Juicing, Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 7

Day 7 I juiced early afternoon today. As mentioned in my previous posts, I would prefer to do it in the morning. I also think I need to add two juicing sessions a day. First because I bought too much stuff on my first shopping trip and second because I think it will be beneficial. Today however, was the closest I got to completely blowing it off. I slept horribly last night and feel lousy today. Part of the reason is because I had about four beers at my neighbors house last night and I think it was too much. Oh well!

I used my new juicer a Breville BJE510XL http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu 

Today I juiced two tomatoes, two celery stalks, three carrots, and two handfuls of spinich leaves it made about 500 ML. Taste was OK but not great give it a B-

I continue to eat a bunch of crap in the evenings. Pizza, pasta, cheeseburger, etc.. This needs to stop!

I have GI doctors appointment next Thursday. I will be curious to see how my blood work comes back as far as Vitamin D and B12. Stay tuned

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Juicing, Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 6

Day 6 I juiced early morning. I used my new juicer a Breville BJE510XL http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu 

I don’t have much to report today because I juiced the exact same recipe as I did yesterday because the some of the fruit was partially cut and I did not want it to go to waste. I slept great last night though and I stayed up past 11 PM again. A few beers I had earlier in the evening might have helped me sleep better (in the past, it hurt my sleep). I am learning that I should not have bought so much fruit and vegetables at first. I am worried some are going to go bad before I juice them. I will probably move to juicing twice a day now so it does not go to waste. Plus, it should give me more of the nutrients I need, correct? If I juice tonight I will add to this post. Stay tuned!

I slept just Ok last night mostly because my 7 year old slept in our bed last night and made it difficult to sleep well. I am feeling a bit more energetic, I did not nap yesterday afternoon and actually lost track of time last night and after working on my computer a while I realized that it was 11:20 PM. (I normally go to beg around 10-10:30, because I’m exhausted).

I continue to eat a bunch of crap in the evenings. I am seriously considering cutting out all the bad stuff so I can get the full effect of the juicing. One side effect of the juicing is that I feel dehydrated with a “cotton mouth” type feeling. I need to do some research on why this is happening. Stay tuned!

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Juicing, Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 5

Day 5 I juiced mid morning. I used my new juicer a Breville BJE510XL http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu 

with a 1/3 slice of papaya, 2 oranges, 1/3 slice of pineapple, and yes, this time it was as good as it sounds. I gave it a grade “A” in the juice recipe page in my blog. It made 32 OZ of juice that I woofed down very quickly.

I slept just Ok last night mostly because my 7 year old slept in our bed last night and made it difficult to sleep well. I am feeling a bit more energetic, I did not nap yesterday afternoon and actually lost track of time last night and after working on my computer a while I realized that it was 11:20 PM. (I normally go to beg around 10-10:30, because I’m exhausted).

I continue to eat a bunch of crap in the evenings. I am seriously considering cutting out all the bad stuff so I can get the full effect of the juicing. One side effect of the juicing is that I feel dehydrated with a “cotton mouth” type feeling. I need to do some research on why this is happening. Stay tuned!

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Juicing, Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 4

You might have noticed I added Colitis (I was also diagnosed with this) to my blog title today. I decided that based on the similarities of all three diseases that it might be helpful to include them along with Crohn’s as well. If you have Crohn’s, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and/or Colitis you try juicing, please post your results!

On day 4 I Got a late start. I used my new juicer a Breville BJE510XL http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu with a cucumber, celery, spinach, grape juice and yes it was as lousy as it sounds. The one thing I did realize is that even a really bad juice is somewhat OK to drink. I think of it as taking medicine when the juice doesn’t taste good. I gave it a grade “D” in the juice recipe page in my blog. I also realized having my first juice at mid day is not a great option. I would rather have my first juice in the AM from now on.

Now, for the good news! I feel like I had a pretty good day as far as the fatigue goes. It could be psychosomatic but my overall health just felt better yesterday. I worked out on the treadmill and with my weight machine (which I am horrible at keeping a steady schedule with) and the workout seemed better than usual. I hope that in the short time that I have been juicing that getting some of these additional nutrients is making me feel better this quickly. I also had another good night sleep last night. Could the juicing effects be kicking in already? Stay tuned!

