To Juice or not to Juice?
There is a lot of hype and myths floating around on the internet these days about Juicing, and NO ….I am not talking about pumping up with steroids B and K! ** Can you believe that is what the kids today call steroids? **
Good, old-fashioned Juicing involves 2 items and everyone can find them in their local supermarket! Vegetables and Fruit! It is as simple as these 2 items. Oh, and you must have a Juicer! Forgot that simple fact. Sorry….change it to 3 items!
I am not going to sit here and tell you the pros and cons to Juicing, nor am I going to tell you I am an expert on this subject. I AM NOT an expert! I also did very limited research into this subject before taking the plunge into my 7 day Juice.
I personally ate vegetables and fruits for 1 whole….entire….veeeerrry long week …… for ONE simple reason. To jump-start my life, rid my body of the built up toxins (aka: sugar), and chart the course for healthier, cleaner choices. Very simple reason….right?
Last May, I ran across a blog post by Terry over at These Peas Taste Funny, promoting a new series she was doing! It focused on the wheel of life (not to be confused with the circle of life…..oh yeah….now I have ‘Kumbaya‘ floating around in my head), and the satisfaction we feel in each relevant area of our lives. This is what the wheel looks like. I printed it out and colored in the sections with 8 pretty colors from a leftover crayola box I found lying around the mud room closet.
Did it spur me into action? Nope! What it did do was made me THINK, and reflect on what I want in my life and gave me pause on how I should be getting there. I made a few changes this summer, but if I was honest with myself, I would have to say I thought more than actually putting my ideas into action. Like K’s dwarf hamsters on that damn wheel at night…..running all night…..and GOING NO WHERE!
It wasn’t until I read about a cancer patient holding off her Stage 4 cancer with fruits and vegetable for SEVEN years that I moved. It was the prodding I needed to finally get off that hamster wheel. I have always been a sugar addict, but it seems after the chemo treatments ended, it has magnified. I am addicted to the one item that my cancer cells feed on….. Hmmmmm…
That very night I ordered my Juicer….told my kids what I was going to do, and maybe they should join me…..and promptly heard that they were not going to do steroids…LOL…I learn a new slang word everyday! Nor were they going to drink anything green, HA! Isn’t the drink below outrageous…I don’t want to drink it either…….
I won’t give you all the details of this past week! Not yet anyway! Some would say it would be a very boring read, I choose to say it is too long and I will break it up into different posts! Will give me more chances to inspire you!!
Needless to say, the Mean Green was my breakfast for the past 7 days. It wasn’t until Saturday and Sunday, that I switched the Kale for Spinach (but only because my local Kroger’s was out of it).
Monday I thought I was going to die drinking this all week, and possibly for every meal. That may have been when PT offered me 1K if I survived all week. Sadly, when he saw the light in my eyes, he reneged. Sigh!! I am over that disappointment…. No I’m not, who am I kidding!!!
I am here to tell you I didn’t die, although I had to add in a packet of stevia to suck it all down and I was still gagging. BUT, and that is a huge BUT folks, Tuesday I actually enjoyed the Mean Green (that may be laying it on a little thick)! The middle of the week found me looking forward to my daily breakfast, AND had me licking up the remnants left on the side of the glass. Maybe I shouldn’t have admitted that one, gave you a visual you all DID NOT need. HA!
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber, peeled
4 Celery Stalks
2 Granny Smith Apples
½ Lemon, peeled
1 piece ginger, about 1 inch
What did I learn from this week? That I have the mental strength and willpower if I dig deep enough, even without 1K on the line.
**On a side note, if you see PT, please give him a hard time about this! The light he saw dancing in my eyes was probably the new camara I have been drooling over… sighing again folks….. harass him, he deserves it**
Stay tuned for some awesome recipes I created (think yummy fruit Smoothies), and a few that I found over at the Reboot!!
To juice or not to juice? It is not for everyone, but it did jump-start my life…..
My inspiration for taking the plunge…..