofcourse); and walked out determined to make it work. I knew my life, at least as I know it, depended on it.  This was on a Thursday so I asked for the weekend to let things settle a bit.  For me that meant I opened up the cabinet and let the Nutella flow in.

That Monday I got focused.  I needed to pull away from as many distractions as possible.  But life continues and a lot has happened. I managed to complete my training for the Disney Princess Half Marathon (without sugar=very hard). Soccer season is in full swing for the fam which means 5 teams with 8 games a week to fit in between two very thinly spread parents.  And…my first born turned 18. Still adjusting to that one.


When did this happen?

So why did I return to blogging today? Quite simply, I was ready to share again. I’ve been in a somewhat meditative state for the last six weeks limiting my contact with the outside world. Besides, I don’t like to talk about my problems until I have them somewhat figured out.  I will share more about my break-up with sugar but in the meantime,  here is a great article that may have you reconsidering your jelly beans this Easter.

Whenever I give my spirit the attention it deserves, amazing things happen. My soul-sisters have metephorically linked arms in protection around me.

Dawn and I went to Je Ju spa.

*side note* If you live within driving distance you must go. You will thank me.  Get the body scrub but be forewarned: at some point you will have a small Korean lady straddling your back… all is fair in health right?


Helen and Dawn- two of my soul sisters

Helen hosted a luncheon and invited women who share a passion for optimizing their health. We had amazing dialoug about everything from Helen’s secrets to longevity to how to create a budget friendly, nutritionally sound eating plan for your family. Good times.


just a bit of our spread:)

Jamie and I have founds ways to support each other despite being oceans apart. She always appears when I need her. She and Dawn have taken this sugar battle on as well. Cause that’s how we roll.

Several of my friendships have deepened in the last several weeks. I have also had a steady stream of emails/text/phone calls from women seeking advice or support in improving their health. I consider wellness my minisitry and my health challenges my testimony.I do not have time  to feel sorry for myself.

On my run today, I was struck with how blessed I feel. During my meditation, I allowed my heart to open completely.

I wake every morning with a desire to get it right and God gives me that chance all over again…every single day. So today it was all about gratitude.

I am grateful for the journey.


P.S. I also discovered Pinterest. It’s on and poppin’!