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In the middle of my brisk walk this morning… I got hit with some rain. So I picked up the pace and ran home the rest of the way.

I made my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Cucumbers and then headed off to the shower. Again this morning I had some appointments in Daytona to attend to in the morning. Then my afternoon was open to work from home.

Wednesday 8 Wendy's Salad & Apple

Wednesday 8 Wendy's Salad & Apple

For Lunch I remembered that Wendy’s had a nice Garden Salad, so on my way home, I stopped in and got at Garden Salad. I took it home and proceeded to eat the salad on a pile of papers in my office and grabbed an Apple to enjoy as well.

Then I hit the Walmart, to do a more extensive shopping adventure.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach

I finally got my Barley Max shipment in the mail…

Barley Max

Barley Max

30 Minutes before Dinner 1Tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz Distilled Water.

Dinner was a medley of green goodness…

Wednesday 8 Green Beans, Spinach Salad, Veggie Sandwich

Wednesday 8 Green Beans, Spinach Salad, Veggie Sandwich

Green Bean Delight:

Ingredients:

1/2lb of Green Beans

1Tsp Olive Oil

Dried Onion Flakes

Paprika

Celctic Salt

Directions: Clean and Cut ends of Green Beans. Pour them into boiling water and blanch for about 2-4 minutes.  Remove from heat, strain and add olive oil and seasonings

Spinach Salad:

Ingredients:

Handful of Spinach Leaves

2Raddish

2Green Onions

Dried Organic Cranberries

Seedless Sunflower Seeds

Directions: Wash spinach leaves, slice raddish, and green onions and mix into bowl with cranberries and sunflower seeds. Add dressing of your choice. I picked something out of the refrigerator.. a Wish Bone Italian Dressing.

Hummas Veggie Sandwich:

Ingredients:

Hummas

Whole Wheat Bread, 2 slices

1 Yellow Bell Pepper, Seeded and Sliced

1 Cucumber, Sliced

Directions: Sliced Whole Wheat Bread, apply Hummus to the bread and layer with sliced vegetables.

And it was time to watch the season finale of Dancing With The Stars… Nicole’s sure to win it!!!

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No Pilates Class this morning… instead,after my 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water,  I headed off to Church at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C..

Afterwards, I met up with a girlfriend of mine from Daytona Beach, Florida  for coffee. We met a the Dean and Doluca Shop in Georgetown off M Street. It was only a mile or 2 from the Cathedral, but it took me forever to get there. I ended up parking at Q Street because I wasn’t sure I’d get a good parking spot on M Street. Then I had to walk the 5 or so blocks in heals on cobble stone sidewalks. Best of all thought, I didn’t have a coffee or even a tea.

Instead, I had my Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice  At Robeks Fruit Smoothie place, where they also juice vegetables like Carrots, Celery, Spinach and Apple.

30 Minutes before Lunch 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

I noticed I was getting lower and lower on my Barley Max Supply, and was thinking I will never make it until my new shipment comes Tuesday.

We started packing for our journey back down to Florida, and I ate another Veggie Sandwich and some Hummus and Pita Chips.

Veggie Sandwich:

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Bread

Hummus

1 Cucumber 

1 Orange Bell Pepper

Directions: Slice Bread, Wash and Slice Vegetables and layer on bread with Hummus spread.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrots, Celery, Spinach, Apples left over from my Robecks stop earlier in the day.

30 Minutes before Dinner 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Dinner was a hodge podge of leftovers, Pita Chips and Hummus.

Afterwards, we felt a little adventurous, so we piled in the car and walked along the Potomac River for some exercise. It was a great day for it too. The sun was out and everyone was enjoying the day as well.

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If you haven’t noticed already, I’m taking a break from the book on this Hallelujah Acres 14 Day Eating Plan and incorporating my own stuff into it.. and maybe this will make a difference as well.

After an early morning wake up call Thursday, I didn’t have a problem getting up for my 8am Pilates Class. It was a but kicker as well. I need to get in all the classes I can because Monday, we’re driving back down to Florida where they don’t have these reformer pilates classes. The gym I joined there only has the matte pilates classes. 😦

So I took my 1tsp of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water for Breakfast.

Now, I’m drinking my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Celery, Carrot, Apple

30 minutes before lunch, 1tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

Lunch will be Apples until I’m satisfied!!!

Plus I did some snacking on Stacy’s Pita Chips with Hummus.

Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrots, Celery, Spinach

30 Minutes before Dinner, 1tsp Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water.

We drove to Alexandria for  a farewell meal at Mike’s favorite restaurant, the Chart House. It was a lovely evening, cooling down from the 80 degree temps from the day. Everyone was out with their kids in the park, people were walking dogs, it was just a great night for a slow strole and a nice dinner by the water.  When we got into the restaurant, we had to wait 30 minutes for a table so I indulged in a Bombay Sapphire and Tonic and we ordered an appetizer of Shrimp Cocktail. For the main meal, we were seated outside on the patio while the sun was still up, and by the time I ate my  Chopped Salad, it was dark.

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This morning I was so excited because I actually had a chance to go to Pilates at 7am. Before hand, I made it a point to wake up early and make another Fruit Smoothie. I did so, because  I actually promised Mikes son I would make him Fruit Smoothies for breakfast every morning before school, and today it started!!!!

The bonus in this cenario, I had enough left over for a glass for myself. So, for Breakfast I drank my 1tsp Barley Max Powder with 3-8oz glass Distilled Water and went off to my Pilates class, Fruit Smoothie in tow.

Monday Menu Fruit Smoothie

Monday Menu Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

Handful of Grapes

1/4Banana

1/4Apple

1Cup Pineapple

1Cup Watermelon

1tsp Lime Juice

2Tbls Agave Nectar

2Cups Ice

Directions: Add all ingredients in order into Vita Mix. Turn power on and move speed slowly to 10 and switch to variable II and blend until your desired consistancy. 

That was a nice cool drink after my Pilates Workout!!!!

Now I’m enjoying my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Cucumber Juice.

In between my Juice and Smoothie, I’ve been snacking on these Garden Herb Triscuits.

Monday Menu Garden Herb Triscuit

Monday Menu Garden Herb Triscuit

Ingredients:

Whole Grain Soft White Winter Wheat

Soybean Oil,

Onion Powder

Salt

Cornstarch

Dehydrated Carrot

Parsley

Autolyzed Yeast Extract

Garlic Powder

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I didn’t get to go to Pilates this morning, because Mike needed the car for business. So instead, I got ready and weighed myself and I registered at 162lbs.

I think that was good, for all the deviations I took from the eating plan. I was actually expecting to be heavier… but I will take 162lbs. So over all, I lost 10lbs in the 14 days of eating the foods prescribed in the Hallelujah Acres 14 Day Menu Plan.

Already this morning I did have my Breakfast of 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz glass of distilled water.

Mid Morning 8oz Carrot, Celery, Cucumber Juice

30 Minute 1Tsp Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz glass of distilled water

Lunch is still open for discussion. It turns out, we went to Olive Garden for lunch and I ordered the Soup & Salad. For the Soup I had the Minestrone. But I indulged so much on the salad, I was fool and couldn’t even get to the soup. So I brought that home.

We didn’t get home until late, so I wasn’t able to do my Mid Afternoon Juice nor the 1Tsp of Barley Max Powder with 4-8oz glass of Distilled Water.

I actually forgot to do that before we left again(I was so tired and hungry I didn’t want to make anything.!) for dinner. We stopped off at the Chicken Out place up the street at the Potomac Village where I had a Vegetable Salad Wrap. It was a solid Raw meal, except for the dressing they used. It was a Creamy Honey Mustard. I didn’t even know you were given a dressing or for that matter I wasn’t even asked what kind I wanted..!!! Sooooooo. Anyway!

 Then Mike also ordered a Baked Sweet Potato and a Regular Baked Potato and I had some of each too. After we came home I did make the Barley Max and drank it after dinner. But before the Fruit Smoothie I made.

Monday Menu Fruit Smoothie

Monday Menu Fruit Smoothie

Fruit Smoothie:

Ingredients:

Handfull of Grapes

1Cup of Pineapple, Chopped

1/4 Apple

1Cup of Watermelon

1/4 Banana

1Tsp Lime Juice

2Cups Ice

2Tbps. Agave Nectar

Directions: Add ingredients in order, Turn Vita Mix on and move speed to 10 and then switch variable to II until you get the desired consistancy.

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The day started off well enough. I took a 7am Pilates Class and came home with quite a sweet build up… it was an intense hour long session.

When I came home I looked at the Book for the ingredients I needed for the menu:

Breakfast: 1tsp Barley Max Powder mix with 4-8oz Distilled Water

Mid Morning 8oz Juice Carrot, Apple, Broccoli Juice.

HINT: Broccoli contains a great amount of beta carotene as well as many other valuable nutrients that make it a powerful cancer-fighting food. Apples are the only fruit that can be used with either fruits or vegetables.

I went ahead and packed a bag with the Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice of Carrot, Cabbage, Celery Juice and a bottle of premixed Barley Max Powder for lunch.

