Just a little something I’ve been learning

Many have asked and heard that I have done a juice detox/fast/diet whatever you want to call it and I just wanted to share with you my knowledge and experience.

On the 4th of January I started a super juice diet. The reason why, was I needed to jump start my body to cleanse it of all toxins, to rid myself of the addiction I have to sugar. Everyday I would have some form of sugar if it was pasta, bread or just plain milk duds I was eating way too much sugar. My body was suffering and it needed nutrients. The worst part was I didn’t want anything good for me all I wanted was the pasta, bread and candy. I grew up on pasta. I played a lot of sports and that stuff was fine for me to eat. This cleanse helped me in so many ways. I noticed on the evening of day 2 that my skin was so soft and the bags under my eyes were gone…you know the dark purple bags that you have or that others have they were gone by day 2 and I couldn’t stop touching my face, it was so soft. I have very dry skin, this was a different feeling for me. Day 3 and 4 was hard because I was having cravings for food but as Jason Vale the Juice Master says those cravings are the false cravings for the crap that my body was addicted to. I had to push thru it and I’m so freaking proud of myself because I did it!!! I usually give up on stuff like this. On day 4 I could tell my body was loosing weight (I didn’t weigh myself during the diet but in the end I lost 9lbs) I didn’t feel bloated anymore…YES!!! This was an amazing feeling. Oh, and I can’t leave out that I was still exercising…doing Crossfit that is. I did this 3 times that week. Oh and another amazing part was that I wanted to wake up in the morning…I wanted to…I despise waking up in the morning, I refuse it with all the fibers in my being. My body was experiencing the sunrise…Crazy stuff!

Before I started this I watched Hungry for Change on Netflix. I then bought the Crazy Sexy Diet, 7lbs in 7 days by Jason Vale but I want to buy all of his books. I’m hooked I love to read up on food. I’ve also watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I love the Jamie Oliver shows and next on the list will be Forks Over Knifes…actually watching it right now as I’m writing this down. I’m also reading the Miracle Pill, its about thinking positive about ourselves.

If you decide you want to try you can read all the links I gave you and I’m sure there a lot of other stuff out there. You will probably also find negative articles about juicing, I did find one the other day and it was all a joke. It suggested “Stomach aches are also a common side-effect of the juice fast.” I never experienced this. In fact, after I was done I tried a cookie and then I experienced what the article suggested actually more I had to spend some time on the toilet. It also said this Juicing for anything longer than a couple of days will have a profound effect on your skin, (this is possible if your juicing for a long time, having too much of one veg like, carrots your skin could turn orange but its okay to detox for a week and then have 1 or 2 juices a day if you want)’ says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting. ‘Not only might you find that your skin dries out as you’re not getting any of the essential fatty acids it needs, (wrong, you have about 1 avocado a day and that has the essential fatty acids you need) but if you’ve already got a tendency to dry skin anyway, you may find that you start to develop patches of eczema as the barrier function is compromised.  Wrong this can get rid of eczema and Hello I have dry skin, I live in Utah, and my skin was far from dry. A lot of people say that it can be very high in calories and yes that’s possible, you can have weight gain if you continue to eat all the same foods you do and juicing but I say to you would you rather have a freshly extracted juice or some O.J. from the store? If you have diabetes well, this this is not your diet. Ok, I just had to get that out. I’m so excited to do this again and continue to stick to a healthy diet and positive view of myself. Life is amazing! I look forward to being healthy and overcoming my addiction to sugar as some writers say sugar is crack, it’s just like a drug, its in everything we eat, except for whole foods. I’m surprised at what the industry has taught me and how wrong it is. Like for instance milk. We need milk from a cow and it will give us the calcium we need…really. I’ve learned that our bodies can’t break down animal milk and it actually takes away from our bones.

Another reason I was drawn to the Juice Master was his excitement for life and the colorful photos 🙂 I also love that with every recipe it talks about what nutrients you are getting.

I can’t have a post without photos. These are not mine I got them from the Juice Master.

Today’s SWEET BEET SMOOTHIE is taken from Jason’s new 5lbs in 5 days program, which is being piloted for the Big Juice Spring Clean in April (sign up here http://www.bigjuicespringclean.com/). Recipe: Juice 1 apple (preferably Golden Delicious, but any will do), 2 carrots, 1 bulb of raw beetroot and blend with 1 large handful of blackberries and some ice. Blackberries are notable for their high levels of dietary fiber, due to the way they are composed as an “aggregate fruit” composed of many individual drupelets. These individual drupelets contribute extra skin, seeds and pectin, making them among the highest fiber content plants known. Blackberries are also a natural antibacterial and the handful in this recipe provides you with 50% of your RDA of vitamin C, 36% of your RDA of vitamin K and 47% of your RDA of manganese. Raw beetroot is an excellent source of niacin, nitrate, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium and manganese. The antioxidants present in beetroot are significant and can help protect against coronary heart disease and strokes as well as lowering high blood pressure within a matter of days, AND it tastes delicious! Share and spread the juicy word people, and let us know what you think….?

Taylor Family

Since we were out in California I thought I would set up some mini sessions. I contacted my sister-in-law, Kim, to see if there was anyone out there that would be interested in some sessions. We found a few and Ani was one of them. Kim is really good friends with Ani and thought it would be a nice gift to give her. They haven’t had a session since the passing of their daughter. My hope was that I could do a good job though they are missing their sweet daughter.

Below is Ruby’s story in Ani’s words from the Ruby Jane Foundation’s website.




