Juice Plus+ – Capsules

So last time I posted I talked vaguely about some of the benefits in the juice plus plan. Now I am going to go into more detail with each post, as well as posting something I have discovered in myself.

Firstly, I am currently on just the fruit and veg capsules. I am a person who doesn’t particularly like every fruit and vegetable that is put in front of her. So, this is a means for me to get my vitamins, without having to force feed me until I gag. I’d also like to point out that force feeding anyone something is not fun, and food should be something enjoyed. Which is why fast food restaurants are so rich right now.

The first thing I have noticed with being on just the fruit and vegetable capsules is that I haven’t, touch wood, fallen ill in the last two – three months. Even though, alot of people around me have caught flu, cold, some form of bug, and chest infections.

The reason for this is explained in one of the research notes I’ll copy onto here :

[immune system]

The immune system is a key system for preserving the body’s health. Maintaining and promoting this system is therefore an important approach in this direction. Fruit and vegetables are known to have a moderate immune enhancing effect.

In addition, oxidative stress is associated with damage to the immune system. Fruit and vegetables thus have a very major role to play in this context. (I will talk about oxidative stress in my next post).

The effect of juice plus+ on the immune system has been examined in various clinical studies. All of them have shown that juice plus+ strengthens and substantially supports the body’s normal defences.

I don’t know why the picture is sideways. But there you have it.

That is some of the information I will be discussing in further posts.

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Juice plus+ – Capsules

Just in case anyone felt curious about the capsules and why it might be worth considering.

This is information that has been very thoroughly researched over the years. The effects are very quick and beneficial. Healthy skin, nails, gums, and others that can’t be seen but will surely be felt such as brain health, heart health, muscle and energy recovery.

Vegetable blend

Fruit blend

Berry blend

Omega blend

If you’re curious about any of the capsules message me on jcrichton03@gmail.com or on Facebook.

Fun with writing…

I got a little fed up of writing what I was told, and decided to write a little fun last night. It isn’t anything spectacular nor is it finished but I had a little fun being a bit more relaxed in what I wrote down.

So I went for a little fanfiction on an otome game called midnight cinderella –

https://my.w.tt/UiNb/ZyNjxaBw9J

It’s only the first chapter but I’d like to do this just to get away from some of the work I have to do at university.

Juice plus+ week 4 – busy, busy, busy…

I haven’t posted in a while. I understand that it’s because of university plus my other hobbies. But I did promise myself I would focus more on keeping my posts up so, I’m still very frustrated with myself.

These are not official weeks anymore. However this is my fourth post on juice plus+ which is why it is now week 4.

I have made quite a few improvements since my last post. I’m not sure about my weight or size though I have been told I look like I have lost weight. Though I am certain that I have now started having a regular breakfast every morning.

It’s nice and simple –

* gluten free granola – (you can buy from Aldi).

* a small dash of honey – (if you’re vegan there are easy substitutes).

* a small portion of vanilla alpro yoghurt – (I pour a small dollop into my bowl I don’t typically measure)

It tastes absolutely delicious. It’s good for you, and it’s simple to put together. Quick easy. No fuss. Which if you have busy mornings is brilliant. There are some complaints about this idea though I tend to ignore these little things. However, just to calm any uncertainty.

1. Granola (especially the nutty one I have) is high in fats.

– Well yes, but they are healthy fats you need to have. No matter how you think in your head your body needs a little bit of healthy fats everyday. It keeps you warm which is the most basic reason for them. But they’re also a source of slow burning energy. The body needs that to function. To cut that out completely is foolish.

2. Full of sugar.

– well yes again honey is full of sugar. Not to burst anyones bubble but it’s natural sugar, just like your fruit. I once heard a group of girls talking about how they won’t eat fruit because of the sugar content. Don’t be silly. It’s fructose, not glucose in fruit and honey. Sugars to avoid are added sugars, juices from concentrate.

3. No dairy.

– yes because as a species we are not supposed to drink cows milk. Cows milk is designed for bovine infants. We are not even remotely bovine, and we don’t drink from our mothers forever. But there are other sources of calcium we just have to look closer into the foods we eat. It is why some people are lactose intolerant. They just have a far greater reaction than others do.

