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Jumping on the juice train.



The post four months in the making.

I may have promised this post way back in October when we initially purchased our juicer, but who’s counting?

So let’s rewind. Several months ago we watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix after my co-worker Julie watched it and started juicing.

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well— with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.”

I’ll let you find out for yourself whether or not Joe accomplishes his goal to get healthy. I will say that the film is really inspiring and we bought a juicer the very next day.

We ended up purchasing a compact model from Breville

In the beginning we made our own version of Joe’s Mean Green Juice.  Our green juice contains:

Mean Green Juice (makes two mason jars of juice)

6 Kale Leaves or several handful of spinach
1 Cucumber
3 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
2 Carrots
1 piece of ginger

juiceYes, I’m the weirdo who drinks green juice from a mason jar at 8 a.m.

We started out by juicing for two meals a day and within two weeks I dropped 8 pounds and felt fantastic. I will warn you that the first day or two of replacing meals with juice you’ll likely experience a carb or sugar ‘hangover.’ I felt sluggish and had a bad headache for the first 48 hours, but after that I had tons of energy and felt amazing.

We were going strong for several weeks and it looked like I was finally going to lose all of that post-wedding weight.

Then Thanksgiving happened and we fell out of the habit. And then Christmas. Then New Year’s Eve.

You know the story.

I regained almost all of the weight I had lost.

Last week we finally started juicing seriously again. We’ve both lost a few pounds and are feeling less bloated and have fewer sugar cravings. We’re trying different combinations and my current favorite is our Breakfast Blend (funnily enough, this juice is inspired by another co-worker. My office is all about the juice)


breakfast Juice (makes two mason jars of juice)

3 peeled Kiwi
1 Cucumber
3 Red Apples
Several handfuls of strawberries
Several handfuls of blueberries (when in season)
1 Lemon
1 Orange
2 Carrots
1 piece of ginger

Have you ever juiced before? I would love some new recipes so please comment if you have any suggestions.


Bottom line: it’s expensive and time consuming and totally worth it. I would strongly recommend you give juicing a try.

 Eat drink your vegetables!

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  • Alex March 6, 2012, 10:09 pm

    I am TOTALLY asking for a juicer for my birthday!!! So pumped!
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    • Juanito March 16, 2012, 8:31 pm

      IMO, a juicer is not noiethmsg you want to be thrifty about. I bought a decent one (Green Star) years ago, and it has outlived all my friends’ cheaper juicers that they’ve had to replace. Plus, cheaper juicers do not extract as much juice from the plant as higher quality ones, which adds up to wasted money over time. A cheaper juicer will produce pulp that is wet, meaning much of the juice is wasted, compared to the dry pulp from a quality juicer. Also, I recommend getting a juicer with gears instead of blades. Just do some research to try to find which juicer has the features you want for a price you can handle.

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  • B Gutierrez April 18, 2012, 2:17 pm

    girl, i love juicing. i use Joe’s recipes though… from jointhereboot.com i love it! i’m drinking a green juice right now.
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  • Alie September 4, 2012, 10:05 pm

    Two places I have gotten good juices:
    The second one is a week of juicing (and some broths)

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    • Jessi September 13, 2012, 2:17 pm

      Those are both great resources, thanks Alie!

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