November 1, 2013

Juice Fast #2: DAY FOUR (and our juicer)

Still going strong into day four! I know I've already said it, but I can't believe how easy this fast has been. Honestly, I feel really pathetic even trying to blog about it! With our last fast, we noticed SO MANY changes and differences with each day as we went along. This time it's just really different, although we've both lost weight, but that's to be expected. I've joked that it's the coffee, but in reality, we still both think it has been our (modified) paleo diet. When we're done, I'll try to analyze why this could be the case.

Tonight I ate three grapes and a few raw sunflower and pumpkin seeds. They were leftover from my kids snack and since I want to take it slow re-introducing food this time, I thought that tiny bit would be a good start. I still plan to juice most of the day tomorrow, but may add a couple apple slices and a some plain leafy greens. Jon is still on all juice.

I wanted to use up some greens so we made our own concoction.
1/2 bunch of kale
3 big handfuls of spinach
1 bunch of parsley
3 small cucumbers
2 apples

I was totally prepared for it to be disgusting (as they often are when I try to make up my own) but it was actually one of the better green juices we've ever had! I would totally make this one again. It was a great, energizing morning drink.

I wasn't really planning on lunch again today, but Jon showed up with a treat for me.

He had whipped up some apple orange mango juice. Even if you're NOT on a juice fast, a juice like that is a TREAT. Pure fruit juices made with fresh fruit are amazing all.the.time. When you are on a juice fast, it's like candy.

Supper was a little chaotic because Jon was helping our oldest finish a school/volunteer project and Meili, who had been under the weather all day, spiked a 103 degree fever. She was NOT a happy camper. I had made some soup for the kids, so rather than add to the craziness and make another mess in the kitchen, we just had a little broth. It was a nourishing homemade bone broth, so we figured those extra nutrients wouldn't hurt, especially when there's extra germs in our house.

Several people have asked about our juicer. We have an Omega 8006. (See THIS post for the original info). To keep it short, there two main kinds of juicers. Masticating and centrifugal. They both operate very differently.

Masticating juicers typically use an auger which turns very slowly (I think ours is 8 rpm) and pushes the juice out. Centrifugal juicers spin at high speeds and "pull" the juice out. Both have positives and negatives, so someone who is looking to purchase a juicer really needs to decide what feature is most important to them. Since centrifugal juicers operate at high speeds, there is heat involved and heating the juice causes it to oxidize. This diminishes nutrient content. But, they are fast. So if you are a person who is on-the-go and needs their juice quick, you might want a centrifugal one. They also work better than masticating juicers with juices made from soft fruits, like oranges or mangoes.

Masticating juicers turn slowly, the juice stays cool and maximum nutrient content is preserved. But, they take a lot longer to produce juice. Since nutrient content was our main concern, we went with a masticating version. Ours works really well juicing harder things, like carrots and apples. If we want to do softer fruits, we usually need to do a hard fruit or vegetable with it to push the soft things through. This isn't a problem for us, but it might be for someone else. Unfortunately, to get a GOOD quality masticating or centrifugal juicer, you will have to shell out a pretty decent chunk of $$.

They do make good Christmas presents :)


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