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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


My Diet Update

Some of you have asked about my Juicing diet.  So, I've been juicing for a month now.  I think it has gone pretty well.  My biggest lesson learned?  I really don't need to eat so much food.  I eat a light breakfast of toast, fruit (usually blueberries), tea/coffee at around 8:30 a.m.  Then around 10:30 I have my morning juice, which usually has another fruit in it.  I'll have a little lunch around 12:30 p.m., with another juice at 2:30 or 3:30 p.m.  Dinner around 5:30/6:00 p.m. usually consists of a salad with some protein.  So, it is not a lot of food, and I never eat after dinner. But, I have to say that I feel great!  All the aches and pains I had before juicing (primarily in my lower back and hips/legs) are no longer present.  I also have absolutely no indigestion or heartburn issues at all.  Those issues were resolved once I stopped eating wheat/gluten products.

Looking back in pictures, I can see a very big difference in my appearance.  This pictures was taken in 2010, shortly after arriving home with Ivy.  I looked puffy.  But, it was also before I knew about the wheat/gluten problem, which caused me to retain fluid.

Now, I eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables and some raw nuts and lean protein.  It consists of celery, kale, cucumbers, apples, lemons, carrots, cabbage every single day.  I feel better and sleep better.  I'm fitting into clothes that I've not worn in quite a few years.  Since this picture, I've lost a bit of weight, too.  That is always a plus!

(photographs compliments of Eva)

Who knew that a change in diet could have such a big impact on how I felt?  I've always heard it, but never realized it until I actually made the change.

8 kind words:


You look wonderful! I'm so glad that the juicing is working for you.

Love for Lilly Yin

Awesome! I need to do that mentioned you were eating toast for breakfast. What brand of bread are you using for GF?
Are you following a plan?


So glad to hear you feel great, and you look great too!


I just knew you looked like you lost weight in pictures you posted not long ago about your hair cut. I almost commented but didn't. Well now I shall because you do look great! It is amazing how much our food effects us! I am a huge believer in eating right, (although we do have desserts) but many cakes I make are gluten free and only made with fruit sugar. Kids can't tell a difference! You keep it up and share any great recipes with the rest of us!!

Martha @ Berrybliz

congratulations...lookin' good.


Looking GREAT! Dan recently went out and purchased one of these juicers too, without knowing about your experience. We could use some recipes that taste good...amounts I mean. We had about every veggie blended with a whole lemon and apple and all we tasted was lemon/celery and it was gross! Please pass on some of your favorites...Dan wants to start tomorrow!!! Good for you, Cheri! I'm happy for you!!!


Keep up the great work, Cheri. I'm so happy that you're feeling better!!!

O.T. Can I just say, "WOW!!! To Ivy's hair!!! It's so L-O-N-G!!!"

Football and Fried Rice

You're loving it?! You look great! My mom gave me a juicer - I really need to break it out!

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