Hello my veggie loving friends,   Sorry I haven’t posted on the blog in a while! After successfully finishing my three-day juice cleanse I started reflecting about how I’ve been eating over the past couple of months and how my body has been responding. Another remarkable change for me has been in an area that most women can relate too, our menstrual cycles.. Before taking the pill, I would have to miss school or work for at least one day out of the month because my cramps were so painful. About six months ago, I went to see a holistic Doctor here in Brickell at the Four Seasons. Apparently, birth control can dramatically lower the rate at which Testosterone is absorbed into your blood stream regardless of the amount your body is producing..
After much reflection and research, I decided that it was about time that I attempt to get off of the pill and start natural methods of curing my painful menstruation symptoms. I started researching options as far as what natural supplements were out there to help me suppress the painful cramping. If you’re not a vegan and your suffer from difficult PMS symptoms I would encourage you to eat more fruits and vegetables and stay away from processed sugars and caffeine especially close to your menstrual cycle. Personally, being on the pill brought down my energy levels, lowered my sex drive, and made it harder for me to gain the essential core muscles needed to protect my previously injured lower back. Tomorrow I am planning on sharing with you my weekly nutrition guide to get organized and more purposeful with my health this year! As the holidays are coming to a close and 2015 is inching closer the time for reflection begins.. However, let me address the big fat flamboyant elephant in the room and I’ll be the first person to admit that I’m not perfect and there may have been a couple nights involving too much tequila and a McDonald’s French fry run.
As you know, there are many wonderful cleanses out there and I would encourage you to try a couple out and see which one’s work best for you. Out of all of my latest creations, the Cream of Asparagus Soup is just the best soup I’ve ever had!
Researchers at the Karachi University in Pakistan found that eating asparagus may help control type 2 diabetes.
This one’s for the gym-rats out there who need a little more than just water to finish all of those hardcore workouts. I decided that I was going to do a lot of running today to start preparing for local 5k’s and hopefully begin the process of meeting my goal to complete a half-marathon in 2015.
Step 1: Soak the four pitted dates in water for at least two hours to unlock the nutrients and aid in proper digestion.
Step 2: Blend together the 4 cups of filtered water, 4 soaked dates, 2 cups of coconut water, lime juice, lemon juice, and salt in a blender. Step 3: Pour into containers or bottles (I used mason jars) and store in your fridge till use.
Just got back to reality after Miami’s Seed Week which was by far one of the best experiences of my life! Today we are experiencing some rain and overcasting clouds here in Miami due to a tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past, I’ve struggled to master the creation of vegan creamy soups as they usually come out to watery and unsatisfying. Step 2: Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are very soft, about 3 minutes more.
While most people are out trying to engulf some Sunday Brunch, I’ve been up all morning making a cruelty-free creation of my own. Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and vitamin E. Image courtesy of Benjamin Tilberg.
Fiber– According to the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky, high fiber intakes are associated with significantly lower risks for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases.
As a vegan, I often get approached from people who ask tons of questions about my lifestyle and specifically what I eat and how I survive.
Step 2: Chop the second-half of the peeled Mango into diced pieces and add to the serving bowl.
Step 3: Gently pour the delicious yellow bell pepper salad dressing over the mango avocado salad. Step 4: Sprinkle Sesame Seeds op top of the salad and gently mix with a spoon or clean hands. A lot of my friends ask me what are the healthiest things to eat for breakfast in the morning to jumpstart your metabolism etc. I started this ritual about a month ago after reading The Gerson Therapy and The China Study, and I feel a lot better compared to days where I’ve accidentally forgotten. To get you a little more excited about drinking water instead of coffee in the morning, I decided to diffuse my water overnight to add flavor and increase the detoxifying effects by adding thin slices of lemon and cucumber to about 20 oz of water that I stored overnight in one of my favorite mason jars. Staying consistent might be the hardest part of this morning ritual but I have a couple tips for you workaholics out there.
Step 3: I spread about one handful (1 cup) of arugula that I pre-washed in cool water on top of the hummus.
In the midst of making various weight loss websites, Fuentes developed a significant formula, which is today known as Fat Loss 4 Idiots.
Upon making a selection from the allowed list of foods, an 11-day, online diet chart is processed and computed for you by a software called the ‘Diet Generator’.
The foods in FL4I diet focus on lean proteins and vegetables, with much of the fat derived from cottage cheese or eggs. High glycemic foods like wheat flour, pasta and rice are a prohibited food class as they cause an upsurge in blood sugar, leading to weight gain. Instead of minimizing your calorie, this diet alternates the calories consumed each day and the type of food consumed. No rice, pasta, white flour, sugar, or any other of the higher glycemic empty carbs are in that list, because such foods spike blood sugar and cause weight gain.

