Juicing Adventures

May 09, 2012

I do not like juicing cilantro or parsley, and yet I continue to do so due to their amazing health benefits. I find they tend to glop into the juice mix and I either have to down the goop or strain the juice a second time. Seeing as I’m not such a fan of cleaning strainers, I tend to just open my throat and bear its passage.

Beets don’t seem to agree with my gut. Either that or I’m using too much. So far they have been the only vegetable to cause discomfort and twisting in my stomach. Kale seems ok. As do collards, but I think I’m gonna try some more traditional veggies, like spinach and lettuce and see where that gets me. Maybe even straight up cabbage. I honestly thought I’d have more gas, but I seem to be fine, honestly. And I’ve lost heaps of weight. I started this journey weighing 74kg, and now I’m at 68kg. It seems crazy, but I’ve hardly noticed being hungry.

I do eat some solid food. I get pollo asada burritos from time to time, or have chicken and avocado wraps (basically the exact same thing – hehe) or I indulge in some figs or cookies or crackers that are sweetened with cane juice, molasses or honey. Or I just eat the vegetables – duh. Sushi is good too. And even from time to time I’ll have a traditional sandwich. I know I’ve basically cut out almost all carbs, but in essence I feel I’ve cut out a lot of the most unhealthy shit I was eating. But the carb thing has me worried, which is why I’m training myself to add nuts into my diet. I bought some dark chocolate-covered almonds. I figure how better to get nuts into my diet than with a little push. And I know there’s sugar in the chocolate, but I’m gonna tough it out for the sake of training.

My juicing experience thus far

3 carrots, 2 small beets, 2 celery stalks, 2 large garlic cloves, bunch of parsley
= This hurt going down and for a few minutes afterward I had a pain in the left side of my gut. Not sure what that was, but I’ll probably figure that out in the middle of the night. :o) Lemon would have helped.

3 carrots, 2 green apples, bunch of cilantro, 2 celery stalks, ginger
= This tasted great. It was kind of pulpy, but I didn’t mind. I felt wonderful after drinking it.

1 large grapefruit, 8 strawberries, ginger
= I should have added lemon to this. Why do I keep forgetting the lemon?

1 large grapefuit, 1 red apple, ginger
= This was wonderful. Again. Lemon.

1 red apple, 1 green apple, 10 strawberries, 1/2 lemon
= I remembered the lemon! This was wonderful, but the strawberries really cram up the auger.

April 26, 2012

My juicer arrived two days ago. Did you not hear the choir of angels? I bought myself an Omega 8003 masticating juicer. And I love it so far. It’s easy to use and easy to clean. There is some food prep involved as the delivery chute is only about two inches wide, but I don’t really mind that. It’s minimal.

The most important thing about it is that it’s easy to clean. I don’t have running water where I live (don’t ask,) so I have to be able to clean it in a wash tub. Using the little brush that comes with it helps. But I don’t want to go into tons and tons of details about how my first ever juicer is awesome. Nor do I want to go into tons of detail about why juicing is so beneficial for health. I’m just gonna detail what I find works and what I find doesn’t work. What causes gas or upset stomach, dizziness or fatigue, burps or smelly farts. You know. The fun stuff. Oh, and the recipes I will invent as I suck at following any predetermined plan. So. Here I go.

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2 Responses to Juicing Adventures

  1. Sky says:

    Are you travelling with and still using your juicer? I’ll have to try some of your recipes! My juicer of choice is the Vitamix. I prefer all the pulp with my juice šŸ™‚

    • humanbeen says:

      I am still juicing. IN NZ here I have a vertical slow juicer and I have a Magic Bullet, so I get the best of both worlds. Juicing when I feel like an instant boost, and smoothie when I want something a bit more substantial.

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