For the long haul

Ever since I began juicing on Christmas morning 2011, I have gradually been switching over to a more plant based, raw food diet. My fridge is stocked with various kinds of vegetables now. The top shelf is completely full as well as the bottom two drawers. There are three bowls filled with apples, pears, oranges, limes, lemons, and bananas on the table.

Fridge full of veggies


The benefits of juicing so far have been

  • I have lost 23 pounds and counting
  • Feeling generally better over all
  • I haven’t been sick since Christmas
  • I am Healthy
  • Hooked up with a number of like minded folks via social media
  • And just plain liking it
  • Monica is getting into it

It also seems that as I have been juicing for breakfast every morning, I have lost a desire for crappy food. Food that is processed has very little appeal any longer as well as soda, and sweet drinks. Strange, but Monica and I used to have a diet soda with crackers and cheese almost every night as a snack. No longer.

My desire for meat and dairy has also lessened. This is something that is curious to me. I did not start out wanting to cut meat and dairy out of my diet, it just happened as a result of getting the proper nutrients that my body needs. Now don’t get me wrong, I will still have the occasional BBQ’ed london broil, but it will be fewer and far between. For now.

I can honestly say that I am in it for the long haul.

What has your experience with juicing been like?


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7 Responses to For the long haul

  1. Monica says:

    This made me laugh. Yes, I’m getting into juicing now too.

    Your desire to eat less red meat is a nice surprise. I’ve wanted to cut back (or totally eliminate) beef from our diet for years. Glad to see you figuring it out on your own.


  2. Shannon says:

    I love the way fresh juice makes me feel. I also feel more energetic and have less cravings. The things that keep me from doing it on a regular basis are the time and the waste. It takes a lot of time to cut/peel everything, then clean the juicer out. I see that big bag of pulp in the back of the juicer and it seems like such a waste of money! Do you have any suggestions for what to do with all that pulp that’s left over?

  3. joe says:

    Shannon, You can make soup with the pulp. You can add some to a blender with the juice if you like more fiber. A friend of mine makes flat bread. Not sure what that is though. I’ll need to research a bit more on uses of the pulp. Thx

  4. Monica says:

    Shannon, you need chickens and a compost pile. You can split the leftovers between the two.

  5. joe says:

    Monica, I forgot about that. Yes you can feed the scraps to the chickens. They eat just about anything.

  6. Shannon says:

    Compost is a great idea. We have to really careful here though because we have a bear in the area. We have to keep our garbage in the garage because he’s gotten into it several times. Haven’t quite figured out how to effectively compost without attracting the bear. I thought there must be some way to bake it into muffins or something like that. Would love to figure out more uses.

  7. joe says:

    You can use it in bread and muffins. An electric fence should keep the bear out. That’s what the beekeepers do in Maine to protect their honey supply.

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