May 042015
 

Why Strain Green Juice? - www.RadianceCentral.com

We’ve started this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking green juice every day for the entire month of May! I’m loving this Challenge. So far, so good!

My last blog post, I did a video showing how to make a green juice with a blender and a strainer instead of a juicer. I know not everyone has a juicer, and I want everyone to be able to join this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge. Since making the video demo, I’ve received quite a few questions here and on YouTube asking me why remove fiber from green juice? Many have asked why I don’t just leave it in, some even asked why I would take it out, don’t we need the fiber?

Why remove fiber from green juice?

Let’s first explore the difference between a green juice (without the fiber) and a blended drink, like a green smoothie (with the fiber). Besides the pulp being removed, if you were to compare them ounce per ounce, the green juice would be made from more vegetables, greens, and fruits, than the green smoothie, and therefore have much more nutrition (quantity-wise, the fiber in a green smoothie bulks it up). You’d also be able to drink more of the green juice because it doesn’t have any fiber, and you wouldn’t feel as full like you would drinking a green smoothie.

So content wise, a green juice has more nutrients than a green smoothie, but a green smoothie will fill you up more, and for much longer.

How I see it, since you can’t fill up on a green juice as easily as a green smoothie, a green smoothie is more like a nutritious meal, and a green juice is more like a fresh, concentrated supplement, containing a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, etc.

We know that all nutrients found in food are much more bio-absorbable than any pill supplement you buy at a health food store or chemist/pharmacy. Personally I want to fill up on as much nutrition as possible, and I want it from my fresh food.

Removing the fiber isn’t always bad

People always get nervous when I talk about removing fiber. Yes, fiber is a good thing, but you don’t necessarily need it in all your food, and sometimes by removing it, it makes it easier for your body to digest and absorb the nutrition.

For anyone who is sick or has a weak digestive system, drinking juice without the fiber is optimal because their body doesn’t have to spend it’s energy breaking down the fiber and extracting the nutrition, the juicer or the blender/strainer does that for them!

I see juice without the fiber as easily absorbable liquid nutrition. The body doesn’t have to spend so much energy on digestion, and it gets a full array of easily absorbable nutrients, which can very well help to build anyone’s nutritional reserves. This is good for everyone, sick people and healthy people!

So is green juices better than green smoothies?

They’re so different, I don’t think you can even compare the two. What you need to do is recognize the difference, and choose according to what your body and lifestyle needs. Green smoothies are great as a healthy meal, and green juices are more like a concentrated supplement, providing your body with a nutritional boost, and building your nutritional reserves.

My love for green juices

I will end by saying that I do love green juices. And I have to say I love them not so much for their taste, but how I look and feel from drinking them regularly.

I’ve actually been drinking green juice for the past 15-20 years, since my early 20s! That’s a long time. Recently I read Tonya Zavasta’s book, Guide To Ageless Face, and in her book she talked about when she goes on tours and gives lectures, she can tell who in her audience regularly drinks green juice, it’s that obvious in peoples’ appearance and complexion! I have to agree with her 100,000%!!! People who drink green juice regularly, glow!

Does this intrigue you? Then definitely join this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a green juice a day for the entire month of May! And let me know how it goes! Let’s connect here on Radiance Central, Facebook, YouTube, and I’ve just started an Instagram account today, so we can share green juice photos too!

Watch today’s video below to hear more about why I love green juices and removing the fiber from them!

Want some green smoothie and green juice recipes? Click here to download a free recipe ebook!


The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!

 

May 022015
 

Healthy Habits Challenge-May 2015-Green JUice Every Day - www.RadianceCentral.com

Radiance Central’s Monthly Healthy Habits Challenge!

May 2015 Challenge: Drink 1 Green Juice A Day

Here at Radiance Central, we’re focusing on one healthy habit a month. It’s so much easier to get healthy when you focus on one thing at a time, do it consistently, and do it well! I’m all about quality over quantity, and last month when we launched the Monthly Healthy Habits Challenge series, I saw how just focusing on drinking a lot of water consistently every day for an entire month, not only improved my health, but it made making lifestyle changes easy and fun.

So this month, let’s get the green juice in! Let’s drink green juice every day this month! If you don’t have a juicer, I made a video today showing how to make green juice using a blender and a strainer. If you don’t have either for the Healthy Habits Challenge, some people are making green drinks mixing green powder and water, and drinking that daily (if you want to go that route, I recommend HealthForce Vitamineral Green).

How To Make Green Juice With A Blender & Strainer - www.RadianceCentral.com

Can you make a green juice using a blender instead of a juicer?

I get asked a lot if you can make a green juice, vegetable juice, or any juice using a blender instead of a juicer, and the answer is yes, yes, YES! And, it’s easy! In fact I know some people who prefer making their green juices with a blender and strainer, over using a juicer because the clean-up is much faster! These people have both juicers and blenders, and they reach for their blender and strainers every day to make their green juices. Me, I’ll be honest, I prefer my juicer to make my green juices, but that’s me (and maybe it’s because I have an awesome juicer, and a terrible blender, and strangely enough, I actually like cleaning my juicer!).

Do you need a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Blendtec)?

