I had heard a few friends talking about Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Then Sydney and Tyson watched it and wrote a rave review... so while sitting in a waiting room at the Duke Clinic I watched it and was quickly converted. My healthy eating lifestyle started rolling downhill fast through all the stress over the last year, so I knew I needed something to change and ASAP. Jason doesn't get the good nutrients he should because he's always trying to maximize calories with very limited stomach space (I have never heard a doctor ban leafy greens from anyone's diet before this year with Jas. whoa—that kind of blew my mind). In comes juicing... all of that pure goodness (way more than possible the old fashioned way) in delicious juice form? Sign us up.
No really. We ordered a great reduced price, remanufactured juicer form Amazon (Merry Christmas!) and have been feeling better ever since.
When we first got the juicer I started a ten day juice fast (it turned into nine days because of our impromptu trip to NYC). What people say about the first few days of juice fasting is true. It sucks. Pure exhaustion, a little nausea, some stomach cramping... blech. But on day four I woke up feeling reenergized and invigorated! It was fantastic!... but it was still difficult. Once I found some recipes that we loved it all got better and better. I found some real gems from The Juicing Bible and there are a million recipes online.
Through the fast I realized that my biggest vice was snacking—snacking too much and not on the right things. Juicing eliminated that snacking need or craving from my diet. There was no need for snacks when there is juice to drink and fill me up!
I'm happy I did the fast, and I'll probably be doing it again after the holidays are over—but for now we continue to drink lots of juice daily.
We love it.
We crave it.
We have been trying to convert all of our family and friends ever since.
Maybe add a juicer to your Christmas list? I dunno... I think ya should...
Here are some of our favorite recipes:
Perfectly Sweet Orange Carrot -- this one boosted energy and made me happy, one of our top faves
3 lg carrots
generous handful grapes
1 med apple
1/2 c cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
-process oranges, carrot, and cranberries. whisk together w cinnamon
Pear Pineapple – Jason's fave
2 hard ripe pears
2 spears pineapple
1 c red or green grapes
Apple Pear Pie
2 hard ripe pears
1 lg apple (Fugi if wanting sweeter, Granny Smith if wanting tart)
1 1/2 c grapes
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1/4 tsp pure organic vanilla (if needed)
-process pears, apples, and grapes. press lemon, add cinnamon (and vanilla if needed), whisk together
Ginger Berry – made this every morning for breakfast
1/2 in cube fresh ginger root (or to taste)
1 med bunch of grapes
2 c blackberries
1 ripe hard pear
1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
-process ginger, grapes, berries, and pear. press lemon, add vanilla and whisk together
2 green juices that I honestly liked and could look forward to:
2 c green (or red) grapes
1 or 2 handfuls spinach
sm bunch of mint
- sometimes I add a kiwi too
A Good Green Juice – from Syd
2 lg handfuls spinach
4–6 stalks kale
a few handfuls grapes
sm bunch of mint
Drank this little lady every night:
Cashew Milk -- there will be some texture to this milk/juice so be prepared, but the cashew should be soft enough to blend up real nice (adapted from this recipe)
1 c raw cahsews
3 c water
2 Tbs raw honey (or agave... but that stuff made me PUKE. now even the smell... oh boy)
1 tsp pure organic vanilla
(option to make it chai: 1/2 tsp each--ground nutmeg, ginger, cardamon)
-soak cashews in water over night
-mix cashews/water and honey in blender
-add vanilla and spices, whisk together
*I'm still exploring in the recipe department. If I find another awesome one or two I probably won't be able to contain the excitement.