Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cranberry Jalapeno Banana Bread for Christmas...Not Your Grandma's Fruit Cake

It's that time of year again when Holiday Baking starts. I am one of those folks who happens to really love fruit cake. BUT no one else here does so I never make any. Year I decided to do my own version of a Fruit Cake that everyone will like.

Cranberry Jalapeno Banana Bread
1/4 cup coconut oil or applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups gluten free bisquik or all purpose flour
3 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 large smashed bananas
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla'
1 tsp orange peel
Juice from the orange you just zested
2 cups of cranberries
1/2 tablespoon lemon peel
1 cup Cranberry Jalapeno Jam
1 cup of nuts chopped your choice if you want to add them.

Cream together the sugar and coconut oil. Add egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with the banana, water and orange.lemon peel and the juice from the orange. Add in the 2 cups of cranberry jalapeno jam. Mix in the cranberries by hand.

I use mini loaf pans and it fills up 4 silicone pans. If you are using regular pans grease and flour before adding the mixture. What is left over out into the bottom of a loaf pan. this will make a bar like "cookie". I  did not add nuts to the loaves but sprinkled it on the top of the one baked in the single loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60-75 minutes. loves take longer to cook.

Cranberry Jalapeno Jam
1 bag of cranberries
1 orange juiced
2 pears chopped
1 granny smith apple
 1/4 cup of honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves

Place all together in pan and add water to float the cranberries. Cook until nice and thick. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Summer Smoothie Juice

Smoothie and Juice in the same sentence??? Yes I made a TRUE juice up to feel like a smoothie and be oh so satisfying. 
First thing to do is make up the ice cubes in advance and have them in your freezer.

Fruit cubes
juice two bags of cranberries ( can sub any sour fruit like raspberries)
4 oranges
Freeze the juice into ice cubes and store.

Simple and easy to make up this fun cooling juice.
juice the following
4 pears
1 Macintosh Apple
2 Cups Blueberries
2 Cups Spinach
After you juice the above add them to a blender with a good handful or two of your Fruit Cubes. 
Blend until smooth.
You will now have a Smoothie looking, fresh tasting Juice. Enjoy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Great Breakfast Smoothie!

This is one of our favorite go to Smoothies in our home that not only tastes wonderful it also holds you over from hours and hours. Throw everything into the high speed blender and give it a whip. We make the recipe up the night before minus the frozen bananas and leave it in the Ninja container inside the fridge overnight. Pull it out, add the frozen bananas and more almond milk if you need to thin it out some and hit the ON BUTTON. Instant healthy breakfast on the go!

This is Dr Fuhrman's Chocolate Smoothie recipe from his Eat to Live Plan

Great way to start the day and get your greens in too without anyone knowing...Wink Wink

Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fresh Bountiful Basket Produce Makes Wonder Soup!

Almost every week on Monday I place an order with the Bountiful Basket Co Op for amazing produce...I say almost because 1 week a month (yikes 2 in August), he has to work so that Saturday afternoon we always hit the farmers market in Dallas. If you have never experienced Bountiful Basket Co Op check and see if it is offered in your area. We get top rate produce for a remarkable price. Anyways on with my story.... This is what I create for us to eat on this week based on my BB Basket 2 Saturdays ago (yes it is still fresh...AMAZING!) and a few items from the Farmer's Market this past weekend.
Cabbage soup
1 head of cabbage chopped
1 half head of Napa Cabbage chopped
8 nice size roma tomatoes chopped
1 white or yellow onion chopped
6 carrots chopped into bite size disc
2 carrots to be finally chopped
1 hatch or bell pepper chopped
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped (want more heat add 2)
1 head of garlic minced
½ head of cauliflower flowers chopped
Sea salt to taste
2 teaspoons pepper

Put all the above into a large of water except for the 2 carrots and ¼ of the cabbage head.
Bring to a boil and turn down to medium.
Last... chop the 2 carrots along with the ¼ head of lettuce.( I use my Ninja on pulse to do this.)
Add the finely chopped carrots and cabbage to the boil and continue to cook.  The soup is done when the cauliflower is soft. It usually takes about a hour to hour and half on medium heat. Make sure the water doesn't go down.

