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Juicing

Monday, September 16, 2013

I started juicing right after I was diagnosed with cancer. I had seen the movies "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and "The Gerson Miracle" several years ago on Netflix and became very interested in juicing at the time.

Right after watching those movies, I spent several days researching juicers and came to the conclusion that an expensive masticating juicer was what I wanted if I was going to juice. I even picked out an Angel juicer and put it on my wish list at Amazon. The particular juicer I wanted was very expensive and I just couldn't justify spending that kind of money on something I had never done before. I never mentioned it to my husband, and I just let the idea sit on the back burner.

Fast forward to this August and my discovering I have a very agressive form of breast cancer. The day after my diagnosis, I told Jim I wanted two things. One was some beautiful deep wind chimes to hang on our deck and the other was the Angel juicer. Much to my surprise, he got both for me within a couple days.

Since then, I have discovered the wonderful world of juicing first hand. With a powerful masticating juicer, I can juice pretty much anything. Right now, since I'm also doing a ketogenic diet to try to starve the cancer cells and deprive them of a source of glucose, I juice mostly low carb veggies. I drink about 6 cups a day of dark green juices. Honestly, I love drinking them. They tend to taste exactly like what the orginal veggies taste like. Occassionally, if one turns out bitter, I just add some lime juice to it to cut the bitterness.

My husband has gotten into juicing too. His favorite is carrot and apple juice (two carrots and one apple). I tend to try to make my own little V-8 juices with around 8 or more different low carb veggies in my juice at a time.

I took some cool pictures of our juicing operation to post, but I'm not able to load them because SparkPeople says the files are too large and I can't figure out how to turn them into smaller files on this computer. So just use your imagination! My green juice is VERY GREEN and Jim's carrot juice is VERY ORANGE! All the fresh veggies and fruits look beautiful on the cutting board before they go into the juicer.

I don't really know how much the juicing is going to actually help fight the cancer, but I figure it can't hurt. Each glass of juice is just packed with fresh nutrients that get absorbed very quickly in the body. My hope is that juicing will help boost my immune system and give me more strength as I go through my other traditional treatments.

I'm actually amazed how much I like it.


Life is good!

Kay

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  • TIFFANIE150
    Carrott Juice is AMAZING! And I know what you mean about it being brightly colored! YUM!
    1096 days ago
  • MICHELE142
    emoticon Not a fan of juicing but, do go for the red juices.
    Hope your diet does the trick!
    1103 days ago
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  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I would love to try juicing. Perhaps one of these days I'll gather the funds to buy one. Glad you are enjoying the juicing. I hope it helps in more ways than one. emoticon

    You might be able to crop your photos in the program you are using to make them smaller or save them at a smaller resolution.
    1103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/17/2013 4:05:38 AM
  • DARLENEK04
    Kay,

    This sounds great...I am going over to Amazon and check out the
    juicers. I have a friend in Texas who is juicing to lose weight, so
    she has a different goal, but she also loves hers...

    I believe this will be a help to you, the vitamins and concentrated
    foods....attitude is a big part of this war....and yours is up there
    walking into each battle, head up and charging for success....

    Blessings,
    Da
    rleneK
    1104 days ago
  • PJMOMMATO3
    I think I might have to try juicing. So many people have such good things to say about it.
    1104 days ago
  • LOPEYP
    I have made the carrot apple juice and it's good. Do you add the pulp back in or just drink the juice?
    1104 days ago
  • DRUIDPRINCESS
    You have inspired me to buy a juicer! I have been considering it for some time but didn't want to be caught up in sales hype. The delicious picture you paint for us in this blog confirms that it is not only a yummy idea but also a very healthy one. Thank you!

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  • FLORIDASUN
    I too LOVE juicing! I just add an apple to my greens and they taste wonderful. I understand that you might not want the natural sweetness right now...but it's good to know for the future. emoticon emoticon emoticon Fresh ginger root is a treat too! emoticon
    1104 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/16/2013 3:48:17 PM
  • 2BDYNAMIC
    My hubby and I bought one of the 'turbo-blenders' 3 years ago (a very expensive one) and it is worth it's weight in gold!! We use it every single day and have found so many ways to juice including the most delicious Green-smoothies ever!! I am thrilled to see many of my co-workers joining me .............. Wishing you the very best!! emoticon
    1104 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
    Wishing you health and happiness!
    1104 days ago
  • VONBLACKBIRD
    Try blueberries as well!!! I too have an expensive juicer and love it!!! Praying for you and your cancer walk.
    1104 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    I imagine the juicer will pay for itself. It certainly sounds like you're enjoying it!
    1104 days ago
  • ZELLAZM
    I can almost taste those delicious juices! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1104 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    Great blog Kay

    try re-saving your pictures as JPG or jpeg to make them smaller. (you can also change the resolution of them in your photo program)

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    1104 days ago
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