Every time I post about juicing I get a whole boatload of questions and yesterday was no different.
As far as juicing in general, I get asked about “recipes” a lot, but we don’t use any. We just throw some fruit and veggies together and drink. If you go to the Joe Cross’s website Reboot Your Life, he has a ton of recipes and suggestions.
Chuck’s routine right now is to get up at 5 am, go for a three mile run and come home and juice just carrots before work. For lunch he takes (I think) a couple of Clif Bars and some nuts. He drinks a ton of water at work. When he gets home he drinks a cup of coffee and juices a mixture of vegetables. Sometimes he eats a small portion of the dinner I cooked, other times he eats rice cakes and avocado, some raw nuts and some fruit.
I juice once, sometimes twice a day. The photo above is the ingredients for the juice I drank after my run yesterday. It consisted of: one apple, one orange, four carrots, half a cucumber and a handful of spinach. Neither of us are “juice fasting” just adding it in to our diet while focusing on eating healthy, whole foods. Juicing is a great way to get extra micronutrients (the ones that heal our bodies!) into our system. Imagine eating that piles of fruits and veggies as a “snack” after a run…Apollo also drinks juice daily and I believe it has contributed to his lack of sickness and colds this winter.
Am I planning to lose more weight? Yes…but I’m not focusing on a number as much as trying to become “lean” and lose the extra body fat I have. When I began this my body mass index number was exactly on the boarder between “normal” and “overweight”. It has been great to see my BMI drop and now be nowhere near the “overweight” mark. I will say I am within ten pounds of the weight I was when I got married…16 years and 9 babies ago! And I am proud of that. I am also proud of my new ability to run a mile…I couldn’t even do that back in high school!
So, it’s the overall picture of health and fitness that we are working toward, and weight loss just happens to be one of the benefits. Chuck is a heavy equipment operator and now has guys at work asking him about juicing. You can’t miss the fact that he’s lost 30 pounds!
I look at every sip of juice that take as one step toward a healthier body and one step toward feeling better.