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
1 big hunk of peeled Ginger
*Stir with a spoon after you juice to equally mix the Ginger throughout.
Carrot, Beet, Spinach and Apple
Handful of Spinach
6 stalks Celery
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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