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Juicing, Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 3

You might have noticed I added Irritable Bowel Syndrome to my blog title today. I decided that based on the similarities of the two diseases that it might be helpful to include this as well. If you have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and you try juicing, please post your results!

Anyways, on to day 3 of my juicing experience. First an update on yesterday. I didn’t feel much better yesterday but didn’t expect to after just one real day supplementing my diet with juicing. I still had my fatigue and napped during the NFL sunday games. My daughter once again surprised me and asked to juice cranberries Sunday afternoon. I helped her but let her and her friend do most of it. We washed about three large handfuls of fresh cranberries. They were difficult and messy to juice because when you put them in the juicer a Breville BJE510XL http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu they shot back out the opening even at the lowest speeds. I am pretty sure they would do this with any juicer. I think that it produced about 6-8 oz of juice. when we tried it the juice it was super sour and almost undrinkable. We added about 12 oz of water (and my daughter added about a 1/4 cup of sugar) this made it much more palatable (but not nearly as healthy).  I want to do some research but I think cranberries would be used better if added to some other types of juices.  My diet yesterday was lousy too. Pizza bread for lunch, chips during the game, and a big steak for dinner. One bonus, I did sleep well last night!

This morning I started the day with a cup of coffee and then juiced two large handfuls of spinach leaves and 3 medium size oranges. It made 400 ML (13 oz) of juice. It was the best juice I have has so far and replaced my second cup of coffee. I washed down my mercaptopurine, daily vitamin, baby aspirin, and chewable calcium plus Vitamin D with the juice. I noticed that I felt a bit dehydrated after finishing the juice.

One last thing, I decided to start a separate post with each of my juicing recipes and give them a grade as far as taste. So look for it soon!

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Juicing and Crohn’s Day 2

Ok, yesterday I started the day by juicing two pears that I had laying around on the suggestion from my 11 year old daughter who has taken a surprising interest in juicing. It made about 6 oz of juice that was very sweet. Tasted good but to sweet. I knew that I needed to go the store and buy a supply of good juicing fruits and vegetables. I decided that Sam’s Club would be a better option for me because it was much closer than Whole Foods and I did not want this whole juicing thing to become a big hassle or too terribly expensive. I realize that I am not getting organic foods but I felt something was better than nothing. I took my daughter and 7 year old son to Sam’s with the following grocery list:

  • Romaine
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Papaya
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Mango
  • Parsley
  • Wheat Grass
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Broccoli
  • Lemons
  • Bananas

I was able to get everything on my list except for Kale, Beets, Mango, Parsley and Wheat Grass. I also added Clementine oranges for my daughter that I will not be juicing. I bought two bags of apples, two papayas, two pineapples, two packages  (2 dozen) tomatoes total bill was $106. After getting all the groceries home I realized that I had a problem. To store all of these vegetables in my refrigerator would take up quite a bit of room. It would not been such of a problem if it was not immediately after Thanksgiving with all the leftovers taking up so much space. Fortunately, I have a small beer refrigerator downstairs that allowed me to store some of the vegetables as well. Many of the items also did not require refrigeration.

I had a terrible night of sleep last night for whatever reason, getting up multiple times through the night and actually reading for a while at about 4 AM. When I finally woke up from what little sleep I had around 7 AM. I pulled out the Breville BJE510XL Ikon Juicer http://preview.tinyurl.com/7wfcqmu 

Everyone was sleeping in my house so I was a little concerned about how much noise the juicer would make. While it has somewhat of a high pitch at high speeds I do not htink it woke anybody up. I looked up this recipe that emulates a popular vegetable juice:

1/4 cup spring water
2 tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 handful spinach
1-2 carrots
1/4 sweet onion
1-2 celery stalks
2 tsp. lemon juice
1-2 shots hot sauce to taste

I gathered up all the vegetables, washed them, and ran them through the juicer. It made about little less that 16 oz of juice. I spent about a half an hour finishing off my new juice using the final bit to wash down my 1 and 1/2 pills of Mercaptopurine. It tasted OK. It was not great and was not bad either just OK. Part of the problem was because I loaded up on the hot sauce and I shouldn’t have (maybe deep down inside I wished it was a bloody mary!). All in all the whole thing took about 15 minutes to do, maybe 20 when you include the clean up of the juicer. Oh yeah two last things. This juicer cleans up very easy no need to use soap just rinse everything off and use the brush on the strainer, and two, use an old plastic grocery bag in where the pulp and remains are gathered in the juicer to reduce the mess.

