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.)


Dru said...

so you don't peel the cucumber or apples? What happens to the seed?

Anonymous said...

Nope, I don't peel the apples, but I would peel the cuke if it had wax on it. I got mine at the farmer's market -- no wax. The seeds get chopped up into nothing, just like everything else. Just drank today's breakfast. Still revolting, but I figure if I can lose weight with it, I'll continue. And maybe I'll get used to the taste. I'm counting on that.

Katreader said...

Hmmm. I REALLY need to lose weight. I just don't think I could stomach drinking something I didn't like the taste of. However, I may get the juicer, if on;y to make juice. DO you recommend the one you got despite the noise?

Anonymous said...

I think they're all noisy. (On one video, the woman put in earplugs.) You can spend a LOT of money on juicers -- hundreds of dollars, but I choose the Hamilton Beach one because it was under $100 (Hey, who knows how long I'll want to juice?) and they make good products. It's a bear to clean, but then I suppose all of them are. It has a very fine mesh screen to separate the juice from the pulp, but a very nice brush comes with it, so that make it easier. More than two hours after drinking that glass of green juice--still not hungry.

Michelle Fidler said...

Good luck! I require real food. I need to lose weight too, especially in my thighs so my pants'll fit better. I don't know how anyone could be on that liquid diet for a long time. If it's just one a day that seems healthier. And you know lots of people don't eat breakfast so it's a good thing there are meal replacement bars and shakes. I suppose I could make my own diet: soup and/or green beans. I just finished Murder on the Half Shelf a few days ago. I remember that Tricia did four miles a day on her treadmill.

Anonymous said...

I make a green smoothie every day for lunch in my blender (its a strong blender). I have a juicer hopefully arriving next week. I love the taste of mine. I don't add much fruit. No more than one serving. I do add a few pinches of Stevia (the pure white powder stevia with nothing else added to it). If you are not familiar with stevia it is all natural, good for your digestive system and has no calories. This might help your green drinks become more pleasurable to drink. I've lost 15lbs doing this.

Laura K. Curtis said...

The only way I've EVER lost weight is Weight Watchers. You end up eating a metric ton of fruit and veggies if you do WW so I'll tell you the same thing everyone finds out relatively quickly in their diets...when you add a lot of vegetables to your diet, watch out for gas!

Good luck!

Nancy said...

Good luck! I've read reports of people doing the juice fast and they didn't complain about the taste. I have a feeling it's the kale that's strong tasting. Not ever having tasted kale, that's only a guess. I'd want to add carrots. You're smart to start off with a less expensive model juicer. My daughter bought a Jack LaLane and apparently never uses it.

Aurian said...

Good luck Lorraine! I could never do that, drink something that tastes really bad. And I agree about the Kale, you know that is a winter vegetable? It is supposed to be better tasting once it has been frosted on the land and then harvested. Yes, it will survive a whole winter and still be edible.

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly enough, I don't feel hungry when I have a tall glass of juice for breakfast.

Anonymous said...

Today I dumped the kale and switched to spinach --- no wonder Popeye likes it so much. Lots better. Putting in a carrot didn't hurt, either.

Anonymous said...

No more kale for me. I've heard it's an acquired taste, but I don't have the patience to acquire it.

Kath said...

I love Kale, but I have to pull it off the stems, they are too bitter fo r me.