My trip to Austin entailed a lot of walking and doing  outdoor activities earlier this week. I have posted some of the pictures and videos down below showing a few things I did while I was there. I must say that I did not eat the best possible way I should have, I ate pizza from one of my favorite pizza joint Gattis pizza; I must admit I had pizza twice while in Austin. Tx. I was staying at the hotel for a few days while vacationing and visiting the University of Texas in Austin for my daughter who just completed her junior year in high school and she is looking forward to going to college soon.   I must say my trip there was pretty exhausting consisting of lots of walking while doing different activities in Austin.  I  must have lost 5 pounds of unwanted fat from walking; which is always a good thing. Anyhow the weather there was pretty hot. One day it was 97 degree, the next day about 102 degrees, 95 degrees and then 98 degrees.  So it was quite toasty there, but fun nonetheless.   While traveling the only exercise I got was walking for a few days and going to the hotel gym on two separate occasions using their treadmill and free weights which is minimal at best. Since I am back in Houston looking forward to hitting the gym here and getting back into my regular exercise routine which covers at least 3 to 4 days a week most of the time, that should be fun. Regardless, I enjoyed the little break from not having such a set routine as I usually do as it relates to working out, dieting and trying to live the clean lifestyle when it comes to Health and wellness.   Anyhow here are some of the pictures and videos from my trip to Austin while hanging out there. It’s just a collection of different random photos and videos. Don’t forget to check out my blog for regular exercise and diet tips that are coming up soon.  

Excellent Juicing Machine

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There are many different kinds of juicers on the market today, one of which may not be intrinsically better than another. The juicer you choose will depend on the kind of juicing you want to do. Therefore, you need to understand the kind of juicing your next electric juicer is capable of doing before you choose one or another. Then, of course, there are certain factors that affect your choice like the ease of cleaning, how quickly the juicing process can be completed, the noise level and warranty. If you want juice that is delicious and as healthy for you as the fruit or vegetable you are juicing, the following juicers are ones to consider.   First is the Toastess Silhouette Citrus Juicer. This is made with stainless steel casing to give it a beautiful finish and appearance in your kitchen. The electric juicer has two different sized reamers for the juicing of both large and small citrus fruits. The benefit of an electric appliance like this is that it stops and starts automatically. The four suction cup feet keep it from sliding around as it juices, and the sealable spout makes it easy to stop the flow of juice when you are done pouring the contents into your cup. The included dust cover and built-in cord storage means you can store your juicer conveniently.   Another option is the Nesco 2-in-1 Juicer and Blender. This combination is possible thanks to a 50-ounce, removable glass pitcher that can be inserted at the top of the juicer. The suction cup feet are useful in keeping the juicer in place and the safety lock system adds even greater stability. There is a pulp collector and juice cup so you can get the perfect juice without too much pulp. All the parts are dishwasher safe, making cleaning this electric juicer easy and fast.   The Hamilton Beach Health Smart Juicer is the final option explored here. There are two speeds for juicing plus a pulse action. It runs on 350 watts of power to provide the healthiest, freshest taking fruit and vegetable juices possible. Your juicer will be appreciated most if you drink your juices within about 15 minutes of making them. The last thing you want is fresh juice allowed to sit out and oxidize, thus defeating the purpose of being fresh. This electric juicer, along with the other options, will certainly deliver what you want in a juicing machine.   When deciding on what type of juicing machine to purchase, you must be aware of your juicing expectations and habits, in order to make the most appropriate decision. You should probably ask yourself what aspects are most important to you, like speed or complete nutrient value, price or quality, noise level or ease of cleaning. You should also be aware of what types of foods you will be processing, as certain types of machines are developed to juice leafy and fibrous vegetables, and some can only juice whole fruits and vegetables. And although there is not a “perfect juicer,” understanding the two most common types of juicing machines will definitely help one make a wise decision during purchase time. Think of all the health benefits of juicing, and the increased weight loss success you will get from juicing fresh.   For a person always on the go and juicing mostly fruits and whole vegetables, a centrifugal juicer would be a decent choice, and it is the most common machine available. Adding fruits and vegetables through a chute, centrifugal juicing machines include a high-speed spinning disk blade that grinds and grates the foods and turns them into a pulp. It then uses a centrifugal force to push the pulp against a strainer screen and releases the juice at the bottom of the machine. Centrifugal juices tend to be cheaper than other types of juicers (generally between $90-$220) for multiple reasons. jogger As the first type created, they tend to be very noisy and because the blades spin and grind at a high speed, experts say this decreases the nutritional value in the foods. It is said that the high-speed motion forces the juice in contact with lots of air, producing rapid oxidation of vitamins and enzymes. So while this damage could remove the nutritional value of the juice, it gets the job done fast and efficiently.   Most centrifugal juicing machines are easy to use and easy to wash, but they are not designed to puree leafy vegetables like wheatgrass, collard greens or spinach. If you are looking for a machine that will juice leafy foods, you should look for a masticating juicer. Masticate means to chew or grind, and that is exactly what a masticating juicer does to foods. For a little more money, it grinds the juice out with an auger with blades, but requires no spinning action. Unlike a centrifugal one, a masticating juicing machine simply crushes the vegetables and fruit fibers with tremendous power, but slowly breaks up the cells to purify the foods. This slow process of extraction results in more vitamins, enzymes and mineral traces in the juice. The rate and rotation of the auger blades in a masticating type verses the spinning blades in a centrifugal juicing machine, provides little damage to the nutrients of the foods, during this purification process. Pick up a copy of one of my books on juicing here.   This slow process also allows for less noise during use. So while a masticating juicer may take longer to process a juice, it is more effective nutritionally and is far less noisy. This makes it a great type of juicing machine for someone looking for nutritional value and more options, over speed and price range.

