Thursday, April 17, 2014

Celebrating 57 (1957 was a good year)

1957 was a good year


Cost of Living 1957 (SOURCE:

How Much things cost in 1957
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34% Yearly Inflation Rate UK 3.3% Average Cost of new house $12,220.00 Average Monthly Rent $90.00 Average Yearly Wages $4.550.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 24 cents Bacon per pound 60 cents Eggs per dozen28 cents HI FI Portable Record Player $79.95 Children's Shoes $5.95
Below are some Prices for UK guides in Pounds Sterling
Average House Price 2,330 Average Wages 600

1957 saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai", and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard". The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws  
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 Life is too short to be anything but happy! Come dance with me celebrating 57 years of life Sunday, April 20th (Yes, it's Easter Sunday). Firewater Bar & Grill - 6521 John R Street (at Milwaukee) 7pm - 11pm Champagne & Dessert 313-872-0812

Yours in health & wealth!
Dr. Velonda 

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 19

Day 19
Fasting is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substances. In spite of the busy lives that we live, I think we can all benefit from a weekend fast at least once a month. Always remember to consult your physician when considering extended fasting.

My refrigerator always has an assortment of greens (Kale, Spinach and Swiss Chard). Almost always my freezer is stocked with bananas and and assortment of berries (Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries).
Armed with my Magic bullet, today's smoothie is a combination of Kale-Banana-Pineapple-Strawberries

 Bananas are a caloric dense fruit, translating into lots of energy without weight gain worries. Bananas are a good source of potassium and magnesium which aid in maintaining normal blood pressure and are heart protective.     Read more: Health Benefits of Bananas / Nutritional Facts of Banana | Medindia

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 18

Day 18 is a day of ginger

GINGER POWER (Blueberries, ginger, banana, applejuice)

In India this wonder spice has the status of a virtual medicine chest. with it's time-tested, digestion-friendly properties and a host of other health benefits. 

 Benefits of Ginger

* Hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices.

*Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.

* Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tend to flare up from time to time.

For more benefits visit

Whole Foods Market (Mack & John R - Detroit, MI) Smoothie Menu includes a great array of "Motown Blends", "Custom Blends" along with flax seed and chia seed add-ons!

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

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21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 17

Day 17 took me back to Whole Foods Market smoothie bar

KALE KICK START  is a great way to start the day (kale, blueberries, grapes, banana, pineapple juice). Kale has been dubbed "the queen of greens", it is among the most highly nutritious vegetables. It is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins C, vitamin B6, and manganese; with only 20 calories. A top choice for fasting, kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

READY SET REVIVE   is great for the afternoon pick-up (strawberry, mango, banana, apple, carrot juice)

In addition to vitamin C, strawberries are an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is essential for maintaining healthy bone structure, absorbing calcium, creating enzymes that build bone and a host of other benefits, including proper functioning of your sex hormones.
Considering the growth in the 65+ population, aging issues come to mind, particularly neurological concerns. According to researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, in a study published in the Annals of Neurology, strawberries (and other berries) can delay cognitive impairments by up to 2.5 years. [SOURCE:]

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda                                      TWITTER: #drvelonda            FACEBOOK: Be-fit, Inc

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 16

Day 16
VegMichigan presented thier annual VegFest vegan Tastefest at the Suburban Collection showplace in Novi, Michigan; which made it very easy to fill-up on liquid goodness.

My favorite vendor booth was  Hut-k Nutrilicious 734-786-8312 from Ann Arbor, MI with their great array of delicious juices:

 BEETs-ME-Gin (Beets, ginger, lime & dates), great for lowering blood pressure.

THE POWER OF 7 (Spinach, kale,swiss chard, dates, limes, pineapple and coconut milk); great source for  antioxidant, vitamins, minerals, amino acids,phytonutrients and anti-inflammatory nutrients. You have heard me say it before - green inside is clean inside! This smoothie has all my favorite greens in one drink.

If you're looking for fiber, potassium, or copper, look no further than dates. The nutritional value of dates would come from their high content of carbohydrate and dietary fiber; which most Americans do not get enough in their diets. A 1/4 cup of dates, which is considered 1 serving of fruit, has approximately 4 grams of fiber.

