Let’s talk about juicing for a second and by juicing I mean the one with vegetables and fruit and not the steroids that some of you body builders like to use!
I am 5’3 and 130 pounds (I can’t believe I just put that online for the world to read) but it is the truth. I, like most people, have things about my body that I do not like so I feel like I am always dieting and working out. Sometimes the diets have worked and sometimes they have not. The paleo diet, that I have talked about in other posts, worked for a little while, but I was so sick of eating the same things (because I am kind of a picky eater). Juicing however was pretty much the most amazing thing that I have ever tried.
I was watching a documentary with my husband one night called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I can honestly say from the moment that I finished this show I was completely on board with this juicing diet and cleanse. Like Joe (who made the documentary) I have some medical issues that I wanted to get under control. I have over sensitized nerves in my jaw that cause shooting pain throughout my mouth, ears and neck. It is something that comes and goes and can be triggered by simply opening my mouth to brush my teeth. Anything in your mouth is extremely painful (think getting a root canal times 10 and that is what it feels like). My doctors told me that I would be taking pills most days to help with the problem.
I am 30 years old. I did not want to be taking pills every day of my life to control this problem. At this point I was ready to try anything and so my juicing cleanse began.
The day after watching the documentary I went out and bought the same juicer that Joe had used and then I combed the internet for every juice recipe I could find. I basically concluded that you could put anything you wanted into your juices, as long as the fruit was in moderation. So I picked a few that would suit me and then started making my juices.
I was completely dedicated to changing my eating habits so I decided to do a 14 day juice cleanse to kick off my diet (which for me meant I would only eat or drink fruits and vegetables)!
The cleanse was no where near as bad as I initially thought it was going to be. I was able to stick to the whole 14 days of juicing and in those 14 days I lost around 12 pounds! I started integrating healthy foods back into my diet after the 14 days and I kept up eating well, until the holidays in 2015 (9 months total). I was drinking at least 2 juices every day and then eating a full meal at dinner and only snacking on healthy snacks. Over the 9 month period I lost 27 pounds. Although I have let my diet slip (I have gained back about 8pounds of what I lost) I am determined to get back in the swing of things.
I have a mud run that I am participating in this weekend so I am going to juice all day tomorrow and drink a ton of water so I am properly hydrated for Saturday!
3 Handfuls of Spinach
3 Handfuls of Kale
3 Granny Smith Apples
1 Large Orange (peeled)
6 Celery Stalks
1 Thumb of Ginger
1 Whole Lemon
You will put them in the juicer and VOILA~! It is that simple! I put my leafy greens in the juicer first so that my other food will get all the remnants of the leaves out and I maximize the juice that comes from the kale and spinach (but that is just my preference). The leafy greens don’t produce as much juice as you would think, but what it does squeeze out is purely amazing!
I like to let my juice sit in my container for a few minutes before I pour it into my glass bottle and put it in the fridge. The juice will separate and leave all the pulpy mess at the top and leave all the wonderful juice at the bottom. Make sure you drink your juice within 1-2 days. I prefer to drink them as quickly as possible so that you are getting the most nutrients out of your juice.