An Interview with Lupus Chick

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A few months back, we were lucky to meet Marisa Zeppieri, self-proclaimed “Lupus Chick.” As a new fan of Daily Greens juices, she had shared the story of her personal journey on Social Media — and what a story it was! We knew we wanted to know more, so here it is. Meet Lupus Chick! We think you’ll find her story as interesting and inspiring as we do.

1. You’ve faced a number of challenges in your life. Would you mind briefly describing some of the obstacles you’ve had to overcome?

Certainly. With all the challenges I have faced, I feel like a cat with nine lives. In my 20s, I was hit by a truck as a pedestrian. It took about a year for me to recover and doctors recognized the event as a trigger for Lupus symptoms to express themselves. Ever since my Lupus diagnosis in 2001, I’ve battled mini strokes, blood issues, a blood clot, heart issues, a brain aneurysm, vasculitis and Lupus’ daily aggravation of fevers, rashes and fatigue. I’m probably forgetting some but I try to focus on all of the great things that have happened in my life instead.

2. Can you tell us specifically about your journey with Lupus? How and when you were diagnosed and how has your life changed since your diagnosis?

As I briefly mentioned, I was diagnosed in 2001 later in the year. A few months into my recovery from the vehicular event, I started getting strange fevers, rashes, pain and ultimately a ministroke. There were enough things going on for a Rheumatologist to take notice and test me for a myriad of illnesses. Three weeks after testing, Lupus was confirmed. Lupus has changed all aspects of my life, I believe for the better. It forced me to reevaluate my career, things in my personal life, my faith and stirred a desire within me to make the most of each day, and to leave a positive imprint on the world.

3. Tell us about Lupus Chick. What inspired you to start it? What mission or goals do you hope to accomplish with Lupus Chick?

I started LupusChick in 2008 after meeting a lot of lupus patients who felt alone and were struggling with feelings of isolation and depression. Today we are a large autoimmune community and reach about 200,000 people per week via our website, LupusChick.com, and social media. In 2015, I added a nonprofit segment to LupusChick to help patients with educational, medical and physician costs. That year we raised several thousand dollars and gave away five life enhancement educational gifts to lupus patients who were in college or a certification program. Education is extremely important to me and my prayer is we are able to continue to program in the future on a larger scale.

4. We understand nutrition has played a huge part in your journey. Can you tell us how nutrition and diet have helped you meet your goals and/or overcome your challenges?

I’ve always been fascinated by the human body, and was actually in Nursing school when Lupus reared its head. Through the years, I became more interested in how food, diet and supplementation could help some of my symptoms. Then in 2010, I had my worst season ever. A major flare left me with severe muscle wasting, heart issues, jaundice, and in the hospital where I was so thin and literally wasting away, I could not feed or take care of myself. I became wheelchair bound for about a year.
Being newly married, this was extremely difficult for me. My husband and I happened to watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and it literally changed my life. We started to implement juicing daily and I began to see nutritionists and functional medicine doctors. Within three months, I was out of the wheelchair. I’ve never had to use it since. Juicing gave my body the nutrients it so desperately needed without my body having to expend energy. Six years later, I still juice about twice daily. In fact, I actually teach classes on juicing now in my community and online. It changed my entire life, and helped me get my health back on track.

Today, juicing, along with a clean diet that is mostly raw, gluten free, diary free and heavily-vegetable based, helps me keep many symptoms in check. It hasn’t cured my Lupus, I try to make that very clear to people, but…I am on the lowest medication I’ve ever been on in 15 years!

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5. At Daily Greens, we believe that a healthy lifestyle – including drinking green juice – can have a transformational effect in people’s lives. Can you describe your transformation, and how you believe drinking green juice has empowered it?

I know how severe my state of health was back in 2010, and it had gotten to the point where even the doctors seemed to be giving up. When I find old journals, I see daily goals for the day that included standing on my own for one minute with no assistance, or walking from my bed to my bathroom without a walker. Today, it is hard for me to even picture being in that situation and it highlights the radical changes I’ve had in my health. Juicing provides me with the energy I need to get through each day, as fatigue is a major symptom of Lupus. I believe it has also helped me with my skin, hair and nails, and supports my immune system, as I seem to catch a lot less germs. Over time, it completely changed my taste preferences too and pushed me in a direction of only eating clean, unprocessed food.

