Release the Grease 3: The Raw Treatment

Peace and Love Friends!

Happy Weekend! Hopefully you all are having a fun time this weekend…for some reason it seems like this is the pivotal point where summer ends…BOO! Well, we still have some warm days ahead…thankfully. Any who, a couple things I need to briefly mention to you…you know how I am:

After having two successful Juice cleanses, Release the Grease, our Wellness Center members want to continue the mission with a 30 day Raw Food Challenge…starting THIS TUESDAY! I know right! Hey, you gotta be spontaneous here. Jump to it. So if you are interested in participating, I would like you to join this new list: release the grease 3: the raw treatment … where I will be sending out daily emails with tips, recipes, and the protocol on how to eat a raw food diet for 30 days successfully and without going into debt. The coolness about this is that: A) You don’t have to commit to 30 days…that may be too intense for most folks…but committing to as many days as you can is AWESOME! B)If you are not ready for this Tuesday, you can jump in at any time you like during the month of September and get lots of awesome information…ALL FREE!

Now, if you are really serious about participating and feel that you may need more help and resources than just a simple (fabulous) email from moi, you may want to consider joining our Online Wellness Center, hosted as a private group on FB. This forum is setup as a destination to: communicate with others for support, advice, questions and anything else; and to browse our ridiculous library, my collection, of books and videos. Yes, Im sharing almost all of my raw food, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and fitness info to the members of this amazing group and you can partake in the sharing by joining Our Wellness Center. The cost to join TODAY is only $20, which has been discounted by 30%…however come Sept 1, tomorrow, we jump back up. So HOP on it! The Value is AMAZING! To join: email me ->

So, hope to see you involved in the healing…we are going to call this next cleanse: RELEASE THE GREASE 3: The Raw Treatment…I just made that up! YAY!

Have fun and be safe this weekend….Im gonna get prepared for the cleanse and make sure you guys are ready too!


Love and Peace,
Skai Juice

Skai Juice
Skai Juice guides you on the next RELEASE THE GREASE program

Candida! Time to call Roto Rooter!

-Recurrent digestive problems,gas,bloating,constipation alternating to diarrhea,heartburn,acid reflux,abdominal pain.
-Do you crave sugar,bread,carbs or alcohol?
-Mood swings,depression or overwhelmed.
-Weight gain,fatigued,no-energy.
-Unexplained headaches,migraines,muscle aches,joint pain,feeling ache all over.
-Are you oversensitive to chemicals,perfumes,or tobacco?
-Memory lapses,hard to focus your thoughts.
-Chronic yeast infections or frequent bladder infections.
-Nail fungus,ringworm,jock itch or athletes food.
-Do you have psoriasis,eczema,or dermatitis?
-Erratic vision,allergy reactions,sinusitis,hayfever,hives,ear infections,sore throat,drainage,congestion.
Candida-fungus may cause over 100 symptoms in our body.When it growths out of control,it is extremely hard to overcome.

This is what I recommend for getting rid of Candida!

A Letter To Miley Cyrus

Not wanting to get into the whole Miley Cyrus thing, because right now its on overkill…This blog seems to state a positive sentiment to the travesty.

The Happy Heart

Dear Miley,

I, as well as millions of Americans, sat in amazement as I watched your VMA performance. No, you are not the first artist to grind on a backup dancer (however you may be the first to grind on a teddy bear but who knows), sing about your life of partying and drug abuse, or to strip down to your chonies. It’s all been done before. So why is your performance evoking such media attention, anger, amusement, and general confusion? Well, I have yet to speak to the millions of viewers personally, but here are a few of my guesses.

