Monday, February 25, 2019

My Experience with Celery Juice for Acne + Juicer Review

As you guys might remember, I’ve been really into the whole celery juice craze. Truthfully, I’m a little nervous to publish this post because there are a lot of people who do not support it – and I totally get that. Like a lot of people, I was super skeptical about the “healing powers” of celery juice – given that I’m not one to believe in magical “cure-all” solutions. I mean, I have a chronic autoimmune disease (ulcerative colitis), and I can’t tell you how many people have recommended that I try crazy things, like aloe juice, essential oils, yada yada, to cure myself. BUT I’ll also try just about anything once in the name of health – never say never! 😉

The guy who started the celery juice trend is Anthony William, better known as the “Medical Medium”. He’s kind of nutty, claiming that he can diagnose diseases through communicating with spirits. Yep, I know, I know…. oooh, I know how insane it sounds. I hear ya loud and clear, people, it’s crazy. My husband still gives me a hard time even though he’s witnessed my results. Speaking of Mal, we often talk about the “placebo effect” and maybe drinking celery juice is “just” a placebo effect, but after drinking it fairly consistently since Thanksgiving, I’m a believer.

 

Since starting my morning celery juice routine, I’ve noticed a major improvement with my skin. Just after our annual family trip to Newport, my skin starting breaking out like crazy. I started eating eggs again, so I assume that’s what kicked things off, but the breakouts were never-evening and way worse than what I’d ever experienced in the past. I was getting deep, cystic acne on my neck and body, which were places I never really had breakouts. It was so bizarre and totally out of the blue. 

Prior to this, I had received approximately 1 million emails, comments, and DMs telling me I should check out the “Medical Medium.” I kindly thanked my followers for their recommendations, but I didn’t bother looking into what he was all about. Say what? A guy who talks to spirits who has no medical background or credentials of any sort? Sure, I’m hippy-dippy in a lot of ways, especially when it comes to health and healing, but a medical medium was just too much.

My skin continued to breakout, and I started to feel really self-conscious about it. I started wearing t-shirts to the gym to cover up my body acne, and I didn’t share as much on Instagram Stories because my neck was one big breakout. The zits were so big and sore, I couldn’t even cover them with makeup. I kept hearing about the Medical Medium, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to explore what he was all about. I read a few of his articles online and started listening to his podcast. Initially, I was skeptical, but open-minded since so many people raved about their experience with celery juice and related Medical Medium protocols. (You can read about them in his books.)

The more I listened to the podcast, the more things started to make sense, especially with regard to my chronic strep throat infections. You might remember that I had it 3 (!!) times last year, including twice in a single month. According to Anthony Williams, there’s a connection between strep, eggs, and acne. Yup. That immediately caught my attention, so I figured what the hell, I’ll try some celery juice. I figured I had nothing to lose and my skin wasn’t getting any better on its own.

Does celery juice help with acne?

I started juicing the week of Thanksgiving, but I only did it a few times per week. The juicer that I was using was old, so it took me FOEVER to juice a glass full. I also needed to use so much celery to get the recommended 16 ounces. (If you have questions about the official celery juice protocol, check out this blog post: Celery Juice 101. It tells you everything you need to know.) Juicing was a royal pain in the butt, and I knew it wouldn’t be something I’d do long-term if I couldn’t fit it into my everyday life. I sporadically juiced for the first few weeks of December. I didn’t see a huge improvement in my skin, BUT my usual PMS symptoms (specifically sore breasts and night sweats) were almost non-existent. I basically had the easiest (and happiest) period of my life, and it made me consider maybe there really was something to this celery juice stuff.

In the week leading up to Christmas, I ended up buying Liver Rescue and reading the whole thing, cover to cover, in 24 hours. The information was definitely bizarre, but, at the same time, it made sense. After that, I decided to really commit to juicing (mostly because my skin still sucked) and started researching juicers like it was my job. I can’t tell you how many reviews I read and videos I watched. I wanted the best and easiest to clean juicer on the market. A couple of days before Christmas, I bought myself a new juicer. The new juicer helped me get into a daily routine with juicing, so I finally started to see some real improvements with my skin.

