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Homemade Baby Food Peas Pumpkin Applesauce



If you’re trying to save money homemade baby food is a great place to start! This is a super easy recipe and my little guy loves his peas pumpkin applesauce.  If you’re looking for an even easier recipe don’t forget to watch this video it only has 2 ingredients!

Homemade Baby Food Peas Pumpkin Applesauce

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

  • 1 can pumpkin (16 oz) make sure this isn’t pumpkin pie filling, just plain pumpkin!
  • 1 can (2 cups) applesauce
  • 1  .46 oz package dehydrated pea powder

Mix and serve.  Saving money on baby food doesn’t get any easier than this!

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Homemade Baby Food Peas Pumpkin Applesauce

Gideon is eating peas, pumpkin, and applesauce and it’s a really fast recipe and keep watching and I’ll show you how. Modern homemakers video intro, helping moms. Gideon, do you love to eat your vegetables? Only when I puree them and hide them that’s right. This is peas, pumpkin and a little bit of applesauce. Can you say yummy? Can you say thank you? There we go thank you.

We’re going to take a can of pumpkin. Make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling because that’s full of sugar. This is just canned pumpkin. Don’t even have to get everything out because I’m going to dump applesauce into the same can so I don’t mess up a measuring spoon.

I’ve got this one that’s almost empty. So we’re going to measure applesauce. And with your applesauce you want to make sure, it’s ok if you can’t afford organic, I can’t either right now, but you want to make sure that it’s just apples. A lot of applesauce has corn syrup in it so, I think this is mott’s I had a jar that’s almost empty and it was just apples and I think I had a walmart brand like a store brand that was just apples. But, it’s surprising how many of them are just laced with corn syrup.

Watch out for that. Anyway, so I’ll finish filling off this can. If you’re making your own purees and your own applesauce, 1 can is about 2 cups. And then we’re just going to mix it. I like to use a whisk, you don’t have to use a whisk, you can use a spoon, but it makes it really fast to get it blended together.

So up until this point this recipe is exactly the same as the pumpkin applesauce baby food. But I’m going to go ahead and add in, I got these at big lots, and they had organic dehydrated baby food where you just add liquids. And I like to add it to smoothies and stuff to give kind of an extra oomf to the food. And I’m going to add this whole packet in here which is going to give us, I like to have more of a vegetable than fruit ratio going on because the babies already have such a sweet tooth especially with breast milk is very sweet.

Anyway so this is going to be 2 vegetables and one fruit and I just like that you can see it is going to discolor it a little bit but if you have it in the pooh! The pouch you’re not going to see that, you might see it in the pooh hahah! Anyway, just a few more seconds than making the pumpkin applesauce you can see that that now has that much more vegetables in it. And it’s the same thing with that one you can put it in a jar of baby food if you want and just fill those.

I will be wiping off the top here when we get done. I should have used a smaller spoon. Now if you wanted to put this in the freezer I think I probably filled it too far for that, I definitely wouldn’t go past like that point. Because when you put things in the freezer they expand and since I now have a toddler that wouldn’t be enough food so I’d have to use a larger jar.

So I’m just going to put this straight in the fridge, but I’m getting really lazy. I have 3 kids and the time it takes to sit down and feed the baby kind of disrupts from the whole meal time with everyone else. So, I recently got these and I’m so excited, it’s ufill, I’ll try to put a link below and you’re able to just fill them they’re not paying me to say this I actually happen to just love them that much. Anyway, you just fill it up and it acts just like those expensive pouch foods in the store that you shouldn’t be spending your grocery money on but you do, and you end up spending more money on the baby than everyone else!

I don’t know who I’m talking about here, ME. What we’re going to do with these things is I’m going to fill it up right to the middle, you can see the writing on the inside and it’s no biggie if you don’t fill it up perfectly every time. You might have food kind of squish out, you can see the inside there I’m just watching, and I’m going to wipe off with a rag, just like a ziplock,

And, we’ll see if I did it right, whew, had a little bit come out there. No biggie we’ll wipe it off again and let’s go see what the baby thinks. I make sure that he never gets to have the cap because I think it’s a choking hazard, and this is with the peas in there and he loves it. He doesn’t even know that it has more vegetables than the pumpkin applesauce he just ate he still loves it. He’s a good eater. That’s right, and if you watched both videos I totally gave him 2 pouches in a row, don’t judge me! Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like how to cut baby boy hair.

