The Benefits Of Celery Juicing – My Four Week Journey

The Benefits of Celery Juicing – My Results So Far

In my last post  “The Benefits of Celery Juicing – My Story”, I shared the background story of losing my thyroid and subsequent 20 years of not being medically treated properly and how competing in a fitness competition with a prep coach who only cared about getting paid. This combination put my body into a downward spiral for the last five years where my body quit responding to my thyroid meds, extreme bloating after eating, inflammation and adrenal fatigue. The 20 year journey has been one of highs and lows, and I shared a few bullet points to help you understand how much my health has changed in the last six months.  In Part 1 I shared how a posting about the benefits of celery juicing on Facebook by an inspiring friend, Kristi Youngdahl, changed my life.

After Kristi’s posting, I did a little more online research about celery juice and what it can do for the body and a couple of weeks later I ordered a cold-press juicer from Amazon that fit in my budget to get me started. I chose this VonShef slow masticating juicer from Amazon as I had read slow that masticating juicers keep more nutrients intact as it’s a “cold” process and centrifugal juicers get hot and some nutrient loss happens. While I don’t think it’s a huge deal since I drink it immediately after juicing, if I am going to drink celery juice, I am going to make sure I got as many nutrients as possible, ya know?? Now that I’ve been consistently juicing for six months, I’m looking to upgrade to a larger machine where I can just wash the stalks and put in the juicer. Currently I have to wash and chop into small pieces which translates into lots of time chopping when we go through around 10 bunches a week for Mark and I to each have 16 oz. of fresh juice a day.

The VonShef slow masticating juicer I currently own for celery juicing

Celery Juicing – What I Noticed In Four Weeks

Within the first two weeks of juicing I noticed a couple of things: First, I wasn’t bloating as much or at all when I ate, which was a sign that my stomach might be breaking down the foods I was eating better. The second thing I noticed was the day I put on a normally tight fitting sweatshirt and the arms were loose for the first time! That was a sign of retained water from inflammation leaving my body. And lastly, I had started to break out, a sign of toxins leaving my body.

In those first couple of weeks, I worked myself up to 8 oz. of juice, thinking that’s all I needed and after the first few weeks, hadn’t seen too much more in physical changes. However, I know when it comes to natural remedies, change isn’t going to happen overnight, it’s consistency over time that yields results.

Life-Changing Book

When I read the book The Medical Medium in early March, author Anthony William recommends 16 oz. every morning on an empty stomach. Once again I thought to myself “yuck” but with the changes I had seen in the first few weeks, I had to give it a try. Holy moley Batman…with one week, I noticed even more change in how I felt after I ate and I also could SEE changes when I looked in the mirror. The biggest “holy $h!t moment was three weeks after upping to 16 oz. a day when I sent my check-in photos to my lifestyle/competition prep coach, Amy. The day I took those photos, I felt bloated as I had been a “bad girl” the night before and had ice cream. I begrudgingly took the photos and thought to myself, it is was it is, and was FLOORED when I attached the side shot photo to the email. I did like a quadruple-take as I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…my “bloated” stomach this week, was flatter than my not-bloated stomach from two weeks before!

The benefits of celery juicing - my changes

While I still have a long way to go in my journey, I am amazed at how far I have come in the last six weeks. I’ve had more positive body changes, both physically and visually, than I’ve had in the last 20 years combined, sans contest prep “dieting down”.  I know people will say it has to do with my diet and exercise plan, but since January, I have been back to working out and eating “on plan” most of the time,  I hadn’t seen much change until I upped from  8 to 16 oz. Just today I “came out” to my coach that after I started upping my juice, I also upped my fruit intake, beyond what is on my custom food plan. In the book, Mr. William shares how our society has made us afraid of fruit because it causes diabetes and a host of other diseases. In truth, we are depriving our bodies of healthy-cell building nutrients!

