31+ Days of Juicing. Day 32: Not Getting a Medal

I ate. I’m just going to lay that out there. I ate, then I walked 4 miles at midnight around Disney to make up for it. I tried, I really did. I prepared and made juices for the entire day – packing them in a cooler for the trip to Disney. But, by the time we went to dinner with friends, Gigi and I decided we would eat if it was healthy and we did. It was delicious, I’m not going to lie. After 28 days of all juicing with the exception of a piece of carrot cake I ate, but I’m actually okay with it because it was a decision made after much thought and not impulse.

The new plan is to enjoy eating healthy at Disney for the next few days and then spend the next five days juicing before I head home. That’s what I love about juicing… I feel in control.

On a side note, I have to say I am shocked that there is not a juice bar to be found at Disney. How ridiculous is that? You would think that Epcot in particular would have one. Someone there really needs to get on this.

Yes, dinner was good – we ate at a french restaurant and I had a goat cheese salad with a vinaigrette and split an eggplant/vegetable lasagna dish with Gigi. We watched the fireworks and right before midnight, Gigi and I put on our sneakers and walked 4x around the loop connecting the boardwalk and the hotels. We figure it was around 4 miles. A year ago I really didn’t think I would ever love vegetables, but now I do… maybe I’ll eventually love walking too. One can only hope!

Have a great day! xo Amy

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 28: Juicing Buddy

Yesterday was a travel day. I’m in Florida on business to work with Gigi, my friend and business partner. I love coming down here for lots of reasons, but mostly today because I have a juicing partner. I need that. I’ve been really struggling this last week to stay on track and there’s no better way to do that then to have a support system via a juicing buddy.

Even if you don’t have the luxury of having one up close and personal, you can get lots of juicing friends by visiting Joe Cross’s Join the Reboot forums.  There you’ll find tips and people like you who are interested in juicing. Some are struggling, others are just beginning and some have been successful in their quest to get healthy.

I highly recommend searching out a support system. Like anything else you do in life, it’s nice to have someone along for the ride who understands you and is cheering you on!

Amy xo

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 27: Keeping Busy

I’ve discovered that the best way to stay on track is to keep busy, so this past friday on a wet, cold, blustery night, I went to Kings Island – a local amusement park, for a haunted evening of frights and amusements. Some would say it was crazy. Okay, most would say it was crazy, but I stayed on track, rode some crazy rides, waited in zero lines and had a blast.

Saturday I helped my son clean his house so he could get ready to paint and renovate. I am sore from head to toe, but we got lots done and I stayed on track.

Do you see the trend? Keeping busy = Staying on track.

Amy xo

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 25: Sabotage.

sabotage is ugly. It’s an ugly word and the meaning of it is even uglier…

sab·o·tage: : an act or process tending to hamper or hurt

People do it to us and even worse… we do it to ourselves. Usually, it’s when we are feeling vulnerable. Nothing worse than kicking yourself when down. Sometimes it’s when something deep within over-rides our common sense. Like when I ate that piece of cheese cake late last night when no one was looking. Yep. The one that has been looking at me through the refrigerator doors since last Thursday. I could rationalize and say I lasted a week… it’s the only time I “cheated”,  but I’m not. I could say “no biggie”, but I’m not.

I’m just going to stay pissed enough at myself so I don’t eat the bread pudding that is now in the refrigerator. The one that my husband brought home for me tonight KNOWING that I’m not eating sweets or food. “Come on Amy he says… you can have one piece”. No. I can’t. Why? Because there is a bigger goal and I am going to reach it in spite of myself.

I haven’t lost a pound in three days. I’m sure that cheese cake isn’t going to help the scale tomorrow, but that’s okay. I walked three miles to make up for it and I am back on track. xo Amy

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31 Day of Juicing. Day 24: Living a Positive Life

So what are you? The glass is half full or the glass is half empty kind of guy or gal? For me, that question is easy… it’s always half full. I really don’t even get why you would choose half empty when you could choose half full. Would you choose sad when you could choose happy?

Yes, life can be rough and cruel at times, but there’s always something to be grateful for. I say be grateful for what you have right now, today… it could be worse. Put on your rain boots and splash in the puddles if it’s going to rain. For every bad thing that happens, you can find a good thing… which reminds me why I brought this up. Yesterday, when going to through some books I found something that said, you have permission to complain about something three times, then throw it away. Nobody wants to be around a complainer and you shouldn’t surround yourself with negativity from others or yourself.