1. Yes, we all know that you are NOT Hannah Montana and we are all aware that you are of legal age to make your own decisions and mistakes. I am sincerely sorry that at such a young age you were forced to adhere to the pressure of being…

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Letter to the Editor of The Shuttle, Weaver’s Way Co-Op, Philadelphia

Dear Editor of the Shuttle newsletter:

This is in response to the article written by Norman Weiss (Suggestions), Weaver’s Way Co-op (Phila., PA) purchasing manager, in the Aug addition of The Shuttle (pg 19)?   Quite an interesting read. I was all in except for his disturbing answer to Devon’s question. For some reason, the energy that the first part of the article was written was absolutely opposite the last part.  Granted Weaver’s Way is a business and when it comes to making business decisions…the bottom dollar always wins when it comes to making conscious choices about the health and welfare of our community and the earth in general. I just thought that his answer to her was a bit harsh…and I could even read into it more deeply to say…that the entire reason of creating a community based food co-operative was just flushed down the toilet with his answer.  Let me dig deeper:

Norman says: “Stop persecuting GMO items.” Why? How are we going to change the system if we don’t stand up for what is absolutely wrong on all fronts.  Why are other (entire) countries burning down crops of GMO foods and refusing GMO food donations even though most of their people are hungry?  There is something to be said of the little staffer girl in a small community who speaks up for the entire world. (Give her a raise!)

Norman says: “We are and inclusive, tolerant and diverse organization that welcomes all God’s children.” <<< Is Weaver’s Way a church?  And if this is the sentiment of all of God’s children…then recognize that GMO foods are not from God.  So I could argue that they are not of God’s children but of Man’s children…or like some people like to call GMO…the Devil…which is far worst.

Norman says: “We have to have some white sugar or the shoppers will rebel.”  <<< No they won’t! Most folks know where to get cheap GMO white sugar…Acme, Shop Rite and any other corporate conglomerate that doesn’t care about the people, just their bottom line.  Like was mentioned in the article, Weaver’s Way doesn’t have the resources to do a full on investigation of all the products it sells, however the mission of Weaver’s Way clearly states that it strives to educate its members and community about consumer issues and the cooperative movement. Not to mention that the mission also states that WW is committed to the Environment…in these words: We work to sustain a healthy planet, promote environmentally sound products and practices, encourage and support local and organic farming, and try to act with environmental consciousness in all our endeavors.   Im sure the members will be grateful to know that their co-op supports the earth rather than the profit.

Norman further states: “I don’t know of a non-GMO sugar-beet-cheap white sugar we can get.”  Um…is this the purchasing manager speaking here?  There are plenty of non GMO sugars out here: Agave, Coconut Nectar, Stevia, etc…But if someone wants cheap white sugar, there are other places to go….Shop Rite.  Here is where education is needed…folks need to really stop buying it altogether.

Oh yeah, and this is the part that inspired me to write this. Norman finally ends his answer to Devon about her post on the GMO Hellman’s Mayonnaise (and white sugar) that Weaver’s Way sells:

“Please remember that exploitation of the Earth and its people is what helped make this country great and allows us in the middle class (read: privileged) to enjoy a lifestyle we’ve all come to cherish.” <<< When in history does the exploitation of people and its lands benefit a country? Thoughts come to my mind: Slavery, “Third” World Debt, China, Indentured Servitude, Walmart…you get it! Someone saying that exploitation is what gives us this comfortable cushy life where we can buy Hellman’s GMO Mayonnaise and Cheap GMO white sugar if we choose to is great and something to cherish is…all I can think of…Scary!

So how did this article get passed the Editor? Doesn’t Norman’s answer to Devon come as a red flag to the integrity of the organization? To the community?  To others (non-middle class)? To members and non-members who appreciate the fact that this awesome organization offers something more? Hey! I’m not interested in Norman’s head on a platter… but I am just responding to the contradictions that his answer implies to the mission of the entire organization. Im just wondering why, when a simple and profound statement is brought up to the purchasing manager of a small (yet revolutionary) organization answers like this are acceptable…and printed. Plain and simple, Norman’s answer was absolutely horrible! I hope this letter connects to the members and inspires to raise awareness not about the fact that Weaver’s Way sells Hellman’s and other GMO brands (well, yes, that too), but to realize that this is the type of organization that is pivotal in creating change in this society and to use these types of opportunities to educate and advocate for our community, our environment and our world in general. Hopefully something wonderful can come out of this!

