I love my new Vitamix...lots of improvements since I first bought one over 15 years ago. This one is actually must easier to use and keep clean. I've been experimenting with all sorts of juice combinations....what I like is how it pulverizes the fiber and seeds. Did a veggie one the other day...learned I need to tone down the pepper as after a few sips my lips were burning...it was much spicier than V8. I've made peanut butter too...a bit wary as it was making peanut butter that killed my old machine. Between the juices and cutting out the coffee (well most of the time) I am feeling great energy. Now if I can manage the stress of the upcoming move....I am tossing out as much as feasible...over lunch today the discussion was on how clutter can be stressul.
 
Just returned to Bangkok after a the most stressful month of my life in Honolulu...it was my mother's last month. I made an emergency trip at the beginning of February as my 91 year old mother had a stroke, fell & broke her hip. She was to be on bed rest for at least 6 to 8 weeks as her weak heart precluded any surgery. I did manage to fit in 12 yoga classes during the 4 weeks to help manage some of the stress. But I knew I was medicating with sugar, caffeine & alcohol...I was introduced to Satura Cake's cream puffs and then there were all the comfort foods like cone sushi. I was making daily or sometimes twice-daily visits to the hospital while clearing the clutter from my mother's house so that she could eventually return. I knew I was in trouble by week three of my trip when the jeans I had popped it's button. So a combination of bad nutrition and not enough physical exercise has added 4.8 kilos (around 11 pounds). Why do I know the number so accurately? When I arrived back in Bangkok, I had to go to the hospital for a medical certificate for my work permit. I already ditched the caffeine just before I left Honolulu. Now it's a matter of getting back to a regular exercise plan and improving my meal composition. Five days back and I'm starting to feel better. Nutrition is improved and almost back to a regular yoga practice schedule.