What juicer works best for celery juice?

I’ve received a ton of questions about the juicer I’ve been using (and loving), so I figured I’d put together a review to share my thoughts with you guys. I use the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor, and it’s an absolute beast! It really squeezes all of the juice from the celery stalks. The pulp comes out nearly dry because its made for optimum juice and nutrient extraction. Plus, the chute is extra wide, so I literally add handfuls of celery stalks whole – no chopping required!

I’ve read that other similarly-priced juicers not only require that you pre-cut fruits and veggies, but they are also difficult to clean. I love that the Juice Fountain Elite is only three parts, all dishwasher-safe (and BPA-free), which is super important for busy mornings when I just want to get my juice on and throw the parts into the dishwasher for fast cleanup. Most of the time, I just rinse them real quick, and it doesn’t take me more than a few minutes. Plus, there’s not a million settings to figure out – literally, just high, low, and stop/off. I’ve found that the lower speed is better for fruits and veggies that are softer, like ripe fruit or spinach, while the higher speed is better for the tougher fruits and veggies, like apples or celery, so you can pick and choose according to what you’re adding.

One of the concerns with juicing is that by only extracting the juice, you’re leaving all those amazing nutrients behind. I shared the same concern, and that’s one of the reasons why I purchased the Juice Fountain Elite. Breville’s patented direct central feed system actually extracts more nutrients than other juicers on the market – win-win!

While this juicer is definitely a total badass and game-changer, it does have a few cons – namely that it’s pretty loud and kind of big. That being said, it’s not HUGE or an eyesore – otherwise it wouldn’t have earned a permanent spot on our kitchen counter (right next to my beloved air fryer)! If you’re on the hunt for a juicer that is easy to clean and requires minimal food prep, then I’d strongly recommend you give this one a try!

With the help of this amazing juicer, there’s no denying that I’ve seen improvements in my skin, mood, and PMS symptoms. I’m on month 3 now of consistent juicing, and I really do think it helps. It could definitely just be placebo and me believing it’s working. Maybe so, but there’s no shame in using the power of the mind!

Questions from CNC followers

Do you add anything to your celery juice? 

No, it’s supposed to be consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. You can always juice some cucumber to lessen the flavor. Check out this post for additional details: Celery Juice 101.

I’m not a fan of celery juice – is there something I can add to make it taste better? 

See above! 🙂

Do you always make your celery juice fresh?

Yep, I make it fresh every morning. Thanks to my new juicer, it doesn’t take me more than 5 minutes, start to finish. According to the Medical Medium, you’re only suppose to drink celery juice fresh. If your ONLY option is to make it ahead of time, that’s okay. Store it in a closed container, like a mason jar, and consume as soon as possible. Check out this post for additional details: Celery Juice 101.

How much celery juice do you drink?

I aim for 16-20 ounces, 5 days per week. I was doing 7 days, but there are some mornings that I just can’t fit it in/don’t feel like doing it.

How much money do you spend on celery juice per week?

I spend $12.50 a week. Right now, I’m juicing 5 days a week and each bundle that I buy is $2.50.

Has celery juice impacted your ulcerative colitis?

I can’t say for certain if drinking celery juice has helped with my UC. My digestion overall has changed for the better, but I’m taking Entyvio (intravenous drug for UC), so there’s no way to truly know. From personal anecdotes (chatting with IBD patients in online forums and on Instagram), celery juice has not helped them achieve remission. It just goes to show you celery juice is not a “cure-all” and depends on the individual. 

What are the macros in celery juice?

I’m actually not sure. I don’t track it.

I’ve heard celery juice causes an upset stomach – is that true? 

For me, yes, in the beginning, but not everyone has stomach issues. At first, I had trouble drinking the recommended 16 ounces and would feel nauseous and/or end up in the bathroom. But, over time, I worked my way up to a larger portion and rarely have issues now. If you can’t tolerate that much, you can start at a lesser amount or juice cucumber with the celery.

