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The last 10 days I’ve been juicing on a regular basis, especially after watching the movie on Netflix, Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead.

Juicing is the process of extracting juice from plant tissues such as fruit or vegetables. There are many methods of juicing, from squeezing fruit by hand to wide scale extraction via industrial equipment. (This is the brand of juicer that I am using.)

I also eat and supplement with very healthy foods (like last night, we made vegetarian lasagna from our garden veggies) :) but here are reasons to juice:

Juicing proponents claim that juicing can maximize nutrient intake, fight disease, strengthen cellular defense against free radicals, alleviate pain, encourage weight-loss, and decrease the need for medication. They also claim that juicing can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes, certain types of cancers, mental illness, metabolic syndrome, and may result in longer lifespans.

But to back up, this past May I started supplementing lifting weights in the gym with running.

My overall goal is not a number, a look, or to have fitness suck away my time from me. My overall goal was and is to be healthy.

One thing I’ve learned when juicing is that with the nutrient-dense foods you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-calorie foods.

I’m also a horrible calorie counter or diet person. When I hear the word “diet,” I automatically am consumed by food, meaning I think about it non-stop. :( What’s that about?

I want balance. I want health and exercise. I want to ease in to my 50th year with health and grace.

Eating healthy also helps me focus spiritually on what I need to learn each day, and apply it to my life.

I even think that my eyesight has improved.

To me it’s all about a well-balanced lifestyle.

Life is short. Life is sweet. Life is better when we feel good about ourselves and when we are accountable to God for our actions, discipline, and the way we love others.

Not that we can’t enjoy a bite of chocolate (my favorite) now and then! :)

Which tastes better when you’re enjoying it with someone you love!

Autumn has always been an inspiring season to put away old habits and step back into healthy living.

Is Autumn a time where you might be thinking of re-establishing a healthier outlook on life?

Thanks for joining my 30 Days of Autumn Inspiration. If you missed the first post, you can catch up, here.

Day 1. Autumn.