6. You offer a juicing class – what’s your favorite juice to make? And when you’re not making your own, what’s your favorite Daily Greens green juice?

I’m big on greens, so I love to combine kale or collards with some basil, cucumber, celery and ginger. I will even add a little pineapple in at times to mix it up. On rare occasions, I will treat myself to a more fruit heavy juice such as pear, cucumber and mint. I am a sucker for anything with pear in it!

As far as Daily Greens, I can honestly say I loved each one I have tried so far. I originally bought a multi variety case from Costco and was pleasantly surprised how unique and tasty the juices were, and I loved the fact they were low in sugar and not loaded with fruit. If I had to choose, I would say Harmony is my absolute favorite. It has three items I adore – pear, ginger and fennel!

7. What lessons have you learned that truly surprised you?

Living with a chronic illness that has no cure has brought about so many great changes and lessons in my life. It has made me even more compassionate, grateful for easy days and simple pleasures, and made me very aware of the small amount of time we are truly given on this earth. In some ways, I feel like I am rushing against time, as Lupus is so unpredictable. So it is my mission to make the greatest positive impact possible on the lives of others in whatever time I have left here.

8. Any great advice you’ve received along the way that you wouldn’t mind passing on?

As far as my personal life, my husband always reminds me to “be flexible.” And, with a chronic illness, I don’t think there is any other way to be. Surprises happen, flares happen out of nowhere, and we can only control so much of our life. Being flexible and in some ways spontaneous, has greatly reduced stress in my life.

In my “business” life, I’m grateful for the advice I have received over the years to dig deep and determine what makes you or your brand unique, and to run with it. When you focus on what makes you distinctive and stop comparing you or your brand to others, incredible things begin to happen!

BONUS QUESTIONS!

Hike or Bike?
Bike!

Pool or Ocean?
Ocean, no…pool. Tough! I am obsessed with the water.

Fiction or Non-fiction?
Non-fiction all the way.

Favorite fast healthy meal?
Collard wraps filled with brown rice, black beans, cilantro, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, cumin and a dab of salsa! I make a bunch at one time and they are great to eat on the go!

Write a Haiku about your journey.
Life ever changing,
Grateful for love, laughter, hope.
Lupus will not win.

Photo Credit: Cassandra Ewert Photography
Photo Credit: Cassandra Ewert Photography

Thank you so much for interviewing me about LupusChick and my juicing journey! I am so thankful for DailyGreens.

Find LupusChick online at: http://lupuschick.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lupuschick

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Daily Greens Releases Our New Line of Green Ades! A Healthy and Nutritious Way to Start the New Year

You don’t have to be “Green” to be GREEN!
Daily Greens is excited to announce the launch of our New Green ADE Line!

5 New Colorful Delicious Flavors packed with Powerful Nutrients and Green Superfoods!

Watermelon-Hibiscus
Orange-Turmeric
Jicama-Blue Majik
Green LemonAde
Lime-Basil

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Here at Daily Greens, our Core Value is Nutrition.
We pride ourselves in creating a nutritional drink with Green Superfoods and Ingredients that have Amazing Health Benefits! Five refreshing new flavors of great tasting juices filled with green superfood, low calorie and no added sugar! Made with Healthy Vegetables and the most Nutritious Fruits, each flavor has two or more detox cleansing properties ingredients:

Watermelon- Hibiscus: contains Chlorella and Hibiscus.
Orange- Turmeric: contains Chlorella and Turmeric.
Jicama- Blue Majik: contains Spirulina, Ginger and Jicama.
Green LemonAde: contains Blue Green Algae and Cayenne.
Cucumber- Basil: contains Chlorella and Basil.

Begin your New Year’s Resolution with Daily Greens Green Ades!
Hitting your local SW Costco shelves January 1st
Going Green Has Never Been Tastier!