If you don’t have a juicer, can you make it another way?

Personally, I think you really need a juicer, especially if it’s something you want to do long-term and see results from. If you don’t have a juicer, the Medical Medium suggests making celery juice in a blender and straining through a cheesecloth, which seems like a lot of work to me! Check out this post for additional details: Celery Juice 101.

Why has celery juice become so popular recently?

I think it’s a combination of awesome results and people looking for a “magic pill” to improve their health.

Do you drink celery juice first thing in the morning?

Yes, I wake up, make it, and drink it on an empty stomach. Check out this post for additional details: Celery Juice 101.

How many stalks of celery does it take?

It depends on the size of your celery and quality of your juicer. I’ll typically use 1 big bunch of 1.5 smaller bunches.

Do you use organic celery?

Most of the time, I do. But, if I can’t find organic, I’ll use conventional.

How long until you saw a difference in your symptoms?

In a month of sporadic juicing, a saw a difference with my PSM symptoms. My skin probably took 3-4 weeks of regular juicing everyday to see improvement.

Did you experience a detox phase when you first started?

I think I did, actually, but not until I was juicing more regularly (everyday). There were 3-4 days when I had a mild headache, and I’m not someone who typically gets them. It could have been a detox side effect? It only happened for a short period of time and hasn’t happened again since.

Have any negative articles about celery juice impacted your thoughts and use? 

Not really. I agree this whole celery juice thing is crazy, but it’s working for me, so I don’t see why I should stop doing what makes me feel good both inside and out!

Is it worth the effort? 

I think so! I was pretty down in the dumps about my skin, and drinking celery juice isn’t a huge effort now that I have a good juicer. I clean the celery stalks at night and store them in the fridge, so, in the morning, my juice comes together in matter of minutes!

Is this something you see yourself doing long-term? 

Right now, yes. I’ve cut back from 7 juices per week to 5 and will likely cut back more to see if I still get the same effects. I actually really like drinking celery juice first thing – it gives me a little boost to my morning! 🙂

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BREAKING: Roundup found in beer & wine samples (See the brands)

We all know that alcoholic drinks are not a health food – and alcohol itself is linked to cancer. But, these new findings are just further evidence that this hazardous weed killer is ending up in almost everything that we eat and drink. How much weed killer are we each eating every day?

Breaking new tests conducted by the consumer interest group U.S. PIRG finds that many popular beer and wine brands are contaminated with – glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup). 

Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the world. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer arm declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen. Last year Monsanto lost a HUGE lawsuit filed by a California man with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – the jury decided that Roundup caused his cancer and awarded him millions. This was the first of thousands of lawsuits filed.

U.S. PIRG tested 5 wines and 15 beers (some organic) and found glyphosate in 19 out of 20 of them. 

The wine brands that tested positive for glyphosate are Beringer, Barefoot, Sutter Home, Inkarri Estates (organic), and Frey (organic). Sutter Home wine rang in with the most glyphosate at 51 ppb (parts per billion).

The wines that came out with the least amount of Roundup were both organic – Inkarri Estates Malbec Organic (5.3 ppb) and Frey Organic Natural White Blend (4.8 ppb). 

(Source: U.S. PIRG report)

The beer brands that tested positive for glyphosate are Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith (organic), New Belgium, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois (beer and cider), Ace Perry, Sierra Nevada, and Tsingtao. The beer with the most glyphosate was Tsingtao at 49.7 ppb, followed by Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser and Corona. 

(Source: U.S. PIRG report)

How did this weed killer end up in organic wine and beer?

I was a bit surprised seeing Samuel Smith’s organic beer coming up with some glyphosate in it. It’s worth noting that the organic beer and organic wine had the LOWEST amount on the list. This is because glyphosate is prohibited to be used on organic crops – and glyphosate in them is the result of contamination through water, rainwater, or drift from nearby crops. It wasn’t directly applied to their crops if they are certified organic.