Lunch: Nectarines until satisfied… but I didn’t have any at home so I made Mike stop at a Whole Foods while we were out. Mike wanted to drive over to Annapolis for the day and have lunch out there at the Marriott Hotels Restaurant on the Harbor. 

Annapolis Harbor & Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis Harbor & Chesapeake Bay

Before we even got to Annapolis, I had the Barley Max and the Nectarines… and I still felt hungry. So at the restaurant, I ordered this green salad and put Olive Oil and Vinegar on as dressing. I was quite big, so I unfortunately ate about half of the salad… munching on the Cucumbers, Carrots, Onions and Tomatoes mixed in there.

Thursday Menu Green Salad

Thursday Menu Green Salad

 Mid Afternoon 8oz Juice Carrot, Cabbage, Celery was on the road…. and it tasted really strong!

HINT: If your system is acidic this juice may cause you to feel gassy.

At home… I had my 1tsp Barley Max Powder 30 minutes before dinner.

Then I started preparing the menu for dinner… It had been a while since I made the Lentil, Barley Stew (both Mike and I love) so it was exciting. Along with the Lentil Stew I made a Broccoli Mix.

Thursday Menu Broccoli Mix

Thursday Menu Broccoli Mix

Broccoli Mix:

Ingredients:

2Cups Broccoli Florets

1Medium Tomato, cubed

1Red bell Pepper, sliced

1Cup Cucumber

1Sweet Onion

1Stalk of Celery

Directions: Wash vegetables, cut broccoli florets, cube tomato and slice red pepper. Peel and chop cucumber, chop onion fine, dice celery then combine.

Prepare a dressing: 1 peeled medium tomato in the blender, adding 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds and blending until creamy. To serve, make  a bed of fresh leaf lettuce greens, add a layer of vegetables, top with fresh dressing and add a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Thursday Menu Lentil, Barley Stew

Thursday Menu Lentil, Barley Stew

Lentil, Barley Stew:

Ingredients:

14oz Dried Lentils

1Medium Onion

2Stalks of Celery

3Cups fresh Tomatoes

1/2Cup Barley

1/2Tsp Cumin

4Cups Vegetable Soup Stock

2Cloves Garlic

4Medium Carrots

1Tsp Dried Rosemary

1/2Tsp Oregano

Celtic Salt

Directions: Peel and dice tomatoes, chop carrots and minced garlic. Dice celery and onion. In a soup stock pan, bring lentils, barley, onion, garlic, celery, carrots and vegetable stock to a boil, reduce heat to lowest temperature, cover, and simmer for 35 minutes. Add the tomatoes and seasonings, cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes longer or until the lentils are tender.

It was soooo good… and I’m wondering now, why I hadn’t made the stew before NOW!!!!

Grape Snack

Grape Snack

For a dessert, I had some Dark Grapes and that hit the spot.

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To wind up my slacker eating habits.. Sunday I kept the food intake to a minimum, knowing what I was going to embark on Monday.

After I missed massed this Sunday morning.. the three of us went into D.C. for some history and to enjoy the day. I walked down Pennsylvania Ave along the white house lawn and was taken aback by the traditional beauty there. Then walked across the street to check out Jackson’s statue in the park.

We headed over to Virginia to Tysons Mall to check out the new movie “Date Night”. It was a blast…. love those two actors, Tina Fey and Steve Carrell.

Then afterwards, we headed over to Olive Garden Restaurant for my usual Minestrone Soup and Salad. I had one serving of each and was fully satisfied with it.

Then for a little dessert Sunday night I made a

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry & Banana Smoothie

Strawberry, Banana, Apple Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 Banana

6 Strawberries

1 Apple

Directions: Peel Banana and place into Vita-Mix. Wash and cut Strawberries and Apple… I peeled the  apple because that’s hot  I like to eat it. Mix all fruits and blend on Variable II, gradually moving power to 10 until desired consistancy.


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After last night’s fried fishplate at the clubhouse down the street, this morning I needed to do some work. So I went to a Pilate’s class at the local gym this morning (Wednesday).  I can’t find any Pilates studio with reformer machines here in Palm Coast. Infact, Yesterday I was looking for a Pilate’s studio and went into the gym for a tour of their facilities. I got the schedule for pilates classes and today was the first class I took. It was good, but nothing like Potomac Pilates.

Afterwards, I went running around and met up with a friend for lunch. I did really well and had the Apple, Cranberry Spinach Salad with a vinegarette dressing. I did indulge though in two pieces of cherry bread.

For dinner, we went to Carrabba’s Restaurant in St. Augustine. That’s about 30 miles north of our house in Palm Coast. I didn’t feel like cooking, nor did Mike so that’s what we did. It was happy hour when we got there, so I had the house Pinot Grigio.

