Wednesday, October 30, 2013


In this video I answer the questions about juice fasting that I get asked most often:

1) How did I get past the days when I wanted to eat anything during my juice fast?

2) Did I gain back all the weight I lost during my juice fast?

3) Do I think juice fasting is a bad idea?

4) Should I juice twice and eat 1 meal a day or smoothie?

5) What advice would I give my old self, the one about to start the 60 day juice fast?

6) How much juice should you drink every day during a juice fast?

7) What do I store my juices in?

8) If juicing is so good for me, why do I feel so sick?


Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Should you ever find yourself in a rush with no time for breakfast, throw a couple of bananas & a cup of almond milk in the blender (magic bullet, etc.) and GO! You'd be surprised how power packed our little yellow freinds are. Here are a few reasons why you should go bananas over them:

1. Bananas help overcome depression due high levels of tryptophan,
which is converted into serotonin -- the happy-mood brain
2. Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch
and sustain your blood sugar
3. Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg
cramps by eating a banana
4. Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by
supplementing with a banana
5. Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana,
which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation
6. Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight
loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of
white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6
7. Strengthen your blood and relieve anemia with the added iron from
8. High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by
the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure, and protect against heart
attack and stroke

Eating bananas aids digestion

9. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and
heavy metals from the body
10. Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in
the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing
11. Constipated? High fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
12. Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help
restore lost electrolytes after diarrhea.
13. Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux,
heartburn and GERD
14. Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to
relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against
corrosive acids

Natural cures from a simple banana

15. Eating bananas helps prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against
macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing
calcium absorption
16. Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more
alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels
of potassium.
17. Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing free radicals and protection
from chronic disease
18. Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce
nausea from morning sickness
19. Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve
itching and irritation
20. Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a
21. Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a
fever or on a hot day
22. The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan, helps to relieve Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD)
23. Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as
potassium and magnesium speed recovery from the effects of
24. Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against
the wart and taping it in place
25. Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and
polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine

Oh, and remember -- bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies.

Now you know why monkeys are so happy. Eat a banana!

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I'm on day 5 of my 30 day juice fast (strictly juice) - post 7 day transition-in - so actually day 13  (I decided to do a week of "transitioning in"). I had some struggles this week, I fell off a bit, but dusted myself off and kept on going! I have also extended my juice fast to 40 days.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


We are getting a new 2nd fridge at home and I had to defrost the old one which meant I had to use up all my produce today unless I wanted it to spoil. This is what happened...

Getting my mason jars ready: I store my juices in mason jars like these. When I do massive juices I like to use the 2L jars because they are more space efficient, but the 1L ones work as well. The juice keeps well in these jars & in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Getting my juicers ready: when I do massive juices like this, I use both my juicers so I don't burn the motor on either. I use my Power Juicer to juice water filled produce (i.e. apples, cucumbers, oranges) and use my Green Star for all my greens and non- watery fruits and veggies.

Getting my produce ready: this is pretty much ALL the produce in my fridge! Isn't it pretty?! That was a whole lot of prepping, but knowing that I am taking care of my body makes it all worthwhile

Getting down & dirty: Lots of mess & color - oh would you look at that foam!

Yay new juice!: experimenting with combinations lead to a new discovery. This here is "Sweet Ol' Vitamin C" (I decided to add the 'Ol after I had written Sweet Vitamin C on the lid)

Another new juice!: I think I will call this one "Purplemania". The recipes for both juices will be up when I figure out exact ingredient quantities. I am an intuitive person and never look at or write down recipes, which is why I suck at posting recipes here. I'm trying to get better at that - please be patient with me.

Voilà:the grand total was 9 liters of pure juiciness!!! The picture only shows 8 because mom and I drank the 9th! :)



As promised, here is my first update - I had a hard time uploading this and it was actually filmed yesterday but at least it's finally up! Thank you for your patience :)

Love, Lorena

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


 I've decided to do a 30 day juice fast to get my system re-calibrated and my immune system boosted up and geared up for the looooong winter months ahead. I want to document this fast journey and share it with you but I wanted to do it through video - here is the first one!

As always I anticipate your feedback, questions and much needed encouragement, so bring it on & keep it coming!

Love always, Lorena

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


In Part 1 of this topic I gave you a quick overview of what anemia is, more specifically iron-deficiency anemia. I also shared with you a list of foods that can help treat it, and promised you that I would share some of my favorite iron-packed juice recipes! So let's get to them!

 What you need:

  • 2 apples
  • 3 beets
  • 1 pear


 What you need:

  • 2 beets
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 apples

What you need:
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 3 apples
  • 3 peaches
  • a dash of cinnamon

What you need:
  •     cube of ginger
  •     6 celery stalks
  •      3apples
  •     a bunch of spinach
  •     juice of 1 lemon/lime

As I mentioned in the previous post, green juices are also high in both iron and calcium so feel free to try these oldies but goodies!

I want to know if any of this was helpful and if you would like me to continue to write posts like these. Maybe you could tell me what health issue to write on next? Let me know! 

Comment below, like The Glowing Diaries on Facebook and let's continue this conversation!



Hi friends, how are you doing? First off, I know I've been M.I.A. for a while, so let me start by saying a HUGE SORRY!!! There are many reasons why  I sort of just disappeared (some of which I will share with you later) but right now I just want to say that  I've truly missed blogging and connecting with you all - so please forgive me and don't be mad.

I knew coming back that I wanted my first post to be about juicing and how it can help heal our bodies in unique and specific ways. The reason for this is that I have experienced first hand the amazing healing properties of living foods and more specifically juicing (read my story here.) Our bodies were designed to heal and regenerate themselves - we were never meant to be dependent on pharmaceuticals - our bodies are magnificent, and when fed the right foods, they work like a wonder.

In a dream world, all of us would eat lots of living foods, drink lots of fresh spring water, get our 8 hours of sleep every night, have tons of fresh air to breath, would have absolutely no stress - and our bodies would work the way they were meant to. Reality however tells us a very different story - we often find ourselves stressed, sleep deprived, malnourished (though often overweight), and we lack the basic vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function efficiently.

There are many health problems that are a result of lack of nutrients to our systems, and today I want to talk about anemia which is the deficiency (not enough) of hemoglobin in the blood. This results in fatigue, anxiety, irritability, hair loss, constipation, breathlessness, skin pallor  and weak/brittle nails among other symptoms. 

More specifically however I want to talk about iron-deficiency anemia which is the most common type and may be precipitated by heavy menstrual loss, internal bleeding  dietary deficiency in iron, pregnancy  and rheumatoid arthritis. Whatever the cause may be, what we want to do is work to alleviate the underlying cause, and to increase absorption of nutrients, in this case - concentrate on getting iron into the body.

While there are many iron supplements out in the market, there are also many natural ways of getting our iron in! Here is a list of natural healing foods that are rich in iron and can help treat iron-deficiency anemia:

Fruits & Vegetables:

  • apples
  • citrus fruit
  • grapes
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • beets & beet tops
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • fennel
  • green peas
  • leafy greens
  • watercress
Other Foods:
  • almonds
  • dried apricots
  • figs
  • prunes
  • raisins
  • black-strap molasses
  • kelp

Basically want you want to do is maximize the intake of iron-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin C to improve iron absorption. At the same time minimize (or eliminate all together) foods that limit iron absorption such as wheat products, coffee, tea, and chocolate.

In part 2 of this topic I will give you juice recipes that I found have helped me with my own iron deficiency-anemia so stay tuned!


Crocker, P. (2008). The juicing bible (2nd ed.). Toronto: R. Rose.

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