Organic winery Frey Vineyards told USA Today that they do not use herbicides and “glyphosate in trace amounts is now found in rainwater because of its application to conventionally farmed agricultural land. Glyphosate in trace amounts can be found in many food products across the United States. We urge consumers to speak up to ban all use of glyphosate.

The one brand tested by U.S. PIRG that had no detectible glyphosate was Peak Organic brand beer. 

I discuss how to protect yourself in the chapter  – “Weed Killer For Dinner” – in my new book Feeding You Lies…

The majority of food and drinks are contaminated with Roundup.

Even though Roundup is strongly linked to cancer, Roundup has NOT been banned. It continues to be used on food crops, parks, playgrounds, and by homeowners everywhere. Glyphosate is sprayed on 80% of crops in this country and is now so rampant in our environment that it’s found in honeycerealsmeatdrinking waterbreast milkinfant formulachipscookiesair samples… the list goes on.

Critics say the amount of weed killer in our food and drinks is TOO LOW to cause damage – but is this a LIE?

Just remember this… Monsanto/Bayer has tried to hide the dangers of Roundup from the public and regulators for years. Monsanto has colluded with regulators at the EPA – and the “safe levels” for glyphosate in our food were raised by the EPA at the request of Monsanto. Are we supposed to trust Monsanto that these levels are safe? If there is Roundup in everything that you eat and drink today, are you still consuming a “safe” level?

I’ve been dragged through the mud by people calling me a “fearmonger” for writing about the dangers of Roundup.

Critics say that scientists disagree with my work and that we should trust them because they are the real experts. They branded me “pseudoscience” because I avoid GMOs and conventional foods grown with glyphosate.

The truth is: Science is always evolving. It’s not always “settled” and it is riddled with industry corruption.

Just look at what Big Tobacco has done during the last 80 years, as they tried to hide the grave dangers of cigarette smoking from the public. Monsanto’s playbook is the same and they use many of the same tactics. Roundup is the new tobacco.

Internal emails published in Feeding You Lies show how many of these critics received money from Monsanto and Bayer. These companies enlist experts to spin the story on glyphosate and lie to the public its dangers. They also enlist experts to discredit activists like myself who are telling the truth about their products. It’s disgusting. 

If you want to know the TRUTH about how to avoid Roundup in your food and who is LYING about its dangers – you need to read Feeding You Lies!

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Here’s what some people are saying about Feeding You Lies…

“I received the book yesterday and I can not put it down!!!” ~ Beatrice

“Love this book, can’t stop reading it!” ~ Sul

“Started reading it and couldn’t stop – had to force myself to close it up until I got my chores done” ~ Mindy

“I’m on page 17 and I’m LOVING IT!” ~ Andrea

“This book is already changing my life” ~ Faith

“I am beyond sucked into to the new book #feedingyoulies I ALWAYS knew there was something wrong with our food industry and @thefoodbabe knocks it out of the park with educating and spreading light on the truth behind these companies and what they aren’t telling you!” ~ Erika

I’m loving the excitement surrounding this book. We are changing the world! One person at a time. 

Want to avoid weed killer in your beer and wine? Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose certified organic beer and wine whenever possible. This has been shown to have the least glyphosate residue, if any. 
  2. Ask the brewery or winery if they test for glyphosate. If not, encourage them to do so. 
  3. Stop using Roundup and synthetic weed killers at home. This is contaminating our environment, making it’s way into our air, water, and food. 

If you know anyone who drinks wine or beer (I’m sure ya do!) please share this post with them. Everyone needs to know if they’re drinking weed killer. 

Xo, 

Vani

P.S. After you’ve read Feeding You Lies, I have one small favor to ask. Please leave an honest review of the book online here. It’s time the truth comes out.

 

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Falling Off the Mountain and Climbing Back Up

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My primal story all started while hiking one day back in 2009. Hiking has always been more than exercise for me. It has always been a place to clear my thoughts and think of new ideas. On a late summer day when hiking one of my favorite trails, I asked myself the question. “What would I eat if I lived out here?” I took a mental inventory: pine nuts, rabbits, chipmunks, some berries, and a deer if I was lucky. I started thinking that nothing out in the wild really represented anything I would find at my local store. I would have a hard time finding rabbit and chipmunks at the Mega-Mart, if you know what I mean.

