Little kids are great, aren’t they? They’re funny and entertaining…and they don’t take the time to filter what they say through their brains first! You can’t blame them though, they’re still learning social niceties and such, but honestly, they usually say it like it is. My husband and I were at Fudruckers awhile back with his family, when our sweet little 5-year-old niece looks at Grandpa and with a mouth full of food says, “Grandpa, you’re fat!!!!”. Thankfully my father-in-law was able to laugh it off while the rest of us suppressed giggles and had a social teaching moment for Hannah.
Then there was the time I was a Preschool Teacher and one of the kids came up to me and asked why I had so many ant bites on my face!? I had to admit, it was pretty funny and totally innocent! No harm, no foul… In reality the ant bites covering my face were actually pimples! To be young again…to not even know what pimples are would be great.
Somewhere between ages of 20-21 my skin did a 180 and went from a clear complexion and the occasional pimple, to full-blown oily acne prone skin that I am still dealing with at 26 years old. It’s really frustrating. I miss my clear complexion! I hate taking medicine for my face and I don’t like wearing foundation, but it seems to be the only way to cover up the pimples, which of course usually makes them worse.
Anyway, the times that I have seen my skin the clearest are the times that I am consciously making the effort to eat better and provide my body with better nutrition. I’m almost positive that my body was nutrient deficient most of the time that I was in college, which was around the time that my skin went from great to horrible. I mean, my calories came mostly from beer and pizza, so I definitely wasn’t doing myself any favors.
And then in an effort to be healthier I bought a juicer on sale awhile back after watching a couple of Netflix Documentaries about it. Check out these 5 Netflix Food Documentaries That Will Change Your Life . I’ve seen two of the documentaries that are listed and was completely enamored by the stories and the results of these people who had completely turned their lives around by juicing and eating right! Some of them lost unhealthy weight, some of them had been diagnosed with a form of Cancer and had been cured…there are just so many health benefits from it. Naturally I just HAD to try it.
I’ve had that juicer for two years now and I have used it twice… until today! The biggest issue for me the first couple of times that I used my juicer was the taste of the juice. It was potent, tasted like I was drinking freshly cut grass and I couldn’t get it down, so I switched to making only green protein smoothies because they tasted so much better (which I still make and love, and they are good for you too!). Then recently I received a $10 cash voucher in the mail for my birthday from Skinny Limits . It’s a place in Austin, TX (with several locations) where you can find raw and fresh cold-compressed juice, protein and green fruit-smoothies and whole food meals. I went in and they let me try a sample of all their juices. I loved it! The Green Firefly was my favorite and I was really surprised to find how palatable their juices were! So it got me wanting to juice again. If they can make their juices drinkable, so can I!
I found an article on juicing that says the secret to making a juice taste good is incorporating pineapple, apples and carrots. I wish I could find the link to that article but I don’t remember what I Google-d to find it, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Anyway this morning I made some juice composed of: kale, parsley, cucumber, celery, lemon, apple, pineapple and carrots and it tasted 100 times better than the first batch of juice I ever made…which makes me wonder how I made juice that bad. I’d say my juice this morning tasted pretty good, but truth be told it still takes some getting used to. I think it’s an aqcuired taste and once you know what to expect taste-wise, it gets easier to drink! My husband tried had a glass of it, and while he didn’t love it, I convinced him to drink a little solely because it was healthy. The benefits outweigh what little bad taste there is and if you experiment enough you’ll find the right juice ingredients for you that you actually enjoy drinking.