I will admit, even though I juice most of the day and eat dinner at night (plus all the snacking in-between) I found it hard when the sun started going down and I started making food for the kiddos (yes they still had to eat:) not to pick and take bites of those tempting smells. Especially, since I pick and taste everything as I or anyone else around me cooks! I will also admit, that there were days at the beginning where I felt tired and had a mild headache, my husband complained of major headaches also, which lead to a couple of days of not really speaking. Were we fighting??? no, not exactly, just really weren't connecting. We were to busy dealing with our own food deprivation!! The thing of it is though, we weren't starving. It's not like you are fasting because of the flu, or tests or procedures being done. Your body is really getting all of the nutrients and minerals that it needs. So, if you drank enough juice, the actual eating food problem was really just in my head. Anyway, we got through the five day fast, we are speaking again, 14 lbs. lighter between the both of us, our skin looks great, and tons of energy and it is noticeable to other people as well; it is not just us looking in the mirror.
Now I am back to my normal schedule. Juicing all day with some healthy snacks and a salad for lunch if I am hungry (or worked out). Then, on to a vegan dinner. During the weekends I am trying to juice at least twice a day, and eat vegetarian meals (cheese and eggs). and lets not forget exercise, exercise, exercise! This is my goal. This is how I ate when we lived in New York, and I felt great. I have sort of lost that with the move back down to Sarasota and scheduling and well, just life.
As I have posted about juicing, I have had many questions on all the different aspects of juicing. I have come up with what I do on a daily basis to make it easy for me. I hope this helps for you, but remember, this is what I do. I am sure you might wonder why the heck I do that, or this, but it works for me. I am always trying new things, so if you have any ideas, let me know.
Emily's Juicing 101
* All of the vegetables I purchase are organic. My favorite places, here in Saraosta are Jessica's organic farm stand and Worden Farm (at the downtown farmer's market).
* I purchase 25lb. bag of organic carrots at Publix. I find down here, or up-state New York, any of the organic places selling carrots all come from Bunny Luv. So I am going with the cheapest price on that....which is $14.99! When we lived in NY, none of the grocery stores sold the big bags, just the 2 lb ones. Although, the local farmers markets had beautiful rainbows of different colors of carrots; purple, yellow, white, red, and of course, orange, that I would invest in, but that did get quite pricey. These were like drinking pure sugar. When I spent the money on these, I wouldn't mix anything into my juice. It was out of this world! You really felt like you were drinking the sunshine and all the goodness of mother earth.
*This is a list of my staple veggies.....
FRUIT: apples, oranges or grapefruit, pineapple, pears and mango - or anything in season...I have been known to throw some strawberries in also.
DARK GREENS: romaine hearts, spinach, collard greens, kale, mustard greens (or anything that is on sale or if something is way cheaper, than I buy double of it and leave the most expensive thing out.)
CRUCIFEROUS: cabbage (usually purple, but both are great for you. Broccoli and cauliflower, and brussel sprouts.
and don't forget the beets, celery and cucumbers and jalapenos for some extra spice and kick.
I have a wonderful friend that brings me tons of herbs from her (and my former) school garden, so I add those, until Grayson, Ben and I get our herb garden and kitchen scrap garden going. (That will be another post)
* I wash the vegetables in the sink with water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. I don't buy the veggie sprays. Vinegar is natural and does a very good job and is also easy on the budget:) I clean most of my house with one form or another of vinegar....which leads to another new post!
* Prepping the veggies: I cut the tops off of the carrots. I do not peel them.
I wash all the greens and put them in roots and all.
I wash the beets and use the bulb and the greens. If I find the greens are going bad, then I cut them off and
just use the beet itself.
I peel the citrus before I juice it. If it is only a quarter of a lemon, I don't, but the oils from the skin can
cause some issues.
I juice the cucumber skin and all.
I cut the stalks off the celery and keep the root for planting.
I juice the stalk of the broccoli and keep the florets for dinners and snacking.
* I try to juice something from all the different categories and mix it up throughout the day.
* This is my juicing list, but if I have left over veggies from the week that I don't think I am going to use I through them in so nothing goes to waste; zuchinni, squach, radish greens, tomatoes. and vice-versa. I try to have a couple recipes on hand for the veggies I buy to juice, so that I can plan to incorporate them in meals during the week as well. This is one way I really try to keep our grocery budget down.
I know, a lot of you can say that it is hard work and if you work during the day then it can be difficult. I understand. I don't work, so I have the oppurtunity to juice around my schedule. I will juice a large amount in the morning and drink a glass for breakfast, and then store a pint in a canning jar in the refrig. for later. I wash up, and then at lunch time do the same thing. This allows me to have juice 4 times a day with only having to juice and clean twice.
If juice ends up getting stored overnight, I am sad to say that it should be poured down the drain:(
My husband, who is on the rode all day and doesn't have an office to go to stores the juice in in the pint canning jars in a cooler in his car. It is way better than fast food, and easier then making a sandwich. He started this after the fast. I have created a monster! Ha ha. He felt so good, that he now is addicted.
That makes me happy, because it makes living this life style easier when more than one of you are on board, and I also know what all of these veggies are doing for our family's health.
I hope this helps get you started with juicing, or at least make it a little less intimidating. Please, if you have any more questions, e-mail me.
Have a great weekend,