Most Effective Ways of Curing Your Acne Naturally Once and For All – Part One

There are several over the counter medications for acne cure with each manufacturer claiming that they have a permanent cure to the skin problem. Really I get pissed off with most of the false claim of companies and dermatologist that says things like “Apply or spray this product 3 times daily and your skin will be clear”. Some even go to the extent of misleading acne sufferers and lure them into purchasing their product endlessly.

Which product actually works for acne? Sincerely, as a former acne sufferer who has tried almost all the conventional acne treatment took kit out there, I can make it bold to say that none of them give a permanent solution to acne treatment. They only reduce the outbreak upon usage and upon discontinuing it, you start experiencing fresh acne outbreak again.

If you really want to permanently cure your acne, then you should start thinking of natural remedies. That was the big secret that I discovered. The secret your dermatologists have been hiding from you all these years. Because of the length of this article, the 30 effective ways of curing your acne naturally will be divided into two parts.

1. Food rich in zinc and vitamin A, B and E, can improve and cure acne considerably in a few weeks.

2. Carbohydrate foods with low glycemic index have the tendency to improve acne by certain amount.

3. Grinding nutmeg (a food spicer) and mixing with milk then applying on your acne for about 2 hours will work magic.

4. Mix cinnamon powder with honey to form a paste. Apply it on the spot where you have acne overnight and wash off with warm water next morning. Continue this for two weeks and you will see tangible result.

5. If your skin is not too sensitive, then this is for you. Get a mixture of appropriate lemon   juice  and cinnamon powder and  mix  properly then apply on the spot. If you notice redness, dilute with water or discontinue usage.

6. The paste you squeeze from your orange peel when you mash it in water is also good for acne cure. Just apply on the spot.

7. Although some people hate the smell of garlic, it is very medicinal in curing acne. You can remove the smell by soaking it in milk. Just apply fresh garlic on and around the affected area. Do this until pimples have disappeared

8. This method is very good for those who want to prevent the formation of blackhead and acne – Mix a tablespoon of groundnut oil and fresh lime.

9. Applying fresh diluted mint  juice  on the face every night after a warm bath is good for the treatment of acne.

10. Grinding drumstick pods and leaves with a mixture of fresh lime  juice  diluted in warm water and applying on acne, blackheads and scars.

11. Apply a paste of fresh methi (fenugreek) leaves over the face before going to bed for about 15 minutes and wash with warm water.

12. Apply  juice  of pawpaw skin and seed on the facial outbreak caused by acne.

13. Fresh lime  juice   mixed  with a glass of boiled milk is good as a face wash for pimples, blackheads, acne.

14. Use rose water and lime  juice   mixed  in equal proportion and applied on affected area. Wash it off after 20-30 minutes with tepid water.

15. Squeeze out the  juice  in ripe tomato or cucumber pulp and apply on acne pimples and keep up to 1 hour, then wash with warm water.

Making Homemade Wine With Grape Juice

It is possible to make a decent wine using ordinary household items and grape juice from concentrate. You will need 3 cans of grape juice concentrate. You need enough to equal 144 ounces when prepared. Read the labels to determine this amount. You will also need ½ cup of sugar, and yes, you need real sugar and a gallon jug.

The idea is to keep it as cheap as possible so any old milk or juice jug should do the trick. You will also need water for this process; distilled water does not work very well for this purpose. Regular tap water works best. Oh, don’t forget the balloons these are imperative.

The final ingredient is yeast and you will also need a pin. There are a few accessory items that will be needed, namely a siphoning hose, a funnel and a measuring cup. Now that we have all of our ingredients we are ready to make our wine. What you have may not look like much but these common items will produce a most remarkable common wine.

The yeast is the most important of all of the ingredients. Without yeast fermentation could not take place. It is used to make all alcoholic beverages. Yeast is a fungus that eats the sugar combined with the water and what they excrete is alcohol. This is a very simple explanation for the process of fermentation but it is accurate. There is yeast made exclusively for making wine but baker’s yeast will do in a pinch. It gives the wine a very strong and pungent flavor.