May
25

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Juice Fast Day 11



Here’s day 11 of my juice fast. Having some problems posting day 10, so I thought I’d just skip posting day 10 and pickup on the next day :-)

Juice Fast Day 11



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 11

Day 11, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day 11, and big changes in my body. It’s actually not morning, it’s evening we didn’t have time this morning, so.

Yesterday I was so exhausted that I went to bed at like 6 oclock. My husband kept the kids and let me go to bed and it’s like my body just needed sleep for healing and he supported that. Um, I’ve noticed something weird today on my neck I have like these lumps I’m seeing so that’s weird. These little, just in there, so that’s weird I don’t know what that’s all about. Maybe they were obscured by fat before.

Definitely I’ve had like you know I want to quit, I know I can’t quit because it’s so important to get healed. But I wouldn’t lie to anyone and say that this is easy. And if you have anyone who’s being negative and not supporting you just shut that person out.

Just get your support that you need, watch documentaries, hang out with me, whatever but you’ve got to have a support team because this is too stinkin’ hard not to. Because everyone, I was told today “make sure you’re getting your protein” and all this other stuff and it’s just like vegetable have protein in them, and protein in meat’s not even digestible anyway, so it’s like ahhhhh. So, anyway, um just trying to progress through that.

My wonderful sister, who is like my biggest cheerleader just sent me another juicer today. She sent me a breville and we just juiced 2 quarts of carrot juice and cleaned up in 30 minutes. So, going to take my hands off there, I know it wastes a little more than my other juicer, but just to be able to be that fast I now have that option. It’s really exciting.

Very cool. Oh, this is a size 3x. and I’ll stand here it is getting kind of funny. My clothing is the tops especially you can see I can just like gather the material on them. And I was wearing between a 3 and a 4x actually when I started this juice fast. Oddly enough, a lot of my pants I had just stopped wearing so I hadn’t really noticed I was wearing so many sweatpants and I had like 1 pair of jeans I was wearing so I have these I hadn’t worn in awhile, I have a pair of like burgundy pants that are not stretchy at all and I hadn’t worn been wearing those. So I’ve been starting to wear those pants again. So that’s pretty exciting.

No need to buy anything new yet, I still have other stuff. But I’m going to keep going. And I hope you consider starting if you have health problems or weight problems or whatever.

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May
18

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Juice Fast Day 9


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Here’s your juice fast encouragement for the day.

It’s juice fast day 9 and I can’t believe how much energy I have! I’m getting so much more accomplished than I was before I started this juice cleanse.

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I’m not stopping :-)

Juice Fast Day 9



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 9

Day 9, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day, 1 finger down, 9, and I got so much stuff done yesterday. Although I have to admit I’m really sensitive to other people’s moods and everyone else was whiny and whatever and irritable. So I just kind of lost it at a certain point but I started out really positive.

Anyway, so I started out positive again today. Hopefully no one brings me down. My 8 year old is definitely trying to get it she’s like look mommy’s trying to be nice she’s telling the 6 year old so hopefully they listen to that. Just wanted to update I’m still nursing my 1 and a half year old. I’m trying to go to 2 years, I’ve never done that before.

But I figured, oh if the Juice fast kills my milk supply that’s fine because he’s over a year. And that’s all I went with the girls but not only has it not decreased it’s like the baby he just wants to nurse longer. I think it tastes better he’s just like whooo. He just wants more, sorry TMI, for probably a lot of people, but if you’re a mommy who’s nursing and you’re concerned about it you know it’s ok to take care of yourself. Just make sure you’re getting enough juice for you and the baby. Just like you would eat enough for you and the baby.

You know, I feel like I’m giving him better nutrients because I’m not having pasta and all this other stuff. It’s just the raw juice. Doing all that, let’s see here I did laundry all morning and played with the fussy teething baby. I was like what’s wrong with you and then I saw this giant tooth coming through the side and I went yeah, that’d bother me too.

