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
2 granny smith apples
Ginger root (thumb sized)
Thoroughly clean and slice up the produce and process through your juicer.
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.