Our Journey in Juicing
Every time I post about juicing I get a whole boatload of questions and yesterday was no different. Here are some resources and ideas to get you started.
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Our Current Routine
Chuck’s routine right now is to get up at 5 am, go for a three-mile run and come home and juice just carrots before work. For lunch, he takes (I think) a couple of Clif Bars and some nuts. He drinks a ton of water at work. When he gets home he drinks a cup of coffee and juices a mixture of vegetables. Sometimes he eats a small portion of the dinner I cooked, other times he eats rice cakes and avocado, some raw nuts, and some fruit.
I juice once, sometimes twice a day. Yesterday’s juice consisted of one apple, one orange, four carrots, half a cucumber and a handful of spinach. Neither of us are “juice fasting” just adding it into our diet while focusing on eating healthy, whole foods. Juicing is a great way to get extra micronutrients (the ones that heal our bodies!) into our system. Imagine eating that pile of fruits and veggies as a “snack” after a run…Apollo also drinks juice daily and I believe it has contributed to his lack of sickness and colds this winter.
Are You Juicing for Weight Loss?
Am I planning to lose more weight? Yes…but I’m not focusing on a number as much as trying to become “lean” and lose the extra body fat I have. When I began this my body mass index number was exactly on the border between “normal” and “overweight”. It has been great to see my BMI drop and now be nowhere near the “overweight” mark. I will say I am within ten pounds of the weight I was when I got married…16 years and 9 babies ago! And I am proud of that. I am also proud of my new ability to run a mile…I couldn’t even do that back in high school!
So, it’s the overall picture of health and fitness that we are working toward, and weight loss just happens to be one of the benefits. Chuck is a heavy equipment operator and now has guys at work asking him about juicing. You can’t miss the fact that he’s lost 30 pounds!
Equipment We Use for Jucicing
We use a Champion Juicer. I don’t remember why we choose this one (we’ve had it for 8 years). Before that. we had an Omega jucier, which worked but was difficult to clean. My parents just bought a Breville juicer.
I look at every sip of juice that take as one step toward a healthier body and one step toward feeling better.
Resources for Juicing
This is an amazing documentary by Joe Cross. This is what jumpstarted our journey with juicing and health.
The follow-up to the original movie. Every bit as inspiring and informative!
Full of ideas, recipes and inspiring true stories. If you don’t want to buy it, check it out from your local library.
Websites and Free Recipes
Delicious recipes and gorgeous photos!
Ten delicious recipes to get you started.