The Wonderful World of Juicing

Today begins day 4 of my juice Reboot. Obviously I’m no expert on juicing or it’s many benefits, but there are a few things I’d like to share as a novice to those of you thinking of starting the program:

Okay, just to back up quickly – I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that motivated me to try a juice diet. When doing research about juicing, I found the official site he (Joe Cross – the filmmaker) started to help new juicers. Check it out:

1. You can eat on most of the Reboot plans
Unlike the diet Joe chose in the film, most of the plans listed are not restricted to juice-only. You can have fresh fruit and vegetables, but unfortunately, no meat. Essentially, you’re a vegetarian for the length of your plan. Not only that, but you’re encouraged to keep veggies and fruit as raw as possible to retain as many nutrients as possible. I know it sounds like a bummer, but if you find the right recipes (like the avacado/corn salsa I ate last night… Nom nom nom!) you’ll find yourself full and satisfied.
P.S. Did you know you don’t have to cook corn on the cob? It’s delicious fresh!

2. It’s a mental thing
I love meat. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the cause of vegetarians and I respect them, but meat is delicious. The thing about meat though, is that it’s not necessary to get the nutrients we need. Yes, it has it’s benefits but today’s meat is also so pumped full of chemicals and force fed unnaturally that I think we consume a lot of toxins in the meat we eat. I know I sound like a whacko, but try grass fed beef compared to normal beef. The difference is astonishing to me.
But I digress, the point is that we’re trained to think we need meat – we don’t. It’s a huge hurdle to get over. I won’t sit here and lie to you either, I’ve had chicken twice now and I’m only starting my fourth day. Just a heads up, this may be the toughest thing to get past if you want to follow the diet correctly.
Oh, one last mental hurdle to go over – natural juice looks disgusting and most of it has kind of a funky smell. Drink it anyway! In my experience, it’s not as bad as it looks… or smells.

3. Express yourself
It sounds silly to say you can express yourself through food, but any chef will tell you they consider what they do an art. You may not be a chef (I certainly am not), but I there’s something satisfying about making something that tastes good and is good for you. With anything you try, but especially with the actual juice making, be creative! I looked up a ton of juice recipes, but haven’t used a single one. I put what I like into my juices and each one has been rather tasty.

4. How to juice
Juicing was intimidating to me. Here I am with a bunch of veggies – half of which I don’t really like – and a monstrosity of a machine that I’ve never used before. It’s not as scary as it seems. It’s actually kind of fun. Once you taste your first concoction, you’ll see that it’s way more difficult in your head than it truly is.

Here’s a quick guide of my latest juice:

My ingredients, chopped and ready to go: 4 carrots, a handful of spinach, kale and broccoli, 2 oranges, 5 strawberries and 4 apples

Juicer – locked and loaded!

Finished product – about 20 oz worth of delicious, albeit disgusting looking juice.
(Please excuse my poorly painted nails.)

Tip: Taste your juice when you get done blending it to make sure you don’t need to add more of anything to make it drinkable. Always mix it before drinking! Also, know that it will taste 90% better once it’s been refrigerated.

5. If at first you don’t succeed…
The Reboot isn’t an easy plan to follow, but you can do it. Like I said, I’ve eaten chicken 2 out of 3 days I’ve been on it so far… What I didn’t mention is that I’ve also had some popcorn, Raisinettes and chips and dip. I’m far from perfect on this venture so far, but that’s okay. I’m trying. I may slip up here and there, but I’m making smarter choices about what I eat and there hasn’t been a day I’ve missed having at least one glass of juice. If nothing else, I’m getting more nutrients than I was before and that’s a good thing. Not to mention that I’ve also exercised two of my three days. Despite my short comings, I’m seeing results – 5 lbs lost to be exact. Now I’m back to where I was before my binge weekend. 🙂
Do your best, stick with it and don’t beat yourself up too much if you make a mistake. Healthy eating starts one day at a time.


DIY: Introduction

Okay you got me, ladies. Pinterest has it’s benefits.

Since we were slow at work during the beginning of the week, I killed quite a bit of time on the site and found a few things that I legitimately plan on trying for myself. I’ll let you how each project goes and give you my recommendations. Easy enough, right?

Here are my upcoming projects:

Sock Bun Curls

I’ve seen this repinned so many times it’s ridiculous. It makes perfect sense that this would work and, if it does, will be a great way to save my hair from breaking with heat curling.

Motivation Marbles

I just ran across this idea today and I think it’s pretty genius. Having a visual aid sitting on the kitchen counter will be a good reminder to think before I eat.

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Don’t be fooled, the recipe listed on the site isn’t exactly “healthy” considering they’re listed as pork stuffed peppers, but I’ll be doing my own variation on the recipe. I plan on only using a little ground pork just to get that pork flavor, the rest of the meat will be ground turkey since it’s so lean and picks up flavors easily. I’ve actually already bought the ingredients for this, so you should be seeing a write up on it soon.

Stuffed Zucchini Cups

I love baked zucchini! There are actually quite a few “Italian” recipes I’ve seen that substitute pasta for zucchini which will hopefully help curb my cravings for those delish carb loaded meals.

Kale Chips

Kale is a fairly new ingredient to me. I’ve had it in potato soup and it’s wonderful! Not long ago my friend, Jessi, was telling me that she occasionally makes kale chips as a healthy late night snack. While she admitted that they’re definitely not potato chip, they helped satisfy her craving for a salty, crunchy snack.

So what about you? Do you have any DIY projects or recipes that you love?