Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Squeezin' the Juice

Lobster and I have been on a documentary kick lately. We watch documentaries ranging from the oil and gas industry to babies being born (The Business of Being Born is a must see for any mom-to-be or wanna-be-moms-someday).

Recently we watched one called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead about a guy from Australia who was tired of being overweight and fighting a somewhat rare auto-immune disease and getting no help from doctors who just put him on a plethora of pills, so he took his health by the horns and went on a 60-day juice fast while traveling across the United States.

By the end of the documentary, the man had lost something like 90 pounds (even after he stopped the fast and started eating healthy, whole foods again, he continued to lose) and he cured himself of his disease. He even inspired a lot of other people to do the same thing and you get to see their progress in the film. It was inspiring.

So inspiring that Lobster and I ran out and bought a juicer and fully intended on signing up to do a similar fruit/veggie juice and salad type diet. We had the plan all laid out and then I had the brilliant idea to "test" a few vegetarian dishes to see if we could really handle eating no meat for 15 days.

Yeah...that ended badly.

So we have modified the diet. We are now doing a fruit/veggie juice plus salads and lean meats type diet. We've eliminated caffeine, sugar, grains and dairy. And so far, it's not so bad. I am having headaches everyday and I think it's caffeine withdrawal. But other than that, I feel really good and I am really digging being able to consume more than the recommended fruit and vegetable servings every day due to the juicer.

We got the Breville Ikon Multi-Speed Juicer at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It retails for $199 but I used a coupon and got it for less than $150 (score!). It got the best reviews in many consumer sites and I can personally say that it is very easy to use and does a great job of squeezin' the juice.

On the negative side of this little experiment, it takes a while to prepare and juice your fruits and veggies so we've had to get up a little earlier in the mornings to make sure we get our juice on. Also, buying all kinds of produce has put a bit more of a dent in our grocery budget every week...

...can I just take an aside here to say that I think it's sad and pathetic that you have to spend three times the amount of money on healthy, whole, LIFE AND HEALTH GIVING, REAL FOOD than you do on junk food!!! Is it really a great mystery why our nation is in the throes of an obesity epidemic? SHAME ON YOU, FOOD INDUSTRY!!!

Okay, all ranting aside, we have never bought more produce in our life. The fridge is filled to capacity and yet, we still have to run out mid-week for more. The juice itself is rather delicious, in my opinion, but you have to be sure to mix fruits in with the veggies or it's not that tasty.

Anyhoo, if you want to take your health by the horns, please watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and give juicing a shot. You don't have to do the fast to reap rewards; simply getting more fruits and veggies in your diet will improve your health to no end!

Any other juicers out there? What are your thoughts? Any recipes you want to share?


Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} said...

OH MY GOSH--- My hubs and I watched it last week and decided we are ordering a juicer with our credit card reward points next month! I was enthralled with the stories. Truly inspirational. We are going to try it for 3-5 days and then just do a juice breakfast each day to get in our veggies and fruits each day.

Joy said...

@Heather--good luck! I hope you can make it all five days. We couldn't even do one full day, but at least we're using our juicer like crazy every morning for breakfast!

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