No! If you’ve been following my videos, you know I don’t own a turbo blender (not yet!). Back in Canada, I had a KitchenAid blender which I loved, and it was a great blender, but here in Bali I have a terrible blender, probably the opposite of a high speed blender. I would say this blender is not only a “low speed” blender, but the blades are not even sharp! Somehow, it still does make a lovely green juice. So if I can make nice green juices and vegetable juices with my blender, you can make juices with yours.

Additional tools you’ll need to make a green juice with your blender

To make a smooth and delicious green juice, you’ll need a strainer to strain the juice after blending it in the blender. You can use a stainless steel fine mesh strainer, or a nylon nut milk bag (pictured below). The fine mesh strainer you can find at any kitchen supply store or even at a dollar store. Just make sure the mesh is very fine. You can find a nut milk bag at a health food store or online, or alternatively you can go to a hardware store a buy a paint strainer bag, which is the exact same thing, but cheaper! I don’t recommend straining the juices with cheese cloth, if you do, you’ll have to double it up a few times, and it can be quite messy.

How To Make Green Juice With A Blender & Strainer - www.RadianceCentral.com

(on the left is a nylon nut milk bag. I use mine all the time to strain the juices I make with my juicer, that’s why it’s nice and stained. On the right is a fine mesh strainer. When using a fine mesh strainer to strain your juices, you’ll need a spoon to push the juice through the strainer).

How To Make Green Juice With A Blender & Strainer - www.RadianceCentral.com

How To Make A Green Juice With A Blender & Strainer

Natasha’s Vitamin C Green Juice Recipe (makes 2 cups)
1 cup Spinach (packed)
1/2 cup Papaya
2 Tangerines or Oranges (peels and all seeds removed)*
1/2 Lime (peel and all seeds removed)*
1/2 Cucumber
1 stalk of Celery
1/4 – 1/2 cup Water

* make sure to remove all the seeds from the oranges/tangerines and limes before blending or juicing it. When citrus seeds get juiced or blended, it can ruin the juice! They can make juices quite bitter, so best to take a few moments to make sure they’re all removed before making the juice!

Directions (watch today’s video below):
1- Put all fruits and vegetables in the blender.
2- Start by adding 1/4 cup of water and blend. If you need more water to get the blender going, slowly add more (the more water you add, the more diluted the juice will be, so the less water used, the better!).
3- Blend until smooth.
4- Strain the juice with a nut milk bag or stainless steel fine mesh strainer:
Nylon Nut Milk Bag: Fill bag with blended juice, and over a bowl squeeze the liquid out (the fiber/pulp will remain in the bag, and the strained liquids will collect in the bowl.
Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer: Over a bowl, fill the strainer with the blended juice, and using a spoon, stir contents in the strainer. The strained liquids will drip into the bowl from the strainer, and the fiber/pulp will remain in the strainer.
5- Discard the remaining fiber/pulp.
6- Drink the strained juice and enjoy!!!

Are you joining us for this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a green juice every day for the entire month of May? If so, let us know how your doing, or share your favourite juice recipe! (leave your comments below!)


The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!

 

May 012015
 

May 2015 Healthy Habits Challenge- 1 Green Juice Every Day - www.RadianceCentral.com

May 2015 Health Habits Challenge: Drink A Green Juice Every Day This Month!

It’s May 1st! That means we’re starting a new Healthy Habits Challenge! (Last month’s water drinking challenge was awesome!)

This month’s Healthy Habits Challenge is to drink one green juice a day, every day this month!

It’s up to you how much juice you want to drink, just make sure you drink some every day! I’m aiming to drink 2 cups (500 mL) a day.

If you don’t have a juicer to make the juice, in tomorrow’s blog post and video, I will show you how to make green juice using a blender and a strainer. Someone just mentioned they don’t have a juicer or blender, so they’re going to make green drinks using a green powder, that’s fine too!!! (I recommend HealthForce Vitamineral Green!!).

I’m super excited for this Healthy Habits Challenge!

Are you joining us?! If so, let’s connect here, or Facebook, or YouTube!

 

May 012015
 

My Results Drinking 3 Litres Of Water For A MOnth - www.RadianceCentral.com

Radiance Central’s Healthy Habits Challenge  

April 2015 Challenge:  Drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water/day

It’s the end of the month, and that means we’ve completed this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day.

Living in the hot tropics, I drank more than the minimum, I drank about 3 litres of water a day, and it felt GREAT! I have to say this is the first time in my life I drank an abundance of water daily, and what a difference it makes to feel fully hydrated!

Results of drinking a lot of water

The benefits and changes I experienced:

I have to say the biggest benefit I experienced from the Radiance Central’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking more water was the increase of energy. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I always related drinking more water for better digestion, appetite control, and the effects of being well hydrated has on the skin, but I never connected hydration with energy levels. This to me makes me want to continue drinking plenty of water every day. Now that I know what it feels like to drink a lot of water, I notice a big energy drop when I don’t drink enough.

I also noticed that once I got through the first week of adjusting to the increase of fluids, I found the increase of water did in fact reduce water retention. I had a much flatter stomach and felt my body could efficiently release and flush out any extra water I was holding onto. So definitely less water retention, less puffiness, and less bloating.