Yours truly,

Skai Juice

Guess what? Im SO Excited!!

Peace Family!

How ya doing?  I am feeling so HIGH right now!  And when I say that I mean…a super Positive HIGH!  It seems like when you say that nowadays folks just get the idea that we are smoking something!  Nope.  Just feeling very positive, very hopeful, very excited and all is GOOD!

‘What got you so excited, Skai?’

Well, too many good things are happening.  First of all, we have recently launched our Online Wellness Clinic…and we are popping with oodles of information and folks hungry for it.  Right now we have about 125 people who are engaged in getting their life healthier and more abundant.  We have loaded tons of books, videos, and other great information.  And, we just hosted our second Release the Grease: Juice and Smoothie Cleanse.  Now we are getting ready to do a 30 day raw food challenge.  Are you interested in participating? Im REALLY excited about this!  Researching and creating recipes for others actually helps me get myself organized.  Im telling you the pressure is on.

To join the our Online Wellness Clinic, message me, and I will send you the link…it is going to cost $29 for a Lifetime Membership into the Clinic.  However, we are giving a 30% discount right now to join through the end of this month.  The join fee is invaluable.  When you see the amount of information that we provide, you are going to fall OUT from all of the things that we share with you guys.  Our mission has always been: Knowledge is Power!  So the more information you are showered with the more informed choices you can make about your health.  Oh yeah, forgot to mention….TONS and TONS of Cookbooks too: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Raw!  You won’t believe it!  Get with me!

I have also launched my SKAI JUICE TV online web channel.  I love this platform so much.  My channel is for folks who want to see plenty of video content that they can directly connect with.  I really talk to YOU!  The coolness about this channel is that you can rent, buy, or subscribe and of course, watch for free: Classes, healthy living info, recipes, etc. Check it out here and please spread the word!  This is going to be awesome.  Im even more inspired to create videos for you…because I feel like folks are really looking for my content.  Its way different than being just another random video on YouTube.  Although I still will be posting on YouTube, the videos that I am saving for my channel are going to be more special, in my honest opinion.

Another thing Im excited about is that I have been working on this project for years and it looks like it is finally coming to fruition.  It’s a FARM!  Yep, don’t even ask me how this is going to work, but I just feel like it is really time to gets to growing some food.  So I created a non-profit organization and applied for some government farm land in Puerto Rico. And we were approved!  YAHOO!  For 80 acres!  Yep, so starting this fall, I will be working on organizing The Luquillo Farm Sanctuary, where we will not only be growing food, but creating awesome programs for children to teach them about the land.  Check out our new blog about the farm and subscribe!

Any who, I could go on as to why Im so excited about more stuff…but I don’t want to wear you out, so Ill stop here….for now. =)  I wanted to let you read this awesome testimony I got from one of the participants of the Release the Grease: Juice and Smoothie Cleanse.  Makes me feel good to hear from folks out there in cyber world, especially when I have made an impact…(yet another thing I am excited about!)  =)


Good morning Skai,

I would like to say thank you so much!  I took your juicing challenge and I lost 10 pounds in seven days and I am so excited! I actually plan to continue it until September 5 to see how much weight I can lose.  I decided to take the challenge because I never had the chance to lose the baby weight.  I have three kids and after my first child I didn’t gain any weight, I returned to normal in a flash.  Now during my second pregnancy, I gained 50 extra pounds.  As I started losing the weight, I became pregnant with my third child and gained an additional 30 pounds.   I went from weighting 115lbs to 190lbs in the blink of an eye.  I have not been paying attention to my weight until recently when I was relocating and came across some old photos of myself.  My kids were amazed and said ‘mommy, what happened?”  My response was all three of you.  Well I decided that I will get up and do something about it!  I must say that I’m really glad that I did.  I will continue to incorporate juicing into my daily life by using it to replace two meals a day until I accomplish my goal.  Thank you for your motivating emails, words of encouragement, luv and support!  I really do appreciate it! I will keep you updated on my progress.


There you have it.  The Universe rewards Action!

Love and Peace,

Skai Juice

This was an amazing raw meal I made with Pumpkin seed nut pate, and a sunflower seed “cheeze” topping with fresh arugula and tomatoes served on a Collard wrap!

Check out the video here on how I made it all!


Release the Grease 2: Day 7


Another 7 day amazing Juice and Smoothie Cleanse!  HURRAY!  Today is your last day of this journey.  Congratulations!  I hope that you had an amazing time.

Just stay on it.  Dont break your fast until tomorrow morning.  You are still on throughout the rest of this day.  And now that you have experienced full juicing for an entire week…its time to incorporate more of this juicing experience into the rest of your daily life!

There are a few things you need to consider to fully engage in this juicing/smoothie thing as a lifestyle…or rather incorporating it into your life.

Starting a new healthy habit is exciting. And juicing is certainly up there with cool, trendy, healthy habits.
But just like beginning a home improvement project or a new business venture, properly starting a juicing regimen requires a reality check.

A juicing reality check would have to include these five elements: time, money, space, motivation, and people. Let’s examine each one in detail.
* Time
For maximum nutritional benefits, you should make your juice close to the time of consumption.   Working from home or staying home with children makes this easier than if you leave for school or work.
If you must leave each morning, you will need to get up earlier or prepare your fruits and greens the night before, and run the juicer in the morning. You can make extra quantities and bring it with you to work or school or gym. But you will want to make sure you have time to clean up the juicing operation before you leave, which can take an extra five to fifteen minutes.
* Money
Besides the cost of a new juicer ($100 to $1500), your grocery budget will be stretched a bit. Even if you are in the habit of buying lots of fresh produce, the sheer volume of apples, kale, and cucumbers you will need may stagger you.
After a while this will even out as your new healthy lifestyle spends less money on packaged foods and other health remedies.
* Space
The obvious space consideration is where will the new juicer go? Where will you store it, or will it be one more counter appliance?
Less obvious but equally cluttering is where the large amounts of produce will be stored. Some fruits can’t be refrigerated. Kale and Swiss chard and melons take up a lot of space in refrigerators.
Finally, where do you have room to wash vegetables and fruits and the knives and strainers and cutting boards that go along with juicing?
* Motivation
Why are you considering juicing? Is it part of a well thought-out plan towards a healthier way of life? Has a doctor told you that you are in danger if you don’t change your ways? Are you seeking weight loss, energy, better sleep or more balanced digestion?
Any of the above reasons are terrific, but you owe it to yourself to be quite clear as to why you are starting juicing. You may need to draw upon these reasons when you feel deprived or choose to avoid social events while you are learning to juice.
* People
Speaking of social events, how will your juicing affect the people around you?
Will you be able to fit juicing in around your family’s mealtimes and kitchen space? If you are the main cook for your family, will you be able to graciously prepare their meals and be satisfied with drinking your own juices? (Note: yes, it is very possible to balance this part of life, but you need to consider your own situation.)
Does your work require business meetings that involve meals? Will you be able to bring your juice bottle into business lunches?
This reality check was not meant to dissuade you from juicing! Rather, it is meant to help you plan for things you may have not considered. And it may help you decide to what extent you want to start juicing: breakfast only, replacing one meal a day, or an all-out juice cleanse which you already just experienced.

I say replacing at least one meal a day is ideal!

What say you now?

Peace and Love Friends,

Skai Juice

Release the Grease 2: Day 6

If you get nothing else out of this cleanse I hope you have gotten into the awesome habit of inundating your body with awesome juices and smoothies.  The benefits that you are gaining are something that you should continue even when you start refeeding your body with healthy foods again. The term “juicing” is often associated with fasting. Indeed, juice fasts have become synonymous with cleansing and detoxification, thanks in large part to television infomercials and medical programs.

A juice fast is a commitment for a certain length of time to only consume raw vegetable or fruit juice, water, and herbal non-caffeinated teas.

