Ready, Set…Go! Time to Make Summer Plans

Yesterday was a busy and fun day. First, a friend made me (it was 20 degrees out) run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (more than once) while our children did a great soccer program called Junior Academy at Boston College. My friend was so nice and encouraging that I didn’t feel bad that I was probably slowing her down (okay, definitely slowing her down).

After the session we went to the Teen Life Fair at the Mall at Chestnut Hill and so at least 20 neighbors and friends. What a tremendous resource for teens for community service, camps, internships and more. It was fun to connect with people and organizations that we know and learn about new places and opportunities. The Melanoma Foundation of New England had a table with a small covered apparatus that showed sun damage to your face. Umm, yeah. I think I need to make an appointment with my derm (Krauss Dermatology) who, coincidentally, is donating $1 for each Facebook like to their page to the Melanoma Foundation of New England. I know! Small world! I got a pencil and a nice lip balm and the girls took the no tan pledge (it may have helped that I let them see the amount of sun damage to my face in the screening area). You are welcome, girls. Everyone else, do something easy and good – Go like this page on Facebook – Krauss Dermatology. You did? Great, many thanks!

I saw so many people I knew there – like Lauri Meizler of Joos –  I got a nice and much needed pick-me-up from the Green Lemonade (I’ve tried them all – and once upon a time even did the cleanse).

Other great organizations there included The New England Baptist Hospital, REI, The Munroe Center for the Arts, Land’s Sake Farm and the Enviromental Science Program (known as Envi Sci) of Newton.

Teen Life partnered with several companies to make this event happen and the goodie bags were wonderful (each had a sample of Coach perfume, a lip balm and a YA fiction book) and were just right for holding all the paperwork and great information. Wonderful event – many thanks to all!

I did the Joos cleanse for five days and loved it.

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photo from max ultimate

What? Are you rubbing your eyes in disbelief? I really did. I liked the energy that I had and that I did not once have heartburn and that I was incredibly mindful of the food I chose to eat.  I did keep to the cleanse through Day chewy lou designs tshirts5 and was willing to go through the weekend but a dinner party too good to be true (food was by Max Ultimate – see photo)  landed in my path and I am so glad I went and ate. Funnily enough,  I didn’t eat my usual quantities and hope the hostess did not think me rude, or worse, someone with body dimorphism. Everything was delicious and perfect from the seared tuna bites on kumquats and the chicken dumplings with truffle oil to the perfect halibut and short ribs and perfect peach cobbler.

This week I am back to normal-ish…the after effects of the cleanse (even my shortened one) have made me more aware of my food choices and as a forty-something year old, that is a very good thing. I did buy more roasted seaweed (since everyone else spit it out at first taste, I should have it all to myself and some other goodies introduced to me on the Joos ™ site. It is, however, June, the month when all activities ramp up by about 1000 percent. All are great but the sheer quantity is overwhelming. I am going to do the cleanse again this summer for the suggested 7 days and wean myself off caffeine first. Stay tuned.

Joos – Day 5 – getting it right

Yesterday, six sweet little containers of Joos™ were on my doorstep – such bounty! The company started the delivery service in this area and is also available in gyms and yoga studios locally at Joos™  Depots. Perfect. Have a great workout and grab one to go. Even when I’m not doing the cleanse, I will still want this juice, it is such a great and easy way to get your veggies – although I eat a fairly healthy diet, there is no way I am getting the recommended amount of veggies every day (the recommended amount of chocolate, no problem).  I feel great today -although still hanging on to my tea – my body isn’t ready to lose that yet. Started with watermelon, a spoon of peanut butter (honey roasted) and a Joos™. It promises to be a busy day – soccer, Newton North’s Bringing Down The House and a dinner party. will I manage to keep my cleanse when out? Stay tuned to see if I can or if I cave.

Here is something cool I read on the Joos™ blog:

“Eat Your Weedies” Artlicle in Oprah Magazine: Guess what? These powerhouses are in JOOS!