The Healthy Benefits of Juicing

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Our daily lives have become very unhealthy; and we tend to focus on fast foods and processed meals as a solution to save time in our hectic schedule. We do not get nearly enough vitamins and minerals into our bodies and this often leads to a variety of health issues. Juicing has become one of the best ways to ensure you get all the nutrition that your body needs; and it is a concentrated sources of essential vitamins and minerals that you consume on a daily basis.   There are so many delicious recipes to follow and you can treat a variety of diseases with a glass of freshly juiced fruits and veggies. There are a lot of juicing benefits for every individual, including all the important vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. It will help to fight infections and also protect us against health problems like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Research has shown for example, that cabbage juice can help protect against stomach ulcers, and cherries can reduce gout and promote movement in all your joints. Cranberry juice can help to prevent urinary tract infections and also reduce the possibility of kidney stones. These are just a few examples of how powerful freshly juiced fruit and veggies are. It can definitely make a big impact on your health. A lot of people are under the impression that they can just buy bottled juices that are made ready-to-drink, but it is not quite so simple.   Bottled juices does not give your body nearly the same healthy benefits that freshly juiced ones do; and the main reason for this is that packaged goods contain a lot of fruit concentrates, not whole fruit juices. Packaged juices must also go through a pasteurization process before they can be put on the shelves, and this usually includes boiling the juice to prevent bacterial infections. When you boil the juice, it destroys a lot of the natural nutrients and therefore decreases the nutritional value that you get. This is why it is better and healthier to make your own juices at home. Citrus fruits also help to treat a lot of health problems and they are a very common choice for juicing. If you take grape juice for example; it contains Trans-resveratrol, which is believed to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis in patients of all ages. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease. Grapes contain antioxidants called Proanthocyanidins; which are located in the fruit’s pit. They contain a lot of Vitamin C and E; so juicing your grapes with their seeds is a very healthy way to go. Juicing does not have to take up all your valuable time; you can make a glass of freshly juiced fruit or veggies in no time. It will quickly form part of your daily routine and you will notice the health benefits that it gives you in no time. Not only will you have more energy, but you will also reduce your chances of health problems and infections; all while boosting your vitality.

Juicing Benefits: 7 Key Benefits of Juicing

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Who Says There Aren’t Any Real Benefits Of Healthy Juicing

    Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority. Many people have this goal but tend to let it slide, don’t drink water, don’t get 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables a day. These same people find themselves tired all the time, fatigued, and they tend to get sick a lot more than their healthier peers. Many people don’t realize the absolute power that nutrition has on the body. It’s not just a suggestion, mother nature requires it! We tend to have no problem eating processed foods, soda, energy drinks, and a long list of other things that harm the body more than it helps- but when it comes to the things that would actually make us feel better- we lose all discipline. Why? Usually the reason is upbringing, lack of discipline, and more often than not, getting a nutritional education is something you have to seek out – it’s not just given to you in school (not in any detail anyway), and it’s not enforced unless you enforce it.   If you don’t like to eat 5 servings of vegetables a day, or you think 5 servings of fruit is a bit much (because you are not used to it likely), then there is an alternative way to go. You can condense all these servings into a few smoothie drinks and vegetable drinks a day using a juicer and in no time you’ll start to feel the real energy drink they don’t tell you about. Juicing can be a great deal of fun and with the various vegetables that are good for you (but you may not like) you can always cut it into another vegetable you do like that has a more lively flavor successfully covering up the taste of the one you don’t like and still getting the powerful nutrients it offers. Know you should have peas but hate the texture? Try mixing a handful of peas with some celery. Juices found in the store like V8, are good for you but they still contain preservatives.   Preservatives are responsible for a lot of obesity, unhealthy bodies, and more – bottom line, they don’t belong in our body so why would you put them in the food you put into your body? By purchasing fresh veggies and fruits and either eating them or making smoothie/vegetable juices from them, you not only save your body from the torture of preservatives and malnutrition – you also save a wad of cash over purchasing those things that aren’t good for you – regardless of how good they taste. Also remember, your health is the most important thing.       Juicing benefits are numerous, and can be helpful to just about everyone. The reality is that most Americans have horrible diets that do not meet the body’s nutritional requirements to function at its best. Sometimes bodies do not function properly at all due to poor quality nutrition. This leads to issues such as diabetes and heart problems. There is a way to improve your health by adding more fruits and vegetables. The easiest method to begin incorporating these good foods is through juice. The body absorbs nutrients from fruits and vegetables more quickly in liquid form than through solid. Juicing is the best way to jump start your path to a healthier self.   Benefits of Juicing: There are 7 key juicing benefits. Most of these benefits will be noticed quickly after beginning your juice program. Beneficial enzymes- Juicing is an efficient way to provide your body with helpful enzymes. Increase metabolic rate- It increases your metabolism which can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Boost immune system- Antioxidants in juice can enhance your immune system, helping you to fight off diseases. Anti-aging properties-The antioxidants also help to combat free radicals which cause your skin to age. Combat depression- Boosted mineral contents of magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and folic acid can help alleviate symptoms of depression. Detoxification- Giving your digestive system a rest allows cells to repair themselves and detoxify. Cost efficiency-You will notice this one in your wallet right away. Juicing is more cost-effective than buying pre-bottled juices, plus it is healthy to juice fresh. Juicing for Weight Loss Juicing can be used to supplement any weight loss program.   Though long-term juice fasting is not recommended, you can do a juice fast in order to detoxify your body from all the junk you have consumed and jump start your weight loss program. Once you have detoxed, you will want to combine your juice regimen with other healthy foods including whole grains and lean proteins. Problems of Store-bought Juice You may wonder why you cannot simply drink store-bought juices to achieve these juicing benefits. Most all fruit juices are made from concentrate, which means the sugars are concentrated to increase the sweetness of the drink without adding artificial sugar. Fruit juices typically have around 24 grams of sugar per serving. This increased sugar content and use of preservatives and artificial components is reason enough to do your own juicing. Even V8 juice is made of juice from concentrate, and has added salt and MSG. Juicing is easy enough to do yourself, so do not settle for these unsatisfactory attempts at healthy juice.   Juice Recipes Much of juicing is simply trial and error. Mix some veggies together with some fruit and see how it tastes. For a less adventurous approach, you can take a look at the following tasty and healthy recipes for juice. Cucumber Celery Juice: 4 medium carrots, A¼ peeled cucumber, 1 celery stalk, 1 sliced apple, A½ peeled lemon. Apple Pineapple Ginger Juice: 1 cored and sliced apple, 1 cup fresh pineapple, A½ inch piece of ginger. Potassium Drink: 4 medium carrots, 1 celery stalk, 1 apple, 1 handful fresh parsley, 1 handful fresh spinach, A½ peeled lemon. Juicing is an easy, cost effective, and healthy way to insure that your body is receiving proper nutrients for optimum performance.   Juicing can help you to lose weight, get healthy, and feel good. These important juicing benefits can only be achieved through your own creative use of a juicer and fresh fruits and vegetables. Check out some of my books here for tons of tips on dieting and weight loss.