1. Make the grape juice but only use two cans of water per container of concentrate. The yeast will eat a lot of sugar so you want more concentrate than juice. Another consideration when making wine from grape juice is the high acid content of concentrated grape juice. You will need to neutralize the acidity of the grape juice. This should be done before you add the yeast. The method here will neutralize about 50% of the acid. Using a common antacid in the amount of 500mils per 1.3 liters you can neutralize enough acid to make your wine actually taste more like wine than grape juice. Crush the tablets and mix them into the grape juice. Another tried and true method is to simply add 1 teaspoon of baking soda per gallon of grape juice. This concludes step one.

2. Shake the mixture up well. This is also a very important step. The juice needs to be properly aerated for the process to work to perfection. Now add the sugar and shake again, make sure it all dissolves to avoid flavor problems later on.

3. Hydrate the yeast before adding it to the mixture. Follow the directions on the package, let stand before stirring. Now add a few spoonful’s of sugar and watch out for the foaming action. Use the funnel to add all of the ingredients to the jug. This will help to avoid spillage. Shake vigorously to completely incorporate the mixture into the juice.

4. Put a few pinholes in a balloon and firmly seat the balloon on the top of the jug. When fermentation takes place the pinholes will allow gases to escape. Push the ballooning end inside the container and if you desire use a rubber band to hold the end in place around the mouth of the jug.

All that is left is the wait. Within 12 hours you should be able to see and hear signs of the fermentation process. The balloon should begin to rise from the inside of the jug. If this takes more than 24 hours you may need to add additional yeast. In 2-3 weeks the second stage of fermentation should begin.

The balloon is the indicator if it has deflated then it is time to remove it and add the cap. Now place the jug in a cool place that is around 55 degress and let sit for a month or two for the best flavor. If you strain the finished product into a new container it will give you a better quality wine.

Kid’s Party Drinks and Punch – Recipes and Ideas

When you are planning the menu for your child’s party, it is important to remember that the drinks are just as important as the food. If the party is held on a hot summer day you want a cooling beverage and if it’s during the winter something warming is called for.

The choices you make should be related to the age of the children who will be attending the event. Although, you will find that many beverages are suitable for any age group.

If you will be serving an older crowd, consider non-alcoholic versions of drinks such as piña colada’s and flavored daiquiris, such as strawberry. These can easily be made without the addition of alcohol. You have the option of buying the ‘pre-mixed’ drink mix or making them from scratch. Give them different names than the alcoholic version so when they tell their parents about the party they won’t mention they had marguerites but lime slushies.

Fruit smoothies are a good option and can be made ahead. An easy to remember recipe is a half gallon of   juice  to one large container of yogurt and ½ pound of fruit. Add ingredients in batches and blend well. Store refrigerated until party time, then shake well before serving. You could garnish each glass with a slice of the fruit you used in the smoothie.

If you have your heart set on serving punch, there are thousands of recipes to choose from. If you are expecting a crowd, serving punch is very economical. The following recipe for ‘Banana Party Punch’ is a refreshing change from traditional red fruit punch. (Makes approximately 30 servings.)

4 cups sugar

6 cups water

5 mashed bananas

1 can frozen orange  juice 

1 can frozen lemonade

1 can pineapple  juice 

2 quarts 7-Up soda (should be room temperature)

Boil water and sugar for three minutes. Let cool.

 Mix   juices , following the instructions on each can.

 Mix  together the bananas and all of the prepared  juices . Add sugar and water mixture. Freeze.

To serve: thaw punch for two to three hours. Slowly add 7-UP. This punch is best served when it is still slushy.

Any punch can be kept cold with a decorative ice mold. Fill a small bowl with about an inch of water then freeze. Place a few lemon or lime slices on the frozen layer and cover with another inch of water. Repeat until the bowl is full. Add to the punch when serving as the ice bowl melts it releases the lemon and lime slices into the punch.

