Love At First Juice

Considering that my first juicing experience with my New Juicer, and my first swig of homemade fresh green juice, was something like losing one’s virginity, a special and revered event (tongue-in-cheek humor here), I thought I’d take pics along the way. Enjoy the pics!

(And no, I didn’t take pics along the way of losing my virginity….there was no time for the camera, it was over in 22 seconds flat.)

The Machine as I mentioned in my previous post
The Input:
*4 Large Romaine Leaves
*1 Kale Stalk *1 Apple shown, but I actually used 2 (I am trying to replace my afternoon iced coffee and I make that really sweet so the 2nd apple did the sweet trick..baby steps, people.)
*1/2 Cuke
*3 Celery Stalks
*1 Carrot
*1 smallish inch of Ginger
The user’s manual said to use a baggie for your pulp. I thought this was a great tip and will double as my Tip of the Day: Make your life easier and take shortcuts when and where you can. We’re all doing such a great job eating organically, consciously, healthfully, locally, seasonally, etc. and although there is waste in using the plastic baggie and the environment can strike me down now, it saved me quite a few minutes cleaning the pulp bin. I will say the only downside is the cleanup of the juicer, but well worth it, trust me, I’m not complaining at all! So save yourself time and cut corners sometimes if it helps keep your sanity, not just with juicing, but with life in general.
First I juiced the greens, then the apples and carrot and you can see the green is at the bottom, and it’s more orange towards the top.
Fit perfectly in my handy dandy Shaker Cup
And in the fridge, just chillin’ for me. Juice Goddesses, don’t hate me. I know you’re supposed to consume fresh juice immediately, but this was consumed within 2 hours post-juicing. I cannot run that loudass juicer while my sweet precious is napping, that’s a surefire way to blow the nap and end up with a really crank mommy that not even a green juice can fix! And again, I mention my afternoon iced coffee(s) that I am trying to cut down on or even eliminate so that coldness was a bonus, especially on an 85 degree day.
The verdict:
It was awesome, I am totally hooked after my first hit on the crackpipe, I mean first swig of plant blood.

Some feelings and sensations I noticed in no particular order:
*Lightness of my body.
*No heavy-food-in-tummy-feeling that I can sometimes get from smoothies.
*No sloshing of too much coffee and no GI upset that I get when I over-do the coffee on my afternoon workout/power walk with my family.
*Mental clarity (but that could have been because I reduced my afternoon iced coffee bonanza in half and wasn’t going from caffeine high to crash and burn)
*A sense of calmness. I’m not making this up and am not trying to be all new agey. Really, it calmed me.
*Lots of peeing. I think I was detoxing after just one glass!! Love it!
*I felt nourished, satiated.
*I was less munchy and almost not even hungry for dinner. (I of course made room for midnight chocolate, I mean, duh…not even green juice could get me skippin’ that!)

Thanks for your comments and juice recipe tips you all wrote in with from the last post, too.

So my final question is if you had an unlimited budget, what kitchen appliance are you most coveting? What are you just drooling for? Why? Can’t wait to hear everyone’s wish list!

:)
Averie

P.S. I’m going to try to post again later today with some of yesterday’s food and yoga highlights but not sure how the day will play out. For sure, will catch ya all tomorrow if I’m not back today.

   

5 Responses to “Love At First Juice”

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    VeggieGirl — August 17, 2009 at 12:57 am

    NOOOOW we're talkin'!! Bring on the sweet treats ;)

    I'm praying that you feel MORE than 100% better tonight and all the time after that!!!

    Hooray for being active because we WANT to – amen.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — August 17, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Thank you for your kind words, VG. Feeling much better today, thank you :) And thanks for the emails, too. You're the best! Amen sista, active cuz we like it. Can't wait to see the return of VG TV on your next post! Yippie!
    hugs
    xo!

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    TheFitnessFreak — August 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Yes, watermelon does seem to have that affect when badly combined or eaten in large quantities. Hope your feeling better today:)

    I must make that brownie sludge! Anything Raw and chocolate is okay by me:) I make a similar mix with raisins, walnuts, cacao powder and a touch of salt. They are pretty yummy:)~

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    Emily — August 17, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    The only other things I've I habitually mix with my watermelon juice are fresh ginger and lime juice. I did used to drink it with my croissant back in the day to no ill effect, but maybe once our bodies are cleaner the effect is considerably stronger.
    I too enjoyed HEABs post. One of the things that I learned from Natalia Rose was that "you can't burn waste". However, like you I don't exercise to lose weight I do so because it feels good. And as my sidenote, I find your yoga photos incredibly inspiring :)

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — August 18, 2009 at 5:23 am

    FF-Make it, and report back, hope you like it as much as I do!

    Emily-glad you find the yoga poses inspiring. That's great, thank you! I could see watermelon juice (not rind!) wit ginger and lime, that could be really refreshing actually. But I need a watermelon juice break for a few :)

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    melissa — August 18, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    thanks for all the amazing recipes. I have been looking for a vita friendly raw ice cream recipe. i think i overblended last time :)

    Gorgeous blog by the way!

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