So about a month or so ago Jeremy indulged yet again in his documentary-watching obsession and stumbled upon Fat, Sick and Nearly dead. He was so intrigued that he then rented Food Matters -- and he was hooked. The Craigslist and Ebay search for a juicer began with fervor and less than a week later we were the proud owners of a used Breville 1000. Clueless, really, about what exactly we were getting into, I knew I'd have to do some of my own movie watching and reading.
And so I did. And now we juice. Everyday.
And we love it. I'm not kidding and I'm not selling you anything; we honestly love it.
At first it was intriguing but difficult. And by difficult I mean curious stomach cramps, kind of an "out of it" feeling for the first few days, and strange muscle pains. We both were aching pretty badly. I did the Core circuit class at Minnesota Top Team and it felt like every strand of my muscles was on fire, like it really hurt. But then, after a couple days it passed. And yeah, we used the bathroom a lot, our bodies were essentially screaming at us. We weren't hungry, these juices are super filling, but it's the act of eating that you miss and that mentally messes with you.
But it was GOOD, and we both now feel REALLY GOOD. No more screaming, just all the benefits.
Don't get me wrong, we're not anywhere near perfect. We make our very best effort to have a juice for sure everyday, hopefully 2-3 per day. But we're still eating, as healthy as possible, with some cheats and treats along the way. (It's October, I'm going to have a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, I don't care.)
"So what exactly do you juice and how do you deal with the taste." - this is the question we get constantly. We juice whatever we have. Any combination of the following: Apples (lots of apples), oranges, kiwi, strawberry, carrots (lots of carrots), lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, beets, kale, celery, cucumbers, peppers. Seriously, any fruit or vegetable will do and IT TASTES GREAT. I'm not kidding, everything tastes so fresh and delicious, I wouldn't make it up. The only juice that's been gross is the one with the radish in it, radishes are awful and the juice reflected that. The beets are "strong" but make a beautiful juice and if you include plenty of water-based veggies like cucumbers it's mmmm mmmm good. REALLY.
AND HERE'S THE BEST PART: Others are now doing it too. Juicing really is contagious. Just by talking about it at Minnesota Top Team we've got at least 5 others on board, and they are excited about it and feeling great and we want nothing more than to see our members healthy and happy and working out. Steve F is a great example. The people he works with actually asked him the other day, "What's gotten into you, you're like superman around here lately." And that is 100% because of juicing - he's thrilled, is dropping weight, doesn't feel sluggish or tired, and is super productive.
So that's it. You simply cannot beat over 50% of your food intake consisting of liquified micronutrients that go directly into your system for total absorption and health that makes you feel completely invigorated both mentally and physically.
(Below is our first juice! Lunch...juiced. apples spinach, kale, celery. SO tasty!)
(Below is a trip to Sam's. About $100 lasts us an entire week of juicing.)