Grandma Allie’s Detox Salad

Over the weekend my mom made a detoxifying salad that was too good not to share with you. She whipped up this pungent beauty for the first time decades ago. She thought it would be great to eat in preparation for the juice fast reboot she is going to begin soon.

Allie's Detox salad -

Allie’s Detox salad –

Allie’s Detox Salad
Parsley, washed and rough chopped
1 Onion, julienned
5+ Garlic cloves, chopped
4 cans of pickled Artichoke hearts, quartered
Cold pressed Olive Oil
Red pepper flakes
1 lemon

Directions: Combine parsley, onions, garlic and artichokes. My mom eyeballs pretty much everything she makes; she never uses a recipe. Therefore we do not have exact measurements for the vinegar and oil. Drizzle a tablespoon or so of the vinegar and oil and mix, toss a pinch or two of red pepper flakes in, depending on your heat tolerance, and squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the salad before devouring.

Eat salad as is or serve over a bed of greens.

One tip: Do not eat this salad before a date night. Holy overpowering.

Why is this salad so great for you?

Parsley is wonderful at flushing out the toxins in your kidneys and your kidneys flush toxins out from your body. Therefore, parsley helps the overall cleansing of the toxins from your body.

Onions offer many health benefits including cardiovascular benefits, healthy support for bone and connective tissues, anti-inflammatory benefits and cancer prevention. It is recommended to eat at least one half of an onion each day to receive this allium vegetable’s benefits.

Garlic is found to be exceptionally wonderful at helping cleanse out the digestive system as well, not to mention it tastes GREAT. It is known to be a powerful antibiotic as well and therefore will help treat infections. Garlic has also been found to be helpful at reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood clotting.

Artichokes benefit our digestive system by increasing the bile production in our large intestine. They also help remove excess water and toxins from our bodies. Other benefits: They lower triglycerides, they are a good source of fiber, potassium, iron, calcium and phosphorus.

White vinegar helps the body absorb essential minerals. Acetic acid that is found in vinegar is said (not proven) to balance the digestive system by slowing the absorption food high in refined carbs. Vinegar is also linked to reducing high blood pressure, aiding in cancer prevention and also helps people with type 2 diabetes by inactivating digestive enzymes that break foods down into sugar.

Olive oil is wonderful for many reasons, but regarding digestion it lowers the risk of acid reflux, and promotes absorption of many nutrients. It is also known to help aid constipation by having a mild laxative effect on the bowels.

Red pepper flakes are rich in antioxidants, boosts metabolism, kills bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and cancer and clears congestion.

Lemons not only offer an energy boost, but also offer digestive system support, immune system support and also fight bacteria.

We are in no way, shape or form medical professionals. All information provided has been found during our research. Please consult a professional if you have medical issues or questions. Thank you.

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt  -

As most people know, yogurt contains healthy bacteria called probiotics aka “Good Belly Bacteria”. Store bought yogurt has the bacteria, but also contains many other additives and preservatives that can have a counter-effect on the probiotics. Making yogurt at home is not only cost effective, but also much healthier for you. Yogurt in general is a great source of valuable proteins, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Since my husband suffers from ulcerative colitis, we decided to start making homemade yogurt about four years ago. There is a theory that the additional good-belly bacteria from yogurt can help balance out the bad bacteria in his digestive tract, therefore making his symptoms less severe.

This is the yogurt maker we use. We purchased it off of Amazon for around $90 so $49.95 seems like a great price. It has worked great for us over the years and we would recommend it to anyone looking to make yogurt at home.

Yogurt starter: We chose a yogurt starter that contains the following bacteria: lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus acidophilus. These are the best bacteria for digestive issues (Crohn’s, IBS, UC).

To make the yogurt, we simply follow the instructions on the Yogourmet starter packet and we have never been disappointed with the end result. We make two quarts at a time, so we use two yogurt starter packets. The following directions are for one quart and one packet.

1. Heat one quart of milk to 108 degrees F. Or bring to boiling point and cool down to 108 degrees F. We always use organic whole milk. The whole milk gives the yogurt a little richer consistency.
Homemade Yogurt - Heating Milk -
2. Dissolve 5g of starter with a small quantity of lukewarm milk in a cup, then pour back into the quart of milk. Mix well.

Mixing the starter with a bit of lukewarm milk

Mixing the starter with a bit of lukewarm milk

3. Incubate 4 to 4 ½ hours, or until the desired firmness.
We incubate for 24hrs since at that point almost all of the lactose is eaten by the bacteria, which makes it easier to digest. However, incubating for 24hrs makes the yogurt a bit more tart.

4. Refrigerate to stop incubation.

We like to enjoy our yogurt with a little honey to sweeten it up or vanilla for some added flavor. We also put in fresh fruit and granola!

Bon Appétit!

Your New Favorite Wake Up Juice

This is a great juice to start the day with and absolutely my favorite tasting homemade juice so far!

Pineapples (pH 3.20 – 4.10) are delicious, but a little too acidic for me to enjoy as a stand alone fruit in a cup.  Nutritionally they aid in the bodies digestion and elimination because of their acidic make-up, which closely resembles the human gastric juices.  They are also very juicy, if you catch my drift.

Pears (pH 3.50 – 4.60) are also helpful for digestion/constipation as well as they keep your thyroid and metabolism in check. They contain more pectin than apples do which reduces serum cholesterol and cleanses the body of all sorts of nasty toxins from the environment.

You may be as surprised as I was to learn that although oranges (pH 3.00-4.34) are a great purifier for the body and an excellent source of vitamin C (water soluble), they lose all of their vitamin C content within 1/2 hour of being squeezed!  Yet another reason to make your own juice and drink it right away!  I typically fresh squeeze one orange and fill the rest of a small glass with water for my son every morning.

The ingredients:
(makes one large glass)

1/2 Pineapple
1 Pear
1 – 2 Oranges
top it off with a little water (approx 1/4 cup)

Cabbage Juice

As delicious as a cabbage juice sounds, you have to know that cabbage (pH 5.20-6.80) is amazing.  For instance, raw cabbage:

  • detoxifies the stomach and upper bowels faciliating rapid elimination
  • alkalinizes the body
  • stimulates the immune system
  • kills harmful bacteria and viruses
  • improves circulation

Raw spinach (pH 5.50-6.80) is one of the best cures to constipation and bowel cleansing, inflammation, and repair of the colon.  Because it is rich in iron anc chlorophyll it helps build healthy blood.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

This juice was okay and could be modified with more carrots or apples as your tastes desire.

The ingredients:
(serves one)cabbageroseing

1/8 cabbage
1 handful fresh spinach leaves
2 carrots
2 apples

Grapefruit – Carrot – Ginger Super Juice

Grapefruit (pH 3.00 – 3.75) has cleansing qualities that break up fatty build up in your arteries and flushes it away.  The acid that does this you cannot find anywhere else.  Not only that butgrapefruitcarrotgingering this citrus friend of ours has proved to one of the most valuable fuits that aids in the removal of inorganic calcium that may have formed deposits in the joints (arthritis) as a result of over consumption of white flour and pasturized milk products.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

Ginger also has an array of digestive benefits and healing qualities as well has tastes great!

The result: one very tasty detoxifying juice!

The ingredients:

2 Grapefruit (skinned)
4 Carrots
Chunk of Ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling grapefruit can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

prep grapefruit

5 Star Beet Juice

If you are like me, just thinking about beets makes you lose your appetite.  But because beets (pH 4.9 – 6.6) are one of nature’s best bodily cleansers and provide the following healthy benefits I decided that it would be worthwhile to incorporate them into my juicing regimen.

  • dissolve and eliminate acid crystals from the kidneys
  • eliminate blood toxemia
  • enrich the red corpuscles (building strong blood)
  • detoxify the liver and gallbladder
  • eliminate pocket acid material (what?) in the bowel
  • the list goes on and on…

Lucky for you I’ve already done the hard work of taste testing multiple recipes before landing on one that was borderline yummy.

new beet juice

The ingredients:
(makes 1 glass)

1 small beet
1 orange (skinned)
1 apple
2 carrots
2 celery ribs
chunk of ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling oranges can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

preparing oranges

Juice Fast: Organic Bloody Mary Juice Recipe

bloodymaryIf Bloody Mary’s are a reason to celebrate in your world, then by no means should you deprive yourself of a little celebration during a juice reboot! Although this recipe is all organic, healthy, and alcohol-free, it was delicious!


Obviously stir the juice before drinking and enjoy!

The ingredients:
(makes two glasses)

4 tomatoes
4 stalk of celery
1-2 jalapeno peppers
(optional) salt and pepper to taste
(optional) celery salt rimmer


3 Day Reboot and beyond (Kris)

For anyone considering a reboot I would highly suggest being open to extending your fast beyond day 3 if you find day 3 tolerable. Three days is the minimum after all.

Since I found day 3 to be so much better than day 2, I decided to keep going and see how many days I could make it. Besides, I had most of the makings for some great juice still in the icebox. Well, I made it for 7 days and I have to say I could have gone longer, but I had a lunch meeting and a happy hour coming up and I didn’t want to go to happy hour my first day off the fast.

Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 were unbelievably easy for me. I had no hunger episodes and actually only made juice twice most days. I did find a great recipe for beet juice that I could actually drink without wincing and had plenty of energy to work through the day.

My first meal was at a lunch meeting, I had a spinach salad. Very yummy, my only regret is that I think I ate it like a huge, starving pig and possibly impacted the appetite of my lunch partner, ha!

3 Day Organic Juice Fast – REBOOT (Steph’s Experience)

After prepping my body for six days, I was officially ready to begin day one of the juice reboot. For the six days leading up to the reboot, I cut out all alcohol from my diet, lowered my intake of dairy, sugar (that includes food that turns into sugar after you eat it), meat proteins and cut my coffee intake in half.  Cutting back on those food items was supposed to help lessen the headaches that may occur during the fast that are caused from withdrawal. I also boosted my intake of fruits and veggies over the six days and generally ate less food. I figured this would help prepare my body for the lack of solids and the boost in vitamins it would be receiving in the days to come. My goals of the juice fast: to prove to myself that I have the will power to do it, to kick my coffee habit and to become more aware of the foods I put into my body and how they affect me.

Organic produce purchased for juice fast

Organic produce purchased for juice fast

I purchased 4 bundles of kale, 3 bags of apples (2 red and one green), 6 cucumbers, 2 pears, 1 pineapple, 2 tomatoes, 4 lemons, 2 jalapenos and a 5lb bag of carrots.

All produce is organic and was purchased from Whole Foods Market. Total spent – $60.00

Day 1:

First I began the day with warm water and fresh lemon juice. This is supposed to help cleanse your digestive system. I am an avid coffee drinker which I think has become more of habit than anything. I figured the ritual of drinking a hot drink out of a coffee mug would fill the morning coffee void.

Warm lemon water

Warm lemon water

Breakfast: An adapted Mean Green Recipe

Recipe: 2 carrots, 1 whole cucumber, 1/2 lemon, 2 apples and one bundle of kale (6 leaves). Num!

From this:

Adapted Mean Green Recipe Ingredients

to this:

Adapted Mean Green Recipe

Adapted Mean Green Recipe – One glass for me and one for my daughter

Always remember to dilute your juice with one part water.

Around 11am some family stopped by and I juiced a quick snack for them. I drank the small bit of leftovers.

Recipe: 2 carrots, 2 apples, 1/2 lemon, 1 large cucumber. Delish!

By 1pm I was feeling pretty hungry and tired. I’m not sure that I was more tired than I usually would be, but I felt very unmotivated. A nap would have been helpful but I had work to do.

Midafternoon I started getting a terrible headache that lasted through the rest of the night. It may have been the worst headache that I have ever had.  I juiced once more for dinner.

Recipe: Bundle of kale, 2 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 apples. I was so out of it I forgot to take a “before” photo.

Here is the after:

Day one dinner juice

Day one dinner juice

Although I did not cheat on the juice fast, remember that if you are suffering from excess hunger, you are allowed to have a light snack (fruit or veggie). Eating an avocado will not interfere with your diet so definitely do what your body tells you to do. I also drank several glasses of water throughout the day and always drank a hot water with lemon in between each juicing.

Day 2 –

To my surprise, Day 2 was a total breeze. From what I read, I was expecting Day 2 to be the worst. I didn’t have any hunger pangs, no temptation of having anything other than juice and no headaches (THANK GOODNESS!). However, I did have an odd dream that I cheated on the diet and I felt really bad about it.

I only juiced twice on Day 2 and here are the recipes:

Breakfast recipe: 1 four inch chunk of pineapple, 3 carrots, 1/2 an orange and 2 green apples. This is by far my favorite drink!

Breakfast juice ingredients

Breakfast juice ingredients

Breakfast juice

Breakfast juice

Fruit-only juices are best consumed in the morning as it is easier on your digestive system. Apples can be added to any veggie juice and will not interfere with digestion though.

Lunch/Dinner Recipe: 1 whole cucumber, 2 green apples, 1/2 lemon, 2 carrots, chunk of ginger.

Dinner juice

Dinner juice

Day 3 –

I felt great waking up today. I made the same juice for breakfast as Day 2 since it was so delicious.

For lunch I headed over to Kris’ house and we made the “Bloody Mary” juice to share.

Recipe: 4 ripe tomatoes, 4 stalks of celery, 1 jalapeno

We rimmed the glasses with celery salt. It was a tasty treat, however it did make me miss Vodka for the first time in 9 days.

Dinner juice recipe: Keepin’ it simple with carrots and apples.

Dinner juice

Dinner juice


The day after the juice fast, I had a light healthy breakfast, made a healthy soup for lunch and had sea food and veggies for dinner.  Throughout the fast, I did not end up in the bathroom more than usual, as many people report, in fact I was in the bathroom less often. If you experience constipation while you are juicing, I’d recommend picking up some Smooth Move Tea. It works wonders!

From this point on, I intend to juice a veggie drink in place of my lunch. I was surprised at how much longer I felt satisfied after juicing vs. eating a meal. Ideally I’d like to replace dinner with a veggie juice, but I do not want to take that special time away from my family.

Although weight-loss was not a reason for doing this fast, it is always a perk right? Most people that juice experience frequent trips to the Loo and lose a lot of water weight. Since that was not my experience I felt comfortable counting my weight-loss as weight lost. 3 days of juice fasting = 5lbs lost. After a day of healthy eating and a couple glasses of wine, I am happy to report I am still at the 5lbs lost mark.

Easy Peasy Chemical-freesy Lotion: How to Make Homemade Lotion

Homemade Lotion...

I was watching the documentary Hungry for Change (recommended by Stephy) and there was one little blurb in there about how many chemicals are in lotions.  Knowing this already, and on Day 2 of my juice fast I decided to check out the ingredients in my Aveeno Active Naturals, fragrance free lotion that I have used for years.  I didn’t see anything in there resembling “naturals” so I googled how to make my own.  It was surprisingly easy and I had made my own by dinner time.  Here goes…




3/4 C  Sweet Almond Oil (or oil of your choice)

2 T   Plain Beeswax (not w/ byproducts)

1 C  Water

Optional: 15 – 30 drops of an essential oil of your choice (I used 20 drops of sweet orange)

Glass jar for keeping the goods in

NOTE:  You may want to keep a separate blender and spatula just for making lotion, it was noted that the beeswax can leave a film.  I have a glass blender and did not have that problem.

Oil & Beeswax

Oil & Beeswax

Place a Pyrex measuring cup filled with the Almond Oil and Beeswax into a pot of water (water should reach about half way up the cup) and heat until the beeswax just melts.  Remove from pot and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes.

Pour the water into the blender and begin blending it on high.  Slowly pour the beeswax-oil mixture into the water.  Add the drops of essential oils.  DO NOT be afraid to over mix!  Continue blending until all the liquid is emulsified (1-2 minutes).  Pour and scrape the lotion into a glass jar for storage. Let completely cool before tightening lid.

The lotion lasts up to 6 months.  You can keep it in the fridge to help it keep.  That’s it!!



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