For a cold day serve a warm punch. Use apple  juice  as the base or green tea. Heat to nearly boiling. Add sliced lemons, oranges, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Strain before serving.

And of course there is the old standby of hot chocolate. If your party guests are at least grade school age consider a hot chocolate beverage bar. Fill a Styrofoam cup about two thirds full of your favorite hot chocolate. Offer an array of condiments for the guests to add themselves such as mini marshmallows, small peppermint candy canes, chocolate chips, fresh raspberries, orange slices, caramel ice cream topping and of course whipped topping.

Juicing Tips

A simple way to increase your good health is by nutrients provided through  juicing .  Juicing  may give you energy to exercise, along with protein for creating muscles. Juicing  is not an exact science. Try as you will, splashes of  juice  may wind up on your counter top and everywhere else.

 Juicing  is an exceptional way to enhance your nutrient and vitamin intake while you’re on the go. These tips could be possibly a helping hand, so read on!

Picking out the Juicer. Choose your juicer with care, make sure that the one you choose can be quickly and easily dismantled and cleaned. Decide what foods you want to  juice  and how frequently you will use the machine Get yourself a high quality, well made juicer that is capable of operating at lower speeds.  Juicing  at higher speeds generates more heat, which can reduce the nutrients that are your primary goal for  juicing ..

Go organic.Studies show that the nutritional outline of organic produce is always better than its non-organic counterparts, sometimes significantly so. The organic produces are affluent in many nutrients that would otherwise cant’ be found in non-organic soils.

Mixin’ Up. Experimenting flavors might be a tedious thing to do but never be afraid! When  juicing , combine fruits with fruits and veggies with veggies. Don’t mix fruits and vegetable, with the exception of apples. Apples can be  mixed  in with vegetables when  juicing , adding some unique flavor to many vegetable  juices .

Combining fruits and vegetables will lower the bio-availability of the  juice  you are drinking and therefore make it less nutritious, clearly the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

Recycling Pulp. Consider returning some of the pulp to your  juice . Pulp has fiber and other nutrients that will give your  juice  more nutrition. The amount you choose to add back into your  juice  is a personal preference, but the extra fiber is important to your diet.

Drink Them Fresh.  Juicing  is a great way to stock up your fridge but you should bear in mind that, if you don’t take precautions, refrigeration can cause color changes in the  juice . Time is of the essence when it comes to freshly made  juice . Once  juiced , fruits and vegetables lose their protective outer skin and are now open to oxidation.

Take it Slow. Enjoy your  juices , and take your time when you drink. Try to savor the  juice  with time, and taste all of the flavors. Drinking your  juices  slowly will help you digest them well. You won’t be chewing, but there is a benefit in digestion as food mixes with the saliva in your mouth. Sip your  juice  slowly. This also prevents sugar rushing to your bloodstream when drinking fruit  juices .

 Juicing  is a nutritious and delicious addition onto anyone’s life. Use  juicing  as an easy method to supplement your diet with healthy ingredients without spending your time cooking. Indeed, one of the best ways to consume the vitamins and nutrients in your body needs in a pinch is by  juicing . So make juicer your new best friend.  Juice  Every Day. Even twice a day.

Chemical Free Home – The Benefits of Lemon Juice

Lemon  juice  has long been used as a kitchen and general purpose cleaner. Along with other members of the citrus family including Oranges and Limes, Lemon acts as a deodoriser in addition to its cleaning ability. Lemons are amongst the most versatile of fruits.

In days of old Lemons were often used for cleaning. Lemon oil and lemon rind were also commonly used as cleaners. All of the best chemical free cleaning methods used today were tried and tested by our grandmothers and grandfathers of yesterday. Commercial cleaning contractors are also using many natural alternatives including Lemon  juice  as safer chemical free options to traditional cleaners in domestic homes and units.