A popular reason to begin a juice fast, or “cleanse,” is to shed excess weight or to get a running start on a weight-loss program. An often-surprising consequence of a successful cleanse is an improvement in mental clarity, energy levels, skin tone, and sleep quality. Many people report that hey simply feel “lighter” after a juice fast.

The simple explanation of a juice fast resulting in detoxification is this: a body receives all of its nourishment from vegetable juices only; since the digestive system is barely involved in the processing of the juices, it is allowed to rest. When the digestive system is not defending itself against new toxins, it is able to release stored toxins which are surrounded by fat.

As toxin-containing fat cells are released, the body feels lighter and more energetic.

There are many kinds of targeted cleanses, such as the intestinal cleanse, the gall bladder cleanse, and so on. Critics scoff at that level of specificity. In fact, many claim that the human body is perfectly capable of “cleansing” itself as needed.

Fasting/cleansing advocates agree that the body is a miraculous machine. But they point out that modern life with air and water pollution, sedentary lifestyles, and poor, fried-food and sugar-laden diets has created such an imbalance for our body systems that help, in the form of juice fasting, is needed.

A juice fast, whether for weight loss or just general good health, needs to be entered into with serious thought and commitment and planning. Unlike someone who decides to buy a juicer and make a juice to take to the gym each morning, a faster will be consuming juices only, usually six per day.

There may be digestive (constipation and/or diarrhea) issues involved in the first few days of a juice fast. Since that can affect your activities, you may want to schedule a fast for a time when you can be near home with limited work and social obligations. (Transitioning into a fast by making a couple of juices each day and increasing your intake of raw vegetables may help reduce the problem potential.)

You will want to be sure to have a good supply of fresh vegetables and greens on hand. Since you will not be eating any solid foods at all, you can’t simply open the refrigerator for something to “tide you over” until you get out to the supermarket.

Mood swings and sleep issues may be noticeable in the first few days of your juice fast. It may be wise to sit down with your partner or roommates and get them on board with what you are planning.

Interestingly, you may find that you are not tempted by the sights and smells of food in your home or at the grocery store. If your juices are filling enough (14 – 16 ounces each serving), you may be quite satisfied and not feel hungry.

There are no guarantees, of course. A good tip is when you are tempted to snitch an unfinished sandwich—or even munch on a cucumber slice while you are making juice—to visualize your stomach enjoying its vacation from solid foods!
Essentially what we are doing is a “fast”…we are fasting off of cooked solid foods…but its not a true fast.

More on fasting….

Peace and Love
Skai Juice

Release the Grease 2: Day 5 – Juicing vs Blending

The Great Debate:

Juicing vs Blending
Juices vs Smoothies

Last Release the Grease we had, we told folks who had a blender that they couldnt participate.  Because this is a REAL Juice Cleanse.  So lots of people who wanted to join in on the healing had to bow out because they thought that they had something with their little Nutribullet or Vitamix.  I think what gets me the most is that even though these are great tools, for some reason people keep calling the product of using these units  – JUICES.  They are not Juices. And I really want to know where that wrong information is coming from.

This time around we said, to hell with it….folks want to get healthy!  So let them!  So we have a whole nother group of people who are juicing or blending or doing both.  Because at the end of the day, getting healthier is getting healthier.  So let’s look at the differences between the two so we can understand better. If you are bored someday and want to stir up some trouble, walk up to a juicing friend and tell him that you bought a new blender so you can make juices, too. Then look out!

Die-hard juicers are adamant that “juicing” refers only to creating juices in a juice extractor appliance. In fact, juicers who favor the centrifugal machine (lowest priced and most common) will even take sides with owners of pricier “auger” machines when they have to defend against the blender/smoothie/Vitamix™ crowd.
Smoothie aficionados seem to have  more of an open-door policy. They are often amused at the strict juicing rules and have two questions for juicers:
* Why are you wasting all of that good fibrous pulp?
* What do you do about getting enough protein?
So what distinguishes a juice from a smoothie? Asked another way: what is the difference between juicing and blending?
The ingredients
Smoothies and juices are both made from raw vegetables, leafy greens, or fruit.
* Organic fruit and vegetables are washed and added to the machine for both methods.
     * Non-organic produce must be peeled first.
     * Frozen ingredients are acceptable.
* Certain soft seeds (melon, tomato, papaya) are allowed into a juicer, which would pulverize them.
     * Seeds are normally not included in smoothies.
* Liquids such as milk, water or yogurt are added to smoothies.
     * Very rarely, coconut water is added to juice, after extraction.
* Supplements like protein powder or chia seeds are put into the smoothie mix.
     * Juicerians would never allow this.

