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Juice, Juice, and more Juice

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I’ve been juicing a lot lately. I’m addicted. It literally feels like I am infusing my cells with natures best when I drink a fresh pressed juice. It is so satisfying to think that I am able to drink and partake of all the nutrients of several different fruits and vegetables in one sitting. I’d never be able to eat all of the fresh produce I juice in one day.

Why do I juice? It really comes down to the fact that am tired of eating laboratory created food. Which is weird for me, because I grew up in an age where Devil’s Ham, cheese spread, and Spam was all the rage. Mom used Wonder Bread, margarine and everything fake that was invented. I’ve slowly converted through the years, but lately I have this little voice inside my head that says I better start eating a lot better or I may end up sick. I’m already fat, so it is too late for that…haha. Recently I had a big scare with loosing my hearing in my right ear and it has been a long road to recovery. I would like to keep my health and possibly shed a few pounds in the process and I can’t think of any better way.

I juiced last summer for a while and loved it. So when the temps raised to 100 degrees here in Dallas I knew it was time to take a trip to Costco and load up on the fresh produce. I’ve had a lot of people ask me what type of juicer I use and this is the one that I purchased:

Omega Vertical Masticating Hd Juicer W/Tap Vrt400

I love the closing tap included in this model. It makes it simple and easy to close it and dump the extra fiber off of the strainer without spills.

When researching which juicer to purchase I learned that not all are created equal. When a juicer spins really fastΒ it literally destroys a lot of the nutrients in the process. Furthermore all the juice has to be drank within 20 minutes or you don’t get the full benefits and you may as well be purchasing juice from the grocery store.

The slow juicers leave all of the nutrients in tact. They are a bit more pricey, but if the goal is to actually have your body absorb all the delicious and healthy plant-based nutrients then it is well worth the money.

Last year I also watched Joe’s Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It really changed my perspective and I thought, wow, this guy really is onto something here. I juiced for 20 days straight and felt amazing. I wish I would have went the full 60, but I did not. You can buy it or rent it here:
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

I was so excited to see that he had a second film out and watched that a few months ago, you can rent it here:
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2

So this summer I bought his juicing cookbook and have had loads of fun.
The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook: Juice, Smoothie, and Plant-powered Recipes Inspired by the Hit Documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

I have been juicing two of my meals and eating a regular healthy dinner. Sometimes I even juice a snack here or there. The past two days I juiced every meal. I just wait until I get hungry and make a fresh juice. I hate hunger and I am a nightmare to be around when I am, so the goal is to never be hungry. Juicing is fun, it feels good, and I feel like I am doing something great for my body. Besides, I am tired of feeling Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

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Joe’s Red Rush.

I’ll be posting some of my juices and how I make them here. Some are Joe’s and some are altered by me. I hope you join me this summer during my juicing craze! Here’s to better health…JUICE ON!!

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