Naturally Infused Water Recipes

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Do you drink a lot of soda and would like to cut back? I used to drink a lot of drinks that were full of sugar.  I would usually crave a drink or snack in the afternoon at work and often I would opt for a soda. The sugar in my system would boost my energy, but only for a little bit – and then I would crash the rest of the afternoon. Hard. To the point where I just wanted to put my head down on the desk and nap for a while.

The thing that made me realize that I needed to drink more fluid, but not the sugary kind, was a chat with one of my friends. He was telling me that he was going to have a kidney stone operation and said that he was in a lot of pain. I asked him if there was anything that you can do to prevent kidney stones and his answer was simply “Drink more water.”

I decided to give flavoured water a try instead of just water to spice things up a bit.  I do not add any sweeteners other than the natural kind that you will find in fruit such as strawberries or oranges. I add a herb such as basil or mint in most of my drinks as I grow tons of it in the backyard and I love the fresh flavors in the water.

I feel a lot better now that I drink more water. I have more energy, my skin is clearer, I and I don’t have the painful headaches I used to have in the afternoon.  I also feel better now that I don’t put all those artificial sweeteners in my body every day. If you want to stay hydrated and make the switch from soft drinks to homemade flavored water like I did, then check out these recipes.

Cucumber, lime & mint flavored water

1/2 cucumber, sliced
1/2 lime, sliced
Handful of mint, stem and leaves (give the mint a bash with a wooden spoon to get more flavours out)

Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in the fridge for a few hours or better, overnight.

Watermelon, lime & basil flavored water

2 cups of cubed watermelon
Handful of basil, rosemary or mint, stem and leaves (give the stem a bash with a wooden spoon to get more flavours out)

Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in fridge overnight.

Strawberry and mint flavored water

10 strawberries, sliced from top to bottom to create little “hearts”
Handful of mint

Add the ingredients to a pitcher, fill up with water and leave in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.

Quite often I will also just squirt some lime or lemon in a glass to keep it simple. When I go out I usually bring a water bottle with pure water as I don’t want to risk forgetting fruit in the bottom of the bottle. I could just imagine the water bottle rolling under a car seat and not be found for a few weeks. Tha would definitely be “flavoured” water, but probably not very tasty or that good for your health 🙂

What are your favorite combinations for naturally infused water? Please share your recipes in the comment section below.

6 Juicing Tips To Save Time And Money

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Juicing Tips #1: Get everything ready before you start the juicer.

My husband and I have now been juicing for about a month. It all started when we watched Joe Cross’ documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. The story about how Joe Cross was able to lose 82 lbs. and get off all his medication deeply touched us. We do not need to lose that much weight and are not sick and are definitely not nearly dead, but we are always open to ways of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet.

So, after watching the documentary, we purchased Joe Cross’ book ‘Reboot with Joe’. We both really enjoyed reading Joe’s book. He writes in a very personal and entertaining way – very much the same style as in his documentary. Joe has included some great recipes in his book. So far, I have experimented with quite a few of his juice recipes and they have all been fantastic. I like to follow a recipe the first time I try it out and then the next time I make it, I will give it my own twist. I think his ‘mean green juice’ is my favourite juice from his book so far.

What I especially enjoyed about the book was reading other people’s stories and seeing all the before and after photos that people have shared. To me, there is nothing more inspiring than hearing real life stories and seeing proof of the results. Not only have people lost a lot of weight with juicing but in many cases they have also been able to reverse their medical conditions.

We have not done a full on juice cleanse yet, simply just added the healthy drinks to our diet. I think a juice detox it is a great idea to reset your system after a vacation or after Christmas where you have been eating a few more unhealthy things than normal. If you decide to go on a juice diet for a few days to either lose weight or for a reboot, make sure to consult your doctor before you get started. What we have done is replace snacks and the afternoon coffee with a juice. You’d think that adding juices to your diet just means you consume more, but I find that I eat less at meals when I have had a juice as a snack. Many mornings we have also had a juice instead of breakfast. I find that when you start the day off healthy there is a bigger chance that you will continue eating healthy throughout the day. And if I do end up eating something unhealthy at some point during the day, I don’t feel as guilty because I started my day off with a juice.


My 6 best juicing tips

So far I have really enjoyed making juices. My husband and I usually make our juices together and we already have a great system in place. Here are some tips to make the workload easier on yourself.

Wash all your fruit and vegetables as soon as you bring them home. Any nasty tips on carrots or celery stalks we trim off and put in the compost collector that we have on the counter top. We wash our fruit and vegetables in a salt and white vinegar solution, pat them dry and put them straight in the fridge. This way they are ready to go when you want to make a juice.

