So far, I am really enjoying juicing every day. As I said before, I am not trying to exist on juices alone right now, but am also eating other whole foods like eggs, chicken, and yogurt as well as whole produce like sauteed beet greens. I enjoy nuts for a snack and I am not totally clean in my eating yet, but am cutting way back on processed foods.
Each morning I spend about 20 minutes making two juices: I always make one green juice (made from leafy green vegetables) and then my other juice I vary in color: red one day, orange another, yellow the next. I figure that gives me a wide variety of nutrients and I also get to try lots of different recipes and combinations. I've been writing down recipes I find online and then changing them to suit my needs. For example, instead of kale I often use other greens like Romaine, red lettuce, or spinach, and I cut back on the amount of fruit most recipes call for to reduce my sugar intake.
Here are some combinations I've enjoyed so far:
8 large red lettuce leaves
1 large handful of spinach
2 stalks of celery
1/4 of a pineapple
6 red lettuce leaves
handful of spinach
4 stalks of celery
1 large orange
2 handfuls of yellow cherry tomatoes
I really like the juices and am surprised how satisfying they are. I do get hungry and crave protein but I eat a small amount and then I feel better.
Why am I juicing? Because I am tired of being tired, I want to get a lot of plant nutrition into my body, I believe it will contribute to better health and energy. I am also sick to death of salads and there is no way I would eat a giant bowl of lettuce or other greens every day, but drinking it is a pleasure!
Tomorrow I am going to juice part of a cantaloupe that's sitting on my counter. I will combine it with either Romaine lettuce or an orange and a couple of carrots. I also have lots of other produce to juice, including strawberries, a mango, limes, fresh ginger, pears, broccoli, a sweet potato, kiwis, and I also have some coconut water for when I want to dilute a juice. I feel better than I thought I would so far. Should be interesting to see what the scale says on Sunday.
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