Before you begin cutting into the lemons in your fruit bowl there are a couple of considerations.  Juice  from lemons may tarnish some metals if you do not rinse the item thoroughly after cleaning, Fabric should be spot tested before cleaning and be aware that the sugars in lemon  juice  will leave a sticky coating on the surface being cleaned unless it is thoroughly rinsed to remove the lemon  juice .

The  juice  from Lemons¬† can be used as a tannin releaser making it an ideal cleaner for coffee and tea stains as well as other tannin type stains. The application of lemon  juice  on these types of stains would depend on the surface that is being cleaned. On hard surfaces such as bench tops a lemon can simply be cut in half and rubbed over the stain. The acids in the lemon will work to release the tannin therefore removing the stain.

  • On clothing, it can be added directly to the stain (after spot testing the fabric) before adding to the wash.
  • The  juice  can also be added to other natural household cleaning options to make cleaning solutions for a variety of situations.
  •  Mixing  lemon  juice  with vinegar to form a poultice which can be used to clean hard surfaces such as bench tops.
  • An abrasive cleaner can be made by sifting wood ash and  mixing  with lemon  juice  to form an abrasive paste which can be used to clean metal utensils, scratch proof ceramics and similar items.
  • Lemon  juice  makes an ideal cleaner and deodoriser for refrigerators and freezers.
  • Poultices and pastes should be made as required and used within 24 hours.

Fresh lemons are the best and have the highest acid content however, lemon  juice  which can be purchased from the local supermarket is an ideal back-up. Lemon essence is a (usually) synthetic flavouring used to flavour cooking. It is not usually suited to cleaning processes but may be suitable for a deodoriser in microwave ovens, refrigerators, freezers etc. Fresh and Organic is always my preferred choice.

© Eric J. Smith

Juice Fasting – A Guide

A word from us on the subject of  juice  fasting, when you think about it in this day and age a lot of variable quality foodstuff get consumed with little or no regard for the 42 odd feet of tubing that makes up our digestive tract. Yup 42 feet between you mouth and your butt, stands to reason that it needs some maintenance once in a while.

Lethargy, inability to concentrate, flatulence, I.B.S, skin and hair problems are all signals that the digestion of your food it not quite happening as well as it should. Skin problems in particular can just be as a result of nutrient just not reaching the skin, a sure signal of an inefficient gut. So what can we do to help ourselves?

Fasting is a good way to give your body a rest from its normal day to day duties and giving it a chance to concentrate on kicking out stored toxins and other nastiness.  Juice  fasts are a particularly effective tool as while you fast from solid food you feed your body with a ready supply of no-effort liquid super nutrition in the form of cold pressed organic  juices . Super.

The detoxification headache: if you life a caffeine-convenience food-booze lifestyle then do expect to feel worse before you feel better! When you body takes this opportunity to kick stored toxins out, you can expect to fill a little low, queasy and or headachy, perfectly normal and stick with it, the end result is well worth it.

A few cautions, a fast if you’re not used to it should not be entered into lightly, you must consult your healthcare professional before embarking on any fasting regime! Fasting should not be attempted by infants, elderly, pregnant people and those recovering from illness and or on medication.

So, still interested in doing a  juice  fast? well good for you! The thing to do is to start slowly, with a 1 day fast, it may not sound like much but if fasting is new to you it’s plenty to begin with. So have a look at the fasting plans below and with the help of a trained health professional investigate the health giving power of a fast.

The one day  juice  fast is a great way to suck it and see, I would think if you are reading this you are already familiar with  juicing  and are a bit of a health fan ready to take it to the next level. Good work!

Pre fast is important, the body responds best to gentle treatment so going from Burger King to 7 day fast Queen is not a good idea. Prepare your body with the following steps, cut out sugar and caffeine for a day before the fast and eat lightly and freshly on the day before your fast.

Your pre- fast day

No caffeine or cut right down, no sugar we want nice stable blood sugar.

Start the day with a glass of warm water with a twist of lemon in.

