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Adventures in Juicing: A Beginner's Thoughts

Adventures in Juicing:  A Beginner's Thoughts

Adventures in Juicing

I spend 40+ hours a week encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles by eating better and exercising. As a Physician Assistant, I try to convince people that preventing diseases is really the better option than using medications to treat them later in life. After 10 years of this profession, I am finally rubbing off on myself.

 

Most of my 20's, I ate like a unsupervised child at a birthday party. When I hit 30 and had a second baby, my metabolism took a hit and it was painfully obvious I could no longer eat what I wanted and not pay the price. To be honest, at this point, my motivation was purely vain in nature. I wanted to lose weight and look more like my 20 year old self. Then I saw my kids picking up some of my rotten eating habits, and I knew I wanted better for them. How could I eat a smorgasbord of unhealthy food, and then ask them to eat more fruits and veggies?

My whole family needed a food overhaul. I tried a couple of meal delivery services (HomeChef, Plated, etc), but each meal took at least an hour to prepare, and for the most part it lead to alot of fussing and griping from everyone in my family about the "weird food."

Then I watched this documentary on juicing that really peaked my interested. The documentary was called, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," which is on Netflix if you want to check it out. In the documentary, this man from Australia named Joe Cross decides to do nothing but drink the juice of fruits and vegetables for 60 days. During his 60 day journey, not only is he able to lose an incredible amount of weight (82lbs) , but he is also able to wean himself off prednisone. He took that medication in relatively large doses to manage a chronic autoimmune disease (chronic urticaria).

Fat Sick and nearly Dead with Joe Cross

It was rather amazing to me that not only could he lose so much weight, but an inflammatory condition that has no known cure, was completely improved with a change in his diet. As a medical professional, I know there are definite ties to diet and inflammation in the body, but this was an amazing transformation.

To "juice" you have to have a.....juicer! :) The one that he uses is a Breville, which runs about $150. I wasn't really willing to spend that one until I knew it was something I was serious about. I mean heck, what if it was all disgusting. All I need was another $150 kitchen gadget taking up room on my counter. I happened to find a Jack LaLanne Fusion Juicer at Walmart for $69. Still not super cheap, but better than $150. So I decided we were going to give it a whirl.

Juicer

Now let's not get any crazy ideas here. I can assure you, we are not going on a 60 day juice fast. I am not that dedicated. Plus, I am more a fan of a "slow and steady wins the race" approach when it comes to changes in my diet. If there is something slower than baby steps, I would like to go that slow.  I really just want to try to get more fruits and veggies in my family's diet and decrease the amount of junk we eat. If weight loss ends up being part of the result, that would be great.  

Initial thoughts....

1. It's not that bad. Actually some of the recipes are kind of good.  You end up mixing some of the sweeter fruits with some of the yuckier veggies to get something drinkable (Think about tricking your babies into eating any baby food that was green....mix it with apples or carrots to make it taste better!) 

2. You must completely get over the color of the what you are drinking. For the most part it is going to be some frothy looking green or pasty salmon color. Just try to move past it. 

3. I have consumed WAY more fruits and veggies in the last 5 days than I would have dreamed about actually eating.  It's actually rather amazing.   My 3 year old drank one of the concoctions and told me it was "yummy". Has hell frozen over?  

Piper drinking her veggie juice

4. The possibilities are endless on the combos you can make.  They are all better ice cold or over ice, I don't care who you are.   I'll include some recipes I made below but you can check out Pinterest or Google some simple recipes to get a few ideas. 

5. I might could actually do this for a meal.  I drank one 16 oz mixture of juices over ice the first night I got it just playing around.  It was close to supper time, but I was enamored with my new toy to eat.  After I got done playing around, I realized I never ate.  Although I wasn't stuffed or anything, I always wasn't really hungry anymore.  Probably the way I should be eating anyway. Push back Tiffany, Push back. 

6. Holy Colon Cleanse.  Enough said. 

Overall, I think it could be a win.  If it gets me eating healthier, and reaching for more fruits and veggies, what could it hurt?  I heard someone say the other day that "You spend the first thirty years of your life trying to kill yourself, and the next 30 years trying to save yourself."  I guess this means I have moved onto the second phase in life. 

