Day four juice fast: Oil and what it can do for you

Day four has been hard, it always is. So I had a soy chai this morning which kept me super full and back on track, as well as some tomatoes with pepper and pink salt, some fruit, and some salad veggies for dinner. That fixed that, and will be back to juice tomorrow πŸ™‚

Anyhow, what I want to talk about today is oil. Not the greasy saturated stuff that you cook your chips in, but the natural, plant and nut derived stuff that can be totally beneficial for your health and you body.

There are huge debates over the use of oils in the diet, but one thing is for sure, you need these oils to live. As you know (or may not know) I am studying nutrition at uni, so here is a brief rundown (in my very special Daisy language) of what I know so far:

You have 2 types of cholesterol in your system, the HDL and the LDL. Not all fats are bad,Β  your system is made up of them, membrane walls, your brain, and even hormones all get help from cholesterol from good fats.

The LDL cholesterol is the type that builds up in your arteries, and can cause health risks and issues like strokes, heart attacks, and are provided to you by excess of saturated animal fats from meat, dairy and eggs, and the HDL are your ‘good’ cholesterols, which come from fish and plant oils, your body even produces this stuff itself in the liver to help you, they actually sweep through your system, collecting the bad cholesterol and flushing it out for you. It can be easy to have an imbalance, even if you eat a fantastic diet, as cholesterol levels can be hereditary, and is important to get these things checked.

Basically the build up in your system occurs when you are not taking in enough of the good oils, and are consuming too many of the bad ones. Examples of ‘good’ oils are the omegas found in fish, nuts, seeds and plants, things like avocado and almonds and walnuts. Although these are good oils, they should still be eaten in moderation, like anything really, as they do have a high calorie count (not great if you are watching your weight). Half an average avocado can be up to 140-150 calories, and I definitely know how easy it is to eat a whole one of those!! That being said, they are also a filling snack with many nutrients and vitamins, and obviously a better choice to have one of those beautiful green pear shaped fruits than a bag of chips πŸ˜€

So I’ll tell you how I use oils the most: I cleanse and moisturise my skin with it, I oil-pull, and I make raw, vegan chocolate. I occasionally use it as a hair serum too.

So my whole entire skin regime is in a bottle of oil. I have no cleansers, toners, moisturisers, eye creams, hand creams, I own none of that. I used to work in a pharmacy where I got all of my Dior skin care stuff for free, I had BUCKETS of skin care stuff, with a lotion or potion for EVERYTHING. And now all I have is my $9 bottle of avocado oil in the upstairs bathroom, and my $5 bottle of macadamia oil in the downstairs one πŸ˜€

I massage in about a 50c coin size of oil onto my face, then I rinse a face washer under a hot tap, squeeze it out, and rest it on my face for about a minute, then wipe off the oil. Then I rinse it again, rest it on my face again, and wipe it off. Thats my cleansing done. Then I get about a 5c coin size drop of oil, rub it in my hands, and pat it all over my face and neck. Thats my moisturising done. And that is all I need.

My skin has never been better in my entire life, my pores are smaller and not as dark, I don’t get the big pimples anymore, I’m not as shiny or oily (how odd you might say, but have a think about this: oil and water don’t mix. You cook something oily and pour water in the frypan to soak and what do you see? A gross big oily residue sitting on top when you eventually get around to washing it. Same goes for skin. You wash your face with water and your natural skin oils sit on the top and protect everything underneath it, so effectively NOT washing your face and leaving dirt and build up on your face. So what do you do? You add a cleanser, full of chemicals and detergents and junk to dissolve the oil and wash the dirt away. You know what your skin does? It has a mini freak out and says “OH MY GOD, WHERE HAS MY OIL GONE??” and then goes and produces more of the same of what you just washed away, and then some. Particularly if you are an oily skin type and you wash your face often. Ever wondered why you might have oily skin? Because you may be washing away the oil your skin wants, so it goes into over-producing mode and gives you a whole bunch more because you NEED it. With oil cleansing, you are giving your skin oil, oil dissolves in oil giving it a great clean, then you are giving it a bit back. Your skin stops producing as much, and you actually look and feel less oily. TRUE STORY. If you don’t believe me, try it for 2 weeks, and tell me I’m wrong.)