For breakfast keep it light, yogurt and fruit, brown rice and steamed veggies. Try and avoid manufactured cereal.

Have a  juice  for a mid morning snack.

For lunch, have a salad, no meat just salad and veggies maybe rice or pasta but make the rice or pasta 10% of the overall meal

Have a  juice  for an afternoon snack.

Dinner again keep it a light salad, no need for any rice or pasta at this time of the day, have fruit for desert.

You can drink as much water as you like but not with meals, in between meal times and stop at 2 litres per day.

If you crave sugar sweeten with honey or black strap molasses.

The Fast Day

The first thing to do is relax and enjoy the day, this is a day for you, so use this as a guideline, don’t be too rigid about the schedule nor hard on yourself if you slip!

On rising: drink a glass of warm water with a squeak of lemon in

10 am: have your first  juice , make it and drink it fresh, after all this is a day centered on fresh living. Mix fruit and veggies have a half pint

11 am: time for another glass of water, filtered or bottled

12 pm: the second  juice  of the day, make this vegetables only, again half a pint, include beet and ginger

1.30 pm: another glass of water, and take a leisurely stroll or do some gentle stretching

3 pm:  juice  number three, less veggies more fruit and add citrus as this will help cleanse

4pm: another half pint of water or herbal tea or infusion

6pm: the last  juice  of the day, give it some body with a banana but no citrus fruit

8pm: another glass of water or herbal tea, nothing too perky though, you want a restful night

10 pm: Time for bed, if you haven’t tucked up already, wind down with a relaxing bath or massage

Breaking the fast

On rising, be gentle with yourself, have a glass of warm water or herbal tea and start with a glass of  mixed  fruit and vegetable  juice . When it’s time for the first solid food, have a vegetarian salad or fruit and yoghurt and ease for self back slowing into normal living. Try to adopt eating light and  juicing  regularly as a lifestyle. Have a look at some more juicer and blender recipes too.

Juice Recipes For Health – List Of Fruits And Vegetables You Must Try

The health benefits of raw and fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be matched. Equipped with a high quality juicer, you can reap all the benefits and have a fun time trying out the different fruits and vegetables that make healthy delicious juices. You can play around with mixing the fruits and vegetables to come up with unique juice recipes for health. Here is a list of some of the easiest to juice, but nutrient packed fruits and vegetables you should consider trying.


Apples – They are great in reducing cholesterol, boosting the immune system and cleansing the digestive system. You can use the apples with any other fruit or vegetable because they soften bitterness or very strong tastes.

Pineapples – They have antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them amazing additions to your juice recipe. They also boost protein digestion and help in dissolving blood clots.

Papaya – Papaya juice can be very beneficial to those who have digestion problems because it has enzymes that break down protein. The fruit also replenishes Vitamin C in the body and aids cancer protection. Consider using the fruit for blender smoothies, or drinks because it doesn’t crush well in a juicer.

Berries – They have antioxidants that are great for general health. You can choose blackcurrants and blueberries to deal with urinary infections and diarrhea, raspberries for menstrual cramps and strawberries to boost cardiovascular health.


Tomatoes – They have high amounts of lycopene, making them great for the heart and also in lowering the risk of cancer. They are easy to blend with different vegetables and they are not as acidic in their raw form.

Cabbage – The juice can be very helpful for ulcers, but you might consider making it using other produce because cabbage juice is not that pleasant in taste. The juice balances estrogen, regulates metabolism and fights cancer making it worth appearing on this list.

Broccoli – It is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C. It lowers the risk of cancers such as breast, colon and lung cancer. It is best eaten raw, but if you can’t stand it, then juice it and you won’t taste it but you will reap the full benefits. The juice can actually be mixed with tomato juice to regulate blood sugar and insulin thanks to the chlorophyll.

Carrots – They make very delicious and sweet juice and have lots of nutrients to promote good health. The high beta carotene content of carrots makes them good for artery protection, brain, skin, immunity, infections and cancer. Consider mixing the juice with apple juice or combining the two when juicing to balance it out and make drinking more enjoyable.