This idea sparked my interest so much I went home and started searching everything online I could find on wild human diets etc. and eventually landed on Mark’s Daily Apple. I was hooked from the first words I read. (I eventually read all of Mark’s books too). I was all in from that day forward. I told my wife I finally figured it out, she said “what” I said “everything” and I told everyone. It all became so clear to me. Not just the diet but the lifestyle in general. It seemed the Primal Blueprint answered all of the problems of modern living.

I started cleaning out the pantry, went grocery shopping, and the next day and started my new life. It was really that easy to be honest. I had a bit of a headache and a few cravings here and there, but after that it was smooth sailing.

At the time I weighed 210 lbs on a large 6’1” frame and thought I was in good health. I hit 185 lbs after the first six months of my life altering experience, and maintained 175 to 185 it for 3 years. I was down 25 lbs, and never felt better. I was hiking about 40 miles a week things were great. All my blood markers were good, my blood pressure was low, and resting heart rate was under 50 bpm. I felt on top of the world, I was invincible.

I maintained the Grok lifestyle until 2012, and then things took a turn. I changed jobs, and moved to Hawaii. Don’t get me wrong—Hawaii was great, but the stress of being so far from family, and the hustle and bustle of a million people on one little island started taking its toll. All the great new foods didn’t help either. Who can’t resist a piece of Haupia Pie now and then? I still followed the primal eating principles for the most part probably 75/25. However things were changing for sure. I started drinking more beer and eating less than ideal (this is not the best way to handle stress). I gained most of the weight back and then some over the next three years.

While living in Hawaii we had a few deaths in the family (this was the breaking point really). So my wife and I decided to move back to the Mainland. The job search was on and I ended up taking a position for a company in the same town we lived before. Sounded great, ended up the worst decision I ever made. The job was a terrible fit, high stress, and I never took so many trips to the HR office in my entire life. To compensate for the stress, I started drinking more (if that was even possible), and eating polar opposite of the Primal Diet—SAD. I also quit hiking. Life was going downhill fast.

I finally hit rock bottom (so I thought). It was late 2015. I had fell off the Primal Wagon and bounced three times. I started having issue with heart palpitations to the point where I would almost pass out. I went to the doctor to get things checked out. The diagnosis was not good. I was up to 233 lbs, had too much bad cholesterol, triglycerides sitting at 180, borderline hypertensive, and well on my way to being a type II diabetic. The good thing through all of this, I was never prescribed any medications, and my echocardiogram looked good.

In the spring of 2016 after a year and a half of pure hell, I quit that horrifying job without notice. The good news, the heart palpitations went away almost the next day, and I slept better than I have for a few years. I started hiking again off and on but I would get a lot of pain in my legs and hips. The bad news, I was drinking even more beer.

Unemployment was not treating me well and I was in a really dark place. Death was not out of the question and an option for me. After 6 months of beer drinking and unemployment I blimped out to 245 POUNDS. I was fat, had leg and joint pain and just wasn’t there mentally. I was afraid to go to the doctor and get things checked out. I really thought the end was near. Then the end of 2016 I interviewed for a great job at a good company and got it. The position started in January 2017. I’m just grateful a good company took a chance on a fat unemployed alcoholic.

I have to admit from 2015 through 2016 had a tremendous negative effect on my family. I don’t wish it on anyone. My wife and kids stood by my side however and supported me, I love them. If not for their support, understanding, and love the difficult times would have been unsurmountable.

2017 was a big year of change, I turned 50, and started getting my head back on straight. I fell off the top of the mountain and needed to start climbing back up. I knew that I needed to make some big lifestyle changes to make the summit. I wanted to be there for my wife, kids, myself, and future grandkids well into my 80s. The first thing I did was quit drinking, cold turkey August 1st 2017. After 25 years of drinking this was one of the most difficult things I have ever undertaken. After I went through that, I figure I can make it through anything!!

