Info on Top Vegetarian Mom and Our Extreme Juice Fast

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 12, 2012

Update: I made the Top 25 Vegetarian Mom Blogs list! To be on this list is a big deal — the Top 25 will be presented to Circle of Moms’ 6 million members.

Healthy living is very important to me and encompasses avoiding plastic, food dyes, gene-manipulated (GMO) food, and eating organic, vegetarian food.

As much as I’m passionate about helping moms with breastfeeding, I’m passionate to inspire people to consider a healthier, greener, more sustainable lifestyle. I try to infuse this wherever I can — when blogging for, or when starting discussion as a leader for the Ebates Savvy Living and Horizon Organic communities.

Last year, I was voted Top 25 Eco-Friendly Moms, and making this Top Vegetarian list is just as much of an honor.

Making this list makes it possible for me to reach more people about a non-toxic, green, and vegetarian lifestyle.

I’m not trying to convert anyone to be a vegetarian, but if you are interested in learning why I am vegetarian or interested in becoming a vegetarian, watch the documentary Fork Over Knives, or even just this trailer.

You’ll be stunned by what you’ll learn.

We have been lead to believe that we need a lot of protein in our diet, but humans don’t need animal protein and can get all the protein they need from a vegetarian diet. One cooked cup of spinach has about 5 grams of protein, and cup of broccoli about 4 grams, for  example.

Our Juice Cleanse

Don is on his second day of his extreme juicing cleanse, and he’s lost 4 pounds (he wants to lose 30).

I’m waiting to get the go-ahead from a local company who wants me to try their three-day cleanse. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to start it — it’s going to help me with my goal to lose 10 pounds and get fit and toned again.

Don got very interested in this juice cleanse after hearing about the Australian Joe Cross who went on a 60-day juice fast. We watched his documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and seeing Joe’s body change so dramatically in just 60 days is inspiring. He lost 90+ pounds and was able to get off of all his medications.

Joe was 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids, and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help, Joe turns to the only option left — the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days to get off all his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.

So this is what Don’s meal looks like right now:

And since I don’t want to waste all that organic fruit and vegetable pulp left over by the juicing, I decided to use it to make Landon and myself green smoothies with organic, frozen Acai that I got for free the other day (by liking their Facebook page).

I had to add quite a bit of orange juice to reconstitute the pulp, and then I put it in a glass jar.

I’m almost rid of all of my plastic containers – I now keep glass jars instead of recycling them and store all my dry food (cereal, nuts, etc.) and leftovers in them.

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Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead February 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

That movie was so interesting. I’ve been thinking about doing a juice cleanse for 3-7 days as well. I’ve just got to talk my husband into it because I’m not sure I could stand cooking for him and only juicing myself :) Gonna hop over and see how your cleanse went now!


Glenda February 23, 2012 at 4:30 AM

That is some hardcore commitment! I don’t know that I could hold out for 90 days or even 30. I’ll bet you and your husband will feel so great! P.S. I voted. Good luck!


Amy Hagerup February 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Yea. I just voted for you. I hope you win! Love your blog. I’m very into natural living and non-toxic cleaners. blessings, Amy


Dagmar February 14, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Thank you so much, Amy!


Joel February 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM

First I changed my laundry detergent to soapnuts, now I’m turning more vegetarian, ahhhhhhh… :-) I’ve actually seen both documentaries and they’re excellent, with much food for thought. I have been trying to change my diet away from too much meat and dairy – it won’t happen overnight but I’m getting there!


Dagmar February 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Joel, you use soap nuts now? Aren’t they the best? Don is not feeling that great but staying strong on his juice fast – 4 days/ 7 pounds! I can’t wait to start mine — for three days :)


eila @ the full plate blog February 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

have been voting for you each day!! rooting for you and this wonderful resource!


Dagmar February 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM

Thank you, Eila!!


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