“These little victories are making me happy!” said Phil. He weighs around 340lbs and he’s been on a juice diet for about 10 days. For him, a small victory was losing 17lbs and sharing his new juice diet to a neighbor on the 4th of July. He’s a truck driver, has health issues and meets an Australian that changes his life. Only about 15 minutes into watching this movie, I was so motivated and reinvested in my nutrition that I got off the couch, grabbed my purse and drove to Costco to buy a juicer!
Thankfully, Costco didn’t let me down. The juicer was large enough for a whole apple but small enough not to need it’s own zip code in my kitchen. With the new Jack LaLanne Juicer nicely packed in the front seat of my truck, I opened the box to flip through the recipe book and jotted down my grocery list. Normally I get all of my groceries from Whole Foods but since I was ONLY getting vegetables this time, I decided to stay close to home and headed to Grand Mart. There are so many selections there and I believe their produce is mostly local. My grocery list:
- 5 apples
- 5 lemons
- 2 limes
- 3 oranges
- 1 cucumber
- raspberries (sadly none there today)
The two recipes I chose for today were Orangeberry, a Digestive Jump Start juice for dinner and Clear Shock, a Cucumber Spa Cocktail for lunch tomorrow. I made both including cleaning in about 30 minutes and even cleaned off a new spot for it on the counter. Spinach salad with tomatoes, goat cheese, cranberries, pine nuts, cashews and blueberry dressing was my dinner and Orangeberry was my dessert as I watched the rest of “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix.
The juicing process was actually much easier than I thought and I was surprised to see how much of the fruity flesh was left after the juice was extracted. There was a little bit of cleanup but I was able to dump the pulp in my compost pile and stick to my goal of simple and green in my house.
There are a few things I’m trying to achieve this year. Maintain a healthy weight through changing my diet (specifically pescatarian), creating more space in my house and living more simply by getting rid of things that I don’t need and spending more time active by joining clubs and groups like meetup and traveling around the world. Today I’m kicking off my 10 day veggie/fruit fasting and then I’ll try fasting with only vegetable and fruit juices at least one meal a day. My little victories will make me happy too!