IMG_4009I’d like to know when in the history of EVER did my skin ever look better or clearer than this? I think the answer is that it hasnt, and I was sick the day I took this photo too ha ha ha ha ha πŸ˜€

The second (and more weirder thing) I do with oil is oil pulling. If you haven’t heard of this, read here: http://www.thewellnesswarrior.com.au/2012/04/oil-pulling-my-new-morning-ritual/

I actually started it because some research said it may help to clear up sinus issues. For me it didn’t, but I got hooked on it after I saw how white my teeth got!!!! Here is a photo of my teeth as I sit here at my computer, I have not enhanced it in any way, and yes, I am aware they need work but whatever, they are WHITE.

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Not even my old peroxide teeth whitening stuff got that result….. In the article I posted it says to rinse your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide and stuff after you brush, I’ve never done that, just a really good rinse under hot water and air dried it and it is good to go. I have also noticed a lot less wisdom tooth infections and pain since I started too… worth a shot if any of you out there get that!!

The last thing on my DEFINITELY HAVE TO TRY THIS WITH OIL list is the raw vegan chocolate. Now, loads of people are on the ‘coconut oil is the greatest invention ever made and it will save the entire planet from everything ever’ bandwagon, but here is my opinion: It is an oil. It is a medium chain fatty acid, which is a heck of a lot better for you than a long chain fatty acids which are your saturated fats. Shorter chain fatty acids are your plant based oils are are good for your health. So coconut oil, while it is saturated, is medium chain, so right there in the middle of good and bad, its digested more readily by the body and doesn’t reach your gall bladder, which is great if you have issues with that. Where all the crazy hype comes in I’m not so sure about that, but I know for making recipes and having something yum, I know that I would prefer to put something in like coconut oil.

So, chocolates. I have posted this before, but I’m going to do it again (and probably again, and again, its that good). It is my go-to recipe that I use all of the time when I want chocolate. I’m not a big sweet tooth, I would prefer a pizza any day over chocolate, but when you get an urge you gotta have it πŸ˜€ This recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make, is super simple, you can add ingredients to it like puffed rice, dried cranberries and almonds (my favourite stuff to put in!!) and you only need a few small pieces to curb that craving πŸ˜€ http://crueltyfreerecipes.com/2013/07/01/homemade-dark-chocolate/

This is a photo of the ones I make all of the time:

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So there are my three favourite things about oil. Give them a go, you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!

xx

 

Day three juice fast: Kombucha

Today was day three, more of the same today, although I may have had to sneak some food (thanks to there being zero places I could get a juice from!! Have had a bit of a headache ever since, that will teach me)…

So today is my first post in a series of things I’m going to write entitled Things I Like πŸ˜€ Which is good, cause there are just so many awesome things I’m liking right now, and I want to share them with you. First thing on my list is KOMBUCHA. I chose this as my first post because I have a scoby on its way and I am about ready to make up my first ever batch.

What is Kombucha? Basically, you make up some tea, stick some sugar in it and add a scoby, and let the fermentation happen. What is a scoby you ask? Basically its a white disc of bacteria and yeast, which will eat up all of the sugar you put in, and release its live probiotics, vitamin B and antioxidants (all the good stuff) into the drink. It looks like this: http://www.anneskombucha.com/what-is-scoby/

To me kombucha tastes like apple cider vinegar, and if you werent wanting to make it yourself you can buy commercial brands in different flavoursΒ  in health food stores. If you would like to read more, check this out: http://www.eatlifewhole.com/2013/06/what-is-kombucha-and-is-it-really-good-for-you/

I am excited to make my first batch after trying some from the health food store recently. I will take photos of what I’m doing for you all to have a look, cant wait!! Whats great is that I can have it on my juice fast to add some good bacterias into my belly, and I found when I was drinking the ones I bought I was much less bloated and uncomfortable, which is so good, big time plus for me πŸ™‚

If you want to try a nice one, this is the one I drank from the health food shop. 1551694_10152017616368961_110967138_nI have been reading about kombucha for about a year before I worked up the nerve to even try it, completely glad I did!!!!!

