Juicing or Blending?

 

I love to juice and blend for different reasons, but keep in mind, these are two different things. Both offer wonderful health benefits. Today I’m going to talk about some of the benefits of juicing. P1010477

What is raw juicing? Raw fruits and vegetables are placed into an electric juicer, removing the fibrous parts and leaving the juice, which is full of nutrients. Juicing can also be done with a blender and nut milk bag (pouring the blended mixture through the bag and drinking the juice).

What is blending? On the other hand, when you add fruit and veggies to a blender and leave the pulp in the mixture, this is called a smoothie or “complete juice.” This also has many benefits – mainly that you’re getting lots of plant-based nutrients with the fiber. While this doesn’t give your digestive system a complete break (read about the importance of this below), it is certainly a health-supportive, nourishing thing to do for your body on a regular basis.

Why juice? At The Kicking Kitchen, we encourage you to eat a real, whole, plant-based diet (finding your own variation within that description). Juicing removes part of the food, so it is not a whole food. However, it offers some amazing health benefits. Juicing gives you a blast of nutrients without the fiber. Fiber is important on a daily basis, but giving your body a break from the fiber can be supportive as well (see why in #3 below). Focusing on juicing mostly vegetables reduces the amount of naturally-occurring sugar that is found in fruits.

Juicing is something I began after receiving a cancer diagnosis several years ago, and I have continued with it, sometimes on a daily basis, sometimes much less often. It has made a tremendous difference in my health – my energy has increased, and I feel stronger, lighter, and more focused. My skin has improved and it has helped in fighting off cold and flu and in alleviating aches and pains. But don’t take my word for it – see how YOU feel!

Juicing is beneficial because it:

  1. Helps to move toxins out of the body. Detoxification must happen on a daily basis. Toxins exist in our bodies from environmental pollutants, foods and stress and need to be excreted regularly to prevent toxic buildup, which can lead to disease.
  2. Provides light energy and life-supporting nutrients. The body receives a large amount of nutrients that are absorbed quickly into the body – a very efficient way of ingesting many vitamins and minerals! Because the fiber is removed, these nutrients enter the blood stream more quickly. (For this reason, it’s better to juice mostly vegetables, as they are naturally lower in sugar than most fruits. It’s important to avoid a spike in blood-sugar, which could result from drinking fiber-free fruit juice. However, some fruit does help to sweeten juices, can make them more palatable, and add supportive vitamins and minerals.) All of these nutrients provide energy and support every last cell in the body.
  3. Gives your digestive system a break. Remember, the fiber is removed, which allows your energy to be used in other areas of your body besides working hard to break down food. This does a few things: 1) Gives you more energy. 2) Boosts your immune system. The majority of the immune system is located in the gut, so giving this system a break from doing its digesting job, allows it to work on its immune supportive functions. 3) Lets the digestive system rest, rebuild, and rebalance.
  4. Jump starts weight loss. 50% of your body’s ability to lose weight depends on how many toxins are in your body. Helping the body to remove those toxins can jump start weight loss. Juicing helps to cleanse your body of toxins.
  5. Restores balance in the body on many levels. Juicing supports the blood’s pH balance, which is (or should be) slightly alkaline. Eating too many processed, sugary and animal foods contributes to an acidic environment in the body, which can cause inflammation, imbalance and ultimately disease. Disease cannot thrive in an alkaline body.

The Juice Clinic provides a page with links to lots of research on the benefits of juicing HERE. Pretty amazing!

There’s still time to join our 7 Day Juicing Challenge! It started July 28th, but you can jump right in! Sign up here.

 

Happy Birthday Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen!

A and K Toasting with Joyce

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen!!! One year ago today our book was published, and since then we have had such an amazing response and huge buzz about KCITK. We’ve met so many wonderful people who have shared their stories, supported us and allowed us to support them. Today we want to say thank you to all of you and have some fun stuff in-store. Check it out below!

 

** Facebook Giveaway (Oct 2-4)! Visit our Facebook Giveaway page and read the instructions there to enter to win a big bunch of goodies, including our book, two other books (Helping to Heal and Square Foot Gardening), healthy treats, sea veggies, up-cycled bejeweled kitchen utensils and more!