I got all my juicing done. I was like a juicing machine. Remember my husband drinks a lot of juice so I got it all done by 3 instead of like 8 o’clock at night. So I was just like wow and I was able to take the kids to the park and then we went to goodwill and the library and I did like all this stuff that I would never do in 1 day. I got a video edited. I was just like who am I. So I just feel like even though like my body hasn’t transformed totally and I’m not done, I’m nowhere near the end but things are getting better. Things are getting easier. Just being able to juice without my husband’s help and get that all done yesterday, that was huge.

I have an entire shelf in the fridge that is all juice and we have a big fridge. So, that’s exciting. Anyway, keeping it up, if you’re watching this and you’re like oh I’ve thought about maybe being healthier plunge in cold turkey, do it and you’ll feel the difference.

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May
17

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Juice Fast Day 8


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Juice Cleanse Dance party

Juice fast day 8, I made it a whole week dance party!  This has definitely been a week of ups and downs, but as this is no small accomplishment I wanted to take a moment to live in the moment and celebrate.  Go watch juice fast day 1 to see how far I’ve come!  What healthy choices are you going to make today?

joquena lomelino

I made it through my first week!

Juice Fast Day 8



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 8

Day 8, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. I did it I made it through my first week of my juice fast this is day 8 so we’re having a dance party! Keep up your juice fast.

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May
16

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Juice Fast Day 7


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Juice Fast Day 7

In today’s vlog, juice fast day 7 I’ll discuss everything from yummy salsa juice to struggling with meal prep and taking care of my family while on my juice cleanse.  It may be harder to get healthy while raising a family but it isn’t impossible.  I also want to set a healthy example for my girls so they don’t have to struggle with weight problems their whole lives and have health issues like PCOS and Diabetes.  If you missed yesterday’s video don’t forget to watch juice fast testimony for day 6.

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I hear I’m supposed to call this Juice FEASTING, not fasting :-)

Juice Fast Day 7



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast day 7

Day 7, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day 7, was in the kitchen all day yesterday juicing, this is salsa juice I made this when we first started drinking juice and love it, it’s like pico de gallo. I’ve been putting it in these organic lemonade containers we had leftover.

And I don’t know it just makes it seem fancier to me. I just started yesterday in a really positive place and then I guess my husband was like withholding juice from himself or something and he was all neuh and I was all uhhh and it kind of blew up into something. So it was a cranky day after all. But, we got it back together.

We sat down and had some couch time and I said when you’re hungry you drink the juice and I took the laptop into the kitchen because I was in there all day. But basically I was watching it out of the back of my head so that’s not any fun. My husband agreed to let me order the Kindle Fire thingy which I can mount right in front on the cabinet above where I juice. So I can watch movies and documentaries because I’m spending like all day in the kitchen because I’m not just juicing for myself I’m juicing for him and he drinks like 3 times as much juice as I do.

I say that in love sweetie. And I also have to do constant meal prep for my 3 children. So, I think that’s one of the hardest things is the mom factor that I could just go buy them TV dinners, yeah, I just got a yay from a kid out of that, but those are garbage and I don’t want to feed that to my kids. And we’re already vegetarians and a few months ago we went totally vegan again which I was when I actually married my husband.

But everyone gave me crap when I was pregnant about not getting protein and whatever, so I started eating cheese, which really was really healthy because cheese meant “cheesecake” and wendy’s frosties when I started having dairy. Not at all healthy. Anyway, so we’ve gone back to that so I have to basically make everything they eat from scratch.

But I felt really good about the stuff I was making them. I was trying to make the effort to make most of their plates raw and then have a little bit of cooked on there. You know, giving myself a chance to try to do some easy things like slap some canned veggies on their plate too, just because it’s already in my pantry. And it was done, but yeah, I spent the entire day in the kitchen.

I don’t think if you’re doing the juice fast just for yourself that would be the case. I also have a Greenstar, which is amazing, it gets so much out of the greens. Like I do cilantro and like nothing comes out of the chute unless I do multiple heads of it. So that’s great, but it does take a long time. So that’s going to give me some guns here.

What else, just starting the day again. It’s going to be my first day, my husband just got a new job and today he’s going on a field trip with my daughter so it’s going to be just me and the baby today so it’s really my first day, except for the day where I went and helped my sister where I’ve been just alone. So I have to do all the juicing by myself. My husband’s been helping me clean and stuff anyway, hoping the energy is there, because otherwise he’s going to be juicing at 6 at night.

