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Juicing Wisdom I Learned from my 10-day Juicing Challenge

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I ahve now completed my self-administered '10-day Juicing Challenge'!! And I have to say I really enjoyed it, though it did take a fair amount of prep work and at times took longer to prep and juice than it did to make a meal, I am glad I finally cracked the tape on my Juicer.

Things I learned along the way:

- If you are making a juice in the evening and know you will want one in the morning try to do as much of the prep work for the mornings juice while you are prepping for the juice for that day.
- Anything with Carrots and/or Apples shouldn't need any honey or Stevia added to it.
- Depending on which Juicer you have you may need to double (or even triple in some cases) the amounts of veggies/fruits you are using to recreate a Juice Recipe.
- When you have finished savouring your fresh juice, clean that Juicer STAT! Nothing worse than having to soak the peices before you can get them clean (and beet/carrot juice will stain).
- Veggies or fruits in your crisper looking a little worse for wear? Put them in the Juicer..you'll never taste the difference!
- If you are serious about your Juice, invest in a serious Juicer..Aka not the one I have, which is a low-end Hamilton Beach, it does the job but there is a lot of wastage and I feel if I had invested in a better machine that wouldn't happen..the old adage is true 'You get what you pay for'..at least when it comes to your Juicing appliances..lol.

Some of my Fav Juicing Recipes:

Carrot, Apple, Ginger

6 Carrots
4 Apples
1 big hunk of peeled Ginger

*Stir with a spoon after you juice to equally mix the Ginger throughout.

Carrot, Beet, Spinach and Apple

6 Carrots
2 Beets
Handful of Spinach
3 Apples

The Waldorf

6 stalks Celery
3 Apples

I plan to keep up the Juicing at least 1-3 times per week, unfortunately leaving on a Northern island where we can't grow alot of fresh produce makes it more expensive then usual to Juice...alas I could use a great little Farmers Market. But the Juicing continues regardless..

Happy Juicing Everyone!


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SADWHITEWOLF 8/20/2013 2:20PM

    I REALLY need to buy a juicer

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  Thanks for the info!
I don't have a juicer yet but I have just started getting into making healthy smoothies. I needed a way to get myself to have something for breakfast, and to eat more fruits and vegetables. So I have started having a smoothie every morning for breakfast.
Next I will have to get a juicer and give it a try.

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MELTEAGUE 9/6/2012 9:54PM

    What a great blog, I too just started juicing and so found this very good to know!
Thanks so much for posting!

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10 Days of Juicing Adventures!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

WOW...I haven't written in here in a LONG time..Life has been busy these past few months.

My Husband and I have moved cross country, I have begun teaching Yoga full-time and have had the opportunity to run some pretty amazing races..my longest distance now is 16K (10 miles, for my American friends). I am feeling like I am exactly where I am meant to be in my Life. emoticon

But ever since I completed my 3 month Candida Cleanse my Sugar-Monster has been back with a vengence and I have often times found myself eating sugar-y treats when I am a. not even hungry and/or b. not desiring sweets even. emoticon

So after watching 'Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead' www.fatsickandnearlydead.com I decided I would FINALLY break my Juicer out of its cage/permanent home AKA the original box and try it out...for 10 days. I am not going all out and doing a 10 day Juice-fast (as some people did in the film) but rather incorporating at least 1 juice into my day everyday for 10 days. And miraculously enough my Husband (a meat, cheese and bread eater by trade) has agreed to do this with me. Which of course gives me more motivation to actually cut up all the veggies and fruits needed to make the juices...which is a suprisingly LARGE amount..because I know he needs the juice most certainly more than me..as I said he is on a strict meat, cheese (and cheesy-related snack), bread (white-only) diet.

So we are on Day #3 now and doing well. It has been fun to experiment, I have made a different juice each day. Day#1 Apple and Pear, Day#2 Carrot, Beet and Cucumber and today Beet, Celery and Apple.

