I’m Thirty!?! How did that happen?

DSC_9178 (2)Yup I turned thirty. On Valentines day 🙂 I haven’t really noticed, probably because I have decided I don’t really want to grow up. I knew that thirty was coming, but I was not super worried about the age and the realization does not make me feel “old.”

I haven’t written a blog post in quite a while so I thought turning 30 was a perfect time to write a post, although, I think this will be more of a year review than what I have learned in my thirty years. I have learned more this year than I feel I have before and this year has been super crazy and not always in a good way so here are some lessons from the last year of my 20’s.

I started the year out trying the 80/10/10 diet, which if your not familiar with this diet consists of raw foods eaten in a ratio of 80 percent carbs, 10 percent proteins, and 10 percent fats. I was not very consistent with this diet and after about a week eating this way completely I started to crave fats. So I went on a binge and stopped being so strict. I still continued to follow the diet in a more Raw Till 4 way for the next few months. The two foods I really got out of eating this way was: fries baked without oil, which are delicious–you really don’t need oil for seasonings to stick, potatoes are very moist and seasonings will stick without oil (my husband loves them with “yellow stuff” or nutritional yeast sprinkled on them) and Banana Ice Cream, which I absolutely love and would eat all the time if I could.

Last winter and spring I was also taking a class, that I don’t remember now, and I was teaching 1st and 2nd reading class as well as my Preschoolers so I said goodbye to naptime and easy planning. But I survived and then summer came. I think in May I did my mom’s 30 day cleanse, but I am unsure. I was, however introduced to Native Foods which is a vegan gourmet fast food restaurant and is absolutely delicious, including their chai and other teas! Their salads are amazing! Along with the rest of their food and I now eat there way to often.

20140601-DSC_2683 (2)My husband and I then went to Florida for our 7th year wedding anniversary. It was an awesome trip! We stayed with some friends in Naples who took us out on their boat. I got to see dolphins swimming next to the dock, we explored Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary 20140602-DSC_2763 (2) 20140602-DSC_2826-1 (2)which is much better explored on foot, and we went on a canoe trip to see manatees but did not see any, I was however very nervous when the guy said that anywhere there is water in Florida there will be Alligators, scary!20140603-DSC_2896 (2) We loved seeing the little Brown Anoles show off, they felt very threatened every time I did squats 🙂 20140601-DSC_2697 (2)Then we drove through the everglades to get to the Keys and enjoyed seeing Key West then driving up to Miami to visit Miami beach and the Wynwood Neighborhood to see the beautiful murals. 20140605-DSC_3026 (2)We ended our trip lying on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale at a wonderful little, quiet beach hotel. So amazing and relaxing! I was also introduced to Lychees, Mamey Sapote, and Sugar Cane Juice. 20140530-DSC_2546 (2)We took a wonderful little road full of roadside markets and I learned marvelous facts, like Jackfruit grows in Florida!20140530-DSC_2554 (2) 20140530-DSC_2553 (2) I was super excited! Since we had been experimenting with 80/10/10, we ate fruit everyday until dinner and then ate a nice Florida dinner, I was also taking a digestive system cleanser and probiotic as recommended by Kimberly Snyder in her recent book. The combination of the three really helped us not to gain any weight and I was very happy!

Then we came home and I started my first on-campus class on collaboration and an online class on literacy. I was almost finished with my collaboration class when, on a Thursday during date night, my dad called me and told me that my grandparents had been killed in a car accident.828_2852 It was so incredibly unbelievable! We went home and I cried for the next four days. I have an amazing family and an amazing husband. My dad and his brothers did so well and came together for support for the whole family, it was very comforting. Oscar, my little blue bird, also couldn’t understand why I was crying and would come and sit on my bed with me just to help me to feel better. Then life started again, I somehow went back to class, my teachers understood and gave me the breaks I needed to continue, but I didn’t miss a class and kept up on my assignments. We had a very nice funeral for both of my grandparents and they were buried, we had so much support from all of the people around us and my grandparent’s church who, I think, will miss them almost as much as we do.

