Hibiscus tea is one of my very favorites. I drink it hot and iced. I love the beautiful red color and tastes and it resembles a cranberry juice . The one I drink is called Flora de Jamaica. It is simple to make. All you do to make hibiscus tea is either place the dried petals into a cup or a tea ball and add hot water to your cup. I do not use sugar in anything but you can if you prefer. I always have Hibiscus tea for sale if anyone is ever interested in purchasing it just send me a comment and it will come to my email.
Genesis 1:29 29Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
- May. 29, 2017
- May. 9, 2017
4 Months after Green Juicing
I cannot tell you how much better I feel now after green juicing. Below is a recent photo , after 4 months of green juiing and a 30 pound weight loss.
Below is a photo of me before juicing. Last Summer I felt miserable. I am 55 years old and by the time we reach this age our metabolism is slowing down and our eating habits are what I call "comfortable" We are usually busy with work, and kids or grandchildren and we have become acustom to just eating on the go, or grabbing what we can. By the end of the day we are exhausted and plop down in front of the tv or eat and go to bed. I am lucky because I am not a TV person, all you see on TV is food and restaurant advertisement which encourage us to go grab something else to snack on. Stop and make a change.
CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS
May 6, 2017
Today I'd like to share a bit more information on my journey with juicing. These are facts that I have experienced from now juicing for about 4 months. I have much more energy, a lot less pain from my arthritis and have gone from a size 14 down to a size 8 in dresses. I have incoporated one meal per day, usually around 4 pm and no later than 5 pm. I usually have a small amount of whatever I prepare for my children but I am getting ready to stop this. I no longer feel good when I eat any meat products, or unhealthy foods. I have been now trying to eat only veggies or vegan meals. Once you cleanse your body of bad foods and do only organic plant proteins you no longer have the desire for any other foods, and your taste buds change dramatically. I have had a lot of response from people asking what i done to loose the weight and telling me how much better I am looking and they want to know how to do it. The problem is once I tell them the first response is "oh yuk, I cant do that, I have to have my food, or I cant drink stuff like that. So I'm going to respond by saying this to anyone reading this article and I have said it before. You have to be ready for a change. You have to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. We get nothing in life by doing nothing. If we want a change , we have to make changes. Anything we do in life that we want to change whether is it our health, or income ,or our living situations then we have to be responsible and make the changes because no one else can do it for us. I am here to help anyone who wants suggestions on eating better. I have posted many recipes for juicing and I have also posted pictures of the instant green organic juice powder that can be ordered from Amazon. I love the Organifi because to me it is the smoothest mixing green juice there is on the market and it is also one of the best. I wish you luck and much health on your juicing journey, whether you on start doing one juice per day or you do straight juicing and nothing else whether for one day or for 30. Happy Juicing!
This article is based on a 2013 post by Dr. Paul Haider which was recently shared with me by Cancer’s Best Medicine author Mauris Emeka. When Mauris learned about these little-known all-natural leaves that have been helping people who are challenged with cancer, he felt the information was both timely and important and asked that I share it with you. What follows is my own adaptation of Dr. Haider’s post.
Most people enjoy eating the papaya fruit, but not many know about the amazing health benefits of papaya leaves. These include anti-aging properties, the ability to reverse vitamin deficiencies, and mitigation of health issues like acne and other skin problems, as well as menstrual pain, cataracts, colds, flus, dengue fever, emphysema, cardiovascular disease and risk for stroke. Moreover, papaya leaves can help reverse conditions which could be precursors of cancer like constipation, indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, gastric ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, malnutrition, and enlarged prostate (BPH).
Papaya Leaves for Cancer
In addition to the powerful healing compounds in papaya leaves that are very important for health and vitality in general, the leaves can also help in controlling cancer. Papaya leaves have a milky sap that’s great for preventing and killing cancer cell growth because it contains acetogenin. Acetogenins are a family of natural products with antitumor activities that include inducing cancer cell death via apoptosis.