Other fruits and vegetables that you should consider juicing to get healthier are sweet potatoes, cranberries, spinach, melons, kale peppers, parsley, citrus fruits, dandelion greens and wheatgrass. They are all packed with plenty of healthy minerals and nutrients that will boost your general health and keep you looking younger and beautiful as the days go by.

RevvNRG, The Next Big Acai Juice?

There are lots of MLM companies selling health products plus loads that are selling products based on the Acai berry.

RevvNRG have come up with their own Acai berry juice version, but will it compete with the big companies already out there selling such products. We shall have to wait and see how well they do, I’d say though that you will need to work hard at this business if you are going to make a profit.

If you are working with a product that isn’t particularly unique then you may have a tougher time in building a successful MLM business.

What are RevvNRG selling?

This product comes as a dissolvable stick, it will then mix to a juice that will help you to feel great, its full of antioxidants and will help with weight loss, tiredness, immune system support and provide minerals needed for optimum health]. To get the equivalent of seven servings of fruit and vegetables you will only need two of the juice drinks, so it’s quite concentrated.

Yerba Mate has also been added to the mix, this has caffeine in it and will provide you with a nice energy boost when you need it.

RevvNRG was founded by Scotty Paulson who forever changed the network marketing industry back in 1995 by introducing the first ever compressed pay plan. He then went on to create his own network marketing company with a budget of just $100,000. Despite all the negativity of those people who said he would be another failure story the company, Changes Int. went on to become very successful with over 250,000 distributors.

With a binary being used you should make certain you are fully aware of how it all works. They are not always well understood by those new to the industry and the lure of ‘spillover’ is widely used to recruit. But in reality you can’t get spillover for doing nothing yourself, you still need to personally sponsor people!

I dislike their compensation plan, reason being is the pay cap that they impose on each rank, with the maximum being $20,000 at the Imperial Black Pearl rank. I know there is still a large earning potential but why they are limiting the potential of their top earners I don’t know, maybe so they can pay more into their rain forest fund. For those that put in the effort there should be no limits to earning potentials.

There are also other bonuses as you work your way up the ranks, team bonus, mega match, founders pool plus some rather attractive lifestyle bonuses.

There is the possibility of building a lucrative business with RevvNRG but it will take some hard work and dedication, this is a very competitive niche so be prepared for that. A lot of people in the industry are told to market to their warm market which is fair enough, but many people may even struggle to come up with 100 names! So you need a way to get past this and generate unlimited leads.

Tahitian Organic Noni Juice Gets Better With Acerola

Do you know that the Tahitian Organic Noni Juice is now sold with the famous Acerola juice mixed in it; this helps maximize the noni juice health benefits that the noni consumers can enjoy from this tropical health product. This is a healthful product created by Tahitian Noni International, which is one of the world’s producers of a wide variety of noni juice and other healthful products.

Acerola or Acerolla – either spelling is correct – is also widely known by the name Barbados Cherries and is found in West Indies and South America. The fruit of the Acerola is quite sweet, that’s why it compliments perfectly the bitterness of the Tahitian noni juice. One important benefit of the Acerola fruit is its very high content in Vitamin C.

The production of the healthy Tahitian Organic Noni Juice mixed with the exotic tropical fruit Acerola is definitely one of the more exciting food innovations by the major noni companies such as the Tahitian Noni International. Most producers are aware of the image of noni juice as somewhat that of having bitter taste. And that’s why they aim to create more variety of the noni juice when it comes to the taste using the juice of other exotic and tropical fruits.

Tahitian Organic Noni juice is now made more powerful, nutrient wise as it is further fortified by mixing it with other fruit juices. With it comes to noni juice with acerola, feedback from users tell about the more pleasant taste of noni juice, what with the addition of the exotic fruit juice.

