Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Juicing


Once we got rid of cable a few months ago, I went on a Netflix bender, and watched a bunch of food documentaries such as Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Hungry For Change, and Forks Over Knives. Once you watch one, you eagerly look forward to the next one, they’re quite addicting.  And scary. And informative all at the same time.

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is what started me thinking about juicing, and what sold my husband on it. It’s the story of Joe, who juiced for 60 days while traveling across the US, and later goes on to help others.  Once we decided we wanted to start juicing, I started liking groups, companies and movie pages on Facebook and started researching which juicer we wanted.  We used this buying guide by the team that made Hungry for Change, and ended up picking up a Hurom juicer.

 
We discussed doing the detox, which depending on your choice can be all juicing for 3 days, 10 days, 15 days, or up to 60, but I couldn’t do it. I know I’d fail…I had to be honest with myself, you know? For now we’re juicing 4-5 days a week for lunch, with the ultimate goal of 7 days a week replacing one meal.
 
The most exciting part of the whole juicing experience is my husband’s enthusiasm for it. For those of you that know him, a balanced meal for him is boxed mac n’ cheese and a huge coke, a bacon cheese burger minus the lettuce, tomato slice, and onion, or a plate of wings. No vegetables in sight. And that has changed- he is just as much or more excited as I am! I was away for a night for a girls night and he juiced all on his own, making his own “brew” of all the leftover produce in the fridge-I was SO proud of him!






Mean Green, pictured in the above photos is the first juice we tried, and one that has become a staple in our juicing routine. Mean Green is from the documentary 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead', a beautiful, bright green juice containing kale, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon, and granny smith apples.

Mean Green 1 Bulk of kale
4 Stalks of celery
1 Cucumber
2 granny smith apples
½ lemon
Ginger root (thumb sized)

Thoroughly clean and slice up the produce and process through your juicer.
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I wanted to be completely honest with you and share the pros and cons with you- there are a few of both, but the pros far outweigh the cons. Come to think of it, the only con I can think of is the burping through the day. Is this common, those of you that juice? It's especially strong when we juice the Mean Green- for about 3 hours afterwards I burp up the taste of the juice.

Speaking of the taste, it's something that grows on you... I personally love fruits and vegetables of pretty much any kind, so it doesn't bother me much. That being said, here's my initial juicing reaction face:


Charming, I know...but you know what? I've come to love the taste of it, for I know the benefits it is bringing me and the surge of energy that is to come. This is something we are committed to continuing, and I am happy to report we're going on a month of juicing.

 I am excited to start sharing juicing recipes with you as well as the benefits of making juicing a part of a healthy lifestyle.

 

10 comments:

  1. So awesome! I think juicing is so great, I need to get a machine.

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  2. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is what had me wanting to juice too! In fact, I wanted a juicer for ages and then realized that it would be something I'd use for a few weeks and then put away. I have commitment issues. I'm glad you're enjoying it tho!

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  3. Now I've gotta get on Netflix and watch those documentaries!!!! :)

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  4. Yay! I thought I would HATE juicing but I'm loving it! I actually crave it now! I am definitely going to try out your recipe!

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  5. I have watched Hungry for a change, and had to post about it on my FB page. My wife(high-heeledlove.com)and I have a juicer. I'd love for us to try at least one and see what we think. Thank you!

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  6. I haven't tried juicing yet. But l blend instead. The energy and nutrients are out of this world!

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  7. I haven't tried juicing yet. But l blend instead. The energy and nutrients are out of this world!

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  8. I LOVED Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and have Forks Over Knives next in my queue. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have similar goals for juicing-- I've tried a detox and failed, so replacing one meal a day is ideal!

    xo.

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  9. I love Juicing!

    http://juicerly.com/

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  10. I started juicing with a friend of mine who started a group called refreshurself and it was a just fast for 3,5,7,10, days the the rest was 80% raw and 20% cooked food. I purchased the Tribest Slowstar which is similar to the Huron Juicer. At first I was not pleased with the Juicer but the more I used it the better I got at it. I make my juices every day or the night before because of time constraints. I love the way my skin is looking as well. If you cut out your meat don’t forget to take your VitB12. Just made the Sunrise juice with pink grapefruits,pears, carrots and red bell pepper , wonderful. Thank You-Juicing in Bermuda

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