juice flush – day 4

And it continues… rather well, actually. Our fridge is stocked with produce. More than it’s ever seen before. It’s pretty awesome, actually. Flew through day 4. Juice consumption was WAY down today. Which is great from a cost perspective, but I had to stay conscious of getting enough water instead.

Hunger wasn’t an issue today, especially after about noon, when I passed the 72 hour mark. Cravings are pretty much gone. When I do think about eating, all I want are fruits and veggies. Seriously. No joke. I fantasize about chomping in to an apple. Getting a nice big green salad. Stealing some of the steamed broccoli and spinach I made for C tonight. Unbelievable, I know. I hardly believe it myself. What? What do you mean an animal style double double doesn’t sound good right now? That’s just unheard of.


image– I’ve come up with a few systems that seem to work well. Our sink is set up for washing and rinsing produce. This is what it looks like these days.

– This retro tupperware pitcher is FANTASTIC for fresh juices. The lever in the middle is connected to a paddle that mixes the juice when it’s pulled. For fresh juices, this is essential. It separates quickly, and needs to be mixed before pouring. The fact that the container is opaque is also great for fresh juices. The more clear a container, the quicker the juice loses nutrients.

– The workhorses in all of this? Carrots, apples and celery. They’re cheap and produce a decent amount of juice. Some other fruits and veggies have been somewhat lacking in the cost to juice ratio. Veggies I’d hoped would have a high yield haven’t. Leafy greens, although I never expected a high yield, almost don’t seem worth the trouble. The benefit, I guess, is the high vitamin content.

– Since we’ve moved to juicing immediately before drinking, I prepped and bagged the fruits and veggies we’ll use for tomorrow’s breakfast. This will make it easy to throw in the juicer in the morning.

– Feeling warmer overall. Maybe all of this has improved my circulation. Or maybe the fact that Ben turned the heater back on yesterday helped. Regardless, sleep attire has gone from pants and sweatshirts to shorts and t-shirts.

– I read a recommendation to reuse your pulp to make veggie broth, then strain it and you can drink it for juice (or freeze it as veggie stock to use later). Just throw the pulp in a pan, cover with water and simmer for about fifteen minutes. Add herbs as desired. Great idea for one final use for the pulp before it goes to compost. We tried it today, turned out ok. Not fantastic. Not sure I’ll do it again.

C enjoying her dinner

– Here’s a better use of pulp… Broccoli and spinach with cheese over rice. Yum. C approved. I was jealous.

– With the exception of my headache and sleep deprivation last night, I’m feeling pretty good today. Tired, needing more sleep, but still alert and high functioning.

Ever watched the documentary “Food Matters“? It’s good. A little biased against the medical profession, but has some good info. You should watch it. See what you think.

Much to Ben and his Traeger’s chagrin, all of this research lately is making me want to go back to a vegetarian diet, adding more raw foods in this time. Maybe not entirely vegetarian… it would be easier if I didn’t love steak so much. :) Maybe we can meet in the middle and find a local ranch somewhere to buy our meat from.


4 Responses to “juice flush – day 4”

  1. 1 morganaberserker January 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    R and I cut back on our meat significantly for three reasons: One, to get more veggies in our lives and go through our csa box; two, it’s better for the environment not to be meat whores; and three because if you want to buy sustainable and “healthy” meat, it’s not cheap, but is so worth it. It actually tastes better, and you feel better for it.

    • 2 suzyness January 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Very nice. When we get meat lately, it’s EXPENSIVE. We try to opt for organic or free range or the local butcher here. Every so often a Winco meat sneaks in to our house due to pure laziness. Going to sign up for our CSA box again, if nothing else, we can juice the contents! Love it!

  2. 3 Charles Miller January 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    The best dietary advice I’ve ever read was: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/28/magazine/28nutritionism.t.html?pagewanted=all

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