Keep juicing, get started juicing, change your life. You might also like how to make carrot juice. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet.

 

May
15

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Juice Fast Day 6



Here’s your juice fast encouragement for the day, my video for juice fast day 6, almost a week isn’t that crazy! I feel so much healthier already because of this juice cleanse.  It’s so hard to be healthy in modern America!  Everywhere you go you are bombarded with junk food.  I have to deal with my children who want the convenience foods that I know aren’t good for them.  But this homemaker has decided to take a stand and choose health.  So far, it’s TOTALLY worth it.  What are you going to do to be healthier today?

Juice Fast Day 6



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 6

 

Day 6, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day , it’s really bright out here so forgive the sunglasses, nothing to do with my eyes I’m still squinting a little. I just wanted to be outside by my lettuce. It’s going to get juiced instead of saladed… saladed… it’s a verb right?

Anyway I just feel so much better today. I just I can’t go back, I want to keep going until things are healed. I’m surrounding myself with documentaries, trying to avoid negative influences. As in if you’re not totally supportive of me I’m not around you right now. My husband is wonderful he’s totally supporting me and I’ve got good family too. It’s just you know I had a nightmare last night that someone like convinced me to eat spaghetti and I was just like oh ok I can start over tomorrow and I woke up and I was just so relieved I was like I didn’t do that.

And I would start over but I don’t have to it’s like I’m still progressing up. Tried 3 new juice recipes yesterday, some of them were nyah, and I created my own. I’ll make a video for that later but it’s called Mexican salsa juice that’s what I named it because my husband said it was like eating Qdoba’s, anyway not Mexican salsa, Mexican CORN juice, because I’m trying to put all these random vegetables in there that aren’t in most juice recipes.

So, anyway look forward to that, it’s amazing. You wouldn’t want to eat it all the time we joked it was kind of like making our own corn syrup by the time you juiced corn through. So, I’ve been making dehydrated snacks from recipes I’ve created in the past. Even though I can’t test those right now I know I’ve already made those recipes so I don’t have to taste them. And we’re putting stuff in quart jars so that we have it when we do just go transition to raw.

But I don’t know I’m just feeling really positive and once again I’m not stepping on a scale but I just feel things shrinking and things feel looser yet tighter at the same time. It’s weird it feels looser because it’s not as packed, and it feels tighter because it’s not as saggy. Who knows I’m just trying to describe stuff.

Really cool revelation watching hungry for change, great documentary I was rewatching it I’ve watched it multiple times but it was talking about cilantro and I think parsley, was parsley the other 1? Ya, being great for heavy metal detoxing and I love cilantro and I’ve been shoving it in all my juices and I was like yeah! Awesome stuff so keep it up, if you haven’t started start, change your life it’s totally in your hands. You don’t have to be a victim anymore searching for answers.

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May
14

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Reusable Produce Bags


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Ready to make reusable produce bags?

These reusable produce bags are way easier than they look and would make a great homemade gift especially for a little girl’s play kitchen.  Feel free to share the pattern and do whatever you want, just please link it back to Modern Homemakers :-)

I’m always looking for ways to keep plastic out of my kids toys, which typically means making them.  Here are a few toys I’ve made free tutorials for if you’re interested in making your own handmade gifts:

how to make barbie furniture

I made this tub for my daughter’s birthday.

This Barbie bathtub is made from paper mache.

how to make play food

Crochet salad

Play food is fun for little girls and little boys!

how to make a toy train

How To Make A Toy Train

 This Toy Train was one of my favorite sewing projects!

 

Reusable Produce Bags



Crochet Pattern – Reusable Produce Bag

Crochet produce bag (play food)

H hook

Chain 3, join loop

Chain 2, 9 sc, join

Chain 2, 2sc in each space (18 total)

Ch 2, 2dc in each space (36 total)

Ch 2, (2dc, then 2dc in same space) x 12 (total of 48 dc)

Ch 2, 48 dc

[Ch 2 (1 dc, chain 4, skip 3 spaces) x 12] repeat row 11 times, cut and hide thread

Ch 60, weave through top row, join loop, cut and hide thread.