I think there are three things you can do to become a positive and ultimately, happier person…

  1. Smile. Smile to yourself, smile to your family, smile to your friends… smile to strangers. Even if you don’t feel like it.
  2. Balance every negative comment that comes out of your mouth with a positive one. As I said earlier, no one likes a complainer… eventually, people will run from you. Don’t be that person. If something is bothering you, fine – talk about it, but then balance it with something positive. Every single time.
  3. Be grateful. Even on the worst of all days, you can find something to be grateful for. Before you go to bed, write down or say out loud three things you are grateful for about that day. This is a life-changer.
  4. Do something nice for someone you know or a stranger every single day. It can be as simple as holding a door open for someone or telling them they look beautiful. It’s amazing how good it will make you feel.
  5. At the end of the day, give yourself a hug and remind yourself that you are a good person, valuable and worthwhile… because you are.

Amy xo

PS. Holding tight at 14 lbs lost in 21 days. Ugh. I am grateful for losing those 14 pounds 🙂

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 22: Blah. Blah.

Today is an odd day. I actually feel really good, but I’m just kind of blah about the juicing these last few days. I’m not really hungry, in fact I have to force myself to make my fourth juice every night. I still struggle drinking water which is not because I don’t like it, I just don’t take the time to drink it. I make dinner for Mike and anyone who stops by at night and am not really tempted, but I do think a lot about what I’m going to eat when I get done juicing. That said, I’m thinking about making this a 45 day fast instead of a 30 day. I’ll make that decision on November 2nd, which will mark my 30th day of juice only.

It’s times like this that are probably most dangerous. Today it would be easy to grab a handful of nuts or chips, but I’m not. I still haven’t even had a lick or bite of anything… not one single thing. I know that there is a piece of triple layer carrot cake in my freezer and yes, at times I’m tempted to just have one bite, but for some reason, this time is different. In the past I would have taken a bit and then had the whole piece. I think I finally realize that this is about being healthy, feeling good and feeding my body, not my emotions. I can do this for another 8 days and even more if I decide to. In the scheme of things, that’s nothing compared to how good I’ll feel when I get to my goal.

The thing is, it may be a blah day, but it’s still a good day. I didn’t lose anything today, but there’s always tomorrow! Amy xo

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 15: Allergies & Perspective

I went to the Doctor early this morning. I did not go because I’m juicing, but because I have had several instances of shortness of breath which I was blaming on the weather. I basically, in my own medical mind,  had decided I am having an allergic reaction to red wine and blue berries, but wanted to make sure it wasn’t something else. I am not currently drinking red wine, but had a problem with it twice, over a month ago. In that case, my throat swelled, I got blisters in my mouth and I had shortness of breath. The issue with the blue berries happened when using them in a fruit juice twice over the last two weeks and each time I drank the juice, my chest became tight and I was short of breath – it felt like I had asthma, which I don’t.

She (my doctor) basically agreed that it sounded like it was an allergic reaction to the red wine and berries. She suggested that I could go for an allergy test, but that sometimes even those test don’t pinpoint some things. She was really happy to see that I was weighing even less than my last check-up – I am two pounds away from a huge goal – you’ll hear about that in a few days!

We discussed the juice fast and although she wasn’t opposed to it, she was a bit concerned about the lack of protein. Of course I told her I was feeling the best I had in years. My blood pressure was 104 over 86 and she ran some blood tests just to make sure everything was okay. She didn’t say it out loud, but I think the whole juicing thing made her a bit nervous, but she saw that I look and feel better than I have in years and we have the tests to back it up. Because of that she wasn’t a nay-sayer. I’ll let you know how the blood tests are in a few days!

Afterwards, I ran into Whole Foods which was right around the corner to re-stock some fruits and vegetables and grab a juice…

I ordered The Kitchen Sink which was carrot, cucumber, spinach, parsley and apple juice, BUT I don’t like it when they add the apple juice so I replaced that with a lemon. It was really good!

Do you like my nail color? It’s a plum color and one of OPI’s new fall colors called Casino Royale.

