Friday, July 22, 2011

Juicing

 Hello, happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend??

 I am so happy to have a few days off work. After working every night from Sunday through Wednesday, I came home Thursday morning and crashed! I slept from 8 am to 5 pm, then fell back asleep at 9 pm and slept until 9 am this morning! Oh em gee...Night shift is so exhausting! However, I woke up this morning feeling like a new person and am so happy to be on *day shift* for a few days!

 After posting this post about a great movie you can watch on the internet called Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead I received a lot of positive comments and emails! I loved hearing about everyone's favorite juice recipe and most importantly I was thrilled that people are juicing at all!


 After I watched the movie, I was so motivated to juice more. I broke out the juicer again and have vowed to juice at least three times a day. Each day since Sunday, I've been waking up and making a glass of juice. I sip on for about half an hour, then juice another glass. I pack my lunch and get a shower before I go into work and then juice and drink another glass. I have "lunch" around midnight or 1 am at work, which has been a salad and piece of fruit, and then I go home in the morning and go to sleep. Rinse and repeat each day. I've felt great (although tired from working four night shifts in a row) and have decided to continue as long as I can.

 This morning I juiced the following vegetables:

 That's beet, kale, celery, cucumber, carrot, and apple.

 If you watched the movie I posted above, you'll remember that he held a large bowl of fruit and vegetables up and asked, "How long would it take you to eat and chew all these?" The answer is, a long time! If I physically chewed the beet, kale, carrots, celery, cucumber and apple, I'd still be chewing into lunch time! Throw it all into the juicer, however, and you get all the micro & macronutrients you wouldn't get by masticating alone (which means chewing). Juicing breaks down the components and brings out the best you need! People have cured cancer by juicing! Vegetables are good for you!  

 My beautiful glass of vegetable & apple juice:


The vegetables actually produced two large glasses, (the beets gave almost an entire glass by themselves) so I made two glasses: one all beet, one the rest, and did half and half in each glass. The apple and beet were so sweet that it tasted like fruit juice, but I knew there were lots of vitamin A, C, K and everything else laced into the sweetness! Remember kale alone is a superfood! 

 Have you been juicing at all?  Like I said, I've been doing it every day, making juice at least 50% of my intake each day.
Any plans for the weekend?  This weekend is my friend's cambodian wedding. It will be my first non-american wedding i've ever attended. It is a two-day event, each day different and unique in its own way. I'll post pics after the weekend! 

 Have a great weekend! 

17 comments:

Rick said...

beautiful juice, reminds me of my everyday concoction...cucumber, celery, carrot, beet, radish...yumtastic!

have a great weekend!!!

Chucky said...

Hi Michele. Question for you. How to you prepare the beets for juicing? Whenever I've included beets into my juice concoction, I always get a distinct "dirt" taste to my juice. However, because it's so darn healthy I force myself to drink it.

I really, really want to add more of that healthy blood developing beet into my juicing but have kept it out of my mixes. I do not peel my beet. I simply scrub it thoroughly with a vegetable wash as I do with carrot and potato. There's just too much nutrition in most veggies skin/rind to let it go.

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

I go through phases. Or juice when I need to use up produce. Am glad this movie is getting press. I also always vow to juice more. Might get one of those gadgets that sucks air out of the top to keep the juice longer. I am fine with keeping carrot juice, but don't want to keep the green mix too long. Think juicing is SO great for anyone with digestive issues.

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

You are inspiring me to get back into juicing! I LOVE making green juice, but have not done it for the past couple months, partly due to laziness but mostly because of expense. I think juicing is fantastic & I love how it makes me feel - but buying all those extra organic veggies & fruit can be murder on the ol' wallet... I'd love to find a balance of juicing at least a couple times a week, even if I can't afford it everyday right now.

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