Friday, September 13, 2013

Just the Juicy Parts, Please!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I recently watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on YouTube.  (Of course, now it's gone, but I did find it on Hulu (with commercials). But it's still worth watching.) In it, an Australian named Joe Cross goes on a 60-day juice diet and lost 82 lbs.

Joe is the leading crusader for juice fasting, and his story is pretty compelling.

Suffice to say, my juicer arrived on Wednesday.  A Hamilton Beach juicer. My goal?  To lose weight.  Any amount of weight.  I don't think I could do the 10-day juice fast, but Joe recommends that people try to add one glass of veggie/fruit juice to the daily food intake and I thought I'd give it a go.  I'm not a big fan of breakfast, so I decided to try juicing for breakfast.

Yesterday, I went to the local Farmer's Market.  I figured (and boy was I right) that I could get the fruits and veggies I needed (and brother do you need a lot) a lot cheaper than at the grocery store.  Since I had to go out yesterday morning, I ate my usual (of late) lunch of a big bowl of salad greens (with herbs--loads of cilantro--yum yum!) and after returning from the market, made juice.

Boy, that juicer is LOUD.  I mean I'm thinking of getting headphones like guys wear at airports to drown out jet engines. It also makes fast work of fruits and veggies, spitting the juice out one side while disgorging the roughage out the other. Here's the recipe:

  •  1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  1. Wash all produce well
  2. Peel the lemon, optional
  3. Juice
  4. Pour over ice
  5. Enjoy!

I did not have any real ginger, and not being a fan of ginger, put in only a 1/2 teaspoon of ground gingers.  (I will definitely get a piece of the real stuff for next time.)

After I washed all the vegetables, I cut the outer skin from the lemon.  I've watched enough videos on juicing to know that it's bitter and I didn't think I'd like it.  The kale was the hardest to stuff into the tube, and it didn't seem to mince it as much as everything else,  I'm going to try cutting it up next time.  Putting celery in was kind of scary.  I'm going to cut that into smaller pieces next time, too.

And the verdict?  The green juice looked exactly the way Joe makes it.  And the taste?  Horrific. Really awful. Disgusting, even.  But I drank it.

I wondered if I'd be starved in an hour, but oddly enough ... I didn't even start to feel hungry until almost five hours later.  That's pretty good for a 14 ounce glass of veggie juice.

My goal is to drink at least five glasses of this stuff a week.  There are lots of recipes to try, but apparently green juice is the best if you want to lose weight.  (My neighbor gave me a big bag of peaches from his yard. I'm going to look up a a juice recipe to use them up.)

Can I do five glasses a week?  I'm sure going to try.  I'll let you know how it goes.

(BTW, I've already lost a pound since yesterday.  Intrigued?  Watch the video (link above) or at least the trailer, below.)

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