I don’t know why I say that except that many of the meat eaters just might turn their heads the other way. Myself included. It’s not an either/or. I love meat. And I’ve been absolutely content for a couple weeks to do without it. With the door closing on the holiday over-indulgence, I was more than ready to regain a little control over my eating. I’ve loved juicing over the years but have never honestly gone more than one day without solid food.
I just wasn’t able to control the urge to stick something in my damn gob. So cruising through January posts with the ‘I’m going to eat healthy intention’, I came across a juicing 101 post from What’s Gaby Cooking. She didn’t re-invented the wheel here, nor did she need to, but her approach just hit me at the right moment. I loved the ingredient combinations and I loved that she made it sound simple. Thanks Gaby!
I started exactly two weeks ago with removing meat, dairy, sugar and caffeine for a few days before the straight up juicing. I started and ended with meals that looked like this. Carrots, leeks and sliced lemon lightly simmered in a little water.
A couple pieces of wild caught salmon from Troller Point Fisheries laid on top and covered for about 6-8 minutes on medium low heat to poach. Flipped it once and ended with the salmon pink in the middle, just how I like it.The salmon tops a bed of raw mixed greens drizzled with olive oil.
Kale salads, fruits and raw vegetables also filled those days before and after.
What I found to my surprise during the three days of juicing? I didn’t get hungry. I didn’t feel spaced out or headachy. Because I never had success with this in the past, I had only bought enough vegetables to juice each day. After three days, I was doing fine and probably could have kept going but Chloe and I were heading to Seattle for the weekend and I wanted to eat a little. Like at Portage Bay Cafe where I ate buckwheat pancakes!
My unit is an old champion juicer with a new blade. It’s easy to clean and I love it.
I basically drank five or six 16 oz juices a day, a lot of water and herbal or white tea. I did my group power strength training, walking and yoga. I didn’t do any jogging.
I recently thought back to my first attempt at knitting and remembered thinking something to the tune of ‘get out’ this is way too complicated. I was 18. Ten years later I was knitting patterned wool sweaters and Christmas stockings. So maybe the same goes for juicing… or I just got lucky with timing.
I decided to have another modified go at the juicing this week. I stocked up this round. A dozen apples, 3 bunches of kale, 6 oranges, 6 beets, 2 bunches of celery, 10 lemons, 5# of carrots, a head of romaine, 2 red peppers, 8 vine ripe tomatoes, 2 sweet potatoes, red cabbage, a couple limes, a pineapple, mango, ginger and turmeric root. phew. Shopping at 8am Sunday morning, Whole Foods. Pricey but a large selection. I’ll look forward to adding seasonal berries to this list in the summer.
And this time, I’ve prepped most of the produce. I honestly felt overwhelmed. But I’m going to take it through the end of the week with juicing and salads with a little protein like fish, eggs and nuts and a little whole grain like quinoa.
And I’m trying some new combos like an orange drink with 1 sweet potato, 2 carrots, 1 orange,1 apple,1 slice of fresh pineapple, a small handful of spinach and a 1 inch nob of turmeric. You get a hit of starch from the sweet potato, so you might want to try a half at first.
Then I tried a V-8 or gazpacho juice. 4 tomatoes, 2 stalks of celery, 1 red pepper, 1/2 beet, 1/2 cucumber, handful of spinach, 1 lime, 1/2 lemon, a little parsley and just a couple slices of red onion. It was a little spicy but a nice change.
I really liked all of Gaby’s juice blends and also her almond milk at the end of the day.
There is an abundance of recipes to try. You can check out Joe’s reboot and his movie, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Williams Sonoma has some good ones. Both these sites offer some pretty simple combos which is the best place to start. You don’t want to waste your time, money and energy making some nasty drink you can’t stomach. That’s what gives juicing a bad rap.
There are also a lot of scary articles about how you will starve, get constipated and lose hair. I suffered none of these in my three days! Joe Cross, among others, managed juicing only, for 60 days. Although extreme, he’s looking pretty good to me. The link is an older article about him from the Huffington Post I found interesting.
And here’s the green drink from Gaby’s recipe.
I tend to press double and store for the day and at the longest overnight.
And our winged, egg producing girls get the pulp. yum.
This juicing is an individual experience/experiment. There are a lot of do’s and don’ts and sometimes rules that may not fit your desire or needs. One piece of advice I liked was to think about why you want to do it. To cleanse? To lose weight? To get control of your eating habits? Even write it down and look at it if you need a boost. For me it was all three and with the timing being right, I feel a lot of success. I know I will be enjoying meat and dessert again but I definitely believe this has given me a leg up in portion control and cravings. I could actually sit in my store and not think about which chocolate I would consume next!
I looked forward instead to drinking this orange drink with 6 carrots, 1 apple, a slice of pineapple, 1 orange, 1 lemon and a knob of turmeric!!
Next week I’ll be visiting my son in NYC and attending the NY Now International Gift Fair. I adore eating in that city and I’m curious to see what I will lean towards after several more days of a lot of this-
Have a great week! And may you find health in a way that works for you.