When I got home it was freezing cold so I grabbed all the bags including one with a candle in it from Yankee Candle and brought them inside. They were soooooo heavy and when I went up the two steps from the garage into the kitchen I had ah-ha moment that this was what it was like when I was heavy, but I was carrying it around twenty-four hours a day! Of course I did what anyone would do…

I got out my luggage scale and weighed those bags…

They weighed 50 lbs. Which is 14 lbs less than the amount that I’ve lost in total over the last 6 or so months. It’s just hard to believe I was punishing my body so much, for so many years- no wonder I feel so good now. I can’t wait to see how I feel with another 40 lbs off. Today I lost another pound. That’s 10 lbs in 12 days of fasting, for a total of 64 lbs lost to date. Yay!

Before I go, here’s a tea that I found – I love it. If you like licorice and mint, you ought to try it…

It’s really refreshing… it would probably be good iced too! Have a great day! Amy xo

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 9: An Awkward Conversation

This is awkward for me, so I’m just going to say it. Constipation. I mean, really… I think you can probably relate.  It’s usually not a problem when juicing, but I almost always have it when traveling. I know most people experience it at some time or another, so I thought I’d just throw it out there and share… I am was constipated. Last time I “went” was Friday morning and I didn’t go again until mid-morning today.

I know. Awful, embarrassing topic, but I have a solution…

Organic Smooth Move. If you’re in a bind (haha, couldn’t resist!) and need some help, these little tea bags are amazing. I should have brought them with me to NYC, but I didn’t, so I sipped one last night and voila! Situation solved. Best. Find. Ever. The best thing about this product is it tastes delicious, doesn’t cramp you up or cause anything but a normal visit to the ‘ole water closet. They are nice to have on hand and I think you can find them in most grocery stores.

Otherwise, things are just swell. I’m back to the normal grind of things and feeling good! I had a pear, raspberry and kiwi juice this morning and am missing the fact that I can’t run down a few blocks for a fresh juice for lunch! Doing a water check today… think that was a fail over the weekend. I lost 6 lbs so far after 5 days of juicing. I was a bit disappointed, but that’s okay. Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

Have a great day!

Amy xo

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31 Days of Juicing. Day 1: Just Do It.

Note: Below are links to the entire series.

DAY ONE

You may have seen my earlier post about 31 days to Decorate Confidently, well apparently I’m overly inspired by the whole 31 day thing at Nesting Place because I’m adding another series to my list: 31 Days of Juicing. I have an internal battle going on at the moment… “share this” versus “don’t share” and as you can see “share this” won. I decided to make this a series for four reasons…

  1. I’ve posted about juicing in the past and get a ton of questions about it. This is a great way to share my experiences with you.
  2. When I first decided to start Juicing I devoured the internet for information and had a hard time finding the information I craved. It’s my hope that this will be a good source of information and reference for people searching in the future.
  3. I have lost over 50 lbs, but want to lose much more. When I saw the 31 Day blogging challenge I decided the time is now and what better way to commit myself than to do it publicly?
  4. Juicing has changed my life in so many ways. I just want to shout it from a mountain top… This is my mountain… do you want to climb it with me?

Here’s the skinny of it. I’ll post everyday – short and sweet, nothing too long.  The next three days will involve getting ready. I’m not interested in making myself miserable by going into withdraw by starting juicing cold turkey. I currently juice each day anywhere between 1 to 2 juices – usually one fruit juice plus a green juice and/or carrot juice. My current diet is pretty healthy (although not always) and amazingly I have maintained my 50 lb loss for several months now. To my dismay, I have gotten back into drinking coffee with half and half and have been known to have a bad carb or two or three. Believe it or not, I have more energy without caffeine. Unfortunately, Starbucks and I have a bond that’s hard to deny.

What would happen if I didn’t prepare my body for a Juice Fast? Basically, my body would freak out. My head would hurt, I’d feel lethargic… in a nutshell I’d want to whine and want to sleep all day, but since I love myself,  don’t have time for that and see no point to it, this is my plan for the next three days:

  1. Drink lots of water. I don’t have an aversion to water, but for some reason this is a chore to me. I am striving to get better at this.
  2. No sugar. None, zero, zilch. I haven’t had any in a few days, so I’m telling myself this is easy. Hah! Fruit of course is okay, but I won’t have any bananas.
  3. No dairy except for the half and half in my coffee. After Wednesday, none.
  4. Three cups of coffee today. Two tomorrow. One on Wednesday. None after that.
  5. 2-3 Juices a day with chia and flax seeds. This is easy. I make them in the morning and I can drink on the go.
  6. Have a bowl of my favorite minestrone for dinner. Click here to see the brand I make. Love this soup!  When I make it,  I don’t add any meat or pasta. I do add two stalks of celery cut up, two carrots chopped and half of an onion. It’s delicious and I like that the beans add protein. The point here is no meat or pasta.
  7. No meat. No problem as I haven’t had meat in a few days. I don’t think cutting out meat causes any withdraw symptoms… well physical symptoms anyway. Some people may mentally miss it! I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m not tied to meat like I have been in the past.
  8. I’ll eat a salad if I want one with a little vinaigrette dressing, but chances are I won’t.
  9. If I have a munch attack at night I’ll grab a small handful of nuts.