 

Girlfriend's Cookbook& Guide: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen ** A special gift when you purchase a copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen Wednesday and Thursday ONLY (October 2nd  and 3rd)! You will receive our 7 Day Juicing Challenge ($69 value) complete with juicing and whole food recipes, detox audio class, and grocery list. You will ALSO be entered to win a FREE one-hour coaching call with Kendall or Annette!

Already have a copy of KCITK? Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen makes a perfect gift for someone facing cancer or anyone trying to eat and live more healthfully! 

—->>>Here’s what you do:

  1. Purchase your copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or any local bookstore on October 2nd and 3rd.
  2. Come back here and enter your information, including receipt number, in the form below.
  3. You will be sent a confirmation email. Follow the instructions to confirm and you will be sent your 7 Day Juicing Challenge!
  4. Be sure to add support@kickingcancerinthekitchen.com to your contacts or check your Junk Mail so you don’t miss it! Your name will also be entered in a random drawing for a FREE coaching call with Kendall or Annette. The winner will be notified by email on Friday October 4th! (THIS HAS ENDED.)

**All rules subject to change. One winner will be randomly chosen for the coaching call with either Annette or Kendall. Winner will not be able to choose their coach – depends on availability.

Juicing for Life

 

Mean Green Smoothie

Mean Green. By Michelle Reaves.Chellereaves / Wikimedia Commons

Are you considering jumping on the juicing bandwagon? There’s no denying the juicing movement that’s sweeping the nation. Food and health blogs post creative concoctions, touting the health benefits of juice and its tastiness. It’s easy to get swept along in a sea of vibrant oranges, deep green kale, and bright yellow lemons.

Due to the recent rise in popularity, grocery stores are flooded with “natural” and “fresh” juices in the grab-and-go aisles. With so many easy choices, why bother with juicing at home? These neatly packaged bottles are a much faster option, and much easier than having to buy the produce, spend the time juicing, and then cleaning up afterwards.

Homemade juices are worth the effort. First of all, you have control over what goes into your juice. If you don’t like kale, but do like blueberries, you can easily make a spinach blueberry juice instead of having to stick with predesigned flavor combinations. Also, when you are making the juice yourself, you know exactly what goes into it. You can’t say the same for store bought ones. Naked juices have long marketed its line of juices as “all natural”—and recently the claims have been found to be false advertising (to the tune of $9 million).

Here are a few more reasons why fresh juice made at home is better than pre-packaged varieties found in a store.

Pasteurization. Almost all commercially produced juices are pasteurized to prolong the shelf life. Pasteurization involves heating the juice to 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and then cooling it down quickly. The heating process kills all the microbes that can cause spoilage or food borne illnesses, but it also destroys any heat-sensitive vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Since juices are supposed to be packed full of nutrients, manufacturers often add the vitamins back in after the pasteurization process. However, the vitamins and minerals added after processing may not be as readily absorbed by the body as naturally occurring ones. Making fresh juice when you want to drink it ensures that your drink retains all its nutrients.

Added sugars. Pasteurization also mutes the flavor of fresh juice, so many companies add in sugar to improve the taste. Making your juice reduces the need to add sugar; or, if you do find the need to sweeten your recipe, you can add in sweeter fruits, or a sweetener of your choice. Manufacturers are likely to rely on corn syrups or artificial sweeteners, neither of which is healthy. Drinking fresh juice rather than bottled juice ensures that you don’t end up consuming empty calories.

Fiber. Some bottled juices are processed in ways where almost all of the insoluble fiber is stripped away, and some of the soluble fiber is removed as well. Fiber helps slow down the absorption of sugar in the body, reducing insulin spikes—which over time could lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. Fiber also has a host of other health benefits like lowering cholesterol levels to keeping you regular. Most home juicers allow you to keep at least some of the fiber from the fruits and vegetables.

