Tips To Lighten Up Your Life With Juicing
Since making the decision to sell 90% of our stuff, leave our house and hit the road full time in our camper, I have sincerely been on a mission to lighten up our lives in every way possible over the past few months as we prepare to head out. In keeping with my "all or nothing" personality, I've determined not to just stop at lightening up by ridding our lives of stuff and clutter, but also by cleaning up our health and diet lifestyle. *I sort of hate the work diet as it implies "losing weight" but that is NOT what this post is about as that is not a goal of mine.
I've been toying around with juicing here and there for the past couple of months. Not sure if it was really something I would do, I had bought a cheap juicer, used it twice, learned a few new curse words and realized that if there was anything that would keep me from NOT juicing, it would be that damn thing. FYI, cheap juicers are NOT worth it, so don't waste your money. They are difficult to use, impossible to clean, and they waste much of the fruits and veggies you paid good money for.
I love drinking fresh fruits and veggies. I just like the way it makes me feel to do something so incredibly good for my body. And since I am NOT so good at eating all the fruits & veggies I should, getting the nutrition my body needs by drinking them just works better for me. So last week I took the plunge and bought a decent juicer so I can get more serious with this thing...and so I can stop paying $6 a juiced drink at the local health food store. Yikes!
I purchased the Fusion Juicer which sells for id="mce_marker"60 on Amazon, however I found it for id="mce_marker"19 at Wal-mart. I have looked at several but decided on this one because it is quite a bit more compact than others I've seen and yet it is still quality. I just won't have room for a monstrosity juicer in the camper. Also, it was advertised as quiet and easy to clean (and it is!) which if you've ever juiced before you know how important those things are.
I first used it after my run last night, made up a double batch and finished up my morning juice along with my normal eggs & spinach omelet for breakfast!
I decided to start out easy and gradually add in the scarier veggie items a little a time. For this juice I used organic carrots, oranges and apples (exact amount pictured above.) However, I do not think it's critical that your produce be organic in order to do this. Just start where you can and go from there! No matter what way you slice it, this is STILL so much much better for your body than anything else you could find to feed it. And oh my goodness, SUCH a yummy combination of whole foods to fuel up your body, your brain and immune system!
*Now, obviously this juice recipe wouldn't be the best choice for someone with diabetes, but I don't have issues with that and I am only going to be drinking this juice 1-2 times a day at most so this amount of natural sugar won't be an issue.
Cost: I averaged the cost of a single serving of 12-16 oz. juice to be around $4- $4.75 depending on what kind of produce you buy and where you buy it. Yes that is a lot, but so is a grande latte with a shot of espresso at Starbucks. So I figure if millions of people (including myself) can justify paying $4 for a caffeine buzz, then I can justify investing the money into health. Plus, last time I checked, cancer and other chronic illnesses are are expensive so there ya go!
Time: It took me approximately 1 minute of simply cutting each apple & orange in half (I left the peels on) put the carrots in whole, and about 3 minutes of putting them all through the juicer and viola! I had made enough for 2, 12 oz. glasses. I drank one with a small meal for dinner and another with my breakfast! Clean up was also easy and took me about 3 minutes.