Sunday, January 13, 2013
Like I mentioned earlier, we are juicing a lot lately. For Christmas, we got a big juicer - it's an Omega J8004 (in case anyone's interested). I was hesitant about it at first because I thought...do we REALLY need another big kitchen appliance we will never use? So, I thought long and hard about it.
But, I have to say...I am a convert!
See, I normally don't eat veggies. Like ever. My mom never made veggies when I was growing up (she hates them, really) - so I was raised on a diet of Swanson's TV dinners, Hardee's, and Fruity Pebbles. Even when I became a vegetarian in highschool, I lived on granola bars and Diet Coke. I know, I know...
Anyway, I am obviously growing up and becoming a real adult because I realize I can't eat that way (much) anymore and still feel good.
The thing is, I am still not good about eating my veggies. I buy them and they die a terrible death in my fridge. I mean to eat them, but they just get passed over by other things...like anything else remotely edible.
So, anyway - while I am really good about eating fruit, veggies are another thing. But, since I got the juicer, I've found that I actually really love the taste of veggie juice. Really.
I'm not sure if it would be better for me to actually eat the veggies as opposed to juicing them - but to that, I say that baby steps are better than no steps. ;-) Maybe I should be making arugula salads for lunch, but well...that's probably not going to happen. I'd rather not have great be the enemy of good and I am certain that even small changes can reap big results over time.
I know a lot of people like to juice fast, and I am not doing that because I'm nursing Violet. Basically, I can't do anything drastic with my diet because of nursing and supply issues. I have also found that Violet has some food intolerances. A year ago, I cut dairy out of my diet because of her intolerance (which she still has). And recently, I discovered that she cannot have apples. Apples! So, I am not juicing apples for me (but Mr. M has them in his juice).
So far, my "recipe" for my juice has been to take a bunch of baby kale, a handful of carrots, some celery, peeled cucumber, and oranges/tangerines...and just juice them together. It's surprisingly delicious.
Now, it does not fill me up and I really do have to eat real food afterwards. But even though it's not filling, it makes me feel so energized. I have been making juice in the afternoon for us all as a little pick-me-up, instead of having tea or sweets.
The best part is that I have my little worker bee, Ginger, who is happy to help out. Now if I could just teach her to clean out the juicer afterwards! Haha. Baby steps. :-)
Posted by Erika at 7:32 PM