I have decided to blog about juicing, because I always do much better if I have a documented account about what is happening. I think that it will keep me on track and help me stick with it if I have record of it. Plus, writing is very good therapy for when you want to gnaw someone’s head off– but instead are slurping up vegetables and fruits that have been reduced to liquid.
Personal Disclaimer: I am by no definition a trained professional, a physician, a dietician, a life coach, or an expert. All I know is what I know from past experience, reading articles, watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”, countless Pinterest recipes, and what I have gleaned from other juicers along the way.
I am doing this for the health benefits. Juicing is a great way to gain a lot of nutrients that would be physically impossible for you to consume. I want the benefits of 6 apples without having to eat actually consume 5 apples. I am obviously hoping to lose weight as well, which is why most people juice in the first place. I have a very bum thyroid, so I am hoping that this all jump-starts my overall health.
So my plan is to do a 10 day, raw juice fast. During this time I will drink only juice and water. Every day I will blog about the previous day, including all the gory details about recipes, price, cravings, withdrawals, and mood swings. Which, unfortunately, are completely inevitable in a detox. I know myself and know that I will use a million excuses to stop doing something if I don’t feel like it… so some of my preparations are completely unnecessary and possibly exorbitant in my attempt to keep excuses from deterring me.
Across the board it seems that everyone says the same thing about the amount of juice that you should be consuming in order to keep your levels good in your body. This is by no means a weight-loss-by-starvation game plan, or something that is designed to make someone completely miserable by forcing their calorie intake to be ridiculously low.
So my goal is this: 4-6 juices that are 16-20 ounces each. It is also important to drink a lot of water because your body will be detoxing. The amount of water to be consumed is based on weight, exercise, etc. I am shooting for 80 ounces per day.
I cannot even count how many various websites I went to for juicing recipes… between the blogs, the sites, and the pins it is completely overwhelming. I wanted to find some that are more cost-effective and that taste good, too. I don’t want to burn myself out because I am bored of every juice tasting exactly like Kale. (Yuck!)
I did some research and found that the fruits and veggies that give you the highest yield are these:
Then I found recipes that had a lot of these elements in it. Juicing can be incredibly expensive if you are using items that require a lot of ingredients for a small amount of juice. I put all my recipes into one document, front and back in columns. I then laminated it so that I can keep it on my counter and it won’t get destroyed in the midst of all my juicing action.
I bought my juicer last summer. It is a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer, and I really have enjoyed it. It is very powerful and does not require you to cut all veggies into tiny pieces before you use it. It is a great one for under $60. Everything breaks down very easily so that cleaning is not that big of a hassle.
I bought some plastic bottles to keep my juice in at Dollar Tree. (I am completely addicted to that place. So many fantastic things for a dollar! I don’t like those “high end” dollar stores where everything is not a dollar. I am a Dollar Tree girl!) I bought several so that I could have something more manageable to drink on the go or while at work.
I went to Sam’s Club for most of my ingredients. I will not post quantities since everything there comes in bulk. This was my shopping list:
The other items that I could not find there I got at Wegman’s:
As soon as I got done shopping, I began my prep work. I found a really awesome list of all fruits and veggies and how they should best be prepared for juicing. It came from Joe Cross (“Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”) blog. (Note: If you haven’t watched that documentary yet… you should!)
So I followed the prep list and washed, scrubbed, peeled, cut, chopped, etc. everything according to it and put them in Ziploc bags. I wanted to do as much in advance as I could, that way I could eliminate the excuse that making the juice is way too time consuming.
My fridge looked quite lovely when all was said and done!
The main reasons people don’t juice are because 1.) Duh it’s freaking hard! We live in a society that has most social interactions surrounding food and drink, so to cut them out is weird. Not to mention, not eating is hard. 2.) It is expensive. Eating healthy in general is costly, buying organic and making healthier choices does cost more. And yes– in the long run, being healthy saves you money over the health problems that come along when you are not eating well… but money is definitely a valid excuse that gets thrown around when talking about juicing.
Here is the beginning of my list of how much I will spend on this project:
- Juicer: $58
- Bottles/containers: $8
- Sam’s Club groceries: $63
- Wegman’s groceries: $34
My grand total thus far is $163. I am curious to see how far into the juice the groceries that I currently have will take me. I have a feeling I will be back to Sam’s Club by Wednesday.
-Thomas A. Edison