The things I have learned so far are:

- You need often times more veggies/fruits then the recipe calls for..I have been doubling my recipes (as I making juice for two) and it still isn't always enough for both of us to havea full glass
- Apples seem to go well with everything, and they add a bit of a sweeter flavour (I know this is what I am trying to get away from but I like juice that tastes good)
- It is better to cut up a big batch a veggies and fruits the night before if you are planning to make juice first thing in the morning (as I said it takes alot of the stuff, which unless you're a prof chef takes time to prepare)
-Be sure to clean out your juicer right away, so as to prevent staining and a sticky, half-dried mess to clean up later
- Depending ont he quality ofy our Juicer (ours is a lower-end one) you may want to put the 'Pulp' through the juicer after the whole fruits to try to glean a bit more Juice from it

And thats it, thats all the Juicing Wisdom I ahve for you today..feelin good, healthy and energized (went for a 3 hr Hike in the peak heat of the day yesterday and still managed to come home, make dinner and juice and stay up till 11pm!) and will opst more about my adventures soon!

Happy Juicing! emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 5/29/2014 8:02AM

    Thank you for the posts on juicing. I saw the same very inspiring movie. But my DH has pointed out that fiber is an important and healthy part of our food plan and doesn't juicing just remove the fiber? I think that a big part of the transformation in the movie was from giving up all the other (non juiced foods) foods.

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Getting My Stride Back!

Monday, April 09, 2012

I have started running again in the past couple weeks..before this my last run was on NewYears Day, so it had been quite some time. After a few difficult runs (lots of huffing and puffing) I feel like I have found my groove again and I am doing research and preparations to run a 10K, then a Half Marathon and finally a Full Marathon (preferably on the Great Wall of China or some other cool location).

Right now its mostly thoughts of these runs really but once we get moved out to Newfoundland and I find us a place to live I am going to get more serious about my planning. Apparently they have a Running Group in the community we will be living in that gets to be 200-strong in the summer months so I am sure that some of these runners will be good motivators for me.

Still struggling a bit with portion control and eating when i am not hungry but I think my newly rekindled Love Affair with Running will put that to rest cuz I have discovered it is quite hard to run at a good clip when you have consumed a belly and a hlaf of junk just the night before..haha. Alas I seem to learn best the hard way!



Moderation is Key

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I am practicing my moderation skills this week. At first I thought I needed to go cold-turkey and cut out all sweets and junk food, etc. But I have realized that this simply won't work for me, I don't want to feel like I am punishing myself all the time. I just need to practice moderation when in social scenarios surrounding food as well as follow what my body-awareness tells me. Eat when hungry, when not hungry don't eat (particularly a whole pack of white sugar donuts lol).

Today was a pretty good 'Moderation Day'. I was running a Baking Program for my residents and joined them in taste-testing the finished product, but I only had 1 cookie to their 2 and gave the leftovers away. And when I was offered an Apple Danish from the Kitchen Staff I gave it to another co-worker instead of eating it myself. And I also finished eating my dinner meal leaving some food untouched because I had the peace of mind (and tummy) to know I was full. emoticon

I feel like ever since I finished my 3 month 'No-Sugar of Any Kind' Cleanse that I have gone off the Deep End of eating whatever I want whenever I want and generally eating until I am uncomfortabley full. So today was a Good day for me, and I am proud to say it!

Everyone has their food demons and mine come in the form of Sugary Desserts and not respecting when my body says enough is enough. But today I feel like I'm getting there. emoticon


Conquering the Cookie!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

At work yesterday we did Baking with our seniors and there were left-overs which I had tried to pawn off on one of my co-workers but he didn't take the bait! I ended up left in the staff room with said cookie and it was a stare-down. But I didn't give in (as I have previously always done) and I feel FANTASTIC for it!! I know it is a small thing but I have always struggled with saying no to sweets even though I know I don't need anymore when they are offered.

YIPPEE!! One small step for me, but it feels GIANT!


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