I have a my next thyroid and it’s collateral lab work in June and for the first time in a long time, I am excited to see my results. Stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, whether you have thyroid, hormone, auto-immune issues or not, I would recommend reading one or all three of Anthony William’s books.

The Medical Medium: The Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illnesses.
Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits and Vegetables.
Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth Behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules and Esptein-Barr. (This will be released later this year).

We go through about 10 bunches of celery a week to have 16 oz. of fresh pressed celery juice for both Mark and me each day.

While you may not think celery juicing is for you, I would urge you to at least learn more about how foods are medicine and if we give our body the nutrients it needs, most of us would need less chemical medicine and be healthier in the process.

We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or share on our Facebook page what you would like to read more about. Next up on the blog is a new incredible protein waffle recipe and a story from The Aging Youthful Dude!

The Benefits of Celery Juicing – My Story

The Benefits of Celery Juicing – My Story

In late November of 2016, I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook (as I usually do) and came across a Facebook photo and post about the benefits of celery juicing from Kristi Youngdahl, who I incredibly admire:

My friend Kristi Youngdahl's Facebook photo and posting about the benefits of celery juicing that changed my life.

So grateful for a husband who not only does dishes… 😍 but also juices our celery every  morning! Why celery juice… because it transforms the gut! Our gut is linked to EVERYTHING! Seriously.

Celery is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods, because it starves unproductive bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, and viruses that are present in the body and flushes their toxins and debris out of the intestinal tract and liver—at the same time, celery helps good bacteria thrive. Celery is the most powerful way to alkalize the gut. Celery offers enzymes and coenzymes, and it raises hydrochloric acid in the stomach so that food digests with ease and doesn’t putrefy. In addition to the above, celery can improve kidney function, helps restore the adrenals, and can even bring ease to one’s mind and thought patterns, with its mineral salts feeding electrical impulse activity and supporting neuron function. When it comes to celery, think electrolytes. It hydrates on a deep cellular level, lessening your chances of suffering from migraines. It is one of the greatest healing tonics of all time.

Drink a full 16 ounces of fresh celery juice daily—and make sure it’s on an empty stomach to raise hydrochloric acid levels most efficiently. We prefer first thing in the morning before our breakfast shakes! CHANGED OUR LIVES! #gamechanger #teamwork #celeryjuice

When I read the first two sentences, I first said to myself “WHAT???”…I wasn’t talking about the part where her husband does the dishes, I was talking about the part where they drink 16 oz. of celery juice first thing in the morning. My second thought was “GROSS!!!”, and I only kept reading because I admire her so much and I HAD to read what the benefits are of celery juicing. I will be forever grateful I DID keep reading. Like she says at the end of her post “CHANGED OUR LIVES”…it has changed MINE!

My Background Story

For those of you that don’t know my history, in 1997 I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and had my “extremely dangerous hyperactive” thyroid killed in order that it wouldn’t kill me.  There’s a long story I won’t bore you with about what finally made me go see the doctor, but thankfully I did, as I was on the verge of congestive heart failure. At that time thyroid removal by surgery or killing it with radioactive iodine pills were my options given by my doctors. At that time, I took whatever the doctor said as gospel (I no longer do) so I chose the less-invasive option. For the last 20 years, I’ve struggled with low energy, bloating, inflammation, nutrient absorption, digestive issues and more (reducing all these are some of the benefits of celery juicing!). Thankfully in 2011 I was introduced to Isagenix as it gave me back energy and helped me get the micro-nutrients my body was CRAVING as the protein shakes are more easily absorbed due to not having to have hard digestive breakdown like a piece of chicken would. However, Isagenix cannot cure disease and conditions and the root cause of the underlying reason why my body wasn’t breaking down foods and absorbing nutrients wasn’t being addressed.

