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The power of good health is in your hand and on your plate.

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In 1910, Dr. Walker established the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research in New York, and thus began his important contributions to a longer, more active form of living. Among his great contributions, was the discovery of the therapeutic value of fresh vegetable juices, and in 1930 the development of the Triturator Juicer.  Modern day nutritionists and medical researchers are just now discovering the truths which Dr. Walker has known and expounded throughout the twentieth century... he spent the balance of his life searching man's ability to extend life and achieve freedom from disease.

From Dr. Walkers book, Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices (Available on Amazon.com)

 

 

 

 

 

First Steps

Ok, you've actually got past the hardest part of the process - finding out why you need to change: coming to the conclusion that you need to make a change and making the decision to make a commitment to change your life for the better.  If you are living with a disease like I am, that part may be easier for you than for those who still enjoy a modicum of normal health and are just considering a disease prevention program.  

The problem with life is that it is so daily.  On a daily basis it is easy to justify eating the wrong foods because it's just today I am eating it.  But those bad "daily" decisions accumulate in our bodies and before we know it we are beginning to show signs of physical problems as a result of all those previous "daily" decisions. 

When we made the change it didn't seem hard, it seemed like a relief.  But some folks we know have struggled more with it.  I believe it all has to do with how we think about it.  Do we think of it as depriving ourselves of the enjoyment of tasty foods we have grown up eating or do we think of it as a way to enjoy a better quality of life.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually enjoyed the taste of food more than I had before we made the change.  My theory is that the reason for that is because our taste buds were no longer coated with the fat of the Standard American Diet preventing us from sensing the delicious taste of natural, healthy foods.  Is this why commercial salad dressings are strong enough to knock you socks off?  (I now make my own salad dressings which are much milder.)

Let's get going.  I know you are anxious to know where to begin implementing a healthier change in your life.
 


 

Start in the Kitchen
Take inventory of all the foods that you have in your cabinets and refrigerator.  Throw out, or donate, all of the foods that have unhealthy ingredients.  These are foods that are in the Five White Food category, ie; meat, dairy, white flour, white sugar and salt.  Also include foods with trans-fats, hydrogenated foods, and foods with artificial flavors or colors.  Most processed foods are nutrition-less.  A guideline to go by is to buy foods that are as close to the way they grow as you can buy.  This means that 85-90% of the foods you eat should be fresh and raw.  Remember, the best form of nutrients for your body are the ones found in raw plant foods.  

Grocery Shopping
Make a list of "healthy" foods to shop for.  If your area has a local produce stand you can get some tasty fruits and veggies.  Health food stores typically sell organic produce.  Organics are best, but if you can't afford them, your local grocery store produce section has lots of good veggies too.  Be sure to wash all veggies and fruits to remove dirt and topical pesticides before eating or juicing them.  Pesticides are linked to many physical problems.  There are many vegetarian and vegan recipes on the web.  Visit our Healthy Links page for some to get you started.   

Establish a daily routine
Set a goal of at least 21 days.  It takes a few weeks to establish new habits.  We started with Rhonda
's Recipes for Life from God's Garden from the Hallelujah Acres website (www.hacres.com).  The first half of the book gives you important nutritional information.  The second half of the book gives you about 400 recipes to start with.  Don't be afraid to be creative either. You will be surprised with the wonderful flavors you can come up with on your own.  

Juice
Juicing veggies, predominantly, is crucial to getting on the fast track to better health, especially if you are dealing with a disease.  Juicing breaks down the nutrients to liquid form, saving your body the effort of digestion, and provides your body with more nutrients quickly.  All foods have to be reduced to a liquid form in order for them to penetrate your cells.  A good base for juice is organic juicing carrots, such as the Bunny-Luv California juicing carrots from the Grimmway Farms.  They have some interesting information on the nutritional benefits of eating carrots on their "At Home" page - then follow their link to more nutritional information.  Many grocery chains now carry them and if they don't, we have found that they will when they find out that you will be a regular purchaser.  We buy them in 25 lb bulk bags from a local health food restaurant because we juice 6 lbs or more a day.  For tips on combinations of veggies to add to your juice, Dr. Norman Walker, S.Sci., the original juice man, has lots of great info on juicing in his book Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices, what's missing in your body? You can find his book through Amazon.com or on Hallelujah Acres website.  A must read for the health conscious.

Choosing a juicer:  Masticating (grinding) juicers are better than the centrifugal juicers because they break down the cellular structure of the veggies to a greater degree and you get more volume and benefit from the juice.  We started with the Champion Jr. which runs from $159 to $200 depending on where you purchase it.  We bought ours locally because we couldn't wait for one to be shipped.  But a friend of ours purchased hers on Ebay and it worked fine.  The Champion is referred to as a one-day juicer because the juice lasts only one day.  There are other brands and models that breakdown the veggies more slowly with less oxygen and heat in the process allowing for the juice to last longer, 2-3 days, like the Green Power or the Green Star.  You can find information on the internet by searching for "juicers".  It's best to get as much information as you can before you decide which one would be best for you.   

Here are a few websites to get you started:

Cost Plus Juicers  
Discount Juicers 
All Raw Times
All Organic 

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