Day 10….garlic breath

Day 10 – Replaced lemon water with a shot of hot water and juiced fresh lemon and ginger…wow! Meditation, three jars of juice and a little serendipity.

Today I sat down in biology lecture next to a gal after my own heart.  Along with her books, pencil and notepads she pulled out a mason jar filled with bright pink juice. There we sat, science geeks and produce fanatics.  We had but a few minutes to swap juice recipes before we had to start class but in that time she shared a great little recipe with me that seems to be a family favorite. So, now I pass it onto you.

Pink Flamingo


1 beet

1 orange

1 grapefruit

Then blend with 1/4 cup dry gluten-free oatmeal and 1/2 cup almond or coconut yogurt

There you have it, a brilliant pink smoothie, and fun for everyone.

Now, onto stinkier issues…a funny little problem was brought up today about dealing with bad breath.  Many of us are consuming a lot of raw garlic, onions, etc. which can leave us feeling less that comfortable with intimate conversations or work meetings. Most gum and breath mints are chalked full of artificial sweeteners and chemicals.  Also, when you chew gum you produce enzymes for digestion which should be conserved for digesting and not chewing gum. It seems that xylitol gum is all the rage right now and is even thought to prevent cavities but I don’t trust it at all.  It seems like one of those trends that will be all the rage this year and then blamed for cancer next year.  So, here are some natural solutions…this is a quote from a longer article on

“The most obvious of these is fresh mint … just a leaf or two will delight a sour mouth. Then too, the spicy-flowery qualities of coriander and cardamom make them excellent breath sweeteners as is mace when the seeds are chewed or held in the mouth for several minutes.

Anise seeds’ licorice-like flavor is delicious and works well, too. Chew them slowly, as has been prescribed and done ever since the Middle Ages. Or munch on small pieces of angelica root. Legend states that its users will be blessed with angelic qualities (how’s that for a bonus?).

Finally, there’s that super-spicy odor-eater, the clove, which was called the “chickentongue spice” in ancient China because one of the Han emperors required his courtiers to hold cloves under their tongues while in his presence, giving them a “chickeny” look.

We all like kissing-sweet breath, and the spice rack or the garden can come to our aid in a fine, natural, and economical way. After all, “a penny saved … “!”
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I love the idea of chewing on some fresh mint.  So, next time you are at the store and go for the gum, run to the produce or spice department instead.


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