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A juice a day keeps the doctor away? 
Nov. 24, 2011 9:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 4:07 pm
A couple of months ago, I caught a cold and it lasted for about a month.  Right when I was getting better, I caught a second cold!  I think I am almost better now but I still have an occasional cough.

During that month of illness, I was so frustrated at my immune system and started reading up on how I could build up my immunity.  My mom gave me a book a couple years ago called "The Enzyme Factor", written by a Japanese doctor.  He suggests a diet of fresh vegetables and fruit and very little meat.  Fresh foods have a lot of good enzymes which he believes helps the body fight illnesses and diseases (even cancer).  My friend at work suggested that I watch a movie called "Food Matters" which was all about the benefits of a raw food diet.

My husband's favorite food is steak so I don't think my family will be able to move to a completely raw food diet!  But I am trying to get us to eat more raw foods by making a salad with dinner every night.  I've also heard good things about "juicing" so I have gone to Robeks and Jamba Juice recently to try their juices.  Robeks is great because they offer fresh orange, apple and carrot juices and you can add celery, spinach, ginger and even beets to your juice.  Jamba Juice only has fresh orange and carrot juice but they have a few new fruit and veggie smoothies.  I tried their Apples n Greens smoothie and it was pretty good!  I would definitely get it again.

Getting a juice or smoothie every day is quite expensive so I borrowed my mom's juicer a couple of weeks ago.  For my first juice attempt, I used carrots, oranges and apples.  I think I added too many apples because it came out tasting like apple juice with just a hint of carrots.  This morning, I made a smoothie with banana, frozen blueberries and strawberries, some water and 2 handfuls of spinach.  I poured a cup for my husband to see if he'd like it and surprisingly, he liked it!  So tomorrow, I'm going to be brave and make a juice of spinach, apples, carrots and celery.

If anyone has good veggie juice or smoothie recipes, send them along!
Nov. 25, 2011 4:21 am
I believe there may be some merit to this idea. I eat plenty of raw food and rarely get colds. In fact, other than my bout of pneumonia last year at this time I haven't been sick in a few years. I never really thought about it, just figured I had a good immune system - and I work in a school.
Nov. 25, 2011 9:14 am
I think I've had that same cold that led to another cold for at least a month now. I'm going to try juicing- I have a Magic Bullet juicer thing my dad gave me. Thanks for posting this!
Nov. 25, 2011 9:40 am
my sister had pneumonia about a month ago, and she even had a pneumonia shot. I do drink Juice every day (Orange, apple, grapefruit, grape, tomato). As a matter of fact I have about two glasses of tomato juice every day (I put chipotle sauce in it). the only problem is all the calories in some of them. I also have a juicer that I use for harvest of my apple trees each year to make juice.
Nov. 25, 2011 2:08 pm
Hi! Thanks for all your comments! Mother Ann, I think it is great that your immune system is so good, especially since you work at a school! Shinesohard, have fun with the Magic Bullet! I made my veggie/fruit juice this morning and it took about 30 minutes including chopping, juicing and clean up so it wasn't as time consuming as I thought. KingSparta, you are lucky that you have apple trees! Fresh apple juice is so much better than the bottled juice sold in stores!
Nov. 27, 2011 11:15 am
Hi Alo_96, I watched a DVD on Netflix called, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" which was a documentary someone did as he was ill w/ a severe skin allergy and all he did was fast w/ juices and ultimately changes his diet to a more raw food/vegetarian type diet & cured his disease. I mention this as you might want to check it out, there's juicing recipes attached to the website for this movie as well.
Nov. 28, 2011 6:49 pm
Hi Isabeau! How funny! I just got it from Netflix! Now I just have to find some time to watch it. Thanks for the recommendation!
Feb. 19, 2012 6:33 pm
my mom just emailed me your blog. I juice. if you want a good green smoothie, there is one i just fell in love with. it is all made in the juicer and then I put in blender to make a smoothie out of it. Juice: a handful (about 15 or 20) red seedless grapes, 1 orange, 1 lime, 1 slice pineapple, 3 colard greed leaves, 1 handful of spinage. Then Blender: fill blender 1/3 with ice and add your juice. blend. Then add 2 bananas and blend again. Add a table spoon of honey to taste if needed. I dont use honey if i add enough pineapple. I got this recipe from the vitamix guy at whole foods. my husband and 9 month old both drink this with me in the morning and i noticed with the " green " drink i have more energy and both of our skin looks more shiny and youthful. i hope you like it
Feb. 20, 2012 4:07 pm
Thanks skinnyone! I will try your recipe next time. It sounds delicious!
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