On the food side of things, I had been watching Doug Graham’s Youtube Channel FoodnSport I watched Rozalind Graham’s talk about the social and emotional effects of eating and remembered she said that food is like emotional support and people will eat to numb out so if you stuff yourself after someone dies you may not process the grief as well. I followed that advice and ate well, until the funeral. Then I let go, I didn’t start to eat everything, but I do remember lots of fig bars, sandwich cookies and concentrated chai which almond milk.

20140708-DSC_3435 (2)About a week after the funeral and my collaboration class ended we went to Las Vegas for the Differentiated Instruction Conference, which if you are a teacher I highly recommend you go to. I very much disliked Las Vegas,20140708-DSC_3518 (2) but I really enjoyed the conference. We stayed in Treasure Island and during the evening my husband and I 20140708-DSC_3466 (2) 20140710-DSC_3560 (2)walked the strip, we didn’t find any nice restaurants that we didn’t have in Colorado, but we saw the Bellagio’s Water Display and the Mirage’s Volcano/Fire display which was fun. 20140708-DSC_3449 (2)We also walked to the place where Tupac was killed, which was a completely unexciting intersection. We did make sure we watched Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 just because we were in Las Vegas 🙂 But, since I do not drink or gamble or anything else Las Vegas is not that exciting. 20140708-DSC_3420 (2)

When we got back I had two weeks to finish my Literacy Class and I started decorating my classroom. Then August 1 came, time for the craziness of school! I poured myself into getting ready, I honestly don’t remember much of what happened, except we did have an excellent presentation by a lady, I call the Brain Lady, but her name is Arlene Taylor.

DSC_6111 (2)My cousin got married on Labor Day Weekend so we had a fun excuse to enjoy North Carolina and another beach.

I went through the next couple of months, not exactly happy and conscientiously ignoring my mental state, which I knew was not good but thought that I didn’t have the time to deal with how I was feeling. I was also not eating the best and I was ignoring many of the health rules I had come to follow. Then one day about mid-October I was upset about my body and I was very unhappy. I remember looking in the mirror, hating my body, feeling so confused that nothing was working (all the diets I had been on) and so incredibly sad. I walked out into the kitchen and collapsed on the floor just crying. Thank goodness my husband was there, he held me and helped me get myself together so that I could go to work. The next two weeks were some of the most horrible weeks that I can remember! I didn’t smile in my classroom and I was not very fun to be around. I was very depressed! But I came out on the other side and was precarious for several months until after Christmas I relaxed and thought about everything that happened. Then during January we did two weeks of Jason Vale’s 5lbs in 5 days and now I feel back to myself. I am eating healthy, not buying bread, but not following any specific diet. I feel joyful and happy and like life is not that hard.

I feel that I learned a lot during my couple weeks of depression and I wanted to share with you. I hope this will help anyone who is feeling depressed or sad. As I look back now, I know it was because I stuffed all my feelings inside, ate crap, and just kept going with life without properly dealing with my grief. I know my grandparents are resting right now and it gives me great comfort to know that they believed in Jesus and someday I will see them again when he comes back to take His children home. (Revelation 14:13, John 6:39, 40).

When I collapsed on the floor crying, I knew something was terribly wrong and I had to do something. I began to take my morning routine very seriously, prayer, yoga, meditation, Bible reading with more prayer. I made sure to go to bed at 8:00 (since I was getting up at 4 or 4:30 in the morning) I also started to journal at night and do some guided meditations. I began to eat more fruits and vegetables than I had been and I stopped buying bread. Slowly I began to climb out of my dark hole, but I stayed super close and felt like I could have fallen back in at any time for the next few months. Getting an emotional break and some time with my husband at home really helped me come back. And now I am feeling very good, and I have finally been able to talk about what happened, which is also healing.