Research has shown that papaya can stop the growth of breast cancer cells, halt metastasis, and normalize the cell cycle; and scientists at the University of Illinois believe that its antioxidant activity contributes to its effectiveness as an anti-cancer agent. University of Florida researchers did studies showing that papaya leaves contain agents that can kill cancer, especially cancer of the cervix, prostate, liver, breast, and lung.
Down through Australian history the native aboriginal people have talked about papaya leaf tea as a great cancer healing agent. According to Dr. Haider, many people have cured their cancers by drinking papaya leaf tea for extended periods of time. However, while the anecdotes are exciting, the research still has a long way to go.
According to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website,
“Papaya leaves exhibit antitumor, immunomodulatory, and antioxidant effects in vitro. The leaf extracts contain antibacterial compounds that inhibit the growth of a wide variety of…bacteria. In mice, a powdered suspension of papaya leaves increased thrombocyte count and a water extract reduced alcohol-induced stomach damage….Papaya leaf extract showed low toxicity in an animal model, but it has not been studied in humans.”
Here are some of the specific ways in which papaya leaf can potentially help those with cancer:
Chemotherapy: Papaya leaves can enhance chemotherapy effectiveness and help with chemotherapy side effects.
Immune Function: Papaya leaves contain lots of powerful antioxidants and can boost your immune system. In particular, papaya leaves produce “Th1,” an anti-cancer cytokine.
Platelets: Papaya leaf tea can reverse thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts), a common condition in patients treated for cancer which keeps blood from clotting. Several studies have shown that papaya leaf tea can increase platelet counts, and an international patent has now been filed for its use in improving low platelet counts.
Poor Appetite: Many cancer patients suffer from lack of appetite. Papaya leaf tea improves appetite, bringing vigor and vitality back to the body.
Malnutrition: Papaya leaves contain vitamins A, B, C, D and E, as well as antioxidant flavonoids and carotenes. They also contains 50 or more different amino acids such as threonine, glutamate acid, glycine, valine, leucine, phenylalanine, lysine, tritophan, cysteine, histidine, tyrosine, alanine, proline, aspartate, and digestive enzymes like papain which help digest protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Sources of Papaya Leaves
You can prepare your own papaya leaf tea. Most experts recommend taking 10 leaves, cutting them up, and boiling them in one half gallon of water until it reduces down to a quart. Then let it cool, store the tea in the refrigerator for two days in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, and drink as much as possible. The more concentrated the tea the better the results, and there are no side effects of any kind.
Easier yet, you can purchase papaya leaf tea or extracts online or ask for them at your local health food store.
One of the trending stories this week was actually written in October 2015 by Jeff Witzeman about his wife’s successful natural treatment for aggressive squamous cell bladder cancer. Although Kerry’s doctor told her she needed to have her bladder removed and would have to wear a urine drainage bag for the rest of her life, she decided to follow her sister’s and nephew’s path to Germany, where their advanced cancers were successfully treated “naturopathically,” without surgery or chemotherapy.
When it comes to natural treatment alternatives, German clinics are much more sophisticated than those in the United States. For example, doctors at the Infusio Clinic in Frankfort, Germany, treat cancer with non-toxic methods like heat and oxygen to kill cancer, and then use nutritional supplementation to strengthen the immune system. As stated on their website, “The Infusio concept utilizes medical, biological and bio-energetic modalities designed to rebuild the immune system and target the root cause of disease.” Now that’s my kind of clinic!
At BeatCancer.org, we have long maintained that cancer cannot survive in certain environments – it’s one of the key topics I cover in my Fight Cancer with Your Fork lecture. Kerry and her family learned that lesson too: If you starve cancer of what it feeds on, killing it becomes relatively easy
First, since cancer thrives on sugar, Kerry was prescribed an aggressive diet heavy in fruits and vegetables with no refined sugar. Second, since cancer cannot survive in temperatures exceeding 105 degrees F, doctors at the Infusio Clinic treated her with a hyperthermia machine that killed the cancer cells while preserving adjacent normal cells. Third, since cancer prefers a low-oxygen environment, blood was drawn out of her body, filled with oxygen and then re-inserted, thereby creating an oxygen-rich environment that antagonizes cancer.