When it comes to juicing, try to buy organic since you’ll be using most of them whole, especially if you use a juicer. Be sure to wash the fruit and vegetables prior to using them—a quick and inexpensive produce cleaner is to dilute a little bit of vinegar with water and spray on the produce before rinsing. If you use cherries, plums, peaches or other fruits with large seeds, pit them prior to tossing them in the juicer.

Here are a few simple and nutritious juice recipes to get you started on your juicing habit.

Mean Green. The original “Mean Green” juice featured in the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead kicked off the current juicing craze. Packed with leafy green vegetables, the Mean Green is a great way to sneak in some extra heart-healthy fiber into your daily diet. It’s also highly versatile, as you can swap ingredients for others as needed.

Serves one. Juice the following ingredients together and serve immediately over ice.

6 kale leaves (try baby kale for a less fibrous final product)

1 cucumber

4 celery stalks

2 green apples

1/2 lemon

1 piece of ginger

Orange You Glad to See Me. This juice is packed with vitamin C from oranges and

Mango Kiwi Juice. Image courtesy of Alexandre Duret-Lutz / Flickr.com

Mango Kiwi Juice. Image courtesy of Alexandre Duret-Lutz / Flickr.com

lemon to boost your immune system and beta-carotene from the carrots to help keep your eyes healthy. Ginger helps with digestion, and gives the juice a spicy kick!

Serves one. You can opt to use a manual citrus squeezer for the oranges and lemon, before switching over to a electric juicer for the carrots and ginger.

8 carrots

2 oranges

1 Meyer lemon (try to find Meyer lemon instead of regular lemon as it imparts a smoother, sweeter flavor)

1 small piece ginger

Juicing is a great way to increase your vegetable and fruit intake—rather than slowly chewing through eight carrots, you can juice them with some lemons and oranges for a delicious afternoon drink. Making them at home may take a little longer than just grabbing a bottle from the store, but the health benefits are worth the effort.

 

 

Virginia Cunningham is a freelance health and wellness writer from Los Angeles. She is a big fan of juicing and always tries to have a pitcher of some fresh concoction in the fridge!

Green Juicing

 

Join Annette in her kitchen as she shares her favorite, go-to Green Juice with you. 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

5 Food Habits to Get You Energized this Spring!

 

5 Food Habits to Boost Your Energy this Spring, including green smoothies!

Green smoothie to-go!

When spring time comes around, many of us get the mental and emotional awakening –  we feel happier, more positive, ready to get outdoors, explore, try new things and new foods! This explosion of energy and excitement also often comes in a physical sense, and we wake up feeling fresher, energized and ready to take on another beautiful day.

If you’re NOT feeling that way this spring, it may be due to your diet. If you wake up feeling sluggish, perhaps with a headache and would prefer to go back to sleep, you may need to revamp your food habits. And this can be easier than you may think!

Below are five fabulous food habits to add to your life. Try one or try them all, but you will undoubtedly be feeling far more energized, fresh, healthy and ready to jump into another spring day!

