I am going to be trying a “juice re-boot” – where you eat vegetables and fruits and then drink vegetable/fruit juice. The idea of the reboot is to rid your body of processed foods that are high in sugars, salt, and fat. This is not the type of thing that I normally do. I’m not usually into special diets or things like that, but I’m going to give it a try.
My husband saw a documentary the other night called “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” (Yeah, not a great title, I know.) It’s the story of a guy who was overweight and had health problems. He goes on a 60 day juice fast (No way am I doing 60 days!) He looses the weight and improves his health. He has a chance meeting with another guy who was in a similar situation and encourages him to do the same thing. He shows him how, helps him set a target goal, and encourages him along the way. It was very inspirational.
So during the documentary, they are using the juicer and getting all sorts of health benefits from their diet. After the show, I asked my husband, “You’re gonna want a juicer now, aren’t you?” – knowing full-well what the answer was going to be. (I love that my husband gets inspired by things like that.)
The idea of the juice fast or juice re-boot is to eliminate processed foods and fats and reintroduce rapidly absorbing micronutrients that are contained in fruits and vegetables allowing your body to heal and letting your digestive system work the way it is meant to. I’m committing to the juice diet for 5 days and to eating healthier in general. I’m also committing to loosing 10 pounds.
Unfortunately, the only vegetables that I actually like are the ones that don’t taste “green,” and some of the juice recipes that I’m seeing have vegetables that I have never even heard of. I told my husband that I’m reserving the right to hold my nose while drinking the vegetable juices. In the documentary, they were saying that the juice fast made them not crave the taste of sweets and things that aren’t as healthy. I love dark chocolate and candy so I’m not sure how that will work, but I’m willing to try to find out. And by the way, wine does count as fruit juice, right??? 😉
I’ve got the juicer on order and am eating much healthier (and a bit less) to get ready for the juice reboot. I am also researching fruit and vegetable juice recipes. Until then, if you have any good juice recipes, please share them with me. Thanks.
That has been the question. Here at Smart and Trendy Moms, we are trying to figure out just how much to help our kids with cleaning their rooms. We’d love to hear what you require of your kids when it comes to cleaning up.
When you have kids, it goes without saying that you have tons of toys, sports equipment, and basically junk that needs to be organized and cleaned. We have been asking around and have discovered that things range from moms who don’t have the kids clean anything to kids who are totally responsible for their own rooms and everywhere in between.
I’m all for making kids responsible for cleaning their own rooms (admittedly, sometimes without much success), having them put away their own laundry, and help with a few other simple chores. However, I usually end up in a cycle of: I say “clean your room” and threaten loss of privileges when they aren’t doing it; they grumpily clean up; and then within a few days, the room’s a mess and the cycle starts again. Not fun! A couple weeks ago when a friend asked me what I was doing and my reply was “getting the kids to clean their rooms.” She said, “you’re always doing that” and its true. Things have got to change. I’m just not sure how to do it.
I’ve got friends who spend more time cleaning up for their than I do, but less time arguing about it. I’m looking for a middle ground so that I’m not having a weekly argument about cleaning with grumpy kids, but I’m not just running around cleaning up after them either.
Please leave us a comment to tell us your opinions on how much kids should be responsible for doing and how you get them to do it. We’d love to hear your ideas.