To Make Matters Worse…

In 2012 I did a figure competition using a trainer who put me on a Ketogenic diet (please, do not do this diet unless it’s for medical reasons, in which case you stay on it for life) for 16+ weeks prior to the competition and had me doing two hours of cardio a day the month leading up to the contest. The photo below showed up in my Facebook memories this past weekend with the posting “How’s this for a sweat session coach? Cardio #1 done for the day, I’ll be back at it later.” (UGH! If I knew then what I know now, but then again I wouldn’t have this story to tell to hopefully help someone else).

Little did I know my marathon cardio sessions would send me to adrenal fatigue and other hormone issues.

This combination took my already messed up hormone system to a whole new level. The bounce-back after the competition was awful; within a month post competition I had gained back the 20# I lost prior to the competition and fell into adrenal fatigue. Slowly over the next couple of years, my body quit responding to my thyroid medication, I had horrible bloating almost every time I ate and created and inflammation cocktail inside my body that had me gain an additional 20 pounds over the last couple of years.

Symptoms:

  • Adrenal fatigue: I was finding myself having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Once I got moving  I was fine until mid to late-afternoon I’d have a major crash and would struggle to stay awake driving home from work. I would get home, struggle to get through the evening but when I went to bed, I couldn’t fall asleep. If I did fall asleep, I would find myself waking up around 2:30 AM unable to fall back to sleep.
  • Food absorption issues: With almost anything I ate; full meals or just protein, veggies or fruits by themselves, my stomach would feel  like someone pumped air into a balloon in my stomach. I would wake up each day with a semi-flat stomach, but within a couple of hours, as soon as I ate something I looked like I was in a third tri-mester of pregnancy!
  • Other issues: as a result of the two problems above, I had bad water retention/inflammation all over my body. I had a huge “pooch” in my lower belly, and dimply upper arms, especially in my tricep area.

I THOUGHT I Was On The Right Path

When we moved to Fairbanks I found a naturopath I liked at first. She said all the right things; “we need to get to the root cause, I suspect you aren’t absorbing nutrients and have adrenal fatigue, etc. etc. etc.” While many of the things she thought I had going on seemed to make sense, low hydrcholoric acid in the gut that wasn’t breaking down the foods I was eating causing the bloating, adrenal fatigue creating my sleep problems, low progesterone (that’s a whole other story), etc. etc. etc. again. I started out with a new off-the-shelf  “more natural” thyroid hormone and a hydrocholoric acid supplement to take with every meal along with an iron supplement (my iron levels are extremely low too). I was excited at first to finally feel like I was on the right path, but with each passing month, nothing seemed to change and created other issues. While most people supplementing with iron tend to get constipated, I had the opposite reaction!

Supplements or Medicine: Too Much Is Too Much

At each visit I was prescribed another supplement (or three) and  after a few months, she had me on so many supplements I couldn’t keep track of them all! Not to mention paying a ton of money with very little results, and of course to also not to mention, all these supplements are available in the clinic she works. She even went so far to suggest that I trade out a couple of my “expensive” Isagenix supplements for cheaper versions in her office. I don’t know what price list she was looking at, but the Isa products are cheaper to buy wholesale than what she had in her office. She also refused to take more than a quick look at the products I was taking before discrediting them and how they had helped me. (I will make the disclaimer  I also not only earn enough money each month to get Mark and my products paid for, I also earn enough residual income to pay more bills).

I finally had enough and late last year found a new doctor I’ve been working with. He confirmed that the supplements weren’t doing much for me and cut me back to only my thyroid hormone in a very high dose with the hopes of reducing it as time goes on and my body starts absorbing and utilizing the hormone more.

There you have it…the SHORT version (yes this is the short version) of my background story. I don’t want to make this too long, so next week I will share changes I’ve seen in my body since I started celery juicing. Just like Kristi said in her Facebook post, it’s been LIFE-CHANGING!