This diet is not suitable for persons with high blood cholesterol, kidney diseases and diabetes. Introduced by Jamie Kabler after his miraculous encounter with weight loss in a European health spa, the Hollywood diet was released in 1997. This diet comes in two variations: The Hollywood 24-hour Miracle Diet and The Hollywood 48-hour Miracle Diet. Intense exercising is strictly prohibited while you are on the Hollywood diet since you are consuming nothing but liquids.
The Hollywood Diet comprises consumption of nothing but a naturally blended concoction of juices and botanical extracts, called the Hollywood diet juice, which has to be mixed with water as you sip.
Along with sipping the juice for 24 or 48 hours, as chosen, drinking 8 glasses of water a day is recommended.
The Hollywood diet functions on the premise that consuming a liquid diet for a day or two gives respite to the body’s digestive system, ridding the body of the bulk of toxins, eventually leading to a reduced weight.
Although this diet aids in weight loss, it is mostly water weight that is lost and not a strict loss of body fat. Overall, I feel grateful to have adopted this cruelty-free lifestyle and my body feels the healthiest it’s ever felt in years!
Unfortunately, for many years I had to rely on taking birth control, which has many annoying side effects just to suppress my painful cramping. Taking the pill helped to immediately reduce my cramping and I was able to resume life by taking two ibuprofen on the first day of cramping..
He gave me an overall health evaluation and informed me that I was having trouble gaining core muscle because the Testosterone I produce was not being properly absorbed into my blood stream. My options my Doctor gave me were to start hormone replacement therapy while staying on the pill even though I was already producing adequate amounts of testosterone or to stop the pill. At first, I was very nervous and worried to get off the pill because even the distant memory of how painful my cramps were was still in the back of my mind. I came across a lot of scientific articles that stated that Maca Powder (which comes from a root), helps balance hormones and can help reduce cramping and other PMS symptoms.
His amazing book includes many data driven research points regarding adopting a plant-based diet along with simple and delicious recipes. Of course, only try this if you deal with harsh PMS symptoms and do not want to take the pill due to the possible side-effects. Anyways, I thought I would share this personal story with you all because this was such a difficult battle for me to deal with every month and I never thought I would be able to live like a normal person off the pill during my cycle.
It’s important to note that I am not a Doctor and have not conducted any trials or research of my own on anyone or anything except for myself.
Unfortunately, the old fable of time moving faster as we get older seems to be getting more real for me and my friends as it felt as if it were yesterday when 2014 was rung in! Personally here at Truly Julie Vegan I have developed a mostly all juice cleanse that fills me up and doesn’t leave me feeling malnourished or dehydrated. Recently, I started a new job and while acclimating to that hasn’t been easy, life’s been treating me very well and I feel blessed to have a job that I love!
It is truly everything and you need to go to the store and buy the ingredients and whip this up as soon as possible. Place the pot over medium heat and sprinkle the bottom of the pot with the sea salt and add the oil.
Add the chopped onion, asparagus, and celery and place the lid on the pot and saute for roughly 10 minutes. You might have to work in two to three batches but pour the hot soup in a blender and hold down the lid with a towel (in case of explosion). A lot of us grew up on the famous Lemon-Lime sports drink Gatorade and we were made to think that it would improve our hydration and keep us performing at a high rate. Besides drinking a lot of water and eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast I decided to create a raw-vegan sports drink that is low in sugar.
The temperature has dropped a little and I’m starting to feel like I’m in the mood for fall!
Add mushrooms and onion and cook (cover the pot), stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid evaporates, 10 to 15 minutes.
If you want to save a couple blueberries to float at the top of your smoothie please do so! Sailors once carried cranberries aboard their ships to avoid scurvy because of their high vitamin C content.
Increased fiber intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and enhance weight loss for obese individuals.
These are the moments I live for, and I’m always excited to answer and inform others about what it means to be vegan and enjoy getting the word out there. That doesn’t sounds or look like a boring tasteless and restrictive salad now does it? Now it’s time to sit back relax and enjoy this lovely fresh salad and you will be feeling energized and back to your sexy self in no time! Eating a healthy, nutritious breakfast is very important but what you do before breakfast might be even more detrimental to your health.
For starters, drinking water on an empty stomach makes you feel the water traveling through your body and you can almost imagine the water pumping out all of the toxins processed overnight from the previous day.
I use a Brita pitcher-style filter but you obviously can use whichever brand you like the best. Make the mixture the night before and store your glass or jar in the fridge for morning use. I felt the fear inside of me that I might over indulge after coming off of the cleanse, and I knew I needed to make a raw-vegan dish quickly or I would soon mess everything up!
My personal favorite taste-wise can be found at Publix and it is called Wrap-itz Savory Spinach see picture of the product below. Tip: Do not wash your fruits or veggies in hot water otherwise you will kill some of the nutritional quality before eating.