On January 5th, 2011, our sweet daughter, Ruby Jane Taylor joined our family.  We were thrilled to finally have Ruby in our home, after anxiously awaiting her arrival. The first two months of her life went by with out a hiccup. She was the sweetest baby that ever was. We were beyond happy to have two perfect daughters in our happy family.

At her two month check up I brought up the fact that I thought she was looking jaundiced still. When her pediatrician ordered STAT labs, I was a little worried, but had no idea what the coming months had in store for our family.

The next day we were told we were being admitted to CHOC for further testing. Days and days passed with out any real information. After about a week, they suspected that she had Biliary Atresia. The next day, she was taken to the Operating Room to have the Kasai procedure. However, when they opened up her tiny little body, they discovered bile ducts, indicating that she did not have BA. They took a biopsy of her liver, and pretty much sent us on our way once she had recovered for surgery.

My mother’s instinct told me that something was very wrong, and we were not just going to sit around waiting for answers. I researched and researched, and learned everything I could. I finally got a number for a doctor at UCLA that I was told was the guru of Peds Liver. I called her office for a week straight, several times a day, until I finally got a hold of someone.

Ruby was admitted to UCLA for more testing, and after about 2 weeks, we had a diagnosis of Caroli’s Syndrome. Large cysts were blocking the biliary tree in her liver. She was immediately placed on the Liver Transplantation List. That was in March of 2011.

Both my husband and I went through the process to be worked up to see if we could be a match to donate part of our liver to Ruby. Sadly, neither of us were matches. We had 2 other people go through the process as well, again, no matches.

It was a very scary place to be in. We felt helpless. There was literally nothing we could do for our baby, but wait for a deceased liver to become available for Ruby. Even though we were scared, we felt very hopeful that she would make a full recovery and be home with us in no time after her transplant.

Ruby was able to be at home, but with her weight quickly dropping, she was eventually re-admitted, and placed on TPN. She was in and out of the hospital until about June. We would spend a few weeks in the hospital, and a week or two at home. Her condition escalated toward the end of June, and we were again admitted, and told we were going to be staying until a liver became available for her.

She stabilized once again, and we begged to take her home. We went home with her mid-July. We got one amazing week at home. All four of us just couldn’t get enough of each other. We had not spent very many nights at home all together, and it felt so great to finally be HOME!

At the end of the week, we noticed Ruby becoming more and more lethargic. Then she spiked a fever. We got to the hospital just before she went into septic shock. She spent a long week in the PICU, and then stabilized enough to be moved to the normal floor. The septic shock took a huge toll on her liver, escalating her PELD score very high. She had 3 offers in one week, and none of them ended up working for her. It was a crazy roller coaster of emotions. We thought we finally would end this long terrible road, and that she was going to get her gift of life, but each time it was not the right one for Ruby. We were confident that the “perfect” liver was out there for her, and we were just waiting for her turn!

A week after leaving the PICU, we found ourselves wheeling her crib back down the hall to the PICU again. Her condition worsened very quickly on that Monday.  Her kidneys began to fail, causing a lot of problems for her tiny body. She was incubated on Wednesday to help her retain any energy she had, and enable her to breathe with out any effort. On Wednesday night, she coded, but made a strong come back. Again, we waited that night for a liver. Again, a no-go. She was placed on dialysis to help take off the fluid she was retaining, but eventually her body could not handle the dialysis.

Thursday was a special day. I was able to climb up into bed with Ruby. I had not been able to hold her, and it felt so good to be able to lay next to her, and snuggle with her.

Thursday night we waited and waited for another liver. Her surgeons were out looking at a liver for her, when she coded for the final time. She passed away on Friday, August 12, 2011, at 12:25 am. She was seven months and 1 week old.

She fought a long and hard fight. She was the sweetest baby though out all of her trials. She would smile at us, even when she felt terrible. She has inspired thousands of people, around the world, to live life to the fullest. She started an incredible legacy, and we will carry that on for our daughter.


Victoria Beach

When I saw the shots my friend Angie Monson did at Victoria Beach I knew that I needed to take this outfit (from Snazzidrawers) and go there.

It took some time to find but I’m glad we were persistent and I’m thankful to my husband and Elyse for being patient with me.

A visit with the cousins

I do have to say I am a little jealous of my sister in law living in California enjoying this beautiful weather all.the.time!!!

Spent the day at the beach and has some time to go to the park and then we made time for Ruby’s…yum.yum!

Hudson loved chasing the birds.

He was a little mad at me for taking pictures of him.

Elyse found some dolphins!!!

Cute little button mark on his head from sleeping.

I wish that I got more of the reflection in the water…dang!

We had a few winners!!!

At the beach

At the beach on a beautiful warm sunny day.

I just wanted to add more mishaps only because its fun. So, we made it to Cali with big smiles and excitement all around. It was a fun surprise for the young ones especially Elyse, Isaac was still sick and ready to go to bed even though the sun hadn’t set yet. We got all of our stuff into the hotel and headed to the beach to check it out and then came back to find that I was freezing and couldn’t get warm. It looks as though I was getting sick…ugh! But I can deal with it better than the little ones. Monday morning we woke up ready to head to the beach to hang but first we had to watch a mobile home burn. Luckily nobody was in it but no one knows why it started. We watched it burn and later thought why didn’t I get a photo…duh! Instagram!

So, I was feeling a little better but my throat was killing me but as for Isaac and Beckam they were feeling much better. Yeah!!

And some beach photos