Juicing. I'm not talking about just making fruit juice. I'm talking about REAL juicing. Juicing that the most hard-core juicers drink. Yes, I'm talking about green juice!
My DH and I watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" on Netflix. Actually, we watched it twice and I was interested in the idea of trying to implement vegetable juicing into my routine. Thankfully, my DH is not opposed to eating healthy and trying to improve in that arena so I got a small, entry level juicer made by Black & Decker for $30.00 and a bagful of produce. Here's my record of the start of the journey.
The Dreaded First Few Days
b'fast: 1/2 pineapple, 1 carrot, 1 orange
lunch: 2 stems kale, 2 apples, 1 carrot, 5 cherry tomatos, 4 celery stalks, small bunch of parsley, squirt of lime juice, small piece of ginger root. Made 2 glasses of juice, I drank half and put the rest in the fridge.
Dinner: steamed cauliflower, roasted beets and greens with onion, chicken strips.
Snack: popcorn with butter and salt, bottled oj
Didn't feel sleepy after our regular, early afternoon Sunday dinner. No nap today. Tongue feels metallic. Didn't feel hungry but did feel a bit foggy.
coffee with creamer
b'fast: 1 stem kale, handful of spinach, 2 celery stalks, 6 tomato, 1 carrot, 1 apple
lunch: same juice as b'fast, bowl of 3 bean salad
snack: nut/raisin/m&m trail mix (kinda saltier than I wanted), handful of blackberries and 3 strawberries
glass of pino grigio with 4 crackers, swiss cheese slices, and blue cheese
dinner: beef stew meat, potato
still feeling pretty good. a bit bound. a little foggy.
bfast: 1 stem kale, handful spinach, celery, tomato, carrot, apple, parsley
water and berries
lunch: veggie black bean soup, whole grain bread
snack: nut trail mix, 4 whole grain crackers with one baby bel garlic cheese wedge
dinner: chicken and steamed broccoli with al fredo sauce over rice, water
Bad day: very sleepy, headaches, eyes ache, neck ache, took an afternoon nap. still bound. irratable. Crass. Metallic taste on tongue but not as bad.
bfast: coffee with cream, kale, spinach, celery, tomato, carrot, apple, parsley
Bolthouse Farms green juice and water
lunch: banana, nut trail mix, crackers and baby bel garlic cheese
water, cup of tea, smoked cheddar cheese on crackers
dinner: pork chops, corn
Feeling MUCH better today. Slight headache, no longer bound, much better mood though still a bit crass. No more metallic taste in mouth. Feeling more energy at night.
Are you afraid to try juicing? It will not hurt you. It will not taste sweet or salty or oily or milky. I best describe it like this: you know that wonderful smell in the air right after someone mows grass? If you could bottle that smell and drink it, that is how green juice tastes. It's good and good for you!