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 ring the feed spout with pulp that has already gone through the juicer – take my work 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. 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 – I bet you have guessed it, during the juice fast, he lost weight and was able to discontinue his medicines!
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 – enter juicing!
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 be. 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 🙁 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!
Raw Carrot Juice Recipe
Yield 2 quarts
- 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!