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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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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