 

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – REUSABLE PRODUCE BAGS

Now before I show you how to make this crochet produce bag I have to do a shameless plug and show you what’s inside of it. These are all free patterns, and I have videos for all of them. So if you haven’t checked it out, crochet cherries, crochet corn, and yes it does open. Crochet Kiwi, I actually haven’t made this video yet, (cough) it’ll be up soon. Crochet orange, and crochet apple. So you can put whatever you want in here and it’s just such a cute easy little project that looks way more complicated than it is trust me. Modern homemakers video intro and theme song- helping moms.

So to make your crochet produce bag we need an H hook and I’m using this yarn right here and hopefully this is enough. It really doesn’t take much yarn and I’m trying to use up some scraps here. The first thing we’re going to do is chain 3, if you don’t know how to chain go check out my video how to start a crochet chain. And then we’re going to go in and join that loop. So we’ve got a little circle here. I’m going to go ahead and move this tail to the side here and we’re going to try to hide that as we’re working.

We’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to work 9 single crochets so we’re going to go in to the center, pull that loop aside wrap around and go through, 1 single crochet, 2 so you go in grab some thread and pull it through, we’ve got 2 on the hook at that point. Wrap around go through so we’ve got 3, 4, starting to hide this thread at this point, 5 6 7 8 9, so you’ve got a cute little circle here at this point and you’re going to join to that 2nd chain 2. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 2 single crochet in each space so we’re going to have 18 when we’re done. I’ll show you the first couple.

 

1 2 in the same space. Then 1 2 in the next space, and you’re going to go around until you have 18 total single crochets. So I’ve worked the 18 single crochet all the way around and you can count them and double check yourself so you don’t mess up this early on. I’m going to go in and join the loop and the next thing we’re going to do is 2 chains again 1 2 and I’m going to work 2 double crochet in each space around. That’s going to give us a total of 36. So going in the first 1, wrap around go through you’ve got 3 on the hook, wrap around go through 2, wrap around go through 2 that’s how you do a double crochet I’ve got a video on that too if you don’t know how to do it.

And I’m going to work 1 more in that same hole. I go much slower in the other video, right now I’m just showing you the pattern. So that’s 2 in each space and I’m going to work around until I have 36 double crochet all the way around. 34 35 36 then we’re going to join the loop again. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 1 double crochet in this space 1 double crochet in the next space, so 2 double crochet, and then we’re going to do 2 double crochet in the same space. So, 1 2 in that same hole.

And we’re going to repeat that all the way around until we have a total of 48 double crochet. So that again was 1 double crochet in this space, 1 double crochet in the next space 2 double crochet in the next space. So 1 2, 2 double crochet boom boom and 2 in the same hole. All the way around you’ll have 48 total double crochet when you’re done. 47 48 and then we’re going to join our loop here, grab some thread pull it through. Now we’re going to chain 2 and we’re just going to work 48 double crochet all the way around, 1 double crochet in each of those spaces, 1, 1 in the next, you get the idea.

I’ll see you in 48, 47 48. You can see it’s kind of starting to curve a little bit and we’re going to join our loop here. Now this is our trickiest row I guess , we’re going to chain 2 and we’re going to do 1 double crochet and then we’re going to chain 4 so 1 2 3 4 , now we’re going to skip 3 spaces, and we’re going to do a double crochet in the next space. You can see that makes that gap here that we’re going to have all the way around. So we’re just going to do that all the way around, 1 2 3 4 skip 3 and we’re going to double crochet in this 4th space. So we’re going to do that a total of 12, we’ll have 12 double crochet, so one more time 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 going I the 4th.

I’ve gone all the way around and I want to show you how to check yourself. This is where we started this is our chain 2 and this is our first double crochet so we’re going to count every double crochet so we get to 12 so 123456789101112, then I chained 4, and we’re going to join our loop again. And this is going to repeat counting this row 11 times so get used to it. So chain 2, we’re going to work our double crochet right in that first double crochet from the last row you can see it’s right on top of there 1234 work a double crochet you won’t even have to count your skip spaces anymore because you’re going to just keep going in that double crochet. And I’m going to do that all the way around so this is going to give you 11 rows total so you’ll be able to count when we’re done. 1 2 all the way up to 11.

