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13 TO GO-COUNTDOWN IS ON

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Woohoo. !3 more will wrap this trip up.

To all my buddies who told me about VitaMix - THANKS A MIL! I just ordered it after a lot of research. Veryyyyyyyy excited. This is a huge chunk of change for me right now, but it's an investment in my good health.

Have a happy day.

p.s. I just cancelled my order. I'm going to stick with juicer for now. It's just not a convenient time/price at the moment and I had pangs of conscience about it.

  
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CATLADY52 8/23/2012 5:38PM

    emoticon Having second thoughts will usually end up saving either time or money or both. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/23/2012 4:31PM

    I waited several years before I finally broke down and bought one a couple years ago. They are VERY expensive, but I now that I have it, I don't regret spending the money on it. You will know when the timing is right for you.

We accidentally left ours down in Tennessee when we came back up to Illinois and are kicking ourselves for forgetting it. We probably won't be back down there until Thanksgiving, but it will be coming back with us for sure!

One reason I keep holding off on getting a juicer is that I think the VitaMix serves a very similar function. Now that we are planning a long-distance bike tour, I can't see buying anymore "kitchen stuff" for a while....too focused on "bike stuff" these days!

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2012 1:52PM

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JLITT62 8/23/2012 12:38PM

    I LOVE my vitamix . . . have had it at least 7 yrs now . . . everything else dies in 6 months!

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JEWELMOTI 8/23/2012 11:41AM

    Good Luck
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3 Juicing Negatives

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I just started juicing and this is my 4th day. I have to say that, as much as I enjoy the positives, here's what I don't like:

1. Expensive. Even though I've gotten amazing fruit and veggie deals, juicing is pricey. No doubt about it.

2. Too much pulp. Seems like such a waste to see all that fiber going to waste. I'm sure I'd learn how to make use of it, but meanwhile, yikes!

3. I miss eating and tasting the actual piece of fruit and vegetable. I miss the fiber and other tactile sensations that come with eating instead of drinking.

These are not dealbreakers, just things I've noticed during these days of using my new juicer.

  
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SKYEFYR 8/24/2012 2:36PM

  You will find a balance - I know you will.

Go with more veggies than fruit. It's a bit cheaper. Root veggies like beets have GREAT nutrition and are usually on the cheaper side.

I had a composter and put the pulp in there. Not sure what kind of resources you have, but if it's an option.... (Or maybe a neighborhood garden is looking to make their own mulch?) Just have to make sure you're buying organic.

As for reason #3 - let's be honest. If we didn't enjoy the tactile experience that comes with food most of us wouldn't have issues with weight now, would we?

You're doing great. Just find your balance and it'll all be good. :-)

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RWIN777 8/24/2012 2:31PM

    I know frozen greens and other frozen veggies are permitted on the "eat to live" diet. If you cannot obtain it in season or if its just cheaper to do that, then go for it. Expense can be a deal breaker for those on a budget. I just got my book but havent started the diet yet. Trying to make a grocery list based on the recipes in his book because I dont have any recipes of my own to go from. Havent bought a Vita-mix yet but there is another one in the same class im looking at. From what i understand, a regular blender just will not do the job well with fresh greens.


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BOOKWORM27S 8/24/2012 10:24AM

    I can't juice because it irritates my gallbladder. But I do love fresh veggie juice!

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DURANGOREDDOG 8/22/2012 9:36PM

    Love my vitamix as it does not waste any pulp and the clean up is so very easy. Have at least one smoothie a day but still enjoy eating fresh fruits and veggies as well.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/22/2012 8:09PM

    i have one smoothie a day for breakfast after that I have to eat you have will power awesome

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DEBBY4576 8/22/2012 7:49PM

    I have never tried juicing as a way of living. To me it would be just a temporary thing to live with only juices. I could see one good juice a day tho. Now if you tell me you have lost, or at the end of three weeks you have lost a good amount....well then I will have to reconsider.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/22/2012 7:02PM

    #2 is why I decided to go with a Vita Mix.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/22/2012 6:41PM

    I haven't done any juicing, but it is interesting to at least know these facts in case I decide to start seriously doing it!

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CATLADY52 8/22/2012 6:40PM

    These are things that we should think of before we try them. I'd say it will depend on a lot of factors some you haven't thought of. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/22/2012 5:46PM

    I think there are times it just feels good to chew on something....particularly something crunchy.

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2012 5:20PM

    I much prefer to eat my fruit rather than juice...more satisfying.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/22/2012 4:52PM

    I would have thought that the expense would be high - in winter it will be even worse. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2012 2:36PM

    Thanks for sharing. I think I prefer the whole fruit with the fiber, at least for now.

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SAL2525 8/22/2012 11:09AM

    I think that is why I like my vita mic so much. I would really miss not getting the fiber !

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/22/2012 11:02AM

    Hmmm, those are excellent points. #3 is the reason I hesitate to get a juicer, but I'm looking out for one at a thrift store because my hope is that juicing would be a great way to incorporate veggies I don't like so much. Maybe if it's combined with other juices, I won't hate broccoli so much.
You might not be getting the fiber, but you are getting the enzymes from all those raw fruits and veggies! Woo hoo!

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DS9KIE 8/22/2012 9:44AM

    You can freeze your pulp to use later.

I put my pulp in my smoothies. I put the carrot pulp in my carrot soup I make and the veggie pulp I put in my soups.

some juicing books give you other ideas

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ALICIA214 8/22/2012 12:20AM

 

It can be used in baking too!!