This makes a HUGE pot of soup that we eat on all week long. If you eat quinoa, cook some in water or veggie stock and add to a bowl topping with the soup. This makes a wonderful and healthy  meal all year long.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mangoes are all the Rage this Summer

Mangoes Here ...Mangoes There ...Mangoes, Mangoes Everywhere..

I love Mangoes and today I made up a Mango Black Bean Salsa for dinner. The recipe can be found at our sister blog Recipes 4 Shweet Living.
Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!  Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus fascinating trivia and a few mango cautions and concerns.

Health Benefits:
1.  Prevents Cancer: Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
2.  Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff)
3.  Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. (Read more on page 5.)
4.  Eye Health: One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
5.  Alkalizes the Whole Body: The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
6. Helps in Diabetes: Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
7. Improved Sex: Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (as from whole food) does help in this area.
8. Improves Digestion: Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
9. Remedy for Heat Stroke: Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm to the body. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles.  The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process. ****Use Coconut water with Mango to balance without having to add a sweetener. ****
10. Boosts Immune system The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Info from an Article by Diana Herrington

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lots of Good Things This Week... Come take a Peek.

This has been the first positive week in about 4 months. Some of you know my legs have been swollen since Mid March of this year.Traditional doctors and medicines just could not find out why or get the swelling to go down. I visited every doctor on my list and everyone ran tests and simply told me to rough it out. 
By accident Marty and I met a wonderful doctor and his wife one Saturday about 5 maybe 6 weeks ago and found out about the Wellness Institute in Frisco. We went to visit and talk with Dr. Ferrell and after bloodwork and other testing we decided to give Non Traditional medicine a try. Let me rephrase the we know this is the way to go and I started treatment there. It's a really cool place and I feel like I am among friends.

I have been going once a week and doing some PT there and having adjustments. That in itself was wonderful. Last week I started on natural supplements. It is amazing how different I feel. I looked at my left swollen leg/foot and realized that although it is still swollen it is not as painful and doesn't look like a balloon.

Am I still just juicing? Well no. I am juicing, drinking smoothies made from kale and other veggies with a small amount of fruits as well as adding in other protein like Quinoa to my diet during the week. No milk products, processed food at all.

If you live in the Dallas/Ft Worth area and you want to move your live in the right direction I would highly recommend visiting the Wellness Institute in Frisco. eMail me if you want to meet Dr Ferrell for one of his informational dinners.


For More Healthy Recipes check out Recipes 4 Sheweet Living.

Til tomorrow...Stay Healthy
Shweet SANDI

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Dairy Free Dessert

I received peaches and bananas in my bountiful basket this past week and since I am Rebooting I decided to create a healthy easy dessert. It is so simple and easy to make...and of so delicious. 
Take 2 peaches that are cut in half and pitted..Freeze them.
Cut 2 banana into slices. Freeze them.
Place your frozen peaches and bananas into a strong blender ,Vitamix or Ninja.
Pulse. If your "Ice Cream" is to thick add a small amount of Almond, Rice or Soy Milk.
Don't over pulse or your "Ice Cream" will become to thin.
Scoop and enjoy.
This made 4 servings for all depends on the size of your fruit.

Nice Health and Oh So Easy Summertime Treat.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wonderful Saturday Morning!! Fresh Food and A Promising Outlook

This was a wonderful way to start the weekend. We got up early and went to pick up our Bountiful Basket.
What is a Bountiful Basket you ask?
BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. This is a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. Since there are no employees at Bountiful Baskets, we as a group pay rock bottom prices on your food. This also means the co-op would not happen without volunteers. If you are interested in the co-op continuing, please volunteer occasionally. All it takes is a little time, energy and a smile. Volunteer opportunities include helping prepare the baskets, breaking down boxes, assisting with the distribution, and packing up. To help out, simply arrive an hour early dressed and ready to work with water to drink.<br>
To find out more about Bountiful Baskets in your community check out their website.
This was our first time to but it certainly won't be the last. This is what we got....
 We ordered the Bountiful Basket  plus Tropical add box on contained 1 box of mushrooms, 5 red apples, 5 bananas,5 yellow bell peppers, 8 bags of carrots ( got more because we helped out and there were left over’s), 34 Bussell sprouts, 7 nectarines, 1 big bag of green grapes, 2 avocados, 1 cabana melon, 1 coconut, 6 yellow mangoes, 5 limes, 1 butter lettuce, 1 plantain and 4 vanilla beans. Might have forgotten something but it was a lot of stuff. 