So I did that 11 rows and you can count 1234567891011 and I just wanted to show this is one we just made and this is one that’s been played with for awhile so it does kind of stretch out as it’s used. So you can see it’s not a huge difference but there is a difference so this is probably going to stretch out a little too, just like this one did. Anyway now I’m going to cut my thread and hide it, down the spine here. Always want to make sure and tuck your thread in really well. And then we’re going to make the

drawstring. So we’ve got our yarn and we’re going to start over here and make a loop and we’re going to chain 60, and don’t cut that don’t do anything to it. We’re going to take that tail here, and take our produce bag and the top row we’re going to weave this in and out over these loops. So these back two I’m just going to treat as one and there you go. So that is all the way around, and now we’re going to take this and see where it’s going to be connected here, and join the loop. Go into the last, join, snip, tie off and I’ll hide this short thread, it’s kind of tedioius and I won’t make you watch me hide both of them.

Go back and forth here, and these may pop out over time when your kids are playing with them and you just pop them right back in. Unlike a plastic toy when it gets broken it’s done. See all the poor injuries on my hands. We’ve been gardening a lot lately and those raspberry bushes got me even with gloves. OK, so you would hide that other thread too, but I want to show you how awesome we are. So you just grab a thing on each side and pull and that’s how you close it.

Ok it’s time to go shopping, go buy a bag of oranges here and you just grab on the ends of the loops and just hours of fun you and your kids can have shopping and putting produce away and so fun. And you might also enjoy another really easy video how to make a crochet orange. I think it’s called just crochet orange I’ll put a link at the bottom. Super easy, and I don’t even use polyfil I use scraps of fabric and yarn, so this could be a free project if you have some scrap orange around. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like crochet food.

 

 

May
14

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Juice Fast Day 5

Juice fast day 5, pat me on the back because I resisted cupcakes, pasta, and popcorn at my daughters birthday party!  If you want to see how far I’ve come already don’t forget to check out my juice fast day 1.

Juice Fast Day 5

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 5

Day 5, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys Day 5 and I’m actually kind of starting to feel glad that I’m alive believe it or not. You know we’re coming out of it that’s good! I feel that, maybe it’s just because it’s my circumstance, but I don’t feel that there’s any harder way to do a juice fast than being a mom. Because I have to touch food all freaking day.

It’s what I do. I told you the other day that I went to my sister-in-laws and I batch cooked like gluten free stuff all day and yesterday was my 8 year old’s birthday so I didn’t make myself make cupcakes, we went and bought those which was still torture to be walking through the baked goods aisle at Kroger. Like ahhhh. Anyway that was hard, but I had to make her favorite meal, I made popcorn, which that’s one of my favorites, I was raised on popcorn.

And I just, although part of me was tempted almost out of habit to eat stuff the other part of me was just like I’m not doing this. I’ve made this choice and that popcorn, that pasta, that cupcake, whatever are not worth getting back to the place where I feel true health. Which, I don’t think I’ve ever really had true health. You know I started having like weight issues in Kindergarten so I am just so excited about progress. I feel like my face is already transforming, and I don’t know that we’re having visible change at this point in the rest of me but I still feel, it almost feels like things are looser not like in a saggy way but like there’s not as much being packed in around my organs and stuff.

So that feels really awesome, and overshare if any dudes are watching but I’m definitely having some light bleeding. And I did some online research because I was like what on earth and it was saying like it was cysts breaking up and I was like Go Yay, goodbye cysts we don’t need you anymore. So, anyway I’m going to keep going and I’m trying to do, at some point in the day I’ve done with every day a corresponding number of crunches and pushups to whatever day it is. So I know that 5 crunches is obviously a paltry amount but I know it’s going to keep adding and the 4 pushups yesterday was really hard. And yes, I did the girl with the bended knee version.

Anyway, you can do it. I have touched food all day and I can do it. Keep juicing. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet. You might also like crochet food.

 

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Juice Fast Day 4



It’s juice fast day 4. Today I’m going to share all my lovely health problems from PCOS, to menstrual problems, adrenal fatigue, and more!  If you missed it click here to see day 3 of my juice fast.

Juice Fast Day 4


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 4

Day 4, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. Day 4, and I’m feeling somewhat human today. Actually a lot somewhat human I felt like I actually got sleep last night for the first day in days, and or night in days.