The total cost was about $28,000, which the Witzemans called “a bargain considering what we would spend in co-pays for years of chemotherapy, drugs, and surgery, not to mention the treatment of infections.” The clinic was more like a spa, with nice music, healthy green juice, and a relaxed environment. More importantly, when Kerry returned home to the United States, her oncologist could not find a single trace of her cancer!!!
But what about patients who just cannot afford to go to a clinic in Germany? From my own observations, cancer recovery is not necessarily about how much money you have, which treatments you get, or who your doctor is. While these are important, I believe that getting well is much more about who you are and who you are willing to become.
You can create an internal environment that is inhospitable to cancer right at home. Green juices, oxygenation through breath work and movement, detoxification, saunas, music and relaxation, a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and being authentically who you really are -- all help to create an anti-cancer environment.
Jeff and Kerry questioned standard oncologic therapy “that systematically cut, maimed, and killed its people with treatment methods that did not work.” They asked, “Why on earth would chemotherapy drugs be the go-to option when chemotherapy destroys everything around it, not just the cancer? Why destroy the immune system with chemotherapy thus leaving the body WEAKER and less able to fight off the second wave of cancer cells?”
The answer, they discovered, was that in the United States “the FDA bans everything… that conflicts with chemotherapy and chemo drugs because that’s where the money is… well over $125 billion a year.” We will all benefit if new cancer initiatives spearheaded by Joe Biden and Sean Parker start funding cancer immunotherapy.
In the meantime, we at BeatCancer.org want cancer patients to know that they have options. If they choose chemotherapy, we are there to help them optimize their response and minimize side effects. If not, we can provide personalized coaching and individualized resources and referrals for non-toxic treatments. Indeed, cancer can be killed naturally!
This is a great tea with many health benifits, I drink it many times per day. Please look up all the benifits of the Jiaogulan plant. Other countries have been using this tea for centuries and it one reason that many people there live many years past 100 years of age.
Eating Is NOT a Moral Judgement
Today I would like to talk about something important such as being on your way to a healthier lifestyle. First we all need to understand that everyone is differant ,Differant in the way we think, live, & eat. Everyone's body is differant in the way that it reacts to taste, and what we think tastes good or bad to us. When i first started my journey to healthier eating I cut out things that I knew were truly not good for my body, such as , margarine, oils, junk food, sugar and so on. I began with a juice fast of fresh green veggies & fruits. I done a complete 30 days or more of nothing but juice several times per day. Because of the nutrients in the juices I was never hungry, especially after the 3rd day. As I began to feel good, have more energy, sleep better I thought " Hey this is great" , Then I decided that maybe it was not a great idea to juice any item that was not Organic, I mean why would I want to drink juices that contained pesticides, gmo's etc. So I began using nothing but organic. Boy was the taste better. I started having even more energy, and total clarity in my thinking & my vision.
