Trying the 'Reboot With Joe' Juicing Challenge

I'm a sucker for a good documentary. And, if it's about food, health or nutrition, I'm all over it.
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One of my favorite movies is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead from Joe Cross. The other night I noticed there was a new (2014) "Part 2" available on Netflix. I queued it up and watched, mesmerized.

I just love what healthy eating and nutrition can do for people.

Then I decided I should try it. I opted for the 5-day reboot. In a nutshell, I've been making fresh juices each day and consuming them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I'm also enjoying coconut water, hot herbal tea and water with lemon. That's it.

Why? Most people try these juicing cleanses and detox challenges to lose weight. I'm at my ideal goal weight already, so I'm consuming enough juice to keep my daily caloric needs in check.

Instead, I'm hoping to:
  • boost my immune system functioning by giving it a flood of vitamins
  • get my digestion back on track and regulated (it's been goofy since surgery)
  • give my digestive system a little healing break since Celiac is slowly damaging it
  • gain some much needed energy from all the nutrients
As I write this, I'm at the end of day two.

On day one I noticed I was urinating much more frequently and was not overly hungry. But, I am already planning what I want to eat once I have solid foods again. Veggie fajitas from my favorite Mexican place sound really good right about now!

Today, day two, was a different story. I woke up this morning feeling really good. I enjoyed my morning hot lemon water and breakfast juice. Then the hubby and I took the dogs for a walk, and things started to go down hill.

I was out of breath from a short walk. I started to get dizzy. Then the ringing in my ears started. My blood sugar was way out of control. I was sweating uncontrollably and had to eat something to avoid passing out.

I'm done with this challenge. Sugary fruit-based juice and hypoglycemia simply don't mix. I'm upset that I wasn't able to give this challenge a full try, but I think it's best for my health for me to stop.

After eating dinner and resting, I feel much better. So, for anyone thinking of doing this challenge, listen to your body. And, if you have issues with your blood sugars (diabetic, hypoglycemic, hyperglycemic) this probably isn't the best option for you. Talk with your doctor first!

Have you done the "Reboot with Joe" challenge from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? Tell me your challenges and successes in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

Sometimes You Should Eat Weird Things

Purple carrots on my salad.  Photo by Angela Tague
By my friends' standards, I'm an adventuresome eater.

I don't think twice about putting quinoa, tempeh and flax seeds in my grocery cart.

But for me, those are normal weekly groceries.

So, I get really excited when *I* find something truly unique at the grocery store. A few weeks ago my favorite supermarket expanded their organic offerings.

While browsing the fruits and vegetables, I came across a bag of carrots. I know. That's not really exciting. What caught me off guard were the colors!

Purple. Yellow. Lavender.

I instantly knew I had to try them. Would they taste the same as the old garden variety orange carrots I've eaten forever? Or, would they be different?

I made a nice big salad for lunch and topped it with the sliced vegetables. Although they were crunchy and sweet, I couldn't tell any difference in flavor. But, they sure are pretty, especially the two-tone purple variety.

When you're embarking on a healthier lifestyle, sometimes you just have to jump in and try weird foods with funny names or uncommon colors. You never know what delicious item you'll add to your weekly grocery list next!

What's the most uncommon thing you like to eat? Tell me in the comments below about the food that makes your friends and family give you strange looks.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

Getting Healthy in 2015: Here's What Worked for Me

Do your New Year's resolution ideas involve getting healthier? Losing weight? Cutting out junk food?

You've come to the right blog to help you along your journey.

I've battled yo-yo weight loss (and gains!) for longer than I can remember. Thankfully in 2014 I made changes that helped me reach my healthy goal weight and feel better on a day-to-day basis.

So, I'm happy to share! It's no secret: make diet changes and exercise regularly.

Halloween at the pool! I'm the "carrot" on the end!

But, here's how I did it. I downloaded a cellphone app called My Fitness Pal. It tracks how many calories you burn when exercising and doing routine things like cleaning the house or walking the dog. It also tracks how many calories you eat at each meal and when you're snacking. This app has helped me realize my portions were out of control, even when I was eating healthy whole foods. If you stick to it, My Fitness Pal WORKS!

I also started exercising regularly. I hate treadmills and don't really care for the elliptical or stationary bikes. So, I found activities that I truly enjoy, including water aerobics, swimming laps, yoga and weightlifting. I try to do one of these activities at least five times each week for an hour at a time.

If you're thinking you're too old, have bad knees or won't fit in at a gym -- think again. I exercise next to 70-year-old women with hip replacements. The gym culture isn't all buff 20-somethings. There's a huge variety of people trying to get healthy.

If 2015 is the year you're going to make a change and get healthy, good for you! Take it one day at a time and remember that each day is a new chance to sneak in some exercise or pass on those second helpings at dinner. You can do this!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

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Top 10 Most Delicious Posts of 2014 on Whole Foods Living

Another year is winding down, so I thought it might be fun to warm up a second helping of the 10 most popular posts in 2014!
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  1. My Gluten-Free Pasta Choice: Mung Bean Noodles
  2. Gluten-Free Food List
  3. Gluten-Free Soy Sauce Alternative: Liquid Amino Acids
  4. Eating Raw Honey
  5. Energy-Boosting B Vitamins
  6. The 8-week Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer
  7. What Is Xanthan Gum?
  8. Are bamboo shoots healthy?
  9. How to Eat Flax Seed
  10. Juicing Carrots: A Burst of Vitamin A
What's your favorite post on Whole Foods Living from 2014? What topics would you like to read about in 2015? Tell me in the comments below and have a Happy New Year!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living