  1. Get Your Green Juice On. By juicing on a regular basis (especially green juices and mostly veggies!), you add in some alkalizing foods that will help to balance your body’s natural pH level (which should be a little alkaline) and give you a burst of nutrients that might be difficult to eat in their whole food form all at once. By juicing, you’re getting this super-dose of vitamins and minerals and helping to flush out toxins that may be contributing to your low energy. New to juicing? Check out our 7 Tips for Getting Started or take on our 7 Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge!
  2. Eat Green Veggies Daily. Kale, spinach, collards, bok choy, dandelion greens, watercress, dark lettuces – these superfood veggies will boost your energy and moods, helping you feel happy, light and vibrant. Try using these veggies in salads, smoothies, give them a quick water sauté with some garlic and a pinch of sea salt, or try out Cashew Kale recipe.
  3. Get Smart with Smoothies. If you need an easy and quick breakfast in the morning, please don’t grab that bagel with cream cheese. That just won’t sustain you or give you the vibrant springtime energy we know you’d love to have! Instead, blend yourself a power-packed smoothie with some almond milk or water, almonds, avocado, banana, kale or spinach, berries and coconut. Or experiment with your own ingredients – just stick with whole foods, good sources of protein (like nuts/seeds), healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, coconut), and some green veggies. For more tips on how to create the perfect smoothie to kick-start your day, try our Smoothie Tips for the Newbie here.
  4. Drink water. A general rule of thumb is to drink about half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 pounds, drink about 75 ounces daily – more if you’re pretty active. Dehydration can bring us down (our energy and moods) fairly quickly. Plus, if you’re drinking more water, it should help you to drink less soda and other sugary drinks that will only compromise your immune system, blood sugar balance and energy. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice to bring some alkalizing power to your body (remember tip #1 about keeping your body’s pH on the alkaline side?).
  5. Eat More Plant-based Protein. While eating some quality meat or animal protein can be beneficial for many of us, overdoing it can often lead to low energy and feeling sluggish. Our bodies work hard to digest meat, which means less energy is available for the rest of the body. Try swapping your steak for black beans or tempeh (or another plant-based protein source). Need some ideas for plant-based protein recipes? We have a whole bunch in our book: Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen and some on our Recipe page. You can also check out Forks Over Knives for yummy recipes.

New to Juicing? 7 Tips to Get You Started

 

We were once juicing virgins too, and it was a bit overwhelming to know where to green juice smstart. Still, underneath that juicing newbie anxiety, there was some serious excitement brewing! We were ready to take that step to see what all the fuss was about, knowing we would be doing something amazing for our health. It’s kind of like going into a health food store or visiting a farmer’s market for the first time. It’s unknown territory, but also a bit of a thrill to be exposed so much healthy food and healthy living practices.

If you’re new to juicing, we want to help get you started, so you can begin your raw juice adventures with a little more security. Then, when you’re ready, you can take on our 7 Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge!

Step #1: Get an Electric Juicer. You may want to borrow one from a friend or be tempted to buy a very inexpensive one for under $50. Borrowing is great. Buying a cheap juicer is usually not so great. You definitely want to make sure you have a juicer that will last, can juice leafy greens and wheatgrass, and cleans fairly easily. It’s likely you’ll need to spend over $100 for a decent juicer. There are three main types of juicers (in order of expense, low to high): centrifugal, masticating, twin-gear. We both own a masticating Omega juicer (Kendall upgraded from the Jack Lalanne centrifugal style, which worked well, but didn’t juice leafy greens as well and was a pain to clean!). We love the Omega 2006! Be sure to give your new juicer a good wash before using it (soap and hot water).

Step #2: Buy some vegetables and fruit. Keep in mind, juicing mostly vegetables will result in lower naturally occurring sugar that is found in most fruit. A good rule of thumb is to stick with a 4:1 ratio of vegetables to fruit. Fruit helps to sweeten, if that makes your juice more enjoyable. Great produce to juice includes: carrots, beets, kale, collards, spinach, lettuces, parsley, celery, fennel, cabbage, cucumber, ginger root, apples, pears, oranges, lemons, limes – just to name a few! Also, it’s best to stick with organic produce, since one of the biggest reasons to juice is to help flush toxins from your body. Using produce that has been sprayed with chemicals defeats that purpose.

Step #3: Decide on your juice combo. Which veggies/fruits are you juicing first? There really aren’t any rules – just juice what appeals to you. Two easy combinations to try are 1) carrot, spinach, cucumber; 2) kale, lemon, apple, celery, ginger root.

Step #4: Prepare your produce. Wash your fruit/veggies – scrub with a produce brush. Use a natural produce cleaner if you prefer. Get out your knife and cutting board and chop up your fruit and veggies small enough to fit down the juicer chute. Don’t worry about seeds, apple stems, skin – for the most part these can stay on. Cut off any “bad” or browned areas/stems/roots. With citrus fruits, remove the bitter peel, but leave most of the white pith on. How much to prepare? It’s really up to you! The amount of juice you get will vary by juicer and fruit/veggie, so start with a smaller amount and add more if you wish. A good goal would be to produce 12 ounces of juice.

