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Pick Your Own Etiquette

This is fruit picking season in the Mid Atlantic states and there are many opportunities to harvest your own if you are willing to stand in the hot sun and pick it yourself.  The fruit is sun-ripened and the taste of it is incomparable to what is found in the store.  However, to make your fruit picking experience enjoyable for everyone concerned  there are a few rules of etiquette to follow out in the sun-baked fields.

  • First, listen to the owners directions. There is a pattern that they wish you to follow so that everyone has an equal opportunity to pick ripe delicious fruit.  Don’t go headlong willy-nilly through the bushes looking for the biggest fruit and refusing to pick all the ripe fruit on the plant, bush or tree.

 

  • Secondly, don’t bring small children who cannot follow directions.  They eat their weight in fruit and trample the plants, especially strawberries. 

 

  • Thirdly, bring your own buckets with sturdy handles for picking and a large pan to receive the picked fruit from a full bucket.  Then you can go back to picking with an empty bucket.

 

  • And finally, Keep in mind the price of the fruit per pound and decide ahead of time how much you want to pick.  I’ve seen lots of people act like a kid in a candy store and pick way more fruit than they planned. Only to get to the checkout with not enough cash.  There are no credit card machines out in the fields.

Remember, you are a privileged guest on the owners land and this is how they make their living.   Observe proper etiquette treating the fruit orchards as if they were your own and the farmers will continue to invite all of us back to pick our own fruit next year.

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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 90 Return to the Beginning

The last day of the adventure and I find myself returning to the Juice Reboot.  Halloween with its mini-candy bars just about did me in.  I am now craving sugar and chocolate again.  So, the remedy is to Reboot.  At the end of the 90 day adventure I’m dusting off the juicer and enjoying at least one day of fasting to break the addictions and get back on track to healthy eating.

Fall fruit and vegetables make delicious juices.  The fresh kale is still growing in the garden and apples are available from the orchard.  Plus carrots have been recently harvested.  The two recipes using these seasonal ingredients are as follows:

Breakfast:  1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 2 Golden Delicious apples.

Lunch:  1 stick celery, 1 organic carrot, 1 Golden Delicious apple, handful fresh kale.

Enjoy!  Send me some of your favorite juices.  I welcome your comments.

 


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90 Day Vegan Adventure, Day 87 Carmen’s Shake

Here is a new recipe inspired by my granddaughter, Carmen.  She is just a year old and is being introduced slowly to adult foods.  Every morning Grandma makes a breakfast shake for me and she has to share it.   She is allergic to strawberries but bananas are safe so the following recipe is a shake that she loves and is good for her growing tummy.

Carmen’s Shake:    1 cup of soymilk, 1 banana, 1 scoop Nutrilite Protein Powder, a few drops of vanilla and a shake of cinnamon.  Place ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.  Share it with those you love.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Supplements, Nutritional Backup

Dietary supplements have been a part of my daily diet for 28 years.  With a nursing background and owning a nutrition business I’ve read a lot of research, opinions and books on wellness and disease prevention.  The supplements that we have chosen to market are produced by the Nutrilite Corporation with farms in Washington, California, Mexico and Brazil.  They produce a whole food supplement called Double X.  When taken twice per day it provides a back up to my diet.  Eating the recommended 9 fruits and vegetables per day from 5 different color groups is darn near impossible.  So, Double X is the most complete back up system that I’ve found.

The biggest physical results from taking Double X  are more energy and fewer colds.  When I take the recommended dose I have energy that lasts for 12 hours.  When I take it everyday without missing more than 3 days I don’t get colds.  At 57 years of age my health is good, I have just begun taking a Statin drug to lower cholesterol which is a genetic predisposition in my family and that’s all.  I attribute some of my wellness to taking Double X.

For more information on the Nutrilite Corporation and how they grow the ingredients for their supplements visit their website,  http://nutrilite.com           Or  if you live near Buena Park, CA visit the Nutrilite Health Institute Center for Optimal Health.   If you like what you see and want to order Nutrilite supplements visit our website, www.like.mychoices.biz , we’ve got your back!


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New Recipe – Pear Nog

Breakfast this morning produced a new recipe – Pear Nog.  It is a breakfast shake that reminds me of Egg Nog without the eggs, milk and cream, nevermind adding the rum.  Pour one cup of plain soy milk into a blender along with 1 ripe pear, cored and peeled, a dash of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of real vanilla, and a scoop of Nutrilite Protein Powder.  Blend until smooth and share with your granddaughter 🙂

The Nutrilite Protein Powder adds protein to breakfast and baked goods.  It is a dietary supplement of soy and milk proteins.  It provides a natural, low-fat protein with the added benefits of naturally-occurring soy isoflavones, calcium and iron.  It also supplies balanced amounts of the nine essential and eleven non-essential amino acids.  You can find it exclusively on our website, www.like.mychoices.biz

 

 


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day 36 Help with the Reboot

For those of you who are rebooting your system with a juice fast.  Visit www.fatsickandnearlydead.com site for explicit instructions.  The 15 day fast is doable with a normal schedule, just remember that the first 2 days are uncomfortable.  If you feel really hungry and tired, eat raw or steamed vegetables.  Bake a potato, steam some kale, raw carrots, a fresh tomato, etc.  It helps if you can get your vegetables and fruit in season close to where they are grown.  A Farmer’s Market and local orchards are great sources.  Everything will taste better.  Also, if you want more juice recipes, just write a comment.  Send me a line, I’m listening.