The point of juice plus+ is not to limit you into a particular dietary plan. Just to think a little more about what we put into our bodies. It can be, and is, used for weightloss, but that is not the main point of juice plus+. It is to create a healthier eating habit or lifestyle in general.

I feel like there is a misconception with juice plus+ that I’d like to clear up. Juice plus+ is just a name, it isn’t just a juice diet. There are milkshakes, and there are powders for soups. But it’s not just that. The intention is to change one thing at a time this could be anything from skipping meals (like me), or if you eat really unhealthy, or if you do want to lose weight. And to gradually work your way off the milkshakes, or soups, or boosters whichever plan you think you wish to try.

Another misconception about the capsules keeps coming up in my life as well. Some people in my life feel that I should just eat fruit and veg rather than take the capsules. Well the capsules are 30 fruit and veg ground into small capsules. (Don’t believe me, read the research). I can’t physically eat all of that in day, everyday. Also I don’t like all fruit and veg. This allows me to improve my health without having to force is down my throat.

Juice plus+ has a motto – one simple change. Well my simple change has been breakfast.

I think my next one is to keep up my water supply. I’m doing well that most days I’m on 3L, but kitten bladder is real.

I will update when that change is a steady everyday habit.

If interested in any of the juice plus+ products you are more than welcome to email me on

Jcrichton03@gmail.com

Or Facebook – Jessica Crichton.

Juice plus+ – Week three – Holiday naughtiness…  

Hope you all had good holidays. I’m not going to lie… Christmas got me… Christmas was mean on any healthy eating plan you could possibly think of. Any progress I had made on eating healthy before then died…

However, there is a silver lining… Only small though, I did eat three meals a day, everyday. They weren’t particularly healthy meals except for my grans soup in Scotland (oh the love for that soup is divine).

The only thing is now life is going back to normal, University is starting again soon, and the fitness classes are up and running again so the Christmas gut developing in the pictures above will disappear. This is war.

My plan was about the fact that I skip meals, and it still is about that. Don’t get me wrong I’m not big by anyone’s standards I’d just like to refine the body down to the neat size it was before Christmas, so temporarily it is about my size. Just as an extra I don’t like to go by weight because weight could be anything muscle, bone, skin, organs, and even the hair on your head. Weight doesn’t take all these necessary components of your body into account. Which is why if I go to a doctor they will tell me I am overweight for my height… I’m not a nutritionist but I will say that’s evil. So instead I’m going fir how I feel about myself, I’m a little unhappy about my size for now, so I’m going to change it. Once there maintaining will be pretty straight forward.

These capsules are a lifesaver. Everyone else around me fell ill over the holidays. Flu and stomach bugs. Even the Christmas of 2016 I not only caught a stomach bug over Christmas over the new year to 2017 I caught the flu which knocked me in bed for three whole days. This year… I’m as healthy as ever. I may have stopped eating healthy, and having my milkshakes but I kept up with these beautiful capsules. I think they saved me from whatever was going around this year.

I finished my first pouch of vanilla powder. I’m a little gutted on the inside, but I still have two more left plus I have started on the chocolate powder this time around. The chocolate flavour like in everything else chocolate is definitely heavier than the vanilla. I think I am finding that I enjoy the vanilla powder more than the chocolate one. It is nice don’t get me wrong! But the vanilla is creamier, and a lot more versatile with the different things you can throw into it I think.

Juice plus + shake recipe

For something nice and simple if you don’t have time to throw anything extra in and blend it together. Try –

Juice plus + chocolate powder – 1 scoop

Almond milk – 250ml

Chia seeds – 1 scoop.

Chia seeds are so good for you. 

Juiceplus+ – week two – Xmas break

Last week I started running with the dogs. It was to boost not only my own better but my poochies as well. Since I have siberian huskies they love running.

I felt great for it too, wake up nice and early (6am); pre-run yoga, run, post-run yoga, juiceplus+ capsules, then while my juiceplus+ shake is prepared I’d give the poochies a little concoction to help improve their health.

Maybe try it with your own dogs, a bit of coconut oil (has to be organic virgin coconut oil), a small sprinkle of turmeric (great for a natural anti-inflamatry), parsley, cayenne, and ginger (good for the heart, but also digestion).