The benefits of celery juicing

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Clothes Strong Enough For An Alaskan Strongman

Clothes For An Alaskan Strongman

As retired mushers, Mark and I had numerous pieces of clothing from a company known for its “brown duck” pants and coveralls popular with mushing people and their handlers. Last fall, we set out to find a pair of bibs from the brown duck company and had a heck of a time finding a pair that was long enough for the big dude. After going from store to store, store to store, and…well you get the picture I was disappointed to find out most of the new styles for this season had a maximum inseam of 32″. With Mark being a solid 6’6″ a 32″ inseam would definitely qualify as “flood pants” for him! Although with as tall as he is, he usually can get by with a 34″ inseam, but only making pants to a size 32??? In the past we bemonaed Big and Tall stores were really just “big” stores. In the few stores we’ve tried to find pants to fit Mark, we can find pants with 50-60″ waists, but not with longer inseams. We always wondered where is the tall part of the store!

An Alaskan Strongman needs strong clothes!

Loyal Customers

For a good part of 30 years, when it came to getting Mark work pants or jeans to fit and be well made, we could count on the said Brown Duck company. That was until last fall when I went in search of the coveralls. Thankfully one of the stores in town had a pair left over from the previous year’s order and when he tried them on, they fit in his backside (all the squatting he’s been doing has made that grow!) and in length! However, for the first time in almost 30 years, he was extremely disappointed in the quality of the hardware on the snap and buttons. Each time he wears them, the worries they are going to break. I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to try something new…

As a haul truck driver, Mark spends 12 hours at a time behind the wheel if this bad boy and needs comfortable, durable pants!

The something new, really isn’t THAT new. I first heard of the company in the 90’s when they introduced The Bucket Boss, a handy canvas cover for a 5 gallon bucket to carry tools and then again in the early 2000’s when they introduced the Long Tail T, the cure for plumbers butt! They then went off our radar a bit when we moved to our remote cabin and lived without TV for 12 years and subsequently retired from sled dogs. Besides, Mark and I tend to be very loyal and stick with things we know and like. That was until the Brown Duck coverall issue.

Duluth Trading Company has been a long-time sponsor of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and we heard great things about their products from mushers and handlers. I thought I’d write the company a quick note explaining our disappointment in the other company’s bibs and asked if they would be interested in letting Mark test out some of their clothes. I was pleasantly surprised I heard back from Kate a couple of days later with a resounding yes! At the time they were extremely busy with Black Friday specials, new store openings and the Christmas shopping season. After a few emails back and forth, sometime in mid-January a huge Duluth Trading box was delivered to our front door. Mark texted me and said it was “like Christmas”! Not only did they send a pair of pants for Mark, they sent an awesome pair of insulated bibs and jacket, but they also sent some pieces for me too!

Something New; Pants From Fire Hose?

As soon as Mark tried on the pair of DuluthFlex Fire Hose Pants, he was SOLD! From the mouth of the dude himself:

What I like about my work pants is that they are so soft and comfortable right away. Not like (the other pants) where you have to wash the a bunch of times before they soften up. I also like all the belt loops; keeps the belt where it belongs! I like the ease of getting stuff in and out of the nice, big pockets. I like the quality of the construction. All in all, like much better than the last pair of (the other company’s) pants I bought. I will be a Duluth customer from here on out!!!

One of the reasons Mark wanted the bibs was his belt cutting into his back while sitting for 12 hours at time bouncing around in his haul truck. The back of the Fire Hose pants have a long channel as a belt loop, not just one little strip of fabric, that “keeps the belt where it belongs!”. (See photo below, courtesy of Duluth Trading) Since the Fire Hose pants entered his life, the bibs have been worn only once or twice, when I insist on washing them! We will definitely buying more of these in the future! (And this writer realized as she was writing the article, she didn’t get a picture of The Dude in his favorite pants! I will add to this posting at a date in the near future).