Juice Fast Journal – Week 4 – "The Juicing Plan"

First of all, to cut down on the amount of fresh fruit we need, which can be quite costly, we mix our fresh juice with all natural and organic pre made juices found in the product department. These juices are super healthy and often times have lots of added vitamins and minerals. The brands that we have in our area are: Odwalla, Naked, and Bolthouse Farms. With the ready made juices, be sure to read the label carefully; not all of them are all juice/puree blends. Make sure they are free of anything with milk, caffeine (such as Green Tea or Cocoa Beans), or sugar (even natural – like “cane juice / extract” or “evaporated cane juice”). My favorites so far are “Odwalla: Orignial Superfood” and “Naked: Green Machine Superfood.” The “Odwalla” brand gives you a big kick of super healthy stuff like Spirulina, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, and Wheat Sprouts but you only taste the yummy Apple, Peach, Mango, Strawberry, and Banana fruit blend; the “Naked” brand is packed with the same as the “Odwalla” brand but even more, including, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Chlorella, Blue Green Algea, Oderless Garlic, and Ginger. You want to make sure to limit the fruit juice intake b/c the body has to work extra hard to break down the sugars in fruits and you may find yourself crashing by mid-afternoon.

I have found that the best way to save money on your grocery bill is to store hop. I start out at the lowest cost store in my area and work my way to the mid-priced store and end up at the specialty food store. That way, I get all the organic foods I need at the cheapest prices that I can. I also check the paper before I head out to see who’s having a sale on items that I want. For example, I normally get my bagged Spinach at Wal-Mart b/c it’s cheaper by .50 cents at $2.49 / bag vs. $2.99 / bag at Publix. Some weekends, Publix has their bags on sale 2 for $4.00 – which saves me $1.00, which really adds up after awhile. It takes longer to shop, and I have to be mindful to a lot myself the needed time to go slowly and be able to read the labels and price compare, but it’s definitely so worth it!

In our area, I start at Wal-Mart first; they have many of the pre-made juices but they are usually .05 – .10 cheaper than any other store – when you buy as much as we do, that can stretch a long way. Wal-Mart usually has a few organic veggies as well; again, at a lower cost than any other store. I usually score organic grapes, carrots, spinach, & strawberries there. I would like to mention, though, the strawberries don’t seem as fresh there, so, I inspect them carefully and if I don’t feel they will last me, I get them at my next spot, Publix.

Publix is well known in our area for superior produce and meat departments. They are well stocked, extremely fresh, and have friendly, available, and knowledgeable staff. In recent months, their organic market had increased significantly. Instead of buying individual apples at 2.50 / lb, I can buy a 5 lb bag of organic Gala apples for $3.89. I usually go through 1 ½ – 2 bags per week, so that’s a lot of savings for me. The same for naval oranges – they have organic ones by the 5 lb bag. I pick up organic raspberries and any pre-made juices I can’t get at Wal-Mart and move on to my next stop, my favorite place on earth, Whole Foods Market.

At Whole Foods market, the produce department can seem quite overwhelming when you walk in. Its luscious displays boast everything from the ordinary to the exotic. I have to remember to stay focused and not let my eyes glaze over from the wonderful colors and smells wafting over from their grab and go section of pre-made foods. I don’t have to guess which fruits are organic and which one aren’t; I don’t have to mill through boxes of berries to find the ones without mold – everything there is uber-fresh and maintained daily. I pick up cantaloupes, pineapples, watermelons, and blackberries from here.

Even when we’re not fasting, we do this shopping routine. You wouldn’t believe how much money price shopping really saves you. You have to spend a bit more time shopping, but it’s totally worth it. When we get home, we prepare everything to be stored in the fridge. We’ve invested over the last year in several vacuum seal storage containers called Ultra Vacs – We’ve had a bag of spinach last over 6 weeks before in these suckers – it probably would have gone longer even, but, we ate it all before our experiement was over! So, needless to say, our berries stay fresh all week long! We wash all of our berries, grapes, apples and oranges and scrubb down all of the carrots. We ultra vac the berries and grapes and rebag everything else in clean gallon baggies. Organizing, rinsing, and scrubbing the day of shopping helps you go quickly and smoothly throughout the rest of the week and saves a lot of time.