Apple Carrot Juice

Apple Carrot Surprise

  • 1 whole, Cucumber (Medium Size) with peel 
  • 2 medium apples, cored
  • 2 medium, Carrots, raw with peel
Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 45 mg 2 %
Potassium 586 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrate 30 g 10 %
Dietary Fiber 8 g 31 %
Sugars 21 g
Protein 2 g 3 %
Vitamin A 209 %
Vitamin C 21 %
Calcium 13 %
Iron 6 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

Virgin Bloody Mary

 

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The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story

The Starfish Story

When I became a Physician Assistant 10 years ago, I had to go through a year of "clinical training."  Basically that meant, that every 6 weeks, I would move to another clinic or hospital with another preceptor (PA, Nurse Practitioner, or MD) that would teach me and let me follow them around.

Most of the time, I didn't know a soul, had no idea how to do anything, or where anything was, and felt generally lost.   By the time I started feel like I had gotten my bearings, it was time to move on to the next rotation. 

Some of my preceptors were willing to teach me, but some were not as willing or happy to have me around.  I was young and ready to learn.  I imagine they were not happy to have me following their every step.  I try to remember this each time a take on a PA or NP student.  

It's a rough year.  It's like having a brand new job every 6 weeks that you are not paid for, and you are rarely wanted.  Most of the time, you are offered little to no training, because you are not someone who is going to be around for the long-haul.  It was probably one of the roughest and most rewarding years of my life. 

I got very lucky.  My very first preceptor was an very sweet man, and he took the time to teach me how things were done.  Although I had spent the entire first year of PA school studying hard, I came out of school with not the slightest idea of how to write a hospital progress note or many other basic skills.   Late one evening, he sat down with me and showed me the correct way to write a progress note on a scrap piece of paper.  

I still have that scrap piece of paper.   I have spent the last 10 years working in internal and hospital medicine, and since that day, I have probably written thousands of hospital progress notes.   I will never forget the kindness of those 10 minutes it took him to sit down and explain to me something that I would use for the next 10 years. 

At the end of my rotation, I wanted to give him a gift.  I didn't have a lot of money at that time, but I framed a picture of "The Starfish Story" and gave it to him.  I glued a small starfish to the frame.  

The Starfish Story

Then I made one for myself.   Looking back, it looks like something an elementary school child might have made, but that's okay.  

 

If you have read "The Starfish Story," you realize that what I was trying to tell him is that

HE MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR ME.

 As a teacher or healthcare provider, you spend a great majority of your life trying to reach people that seem unreachable. It is frustrating and hard, and there are days where you wonder if anything you do makes a difference at all.   There are days I still come home and wonder why I chose to do this profession.  Those are the days that I come home and read the story that I framed over 10 years ago to remind myself that my job is worth it, even if I only help one person. 

So, thank you Dr Adams. You are a kind man with a good heart.  You threw me into the water when I had washed ashore. You made a difference to me. In turn, I have spent my life trying to make a difference to others. 

~Tiffany Bailey PA-C 

 

"The Starfish Story" 

While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, picking up starfish one by one and tossing each one gently back into the water.
He came closer still and called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
The old man smiled, and said, “I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the elderly observer commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
The young man listened politely. Then he bent down, picked up another starfish, threw it into the back into the ocean past the breaking waves and said,
“It made a difference for that one.”
Adapted from the original story by Loren Eiseley
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Staying Sane This Summer With Your Kids and Their Electronics

Staying Sane This Summer With Your Kids and Their Electronics

Summer is here! For kids that means, NO SCHOOL, NO HOMEWORK, and most of all NO REGIMEN. This turns my house (which is already a circus), in to an absolute cluster. The problem is, although the schedule changes for the kids, it really doesn't change that much for mom and dad. We still work every single day. Add to that, baseball season ramps up, so then we are squealing around on two wheels trying to get everyone to practice and games on time. 

Kids and their electronics

Now before you go getting the pre-conceived notion that I am one of these crazy sports parents (well I might be crazy, but that is beside the point), I do not focus my entire life around my kids sporting events. However, I do think that it is important to teach your child that if you make a commitment to anything, whether or not that is a team, a club, a group, or whatever that might be, that you stick with it and show up.

 So, the other morning after the 4th time I had asked my children to put their shoes on so I wouldn't be obscenely late for work, they finally pulled their head out of their "electronic devices" and I got a blank stare from both of them... I had visions of going postal on their iPads. I was thinking circa 1999 Office Space printer melt down. #PCLoadLetter #WTFdoesthatmean. By the way if you have no idea what I am talking about, you have missed out on a really sweet action movie, and I suggest that you rectify this problem immediately. 
 