Referred to with condescending terms, FL4I was introduced by Gilbert Rafael Fuentes from California.
With no calorie or carb count and without a restriction on portion size, FL4I focuses on ‘eating just short of being full’. The reason behind it being that running and intense exercising will only burn your carbs in place of fat, making weight loss difficult. It involves choosing from a list of optimum-carbohydrate food items, called ‘Fat Burning Compatible’. Having served a whopping 10 million clients, the Hollywood diet does away with the hassle of devoting excessive hours to exercising.
In case you wish to follow any of the mentioned diets, kindly obtain further information from the parent websites of each diet and their merchandise such as books and DVDs. I may not be stick thin, but I’m able to gain muscle faster and the inflammation in my body has drastically decreased. To explain this better, undergoing the testosterone therapy would immediately inject the testosterone into my blood stream allowing me to gain more energy and hopefully aide in muscle formation.
Apparently, Maca was used in ancient civilizations as a cure for many aliments and still has a strong following today.
Also it is important to note that some women do not experience side effects from taking the pill and need to use the pill as a contraceptive so it might not be necessary for everyone to stop taking it. There is no control group and I’m not sure if the Maca Powder is solely to be praised for helping cure my symptoms or if it is because of the lovely effects of being a vegan. Thankfully we had the best weather and I was able to meet many leaders of the vegan movement and share wonderful ideas regarding Miami’s future vegan scene.
To celebrate, I thought I would work to create a comforting and hearty plant-based soup full of nutrients for our guts. I know that many vegans use cashews to create a cream base which does turn out amazing but I didn’t have time to soak and I was starving for some shroom’s! Most people are confused by the common misconceptions of being a vegan that the food industry has fed us for years. Some of you might’ve heard doctor’s and other health professionals talk about the importance of drinking at least 64 oz of water a day but did you know that drinking at least 8 oz of water as soon as you wake up helps trigger your body to detox and dump cellular waste? Most American’s rely on coffee to promote their early morning digestion and bowel movements but forget about ingesting all the harmful sugar and dairy when you can have the same effect drinking one glass of water each morning. After drinking this refreshing mixture, you will instantly feel like you’re at the spa even when you are really stuck in traffic commuting to work.
Also, you can make substitutions for the cucumber, but always keep the lemon slices in the water as the lemon adds extra detoxifying elements to this mixture and is an integral ingredient. For you tech nerds out there, download the mywater app (free) from the apple store and track your water as you go through your day. I figured that a nice spinach wrap would fill me up without sending me off the raw-vegan wagon, but what would go nicely together in the wrap? You can use whichever brand or flavor you prefer, I just used a plain so that the flavor of the Caesar dressing is more prevalent. Since it is relatively easier for the body’s metabolism to burn these foods completely, the fat tissue is burnt up for fuel once the carbohydrate reserve has exhausted. I bought Vega One Maca Powder supplements through this website and I began to take roughly two Maca supplements a day starting a week before my menstruation cycle and continue this regime during the week of my period. Imagine planning all trips and activities around your menstrual cycle or missing important workdays when you can’t tell you boss you have bad cramps without fear of judgement. I’m choosing to do a three day cleanse so that I can enjoy myself new years night and have a glass of wine. Plus, I’m obsessed with mushrooms (not those kinds of shrooms) and I’ve been craving mushroom soup for weeks now! Reduce heat to low and maintain a lively simmer and cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lately I noticed that I haven’t been including as many berries into my diet as I normally like and it’s time to change things up and add some different enzymes into my diet so I went to Publix and picked up some fresh organic Blueberries and frozen Cranberries and decided to make a delicious and colorful smoothie!
Some of my dear friends think that I will become malnourished by missing out on nutrients or not getting enough protein.
A lot of researchers agree that drinking water on an empty stomach after waking up allows your body to naturally purify itself of toxins and aids in quick digestion.
What’s even better, is that your body will thank you later when you will start to feel refreshed and energized without sugar and caffeine. It’s a very personal problem and can be difficult to explain to people who have never had a similar experience. Others think that I just sit around eating carrots and boring salads all day long, hence why I was inspired to make this blog to show everyone how I eat the finest foods on a daily basis in wonderful Miami Florida!
The app’s total awesomeness lies in its reminders that you can set off throughout the day to encourage you to drink some of that healing liquid!
Avocado pairs well with leafy greens such as arugula making this wrap easily digested even for the most sensitive so I used both as the core of this wrap! So moral or the story is if you are a good little raw vegan angel and live a healthy lifestyle full of homemade meals full of macro and micro nutrients you don’t need to cleanse per say.. But for everyone else (which is probably everyone in the world) you should cleanse roughly between two to four times a year. Just be sure to consult a Doctor or health practitioner before cleansing especially if you are currently suffering from a chronic condition.

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