Friday, July 22, 2011

Juice--it does a body good!

So one thing I learned when Corey and I subscribed to Netflix was that my husband is a bit of a documentary junkie. While I can watch and enjoy one or two, he has watched LOTS. His most recent find was this one...

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It chronicles a man who drinks nothing but juice for 60 days in an attempt to rid his body of toxins, shed unnecessary weight and get to a healthy place. (He also travels around the US and talks to people about food and nutrition etc). Corey asked me to watch and see what I thought. I admit I only watched a portion of it, but what I saw was compelling. In the last year, Corey and I have drastically reduced the amount of processed food we eat; however, we still eat a lot of carbs and a lot of dairy (I LOVE dairy).

So what did we do?

We went and bought a juicer.

And we drank juice for breakfast and lunch for 5 days. We tried dinner, but ditched it after almost strangling one another from hunger. We modified it to include a "sensible dinner." It was a really good experience. We made juice with all of the following in the course of the five days: carrots, celery, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, tomato, cucumber, beets, sweet potatoes, kiwi, grapes, apples, oranges, pineapple, watermelon, pears, peaches, ginger, lemons, limes and strawberries. My favorite? Orange, pear, apple, sweet potato! SO DELICIOUS!

For me, I am trying to be the healthiest that I can be. But I am recognizing baby steps. It started with exercise and a healthy diet. Then I realized that diet food was not a great option for me and started making more of my own foods and cut out the Diet Coke. My one big take-away from the experience is that I really want to learn to eat in moderation and stay healthy. The more kind of "kooky" things I try, the more I realize that I LOVE FOOD. I don't ever want to HAVE to drink juice for 60 days because of obesity. Some things cannot be avoided-all of you lactose intolerant people out there I get that it is not your fault that some of my favorite foods make you sick. But to the extent that I can avoid it, I want to.


  • I think I will keep juicing/smoothie-ing for breakfast. It is great to incorporate veggie juice into the morning routine and maybe I will start adding some tofu for protein in my smoothies.

  • Do a juice fast post finals--to detox from all the CRAP I put in my body when I am stressed out!

  • JUICE MORE--it is SOOO fun! Next time we entertain I want to make fresh raspberry lemonade--YUMMY!!

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