After 35 days I began eating a small meal in the afternoon, only after drinking my juice, that way I didn't want as much food. I only ate things like organic veggies such as spinach,tomatoes, apples, oranges and so on. I no longer craved sugar, breads, pasta's, coffee etc. And I have not had a soda for over 90 days now. I found a drink called Kombucha (Synergy Brand) and it is actually an organic , naturally carbonated vinegar tasting drink with many health benifits, I love it ,and while drinking it I realized that it was not soda that i was craving , it was the carbonation feeling on my throat while drinking it. I only drink the Kombucha now(no soda for me) and I love it. The better I feel the more I look at overall eating habits. I honestly do not see food the same way, I don't think I ever will again. I keep searching, and reading and studying more ways to eat better. I found a great green juice powder that is great for times when i don't have time to juice with my juicer. It has a great tastes, no gritty taste, mixes easily and is totally organic with a ton of health benefits, it is called Organifi Green Juice. Doing the Organifi in the mornings before work is so much quicker than juicing my veggies and saves a ton of time and I get the full benifits and vitamins and much more. I don't watch T.V so that is a benifit that I have over most people. If you watch T.V. I'm sure you will notice every commercial with advertisements for pizza places, fast foods, chips, icecream, candy and much, much more. Don't make it hard on yourself, don't sit in front of the TV. Get out and move or do something differant. I'm not particial to your typical weightloss programs and we know how many of those are out there, where you pay a large price, or they send you the foods, or you do a carb diet, and you can also have dessert! They always stress the fact that "You can also have dessert!" Listen, if you want to be healhty , you have to learn to eat better. Anyone can look up the beneifits of an apple, carrot, brocoli, etc or the benefits of chocolate cake and it's a no brainer, (although my passion is baking cakes, lol). There are no benefits of eating chocolate cake . You crave it or want it and then after you gulp it down next comes the guilt trip. And we do this over and over in our day to day life. The secret to getting healtier is not going on a crash diet, or a typical diet of ordering your foods from a progam that you count your points or carbs but to learn about your foods, because once you are done with your program and you have spent your money to loose a few pounds you still are not understanding how to prepare healthy foods for yourself. You will still be thinking of a way of eating and then expecting or craving that dessert afterwards. I am not an expert, I am not a perfect eater, I am not someone who judges others by what they eat, nor do I judge someone for their size or weight. I am just like you. We all want to feel better, look better & know how to stay better. The only way we can do this is to want it bad enough. When you start feeling better and looking better you want to share it with others. And that is where I am today , I want to share what i have learned along this journey. I read a lot on eating and how your body digest foods and how many nutrients are left in the foods after they are cooked. I also read about the items that are in the majority of our foods that we purchase from any of our local grocery store such as added chemicals, gmo's , pesticides etc. You will be amazed at what we have all been putting into our bodies and feeding our precious children when you take the time to look these things up. My goal is to help as many people understand that I can. I have a long way to go, and a lot more to learn, and a lot more bad habits to break, but in the mean time I plan to do the best I can, help as many people as I can and hope that everyone can have a great time doing it. So Happy Getting Healthier and anything I can do to help, don't hesitate to ask. Or send a comment to my page under the comment section.
Lemons are powerful little citrus fruits, they have been used for centuries to cure colds, coughs and many other issues as far as sinus relief, getting mucus out of the body , colds, coughs and much much more. I have known a lot of folks who have lost their voice at one point or another due to differant illness and a lemon has come in pretty darn handy. You can take a lemon and roll it on the counter , cut it in half and then sprinlke with salt and suck the juice and it will help restore your voice. I love drinking warm lemon juice, Always try to use organic fruits and vegetable when juicing because if you don't you are drinking a lot of pesticides and fertilizers. It is really a shame what the food industry is allowing these days for human consumption but it is very true. If you can stand to drink slightly diluted fresh lemon juice as i do, you will be amazed at what it can do for the body. Lemons are known for removing muscus from the body, and believe me we have a lot of it. They help with weightloss also, and they are very energizing. Never throw your lemon peels into the trash and throw them out, They can be put through your kitchen gargbage disposal for a nautural sanitizer and cleaner. Or put them into a bowl of water and into the microwave for the same purpose.
3/18/2017 over 40 Days of Juicing
Honestly feel so much better after getting a little weight off and continuing my juicing experiance. Juicing is not for everyone, but I encourage everyone to at least try changing up your diet and incorporating at least one fresh juice per day into what you are consuming daily. Once you get used to using your juicer, and trying differant recipes it will encourage you to want to add more juice. I also think once you see the differance in how you feel, and how you don't constantly crave junk foods or eat as much you will want to make more changes in your eating habits.