Also skin and hair – way more hydrated! Love this! Not only did my skin feel and look more plumped-up, clear, and soft, but my hair too felt softer and shinier!

What I was expecting, but didn’t happen!

Everyone who’s ever had a baby or toddler would know, you aren’t getting the quality sleep you used to (especially if you’re like me and still nursing and co-sleeping). I was hoping the increase of water would help the bags and dark circles under my eyes miraculously disappear, but no, unfortunately it didn’t (I have other suggestions for the bags and dark circles here!)

I also didn’t notice any difference in my digestion, but then again, I don’t really have any digestive issues to begin with. Maybe if I had issues already with constipation or heart burn, maybe I’d see a difference with the increase of water intake. If you did this Healthy Habits Challenge and noticed a difference with your digestion, do comment below and let me know, I’m definitely interested in hearing your feedback!

Also, I never noticed any difference in my appetite or weight either. I know that when I’m dehydrated I definitely mistaken thirst for hunger and eat more. For some reason during this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge I never really thought about how my water intake was affecting my appetite, and if it was significantly decreasing it. In retrospect, I don’t think the increase of water affected my appetite, but then again, looking back even if it didn’t decrease my appetite, my appetite never significantly increased either, and in fact I don’t recall at any time over this past month I ever over ate or felt the inclination to do so (which when I’m dehydrated, I can easily over eat).

What are your results from doing this month’s Healthy Habits Challenge of drinking a minimum of 6-8 cups of water a day? I would love to hear your experience on the Challenge! (Please comment below!)

To hear more about my results of drinking 3 litres of water a day, for an entire month, watch today’s video below!


The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!

 

Apr 292015
 

How I Got Rid Of Cravings For Sweets - www.RadianceCentral.com

Yesterday someone left a question asking how to get rid of cravings for sweets. When I read the comment, I immediately thought about how much I could relate to that dilema. After giving birth to my daughter Luna Ray, I felt like I developed a strong sweet tooth overnight. I never had that while I was pregnant with her, but when she arrived, so did an unquenchable sweet tooth! Perhaps it’s from the postpartum hormones or lack of sleep, but for a long time all I could think about, and dream about, was sweet food!

So for myself, I needed to tackle that issue quick, and through various experiments there’s two things that worked for me to decrease and prevent cravings for sweets and treats.

How did I get rid of cravings for sweets?

Two things that help me the most to get rid of and prevent cravings for sweets: increasing consumption of starchy complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, legumes, pulses, and starchy vegetables like yams, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.), and exercise (cardio and strength training).

What about fruit, or healthy desserts to get rid of cravings?

You might be wondering what about fruit? What about a healthy dessert made with dried fruit or honey, maple syrup? Wouldn’t that satisfy sweet cravings?

For me, not always! This is not to say that I don’t eat fruit or a healthy dessert, I do, and I love them, but to deal with the unrelenting sweet cravings that can be ingrained into my daily life, I want to get rid of the cravings to begin with, not substitute the cravings with something else. I know myself well enough to know that when I’m having a lot of strong sweet cravings, if I eat something sweet, even if it’s made out of healthy ingredients, sometimes I end up over-eating it, or not feeling completely satisfied.

So to be clear, I do eat fruit, I eat fruit every day, and I do eat desserts made out of healthy ingredients, but I don’t rely on them to get rid of my cravings. Complex starchy carbohydrates (like whole grains, beans, legumes, etc.), and exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise, help prevent and eliminate sweet cravings, many times instantaneously!

Starchy Complex Carbohydrates

So when I started having crazy sugar and sweet cravings, I increased my daily consumption of complex carbohydrates like whole grains, beans, legumes, and starchy vegetables. These food not only have a good amount of carbs in them, but also fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals as well. This not only works as a great carb fix, but works to stabilize your blood sugar and make you feel full and satisfied.

I don’t need to eat a lot of these carbs either, but I do have to make sure they are part of my daily diet in order to ward off sugar cravings. I find what works is having small portions once or twice (sometimes 3 times) a day with vegetables and/or a protein, to make a complete and satisfying meal. My portion sizes vary, but on average I have about 1/2 cup of complex carbohydrates in a meal.

Exercise

All exercise is fantastic to stabilize blood sugar, boost mood, and release stress and tension. If you have a sweet craving, go and exercise. I don’t know many people who go and workout, and afterwards want to stop at a bakery to buy cake to eat on their way home.

When you exercise, you feel so good about yourself and how you feel, you get a natural high. This can counter the cravings, and if you exercise regularly, you’ll naturally notice those sweet cravings decrease over time without much effort at all.

More about how I get rid of cravings for sweets, watch the video below!


The last 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starts next Tuesday, May 5th!
I’m working on a NEW online Juice Fasting program coming out this June or July. This program will be a shorter program (7 days total – a 5 day juice fast, and two one-day transition days on and off the fast). The 10 Day Juice Fasting Program in May will be the last time I’m hosting an extended, 10 day juice fast, so if you want to do a long juice fast, join us!!! CLICK HERE to sign-up!!!