I took a shower this morning and that also helped me feel more human and I’ve got like things erupting out of my pores so that’s fun but I already had like arm acne, so that’s not any big difference. Once again I am not weighing so I have no idea what I started out at or what I am now. I made like a list of all the things that bother me like all my ailments so I’m going to sneak a peek over here at my laptop but this is for my to look back at record and maybe you have some of these problems or maybe you’re unlucky like me and you have all of them. I don’t know.

Anyway, I have been actually diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, that was years ago, and they offered to do all sorts of pleasant things because one of the consequences of PCOS is infertility. That’s why there’s a 5 year gap between my 2 youngest children. They offered to put me through a chemical menopause and all sorts of pleasant things and I just wasn’t willing to do any of those. When I did get pregnant it was because I was doing juicing and I wasn’t doing a 100% but I was juicing and I was doing gluten free and vegan.

And that, within 2 months was pregnant, and I was like whoa, that wasn’t even what I was trying for. I just wanted to be healthier, so, anyway, PCOS. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with endometriosis but I have all the symptoms, I have since I was a little girl and I started way too early. And my mom actually was diagnosed, basically the only way they can officially diagnose you with endometriosis is to go in and cut you. So, I was not willing to do that.

I’ve had irregular menstrual cycles my entire life. I can go months without one, and then I can bleed for an entire month, heavily. So, that’s some scary stuff if you’ve ever done that. Let’s see here, my son was over a year old before my cycle started back up again this last time. I can have like scary, sorry guys if you’re watching this, this is for the ladies. I can have scary hemorrhaging like the size of golf balls when I am bleeding. Constant nausea, fatigue. I actually was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue a few years ago. It’s really hard to get any sort of diagnosis when you have all of these chronic problems.

I consider it a victory any time anything’s actually diagnosed. Disgusting dandruff which I actually noticed, I’ve never done a 100% juice fast before, but like a year ago we did, I did everything except for like a 2 hour chunk in the evening, did a juice fast and that was gone, and It’s all back again, it’s just really gross and itchy and uncomfortable. Arthritic pain, especially in my arms where like you can’t even sleep it hurts so bad. Um, severe headaches, which I’ve had headaches with the juice fast up to this point, but today it’s a dull ache. And I’m voting that as an improvement.

Dry skin, my husband calls me the itchiest woman alive. Poor man, every night before we go to bed, will you scratch my back? My eyes hurt, I get to the point, I think it’s related to the headaches where I can’t even do the computer or watch TV. This isn’t every day, but it’s like, ahhhh! I want that gone, I already talked about the infertility thing. Diabetes, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during my last pregnancy. I started juicing at that point and I had a very large baby, 10 lbs 2 oz, natural birth, I’ll take a pat on the back right here.

Gluten intolerance, if I eat wheat, which I was still doing because of the money, because it’s cheap, my nose will start to itch and I’ll get a headache like right after that. We’ve just decided finances aside we’re doing the juice fast right now, and really I don’t know that it’s going to be more expensive than we were spending on other stuff.

I’ve had weight gain while nursing, everyone says your’e supposed to lose weight. I’ve had 3 babies, I have at least maintained with this baby my weight because I’d been doing some juice and I’d decided to be vegan. That has helped me at least maintain and not gain more weight. But I gained I think 50 more pounds after my second baby so it was just, ya, way to nurse, it didn’t matter.

I’ve gained weight with weight watchers and I followed it specifically. I found I was doing things like, oh if green beans are the same as this little packaged snack food I’ll have the pretzels or whatever. So I started making worse choices in a way with weight watchers. And I think they’ve changed that now, where vegetables are different than other foods. But it wasn’t like that when I did it.

I’ve gained weight with slim fast and extreme exercise where I was there the 2 hours every day with the kids in childcare. And I was a crazy person and my poor husband put up with me through that. I get these stabbing pains in my back like in the ribs section it’s really weird. I get Charlie horses in my legs like I used to get in pregnancy I’ll just get those even now.

I have progesterone issues. I don’t make enough progesterone. So even in, I knew that I had progesterone problems and I got pregnant with my last baby, my third baby, and I just was feeling uuuuh and I wanted them to test my progesterone. And they didn’t want to do that and they said “oh everyone has plenty of progesterone when you’re pregnant” but I just insisted and they tested it, and sure enough I was right and I was low and I had to take a progesterone supplement, a natural one, my entire pregnancy. So I have severe progesterone issues.

