Wednesday, January 23, 2013
the truth about juicing
first, I am going to give you the facts, and then I will tell you how I feel about this whole juicing thing:
We spent $106 on enough fruits and vegetables to each have three drinks a day for four days. After the first day of only drinking juice, we realized that we were going to lose quite a bit of weight, and that wasn't our goal. So we decided to add in a few healthy solids in addition to the three drinks (praise the Lord for grape-nut cereal, but I'll leave my feelings for later).
We selected six juice recipes, and were both able to drink each juice twice. We taped those recipes on our kitchen cabinets, so that it was easy to remember what to add in the juicer. Once we got into it, we mixed things up a little bit depending on taste (read: david could not handle juiced cucumber).
I borrowed a juicer from work, which, if you don't own one yourself, I would highly recommend borrowing from someone until you are absolutely sure that juicing is something you want to do on a regular basis. They can be quite expensive.
I thought I would share a few of our favorite juices, because some are worth trying and some will kill you dead right there in your kitchen.
Alright, now onto my thoughts on juicing:
you guys, it wasn't easy. The first day, we drank the mean green for lunch, and it was so terrible that I cried. Literally. After trying to nurse the thing down all day and only drinking a fourth of it, I came home from work, got in bed and cried. I cried because I never knew such evil existed in the world. I would never wish this drink upon anyone. I was reading an article about juicing, and the woman said that this drink was like "drinking everything bad that ever happened to you in high school." So. I'm not being dramatic. Don't ever even subconsciously think about even taking a tiny sip of this drink.
The thing about this is, I really like food. and for the most part, I eat pretty healthy. I eat quite a few desserts and sweets, but I am able to justify that by eating well-balanced meals. On the front end of this juicing cleanse, I was all "I have self-control and discipline. I can do this." And by day two I was all, "I have been either drinking, chewing or choking on kale for the last 48 hours. I deserve a goshdang cookie." And it's hard to reason with that thought, because it's so reasonable.
Yet, there was some value. Intentionally pumping that many fruits and vegetables into my body on a daily basis helped me realize how little of that I actually eat normally. David and I eat salads at least four times a week, but it is almost always iceberg lettuce, green pepper, and carrots. Like, gross. There is so much more variety out there, and much richer (and tastier!) fruits and vegetables to absorb. We will definitely be consuming a much larger array in the coming weeks and months.
So, get to the point. Is it worth it?
Sure. If you are looking for a way to challenge your diet and focus more on consuming healthy fruits and vegetables, try it out. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, this has worked for a lot of people. It's also a big fad right now, so understand that it isn't a cure-all. There will be something else that comes along, and everyone will try that. It doesn't make this less valuable, I am just making the point that there are other diets/cleanses/detoxes that may work better for you. I could see juicing become part of our lives on a regular basis...perhaps juicing for breakfast each day. There are creative and simple ways to implement the benefits of juicing into everyday life.
and now a few questions for you:
do you juice?
if so, do you have any favorite recipes?
have you tried another detox/cleanse you liked better?