This juicer is what is called a masticating juicer. This type of juicer litterally chews up the pulp and removes all of the juice from the veggies or fruits you are juicing. The masticating juicers can range in price from around 100. 00 to over 600.00 . If you are serious about juicing a masticating juicer is really the way to go. If you are a beginning juicer then you can find a nice juicer at places such as your local Walmart or Target. The price range for those juicers will be anywhere from 69.00 and up.
Today is day 11 of my juicing adventure. I feel so much better. I had gotten to the point of exhaustion during the day, feeling tired by mid morning then sleepy around 1 pm and then by 5 pm pure exhuastion. NOT NOW! I can actually say that I feel really good. I am not tired or sleepy and have so much more energy. I know that one reason is from not having any junk or processed foods in my system this entire time. It is so much quicker and feels so much better to just drink a nice fresh glass of juiced vegetables than to sit down and eat an entire plate of foods that really have no nutritional value to my body. Not to mention that in 11 days I have lost a total of 16 pounds. Please do not drink store bought juices. Store bought juices like Naked and Odwalla are owned by Coca Cola and Pepsi, they don’t know anything about health. But really these juices are pasteurized, heated to the point where all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients are gone. They are loaded with questionable ingredients and they are very high in sugar. Drinking those juices will cause your blood sugar to spike and then followed with a crash. Fresh juices provide natural energy, vitamins, minerals, living enzymes, nutrients and much much more. Once you try fresh juicing you will never want the ones you purchase from the grocery stores, and before you drink a glass of that store bought juice please look at the sugar content first. It will blow your mind, not to mention it will blow up your body weight wise. Green juices are perfect for diabetics. You can drink pure vegetable juices or you can sweeten with low glycemic fruits like green apples, green pears, limes & lemons, I love adding fresh peeled ginger root to my juices, sometimes I will add a pinch of cinnamon or even a litt curry.You can refrigerate your juices, just place them in an airtight mason jar. When you make your juice a general rule is to drink it right away; when exposed to light and oxygen nutrients begin to oxidize. If you are not drinking it right away store in an airtight mason jar for later consumption.masticating juicer can last up 2-3 days. If made with centrifugal juicers drink within 24 hours. Here are some of the best green vegetables to juice.
- Swiss chard.
- Sweet potato.
- Beets (any color)
- Romaine lettuce.
- Doesnt this look so much better than what you would purchase at the grocery? Not only does it look better but I can assure you that it taste better. And I can also assure you that you will feel better . I hope to continue on with my juicing. I am really learning a lot as I go and to be honest with you I am finding out just how much my body craves having all of these fresh good nutrients. And also how much less I need to eat instead of thinking of the usual 3 meals a day of what I used to think was great food. It's all in you mind folks, your stomach will thank you for not eating all the heavy prcessed foods. HAPPY JUICING!