I’m trying to work up, I eat things like sweet potatoes and walnuts and turmeric because they help with that and I take a herbalance supplement that has chaste berry in it, anyway, but I’m going to try to juice sweet potatoes this week so I’m not really looking forward to that in the raw state as much as I did covered in veggie butter. So I’ll let you know how that goes.

I have acne, especially on my arms, but I’ll get them on my face too. Depression, I had really bad post partum depression, especially with the first 2 kids and with the 3rd one it was like sheer force of everyday making sure I focused on not going to that place. Definitely depression issues. Irritability, my husband likes to say the oft quoted if momma ain’t happy aint nobody happy.

Inability to fall asleep even when I am exhausted that’s why I was so glad to get some sleep last night. It’s like I’ll just be laying there and my mind won’t shut off or I just physically can’t go to sleep. And it’s miserable, and my father has sleep apnea so I definitely don’t want to just keep that going on and get sleep apnea. Um, Gas, hot flashes, not even just hot flashes I am just always hot. Everyone else in the family has on 2 more layers than me. I strip down as far as I can go.

My back hurts all the time. And my feet hurt, and I think it’s just because of all the weight I have to carry. It’s like I’m pulled forward by weight. Anyway, I’m sure I forgot stuff, believe it or not. But that is pretty much the gist of why I’m doing this. And why for me it’s not just about a number on a scale. I know everyone get’s very excited, and it is exciting to lose weight on your juice fast. But I am choosing to base this on the size that I fit into my clothing, how I feel, and just trying to get back to an optimal place for me.

And today I’m starting my day, I’m trying some unusual combinations here because I want to get more than just carrots and Kale and apples and whatever. So this is snap peas, with I went out to my garden and cut some fresh chives, and some fresh basil because I think herbs are great for you. What else did I put in this? I think I put in some mixed greens so it had some collards and kale and some stuff like that.

Anyway, day four, feeling human and I just encourage you if you’re watching this just to start and change your life. You don’t have to be whatever your parents are. You don’t have to be like it’s not like a fate that you have to have those problems. This is your life you hold the key to your health in your hands, I believe that very strongly. Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like storing carrot juice.

 

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Juice Fast Day 3



It’ time for juice fast day 3, that’s right I’m still going. Although this was a particularly rough day of juice fasting!   If you missed it here’s what I looked like on day one of my juice fast.

I’m not a DR, you should always seek medical advice before making any changes to your diet or health.

Juice Fast Day 3



VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Juice Fast Day 3

Day 3, I’m going on a Juice Fast. Because I’m sick of looking like this and feeling sick all the time. I want to look like I did before kids. I need to be healthy and alive for these guys. This is my not as enthusiastic day 3, but I’m not going back! I’m in this for the long haul. Let’s see here, I feel like death run over today and it’s not necessarily just the juice fast.

It’s the fact that on day 2 of my juice fast I went over to my sister in laws who’s sick and has a brand new baby and 2 other children and then I basically was her and 4 other women in the kitchen. Batch cooking gluten free vegan stuff and shoving it in her freezer, and I’m just exhausted. I should not have been doing that on my juice fast, but I love them, so, anyway, no guilt for them it was my choice to help them.

And I’m paying for it today. So I’m rewarding myself with my favorite juice which is my salsa juice. It’s tomatoes, it’s basically pico de gallo, but no salt. It’s amazing. But, I don’t know I just kept getting struck with the revelation yesterday that this is, because I was batch cooking all this food and it was like the hardest thing ever because it smelled wonderful and I’m like touching pizza dough and taking muffins out of the oven.

And I couldn’t eat anything and I went wait a minute, I can eat whatever I want, I am choosing not, oh just hand me my baby, I am choosing not to eat this stuff and that’s the difference that it made in my mind. I’m trying to remind myself I could go get a burger and cheeseburger and fries and whatever in a second, but I don’t want to I choose not too.

Anyway, I’m going to keep it up, hope that encourages someone to do it with me, but I have to go feed this baby because he’s sad! Please subscribe to our youtube channel. You might also like storing carrot jucie. I’m not a doctor. This is just my juicing journey. You should always consult with a DR before making any radical changes to your health or diet.

 



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