Duluth Trading DuluthFlex Fire Hose Carpenter Pants

Alaskan Hardgear Bibs Good Enough For An Alaskan Strongman

Unfortunately the jacket was too big for the Incredible Hulk (yep, he keeps growing), but when he tried on the Alaskan Hardgear bibs, he commented out loud “I wish I had a pair of these while running dogs!” Again, in the words of the Dude:

The bibs I haven’t worn near as much as the pants, but I like all the pockets and they are plenty warm. I wore them at the start of the Iditarod, at 20-30 below, and stayed warm being a spectator. Once I got them zipped and cinched up, they were pretty easy to walk in. Construction seems top notch. Will have to wear them more!!!

Duluth Trading Bibs

In the past, we had bibs custom made to fit his size. With him being broad in the chest, most bibs were too tight on top and too short on the bottom. As you can see in this photo with musher and Duluth Trading sponsored Nathan Schroeder (we knew this guy when he was a pre-teen hanging out at races helping his dad!) at the re-start of the Iditarod in Fairbanks last week. It was 20 below at the start and only warmed up to about 10 below! We were total spectators, not petting a single dog, not bending over to put on a single bootie and not scooping a single pile of dog poo! (There’s a blog already started on the spectator topic…watch for it in the next week or so).

As mentioned earlier, I received a few pieces of clothes as well. I LOVE them and I will share my experience in future post. As this product review comes to a close, The Aging Youthful Dude and I give Duluth Trading’s clothes two thumbs up! Check out their website or one of their retail locations (more are opening every year and we are waiting to hear when a retail store will come to Fairbanks! Thanks Kate and Duluth Trading, you’ll be seeing more orders from this Alaskan Strongman!

We’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite Duluth Trading products. One of mine, is their commercials. HELLO….they are hilarious!!! Leave us a message on our Facebook or Instagram pages with your faves.

Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week?

The headline “Get Fit In 12 Minutes a Week” is not just one to capture your attention. As a fitness instructor and someone who doesn’t have the time  or likes to spend hours in the gym, I am always on the lookout for fast, effective workouts.

A Killer Workout in Four Minutes

When I first heard of the Tabata protocol, I thought to myself “yeah, whatever, how can a four-minute workout a couple days a week get someone fit?” One thing I’ve learned in my 50 rides around the sun, keeping an open mind is a way to learn new things to make life easier!

The History of Tabata

According to Active.com;

Dr. Izumi Tabata developed the High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, exercise regimen known as the Tabata Protocol while serving as head coach for the Japanese speed skating team.

Tabata and his team conducted research on two groups of athletes. The first group trained at a moderate intensity level while the second group trained at a high-intensity level. The moderate intensity group worked out five days a week for a total of six weeks; each workout lasted one hour. The high-intensity group worked out four days a week for six weeks; each workout lasted four minutes and 20 seconds (with 10 seconds of rest in between each set).

The results; Group 1 had increased their aerobic system (cardiovascular), but showed little or no results for their anaerobic system (muscle). Group 2 showed much more increase in their aerobic system than Group 1, and increased their anaerobic system by 28 percent.

In conclusion, high-intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems.

What is a Tabata?

As mentioned earlier, a Tabata is a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout four minutes long. Yes, four minutes. F – O – U – R. You read that right. When done right, four minutes is all you need. As the Active.com site states in the article referenced above “it will be the longest four minutes of your life.”

Group Fitness

I love using Tabatas the fitness classes I teach! The workout portion of my classes are usually around 30 minutes, with a minimum of a five minute warmup and cool down. One of the favorites I’m teaching right now is Monday Mix, 30 minutes of bodyweight HIIT intervals and/or Tabatas sandwiched between 15 minutes of a yoga-inspired warmup and cool-down stretch, including a long lavender-scented facial towel savasana. (I wish someone else would teach a class like this so I could take it!).

An Aging Youthful Tabata

Here is Tabata anyone of any fitness level can do. However, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are fit for excercise. Also, be sure to do a proper warmup before and cool down/stretch afterward. Give this little gem a go 3 times in a week, just be sure to have at least one (if not two) days in-between to give your body a chance to recover. Then come back and leave a comment or comment on the linked post on our Facebook or Instagram pages and tell us what you think.

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