My Experience with Juicing

Juicing for Dummies

My Experience with Juicing

Juicing for Dummies: 

Step 1. Buy a juicer.
Step 2. Buy fruits and vegetables.
Step 3. Put fruits and vegetables in juicer.
Step 4. Drink with a colorful straw.

The end.

That's my short version.

The longer version is that I made the decision to dip my toe in the juicing pool about three weeks ago. I mentioned before I had some health issues and I was tired of paying the doctor for more guesses so I thought I'd experiment with diet. 

I did barely any research. All of my research consisted of hearing that juicing was amazing and reading about how juicing gets vitamins to the blood stream, but honestly I wasn't interested in the supposed science of it all. I just wanted to see how it made me feel. As I've learned with my son who has special needs, you can give me all the science and anecdotal studies in the world but if it doesn't give me results and make a difference in how I feel, it doesn't really matter.

I wanted something easy and not ridiculous. Meaning I wanted ingredients already within my radar at the grocery store. Carrots? Yup. Apples? Love 'em. Cucumbers? I've heard of them. See? Easy.

I found this three day juice cleanse by doing a google search and read over the recipes. Everything seemed easy. But it also seemed expensive. It would be about $150 in fruits and vegetables for three days of juicing. That's a little more than we spend in a week for everybody in the household. 

So I decided to start small and just experiment with what I had on hand. I also decided I would only replace breakfast with a juice for a few days to see how it went.


Two carrots, two celery stalks, one Gala apple, and one tomato.


carrots celery juicing

To my surprise, it was actually sweet. Really sweet. But what happened later was really cool because I had a ton of energy. I didn't even need my 3 o'clock coffee, which is pretty much unheard of. In fact, I had energy right up until midnight without hitting a wall. Granted, I didn't eat a bunch of crap afterward. I had a salad for lunch that day and regular dinner with carbs and stuff but nothing really bad. So the choice to eat healthy for the rest of the day might have helped with my new found energy.

After I posted my first juice, friends started offering their recipes. There were suggestions of lime and pineapple. Maybe even adding some cinnamon or ginger. So I tried that the next day. And the day after that.

Pineapple, cucumber, cinnamon, juicingApples, pineapple, celery, cucumber, juicing
The recipe above included celery, green apple, pineapple, and cucumber with a dash of cinnamon. It tasted a little like a pina colada without the coconut. And it was really good!

Some of my other juices:

Strawberry Cucumber for Lola
Strawberry, Cucumber Juice


 Carrots, celery, cucumbers, limes, and strawberries.

And, P.S., it's really pretty.
Juicing

My juice this morning: Carrots, celery, apples, cucumber, lime and a dash of ginger.

Juicing

So I replaced my morning breakfast smoothie with a juice for about four out of the seven days of the week. And then I did it again the next week. It took a lot of fruits and veggies and more trips to the grocery store than usual. But something kept me going with it. 

THE PROS

I lost about six pounds in the two weeks I replaced just the breakfast. Not because I was depriving myself by any means, but because a weird thing happens to you when you juice. I don't know if it's the burst of natural vitamins and minerals from the juice or just a subconscious or conscious decision to choose healthier options but it's like my taste buds changed. I wanted to snack on more carrots and apples. I chose healthier options for the rest of the day. I didn't realize this was happening until I spoke with someone else who had juiced in the past and they said your body starts to crave healthier foods. And then I was like, "Yeah! That's what's happening!" 

THE CONS

You waste so much food. And that makes juicing even more expensive. See?

This is my juicer, by the way. It's just a Black and Decker we got from Walmart five years ago. I think it was like $30.

And as soon as you try something new there are plenty of people around to tell you why what you're doing is wrong. So those people made the point that our bodies need the fiber and other elements that are being wasted and we're not getting that by juicing. 

MY OPINION

Duh! Of course we need the fiber and all the elements food has to offer aside from the juice. I wouldn't replace all my meals with juicing forever and ever. But I think it's an excellent idea to either a) cleanse the body of toxins and bad stuff hanging around, or b) kick start a healthier way of eating.

Juicing made me feel really good and it definitely kick started a healthier diet for me. I stopped craving sweets so much and I started looking at ingredients on the box and choosing a healthier ingredient list rather than an ingredient list filled with chemicals and artificial sweeteners. I credit juicing to making me more aware of what I am eating and how it makes me feel. 

Plus I lost six more pounds that I hadn't expected to lose.

If you're thinking of juicing it's easier than you think but more expensive than you think. I will continue doing it if I think I need a reset on my diet or if I've abused my liver in Vegas all weekend. Not saying that's me, but still.





10 comments:

  1. I have wanted a juicer for a while. The leftovers could be used for compost for your garden! Or throw them in a smoothy for lola with a banana, milk and ice to bulk it back up. :)

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  2. I really want a juicer myself...this post only adds to that!

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  3. I've never owned a juicer--but I love fresh fruits and veggies, so it's easy enough for me to just make them a large part of every meal. Honestly, I thought juicers were WAY more expensive than that. I might have bought one to try it if I knew they were only $30, but now we're moving, guess it's too late!

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  4. I've thought repeatedly of juicing, but the cost has always kept me from giving it a try. I haven't happened upon a juicer for $30 yet and we don't really have the space for one, but I didn't even think of the food costs. I wonder if someone has come up with a use for the scrap... Put them in the food processor and hide them in recipes?? Oh well, I have a blender that rarely gets used for smoothies either even though I pin every recipe I see. Maybe someday... Stopping by from SITS.

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  5. I juice occasionally too! I would do it more if it didn't cost so much, and wasn't such a hassle to prep produce and clean up!

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  6. I'm glad you addressed the fiber and waste issue. My husband juices here and there and honestly, I just don't get it. Why not just eat the fruit and veggies?
    I guess if you just juice the veggies you could add the remnants to a sauce or something.

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  7. Love it!! And you know what we did with some of the leftover food waste? COMPOST baby! We shoved that crap into a little under-the-sink compost bin and use it on our herbs and veggie boxes. Take that waste haters! Good for you, your new found health is awesome. I remember when I first started my green smoothies, I had no idea they would make me as energetic as they did. It is NUTS!

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  8. I love my old Jack La Lane juicer. It must be at least 10 years old but when it goes I'm going to get a nutribullet. It's one piece so there's no pulp to figure out what to do with and anything that has less parts to wash is all right in my book!

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  9. The juices look tasty! I'm not sure if I'd ever get a juicer though. I need actual food.

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  10. Hey! I love making green smoothies, but haven't tried the juicing yet. Definitely want to try though!

    Great blog, by the way! Found you through "Freckles and Curse Words". Excited to read more!

    newmommynewlifestyle.blogspot.com

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