So that’s the plan!

If you think I’m crazy, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly dead for free over at Join the Reboot – a fabulous site that’s all about juicing.

If you want to see what Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead recommends about preparing for a juice, you can see it here. In fact I highly recommend exploring his site for loads of information.

If you want my story on how I joined the juicing bandwagon you can see it here.

If want to see how losing 50 lbs by juicing changed my life, click here.

More tomorrow! xo Amy

Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, not a nurse, not a nutritionist. I’m just someone who needed to lose weight, get healthy and feel better. I didn’t go to my doctor before I started juicing, but you probably should. In other words if you try this, you do this at your own risk and I take no responsibility for it. I will be happy to answer any questions you have, but again, it will just be my opinion and will be based on my personal experience which may differ from yours!

Fifty Reasons I’m Happy Today

Fifty seems to be a popular number lately. I’m fifty… that doesn’t really make me happy, but it doesn’t make me sad either. I’ve just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed… yes, I did love those books, but they’re not the reason I’m happy today. This has to do with something I have been battling since I had the last of my three kids over twenty years  ago… my weight.

I have tried practically every diet out there. I’ve lost weight. Gained weight. Gained more. It’s a vicious, evil thing, but I think I’m finally starting to win the battle. I still want to lose more, but as of today I have lost 50 lbs and because of that, here are the reasons why I’m happy today…

  1. Three years ago I was Pre-Diabetic. Today I am not.
  2. Three years ago I was anemic, today I am not (If you are anemic, I highly recommend Flora Vital).
  3. Three years ago my good cholesterol was low. Today it is normal.
  4. I don’t get out of breath when I walk.
  5. I bought a large instead of an extra-large when shopping the other day.
  6. I can wear my wedding rings again.
  7. I don’t have to add extenders to any of my necklaces.
  8. I am starting to prefer tighter clothes.
  9. I have 10x more energy.
  10. I bought a bathing suit that I actually like. I wore it this weekend. My husband said I looked sexy, although I’m pretty sure he had ulterior motives, haha! For the first time in many years I was not ashamed to be in a swim suit.
  11. I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  12. I ate out  and ordered a gyro. For the first time, I realized I would have rather had a soup and salad.
  13. Several times over the past few months I’ve gained 4 lbs or so, but I didn’t freak out… I just promptly re- lost it each time. This gives me hope.
  14. I am finding healthy recipes are really quite good.
  15. I discovered the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and now crave carrot and green juices – I am thankful for both
  16. My feet aren’t stiff when I wake up. I can walk all day long and they still don’t hurt.
  17. My knee doesn’t hurt. I used to wear a brace. Today I don’t even think about it.
  18. My back doesn’t hurt. Well, today it does, but that’s only because over the weekend I lifted a heavy piece of furniture, so that’s my fault! Normally, it doesn’t hurt like it used to.
  19. I am now buying a size nine shoe instead of a 9 1/2. Mostly because…
  20. My feet don’t swell. Nor do my fingers, ankles, etc. I contribute this to the fact that I don’t drink anything carbonated anymore. No soda and it’s rare that I ever have a beer.
  21. My kids are proud of me. Not that they didn’t love me fat, but they like me healthy.
  22. As my face thins out, I am not getting more wrinkles. That really was a concern, haha! I know, I’m vain.
  23. My husband and anyone I travel with loves this more than me, but I don’t snore anymore… or so they tell me.
  24. When I travel, I have to pull the seat belt tight… by more than several inches. There was a time I worried about getting it buckled.
  25. I don’t have the desire to read any self-help books anymore. I’m ready to live what I’ve read.
  26. I am feeling creative again.
  27. I rarely feel like I need an afternoon nap.
  28. When standing up and looking down, I can see my toes.
  29. I no longer look like I’m pregnant.
  30. I realized the other week that I was crossing my legs while sitting. It dawned on me that I hadn’t done that in years.
  31. I eat almost all fresh vegetables (versus from a can or frozen)  and find that not only are they easy to prepare, but I really do like them.
  32. I can sleep at night without an arm going numb.
  33. I find I like to go out…I am feeling more social.
  34. Dressing fashionably seems possible again.
  35. I am comfortable.
  36. I am more confident.
  37. I am less of an apple shape.
  38. My BMI dropped significantly.
  39. I have more balance. I can easily stand without holding on to anything and put my pants on one leg at a time.
  40. I don’t dread getting on the scale, in fact I semi-look forward to it.
  41. If I eat big one day or even over one weekend, it’s okay. I get back on track the next day.
  42. I don’t feel I’m on a diet, but that I have adapted a new way of eating. Translation: This just might last.
  43. There’s an extra giddy-up in my step that I didn’t know I missing until I got it back.
  44. I don’t even think about looking at plus sizes when shopping.
  45. I think I actually might someday soon get back into my original Calvin Kleins from back in the day. Fingers crossed!
  46. When I go to the market, I find I’m now shopping the perimeter of the store and rarely go down the aisles. That translates into: I’m eating fresh food as opposed to processed foods.
  47. I wore jeans for the first time in over 15 years.
  48. Although I have always sweated a lot, ugh… I sweat much less than I did 50 lbs. ago.
  49. I can wear 3″ heels again.
  50. I find I am much more heat tolerant.
  51. I am not taking any supplements (the benefit of which is now being debated) because I am getting all my nutrition from the food that I eat

Ooops. That’s fifty-one reasons. I could come up with forty-nine more, but I won’t do that to you…

So there you are. I am not at the end of my journey to getting slim and healthy, but I wanted to share this mile stone with you because it has been such a struggle for me over the years.  If you have the same struggle I want you to know that there is hope. You can do it. It starts with baby steps and it’s more about choosing to embrace a life style change than about starting a diet. For me, it was cutting out sugar, white flour and processed foods. It was adding juicing (fruit and vegetable juices), nuts, beans and vegetable soup. For you, “it” may be Weight Watchers or Counting Calories. Whatever “it” is, I will tell you… there are fifty reasons to say yes to “it”. Every single one is a life changer.

This is really about designing you so you can live it to the fullest. We don’t get any do-overs in life, but we it’s never too late to make changes! Change may seem impossible at times, yet truly it is not. If I can do it, so can you! xo Amy

A Love Affair with Mason Jars

I am having a love affair with Mason Jars. It started innocently enough. I bought my first set at Wal-Mart when I started juicing to keep my juice fresh when carrying to work or on the run…

I also use them to store and freeze soup like my favorite minestrone soup mix I love to make  lately. Chances are if you live near me and get sick, I will bring you a jar of this

I heart this soup mix. I don’t add meat or pasta, but do add some vegetable base, carrots, celery and onions. So good.

Then I discovered the short one’s with the large opening…

They hold as much as the other ones… I use them for juice and soup too, but they are also perfect for the homemade sugar scrub I like to make – I’ll share that recipe with you tomorrow!

Last month I was frustrated with all the celestial tea boxes I had in my cabinet with tea bags inside that weren’t individually wrapped and thought, hmmmm…. what can I use to keep this tea fresh?

The mason jars are perfect! The only problem was I wanted to stack them on my shelves and they really are not designed for stacking – they are very slippery on the bottom. My solution? Rubber shelf liner.

I had some and traced the outline of the lid…

Then cut a square around the outline…

I folded it in half…

and then in quarters…

and then cut along the outline…

It’s a simple way to get a pretty good circle!

Place it on top of the lid, add a jar on top and voila! They stack quite well now! Yes, I know they need cute labels, but for now my trusty little labeler came through in a pinch…

A few weeks ago I had to buy these adorable little mini jars…

I had pinned this recipe for personal pies from The Family Kitchen

and this one for an Eggnog Spicecake Trifle from Today’s Nest on Pinterest

and thought they would be perfect in those petite mason jars with a pretty ribbon or twine, don’t you agree?

When I was at GiGi’s, she needed containers to store her chia and flax seeds on the counter for quick access and guess what she used? Yep! Mason Jars. I tried it at my house when I got home… Double adorable in that basket, don’t you think?

When at GiGi’s we also made meals in a jar for on the road – check out these from Big Red Kitchen

I know if I went to Pinterest, I would find a hundred thousand million more ideas for these inexpensive jars! They just make my heart pitter patter! What do you use them for? Amy xo

Joining the Juicing Bandwagon

It’s all good!

I’ve taken an extended break from blogging, but am ready to get back up and going. We’ve got some fun new things planned here, but as we get ready to introduce them, I wanted to share something that has changed my life in the past few months. Juicing. My friend and business partner Gigi introduced to a documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It may change your life for the good, like it did mine. In a nutshell, it’s a about a guy named Joe Cross who really was fat, sick and nearly dead – well not maybe nearly dead, but eventually he would have been dead. Like Joe, I had low energy and needed to lose weight. In fact I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes a few years ago. I never lost the weight after giving birth to three kids and have desperately tried to lose weight over the years. You name the diet, I’ve probably tried it. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, gained more weight and lost a little again. It was an evil, vicious cycle and none of it made me healthy or thin. Here’s a link to watch it for free – Click here.

The documentary really hit home, but the thought of juicing really didn’t appeal to me. I mean, I don’t even really LIKE vegetables and you just can’t do fruit juices all day – that’s not good either. But, Gigi made me try one (she’s pushy like that!) and guess what? It was actually really good and I decided to get myself a Jack Lalanne which is the most reasonably priced ($99.00) and reliable juicer I’ve found and perfect for a newbie.

I started exploring the internet for juicing tips and quickly found that I had lots more questions than answers. The best website for juicing in my opinion is Joe’s over at http://www.jointhereboot.com. They just did a major overhaul to their site and have added lots of great info – I’m guessing that new things are going to be added each week. You’ll find the best recipes, community help, fasting plans, etc and it’s ALL FREE! Gotta love that 🙂

It’s up to you if you want to try juicing, but you know me, I love to share a good thing and this is a GREAT thing – guaranteed to make you feel better. For me, losing 50 lbs so far (yay!) was a bonus. I actually feel really, really good for the first time in a really long time. In fact, I had forgotten how “good” feels and realized how bad I really did feel. Crazy.

Here are some tips and information I found along the way that may save you a lot of digging on your journey to feeling better! These are a mix of my opinions information that was helpful to me. As always, check with your health physician if you have any concerns. Just consider me a friend sharing information with a new friend! I’m not a doctor or even a nutritionist and will give credit along the way of where I found particular information. If you see I missed credit somewhere, let me know and I will correct it!

WHY JUICE?

The answer is really simple. It makes me feel good, I’ve lost weight, gained energy, my skin is clear and feel better than I have in a lot of years. The end.

WHAT DO I NEED TO START?

A Juicer

  • I started with Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Deluxe – $89.00 if bought at the store from Costco – it comes with a recipe book, although honestly, I’ve never looked at the book. It’s a basic model and works well. I don’t think it’s on-line anymore through Costco, but the stores should have it. You can also find other versions on Amazon and at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • Now that I have been juicing 3-4 times a day for a few months, two of my kids decided to start juicing too – they’re 23 and 25. My daughter took my Jack Lalanne and my son bought one too, so I moved up to the $149.99 model from Breville. I have to say I adore it. If you can swing an extra $50.00, do it! It just has a little more giddy-up-and-go. You can often get a discount if you shop through the ReBoot site.

By the way, I am writing all of this on my own and not being paid to promote anything or anyone – juicing is just something I’ve become passionate about!

My favorite green drink

Recipes

  • For fruit, I find that almost anything tastes good together, as long as you peel the oranges! If you don’t peel your oranges it will be very bitter!
  • For vegetables, it’s all about the recipe. It’s about using the right amount/combination and finding things that work for you. I have tried lots of different combinations, but really stick to my two favorites – Classic Green with spinach, kale, cucumber, celery, green apple and ginger or a Carrot Juice with Carrots, apple and Ginger. Sometimes I’ll add 1/2 a sweet potato as well! Yum.
  • Quick tips: use flavor items such as ginger, lemon or lime lightly in the beginning. For example ginger – start with a piece the size of your finger tip, lemons – cut original amount in half and lime – start with a quarter of what the recipe calls for until you know what you like and don’t like. Also, start with a basic recipe such as a green drink. I try to mix it up with some different recipes each week, but always fall back on my two favs mentioned above.
  • I found that I needed a go-to  sheet of basic recipes, so I put the recipes from Join the Reboot into a word document, printed and put into clear sleeves to keep them dry when juicing. It worked perfect for me, so here’s a link to a PDF of JuicingRecipes to print for yourself if you would like! NOTE: That was a few months back and before their website redesign – it’s actually quite nice to access now with lots of new recipes, so make sure to check them out! New recipes from Join the Reboot They are still working some kinks out, but the website is an amazing source of information!

Fruit & Veggies

  • In the perfect world where I had unlimited funds and lived next to a whole foods, I would buy all organic. Unfortunately, neither is a reality, but that isn’t going to stop me from juicing. I have explored my neighborhood and have found the stores that have the best prices and freshest produce. Deals may vary in stores in week.
  • I aim for organic, but if it’s too pricey or not available, I wash them extra carefully. My daughter bought me an 0x0 salad spinner and I really like it. I do think it helps to clean lettuce and grapes a little better. I take the skin off of cucumbers since they sometimes have a waxy film – occasionally, apples are waxy too, but the truth is I am not going to peel my apples. I don’t have time for that. Don’t judge me.
  • In the summer (I live in the mid-west) I am going to explore some local markets with fresh produce which I hope will be pesticide free, fresher and less expensive. I’ll let you know how that works out in a few months!
  • I find I need to shop about every 3-4 days. I shop on the weekend for the main things and then head back to the store on Wednesday or so for fillers. Do NOT over buy – it’s easy to do in the beginning. Choose a few recipes and start with the ingredients for those. The last thing you want to do is have food go to waste and it will go to waste if you buy too much. I get a lot of my fruit and some veggies at SAM’s, but don’t alway’s assume they have the best deal. Wal-Mart often has a good deals, but their shelf life is not always as long. We also have a Meijer’s and find their selection and prices good as well. I need to check out the Krogers in our area, but just haven’t done it yet.
  • Confession: I admit I hadn’t a clue as to the types of veggies that were out there. Fennel? Kale? Who knew they existed or that I would be buying these things? If you need help figuring out what the heck these and other things are, here is a great resource – Farm Fresh to You. I actually had to google what things looked like the first couple of times I shopped!
  • Ever wonder why some things go bad in your refrigerator so fast? Read this.. Why Fresh Produce Goes Bad I can’t say I follow it all, but it is helpful to know. I had a problem with things freezing, so I added an inexpensive thermometer to regulate the temperature in my freezer and fridge which really helped.

Juice on the Go

  • You are supposed to drink fresh juice right away to get all the nutritional value, but of course that is not practical for all of us. On a work day, I will make a fresh juice before I leave to drink immediately and then I will take a double recipe of a veggie juice and store it in two ball jars. I take it to the office in a little cooler and it still tastes good! I think the secret is to fill it to the top so there is very little oxygen inside. I don’t like fruit juices stored over night, although my husband doesn’t mind it. Bottom line, drink fresh if possible, but if not, figure out what works for you!
  • I found an AMAZING shopping list for fruits and vegetables on-line, but for the life of me cannot find the source to credit. a link to it was originally posted in the reboot forums, but I can’t find it anymore. You can print out multiple copies of this Juicing Shopping List and check off the items you need to buy for specific recipes. It’s a great help when starting out! P.S. Once you get the swing of it, shopping will be a breeze!

READY TO START?

I suggest you start juicing a few times a day to get started. Clean your juicer out ASAP and it will be easy peasy to clean. I often just rinse and use a brush so I get a build up of soap residue. Also, if you don’t use fabric shopping bags, use a plastic produce baggie to line the pulp container – that saves a step of clean-up!

Right now I am doing a Fruit Juice in the morning and 3 or 4 vegetable juices throughout the day. I will typically have a light meal or bowl of soup for dinner. I am going to go back to a Juice Fast in a few weeks which for me really helps me not only feel good, but helps me to continue to lose weight. The thing is to not do it cold turkey. I took a week to prepare via The Classic ReBoot of Joe’s which really helped me to prepare. As a result the cravings weren’t bad and I didn’t have any headaches from caffeine withdraw. Note: I was a 6-8 cup a day coffee drinker a few months ago and now I only drink herbal tea (caffeine free). I don’t miss the caffeine at all – I know that’s hard to believe, but with juicing, I don’t need a pick-me-up anymore.

I will probably think of lots of other things to add, but for now this will get you going! Give juicing a try… I think you will love it! I’d love to hear any tips or thoughts you have along the way! xo