Carrabba's Fried Zucchini

Carrabba's Fried Zucchini

Then the waitperson suggested Fried Zucchini Strips so we tried it. And they were sooooo good.  I ordered a Mediterranean Salad with no cheese and Mike and I split the Penne Franco.  Penne Pasta with Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato with Olive Oil and Seasonings. A lot like the Rigatoni Martino that used to be on the menu. 

 

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While I was running around, I took my juice and drank it all while I was out. And by the time I got home(12.30pm) I was starving. So I had visions on eating my Vegetable Salad from last night, but Mike made something too.

Vegetable Salad Lunch

Vegetable Salad Lunch

He noticed a couple of Yellow Squash had been sitting in the Vegetable Tray for a while(I had every intention of making something with them today or tomorrow.!)

Roasted Eggplant

Roasted Eggplant

So he roasted them up outside in his Coleman Grill with Olive Oil. And while he was at it, he did the same with a couple of Eggplant we transported from Maryland to Florida.

Roasted Yellow Squash

Roasted Yellow Squash

So I had a couple of pieces of each on a Whole Grain Wheat slice along with my Vegetable Salad. I went into the refrigerator and realized we didn’t have any Hummus, so I put a Roasted Raspberry Chipotle on the bread with the roasted veggies…Yum! Yum! Yum!

Then I took my Banana Orange Plum Smoothie from last night and have been drinking on that ever since.

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

Banana Orange Plum Smoothie

I will soon have to get up to get my Carrot Celery Apple Spinach Juice to drink before dinner.

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This morning I got up and looked outside the window and saw the rain… thought there go my walking plans. All day today, the forescast says it’s supposed to rain.  So I will have to figure out something else for a workout.!!!

But until then, I made my Juice in my VitaMix Juicer.:

Carrot Juice:

Ingredients:

 4 Carrots

 4 Celery

2 Handfulls of Spinach

1 Apple 

Directions:

Cleaned and Chopped up Vegetables, add water and ice. Turn on VitaMix on Variable 1 and turn up speed to 10 and mix for 1minute or until desired consistancy.

Barley Max Mix

Barley Max Mix

Then I went ahead and pulled the Barley Max container out of the cupboard and mixed a glass of water with 1 spoonful of the powder.

What Is Barley Max??

BarleyMax is a barley juice product, which is grown from specially selected seeds on fields that are certified organic in a pristine area of the USA.

Alfalfa juice is blended with the barley juice to optimize the nutritional values and achieve the highest macro and trace mineral content possible.

WHY  CHOOSE BARLEY MAX?

BarleyMax has a balanced and richer amount of macro minerals and trace minerals. Higher mineral content gives more cofactors for higher enzyme activity and building blocks for the living cells, tissues and organs of the body.

Vitamin Content – Tests and research indicate higher vitamin content in BarleyMax. This may be due to growing conditions, but also to lower heat and oxygen exposure during processing.

Antioxidant Capacity – Green drink powders are a rich source of antioxidants. In a measure of total antioxidant capacity, this product is the leading green drink juice powder. Levels of beta-carotene are highly dependent on storage time and light exposure.

Looks Fresh – BarleyMax is green. When mixed BarleyMax has a deep, rich green color. Even if it sits on the counter for a while, it does not separate. This indicates true solubility. It mixes easily and stays mixed.

No Maltodextrin – Though we have believed for years that maltodextrin preserves the sensitive nutrients from damage, our recent laboratory tests indicate that this product, over a year old, without maltodextrin, still has most of the enzymatic activity remaining. This is also good news for those who believe they are sensitive to Maltodextrin.

No Brown Rice and Kelp – BarleyMax is a pure juice product whose mineral and micro mineral values are as good if not better without the use of these additional ingredients. No MLM – What more can you say? This is just a straight purchase. You get what you pay for. You will actually get a better product, more servings, and a lower price. It’s simply a great deal.

Tastes Fresh – BarleyMax tastes fresh. The flavor is full of vitality and has an aroma of freshly squeezed juice. If you put BarleyMax juice, beside the freshly squeezed juice, you will have a difficult time telling the juices apart.

BarleyMax Nutritional Content Trace Minerals:

BarleyMax contains 100% organically grown barley juice concentrate and a small amount of enzyme-rich and nutrient-dense alfalfa. Alfalfa plants have roots that reach deep into the earth, drawing out precious trace minerals that are not found in other grasses. Enzymes are the life force of raw foods.

As we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes weakens resulting in poor digestion and elimination leading to acute health issues and chronic illness. We can conserve our enzyme potential by utilizing raw foods rich in enzymes.

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