Benefits of Each Green SuperFood

Benefits of Hibiscus
• Reduces High Blood Pressure
• Helps Lower Cholesterol
• Offers Liver Protection
• Helps Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression
• Benefits Weight Loss, Improves Digestion
• Helps Boost the Immune System
• Helps Improve Skin Conditions

Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric, the main spice in curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. It has so many healing properties that currently there have been 6,235 peer-reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric and one of its renowned healing compounds curcumin. This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science and the most interesting finding is that when turmeric is compared to conventional medicine its benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. One of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

Benefits of Chlorella
Chlorella’s rich green color comes from a high concentration of chlorophyll.
• Supports healthy hormonal function
• Promotes cardiovascular health
• Helps to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation
• Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
• Aiding in the detoxification of our bodies
• Detoxifies Heavy Metals
• Detoxifies Radiation and Chemotherapy
• Supports Your Immune System
• Promotes Weight Loss
• Makes You Look Younger
• Fights Cancer
• Lowers Your Blood Sugar and Cholesterol

Benefits of Jicama (pronounced hee-ka-mah)
• Great source of Vitamin C and does not contain any fat!
• Promotes Good Digestion
• Prevents Constipation
• Lowers Cholesterol Levels
• Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
• Brightens Skin
• Helps Maintain Normal Blood Sugar
• Strengthens the Immune System
• Prevents Cancer
• Maintain Healthy Metabolism
• Helps in Weight Loss

Benefits of Blue-Green Algae
• Contains 70% vegetable protein and has higher levels of beta-carotene than broccoli.
• Contains a high concentration of nutrients- over 65 vitamins, minerals and enzymes and the complete spectrum of eight essential amino acids and ten nonessential amino acids… that are all easily absorbed by the body acting as an amazing anti-oxidant.

Benefits of Cayenne Pepper! Known as the “Healer”
• Relieves Migraine Pain
• Prevents Blood Clots
• Provides Detox Support
• Relieves Joint and Nerve Pain
• Supports Weight Loss
• Works as Anti-Irritant
• Treats Psoriasis
• Boosts Metabolism
• Source of Vitamin A
• Prevents Allergies
• Possible Anti-Cancer Agent

Benefits of Basil
• Basil is well-known for its immunity-enhancing properties
• Basil extract is proven to help prevent a wide range of health conditions, which makes it one of the most important medical herbs known today
• Acts as an Anti-inflammatory
• Antioxidant
• Cancer-fighter
• Pain-reducer
• Fever-reducer
• Diabetes-preventer
• Liver-protector
• Blood vessel-protector
• Anti-stress solution and Immune-booster

Benefits of Spirulina
This blue-green algae is a freshwater plant that is now one of the most researched and talked about SuperFoods today. It’s blue-green, absurdly healthy and often overlooked or misunderstood. Spirulina is renowned for its intense flavor and even more powerful nutrition profile! Taken on a daily basis the health benefits of Spirulina can restore and revitalize your health!
• Detoxes Heavy Metals (especially Arsenic)
• Eliminates Candida
• Improves HIV/AIDS
• Helps Prevent Cancer
• Lowers Blood Pressure
• Reduces Cholesterol
• Lowers Chance of Stroke
• Boosts Energy
• Speeds Up Weight Loss
• Alleviates Sinus Issues

Benefits of Ginger
Ginger is surprisingly the most widely used dietary condiment in the world today. The therapeutic benefits come from gingerols, the oily resin from the root that acts as a highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
• Helps Prevent Stroke and Heart Disease
• Natural Remedy for Indigestion and Nausea
• Maintains Malabsorption (regular digestion)
• Boosts Immunity and Respiratory Function
• Kills Bacterial Infection
• Kills Fungal Infections
• Cures Stomach Ulcers and GERD
• Relives Pain
• Helps Prevent Cancer
• Naturally Improves Diabetes

You can find Green Ades here.

Meatless Monday

We love the combination of these two super greens. They are both a touch spicy, and make for a party in your mouth. This salad truly tastes like spring in a bowl.

watercress arugula

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (40g) baby arugula (rocket)
  • 2 cups (70g) watercress, stems removed
  • Handful of tarragon (from 2 to 3 stems), chopped
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp thinly chopped shallots
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 to 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup (25g) chopped raw almonds

Directions

  • Combine arugula and watercress in a large salad bowl and toss well. Add tarragon and toss again.
  • To make the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and shallots in a separate bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing over the greens, add radishes and almonds, and toss gently. Enjoy!


Heat Up Your Winter

Sometimes in the midst of winter cold, a little spice can be a big pick-me-up. Our Founder, Shauna Martin, has found that the winter blues are no match for a hot kick of cayenne in her green juice- it wakes up her taste buds and offers a jolt to her body and mind.