After I beating the drinking problem, wanted to start back down the Primal Path. It was difficult at first. I attempted and failed a few times through 2018. Slowly but surely I got back on track. January 7th 2019 I was full on following the Primal Blueprint again. I started with The Keto Reset for the first month and it worked great. I now practice intermittent fasting a few times per week as well. I keep my carb intake around 50 grams per day now. I started at 244 lbs and now I’m down to 220 as of February 18th 2019. My target weight is probably 175 to 180 (this is where I feel best). I’m back on track to hardcore hiking too.

My first grandchild will be born this year and I can’t wait to teach him or her how to live like a Grok Child (payback for my daughter’s teen years). I have also enrolled in the Primal Health Coach Institute, I’m just over 30% complete. I plan on coaching, and helping people for the next 25 years or more. I first need to pass the comprehensive and challenging course however. The Primal Blueprint was great for me the first time. The second time is personal, and I never plan on looking back. I am looking forward to living a happy healthy life well into the future.

The readers featured in our success stories share their experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.

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Reminder: Success Story Giveaway Closes March 8th!

inline_deadlineLast week I announced that the bees and are looking to share your stories of success in changing habits, losing weight, reclaiming your health, and enjoying more vitality with the help of Primal and/or Primal-keto living—and that I’m offering a giveaway to sweeten the pot: a $200 gift certificate  to PrimalKitchen.com for one lucky winner, plus a 5-book Primal library for two additional winners—all three randomly chosen among those who send in their success stories and photos by March 8th, 2019—as well as a 20% off discount to either PrimalBlueprint.com or PrimalKitchen.com for everyone who sends in a story and photos at any time.

Remember, anyone in the world can enter. Additionally, everyone who has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple in the past is free to submit an updated story and new photos.

Just submit your story along with pictures you feel are indicative of your journey and your current Primal life and success. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance we might miss it.

For more info on success story guidelines and giveaway rules, check out the previous post, and for inspiration to write your own story, you can read past Success Stories here.

I’ve got another amazing success story coming up this morning, so stay tuned.

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Back Pain and Jedi Mind Tricks

Hi, guys! Happy Monday to you!

The 5-Day Macro Bootcamp kicked off today! If you didn’t sign up, there’s still time! You’ll receive 5 days of free macro education delivered right to your inbox.

Did you have a nice weekend? Ours was pretty low-key. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I hurt my back/hip about a week ago. I still have NO idea how I did it. I’m blaming a walking treadmill workout that I did the day before the pain started, but I’m sure it’s a cumulative injury – or maybe it’s all in my head! More on this in a minute! 😉

Here’s a photo of Murphy, looking pretty annoyed because that’s how I’ve felt for the past week.

I ended up going to urgent care for drugs because the pain was so bad. I couldn’t even walk at the beginning of the week. Ughhh, it was awful. Back pain is truly the worst. I actually did this same thing to myself two Christmases ago, which was WAY worse (I ended up in the emergency room), but this “injury” lasted longer. I couldn’t do everyday things, like walking or going upstairs. On Tuesday, I pretty much sat on the couch the entire day, which is NOT my style. I’m not someone who can sit still and relax. I was definitely a bit stir-crazy (and cranky) this past week. Anyway… I’m feeling MUCH better today, so I’ll tell you about that turn of events in a second.

We stayed in on Friday night because I was still in a lot of pain. I was moving better overall, but I needed to take breaks when the pain got to be too much. We made homemade pizza for dinner and watched a movie.

On Saturday morning, we visited Gather in Pembroke for breakfast. I had heard great things about it, so we finally headed down to see what it was all about – and it did not disappointment. I mean, freshly baked bacon maple mini donuts? Yes, please!

I ordered the Smashed Hash (without eggs), which was delicious. Mal ordered the Corned Beef Breakfast Poutine and couldn’t stop talking about how incredible it was! Gather has a “Sunday family dinner” that looks really great too – we want to check it out soon. It’s definitely a place we’ll visit again!

