By Linda Wagner | August 24, 2011

Photo: Linda Wagner

Everyone loves a nice tall glass of lemonade, especially on a hot summer day. After reading the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens, I decided make my own version of the Carrot Lemonade they featured this month.  An interesting fact: Michelle Obama graced this month’s cover and she happens to be the first public figure on the BHG cover since 1963.

Many of you have probably heard of the Master Cleanse and I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about it lately. You all know where I stand; I don’t like diets/extreme cleanses, etc. The Master Cleanse is just that, it’s in no way a lifestyle or something that could be maintained long term. I’ve done juice cleanses up the wazoo. I love them, I think they are absolutely fantastic! However, you have got to change your lifestyle and dietary habits after the cleanse to maintain any of the long term benefits!! I can’t tell you how many people have walked into my office after losing a tremendous amount of weight on (insert diet name here) only to gain all of the weight back and more. It’s a vicious cycle that I can relate to because I’ve struggled through it myself.

You’ve probably heard the quote “insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result”.  Well, doing a diet, cleanse, or detox and then reverting back to old unhealthy habits and expecting to maintain your weight loss is insanity! This may seem harsh but think logically, you simply can’t expect to get a different result. Those habits were what caused you to gain weight in the first place. I know, for sure, 100%, absolutely no question, that if I veer off and start eating out several nights a week, drinking, and eating processed foods again, I will absolutely gain weight.

In order to maintain long term health and long term weight loss remember that “Slow and Steady” wins the race. It’s about doing the same healthy things and eating the same healthy foods over and over again. Just know that with health comes weight loss. A truly healthy body will never hold onto excess weight.  Focus on health; if you don’t have your health, you have nothing. Food is such a major player in a lot of little things we don’t even think about. Real health (physical & emotional) comes from REAL food.

Here’s a REAL FOOD recipe that you and everyone you know will be sure to love. This carrot lemonade is delicious and a really gorgeous, fun way to get some added nutrition. Kids love this recipe! Its bright color makes it perfect for parties and entertaining too. Hey, if it’s good enough for the First Lady, it’s good enough for me.

Photo: Linda Wagner

This recipe will make about half a gallon. Feel free to cut in half or double to adjust your serving size.

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  • 1 qt freshly juiced carrots, about 3lbs
  • 6 medium lemons, juiced
  • 2-3 cups water
  • stevia, to taste
  • 1 inch knob ginger, juiced (optional)


Simply juice the carrots, lemon, and ginger (ginger is optional but I love the extra kick it gives!) and add water and stevia to taste.

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