After we left the place were we picked up our baskets and volunteered, we decided to visit the Heart of Texas Show in Plano. Boy was I so happy we stopped in. We ran into Dr Ferrell and his wife from The Wellness Institute in Frisco. After talking to them he offered to have me come to the Institute so they can see if they can find the cause of all my problems. Also after talking to them Marty and I realized the chiropractor we were going to was really just doing PT. I am very excited. Got good food and positive outlook for maybe get a handle on this pain and illness.

Well off to watch my God Daughters' graduate via live feed and hopefully make it to Sat Mass. We have a new priest starting today and can't wait to see if I can read his lips. 
Check the recipe blog tomorrow for a new  juice recipe.
Stay healthy and Juice ON

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fourteen Months and Getting Healthier.... What is Your WHY?

WOW Hard to believe it has now been 14 months since I juiced my very first bunch of kale, oranges, apples, beets, radishes. I am so happy Linda told me to watch Fat Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross (you can catch it on Join The Reboot.) Marty and I started juicing. I have lowered my medicines from 22 to 8... Gone from a size 24 holding at a size 18. Marty has gone down 4 clothing sizes and lost over 45 pounds. The most important thing was 1 year ago he was told he needed to get complete dentures and we have been on the dental college waiting list for that part of the classes. Last Friday when he went to the college to have his teeth and gyms checked they told him whatever he has been doing keep it up, it appears he has saved his back teeth. JUICING WORKS!!!

 A lot of people asked me why I still juice all the time? Is it to loss weight? Is it to get healthy? What is my reason, MY WHY?  Mine is very simple and very precious This is My WHY. 
I want to be able to play on the floor with her. Chase her around the park, simply go to the Zoo. I want to know that  I am doing everything in my power to be here when she graduates high school and college. To watch her get married and see her children play with the dolls I make.
Both of my parents passed away young. My daddy at 53 from a heart attack and my mom at 73 from Chronic Heart Failure. Get the drift? In 2 days I will be 54 years old. I will have reached a live span longer than my daddy did. Now I will be reaching to a much longer life and much fuller one too.

Before I close today I wanted to just put out there to the universe....
1. If you have not watched the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
take some time and watch it.
2. Consider cutting out processed foods from your diet. If you can't say what is it it, should you be eating it?
3. Add fresh vegetables and fruits to your diet each day. 
You can do it simple by eating raw or steamed food.
 Juicing a tasting and very energizing way to get  your veggies/fruits quickly and tastes good too.
(Yes I can give you recipes, Click Here for my Recipe Blog.) 
4. Cut back of if possible OUT meat. 
I know here I am in Texas and talking about not eating meat. 
You will get all the protein your body needs from the healthy produce you eat and drink.
5. Last Smile, Laugh and Everyday tell at least one person how Special they are.
With texting and social media in most everyone's life you can easily make someone's day day special
 and in doing so you bring an added peace to your own life.        

Til Tomorrow Stay Healty
Shweet Sandi                                                  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Produce That Speed UP Your Metabolism

In one of my groups we were talking about what produce for juicing that we should eat and juice, that would speed up our sludgy metabolism. After doing some research and asking a couple of my doctors I have come up with the following list. It is not gospel by far but simple a suggestion from what I have told, experienced and heard. Remember never add anything to your diet without checking with your own doctors first.