Step #5: Start your engine! Power up your juicer, and add your fruit and vegetables a little at a time. The juice will be caught in one container (some juicers include this containers, some don’t – use a glass or bowl to catch juicer if needed), and all of the fibrous parts in another.

Step #6: Clean your juicer. Ok, you don’t HAVE to do this now, but we recommend quickly cleaning your juicer before drinking your juice. Otherwise, you might procrastinate like we tend to do. Then you have a mess.

Step #7: Drink your juice! Enjoy your juice and all it’s nutritious goodness soon after juicing. Juice can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two, but keep in mind that the longer it sits, the more nutrients it loses, and of course, it will spoil.  Still, a fresh juice made from home that is a day or two old is most likely better than a bottled juice you buy at the store!

So…what’s your first juice gonna be?!

If you’re ready for a week of juicing, along with some healthy whole food recipes, try our 7 Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge!

Strawberry Mango Sorbet – for Your Kiddo and You!

 

[Kendall] As a mom to a 19 month old, I’m finding that I have to be a little tricky when it comes to getting good, whole foods into that little belly of his. He loves food, but there are certain things that he doesn’t want to eat as a toddler – like carrots, zucchini, beans and avocados! – he loved these as a baby. The only veggies I can get him to eat these days without hiding them in something else are peas, squash, sweet potato, and sometimes cherry tomatoes…and that’s about it. Of course, being a huge fanatic of leafy greens, I’m always finding ways to sneak those in. I also want to make sure he gets plenty of healthy fats (so important for adults too!), and of course, proteins.

And I’ve read about how if you start your kiddos on good whole foods, real veggies, etc., they’ll want to eat them. They won’t be picky eaters. While I’m sure that’s true to some extent, I think that when you’re dealing with a toddler who just wants to declare his independence, you may just be SOL (sh*t out of luck) sometimes. I’ve also heard that it often takes eight times of trying a certain food before your child will like it and want to eat it. I’ve found this to be true in some cases, but there are just some foods that he doesn’t like. At least, for now (or just on certain days).

I’m sure this will change in time. I don’t want mealtimes to create any pressure for my little guy or me, so I give him the healthy whole foods he will eat, try some others at different times (the majority of which get spit out and tossed on the floor), and then sneak in the rest.

I also don’t make a separate “special” meal for my kiddo. He eats what my husband and I eat with some modifications, mostly to make it easier for his little hands and fewer teeth. We aren’t a strict vegan or vegetarian household, but do eat a plant-based diet, so he is exposed to some quality animal food. Interestingly, he isn’t much of a meat-eater (but neither am I).

The result of all of this is a mama who has turned into quite the creative toddler food chef! Interestingly, many of these concoctions I’ve come up with are things I enjoy quite a bit myself. It’s also gotten me to make raw veggie juice every day. I used to juice maybe a few times a week. Now, its daily because it’s the easiest way to get some good veggie nutrients into my little guy – he gulps down my juices! I also make smoothies packed full of healthy stuff: avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts and nut butters, kale, spinach, carrots, coconut, and a banana or some applesauce to make it more palatable for picky little taste buds. I hide pureed veggies in sauces or scrambled eggs, make chia pudding (he loves it!), and hide good stuff in pureed soups.

My latest concoction turned out to be super yummy, mucho easy to make and of course, Healthy 4 ingredient Strawberry Mango Sorbethealthy-healthy: Strawberry-Mango Sorbet! The little guy loved it! Only four ingredients in the food processor: avocado, strawberries, mango, and hemp seeds. I would say that next time, I would also add a little baby spinach or kale to get some greens in.

Avocado: Considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamin A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. Contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals, which may protect against various disease and illness. Anti-aging properties, fight cancer, anti-inflammatory, regulate blood-sugar levels, help maintain a healthy heart and much more!

Hempseed: According to Nutiva, hempseed “is considered by leading researchers and Strawberry Mango Sorbet ingredientsmedical doctors to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Shelled hempseed ispacked with 33 percent pure digestible protein and is rich in iron and vitamin E as well as omega-3 and GLA.”