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Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 celery stalks, bottoms removed
  • Big handful of spinach (2/3 bunch)
  • 1/8 pineapple or 3/4 cup (125g) pineapple chunks
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (1/8 tsp or less)

Directions

  • Wash the celery and spinach.
  • Top and tail the pineapple, peel it, and cut into pieces that will fit through your juicer.
  • Run the vegetables and pineapple through your juicer and scrape off foam (if desired).
  • Season with salt and cayenne, and enjoy!

Autumn Butternut Squash with Spinach

Daily Greens™ founder, Shauna R. Martin, came up with this dish for an annual Halloween potluck gathering. This dish has become such a hit that she now makes it regularly for holiday gatherings. This is the perfect fall post-cleanse recipe. Please keep in mind that this recipe is a single serving and you can adjust accordingly.

Autumn Butternut Squash with Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 butternut squash, seeded
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomato, halved
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 bunch of spinach, stems removed, or 1 bag of baby spinach
  • 2 to 3 garlic gloves, minced

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
  • Place the squash half into a small glass casserole dish and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and maple syrup into the center hole of the squash.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until squash is soft (check for doneness by inserting a knife into thickest portion of squash to make sure it is soft all the way through).
  • Meanwhile, in a medium non-stick sauté pan, sauté the cranberries and pine nuts in 1 tbsp of olive oil until the pine nuts are brown. Remove and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining olive olive oil in the same sauté pan. Add the minced garlic and sauté for one minute or until brown.
  • Add the spinach and sauté for 2 to3 minutes, mixing with garlic, until the spinach is wilted but not cooked.
  • To serve, place the butternut squash on a plate or serving platter and arrange the wilted spinach around the outside. Sprinkle the squash with pine nuts and cranberries, and enjoy!

Maintaining Post Cleanse

Congrats on completing your 4-day cleanse! If this was your first cleanse, then extra congratulations are in order. You may be asking yourself: Now what?! Don’t worry, by following these tips you can ease back into mainstream eating, while at the same time maintaining some of your new found healthy habits.

You should now be a champion juicer. Hopefully you have perfected your Morning Green Juice. If you only pick up one habit during your cleanse, make it this one. Drinking a green juice every morning should be a life long routine—and it’ll pay off for the rest of your life. If you are burned out on using your juicer, switch to a bottle of our Daily Greens™ juice. Any of the Daily Greens™ green juices are a great substitute for a homemade juice. They also have a longer shelf lit, as a result of the high pressure process (HPP) used to make them FDA compliant and grocery-store ready. This process does not reduce any of the nutrients, but it does kill the bacteria that normally start the fermentation process, thereby extending the shelf life significantly. You should also continue your morning routine of drinking a 12-ounce glass of water with lemon upon rising. And if you’re up for it, stay off the the coffee and continue having a cup of green tea in the morning.

Maintaining Post-Cleanse

Tips:

  • Don’t just go eat a hamburger or an other hefty serving of steak on your first day off the cleanse.
  • Stick with a raw salad for lunch on your first day post cleanse.
  • For dinner, move gradually back into cooked food and try to stay plant-based if possible.
  • On day two, you can start to slowly incorporate grains, dairy, and plant-based cooked foods.
  • On Day three, you can start to reintroduce meat and fish.

Crunchy Rosemary Salad

Here in Texas, there is a ton of rosemary that grows like a weed year-round. Rosemary is a hearty herb and adds a fun taste and texture to salads. Just make sure to chop it very finely, and don’t use too much.

Crunchy Rosemary Salad

Ingredients:

  • Bowl of baby mixed greens
  • Handful of tarragon leaves, finely chopped
  • Handful of rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp hempseed
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • 4-5 raw crackers, broken into bits
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Combine the mixed greens, tarragon, and rosemary in a salad bowl and toss.
  • Add the lime juice, hempseed, and almond oil, and toss again.
  • Season with sea salt to taste. Add crackers and toss gently.
  • Arrange a layer of avocado slices over the top and enjoy!
  • TIME SAVER: If you don’t have time to dehydrate your own cacklers, there are a number of brands that have started making wonderful raw crackers – including Two Moms in the Raw.

Fall Fennel Salad

This is one of our favorite salads as the summer fades into fall. Feel free to get creative with the recipe and swap out the nuts and herbs you may have on hand to give it a different twist. You should be having fun with your food!