Foods That Speed Up Your Metabolism

Hot Peppers-Jalapeno, habanero, cayenne and other forms of spicy peppers directly boost metabolism and circulation. In fact, eating hot peppers not only speeds up your metabolism, it also reduces cravings. This is related to its capsaicin content, a compound that stimulates the body’s pain receptors, temporarily increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate. If you have ever experienced a bout of intense sweating after eating a particularly hot tamale, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. In fact, studies have shown that eating hot peppers can boost the metabolism by up to 25%, with the spike lasting for up to 3 hours.

Broccoli -High in calcium (a known weight-reducer), broccoli is also extraordinarily high in vitamins C, K and A. One serving of broccoli will also provide you with plenty of foliate and dietary fiber, plus a variety of antioxidants. Broccoli is also one of the best detox  foods you can add to your diet.

Apples and Pears- Studies show that these two fruits help boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. Research performed by the State University of Rio de Janeiro found that women eating three small apples or pears daily lost more weight than women who did not. Organic apples are one of the most widely available organic fruits and pears aren’t too hard to find either, great news!

Citrus Fruits-Fruits like grapefruit have been shown to help us burn fat and keep our metabolism high. This could be related to the fruits’ high amount of vitamin C, a helpful and healthful component that reduces insulin spikes.

Produce High in Calcium Like Leafy Greens- A study done at the University of Tennessee found that people who consumed 1,200-1,300 milligrams of calcium a day lost almost double the amount of weight as those who were not getting enough calcium in their diet. To help boost your metabolism, eat plenty of foods high in calcium. Some examples are spinach and kale. Getting our calcium from dark, green, leafy vegetables is a an excellent health choice. Spinach ranks very high in calcium, with 56mg of calcium per cup. A 100g serving of collards packs a 145 mg calcium punch. One cup of steamed bok choy has around 158 mg of the mineral. Kale ranks in with 139mg of calcium and the spicy mustard green has 103mg of calcium per 100g serving. You can also get your calcium from that wonderful tasting round sunny orange. One cup of freshly-squeezed organic orange juice offers approximately 72 mg of calcium. Not to mention plenty of vitamin C, which will significantly improve the amount of calcium your body absorbs. Besides vitamin C and calcium, oranges are also a great source of potassium, vitamin A and beta carotene.

 Foods High in Omega-3′s-Eating foods that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to boost your metabolism. These acids reduce the production of a hormone called leptin, a natural chemical that lowers your metabolism. (When you are not 100% juicing eat a handful of walnuts, add flax seeds or beans to your diet.)

Other foods that will speed up your body’s Metabolism are grapes, prunes, plums and berries. If you juice these are great fruits to add into your green juice drinks to sweeten up the taste.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Which Produce Do You Need to Eat or Juice Organic

As many of you know a little over a year ago I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross and started on my journey of a new physical life. I juice many of my meals and even at times go months on end with only juice and water as my daily food. I have often wondered if I can afford it should I be using all Organic produce in my meals. I set about doing some reading and studying on this subject and have come to the conclusion for myself, there are some items I must juice and eat organic....others I am fine non organic as long as I know they are not GMO ( food derived from genetically modified organisms.)

Dirty Dozen Plus (Produce you need to eat Organic)
Apples Celery, Sweet Bell Peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines (imported), Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries (domestic), Potatoes, Greens/ Kale, Green Beans

Clean 15 (lowest in pesticides)
Onions, Sweet Corn (note: Many corns are produced from GMO seeds and not marked at store so if you are worried about GMO buy Organic Sweet Corn),
Pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet pea, asparagus, mangoes, egg plants, kiwi, cantaloupes (domestic), sweet potatoes, grapefruits, watermelons and mushrooms.

I know last summer, a study was released that said there was little nutritional difference in Organic and non Organic but one has to remember that there are folks behind these studies. Also it is not simply the nutrition and vitamins that are driving us to eat organic but also no drugs, chemicals and pesticides. I personally find that I can tell the difference in Organic and No Organic produce (yes we did a blind taste several times).

To help cut down on the high cost of Organic try to shop at your local farmer's market or search online for an Organic Farmer in the area. Many of these farmers WILL SELL DIRECTLY to us little folks. It never hurts to ask...all they can say is No. Most will actually say YES as they want to get their produce into the hands of everyone.