I was very excited to see in the June edition of Oprah Magazine (p. 97) the article entitled “Eat Your Weedies.” Finally, the truth about our little powerhouses growing right before our eys in our front lawns is finally revealed! In fact, the article says, some of these wile greens “are so nutritious, they can make spinach look like iceburg lettuce.”

Why am I happy to see this? As people who JOOS know, we’ve been adding these wild greens to your JOOS, from chicory, to dandelion greens to even purslane.

JOOS is committed to deliver to you the most nutrient rich, fresh juice that changes with the seasons. This is why many people who drink JOOS experience reduced allergy symptoms, colds and flu.

JOOS is admittedly an acquired taste for people who have highly acidic diets, which to me is sad because it shows how much they’ve grown away from what we’re intended to eat.

The good news is that, after a couple days on JOOS, most people adjust and actually start liking the taste, because their bodies are craving the nutrients.

Here is a recipe from

Dandelion greens are packed with nutrients(vitamin E and iron) and are available both in ethnic markets and your own backyard. Blanching and combining them with tamari and ginger tames their natural bitterness.

Servings: Serves 4–6


Gingered Dandelion Greens

  • 1 bunch (about 1 pound) dandelion greens
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion , sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 3 ounces shiitake mushrooms , sliced
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. tamari or dark soy sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


Notes: You may substitute wild spinach for the dandelion greens; if you do, there is no need to trim and blanch the spinach, and you can begin by heating the olive oil in a large skillet.

Wash dandelion greens and cut off tough stems.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Immerse greens for 1 minute; remove to a colander and run under cold water. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add onion and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes.

Add garlic and mushrooms; cook 4 minutes more.

Stir in reserved greens, ginger, and tamari. Cook 3 minutes, then remove from heat.

Add lemon juice; serve.

The Joos Cleanse – Day 3 and 4

Well, Day 3 started at an obscenely early hour as I readied for a field trip with a 5:45 am drop off time. I also did not sleep well…Anyway – despite being in dire need of caffeine, I tried the suggested hot water with lemon (instead of my usual tea) and half an hour late had my first Joos™.  This was followed by a bowl of  dry Barbara’s Oat cereal and a banana.

I had a fairly substantial headache all morning (the Joos™ literature mentioned that caffeine withdrawal may cause headaches so I was somewhat prepared) but then a kind  friend suggested I cave on the caffeine and made me a cup of black tea and soon I  felt tremendously better. Not ready to go cold turkey, I guess.

Joos™ around two p.m. and some snack items – hummus – crackers and veggies. Delish. For dinner I had brown rice pasta and a simple red sauce – very good. The Joos™ booklet has great recipes but I am – so far – just going with prepared veggie stuff from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and it has all been wonderful.

I felt great with good energy until late in the day despite the early wake up and I slept really well –  for a change!

Day 4 is a breeze. Maybe it is mental, maybe because I do start the day with tea (with soy milk as a treat, I know, I know, living the dream).  I have some dry cereal and watermelon for breakfast and am off for the day. I turn down an offer to go for a frozen yogurt without a twinge of regret. I have Joos™ with me and drink it over the course of the morning, Lunch is golden beet salad with celery and onions from Whole Foods which is surprisingly delicious. I tried on dresses today and felt slimmer (whether I am or not is up for debate). I do also feel lighter and clearer today, still glad for the am cup of tea but not discounting that it is what is in the Joos™.

Dinner will be a red quinoa salad and more delicious beets and a veggie mix. I am making burgers for the family and may or may not have one (they are small, sliders actually) and look great. This may be in gross violation of the cleanse, do you think?  Today is easier because I am casually incorporating it into my day instead of it being the focus. I am making healthy choices and totally discounting the usual suspects of consumption…now don’t get all jealous on me but I did get some kickin’ looking vegan cookies at the market…dare to dream.Joos brochure and bottle with veggie

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