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!

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