Visit  for more ideas

Yours in health!
Dr. Velonda                          TWITTER: #drvelonda           FACEBOOK: Be-fit, Inc

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 15

Day 15 is totally dedicated to fruit smoothies made from:

 Bananas                    Mangos



You may have heard that juicing is better for you than is eating whole fruits and vegetables because your body can absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from working on fiber. Make no mistake, your body needs the fiber, but if you have been challenged to eat recommended levels of fruit (and vegetables), juicing will help you reach the minimum daily recommendations easily Research has shown that juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight.

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda              TWITTER: #drvelonda        FACEBOOK: Be-fit, Inc

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 14

I have found that I am most successful fasting when I plan ahead.  However, the list of restaurants and and cozy spots catering to plant based eaters continues to grow in the Detroit area.

The Golden Gate Cafe has a great menu of beverages including the RED DRAGON smoothie I had for breakfast (strawberries, cranberry, cherry, hibiscus, lemon, banana, red apples, apple cider) and a TROPICAL smoothie for lunch (banana, mango, pineapple, apple cider).

Apples are a good source of vitamin C and fiber. In one large study, post-menopausal women who had the highest levels of flavonoids in their blood were least likely to die from cardiovascular disease. (SOURCE: )

 When it comes to antioxidant content, hibiscus beats out green tea; loaded with iron, beta carotene, potassium and vitamin C. "The fruit acids in hibiscus may work like a laxative. Some researchers think that other chemicals in hibiscus might be able to lower blood pressure; decrease spasms in the stomach, intestines and uterus; and work like antibiotics to kill bacteria and worms." (SOURCE:

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda              TWITTER: #drvelonda        FACEBOOK: Be-fit, Inc

Friday, April 11, 2014

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 13

DAY 13

CARROT ORANGE APPLE BEET juice the first half of the day (Don't forget the water!)
 Spring has sprung! Just as when fall changes to winter, transition between season calls for extra vitamin C!

What is fasting and why should I do it?

Some fast for weight loss and/or detoxing purposes. Some call fasting a spiritual discipline. It is often connected with prayer, Bible study and meditation. Unger's Bible Dictionary explains that the word fast in the Bible is from the Hebrew word sum, meaning "to cover" the mouth, or from the Greek word nesteuo , meaning "to abstain." For spiritual purposes, it means to go without eating and drinking.  SOURCE:

Another favorite Detroit spot for not only raw juices but also great smoothies and delectable vegetarian and vegan meals if the Golden Gate Cafe (18700 Woodward Ave). DAY 13 dinner is the GREEN DRAGON smoothie (green apples, spirulina, blue green algae, spinach, green tea, pine bark extract, bananas and apple cider).

Spirulina is a blue-green algae used as a nutritional supplement. Blue-green algae, which are microscopic fresh-water organisms , derive their color from the green pigment of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the compound in plants that converts the energy from the sun into food for the plants. Chlorophyll's chemical structure is similar to human blood; which is why consuming chlorophyll can boost hemoglobin levels, improve blood circulation and increase energy.SOURCE:

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 12

Today's menu includes veggie/fruit smoothie and veggie juice. Day 12 started with a MEGA MIXED FRUIT GREEN smoothie (spinach, kale, carrots, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, mango, cherries) and ended with CARROT BEET CUCUMBER juice.

Cherries are fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free as well as a good source of fiber, vitamin C and packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants.

Kale is one of my top choices for smoothies. Remember green inside is clean inside! Kale is among the most highly nutritious vegetables. It is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins C and B6, and manganese.
Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body's detoxification system; which is why it is a popular component of detox diets and fast.

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 11

Smoothies are a great way to have a nutrient dense meal breakfast lunch or dinner. Day 11 kicks off with a PEACHY BANANA GREEN smoothie (spinach, carrots, peaches, banana, apple and ginger root).

 Peaches are low calorie, contains fiber and is also a good source of vitamins A and C.
Ginger has a long history of being know to possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas and a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract.