Plan ahead. Get out a knife and cutting board. Quickly get an idea of what you want to put in your juice keeping in mind that the best ratio for a healthy juice is 20% fruit and 80% vegetables. Before you even turn the juicer on get all the ingredients out on your cutting board. Cut any fruit or vegetable that is too large to go down the feeder into smaller pieces.

Mix the vegetables and fruit up. I find that if you put too much of the same fruit or vegetable through at a time that things sometimes clog up. This is especially the case with stringy vegetables such as chard and celery. To prevent that I just make sure to put different things through the juicer. I always try to finish off with a hard vegetable such as a carrot to clean the shoot.

Make a big batch. Let’s face it, cleaning the juicer does take a little bit of time, so you might as well put the machine to some serious work every time you use it. I like to make a double batch; enjoy half and put the other half in the fridge for later. As long as the juice is covered, it can last up to three days in the fridge without losing its healthy nutrients.

Fill up the sink with hot, soapy water. If you have a double sink, even better. Then you can rinse the juicer parts off in one sink before putting them in other sink with soapy water. You don’t want the juicer to sit in the carrot and beet juices for too long or the plastic will get stained. I usually rinse the juicer parts off and then let them soak in the sink while I enjoy the fresh juice.

Clean up spills and get rid of the pulp. One thing I do like to take care of straight away is to wipe up any juice spills on the counter top and get all the pulp into our composter in the backyard. If you don’t put it in a composter or compost bin straight away it can attract bugs, so don’t leave it on your counter top for too long. Depending on the type of counter top you have, juice can stain the surface, so make sure to wipe up any spills before you sit down and enjoy your drink.

Cleaning of the juicer

Cleaning our Slowstar juicer is pretty straightforward. It comes with a little brush that works great for cleaning the metal mesh. I also find that using a regular kitchen sponge is helpful. I use the green, rough part of the sponge on the metal and the yellow, soft part on the plastics to avoid scratching the plastic.

Cost of juicing

Juicing is not cheap… but it is your and your family’s health we are talking about here and you can’t put a prize on that. First, you need to invest in a juicer machine and then there is an additional cost of buying all the ingredients (if you haven’t juiced before you’ll be amazed at how much produce it takes to make a single glass of juice). The way I look at it is that either I spend the money now on fruit and veggies or on medication later on in life. I feel a lot better than before and don’t feel tired and foggy in the late afternoon anymore. I have lost five pounds since we started juicing and as a bonus I have also noticed that my skin looks a lot healthier. So the extra cost is

My grocery bill is somewhat higher than before, however, this is my health I am investing in, so I don’t mind spending a bit more on healthy veggies. I grow a lot of vegetables in the backyard, so I have been able to substitute a lot of the purchased produce with spinach, chard and other leafy greens from the backyard.

Shopping for produce

Another thing I have started to do is buy produce in bulk at Costco. The quality is great and you might as well buy big bags of produce because you will go through it very fast. I have also started to make a habit of looking at the discounted items at our local vegetable market. I now buy pineapples and apples at less than half price this way, so I’d highly recommend checking out the discounted produce next time you are shopping.

So there you have it… I hope you got something out of my juicing tips and tricks to how to make the most out of your juicer. Do tell about your own experience with juicing and share any tips in the comment section below.



Joe Cross Reboot With Juicing

fat-sick-and-nearly-deadMy husband and I have been watching a lot of movies since we got Netflix a couple of weeks ago. We have been taking turns picking a movie to watch and a few nights ago I came across a documentary about a man that changed his lifestyle by switching the cheese burgers out with healthy juices. The title most definitely caught my attention, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and we decided to watch it.

The documentary is about an overweight Australian man in his early 40s that needs to take a fistful of medication to function every day. He has always led a very stressful and career driven lifestyle and his diet has never been a priority to him. In fact, in the beginning of the documentary he does not exercise at all and eat junk food every day.

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Joe suffers from a debilitating autoimmune disease and is very concerned about his future if he doesn’t change his ways. He decides to try something new and travels across the United States. He stays away from restaurants and only drinks fruit and vegetable juices that he makes on his own juicer. He decided to go on a juice diet for 60 days to help his body heal itself. He had seen many doctors and tried many treatments and decided to give his body a chance to heal itself by giving it a break from all the unhealthy food he had been eating. His goal was to stop taking all the pills every day and lose some of all the extra pounds he is carrying around.

It is incredible to watch Joe Cross change in this movie. Not only does he lose a significant amount of weight (82 lbs!), but he also inspires other people to eat healthier too by giving juicing a try. The most touching story  to me was when he met a truck driver in Arizona with the same rare disease as himself. Phil is morbidly obese at 429 lbs and is at his wits end. Joe Cross helps him get started with juicing and Phil immediately starts to drop some weight. Phil changes throughout the documentary from being a sad, quiet man in a lot of pain to a positive and energetic man that plays ball with his son – something he was unable to do before. Just like with Joe, Phil also starts to inspire other people to try juicing. I love how he pays it forward and teaches other people how he changes his lifestyle and how they can do it too.

My husband and I found the documentary very inspiring. We talked about it a lot and drove our close friends crazy by going over every little detail of the movie. People seem to think you are a bit nuts when you mention that you are considering starting with juicing. “Can’t you just eat a lot of veggies?” But the thing is that there is no way you can consume a cucumber, three celery stalks, two apples, a lemon, a piece of ginger and a massive handful of kale in one sitting (that’s Joe’s Mean Green juice, by the way). With a juicer you can extract all the phytochemicals out of the veggies and enjoy a glass of liquid nutrients.

The day after we watched the documentary we bought Joe Cross’ book “Reboot With Joe” ( link). We were both inspired to boost our micronutrient intake and figured Joe’s book would be a great way to get started with juicing. I am a few chapters in and I am enjoying Joe’s entertaining writing style and can’t wait to try some of the recipes he has included in his book.

Joe recommends the Breville juicers in his book. This is also the juicer that he used in the documentary. Judging from the reviews the Breville juicers are great, we just didn’t care for that the manufacturer only offered a one year warranty.

We have read a ton of online reviews on juicers and have decided to opt for a slow juicer with a 10 year warranty. The juicer we ordered is the SlowStar 2000 juicer. The main reasons why we picked it is because it is a quiet model, great for juicing hard vegetables such as carrots and beets and of course we liked the 10 year warranty. Oh yes, and it is red and will look really pretty on our kitchen counter top. Once we have received and used it for a while, I will write a proper Slowstar 2000 juicer review.

The Master Cleanse Exposed!

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
 & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

The master cleanse is a detoxification program that calls for nothing else than a special lemonade concoction and periodic salt water flushes (to flush out your colon).

The master cleanse solution is comprised of the following ingredients:
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
• 8 oz spring water

And that’s pretty much all you drink (along with hebal tea and water) for the duration of the cleanse. However, because lemon is acidic (before it is digested) it may wear down the enamel of your teeth. Therefore, after each glass of lemon water or the master cleanser, you should rinse your mouth with water.

This master cleanse protocol has become wildly popular in the last few years, especially since Beyonce announced it was her secret to losing weight fast. And yes, the master cleanser will help you lose weight fast because all your putting into your body is the solution above, which provides very few calories.

So, if you’re looking to lose weight fast, then this cleanse will definitely be helpful.

However, what good does this cleansing solution do for your body?

Investigating the Components of the Master Cleanser

Well, lemon is great. Once metabolized, it is actually alkaline-forming, which is a good thing. It helps to detoxify your liver, loosens mucus, and stimulates your digestive system. But in our mind, that’s about all the master cleanser provides.

Otherwise, you’re simply drinking sugar water, which is not a great thing for people with blood sugar issues – and that’s a lot of people!

Maple syrup is a high glycemic sweetener. If all you’re drinking throughout your cleanse is a high-glycemic drink, you’re bound to run into blood sugar problems. Therefore, we would not recommend the master cleanse for diabetics and those who suffer from hypoglycemia.

Cayenne pepper is also helpful at breaking down mucus and some even say that because it is a “firey” spice, it boosts your metabolism. Not sure how much validity the latter statement has.

But one dimension that many people don’t realize is that cayenne pepper is part of the nightshade family and contains alkaloid compounds which are acid-forming in the body and can aggravate inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

Watch This Master Cleanse Video for More Detail

A Cleanse That Actually Helps You Lose Weight While Improving Your Health
Drinking the master cleanser several times a day over several days may help you lose weight but at what cost to your health?

If you’re looking to cleanse your body and lose weight, then you need to heal yourself from the inside out by improving your internal environment, bettering the health of your colon and liver, and removing undesirable stressors from your diet and lifestyle.

The other important consideration is that simply buying magic laxative pills or a cleanse product and going it on your own will never be effective in the long term. You will most likely revert back to your old habits, eventually continue to pollute your body, gain weight, and watch your health decline.

What you (and everyone who attempts a cleanse) need is a highly supportive and guided environment that not only provides you with a time-proven cleansing plan but also a method that tackles your habitual ways of eating so that you can overcome emotional eating and finally be in control of your body and your health.

There is only ONE cleanse program available that provides you with these tools and support. Because it is so service-oriented, this exclusive 30-day program, only has room for a small number of highly motivated people who want to reclaim their health and live their best life ever!

Will you be ONE of the few?

Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit