OK, I broke down and purchased a “juicer.” You know those machines that take hearty fruits and veggies and turn out green colored juice? Yes, that’s the one.
Now, before you think I’ve gone off the cliff as a reaction to too much holiday baking (and eating), hang in here with me.
Last month while we were in Florida visiting our son, Isaac, and his family, Isaac told us he had been on a juice fast for two weeks. In fact he and his wife, Kara, had both been drinking juice concoctions as a replacement for meals. Yes, they had some impressive weight losses. What got them inspired? They watched a video documentary called: “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead,” by Joe Cross, a man on a health and weight loss journey. This man is monitored by a doctor along the way, named Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
We tried one of the juices and at first I was a bit hesitant. The smell of cucumber and celery was a bit off putting, to say nothing of the green color from all the kale. But I felt so wonderful for hours after drinking the juice that I found myself craving it.
When we returned home we stumbled upon a program on public television – “Three Steps to Incredible Health” by Dr. Fuhrman. His eating plan is so much more than juicing. He speaks about the importance of getting micronutrients into our bodies through eating and drinking high nutrient fruits and vegetables in much larger quantities than most of us are accustomed to. He also claims that we can reverse disease and food addictions by following his plan. Pretty interesting claims. (Food addictions? You mean like the chocolate chips I’m munching on as I write this?)
Well the week after we saw him on public television, he was a guest on Dr. Oz. (May have been a rerun.) There he shared his suggestion that our diet focus on “G-Bombs”-
Seeds and nuts
I didn’t see chocolate chips on the list, but I’m still intrigued. So you may start seeing some interesting new recipes here as I put my big toe into this water. The most difficult part for me is to cut down on animal products because I live on dairy, eggs, poultry and, of course, chocolate. But I know I can incorporate more vegetables and that’s a start.
Quick juice recipe – from Clare – Makes 3 servings
6-7 bunches of kale
5-6 stalks of celery
6-8 leaves of romaine lettuce
1 green or red pepper
Few slices of pineapple
Just put it all into the juicer raw and juice away. You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days, but we try to drink it within 24 hours.
So here’s to a healthy 2013. It’s what we all want – to feel our best. Let me know how your journey is progressing.