Til Tomorrow
Stay Healthy and Juice On!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Herbs Can Do a Body Good!

I read this recent article written by Ema Salmon of Ema’s Herbs, located in Ventura, California,in an online magazine or ezine called OUR VOICES.

I would highly recommend going by and reading the free copy she offers. Many different authors from health, to family life, spiritual health and government. Many different authors and much fine reading! 

This is part of a recent article from Ema Salmon on herbs . While I am  juicing now and don't do smoothies, this is a smoothie I will add to my diet in April. I do juice basil and it tastes wonderful!

While we don’t usually think of herbs as being an ingredient in a smoothie, we are overlooking an easy way to get these type of healthy herbs in our diet…without cooking a lengthy meal. Blending herbs in your smoothie is a quick way to ingest them and receive any curative or preventive powers they may have and basil has plenty.
Some of the highlights of basil include: It provides anti-inflammatory relief which stems from eugenol, a volatile oil in basil that blocks enzymes in the body that cause swelling, making basil an ideal treatment for people with arthritis.
Basil is known to have antioxidants that protect the body from premature aging and age-related problems and even types of cancer. Basil contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that block your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage. Basil can help with constipation, stomach cramps and indigestion. It can also be used to give relief from the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis and sinus infections.
So what are you waiting for? Try this smoothie and let us know what you think! Is basil a good smoothie an ingredient or should we just add more strawberries next time?
Smoothie Ingredients:
2 bananas
10 Basil leaves (fresh is better)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup water
Place all smoothie ingredients in your blender and blend until the basil leaves are minced into tiny pieces and enjoy.
About Ema -Ema’s Herbs perspective embraces both modern and folk medicinal approaches; after all, herbs were the first medicine used by people to detoxify, cleanse, nourish, calm and ease their discomforts.

Friday, March 1, 2013

My Journey through Lent with Juice

I decided that for Lent this year I would do something different. I decided to juice my way from Ash Wed to Easter Sunday. I know you are thinking well she has been doing this for 11 months now why is this something special for Lent.

This past year has been a journey for me. One to better health, family life and most importantly Spiritual health. Last Feb I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and started on my journey. March 21 was the first day of my first ever juice cleanse. I never thought I would last a day much less 96 days (which was the length of my first feast). During this time after much prayer I decided it was time to discover the Church I had been "auditing" for 25 years. So in August I began my journey to become a member of the Catholic Church.

After my first 96 days of juice cleanse or feast as I now call it, I visited my many doctors and they were shocked and surprised at the change in me. My weight was down, my medicines were not  needed as much. My brain fog and left over issues from 3 strokes in 2011 were much improved. Since my first Juice Feast I have followed with a 40 day cleanse and several 2 week cleanses. I have added juice to my daily diet by juicing 2 of my meals and also my snacks. The food I eat is all natural, no processed or meats.

For Lent I pledged to add the nutrients to my body as well as my spirit. Of my daily juices I do less sugars and more of the greens to help my body cleanse. My morning juices have to be less green because of medicines so below is one of my morning juices.

12 oz cranberries (fresh)
5 Sweet Potatoes Peeled and cubed
3 Granny Smith Apples
2 Oranges
1 lime
Juice all items in the order listed. Serve cold or slightly warm less than 110 degrees, 
so all the nutrients remain.

I invite you to follow along here on my blog. Share with me any of your experiences. If you have question please feel free to drop me a note at I am not an expert by any means but I would love to share what I have learned these past 11 months. 
Til tomorrow
Stay Juicy

Monday, January 7, 2013

Juicing and Eating a Rainbow

Juice a Rainbow.... Eat a Rainbow. Whichever way you choose to do it everyday get your fruits and vegetables in as a rainbow.... What does it mean?  It means to make sure that you get a variety of produce in your diet. I am juicing for the month of January so I happen to be making up new recipes that are juicing rainbows.
My newest juice is Popeye's Blueberry Juice. You can find the Complete Recipe on my Sister Recipe Blog Recipes 4 Shweet Living or by clicking HERE.
Til tomorrow
Keep Healthy and Juice On
Shweet Sandi

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Trip to the Farmer's Market

Yesterday my Shweetheart and I took a trip to the Farmer's Market here in Dallas. It was cold but we had a nice time. We started our day in the enclosed area looking through the shoppes that are mainly Jewelry, Handmade Soaps, Candles, Baked Goods, and Yes my favorites the Hand sewn and painted creations.
I found this shoppe where everything is from Mexico that we go into every time we visit the marketplace. I usually marvel at the Día de los Muertos art the shoppe has but this visit the prints were what grabbed my attention right away.

