I spend 40+ hours a week encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles by eating better and exercising. As a Physician Assistant, I try to convince people that preventing diseases is really the better option than using medications to treat them later in life. After 10 years of this profession, I am finally rubbing off on myself.
Most of my 20's, I ate like a unsupervised child at a birthday party. When I hit 30 and had a second baby, my metabolism took a hit and it was painfully obvious I could no longer eat what I wanted and not pay the price. To be honest, at this point, my motivation was purely vain in nature. I wanted to lose weight and look more like my 20 year old self. Then I saw my kids picking up some of my rotten eating habits, and I knew I wanted better for them. How could I eat a smorgasbord of unhealthy food, and then ask them to eat more fruits and veggies?
My whole family needed a food overhaul. I tried a couple of meal delivery services (HomeChef, Plated, etc), but each meal took at least an hour to prepare, and for the most part it lead to alot of fussing and griping from everyone in my family about the "weird food."
Then I watched this documentary on juicing that really peaked my interested. The documentary was called, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," which is on Netflix if you want to check it out. In the documentary, this man from Australia named Joe Cross decides to do nothing but drink the juice of fruits and vegetables for 60 days. During his 60 day journey, not only is he able to lose an incredible amount of weight (82lbs) , but he is also able to wean himself off prednisone. He took that medication in relatively large doses to manage a chronic autoimmune disease (chronic urticaria).
It was rather amazing to me that not only could he lose so much weight, but an inflammatory condition that has no known cure, was completely improved with a change in his diet. As a medical professional, I know there are definite ties to diet and inflammation in the body, but this was an amazing transformation.
To "juice" you have to have a.....juicer! :) The one that he uses is a Breville, which runs about $150. I wasn't really willing to spend that one until I knew it was something I was serious about. I mean heck, what if it was all disgusting. All I need was another $150 kitchen gadget taking up room on my counter. I happened to find a Jack LaLanne Fusion Juicer at Walmart for $69. Still not super cheap, but better than $150. So I decided we were going to give it a whirl.
Now let's not get any crazy ideas here. I can assure you, we are not going on a 60 day juice fast. I am not that dedicated. Plus, I am more a fan of a "slow and steady wins the race" approach when it comes to changes in my diet. If there is something slower than baby steps, I would like to go that slow. I really just want to try to get more fruits and veggies in my family's diet and decrease the amount of junk we eat. If weight loss ends up being part of the result, that would be great.
1. It's not that bad. Actually some of the recipes are kind of good. You end up mixing some of the sweeter fruits with some of the yuckier veggies to get something drinkable (Think about tricking your babies into eating any baby food that was green....mix it with apples or carrots to make it taste better!)
2. You must completely get over the color of the what you are drinking. For the most part it is going to be some frothy looking green or pasty salmon color. Just try to move past it.
3. I have consumed WAY more fruits and veggies in the last 5 days than I would have dreamed about actually eating. It's actually rather amazing. My 3 year old drank one of the concoctions and told me it was "yummy". Has hell frozen over?
4. The possibilities are endless on the combos you can make. They are all better ice cold or over ice, I don't care who you are. I'll include some recipes I made below but you can check out Pinterest or Google some simple recipes to get a few ideas.
5. I might could actually do this for a meal. I drank one 16 oz mixture of juices over ice the first night I got it just playing around. It was close to supper time, but I was enamored with my new toy to eat. After I got done playing around, I realized I never ate. Although I wasn't stuffed or anything, I always wasn't really hungry anymore. Probably the way I should be eating anyway. Push back Tiffany, Push back.
6. Holy Colon Cleanse. Enough said.
Overall, I think it could be a win. If it gets me eating healthier, and reaching for more fruits and veggies, what could it hurt? I heard someone say the other day that "You spend the first thirty years of your life trying to kill yourself, and the next 30 years trying to save yourself." I guess this means I have moved onto the second phase in life.
Apple Carrot Surprise
- 1 whole, Cucumber (Medium Size) with peel
- 2 medium apples, cored
- 2 medium, Carrots, raw with peel
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 45 mg||2 %|
|Potassium 586 mg||17 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 30 g||10 %|
|Dietary Fiber 8 g||31 %|
|Sugars 21 g|
|Protein 2 g||3 %|
|Vitamin A||209 %|
|Vitamin C||21 %|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|