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Juicing for fun and health

I recently watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and while the message of the movie resonated with me, the research I did on their website and juicing as they do it made me a bit skeptical that the whole thing was an advertisement rather than a documentary.

Having said that, since juicing did seem to work for at least a couple people, and I do believe that Michael Pollan might be on to something with micronutrients – In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
– I thought I’d give juicing a try and see how it affected me, see how easy it was, and how it makes me feel.

So, I ordered a Hamilton Beach juicer from Amazon – Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juice Extractor
and have been juicing for 3 days now. It’s been pretty easy to clean and comes with a brush that helps a lot. It also uses a lot of power, but I only turn it on for 1-3 seconds at a time. The Breville models are what the movie/sales recommends, but they were much more expensive and this model had similar or better reviews for an entry level model.

I do feel a bit sluggish as I really haven’t had any solid food at all. On the other hand, I pretty much needed to do something drastic and I’ve lost about 8 pounds in three days. I don’t think it’s water weight, as that’s also pretty much what is in juice.

Since it’s all fresh and natural, I think it fits in well with the Food Revolution and here’s a recipe I made this morning:

Orange Zinger

1 green apple
2 navel oranges
1 lime

Peel oranges and juice
cut up apple so it fits, and juice
Peeling limes is a pain, so I just cut it and squeezed it into my drink

Mix and enjoy!
It’s got a bit of zing to it!
Makes about a pint!

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