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:
- Wheat Grass
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 cloves garlic
1 handful spinach
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.