             Office Space PC Load LetterOffice Space Printer and Fax

Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta

When I posted on Facebook about my little daydream about having a psychotic episode on my children's technology, I must not have been alone. Lots of others chimed in with some great idea on how to keep the electronics problem in check, and other contributed some awesome quotes from the movie.  ( All were appreciated.) I wanted to share some of those ideas here, along with some other ways to keep your sanity this summer. 

These are just the rules at my house. Every house is totally different and no two houses will work with the same rules. These are just ideas to start from. 

  1. No electronics at the table or while eating. (All food is eaten at the table) Adults are included in this too. I don't think it's fair to ask the children not to have their iPads if I am staring at my phone. (Someone also suggested have a box to put electronics in during meals if this was an issue.)
  1. No electronics in the mornings.  I haven't implemented this yet, but I feel it coming. We struggle to get out the door every morning, and half the time it's because I have to ask the kids to do things multiple times to actually get them done. 
  1. Keep a schedule, including naps as intact as possible.  Humans are creatures of habit, and we all function better when we are in a routine. As much as we can, we try to keep wake up, nap, and bedtime roughly the same, even in the summer.
  1. Replace homework with chores for the summer. So, the whole point of being a parent is to raise your child into being a card carrying member of the working society eventually.  Children need to learn that everyone has to contribute to make a household run.  Because I love y’all, I have made a downloadable chore list that you can print and customize for your children.  Once they complete their chores, then perhaps they can play with their "electronics".    
  1. We still keep our night routine the same, by rubbing everyone down with  Sleepytime Cream, spraying the beds with No More Monsters Spray, and we make every attempt to try to get 8 hours of sleep.  Now that my kids are a little older and they will generally sleep through the night (thank goodness, there were about 6 straight years that I don't know if I ever got a solid night of sleep), I cherish every minute of rest that I get.  We all sleep so much better when we keep this routine going!

Sleepytime Cream for insomnia

 

Chores don't have to be hand scrubbing the floors either, even young kids can do the most basic things just to learn they have to contribute.   Now I know what you are thinking....Why would I want to give my 3 year old a job, when it will take 3 hours to complete and then I will just have to redo it? Well, I totally get the OCD factor, but here are some good links for ages appropriate chore lists.

 https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/parenting-challenges/motivating-kids-to-clean-up/age-appropriate-chores

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/school-thought/201411/age-appropriate-chores-children

Want the Wifi Passoword, do your chores

BTW...this parent is a #boss

 

If you have other ideas or ways that you keep your family sane during the summer, we would love to hear them!  Don't keep that stuff to yourself, please share and comment below!

 Here is the chore chart that you can print and customize- Enjoy!

Printable Chore Chart Click Here

 Customizable Chore Chart for Kids

 

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What in The World Do I Eat For Breakfast?

What in The World Do I Eat For Breakfast?

If you are like me, you grew up in an era in which Little Debbie cakes were a perfectly acceptable breakfast item.  My typical breakfast choices as a child ranged between a Fudge Round if life was good, a Zinger if things were still going to be okay, and if there was already some bad juju karma in my house that morning, I might just have to settle for a Poptart.  

It's time to pick your breakfast

At no point and time did anyone in the late 80's or early 90's worry about sending their kids to school with a nutritious breakfast. We were going to "run it off" anyway.  To top it off, I usually drank a Mountain Dew or a Surge (remember that stuff?) No wonder everyone from my generation is turning up with diabetes. 

So, now that I am in my 30's and I have children of my own,  I have decided it is time for me to stop eating like a child... I have got to figure out what to eat for breakfast!  Now, there are choices out there like bacon and eggs, or oatmeal, but that is a SIT DOWN breakfast.   I am a full time working mother that commutes 40 minutes each way to work.  There is no time for sit down ANYTHING in my house in the mornings.  I have to have something that is literally GRAB AND GO.  I mean that in the most literal way possible. If I have to do any preparation to it, you can pretty much forget it.  