OK, I also mentioned in my first post that I was deciding whether to start a juice fast or not. I decided against it for two reasons. One, I’m only maybe ten pounds overweight and don’t need to fast for weight loss and two, I am trying to increase the absorption of my nutrients and I felt like fasting would be defeating my purpose in this area although I have not ruled it out completely in the future. Now, I am hoping to see some results after the next few weeks in my journey with juicing and Crohn’s.


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Juicing and Crohn’s Disease Day 1

I decided to start this blog to take you on my journey with Crohn’s disease and how juicing will hopefully help it.  Understand, that as you read this I am at the very beginning of trying juicing as a way for me to hopefully get back to normal.

Please understand that as Crohn’s Disease goes, I think that I have a mild form of it. But with that said, it has become somewhat debilitating as far as my energy levels and general attitude go. At this time, I do not think that I am in any immediate danger of having a bile resection. My doctor has me on prescription of Mercaptopurine (1 and 1/2 pills a day). The way he explained it to me was that the drug can be compared to high blood pressure medication, in that you need to take it every day so I never need an intestinal resection. He explained that much like high blood pressure medication, patients need to continue on the drug even though they might not be experiencing symptoms. He said much like a high blood pressure patient “stroking” after not taking medication, a Crohn’s patient will need a bile resection from not taking the required medications.My Crohn’s symptoms started a about two years ago when I noticed a lump or hardness in my lower left abdomen. After a battery of tests, cat scans, and a colonoscopy, and a visit to two different GI doctors it was determined that I had Crohn’s disease. I might be in denial but I’m still not convinced that they got it right. The soreness, or numbness in my abdomen is constant and seems to move around. It is like a minor cramp in the area that is bothering me. I do not have chronic diarreah or some of the problems related to the disease. My main problem is the lack of energy and general feeling of not “feeling well”. I have not been able to associate any foods that effect my disease one way or another. Through out all of the interaction with my doctors there has been little to no mention of diet. This started me on my own journey and I somewhat stumbled on to juicing as a way for me to possibly start feeling better. A chiropractor friendship posted a video on his Facebook page called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. The main character Joe Cross had a debilitating auto immune disease (sound familiar) that effected his skin. He spent 60 days on a juice fast that allowed him to get his weight under control as well as eliminate his medical condition. He gets into a lot of the nutritional aspects of juicing but what really perked my interest was the ability of the body to absorb the nutrition from the fresh juice. It became very apparent that juicing would be advantageous to Crohn’s based on the bodies inability to absorb many of the required nutrients because of the thickening of the intestine walls from Crohn’s disease.

With all this said, I decided that I would give it a try. I spent about a week trying to choose a juicer that is right for me. I originally looked at the juicer he was using in the movie. Although I knew he was using a Breville Juicer I wasn’t sure what model. I did a lot of research and decided on the following model:

http://tinyurl.com/7vz4m8m

The reason I chose this juicer is because of these attributes:

  1. It was not too terribly expensive or inexpensive for that matter.
  2. In my estimation, the manufacturer seemed like it was one of the highest rated
  3. Most of the juicing articles or blogs I read talked about Breville.
  4. It seemed like it would be easy to clean.

The juicer arrived from Amazon yesterday and I quickly unpacked it. My 11 year old daughter immediately showed an interest in it. We first juiced two apples that only gave us about 4-5 oz of juice. It tasted great! We then decided to juice two oranges. We pealed them first because I read they are better that way. We still only got a few oz of juice but it tasted great. I quickly realized that I needed to get a bunch of fruit and vegetables to makes this work.

Today I need to make some decisions:

  1. Should I buy organic vegetables and fruits or just go to Sam’s club and and buy stuff cheap!If I decide on organics I need to travel about three times as far and be willing to spend a bunch more money. This might make this journey short lived. But if I go organic I get the full health benefits.
  2. Should I try a juice fast and if so for how long.? This might also be a deal killer for me. I think if I try to eat a little better and add 16 to 24 oz of good juicing to my diet it might be better. Still not sure though
  3. What should I buy at the store when I finally get there? Need to look up some recipes that make sense and taste half way decent.

I want to keep you informed through my journey and also want to post some video once I get around to it.

Stay tuned!

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