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.