Monthly Archive: October 2011



October 2011



Just Juicing: Day 1

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I want a cheeseburger!!

Is that what you expected me to say?  Well, I am happy to report that while I did have a few fleeting daydreams of cheeseburgers and sushi, and there was one point when I thought to myself-Ruby is the only one home, and she wouldn’t tell anyone if I had pizza, my first day of juice only wasn’t all that bad.

I was a little nauseous after my breakfast, mid-morning, and lunch juices….kind of the feeling you get when you take a multivitamin and don’t eat any food with it…but I’m feeling ok tonight.  I had a bit of a headache a few hours ago but that has gone away and I’m feeling pretty good and ready for the temptations that lie ahead on Day 2.  I expected to feel kind of crappy the first few days, in the movie and on the website they mention it….but they say it subsides within a couple days after your body gets that initial detox out.




Lunch was a little rough and I couldn’t quite finish all 24 oz.  I think the red pepper was a little too powerful and I got a little tomato pulp so it was a little chunky.  I’m going to lay off the peppers the next couple days and see what I can come up with.  I ordered The Big Book of Juices from Amazon and I am eagerly anticipating its arrival any day now.  I’ve used some of the recipes on the Reboot website for ideas, but I kind of just add stuff as I go.  I’m hoping the recipes can help me incorporate some of the vegetables that aren’t exactly the best tasting into my juices without gagging with every sip.

I’ve gotten mixed reactions from my friends at work when they hear about what I’m doing.  Most are supportive, to varying degrees, mostly they just want to know why I’m doing it…I even got one of them to watch the movie and she ended up buying a juicer too!  One of my friends, however,  just does not get it at all and is protesting my juice fast.  Tomorrow we’re having a team lunch and getting burgers delivered…she was relentless in trying to break me today but I stood strong….sitting in a room with burgers and fries tomorrow should be interesting.

One thing I did notice today was that I was really able to appreciate all the different food smells throughout the day.  I know, obviously I’m only drinking cold juice, everything that isn’t juice is going to smell amazing.  But this was different.  I knew I couldn’t have it so I just really took in all the smells and enjoyed them in a way I don’t think I ever have.  The non-juicing me would just get a whiff of something good and immediately find a way to satisfy the craving that the smell brought on.  But today I stayed strong and didn’t cave in and I was really proud of myself.  I think this whole juicing thing will get me to kind of slow down and enjoy food in a different way than I have before.  Cross your fingers for me on Day 2!



October 2011



Just Juicing

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Let me start off by saying that I have wanted a juicer for a long, long time.  My best friend in middle school had one and I thought it was the coolest thing ever and was so jealous because juicers weren’t quite as popular (or affordable) as they are now and I totally wanted one.  Over the years I’ve contemplated buying one but there was always something that I’d rather spend my well-earned dollars on.  So what prompted me to finally pull the trigger and buy this Breville beauty

Breville BJE510XL Ikon Five Speed Juice Fountain

…instead of these gorgeous Tory Burch boots??

Well, aside from the fact that the boots were more than twice what the juicer cost and they didn’t have my size…Mike and I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead and I knew that a juicer purchase needed to be in my immediate future.  I first heard about the documentary over on Emily’s blog .  This health-conscious blogger and new mommy watched the documentary with her husband and went out and got a juicer as fast as I did after watching!  I found the juicer on Zappos and got it for $199….no tax and free 1-day shipping, I’ll take it!  As soon as the big box arrived and started unwrapping and couldn’t wait to get my juice on!

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Joe, the creator of the documentary, is a 40-year old Australian guy who hasn’t lived a very healthy lifestyle for most of his adult life.  He has an autoimmune disorder that requires daily medication and his cholesterol and blood pressure aren’t anything to be proud of either.  After consulting with doctors Joe comes to the US (for maximum food temptation) and embarks on a 60-day nothing-but-juice fast.  He starts in New York and then travels across the country with a generator and Breville juicer in his trunk, meeting people and asking about their eating habits along the way.  I don’t remember exactly what his final weight loss was, but after 60 days it was somewhere around 80 pounds lost.  He was also off all medications and free and clear of his autoimmune disorder.  Pretty amazing.