People have mentioned to me to try protein shakes. I have done it, and there are honestly very few I am in love with.  Maybe I am not trying the right ones, or not doing the right things, but really it's more of a texture thing for me.  I really just want to eat my meals, not drink them.  Most of the protein drinks kind of make me feel like I've drank some sort of liquid chalk that is going to be in my throat until I barf if back up at some point. I think I'll pass. 

Protein shakes

So, I have found a recipe for these chocolate peanut butter ENERGY BALLS that I love!  To be fair, they are still not 100% super healthy for someone that is on a low carb or no carb diet, but they are a hell of a lot healthier than the other stuff that I had been eating on my way to work (ie- a Hostess Cupcake, a Fudge Round, :(     So, I want to share with you the recipe. It's very customizable, you can add and subtract ingredients depending on preference and allergies, and also you might be able to cut back a little on some of the yummy stuff in here and make them a bit more healthy, but I'm on the baby step plan right now people. 

No Bake protein energy balls

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

 

  • 4 cup(s), Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup(s), Brown Flax, Ground
  • 1 tbsp(s), Vanilla extract
  • 2 Scoop, Soy Protein Chocolate
  • 1 cup(s), Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 1/3 cup(s), Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup, Honey

 All the ingredients together

Combined all ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to make them easier to roll. Roll them into 1 inch balls.  This recipe makes about 40 balls.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 40.0

Amount Per Serving

calories 153

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 7 g

11 %

Saturated Fat 2 g

10 %

Monounsaturated Fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

0 %

Sodium 38 mg

2 %

Potassium 32 mg

1 %

Total Carbohydrate 20 g

7 %

Dietary Fiber 2 g

8 %

Sugars 13 g

Protein 4 g

8 %

Vitamin A

0 %

Vitamin C

0 %

Calcium

2 %

Iron

5 %

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

 

PS: For this particular recipe, I chose soy protein because I have not had luck with whey protein being kind to my belly in the past. You could honestly use any type of protein you wanted.  I have also seen these with chia seeds added and/or things like raisins, but raisins give me trust issues. This recipe is the one I have been loving, so go wild and add something if you want homies. 

Until next time!

Tiffany 

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Detox Baths

Detox Baths

Detox baths are an amazing way to rid your body of impurities and most of all RELAX! 

We expose ourselves to toxins on a daily basis, even those of us who do our best to live healthy lifestyles still encounter toxins in the environment and in our foods.  Organs like the liver and kidneys filter these toxins out of our systems, but the largest organ of all is the skin. 

Your skin can excrete toxins out of your system through holes called (you guessed it) PORES.   The warm water of a hot bath helps to open up these pores to allow the skin to become a two way street for letting things IN and OUT. 

Detox Baths can help rid your body of toxins

Here is where the important part comes in, if you are getting the toxins out what do you want to go in to your body?

1. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

The staple of the detox bath in our opinion is Epsom salt. About 1/4-1/2 a cup per bath- depending on the size of your tub will do. It's great because of its high magnesium and sulfate contents which can help can help relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation.

2. Baking Soda 

The human body works best a neutral pH. Acids and bases must be equal in order to achieve this balance. People who eat a Western-style diet consisting of sugar, red meat, cheese and other refined foods have a high acid consumption, which baking soda baths can neutralize. You can also detox your body from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and medications.  Baking soda is also great for common skin problems. Add 1/8-1/4 cup baking soda to a bath and mix well while the water is still running for best results. 

3. Essential oils

The combinations of essential oils to use in a detox bath are numerous, but we have a few go-to favorites.  Lemon is always great for a true detox bath. It's always best to mix the essential oils with the Epsom salt and let them set 24 hours prior to allow for even distribution.  Other oils that are great include Peppermint for achy muscles, Eucalyptus for a cold, Lavender if you need to relax, and Frankincense if you need to refocus and recenter yourself.  

Whatever you do, make sure that after your bath, you drink plenty of water to rehydrate yourself and replace the fluid that you lost during your detox. Soak for 20-40 minutes, or until your kids can leave you alone no longer. 

Once you get out of your bath- your pores are going to be very dilated. Now is the perfect time to put on your Medical Mommas products like Tummy Tuck Cream or Lavender Love Story Body Butter.   Just remember, you skin is a two way street.  Everything you put on it absorbs and gets put into your body.

 

Look at the ingredients in the products your putting on your family and make sure they are something you are comfortable with them having in their system.  If not, check out The Medical Mommas and see why we do our best to make products all natural with love! 

 

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