Writing and Juicing

Never thought about collation between writing and juicing, but increased focus and well-being makes writing easier.  Not long ago I said I had ADD, I could not write more than fifteen minutes without wanting to get up.  I never worked on weekends and often let days drift between efforts. Now I write for hours, into the evenings and on weekends.  Fourteen new pages this week and about sixty edited pages, that is progress.

Perhaps optimistic, but there is a chance I will be ready for a full edit by the end of the year.

What is food doing for you?

To your health,


My one bad habit

I grind my teeth.  There is a medical term for that!

TMJD defined by Wikipedia: Temporomandibular joint disorder, TMJD (in the medical literature TMD), or TMJ syndrome, is an umbrella term covering acute or chronic pain, especially in the muscles of mastication and/or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects themandible to the skull.

The cause?  Stress.  Crazy, huh?  I think I am un-stressing and like detoxing, the bad stuff comes out.  I am better, but my teeth are sore, which makes it hard to chew.

When I started this blog I promised to keep it honest and let readers know my struggles.  Otherwise, how can one be authentic?  I also want to note any side effects one might relate to a plant based diet.  Obviously, my diet did not cause TMDJ and juicing is actually helpful in getting nutrition without chewing.

Hope real time is appreciated,



How can I speak to you about love, life, or happiness if I do not speak of food?  We are what we eat.  Or drink.  No matter what we eat, if we consume alcohol or other drugs in excess, we will not thrive in any areas of life.  Otherwise, if we are sober and eat well and live well, we will know joy.

Watch TED website and watch the gamer speak of post trauma achievements and one’s  near death regrets.

As to food… I am convinced vegetarian and raw vegetables and fruits are humankind’s only acceptable diet.  We are the only species that cooks food… why?  Because we are the only species eating food not suitable to our digestive systems for raw consumption.  We are the only species that cook vegetables and fruits.  WHY?  Gastronomical orgasms.  Butter, spice, grease, breading, boiling, broiling, braising, frying, and many other methods and dousing assure once living whole foods taste good although dead.

I am fortunate to have great appliances; VITAMIX, EXCALIBUR, and GREEN STAR-juicer.   If I did not have these appliances, I think I would eat apples, bananas, broccoli, spinach, beets, strawberries in natural form.  Otherwise, I blend, juice, and dehydrate.

I do cook sweet potatoes.  I understand sweet potatoes are otherwise harder to digest.  I cook grains and legumes.

So, what benefits do I see?

Since February 2012 my hubby lost 40 pounds.  I lost 30 pounds.  He is a medical miracle.  I am struggling.  Weight is one thing.   Health is another.

I cannot stop one bad habit…

Dr. Joel Fuhrman Improves Health – Lose Weight Naturally | Reverse Diabetes | Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer | Lower Cholesterol

Dr. Joel Fuhrman Improves Health – Lose Weight Naturally | Reverse Diabetes | Prevent Heart Disease and Cancer | Lower Cholesterol.


False promises, misinformation, fads, opinions—there is no shortage when it comes to health, fitness, and diet.  Linked with convincing  negative thoughts the perfect excuse to do nothing takes root and gives disease fertile ground.

I am discouraged and frustrated that friends and family, unhealthy, in pain, overweight, and dying will not listen and act on information about food’s impact on their lives.  An uncle with MS, a sick overweight aunt, a sister with multiple health issues—WILL NOT LISTEN!

It is not easy to learn about nutrition or to learn how to prepare foods properly.  I get it.  I even volunteered to live-in for a week, to be a diet buddy, I created this blog and load great plant based recipes on Pinterest.  My family will not read my blogs.

However, I carry a torch for Dr. Fuhrman whose link is in this post. Kimberly Snyder’s Beauty Detox Solution is my health foundation and I want to at least try to tell people about what I know works.

Do you want a solution or are you making excuses?


To your health,


Finding Time

What a difference fourteen days make!  While hubby traveled and since I was forced into an early retirement, I had fourteen days without schedules.  Wasted the first five, excuses are my best friends and I use them often to put off concentrating on edits or a particularly difficult scene.  After those first five days, I got into my groove.   I focused on writing several hours a day, sometimes into the wee morning hours.

Working a stressful full time job was not conducive to writing a novel, but obligations and distractions are equally handicapping.  Working spouses have expectations of non-working spouses, after all most people do not think writing is work.  Maybe that changes once a novel becomes a best seller, until then writers who do not contribute financially, may seem unproductive.

Am I the only one struggling to find time to write?