This is what I learned leading up to 30. Life is not so dark as it seems, but there are emotions swirling under the surface and the best way to see the light is to admit you are hurting and bring out the fears for you to see, acknowledge, and let go…

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Yummy Lotion

Hi All!

my hatIt has been so long since I have written a blog post and so much has happened in the last 6 months. Not all of it good, but I am slowly learning from all the lessons that have come my way. Someday I will take some time to write a good post, but for now this is just a quick post to let you all know that I make my own lotion! It’s called నిజం or Nijam which is the Telugu word for truth. All true ingredients, I hide nothing 🙂

The lotion is made with grape seed oil, aloe vera gel, cadelilla wax, cocoa butter, vitamin e oil, and essential oils. The favorite essential oil blend so far has been eucalyptus, lemon, and lavender. I make my lotion in small batches as people ask me to.

1 oz container is $5
2 oz container is $8
4 oz container is $16
I will give a dollar discount when you return your container.
If you need me to mail the lotion to you I will have to add about $3 for shipping.

This lotion is amazing and healing! If you would like to order a container or more you can email me at lifeandveggiejuice@gmail.com. You can also send me an email if you want to be on my mailing list. I send out an email letting you know when someone has ordered so that you can order too.

Red Pepper Mango Dressing

I really enjoy this dressing. It has turned out to be my one of my favorite 80/10/10 friendly dressings. I got the inspiration from Doug Graham’s book, but added some ingredients.




Mango Red Pepper Salad Dressing

1 mango

1 red pepper

Green tops from 2 to 4 green onions

Optional garlic or any herbs you desire

Blend all ingredients together and pour on top of a large,

colorful salad or use for dipping veggies.

Edit: I may have gotten this idea from Megan Elizabeth’s recipe videos so if anyone finds this recipe somewhere else let me know and I will take it down. I have been watching so many videos lately, sometimes I can’t remember where I get the inspiration for recipes.

Raw Sun-dried Tomato Bread




Raw Sun-dried Tomato Bread 

Inspired by Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Essentials

3 chopped zucchini

15 sun-dried tomatoes

½ cup flax seeds

½ cup water

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp kelp powder (or 1 tsp or less salt)

3 tsp Bragg’s Amino Acids (or Nama Shoyu)

2 tsp Italian seasoning

¼ cup sunflower seeds

Process all ingredients except sunflower seeds in a food processor until smooth. Add sunflower seeds and pulse until they are fully stirred into the mixture, but not completely smooth. Pour “dough” thinly onto dehydrator sheets and dehydrate overnight, around 8 hours or until firm.

Happy Juicing!!!

Raw Food Dinner and Demonstration

Its been about a month since we did our Raw Food Dinner and Demonstration. I had a lot of fun with this demonstration and bought way too much food. We learned a whole lot about what to do, what not to do, and how we can improve for next time. I am excited about doing another demonstration again soon. My mom and I are also thinking about doing a day long Fitness Camp, maybe some meditation, and a Raw food dinner. I am kind of excited about this possibility.

The dinner lasted three to four hours. We had about about fourteen people come and I think everyone had a good time. There was good food and I think a lot of good questions (I couldn’t answer all of them, but I tried). My goal for this dinner was to teach people that raw food can be very tasty so that people could start adding more raw food into their diet, even though I am not sure I got this across to people. I am not here to convince everyone to eat all raw–just to eat as healthy as you can for you. The menu was a bit much and next time I will make less food, but I will share the links with you here and I also wanted to share the pictures of the dinner, just to make you jealous and excited to come for our next dinner 🙂 Oh, and all the pastas–I made the sauces and we made zucchini lasagna with them instead of putting the sauces on noodles.

Green Flex Juice (This is just a version of most green lemonade recipes out there, if you want me to post the recipe leave a comment and I will post it)

Sweet Grapefruit Juice

Mango Red Pepper Salad Dressing (I got the idea from Doug Graham’s 80/10/10 book, but made a couple simple changes–recipe to come)

Fully Raw Minestrone Soup (Fully Raw Kristina)

Raw Sun-dried Tomato Bread (Inspiration from Ani Phyo’s Raw Food Essentials–Recipe to come) 

Sun-dried Broccoli and Tomato Pesto (I put in real olives instead of olive oil and the pesto was really yummy!)

