I don’t know why it’s taken me 5 years to start juicing. It didn’t seem to matter how many times I read or heard how great juicing would be for me. The thought of buying an expensive juicer, only to clean it daily, and buy ingredients frequently, etc. sounded terrible. I’m not much of a cook and I am so busy, I just never realized that I could fit it in my lifestyle.
I had been thinking about juicing for some time, but I owe it to a co-worker from Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Paulli, who gave me that kick in the rear to get going. She said, “What are you waiting for?” And I realized, I didn’t really have an answer. No excuse was a good excuse. This was my health I was talking about! Buying a juicer this month sounded unrealistic, but she was right, no amount of money was worth sacrificing my health. If this was going to make me better, then seriously, what was I waiting for?
I realized that I could at least try and use my blender. If it didn’t work, I could buy a juicer, no excuses. I finally took it out of the top cupboard and brought it to work and put it on the counter, the same day that I bought some juicing staples for the week. I had a few of the ingredients already, like turmeric, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar.
I chopped up a few stalks of celery, the entire cucumber, put a spoonful of turmeric, a spoonful of cayenne pepper, a splash of Apple cider vinegar, a splash of carrot juice that has omegas added, a splash of strawberry Kefir, and finally a splash of the green juice blend from Trader Joe’s. And walla! Instant juice drink! The blender is detachable, so whatever I don’t drink, I just put in the fridge and blend again later. In fact, day old juice tastes even better! And the cleanup is super easy. I just rinse out the blender and it’s ready to juice again!
It took me a bit to get used to the flavor, but I’ve actually acquired a taste for it now! I’m planning on getting more ingredients…like parsley, ginger, almond milk, kale and whatever else I think would be great for reducing inflammation and adding antioxidants to my body.
Maybe it’s too soon to tell but I would swear that I can already feel a difference. Two pitchers of smoothies later, I really think this is going to take me somewhere great. It felt as though it was cleaning my body. My intestinal health has never been great but since having had RA, it’s been extremely poor. After juicing I felt like my intestines were saying “Hooray!” Maybe that’s too much information, but I can feel a giant difference. Thank you Paulli for your encouragement!
Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how this goes! Please feel free to ask for advice on juicing. I have some pretty strong opinions as to what you should and should not be drinking!
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