The machine

Manual citrus squeezers exist, as do electric blending wands, but most juicing and blending takes place in electrical counter-top appliances.
* Blenders can be bought for as little $19 at discount stores.
* Juicers start at around $50 and can go for an much as $2500.
* Deluxe blenders that can even blend soup start around $400.
* Blenders are simple to clean after use. The base of the carafe unscrews so the blades can be washed.
     * Juicers take a little more work to clean. The stainless steel mesh screen must be scrubbed, the pulp catcher needs to be rinsed or cleaned, and the feeder chute and main bowl and pitcher need to be washed.
The method
* For smoothies, everything can be added all at once to the blender.
     * The operator can choose between settings (puree, whip, mix).
     *  Liquid can be trickled in through an opening in the top to better control consistency.
* For juices, the produce must be fed through the top and pushed down into the machine.
     * This can be a slow process.
* All output from the blender is consumable immediately.
     * The juicer separates water and nutrients (juice) from fibrous pulp. The pulp can be discarded or used for baking or frozen for future smoothies.
Do some households own both types of machines, a juicer as well as a blender? Absolutely! In fact, there are some recipes that call for extracting juice and then continuing by adding the juice with ingredients in a blender.
Go experiment if you have two machines. But for goodness’s sake, just don’t call a smoothie a juice!
How is day 5 going?  Well, its Saturday!  So Let’s finish this off with a BANG!

Peace and Love


Release the Grease 2: Day 4

Hey There…I know folks are waning…I have been here before.. its getting difficult.  No, its not!  Mind over matter…stay with me.  STEADY>>>>>

We got into a nice conversation about choosing a juicer last night…so here are some thoughts about how to pick the right one:

Electric Juicers: How to Choose the Right One for You
Electric juice extractors, also known simply as juicers, are necessary for juicing. Unless you are simply hand-squeezing citrus juices, you need an electrical appliance that can extract juice and separate it from the pulp of fruits and vegetables.
Juicers come in three different styles. Depending upon your juicing plans and your budget, you can spend anywhere from $100 to $2000 on a juicer.
As you read through the features and benefits of the three primary styles, try to envision how a new juicer will fit into your lifestyle. Remember that an unused juicer does no one any good, so be realistic in your plans, especially if it involves a major shift in your meal planning routines.
1. Centrifugal Juicer
Most widely seen on television and the internet, this basic style can be had for between $100 and $200. Obviously the low entry price is attractive to more people.
The centrifugal juicer does a decent job of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables. It is less efficient at extracting juice from leafy greens like kale and chard.
This model has a spinning blade in a mesh basket. It shreds the produce and juice is extracted. Through centrifugal force, the thin juice is forced into a pitcher and the leftover pulp is sent into a separate container.
Critics complain that the pulp generated through this method is “too wet.” You can overcome this by easily running the pulp through the machine a second time to extract more juice and micronutrients.
Pros: fast, inexpensive, simple to clean up
Cons: somewhat inefficient, produces heat which kills micronutrients
1. Single-gear Juicer
With prices in the $200 – $400 range, this juicer is ideal for someone seriously interested in a “green juice” lifestyle.
It has a large spiral gear that slowly crushes the fruits and vegetables to squeeze out juice. It works well on leafy greens and wheatgrass, which a centrifugal juicer cannot handle at all.
Pros: affordable, greater juice yield, causes less oxidation (nutrient loss)
Cons: not practical for fruit juicing, takes up more space on the counter-top
1. Twin-gear Juicer
A good-quality twin-gear juicer will run anywhere from $400 to $1500 or more. The juice yield is best with these styles, and the nutrient value is the highest, too.
The twin-gear juicer can handle all kinds of produce, including wheatgrass and herbs. Its 2-step juicing process first pulverizes the produce between two stainless steel gears before it presses the juice. This process yields the most juice with the least amount of waste.
This machine operates more slowly than the others, and remember that you need to be standing there feeding it the produce as it processes.
Pros: best juice extraction, least amount of foam, preserves best quality of micronutrients
Cons: slow, expensive, complex clean-up
Lifestyle Considerations to Consider
* Space – can you fit one more appliance in your kitchen?
* Time – do you have time in the mornings, or after work, to prepare the fruits and veggies for juicing?
* Budget
* Juicer itself – how much can you afford to spend?
* Raw produce – your grocery spending will be much higher in the beginning
There is a juicer for everyone. Careful planning before you shop can save you from many regrets.  This is my juicer and I LOVE it!

