Juicing Adventures

Like juicing, everything in life can be viewed as an adventure and an opportunity to learn. As I have gotten older I have noticed that I am kinder to myself with mistakes. I view mistakes as a learning experience. I am realizing that I will never be perfect, but I can be better. And I have commended myself to this process. It’s actually quite lovely!

So I wouldn’t call it a mistake exactly, but my feelings about juicing have flip-flopped a few times since I’ve been on this health journey. Juicing! It’s what many people think of when they think health. They think they’ll have to juice things like garlic and kale. Not so! Here are some things I have learned about juicing over the years:

  • You can be healthy without juicing. If you’ve never owned a juicer and never plan to, there is still hope.
  • That said, you definitely can include fresh juice as a part of your health program. Different juices can be quite therapeutic!
  • Juicing can be really fun and delicious.
  • Cleaning a juicer can be a real pain.
  • Never, ever, juice radishes.

If you feel inclined to experiment with juicing, go for it! Here is a list of my favorite juices:

Celery

Cucumber

Turmeric (in small amounts)

Parsley

Cilantro

Lemon

Ginger (in small amounts)

Carrot

Beet

You will notice I do not juice fruits very often. I still feel like it’s better to eat the fruits and get the fiber, and avoid all that extra sugar. But please experiment for yourself and see what works for you!

Here is my diet log for the last couple of days:

Monday, 5AM – 2 cups coffee with cream

8 AM – fruit bowl with banana, apple, avocado, lemon juice

12:00 pm – Standard Process berry bar

1:00 pm – coconut yogurt with hemp seeds, blueberries and cinnamon

2:00 pm – salmon, asparagus, a few potato chips

4:00 pm – 1/2 cup cashews

8:00 pm – fig bar

8:45 pm – 5 slices of bacon, mixed greens salad with radish, cucumber and Bragg’s vinaigrette

Tuesday, 5 AM – 2 cups coffee with cream

7 AM – celery, parsley, cilantro, and garlic juice

8 AM – fruit bowl with banana, apple, mango, and pineapple (and lemon juice)

9 AM – 2 cups green tea

12:30 PM – grapes

2:00 PM – quinoa and millet with vegetables (onions, dulse, zucchini, marjoram, and celery)

3:00 PM – another cup green tea (I’m trying to have green or pu-erh tea instead of coffee in the afternoon)

3:30 PM – SP berry bar

Supper – not sure yet! Probably more bacon! YUM!

 

Cleansing Raw Foods

Recently I needed to switch my food selections up a bit and I decided to give raw foods a try. Not for the long term! Just short-term to see what the effect is in my body. I make a point to try everything for myself first. Only then do I pass the information along to others. So I needed a change. And raw it is!

First of all, you may be gasping, “what about the carbs?!?” I gasped the same thing. Almost to the point to having a panic attack! Yes, I am very concerned about carbs. And some raw foods (i.e. fruits) are just loaded with carbs. But I am dedicated to any information or manner of doing things that may help others. I made the determination to try it!

I started with lemon juice fresh-squeezed into a glass of water.

Then coffee with cream. Yes I know it is not raw.

Then I had a breakfast shake. 2 bananas, 2 blood oranges, a handful of spinach, and 2 mangoes. Blended in the Vitamix. (This made two shakes, one for me, and one for Dr. Sheehan, by the way).

Dr. Sheehan added some Standard Process Whey Pro Complete and SP Complete to his. I kept mine free of any protein. To my surprise, I have not collapsed from a protein deficiency.

For lunch I had a big salad with greens, cilantro, cucumbers, carrots, radish and fruits (!) like pineapple and lime juice for dressing.

I was hungry between lunch and dinner, so I ate some nuts.

For dinner I can’t remember what I did that first day. It may have been three carrots with hummus.

And so it went. My first two to three days of eating like this I felt pretty bad. I woke up with a hung-over feeling even though I hadn’t had any alcohol. Throughout the day I was slightly headachey. This is not normal for me. But I stuck with it. I’m happy to report these symptoms have cleared up. I feel more clear with good energy.

At this point I am only about two weeks into my raw experience. I admit I am only eating 50-75% raw. But I’m going to stick it out a little more and see what happens.

I am avoiding refined foods – white refined or cane sugar, breads and flour products, and any type of soda, like the plague.

It just makes sense to me to do it this way. Raw or no!

Please don’t let the picture fool you, actually detest baby carrots and prefer their grown-up counterparts in all cases. I have been known to eat them but they are not my go-to.

Stay tuned!