Strawberry: Rich in vitamins C, B5, B6, K and have been found to increase anti-cancer agents in the body. Adds some sweetness for Mr. Picky Eater.

Mango: Aids in digestion, helps improve concentration and memory, high in antioxidants, iron, fiber. Also sweet.

RECIPE:

1/2 cup frozen mangoes

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1 avocado, peeled, pit removed strawberry mango sorbet in food processor

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

Allow strawberries and mango to soften and thaw a bit by setting out at room temperature for 30 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add water, a teaspoon at a time to help ingredients blend, if necessary. Serve sprinkled with hempseeds on top if desired.

Note: Best served immediately to maintain sorbet-like consistency. Can store in freezer and let thaw, then stir a bit before serving. Also, can store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, but be aware that the color will change as the avocado loses its greenness due to exposure to the air. Still tastes great!

Healthy 4 ingredient Strawberry Mango Sorbet

 

6 Coffee Alternatives You Just Might Love

by Kendall Scott, CHHCcoffee

Coffee is a common morning beverage, and many of us use it to wake up and may even feel that we can’t function until we get our cup o’ Joe.

For many years, I was a big coffee drinker: I needed it in the morning to wake myself up and I continued drinking it through out the day. It was my go-to choice in the afternoon when I needed to get myself out of that common mid-afternoon slump. I enjoyed my coffee and I had no reason to stop drinking it.

Then I received a cancer diagnosis and what followed was major surgery and chemo. This is when my coffee habit just stopped. After surgery, I was on pain medications and had to sleep a lot anyway, so I didn’t bother with the coffee. During chemotherapy, I also slept a lot and coffee made me feel nauseous.

I started drinking herbal tea in the morning, on a regular basis. After I completed cancer treatment, I would have a cup of coffee on the weekends, and I realized that on Monday morning when I would go back to my tea, I would get a terrible headache! Caffeine withdrawal!

I realized that I felt so much better when I stayed off coffee. Once I had adjusted to not getting my morning cup (or 4!) o’ Joe, I actually felt plenty of energy without and didn’t crash later, only to need more coffee to get going again.

It’s been almost four years since I finished cancer treatment. These days I stick mostly with herbal tea, but I also have a baby, and some days I just “need” my coffee. I also love going to a cafe with a friend and sipping a latte in the winter. There’s just something so comforting about that to me. When I do have a cup of coffee, it’s small and I do try to include other drinks, like Yerba Mate or naturally caffeinated teas instead of coffee at times. I also juice, and that alone is a big pick-me-up in the morning!

One factor to consider in drinking your coffee is what else is going in it? Sweeteners? Chemicalized sweeteners? Milk, heavy cream? Not only can these add calories devoid of nutrients, but they can also be harmful to the body in other ways.

If you’re a coffee drinker, don’t fret. We’re not going to tell you to stop your naughty little caffeine habit. We get it. But DO be aware of how it affects your body, and consider trying an alternative at times. You may find that you feel a whole lot better drinking something else!

Some morning beverages to try:

  1. Yerba Mate – made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree
  2. Green Tea – naturally caffeinated (although less than coffee) and has been shown to protect against the growth of cancers
  3. Black Tea – generally contains more caffeine than green tea and has a stronger flavor
  4. Pero – contains no caffeine, but has a coffee-like taste, made from malted barley, chicory and rye
  5. Herbal Tea – no caffeine, but offer a range of health benefits, and may be just the thing to support your morning hot beverage habit. We love Traditional Medicinal teas!
  6. Raw Juicing – this is quite different from drinking a hot cup of coffee, BUT the health benefits are huge and it provides as more or more of a pick-me-up as coffee does for many people, without feeling the “low” later.

 

 

 

Giveaway Time!

Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen book

How would you like to win a copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen for a friend AND access to our 7-Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge virtual program for you?

Here’s How:

STEP #1) If you’ve read our book, Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, simply post your review on Amazon HERE. Scroll down until you see the “Write a customer review” button underneath other consumer reviews.