Now, for the calculations. We’ve gotten our measurements down to a science now. Here’s our daily meal plan:


1 Cup Bolthouse Farms C-Boost

½ Cup Fresh Juice (cantaloupe, apple, orange, & carrot)


1 Cup Odwalla Superfood

½ Cup Naked Superfood

½ Cup Fresh Juice (spinach, apple, & carrot)


½ Cup Odwalla Pomegranate Juice

½ Cup Bolthouse Farms Berry Blast

½ Cup Fresh Juice (Grapes, Strawberries, Blackberries, & Raspberries)


1 Cup Odwalla Superfood

½ Cup Naked Superfood

½ Cup Fresh Juice (spinach, apple, & carrot)

So, with this menu in mind, I go about with my calculations. Juicing for two people, for seven days, I need the following in pre-made juices:

112 oz C-Boost:

3, 33 oz bottles (Wal-Mart, Publix, or Whole Foods Market)

1, 16 oz bottle (Wal-Mart, Publix, or Whole Foods Market)

56 oz Pomegranate Juice:

1, 64 oz bottle

(Publix or Whole Foods Market)

56 oz Berry Blast:

2, 33 oz bottles (Publix or Whole Foods Market)

224 oz Odwalla Superfood:

3, 64 oz bottles (Publix or Whole Foods Market)

2, 15 oz bottles (Wal-Mart, Publix or Whole Foods Market)

112 oz Naked Superfood:

3, 33 oz bottles (Publix or Whole Foods Market)

1, 16 oz bottle (Publix or Whole Foods Market)

The biggest benefit of a prolonged juice fast, in relation to grocery shopping, I’d have to say is that we know exactly how much fruit and veggies we need to last us through the week. So, we don’t waste money or food; we only buy what we need:


¼ Cantaloupe, 1 orange, 2 small apples, 4 carrots

(Yields 1 cup; 2, ½ Cup servings)


3 Apples, 4 Carrots, ¼ Bag Spinach

(Yields 1 Cup; 2, ½ Cup servings)


1 Cup Grapes (black or green or mixed), 1 Cup Raspberries, 1 Cup Blackberries, & 12 Strawberries

(Yields 1 Cup; 2, ½ Cup servings)


3 Apples, 4 Carrots, ¼ Bag Spinach

(Yields 1 Cup; 2, ½ Cup servings)

For a seven day week, this is what our grocery cart is filled with:

3, Cantaloupes

2, 5 lb Bags of Apples

1, 5 lb Bag of Oranges

1, 5 lb Bag of Carrots

2, Bags of Spinach

2, Containers Strawberries

3, Containers Raspberries

3, Containers Blackberries

1, Small Bag Green Grapes

1, Small Bag Black or Purple Grapes

A couple of days during the fast, for an extra special treat, I have bought a couple of bananas, a pineapple, an Odwalla Tropical Energy, and a can of coconut milk. I juice ½ the pineapple and 2 oranges. I add that with the Odwalla juice, 1 Cup Pineapple, ½ can of the coconut milk, and 2 bananas to the blender and make a tropical juice smoothie.

It’s important to remember that our menu is tailored to our specific tastes. We don’t have the stomach to juice all different kinds of vegetables; we did the first week to get a super charged detox week in, but after that, we just couldn’t do it. If you don’t mind it, we wholeheartedly say, “Go for it!” – juice all veggies to your heart’s content: celery, parsley, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. A Bolthouse Farms pre-made juice to combine is called “Veg” – it’s tomato based, so, if you like Tomato Juice, you’ll love this. Stay away from V8 – it’s super high in sodium and V8 Splash has more high fructose corn syrup than actual vegetables! Stick with the all natural and organic juices in the produce department.

Stay tuned for our next article on “The Art of Splurging.”