On Saturday night, we headed to our friends’ house. I was still in a lot of pain (and popping muscle relaxers and Ibuprofen 800s like it was my job), but I needed to get out of the house. Plus, I figured seeing our friends would make me feel better.

One of our friends has actually dealt with back pain in the past and recommended the book Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Dr. John Sarno. He let me borrow his copy and, my gosh, it’s fascinating. I’m ALL about the mind-body connection, so I figured it couldn’t hurt.

I plowed through about half of the book on Saturday night and my friend sent me the “Cliffs Notes” via Youtube video, which I watched on Sunday morning. I spent the rest of Sunday doing “Jedi mind tricks” to make my hip not hurt. The author actually says to go back to your workouts, so I joined Mal for a workout at the YMCA. My hip hurt, but not as much as I thought it would. It still bothered me on and off for the rest of the afternoon and evening, but I didn’t need to stop and rest or take drugs to manage the pain of everyday activities. It was a turning point for sure, and I felt considerably better!

This morning, I woke up 95% better, which is INCREDIBLE, considering where I was less than 48 hours ago. I haven’t taken a single muscle relaxer or Ibuprofen this morning, and I really think changing my thinking turned things around. If you struggle with back pain, you definitely need to check out this book. If anything, watch the video. It’s truly fascinating – and you’ll see that there’s a certain “type” of person who gets chronic back pain. I thought this was especially interesting considering my past experiences with various ailments. My brain is a menace!

Question of the Day

Do you have chronic back pain? Have you ever “Jedi mind tricked” an injury? What do you think of all this? Crazy? Crazy-cool? 

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Instant Pot Egg Salad

This Instant Pot egg salad is now a weekly staple in our house. It’s SO easy and inexpensive and versatile and delicious and good for ya and all those happy things!

Instant Pot How-To

To make the eggs, I use the recipe I wrote about in this post. Go there and link through for the detailed version. If you’re an Instapot pro, then this might be all you need to know: grease/spray an oven-safe dish, crack in 8 eggs, add 1 cup of water and place dish on the rack. Manual pressure cook 5 minutes and allow 5 minutes natural release and you’ll have the following egg “loaf” in your dish. Think of it as one giant hard-boiled egg with 8 yolks!

Egg Salad Recipe

You can then make the egg salad right in your bowl. We have been using Thomas’s fool proof recipe for fluffy, creamy egg salad: a potato masher and mayo. Also, Thomas will tell you not to use anything but Duke’s mayo. He’s hard-core about it: not negotiable.

The other ingredients are simple: salt, pepper, and dried dill to taste. I measured for the recipe at 1/2 tsp dill, 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 10 grinds of black pepper. This does have a good bit of mayonnaise – a little more than 1/3 cup – but it’s perrrrrfect. Don’t fear the mayo my friends, but you can lighten it up with greek yogurt if you want, but I haven’t tried it (because Thomas the purist won’t let me!)

Mash it all together with your potato masher for an even, chopped consistency.

The end result makes 4-6 servings depending on how much you want.

I LOVE this with saltines or pita chips, and Thomas always makes an egg salad sandwich. Scoop it up with veggies (or better yet – add some diced peppers or carrots!)

Instant Pot Egg Salad

This egg salad is made super simple using an Instant Pot and then kept pure with just four ingredients: mayo, dill, salt and pepper. Enjoy with crackers, on a sandwich, or with raw veggies. 

  • 8 eggs
  • 6 tbsp Duke’s mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 10 grinds pepper
  1. Butter an oven-safe dish or spray with nonstick spray
  2. Crack eggs in.
  3. Add 1 cup of water to bottom of Instant Pot and place rack inside. Place dish on rack and cook manual pressure for 5 minutes.
  4. Allow 5 minutes of natural release and remove cooked eggs.
  5. Once slightly cool, add mayo, dill, salt and pepper and mash with potato masher until thoroughly mixed.

Eat It For Lunch!

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