Sometimes I am late jumping on the bandwagon, and this is one of those times. The bandwagon I’m talking about is juicing.
I really enjoy carrot juice but to take the time to do it is another story. It is not so much the juicing but, the clean-up afterwards. You know, the juicer itself – it can really be a pain to get clean!
Then again, there are some juicers that leave quite a bit of juice in the pulp. Cheap, frugal or whatever you want to call it, when I see the pulp still wet with juice, I think I need to run the pulp through a second time – talk about a mess! Imagine trying to fill the feed spout with pulp that has already gone through the juicer – take my word for it, it is messy! Well, that has all changed – thanks to my new juicer!
My new juicer that I am absolutely in love with is the Breville Juice Fountain Duo (available from my affiliate partner).
Now, not only do I now juice vegetables as part of our dinner (Carrot Juice is now a staple!), but we use it to juice grapes for the pH and Brix testing. This testing is one way that we test the grapes to see how ripe they are. Does that make it a tax write-off?
It all started when the children and I were visiting my mom and sister in Macon, Georgia – it was on that trip that we brought our new dog, Bernie, home. They had a juicer and I used it – carrot juice, kale and green veggie juice… To further fuel the flame, I was treated to several fresh vegetable juices at a local juice bar – they were delicious! So, I brought a Breville home with me, in addition to a new dog!
I started out with the Breville Juice Fountain Plus, but after a few uses, felt that it would not hold up to the wear and tear of a large family. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great machine, but it had a lot of plastic that I was afraid would break. So, I traded up and bought the Juice Fountain Duo and have not been disappointed.
The Juice Fountain Duo has a whopping 1200 watts of power compared to the Juice Fountain Plus at 850 watts.
The Juice Fountain Duo also has a second disc for fruits that makes them into a smoothie and the top has more stainless steel making it more durable.
A video that ingrained the health benefits of juicing for me was Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (affiliate link) by Joe Cross.
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Joe was overweight and at 41 years old was on medicines for various illnesses including an autoimmune disease. Joe documents his 60 day fast (under a doctor’s supervision) from beginning to end. And I bet you have guessed it – during the juice fast, he lost weight and was able to discontinue his medicines! It was such an inspiring journey to watch.
My husband John and I had just been talking about our diet and the one improvement we thought that could be made was to include even more vegetables. We tried adding them to meals, and even cooking them in new ways. But it was hard to make any habits stick. We wanted our kids to like vegetables, but more than anything we wanted them to stick to a routine that would sustain their health.
At first, the children were a bit skeptical – after all. drinking your veggies is a bit weird, but one taste and they were hooked! We can drink 5 lbs of carrots with other fruits and vegetables added, in one sitting! Could we eat that much? Probably. But would we? Probably not!
I was so inspired by the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead video that I decided to go on a 10-day juice fast.
At this point, I have to admit, it was pure vanity! I was hoping to get rid of some dimples that have appeared as the result of menopause. 🙁 Just for my own comfort and satisfaction! But whether or not it helped my dimples, I was resolved to do it.
I felt confident that with my clean eating after coming off the GAPS diet that I would not have a lot of die-off symptoms – and I didn’t. The main complaint during the 10-day juice fast was a lack of energy. I was at a good weight before beginning the juice fast and did not have excess pounds to lose, so when I began to lose weight, I felt it – fatigue was my main complaint.
One of my staple recipes during the 10-day juice fast was the Raw Carrot Juice recipe I am sharing with you today.
But, one important aspect of juicing, like eating, is to make sure you have variety! You should experiment with all kinds of smoothies and juices. Play with the ratios and see what you prefer and what you can maintain.
Also, keep in mind that this is not going to be a quick fix. I know a lot of people claim that juicing helps people lose weight quickly. For some people, that’s absolutely the case. But not so for everyone! If you’re juicing to lose weight, start by integrating it into your diet gradually. And of course, talk to your doctor before embarking on a major weight loss journey.
- 5 lbs carrots
- 3- 4 stalks celery
- 1/2 lemon
- 4 apples - gala or granny smith
- ginger - a quarter size piece
Wash all vegetables.
Cut if necessary to fit through the juicer.
Peel ginger piece.
Feed all vegetables through juicer.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!
If you are not a celery eater - start with 3 stalks and work up - do the same with the ginger - start with a small piece and work up.I don't even peel the lemon or apples!
What is your favorite juice recipe? Do you like juicing fruits, vegetables, or both? Tell us all about it in the comments!
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