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 10

Day 10 kicked off with an APPLE CHERRY GREEN smoothie (spinach, carrots, apple, cherries, mango) from Drink Green ( Day 10 dinner was CARROT BEET CUCUMBER juice and lots of water!

Mangoes are good for the health of our bodies. They help digestion because they are rich in fiber. Here's a list of 10 health benefits:

1. Prevent Cancer
Research shows antioxidant compounds in mangoes protect the body against the risk of colon cancer, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Compounds in mangoes role in preventing cancer is quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat.

2. Lowering Cholesterol
Tinnginya fiber, pectin and vitamin C in mango help lower blood cholesterol levels.

3. Brighten Skin
Compounds in mango are able to clean your pores and remove acne on the skin. Can be used both internally and externally to the skin.

4. Healthy Eyes
A cup of mango supplies 25 percent of the daily value of vitamin A as needed. Therefore, consumption of mango both for clarity of vision and prevent dry eyes.

5. Meet the Needs of Alkaline
Tartaric acid, malic acid, and citric acid in these fruits helps keep the body's alkaline reserve.

6. Normalize Insulin Levels
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so eating mango harmless for your sugar levels.

7. For better sex
Mangoes are rich in vitamin E. Despite popular relationship between sex and vitamin E was originally created by generalizing the study in mice, further research showed intake of mangoes can help increase sex drive.

8. For Healthy Digestion
Mango contains gallic acid which is very good for the digestive tract. The content of the enzyme present in mangoes can also help the process of digestion and also helps breakdown protein. In addition, it is also able to prevent constipation and soothes the stomach.

9. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums,
This is because mangoes contain vitamin C, which has the function to maintain and trigger healthy teeth and gums. Vitamin C can also help absorb iron and can inhibit the production of natrosamin, a substance that can cause cancer.

10. Immune Booster
The amount of vitamin C and vitamin A sufficient, plus 25 types of carotenoids in mango helps keep your immune system healthy and strong.


Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 9

Day 9 of the juice fast journey features another delicious smoothie from Drink Green ~~~~~~~ STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE (Baby spinach, kale, carrots, strawberries, pineapple and banana).

Fresh pineapple contains protein, fiber, sugars, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium,  B vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K. There is plenty of vitamin C in pineapple and its juice is a source of an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has some anti-inflammatory properties and after a meal, drinking fresh pineapple juice may help with digestion of the protein component of the meal.

Don't forget the water!!!

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda


Sunday, April 6, 2014

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 8

Day 8 begins week 2 of the juice fast journey. Rainbow eating made easy with vegetable/fruit smoothies this week!


Todat I had SUNSHINE GREEN SMOOTHIE (Spinach, kale, peaches, mango, pineapple, banana blended with alkaline water)


Fresh, healthy and delicious smoothies and smoothie kits are waiting for you at DrinkGreen4Life located 19363 Livernois Ave (South of Outer Drive)

You can view the complete menu at or call them 313-469-9921

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

21 Day Juice Fast Journey - Day 7

Vegetables have been the primary focus during week 1 of the 21 day juice fast journey. Remember green inside is clean inside!


Day 7 started with CARROT ORANGE APPLE BEET juice. By noon I was ready for another liquid burst of energy; which I found with a smoothie from DrinkGreen, LLC. Lunch was a MEGA MIXED FRUIT GREEN SMOOTHIE (Spinach, kale, baby carrots, strawberry, pineapple, peaches, mango, and cherries).I topped off the evening with a KALE KICK  smoothie from Whole Foods Market in Midtown Detroit (kale,blueberries,grapes ,banana ,pineapple juice). 

In Detroit, we have the good fortune of having many spots to purchase fresh juices and healthy smoothies, when our schedules challenge our time to squeeze and blend at home. I hope all neighborhoods across the map are or will experience the same type of growth. Could be an entrepreneurial opportunity waiting for you!!!

 Week 2 (Day 8 – Day 14) will focus on more fruits and feature smoothies from my friends at DrinkGreen4Life   Check them out online at; visit the store located 19363 Livernois Ave (South of Outer Drive) or call them 313-469-9921

 Don’t forget your water intake should be at least  ½ your body weight in ounces!

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda