Juicing for the Sheer Vegginess of It

Today’s Workout
Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:
5 Knees to Elbows
10 Kettlebell Swings (32/20)
15 Wall Ball (20/14)About two weeks ago, I blogged about a documentary that I watched during one of my “sick days” called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It’s a story about a guy, Joe, who decides to take his weight and health into his own hands by going on a raw juice fast for 60 days while traveling across the United States. The results he sees are remarkable – losing over 90 pounds, reversing many of the risk factors that he had accumulated over the past 20 years, and eliminating a serious auto-immune disease/condition he had developed. I highly recommend watching it! His story, of course, got me thinking… does my normal diet provide me with the micronutrients that I should be getting for optimal health? The answer I kept coming back to was a resounding, NO, and the answer, inspired by the documentary – juicing.

I broke out my old Breville centrifugal juicer, dusted it off (it’s been sitting in my garage for the past year unused), researched the juice recipes from the movie, and took a trip to Whole Foods to stock my fridge with a bunch of healthy, organic green leafy vegetables and fruits. I got started with a very basic juice – celery, kale, apple, ginger, cucumber, parsley, and lemon… and it was fantastic – pure liquid wellness heading right into my stomach and blood stream. This was just what I was looking for. Or was it?

Being the “gadget geek” that I am, I started thinking about my juicer, wondering if it is, in fact, the best for extracting the precious nutrients I so much wanted for my body. THAT question certainly opened up a can of worms. After a ton of reading, research, video watching and comparing, I decided that centrifugal juicers (and the one that I owned) are NOT the best, since in the process of extracting the juice, they turn at over 1,400 rpm, heating the juice up, and destroying many healthy enzymes and nutrients. I decided that if I was, in fact, going to make a go of juicing for a while, that I should have a quality juicer.

So I started researching juicers, and after watching more juicer comparison videos that I’m ashamed to admit, finally decided on the Omega 350hd. It is a single auger, masticating juicer that turns at a resoundingly slow 80 rpm, and, really important for me, it is easy to clean. I couldn’t wait for my new juicer!

The Omega 350hd arrived yesterday, and I’m happy to report that it totally lived up to the hype – it is everything and more that I had hoped for. I’ve only juiced once with it, but amazingly enough, that glass of juice tasted better, was colder (since it wasn’t heated by the high rpm centrifugal juicer I had been using), and yes, was a BREEZE to clean. The other thing about it, especially for anyone that is a gadget geek, is that it operates extremely quietly, it’s got a really cool, unique design, and it it just feels good when putting the parts together and looking at it, fully assembled on the counter.

I’m not sure what sort of impact juicing is going to have on my health. I’m not doing a juice fast, nor am I modifying any other part of my diet. But I am committed to juicing at least once each day for the next 30 days (on weekends I’d like to get in as many as two or three). Based on the way the new juice feels and tastes going down, it’s sheer “vegginess”, the quantity of nutrients and enzymes going into my system, the feeling of well-being that is accompanied by each sip, and the feeling I have that I’m taking care of myself by feeding my body liquid wellness in a glass, I’m convinced that juicing will have a positive impact. The next thing I’m looking forward to is playing with new and different vegetables and fruit combinations and coming up with new recipes.

If you’re interested in getting started juicing, lets hear about it in comments. And If you’re a juicer already, I’d love to hear about your recipes!


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