 This is the print we came home with.... YES, It is a print. Hard to believe it is not a painting...I thought it was I was. In fact I still keep walking over and softy run my handover the surface to check.
Then as we were walking to the stalls to shoppe for our produce what do I see but a beautiful mural that I would love to have in my home.
Yes we went on to purchase a trunk load of produce. I could not believe we actually picked up 15 pounds of shweet potatoes for $5.00 yes count them l $5.00.
Then we went on to pick up strawberries, oranges,lemons,limes and grapefruit from South Texas. 
Just seeing the second picture makes one want to grab a big cold glass of juice doesn't it.
Well, time to do some Santa sewing. (Yes, you read that right.)
So til tomorrow.
Stay Healthy
Shweet Santa

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Added a few new recipes

I Added a couple new recipes to Recipes 4 Shweet Living tonight. Go by and take a peek. If you make them please let me know what you think and how they turned out for you. 
Stay Healthy

First Day January Juicing Went Great

Sorry I did not get in here yesterday to post my beginning "shot" and weight but I was kinda busy with Zoe Bug all day long and into the evening. Wanted to re-cap Day 1 of January Juicing and share with you my Riff of Joe Cross's Mean Green Recipe I had for dinner last night and made enough for breakfast and some juicing today.

So here is my beginning shot for January 1, 2013.... Of course I am with my Zoe Bug, she's 15 months 3 weeks. My beginning weight 232 pounds. Pant size 18. Shirt Size 14/16 (some 18 if the sleeves are tight).
Tomorrow I will tell you my illnesses and medicines that I have beginning this year so you know where I am beginning this New ERA. I'll let you know Doctors updates throughout the year and other ups and downs as they happen.
Last night I made up 2 litters of my favorite Juice just to get a head start on Tuesday. Also, I knew that I would be home "alone" today and wanted juice on hand so  I would not be tempted to grab a bite of fruit while making up juice if I got hungry.
This is one of my Zoe Bug's favorite juices and mine too. This is a riff of Joe Cross's Mean Green from "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" movie.
2 bundles of kale 
( clean kale, remove kale leaves from the thick ribs to keep juice from being bitter)
1/2 bundle of spinach or 2 cups baby spinach (cleaned)
4 granny smith apples (large)
2 Macintosh apples
1 bundle of celery
3 large cucumbers peeled
4 oranges peeled (large)
2 large lemons peeled
(you can add ginger if you like ginger about 1/4 inch would be good...add it before the cucumbers)
Juice all the produce in the order they are shown. 
Remove the thick ribs from kale, chard, spinach to take away bitterness from juice.
Wrap leaves around apple slices before adding to the slot to juice. This will get more juice from your leafy greens.
Peel cucumbers esp if they are not organic... most cucumbers are waxed, so you do not want that in your juices.
Lemon juice is wonderful and I like to juice the peel as well. It is an acquired taste, so add a small amount of peel at a time and work your way up to the whole lemon. Again organic lemons are best for juicing the rind.
The reason I juice in the order I do is so that the produce with the most liquid will "wash" out any sludge or reside. That way you are not loosing  any of your vitamins and nutrients.
Last but not least, the most important thing...
Taste as you go. Add if you need too. If you don't like it remember for the next time and adjust... if you do like it...write it down. I personally use my cell phone and snap pictures of the produce I am juicing. If I like the juice I keep the pictures. That way i know what was in the juice.
Remember try to keep it 80% Vegetable to 20% fruit and have fun!
Til Later 
I am off to send some recipes to folks
Shweet Sandi