This page is based on my personal journey to getting healthier. Everyone is differant in what their body can consume, or how their body reacts to differant foods. I have learned a lot along the way but will never learn all there is to learn during the rest of my life. I have always loved gardening and growing veggies & herbs. All 5 of my children were raised in an envioroment where many mixtures of fresh vegetables, herbs, and ediable plants and flowers were incorporated into the meals that I prepared. Besides being healthy the foods were beautiful and tasted awesome. I remember when my oldest child, my daughter was only 3 years old and standing on a chair close to the kitchen counter watching me make things such as candied orange peels at Christmas instead of candy, or watching me as she done each October, peeling the left over pumpkins and cutting them into cubes, boiling them and making pumpkin custard for her. We also loved the pumpkin sliced into small thin slices and eaten raw. All of my children loved and still do love raw foods, such as corn, string beans, potatoes, and turnips. I have also learned though, that the foods these days that we purchase from grocery stores all have additives, perservatives, GMO's and things that are not healthy for us. What I want to bring to this page is a differant view than you may already have concerning the foods we put into our bodies. Remember first and most , that the body and life you have is the only one you will ever have, once it is damaged by unhealthy things a lot of them cannot be reversed. Here is an example of daily eating that you may not think of. When we prepare a meal the food usually comes from the grocery, it has already been processed, cooked, and most of the nutrients are already gone. Once we get the food out to prepare a meal we open a can of green beans, corn, peas and then we put them on the stove top and cook them once again, along the way adding salt, margarine, butter, oils etc. We havejust diminished the good that was left (if any), By the time we eat a meal and add some bread or cheese, butters, beverages we are actually doomed where our stomach and health are concerned and once the meal gets to the stomach it has to be broken down and sits there for hours or days until digested. Another thing to think about are meats, I am not a vegatarian but feel like I am on my way to being one after everything I have studied about meats. A meat was once a live animal, there are bacteria living inside the animal and once it dies it still has the bacteria and begins the breaking down of the meat. Meats are not something the stomach digests well at all, if it is a red meat then all of the fat needs to be trimmed off before preparing, otherwise your stomah is thinking "what the heck do I do with stuff, therefore it starts storing in it into fat pockets in the arteries, and your health slowly declines. One of the hardest things to convince people of is the damage they are doing to their own body (myself included) But lately I have become litterally sick and tired of being sick and tired. Are you in my same predicament? Do you want to feel better? Do you want look better? Than you have to eat better. Make small improvements at a time, for example, start cutting down on the amount of salts, margarines, butters and oils you use when cooking. Instead, start adding either fresh or dried herbs. If you don't want to eat raw foods or do the juicing thing( which I hope you at least try) then instead of frying foods, bake them or invest in an air fryer, they are fantastic! When you juice a vegeatable (not by using a ninja or blender) but by using a juicer, the nutrients in that vegetable are amazing! Once you drink it , it goes into your stomach which is very easy for the stomach to digest, then the nutrients are immediately distrubted throughout your body. It's like drinking life. The more you drink the better you feel, the better you feel the more you want to drink. My hope in doing this page is to encourage others as well as myself to continue on a healthy journey. Before you take the first bite of anything ask yourself a few questions.... Is this good for my body , mind & spirit ?
And especially is this good for my stomach? And then ask the ultimate question, Am i even hungry or am I eating out of bordem ? If you have any questions or comments you can go to the comment page and send a comment or question or even a juice recipe that you would like for me to share. I will receive them through my email and will be glad to post on my page as long as I feel that they are something healthy. And most of all, give juicing a try before you say you can't drink it, or you don't like it. It is worth the journey. HAPPPY JUICING EVERYONE!!!
Rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of the antioxidants needed to keep your skin and hair healthy and glowing. Vitamin A found in sweet potatoes helps your body regenerate collagen, which holds things together, like your skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants not only help you look better, but they also play an important role generally in disease prevention and longevity.Sweet potatoes are easy to digest and a healthy food for your digestive tract. First, they contain a moderate amount of fiber, about 4 to 6 grams per average size potato. The soluble fiber in sweet potatoes makes your stool softer and easier to pass. While moving through the digestive tract the fiber attaches to cholesterol and helps remove it from the body. These vegetables also contain magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants which all contribute to help reduce inflammation, remove heavy metals and regulate the digestive process
Benefits of blackberries
Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It's also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below
Benefits of spinach
Jacob had a lot of fun operating the juicer today. We made 3 quarts of juice from kale, spinach, green apples, carrots, ginger root, celery, cantaloupe and then added a pinch of cinnamon. The boys love fresh juice and this is so much better for them than the processed that would come from the grocery. Even the organic juices still have to be processed into the jars and then sit on the shelf. The nutrients that were once there are no longer there like those found in the fresh veggies and fruits that you juice yourself.
This is a great simple juice for weightloss and to melt away celulite.
