Post # 1
I met a friend of mine for lunch yesterday after not seeing her for a little over 2 months and she looked completely different! She has lost 32 pounds, her complextion was picture perfect w/o makeup, her hair had grown like a weed, and she was bouncing off the walls! She told me she started using a juicer and that it changed her life.
I’m very cautious of things like that but she is not one to really follow a fad. She started doing it after getting a juicer for a wedding present. I’m not going to lie I was really intrigued. She doesn’t just drink juice or fast but she incorporates it into her diet.
I’d love to hear feedback from other bees on this? Anyone use a juicer? Good/bad?
Post # 4
I have a juicer, and I enjoy making juice, but you’d need to find out from your friend what she’s making juice-wise, and how she’s incorporating it into her diet. (And please let a girl know!!!) My SO drinks nothing but hand squeezed juice (he squeezes it himself) but over the course of our relationship I haven’t seen any HUGE changed like you’re describing.
It took me a bit to learn how to use my juicer. My sister got it as a wedding gift and didn’t want it so she gave it to me 🙂 Yay me!
Post # 5
I do!! I have no counter space so I can’t actually USE it but I do love my juiceman junior. When we move and it’s easier to use the juicer I will make more stuff with it but my fave things are–fresh squeezed oranges and the Spinach/Apple/Ginger juice that my mom would always make when we were growing up. That is a tasty and very healthy one. You can put carrots in it too.
The only problem I have with the juicer is all the pulp–I feel so bad throwing it out! I need to find recipes that call for random vegetable pulp LOL.
Post # 6
i have a juicer and found it can be a pain in the cleanup so after the first few months of using it, it now sits in a cupboard
Post # 7
Yes!! Almost daily if I can. FI and I both juice. Our latest recipe is carrots, celery, cucumber, apple, and peach. It’s delicious. It helps with my IBS (maybe TMI), but also helps keep us at a healthy weight. I love that we get a high dose of nutrition in one glass a day. I swear by our juicer.
Post # 8
I love our juicer, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it regularly enough to see a difference. It’s really time consuming and such a pain to clean up. But, I really do believe in juicing and as soon as I’m out of graduate school, I plan on making it a big part of my life.
Post # 9
My fiance is planning on doing a juice fast starting next week, actually. He got the idea after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. He’s hoping it might reset his immune system the way it did for the two guys in the movie, because he has chronic hives like they did.
I can’t imagine doing a fast like that, myself, but if you’re not fasting – just incorporating juice into your diet – that doesn’t seem too bad (so long as you’re making relatively good-tasting recipies.)
Post # 10
@MsYellowJacket: Fascinating, I have really bad IBS. I would love to incorporate more natural fiber into my life rather rather than eating veggies constantly.
Post # 11
@JenniferG: It’s funny you would mention that movie. I watched it last night because thats what got my friend interested in “juicing”. I don’t have Chronic Uticaria but I do have Cold Uticaria and I’m not gonna lie, I’m tempted to try it but I doubt I be as intensive with it as the guy.
As for my friend she drinks Kale Juice after workouts and replaces at least one meal a day – usually breakfast with some kind of juice but will also have a juice as a snack in between lunch and dinner.
Her juicer can make like an “ice cream” type thing. She freezes fruits and then puts them through and it creates a consistency like ice cream and she says its a great sweet snack. She has really embraced the whole juicing thing, I just worry that I would get bored with it.
Post # 12
Your friend likely has major changes because she increased her vitamin intake tremendously and replaced bad calories with juice calories.
However, it would be more beneficial for you to incorporate more vegetables and fruits, not juiced. The fiber (the pulp you through out in a juicer) is really important for your system, keeping you full as well as balancing blood sugar spikes in fruits. Fructose, the sugar in fruit, is the same sugar as HFCS. Removing the fiber from fruits isnt doing your body any favors.
You could use a really high powered blender, like a Vitamixer, and puree everything smooth as opposed to juicing it. This allows you to keep the fiber.
Post # 13
Even though the sugar from juicing is controversial, I think I read somewhere that the reason juicing is so good for you is because our bodies can absorb the nutrients from the juice much easier than they could with food. I read to start out with mostly fruits and some vegetables, but as you get used to the taste slowly work your way up to a mainly vegetable drink.
Post # 14
@lefeymw: Thanks for the input! I’m currently wasting an entire work day researching juicers and that argument has come up a few times. I like to know both sides to everything. Its just hard to stay partial when I *want* to believe its amazing!
Post # 15
I’ve been debating getting a juicer myself. Are they a huge pain to clean up though? I feel like that would be my downfall with it lol
Post # 16
I have a juicer! It’s great when I’m not too lazy to clean it afterwards… That’s really the only thing that keeps me from juicing every day… Well that and the amount of produce it takes to make 16 oz of juice.
But when I did juice everyday (it would be my breakfast) my skin was really clear and glowy almost and I was much less bloated all the time. I really should start doing that again… 🙂
ETA: I juice 2-3 leaves of romaine, 2 stalks/leaves of kale, 1 stem of broccoli (I save the flourettes for lunch or dinner), 2 stalks celery, 1 cucumber, 1/2 inch of ginger and a small pear… you can also use a green apple for somemore sweetness, but I prefer the pear. 🙂