This is my juicer!
This is my juicer!


This is EASY!

Love and More LOVE!

Skai the Juice Chef


Release the Grease 2: Day 3

Day 3! YAHOO!

Eating your vegetables takes on a whole new meaning when you begin juicing. The brilliant colors alone are fascinating to watch as they come through the spout of your juicer.

Here are some health benefits that have been attributed to vegetables you are probably familiar with. These all make for great juice ingredients—how many have you juiced lately?

Note: the following list is certainly not neither exhaustive, and it is not claiming to provide medical advice. The intent is to illustrate the wide spectrum of beneficial nutrients believed to be available in vegetables and vegetable juices.

* Arugula – considered one of the most anti-cancer foods

* Asparagus – a super food, good diuretic, helps regulate blood sugar levels, has folic acid

* Beets, also called beetroot – helps to cleanse the blood and support the liver

* Bell peppers – chromium, lots of phytochemicals with good antioxidant value

* Broccoli – high in vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene, promotes health vision

* Cabbage – red cabbage and green cabbage – coats and helps protect colon and digestive system

* Carrots – high amounts of vitamin A, chromium, carotene prevents free-radical damage to the body

* Celery – helps cleanse uric acid from digestive system, very alkalizing

* Chard (aka Swiss chard or silver beet) – vitamin A, potassium, manganese

* Collard greens – calcium protect against colon diseases

* Cucumbers – natural diuretic, good source of silicon, which is good for skin and hair

* Parsnips –  chromium, which regulates metabolism

* Parsley – with high levels of chlorophyll, fights parasites and cleanses the liver

* Radishes – known for opening up the sinuses

* Rutabagas (yellow turnips) – regular consumption helps increase stamina

* Spinach – vitamins A and K, folic acid

* Sweet peppers – vitamins A, B and C

* Sweet potatoes – vitamin A source, beta-carotene, help with arthritis and other types of inflammation

* Tomatoes – lycopene, which provides the red color, is a strong antioxidant

* Turnip greens – vitamin K, calcium, zinc which is associated with lower body fat levels

* Turnip – traditionally used as a remedy to strengthen lung tissue

All rich green vegetables contain some chlorophyll. (Do you remember that term from high school Biology??).   This can help clean our elimination systems, which can then clean our blood and lymph systems.

Chlorophyll can have other positive effects on our bodies as it helps to improve our circulation, relieve inflammatory pain, destroy bacteria and purify our livers.

Because chlorophyll, via green juices, is such a powerful benefactor to our bodies, you should strive to get some green juicing in on a regular basis. Starting out with greens combined with other juices (fruits, milder vegetables) may make it more palatable for you if you are a beginning juicer.

The nice thing about juicing is that by combining fruits and vegetables that contain specific nutrients, you can target certain concerns, like belly fat, urinary tract infections, or high blood pressure.  For Real!

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:  Check out this video by Loren Lockman of the Tanglewood Institute….I like the way he talks about what the optimal diet is and how the body actually heals itself.  This is short…only about 8 mins.  Let me know what you think the optimal diet is.