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La Sirena Grill

We don't go out to eat much because I love cooking at home.  I know what is in my meals, and I try to buy organic as often as I can but when we do go out, we try to find restaurants that serve organic foods, grassfed beef, and chicken that is organic as well.

One of our great finds lately is La Sirena Grill

(The Following descriptions were taken directly off the the La Sirena Grill website) The original La Sirena Grill is located slightly off the beaten path in downtown Laguna Beach, California. Reminiscent of a hole in the wall in old Mexico, seating is limited to a few barstools and handful of tables and benches. This location offers the finest in sidewalk dining and take-out service, and they offer breakfast.

The South Laguna location is conveniently located on Coast Highway across from the exclusive Montage Resort and Spa in Laguna Beach, California. The casual atmosphere and peak-a-boo ocean view make this a favorite spot for locals and out-of-towners alike to relax with a taco and cold beer after a day at the beach. This location offers dine-in as well as take-out service and has ample seating both inside and out.

(One of our favorites because of the great outside seating is) La Sirena Grill’s third location brings contemporary-Mexican flavor to the rustic elegance of the Orchard Hills Village Center in Irvine, California. The recycled wood furnishings and whimsical wall treatments create a charming dining atmosphere. Additional seating is available in the center’s open-air patio. This location offers a casual dining experience as well as convenient take-out service.

Their 4th location is in the Plaza El Segundo shopping center. La Sirena Grill & Cantina is their full-service concept with a inviting dining area, glowing fire wall in the open-air patio, and premium tequila bar featuring our signature drinks, beers, and tequilas. Making it a great place to meet friends and family.

We love, love, love their food.  You will not be disappointed!  The salads are huge, and worth every penny.  Bean Burritos, Tacos, beans, rice, nachos, and the guacamole and salsas are to die for. Here is a link to their menus.
If you are in any of these areas, please be sure to drop in.

Finished 10 Day Cleanse

Well we finished our cleanse.  I didn't write day to day because there wasn't much to tell.  I really thought there would be much more activity going on, but everything was normal.  I'm sure we may be a bit healthier, but no noteable change.  Eddie lost 5 lbs., and I lost 1 lb.  I guess we are a little disappointed, and really want to look into a really good cleanse. 
I will research that, and bring up at a later date
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Perfect Cleanse...cont.

Cleansing is very important for your digestive system.  Toxin load builds up from exposure to the air, water, and food.  Excess toxins can make you feel lethargic, tired, run down and can impact your health negatively.  It's also important for absorption of nutrients into your body.  I picked Garden of Life Perfect Cleanse because its Organic, gentle and convenient with a 10 day program. 
So this is the third evening, and our full second day.  I don't want to get too graphic, but lets just say we both had a very eventful day as far as bowel movements go.  Nothing  that looked out of the ordinary like I have read from other cleanses just very eventfull.  This is only the second full day though. 
I'll be reporting tomorrow...stay tuned!
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Perfect Cleanse

We decided to start a 10 day cleanse, and we started yesterday.  In case anyone is thinking about starting a cleanse, I thought I would blog our little journey.  We are using "Garden of Life."  I know there are several cleanses out there, but I love the Garden of Life vitamins and probiotics so I thought we would try their cleanse.
There are 3 steps.  Purify, Capture, and Remove.  They are all taken at night.  The 3 purify pills are taken a half hour before dinner, the capture you drink a half hour after dinner, and the Remove is 3 pills before you go to sleep. 
Monday, our first evening we followed all our steps.  Our first full day was normal.  There was nothing unusual. 
Tuesday evening we are just experiencing a little stomach gurgle, and maybe a little gas.  We have taken our 3 steps tonight.  Nothing really to report.  The instructions say there will not be much movement until the third day.
See you back here tomorrow night for our update.
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Green Smoothies

I always felt that drinking your fruits and vegetables in a smoothie were far more nutritious than juicing from all the research I have read. Thus I use my vita-mix every morning! Juices are not a complete food; humans could not live on juices alone. Very often juices have unbalanced amounts of sugar. Contrary to juices, green smoothies are a complete food.

Has anyone ever heard of The Raw Family?? They are doing a great work getting the word out about drinking your fruits and vegetables. They have quite a testimony. Their book, "Green for Life" has great information, and "Green Smoothie Revolution "  
Here are some great points for drinking smoothies:

1. Green smoothies are very nutritious. The ratio in them is optimal for human consumption; about 60% ripe organic fruit mixed with about 40% organic greens.

2. Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended well, most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the valuable nutrients easy for the body to assimilate. Green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth.

3. Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still have fiber. Consuming fiber is important for our elimination system. Remember when you are drinking your smoothie it is as if you are eating a is raw food

4. Green smoothies belong to the most palatable dishes for all humans of all ages. With a ratio of fruits to veggies as 60:40 the fruit taste dominates the flavor, yet at the same time the greens balance out the sweetness of the fruit, adding a nice zest to it. People who eat a standard American diet enjoy the taste of green smoothies. They are usually quite surprised that something so green could taste so nice.

5. A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood. According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion. Many people do not consume enough greens, even those who stay on a raw food diet. By drinking two or three cups of green smoothies daily you will consume enough greens for the day to nourish your body, and all of the beneficial nutrients will be well assimilated.
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