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I'm on the juice...

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

So beyond having come down with a cold on Monday, I have had a reasonably successful few days calorie-wise. Is that because I can't smell or taste anything? Yes, probably, but hey I'll take it. I haven't done any exercise mostly because I can't breathe but I have plans to get back to it when I can.

I was watching that documentary last weekend 'Hungry for Change' (on Netflix) and it got me to thinking about the fact that I had a juicer downstairs that I had never even used. My mother gave it to me when she moved and I thought, 'oh yeah, I'll definitely use that - I'll juice fresh things ALL the time'. So....after scraping off 3 years of dust, I cleaned it all up and went hunting in my fridge for what I could play with. Not much going on there - except the cantaloupe juiced was awesome. But then I found myself still hungry and wishing I'd eaten that last quarter of cantaloupe rather than juiced it.

So next day I go out to the big barn market and boy do I stock up - a ridiculous amount of fruits and veggies (for one person that is). The one thing I thought I could gain from this whole thing was getting more of the green leafy vegetables into my diet - namely kale which I hear rave things about. I'm just not a big fan and I'm allergic to raw spinach otherwise it would always be spinach!

See I thought I could use juicing to get more variety of vegetables into my diet because I don't like so many vegetables and others I always think are too much work so I tend to stick to the basics: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, onions. I rarely branch out and I hate all peppers, zucchini, eggplant and most squash.

So for the past few days I have juiced up a storm and here's the verdict:

1) It's expensive because you go through things so fast (I'm almost through $45 in fruits and vegetables in 4 days) - you can juice a half dozen things and barely get a cup of juice.

2) You have to cut everything up before you shove it down the juicer - this is time consuming and thus juicing is not half as easy and simple as they make it seem on tv (because someone else cut it all up for them already and put it in cute little individual bowls!)

3) When you're done - you have this bucket full of mush and it seems extremely wasteful. Also - you don't get any fibre because it's all left behind in the mush. (However, it did occur to me that you could possibly paint something with this mush - the colours all swirled together are very vibrant!)

4) the CLEAN UP is a pain in the patootie - you have clean up all the scraps, knife, cutting board, rinse down all the little pieces of the juicer (because it comes apart to clean conveniently of course! (not)) and then you have to wipe down the juicer machine thing too. Oh and the counter - don't forget that because it gets all over the place.

5) I like fruit juice, not vegetable juice (as would any 5 year old)

6) I like fruit and vegetable juice as long as I can't taste the vegetables (difficult to do)

7) Kale is very bitter and you can't cover it up with fruit juice

8) Don't juice beets if you have a concern that you are bleeding internally (just trust me on this, it'll scare you to death, haha. Not that i have that concern but if you do, don't juice beets... I'm just saying)

So in conclusion, I think the juicer is going back downstairs. I believe after this experiment that I have decided I prefer to eat my fruits and veggies rather than drink them. And as for the kale? I don't hate kale chips - I don't love them either, but I like them better than liquid kale (blech). :)

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    The clean-up and disposal of the pulp are the reasons I don't juice too. I think eating veggies is more healthful because you get more fiber and get fuller faster. I like beets. I buy them in the can and put a few on my salads. If you like cabbage, you might try buying some cole slaw mix and put it in your soup or make egg rolls with them. Hungry Girl has a lot of interesting and easy ways to eat a variety of veggies. I just bought the cookbook after dominating the one from the library for a long time. I am trying to eat more veggies in more ways. If you google Hungry Girl you can find the recipes on line. She comes on Dr. Oz now and then too and you can watch her there online demonstrating her recipes. She has her own show on Food Network or Cooking Channel you can catch too. I think she has a lot of interesting ideas for eating higher quantities with high fiber and low fat and calories.
    1783 days ago
    Wow never thought to do this. Sounds like it should be earmarked for a garage sale.!!! Great experiment though.
    1783 days ago
    Yeah I agree with you on most of that, juicing is wasteful of food and nutrition. And not worth the bother. I do like BLENDING though. I don't know if it would help you, since you don't like veggies, but for me, it has helped me add a lot of veggies to my diet. A LOT. I try to have a blue smoothie and a green one each day, and my goal is 12 veggies a day. Most of the time I make it. But I LIKE smoothies and I like blending. I've only been doing this a couple of weeks but so far, I think I've found my "thing".
    1783 days ago
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