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SUPER-MOM_ 8/22/2012 12:16AM

  use the fiber as compost in your garden or under your shrubs - it dries up nicely - also depending on where you live and what you are juicing - usually broccoli or asparagus fiber will keep deer away from your plants!

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The Juicing Queen

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Now that I've started juicing, I can't stop. Been doing a bunch of fruit mixes in the morning, and veggies in afternoon. Absolutely love this and having fun to boot! Who woulda thunk? (smiling)

I've finished off the questionable foods here at home(borderline unhealthy) and now replacing with totally good stuff. I feel like I'm on a roll. Woohooooooo!

Have a happy day.

  
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SKYEFYR 8/24/2012 2:37PM

  Fruit / veggie combos are great. My favorite is apple & carrot. Yumm!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/22/2012 5:47PM

    I'll just have to call you JQ!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/22/2012 4:45PM

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DS9KIE 8/22/2012 9:47AM

    keep it up

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JACKIE542 8/21/2012 7:31PM

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CATLADY52 8/21/2012 6:27PM

    Definitely a Juicer Queen! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/21/2012 2:05PM

    Hmmm, well isn't that inspiring! There's also a song somewhere in there - The Juicing Queen, only 17, feel the beat from the juicing machine... ha ha.

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NATPLUMMER 8/21/2012 1:49PM

    IS that like a dancing queen ;-)?

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MISSB8604 8/21/2012 11:45AM

    You go girl! Just be careful and make sure you're getting all of the nutrients you need. Be safe!

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OMG...Was that Me?

Monday, August 20, 2012

That's how I felt yesterday with my hand-held grocery basket when I stopped in for some items for my new juicer. As I was ready to check out, I noticed that I had ONLY healthy things in the basket. How can this be? Nothing processed. Nothing frozen. Nothing starchy. I joked with someone who works there who's known me for awhile as a frequent grocery shopper, "Uh oh, I think I'm becoming a health nut!" We both laughed.

More on this tomorrow. For now, I want to pat myself on the back. I feel I'm at a turning point and just turned the right direction. (smiling)

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 8/22/2012 8:04PM

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DS9KIE 8/22/2012 9:50AM

    that is great

I've had that moment when the casher didn't know what bok choy or kale was...lol

keep it up

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DEBBY4576 8/21/2012 10:19PM

    Yep, you are becoming a health nut. Congratulations to you!!

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JACKIE542 8/20/2012 7:08PM

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MARY1313 8/20/2012 6:29PM

    that is the most awesome thing I have read in a good while!!! You go girl!

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CATLADY52 8/20/2012 6:06PM

    Great! emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 8/20/2012 4:58PM

    Way to go!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/20/2012 4:46PM

    Excellent job! Those moments when we surprise ourselves mean so much, don't they.
Here are 2 pats on the back :) emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/20/2012 3:39PM

    Didn't that feel good!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/20/2012 2:38PM

    Great job! emoticon

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SUNNYDAZE9 8/20/2012 2:24PM

    Super! Isn't that a nice feeling to buy healthy items only?

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MICHELLE6468 8/20/2012 12:53PM

    Great job! I believe I'm becoming one of those too. However, I still have kids at home, so I have to get some junk food or stuff that's processed. emoticon

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HEAT FATIGUE

Sunday, August 19, 2012

After a mild summer, San Diego is starting to get those higher temps that have plagued the rest of the country. I have to admit that the heat turns me into a total vegetable. My energy level is drained and I have to push myself to get the exercise in. Hope it gets cooler soon.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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DEBBY4576 8/19/2012 8:56PM

    No, not my San Diego!!! Whenever I tell people where the perfect weather is it is always SAn Diego haha. Do you even have A/C in your homes?

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GINGERMACC 8/19/2012 8:24PM

    Hi. I can relate. We've had high temps here in the Boise area. It's not so bad before 7 or 8 am. The rest of the day is brutal (as SanDiegoJohn said).

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RUNNER12COM 8/19/2012 5:34PM

    Oh, man, the AFC Half this morning was brutal. It was hot and humid. Ugh.

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/19/2012 3:12PM

    We had a really hot summer this year and now that fall is closer we are cooling off nicely.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/19/2012 2:14PM

    That's when I go swimming and kayaking! I think the first exposures to extreme temps are the worst each season. After that, my body seems to adjust. In the beginning, it's a real shocker ....hot or cold....it's bad!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/19/2012 12:41PM

    I hope so too, I can relate to your feelings about it.

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AMARILYNH 8/19/2012 12:17PM

    I hear you - here in Georgia the combination of heat and humidity has been killing my running efforts!! I can't wait for fall!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2012 11:52AM

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BUTEAFULL 8/19/2012 11:46AM

    same with me the heat equals no energy, I did pick up a stationary bike at a yard sale, so at least I can do something in the air conditioned house

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LIVINGFREE19 8/19/2012 11:13AM

    The heat causes me so much problems with my neurological disease 'Multiple Sclerosis.
I am so hoping for cooler temperatures!
You are lucky that you have had a mild summer because everybody else in other parts of the country have had a horrendous summer with such high heat all the time.
We have experienced temperatures either 90 or above most of the summer.

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ASHLYNMOM 8/19/2012 11:10AM

    I hear you!! It's been over 100 for the past 2 weeks here in the Inland Empire and my motivation for working out is significantly decreased. Even though I'm still trying to get myself on a consistent regiment.

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JACKIE542 8/19/2012 11:08AM

    It drains me too, can't wait for cooler weather. emoticon

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3G1RLS4ME 8/19/2012 10:58AM

    Right with you lol sweating at 10:45 pm last night was no fun :(
Kind a feels smothering to me. I will be so happy when the rainy season comes in 2 months. :)

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