1 2" piece of ginger root.
I like to peel the fruit first, if organic you dont really have to , but if not organic it is best to peel first as any pesticides, or fertilizer can still be in the peel. Always remember to wash all fruits and veggies first, even if you are peeling them. The other recipe to the side is also a very good one for doing the same thing.
These are some of the veggies we juiced 2 days ago. Of coarse we did not juice all of them because i do not like to save it in the refrigerator. If stored in the refrigerator it is best to drink no longer than 24 hours later for the fact that it soon looses its vitamin value. Below is the recipe using some of these veggies. They were yummy and so detoxifying and good for you.
Clean Green Juice
1 entire stalk of celery, this is the entire bunch
1 bunch of cilantro or parsley( i use parsley0
1 bundle of dill
1/2 bunch of Kale
This is a very powerful juice and it is not for a beginer trust me. You may not be able to get in down.
Benefits of celery
Febuary 20, 2017
This is my 7th day of having nothing except green juice, at times I do add fruit along with the veggies. I cannot tell you the differance in how I feel. I am not falling asleep in the middle of the day, I am not tired when I wake up, not tired at work and I sleep well at night. Most importantly I am NOT hungry at all, I DO NOT have craving for sugar, salt, or junk food. I have always tried to eat healthy, or so I thought, but after doing this, I was NOT eating healthy.
Before you decide to start on this juicing journey let me give you a few words of advice. Do Not start it unless you are serious about it. I think anyone can benefit from incorporating a juice a day of fresh fruits and vegetables, but to drink it all day long for many days will be difficult if you are not simply sick and tired of being sick and tired and feeling unhealthy. I was at that point in my life. I work everyday, I am always busy, but got hurt 2 years ago and am now in need of having a hip replacement, Everytime I went to the doctor all they suggested was medication( narcotics & non narcotics) I refused to take narcotics. I have never take medication in my life. The next thing they suggested was injections in my hip and in my back. I resorted to have the injection in my hip, it helped for 2 weeks, then i resorted to having the injection in my lower spine, Besides the pain of it sending me through the roof-top it done nothing for my back. NOTHING! My back went completely out leaving me laying on the floor the same day. Then I had another injection in my hip, it done nothing. The reason it done nothing was because there was no space between the ball joint and the hip bone. I learned this after I was referred to a hip specialist. My reason for the juicing now is to get healthier before I have a hip replacement. The green juices have helped extremely as far as my pain from artritis, being able to sleep, and loosing weight. I have done juicing for a long time, but only for 3 days at a time doing a cleanse. Seven days ago while being barely able to walk, shower, and feeling like I was 70 instead of 55 I said "This is enough"! I guess you have to be ready mentally to challange your own self to make a change. We all all know this , and I know this because I know myself well enough to know my mind has to be in the right place before taking on any challenge. The other thing that you need to prepare yourself for is what others may say about it. The things I have heard are , You are starving yourself. No I am not because I am actually getting triple or more what anyone else is getting from eating a regular meal. The differance is that your food that you cook, bake, stew etc. will set there in your stomach for hours or days before it is digetsted. What I am getting is all of the vitamins instantly poured into my stomach, they are easily digested and the vitamins are rushing into my system. Other things I have heard is "Oh I don't like juice, or ewww no way i could do that. What I am is telling you is that if you are overweight, or tired all of time, then you are not sick and tired of itenough , YET. When you get to the point of feeling like you wish you felt better, then I hope you at least try juicing. It has many benefits. And you will not regret it. When you do a straight green juicing, and that is all you have, you can expect to loose up to 1 pound per day. Drink a lot of water also if you feel hungry, I have not felt hungry since starting this 7 days ago. And as with any eating plan, please read and get all the information you can before starting and also check with your doctor. I even hate to add that because after 2 years of seeing doctors, my option was pills, pills, or more pills , OF COARSE. HAPPY JUICING!!