My juicing adventures.
Monday, June 10, 2013
I'm new to juicing. I meant to finish reading, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" before I embarked on this journey but I lack patience and follow through. My new juicer was taunting me from the closet where it sat it in the unopened box. So I decided to look up a few quick and easy recipes to get going. Now I'm left with questions. Before I go on...obviously I'm seeking answers. I'll finish the book and I'm doing my own research as well. But here are my observations so far...
1. I actually feel really guilty about how much I'm throwing away. Because I'm tossing more than I'm drinking. What I'm drinking is very nutritionally dense and in quantities that I'd never attempt were it not for the juicer. I'd never ever eat 6 romaine lettuce leaves, 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 handful of mint, 12 strawberries and 3 ribs of celery in one sitting. With juicing, I do.
2. How on earth do you track juicing into the nutrition tracker?? You're not consuming the entire fruit/veggie. How do you know how many servings you're getting?
3. I can live with the taste knowing that it's a nutritionally dense meal/snack. So I taste more greens than strawberries? So what? I suck it up and drink it knowing it's good for me. Not something I've bothered to do with "whole" food before.
4. Where are these urgent trips to the bathroom I was warned about? I'm fine and wish I weren't. Bit anti-climatic really.
5. I hadn't considered the blood sugar spikes my body is likely experiencing with juicing. But if I'm drinking 2 pears, 1 apple, 3 celery ribs, 3 handfuls of kale in 1 sitting, I'm taking in a lot of sugar. Definitely need to research this more...
6. $$$ I was told it doesn't cost more than you normally spend on food because you don't eat bad stuff. I spent $50 on produce this weekend though and I would never spend that on junk food in a week. So it is costing me more.
7. I'm being asked, why am I juicing and not using everything to make a big smoothie? The answer is I don't know. The books I've been reading, the documentaries I've all but worn out and the friends and family who've experienced tremendous results from juicing all say juicing is best.
Clearly, more research is needed. For now I'll keep juicing what I've already bought and press on in my book/research in search of the answers I need to be more confident.
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i was thinking with some of that pulp you can mix it into some pasta sauce. carrots and kale already pureed to go in a nice pasta sauce would be nice and you get that extra bit of fibre.
1560 days ago
Thank you SO much STRING1719 for the information and the encouragement. I feel much better and seeing it put that way really does ease my guilt. It was throwing away more pulp than I was drinking that upset me. It seemed so wasteful, but I will compost it for sure.
Thank you everyone for your comments and support. I do feel better. I'll be juicing more tonight.
1561 days ago
Well at least you are doing something seriously healthy for your body!
Good for you!
1561 days ago
I already ate healthfully when I did a 5-day juice fast, so it WAS expensive for me since I didn't buy packaged, processed junk food to begin with, and we NEVER eat outside the home, so I wasn't saving money on fast food or restaurants or anything.
What do you mean when you say you feel guilty about how much you're throwing away? Do you mean just the pulp, or something else? The pulp can be composted, or if you separate certain types of pulp, you can mix it into soups or baked goods. My juicer actually came with an instruction manual and it had recipe ideas for stuff like that, too. And I think the Fat Sick and Nearly Dead website for doing Reboots has a bunch of recipes, too.
I've not found that you can track it on the nutrition tracker. The juice recipes on the Reboot website actually had nutrition information, so you could enter it yourself. But I don't think there' anything already in there.
My only urgent bathroom issues seemed to happen 2x during my fast, and both times it was a sweet morning juice that had tons of grapes. So, beware of large amounts of grapes! But other than that, I was OK the rest of the time.
If you blend the stuff into a smoothie, it still has all the fiber intact. So, you wouldn't be able to drink as much, just like you said about not eating all that kale & spinach & celery if it were whole. The idea is that you are supercharging your body with ALL the nutrients of the produce, but you are not consuming any of the bulk. Usually, fiber is good and you want to eat as much as you possibly can! But with juicing, you are actually giving your body a break from the hard part of digestion and allowing it to focus on other things, like healing & cell repair, etc. The same is true of a real fast. So, you can definitely find more info if you researching fasting in general, not just juice fasting. Being a believer, you can find TONS of books out there that are specifically about fasting for spiritual reasons, too.
Hope I helped a little bit! I know there are teams here on SP just for juicing. Maybe you can share some of your questions on their discussion boards and get some good feedback, too! Good luck, and God bless!
1561 days ago
I started juicing during our corporate 21 day fast & still do occasionally but not as often as I would like....YUM-E!!
God bless & continue health!
1562 days ago
Thanks. I started with mostly fruit juices and have been working towards mostly veggies. The one I'm drinking now only has strawberries, everything else is a green veggie. I agree, it can be unhealthy to juice fruits too much. My goal is to work my way up to the mean green juice. But more research is on my horizon, for sure.
1562 days ago
I think that it is good that you have raised the questions that you did. You should juice as it suits you, your lifestyle, and your budget. Otherwise it may turnout to be an unsustainable, expensive, unhealthy fad. Juice is pushed as a healthy drink for young children but in reality the sugar in real juice if consumed in excess is not good for them. I will take an orange over a glass of orange juice any day. That being said, I am tempted to incorporate vegetable juices like kale and carrot into my diet and am going to buy a juicer. Good luck and thanks for your thought provoking blog.
1562 days ago
Comment edited on: 6/10/2013 5:18:27 PM
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