STEP #2) Copy and paste that same review into the comments on our Facebook page HERE.

That’s it! Follow those two steps and you will be entered in our random drawing. All reviews must be submitted by Friday, January 18th at 10pm EST. We will randomly select TWO winners, and each person will get a signed copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen mailed to a friend AND access to our 7-Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge program! Our 2 winners will be notified by email and announced on our Facebook page.

—————– FAQs —————

Q: I haven’t read the book. Can I still participate?

A: Probably not, since you need to have read the book (or at least some of it) to be able to write a proper review.

Q: I’ve already posted a review a while ago, can I participate?

A: Yes! Just be sure your review is visible on Amazon and copy and paste it into the comments on our Facebook page.

Q: If I post a great review, will that increase my chances of winning? 

A: No, sorry. We want you to be honest in your review (we’ll take the good, bad and the ugly – but hopefully it’s mostly good!). How you rate/review our book has no influence. Names will be randomly drawn.

Q: How many winners will there be, and what do they win?

A: Two names will be drawn, and each winner can tell us where they would like the copy of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen mailed. The winners will also receive an email with the link to our Juicing Insider Page to begin the juicing challenge at his/her convenience.

Q: If I win, can I have the copy of your book, instead of a friend AND the 7-Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge?

A: Sure. We’d love for you to share the copy with someone else, but we will mail it wherever you would like.

Q: What is the 7-Day Juicing Jumpstart Challenge?

A: It’s our online program that gets you into juicing! Learn about it here.

Please email support (at) kickingcancerinthekitchen (dot) com with any additional questions about this giveaway.

 

Gentle Post-Holiday Detox

 

Mandarin

© Gertfrik | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos, stockfreeimages.com

As we say goodbye to the winter holiday season and welcome in the new year, many of us are likely realizing that we may have not always made the healthiest food choices. A few too many sweets. Too many salty treats. Big festive meals that left our bodies feeling weighted down rather than light and limber. And then the holiday drinks! Even those of us who made mindful food choices most of the time still may be feeling sluggish, worn out and overfed.

This is the time of year that that slightly mysterious word “detox” flies around. We may hear of friends stocking up on lemons and cayenne pepper. Others may try spend a day or two being “good” with what they eat, (or not eating anything) only to ping-pong back to comfort food and indulgences within a short time.

But what does it mean to detox? Every day our bodies are bombarded with toxins – from the air we breathe, to the products we put on our bodies, to the food we eat and beyond. The body is designed to deal with the toxins it encounters. But when the burden is high – when our air, work and home environment and personal care products are loaded with toxins; when we rely heavily on processed foods, sugar, meat and other potentially taxing foods such as wheat and dairy – we are outmatched, and our health suffers.

Rather than going to extremes with fad detoxes, we believe in supporting the body with real food. To aid in the detox process, take a day or two or more (listen to your body for clues on how best to go about this) and commit to eating food that is as clean and pure as possible. Focus on vegetables and fruits and purchase organic if possible. If you have a juicer, drink freshly pressed juices throughout the day. Some of our favorites are carrot and kale-wheatgrass-apple-lemon. But really, the sky is the limit: juice some cabbage, red beets, broccoli stems, melon – and create your own, good-for-you cocktail!

Along with the fresh juice, we love to make a big pot of soup! Perfect this time of year and so easy to make! Start with some stock and then chop up and toss in every type of vegetable – root veggies, cruciferous friends and also some leafy greens. Eat chunky as is or puree for a smooth soup.

As you are cleaning up your eating act, make sure to support your body with lots of water and herbal teas (dandelion root is great for supporting the liver, a critical organ in detoxification), movement (brisk winter walk, anyone?) and some quiet time to reflect and renew.

When you are ready to add in more beyond juice and soup, include some whole grains (try quinoa, oats or millet),  more raw and cooked veggies and clean protein. Nuts and seeds are great winter protein sources and spices and herbs are cancer-fighting and add a kick to your dishes.

By supporting your body and your health in this way, you’ll feel better, have more energy and be off to a great start in 2013!