Thursday, July 21, 2011

The day started walking with juicing

Last night I watched a documentary on micronutrient foods obtained mainly through juicing.  The basis of the experiment was to see if this Aussie would be able to lose weight, feel better, and "cure" himself of his rare condition.  To do so, he decided to go on a juice fast for 60 days.

Now, many people have heard of a juice fast.  You drink juice, you drink water, yadda yadda yadda.  You don't consume any foods.  True, that is a juice fast.  However, to do it properly, this Aussie used a juicer and made all of his own juice in order to actually receive the nutrients of the food that gets sucked out during the processing to make the juice you buy in a store.  Yeah, but, why juice?  Well, he figures he can consume a ton more fruit and veggies if he juices them, and he's right.  Whatever.  I think it's ingenious in the fact that the body craves the act of eating (masticating, or chewing for those less scientifically-centered).  So, by saying he's not eating at all, it's the easiest way to control himself when around food.  He does seem to spend an awful lot of his time in and around restaurants.

I do take up certain issues, though.  I don't believe that juicing is giving you everything your body needs,  (protein...can you juice nuts?) and in the end it's all about balance.  Juicing for 60 days and returning to bad habits, well, we have a term for that:  yo-yo dieting.  But, ya' know, he claims to want to revamp his lifestyle and live a balanced life after he's done with it.  Proof:  towards the end of the show you actually see him exercising.

Anyways, there's an overview.  If you want more info or to watch it yourself, here's a link to the website: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  I'm not sure if you can watch it online or not, but Netflix it.

This morning I decided to try juicing:  1/2 a tomato, 1 carrot, 1 stick of celery, 1/4 of an onion, 1/3 of a cucumber, grapes, and strawberries.  Can you tell I pulled out everything that was fresh in the fridge?  It was...interesting, to say the least.  If you haven't tried a juicer, you can literally taste all of your veggies separately, yet it blends into one's...different.  But I like it.

In the end, what I'm saying is that I'm inspired to try juicing.  No, not go on a 60 day diet craze.  But do some juicing because the manfriend's idea of dessert with breakfast, dessert with lunch, and dessert with dinner is not a pretty picture when it comes to my weight/body.  I think blending may be more up my micronutrient alley.  C'mon, who doesn't like smoothies?  Plus, spinach has absolutely no taste when blended in a smoothie.

1 comment:

  1. I've been fat, sick, and nearly dead all day. (think Princess Bride)


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