I’m one of those weird people who, if they don’t wake up early the rest of their day is thrown off completely… And that’s it nothing will get done. I have a set plan in my head of how to structure my day and if anything gets in the way of that my whole day is ruined. It could be anything that sparks my brain into plan crippled frustration. And it happens every morning after my run but I won’t get into that. 

My energy levels were great, and my body felt health, strong, what I forgot to do was bump up my water intake. I am neatly drinking 2L a day on a normal day. However to bring in any exercise that water intake needs to increase as well as I learned headaches are a thing. And they aren’t just small headaches that you can just ignore (well you could ignore but they will get worse) they are brain pulsing like it wants to break out of your skull.

The only thing with me, and I’m sure most people will agree that increasing my intake of water can have an urgent side effect that won’t wait. Peeing constantly, and it’ll just get more intense, and more frequent. So I have to be careful, if I don’t want to live on the toilet for the rest of my life. 

Tried a delicious treat.

Rice cake, peanut butter and chocshot. 

It’s nice and is good as a healthy treat.

Week three is going to be my break week, as Christmas is at the end of it. I will still be taking my capsules, and shakes, just maybe not all the extra things. 

My Babies (Aka dogs). 

Have you ever had one of those days when you look at something, and realise ‘Holy shit I don’t know what I’m doing’. Well today has definitely been one of those days for me.

It hasn’t been a bad day, nor a horrific day. I was just in university. It was a module I don’t mind to attend as the subject of fiction applies to me. It is something I would like to work on in the future. The tutor was going through an assessment a previous student had written (this student passed so it’s fine). Have any of you in education experienced a moment when you look at something a teacher tells you not to do, and you know for a fact you do that very thing? Well, that epiphany hit me. Hard.

Academically, I am not poor but I’m not fantastic. I am average. Which is fine, I don’t fancy myself a scholarly genius by any stretch of the imagination. It was just a little disheartening that I enjoy writing, and yet I don’t appear to do well on my course. Or sorry, not as well as I think I probably should be doing.

So, I was feeling a little down. It isn’t because I’m not learning, or picking up the information. I’m just not good at displaying it in an exam, or assignment. Give me a piece to write creatively, and I think it might show that I have been listening. However, as education stands they require these moments of analytical practice with quotes, and exams that require immense amount of hours stressing over will I remember this. Trust me when I say we aren’t learning anything from this. As soon as whatever deadline or exam is over we all literally sit there and say ‘thank fuck we never have to do that again’. The brain filters out all the bits of extra information we needed for that one moment then deletes. I have to put this information into practice in order to make it valuable to me. Then my brain won’t just throw it away.

University doesn’t do that, and I was starting to feel a little bit like I’m not supposed to be on this course. What the fuck am I going to do…?

Then I got home.

I have already posted a picture of Bandit and Luna on a previous post. So I won’t go into too much detail about which is which. But I got home, and they were there waiting to greet me with their happy waggy tails. I went into the freezer and got them a healthy treat for them. Luna ate hers straight away no problem. Bandit sat on the couch not really doing anything with his. So I went and stroked him, he started licking his treat which slid off the couch. I caught it in my hand, and he ate it from my hand. 

To fully understand what this means to me a little back story is needed. Bandit was considered food aggressive. He is the softest when taking treats, is moody but loves cuddles, and is falling apart a little bit (that’s a totally different story). I tried everything every behaviourist recommends, from taking food away halfway through eating, to standing over the bowl, to physically holding the bowl… It didn’t work. Then one day I just decided ‘here food, eat it, don’t eat it, I’ll just leave you to it’. It worked, he doesn’t give me that weird look whenever I’m near him and food is around. He does growl when I want to stroke him and his food is around. And just today he ate from my hand very comfortably. It just made my day.

To add to this luna. 

Is starting to look really, really good. She has lost that initial bulkiness that she had from being overweight. Her body is starting to slim down to a healthier size. I just needed that little sign that I’m not always failing. 

The two of them made my day. I feel a lot better about everything. So I’m not doing great on my assessments, my creative work gets high marks and that’s what matters to me. Bandit and luna are doing really well, and my fitness part of my life is going great. Plus just as an added extra bonus, I have a beautiful man in my life who is more than supportive, which I know a lot of people don’t have. So, I’m not feeling as low as I did before, all because my babies have shown me I’m not a total screw up.