Fall Fennel Salad

Ingredients:

  • Bowl of baby mixed greens
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup of cherry tomato, halved
  • Handful of tarragon, finely chopped
  • Handful of basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp almond oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Combine the mixed greens, tarragon, fennel, tomatoes, and basil in a large bowl. Toss gently
  • Add the pine nuts, lemon juice, and almond oil to combine.
  • Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
  • Layer the avocado slices over the top of the salad and enjoy!
  • TIME SAVER: If you’re trying to save time, most grocery stores now carry containers of pre washed mixed baby greens. One of our favorite brands is called Organic Girls.

Pre-Cleanse Tips

So you’ve decided to do the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Fall Cleanse, now what? During your cleanse, you will need to eliminate several items from your diet. Some of these will be tough, but do make the effort. You’ll be happy you did.

Coffee

Coffee can be a diuretic causing dehydration, which is counter-productive to your cleanse goal of fully hydrating and cleansing your body. Other negative effects that coffee can have include acid reflux and an increase in heart rate. Coffee can also increase the body’s level of the hormone cortisol, which can lower the activity of the immune system.

Alcohol

As you’ve probably suspected, alcohol is not conducive to cleansing. It is dehydrating, spikes blood sugar levels, causes inflammation, and adds “empty” calories that are devoid of nutrients. Drinking alcohol in any form, including wine, is simply not productive during a cleanse.

Refined and Packaged Foods

Refined and packaged foods are not usually what I consider “real food,” as they contain countless preservatives and added mystery ingredients. As a rule, if a package contains any ingredients that I don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, I will not buy it. These refined and packaged foods are at the heart of the current food and health crisis we have in America. By eating these instead of whole foods, people are missing out on many of the essential nutrients provided by the latter. Plus, packaged foods often contain potentially harmful ingredients used as preservatives to extend their shelf life. Some of these packaged foods are “fortified” with artificial and chemically based nutrients like iron, calcium, and vitamins, but these are a poor substitute for the nutrients that naturally occur in real food. During your 4-Day Cleanse, you will enjoy the full benefits of a plant-based diet that is free of artificial additives, and you will see a dramatic difference in your mood and energy level.

Animal Products (Including Dairy)

Animal protein takes hours to digest and is not conducive to cleansing. It is important to eat foods that digest rapidly to give your intestines a break. Note that animal protein also usually contains toxins from pesticides that are used in the animals’ food supply, as well as hormones and antibiotics used to optimize production of animal protein. This places an even greater burden on the body to get rid of the animal toxic waste.

Grain Products

While cooked whole grains are an important part of a long-term healthy diet, they also take a long time to digest, and for some people, the gluten in many of these (wheat, rye, barley) causes inflammation in the intestines. One of the goals for your 4-Day Cleanse is to reduce inflammation and give your intestines a rest, so it is best to eliminate cooked grains while cleansing.

Why Cleanse?

You’ve probably heard diet advice over the last couple of decades indicating that you should be eating very small meals every two or three hours. Sound familiar? But this type of diet doesn’t give the digestive track a break. The theory behind juice cleansing is that it gives the body the opportunity to rid itself of toxins.

During your 4-Day Cleanse, you will drink three green juices daily while eating sufficient raw fruits and vegetables to maintain a normal level of energy throughout the day. This will create an extended period of fasting throughout the day that will allow your body to start gathering up and expelling toxins (the juice does not count as food since it will immediately assimilate into the bloodstream when consumed on an empty stomach). Because the green juice recipes in the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse book are low in sugar, you may need to consume additional fruit or vegetables to maintain a normal level of blood sugar and sufficient energy to go about your daily routine. Note that you should also drink plenty of water throughout the day as you don’t want to get dehydrated. Plus, drinking water will assist in flushing out toxins from your body.

All of the Daily Greens™ green juices are low in sugar and can be substituted for the green juice recipes provided in the Daily Greens™ 4-Day Cleanse Book. While substituting a bottle of Daily Greens for a homemade juice is a great time-saving measure, We still highly recommend making some of your own green juices as well. You might come up with your own perfect green juice blend!

In the evening, you will prepare a delicious raw vegetable appetizer and salad to eat for dinner. These recipes can all be mixed and matched depending on what you have available in your fridge. We also encourage you to improvise and substitute your own raw vegetable dishes. The idea is simply to consume a big raw vegetable dinner in order to provide your body with sufficient fiber and roughage to get your bowels moving and expel all those toxins that you have accumulated during your day of juice fasting (this may occur immediately or the next morning). Repeat this cycle for three more days, and we promise your body will thank you for it!