Anyhow, hope you are all having a good night, its time for a big glass of water and a long sleep for me πŸ™‚

xx

Day Two of my juice fast :)

So yesterday I posted a quick bit about what I’m doing, tonight I might get to write a bit more. If you have a three year old and a hectic life, you will understand that time to myself to write a blog can sometimes be next to impossible, so thanks to you guys who read what I write and stay patient if I don’t blog when I say I’m going to πŸ™‚

Anyhow, my ‘food’ yesterday consisted of this:

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Basically, its a small jar (approx 500ml) of carrot, orange, apple, carrot and celery juice, and two big jars (approx 845mL) one is strawberry, mint, cucumber and celery, and the other is kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple and carrot. I also had a one litre bottle of soda streamed water with lime, and 4 jars of lemon water. For dinner I also ate corn soup.

I have decided that on my juice fast, if I get hungry (it does wear off after a while, but I find myself having a massive fail in the first few days every time, I’m going to try and not let that happen this time!!) that I’m going to add some fruits and vegetables into my diet, just to CHEW something, I think that is a huge thing for me, the chewing of the food πŸ™‚ So chunky vegetable soups, salads, fruits, dehydrated fruits and veggies, I’m going to include these when needed. Might be a couple a day, might not be any for a few days, will wait and see. Like today for instance I had slices of tomato with pink Himalayan salt and ground pepper on them, tasted super yum and totally hit the spot πŸ˜€

Pretty much this will be the go most days, so rather than post photos of juice each day (thats not very exciting!!) I’m going to try and post about different things that interest me about a raw vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, and hopefully you too. Tomorrows post is about KOMBUCHA, am super excited, my friend is sending me a SCOBY so I can make my own, will tell you all about it tomorrow πŸ˜€

xx

Happy 2014…. Thirteen days late :)

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!! I am always excited about a new year, always have been. Its time to set new goals, feel refreshed, put the previous year behind you and go go go πŸ˜€

I am a little late on starting 2014, I have been really unwell. I had planned out this whole juice fast, a total cleanse to start the new year. Unfortunately my body had other plans, and one day into it my ovaries decided to rupture themselves a cyst and boom, there went the juice fast 😦 If you don’t know much about this fun little thing called PCOS, basically, cysts grow inside your ovaries and at any given moment they can explode (ok, I’m being dramatic, they don’t exactly explode) leading to massive pain not unlike the pain I experienced during my 3 day labour (no, that’s not me being dramatic again, that happened, and it was totally what this felt like). I went to the hospital and was given the gas I had when I actually was in labour, some morphine, Endone, and a bunch of other stuff. On a good day I take nothing, on a bad day I may take a regular old Nurofen (ibuprofen) so to have all of these in my body made me sooooo sick, and I couldn’t even sip water and keep it in for over 24 hours. So today is the 13th of January…. I’m feeling better and am ready to start my year.

I am feeling much better, my head is clear, I have had my relax (so relaxed I ate MEAT, hmmmm) and I’m ready to go. Have all my juicing ingredients ready, I have my Lugol’s solution (iodine), my psyllium, lots of herbal teas and am getting a scoby from a friend to start my own kombucha!! So exciting πŸ˜€ (more about kombucha later).

So if you haven’t heard much about juice fasting, this is pretty much the go: I will be having only fresh fruit juices for the next 60 days. Why 60 days? It does seem like an insanely long time, but rest assured I have my doctors approval. I have some very stubborn weight that just won’t shift, and its been probably a year that I have plateaued. Its getting very frustrating, and if you have read previous posts, my doctor had said, much to my dislike, that I am really going to have to shock my body big time to get it going again. So not taking his suggestion of meal replacement shakes (no way I’m drinking that toxic crap again) and talked him into saying yes on the juice, where I will get ACTUAL nutrients, not just synthetic junk made in a factory. I want to stress right now, DO NOT ATTEMPT WHAT I’M DOING WITHOUT A DOCTOR SAYING OK. To learn more watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XDSpuMIMPs

I’m going to post another blog tonight outlining what I’ve had all day, and more about how it will affect me, and why juice fasting is so good πŸ™‚ I did a smaller juice fast at the start of last year, and am so glad I did, it was really beneficial for me especially in resetting my taste buds and habits.

Anyway, more to come later πŸ™‚Β Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!

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