Raw Fettuccine Alfredo (Fully Raw Kristina)

Spaghetti Sauce (Megan Elizabeth)

Simple Yummy Blueberry Tarts (Megan Elizabeth)


Making Green Flex Juice


Using my mom’s Blendtec 🙂 to make Blueberry Tarts


Using my gracious hostess’s Vitamix 🙂 to make Mango Red Pepper Dressing


My beautiful mother getting ready to make a yummy smoothie that is part of her 30 day detox plan.

20140323-DSC_1228-7 Kindergarten Teacher downing some grapefruit juice


Book table–I gave away Megan Elizabeth’s Easy to be Raw in a drawing for everyone who came. And what you see in the middle of the table is the AMAZING lotion I make (contact me to buy some–I make samples!)


Full Smoothie Blender!


Zucchini Noodles–Soo much fun to make!


Yummy Soup!


Ready for Raw Lasagna!


Making the lasagna!


This is fun!


Ready to eat!


Raw Bread


Dinner and Dessert! 🙂



I hope you enjoy the Recipes and the pics. Look for the bread recipe soon and another dinner hopefully at the end of the summer, I think this one will be in Loveland.

Also I have some exciting news! My mom will be joining me on my blog! She will be posting about once a month to give you some of her tips and I will have a page just for her so you can find out more about her Coaching. She is a Holistic Health Coach, has taught aerobics classes for over twenty years and has been a personal trainer for around 10 years (just guessing on that one). Her nickname at the gym where she teaches is Sergeant Susan! She has taught me so much about health and I am so lucky to have her as my mother! I am so blessed that she is willing to share her expertise with you on my blog!

Happy Juicing!




Zucchini Green Limeade




Zucchini Green Limeade


1 large zucchini (from my mom’s garden:)


1 stalk broccoli (I eat the florets and save the stalks for juicing)


1 lime (with or without skin


1 Apple

1 handful Swiss Chard


1 handful Parsley



Process through your juicer. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Happy Juicing!!!


Healing Cranberry Green Juice


Healing Cranberry Green Juice

1 Handful of Green (your choice, I usually use spinach or lettuce)

1/2 cup Cranberries

Fresh Coconut Water (absolutely love!)

2 cubes of frozen wheatgrass

Stevia or Chocolate Stevia to taste (I use 1-2 dropperfuls)

Directions: Put greens in your juicer and before you push them through the chute poor cranberries on top, this prevents the cranberries from jumping out at you if you have the same type of juicer I do (Breville). I always pull out the pulp and put it through the juicer again then run water down to get all the remaining juice dislodged (I don’t like to waste anything). Pour into a glass, pop out the wheatgrass cubes and add to juice. Fill the glass full with Coconut Water and add Stevia. If I want something even more chocolaty I add about a tablespoon of cocoa powder! I will be adding variations of this drink periodically.

Notes: I am adding these notes almost two years after publishing this juice. Before I started juicing I was taking cranberry supplements every day because had been getting UTIs (sorry if its TMI) once a month for the previous five years (I suspect I had a candida overgrowth). The only thing that prevented the UTIs was cranberry supplements. When I started juicing I figured that drinking raw cranberry juice would be better for me than the supplements so I made a juice with cranberries (they were frozen because you can only get fresh cranberries around Christmas) in it every day. I drank a cranberry juice once a day for a couple of months and then slowly stopped without realizing I was stopping. I have not had any problems since. My suspicion is that eating a much cleaner diet brought my candida to healthy levels and healed whatever it was in my body that was causing the problems.

Also I would use coconut water directly from a Young Thai Coconut or there is some Raw bottled Coconut water that is absolutely delicious that you could add.

Ready and Waiting



Hi All! My table is ready and waiting! This blog is a work in progress, please bear with me as I slowly move my blog from lifeandveggiejuice.blogspot.com to this blog site. I want to move many of my recipes so you can have the best ones here as well. This may be a little bit slow so keep checking back and I will have some posts for you soon!

Love, Debbie

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