One of the points made in the movie is that there is almost no way that anyone could possibly eat all the fruits and vegetables that go into 1 juice in a single sitting, there’s just too much of it.  But when you juice, you extract all the awesome micronutrients out of your fruits and veggies and can eat it all as one meal.  Also, when you make juice yourself you know exactly where its coming from.  No preservatives, no corn syrup or crazy amounts of sugar, just pure, straight from the fruit or veggie itself, juice.

So for the past 2 weeks I’ve been trying my hand at this juicing thing and its been interesting.  I started off with a few simple things I had in my fridge and worked my way up to some exciting mixtures.

First juicing-Raspberries, Apples, Carrots, and Ginger

Am I doing this right??

First juicing, pretty excited!

Raspberries are messy!

Lots of pulp

More pulp

Rainbow juice!

The final, delicious product

So my first go at juicing was a success!  My best friend was in town and even she agreed….and now she wants a juicer too!  The ginger really makes the juice, all you need is a little bit and it just smells amazing!  I put a little ginger in all of my juices now.

One of my concerns is that juicing would be expensive…its not cheap to eat healthy!  I went to the farmer’s market last weekend in Lincoln Park and this week I went and spent $100 on fruits and veggies at Costco.  Starting today I’m going juice only for the next 7 days while Mike is out of town…I’m hoping I can keep it going for another week after that but we’ll see how it goes.  I’m interested to see how far that $100 at Costco takes me.  Another great find is Fresh Picks, a year-round home delivery of local and organic fruits and veggies.  I’ve used Fresh Picks before and talked about them here.  After we moved I stopped the deliveries but I’ve learned that they have a juicing box so I might have to start back up with deliveries again.

So today starts my juice-only adventure.  I got measured at the gym last week and plan on taking pictures to track what effects the juicing has on my body.  I’d like to try and do a month juice fast, or even 2 months like Joe does in the movie, but that will have to wait until after the holidays and football season because let’s be honest….who wants to be drinking juice on Thanksgiving or at a Bears tailgate??  So…I’ll keep you posted with how I’m feeling during this week of no solid foods, what good (and bad) concoctions I come up with, and all things juicing that I find interesting.  I’ll leave you with a few of my other juice combos from this past week…

Breakfast juice-grapes, carrots, kale, apple, ginger, lemon, cucumber, beet

Breakfast juice-carrots, apple, kiwi, ginger, kale, tangerine, grapes, cranberries

Looks a little gross…but it was good!



October 2011



I am Angry!

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An Angry Bird!!

Angry Birds!

This year Mike and I were Angry Birds…and we were a huge hit!  Neither of us were expecting the awesome response we got but everywhere we went people loved us!  We went to parties on Friday and Saturday and I was very impressed by the creative decor at both parties.  People went all out!  Friday’s party was complete with a Dexter kill room…love it!

The Bat Cave


Dexter kill room


Friday night we took the bus to the party and let me tell you, stuffing our big bird bellies onto the CTA was pretty entertaining…Mike was asking people if they’d seen any green pigs or golden eggs…yea, entertaining.

This weekend also made us realize how awesome Halloween in Chicago is.  You can find all your standard costumes at any given bar, but there are also some very creative and straight up weird people out there-greatest people watching nights ever.  We walked home both nights and all the crazies were out on the town.  Lots of people yelling “Angry Birds!” and asking us to take pictures with them, trannies out in full force with the craziest (and most ill-fitting) costumes you’ve ever seen, several people vomiting as they walked along Belmont….it was quite the weekend.

My favorite costume we saw this weekend was a guy dressed as Dexter and his girlfriend one of his victims.  It was so perfect I wish I would’ve taken a picture.  The guy was a dead ringer for Dexter’s hair and face and he wore Dexter’s standard kill outfit of a thermal and black pants with a black apron.  So good.  Hope everyone else is having a great Halloween weekend too!!


What were you for Halloween this year and what was the best costume you saw???


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