Now, I want to tell you about a documentary that I watched years ago and this health kick made me watch it again, this time WITH MY HUSBAND. Well, if you have never seen the movie "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead", you must. It's a story of an overweight fellow who decided to "reboot" and give his body a break and detox for 60 days. How? By only taking in juice. Straight up raw juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. Let me tell you, when I saw that he managed to lose 47 pounds in 30 days, I was amazed. He wasn't depleting his body of nutrients by not eating. In fact, he was supercharging his body with micronutrients in the fresh fruit and veggies he was drinking every day.
After 60 days, he lost over 70 pounds. Mind you, he wasn't doing a ton of exercising aside from walking. It's not that I DON'T want to exercise. I just want to be healthier and reboot my system. So, with this challenge ahead of me, I decided to try to juice. I will start by juicing for 10 days. Just 10. If I can manage 10, I will aim for another 10 and so forth. If I can handle doing 30, I can't wait to see the difference in my body. Obviously, I have events to attend and I may have to start over. LOL! But, regardless of what the case may be, the mere ability to juice at all and give my body a break can only do me good.
So, after we get home from church a huge wave of guilt overcame me. All that FOOD I ate tonight. ugh! So, because we didn't have a juicer, I wanted to try to ninja kale, oranges, apples, and pears and try that out. It's the closest I'll get to "juicing". Well, it was hard to swallow, literally. What came out of it was a pulpy, thick, slop that you had to glub down and chew. It wasn't completely horrible, but taste was excellent. It was the texture that was hard to swallow. So, it sat in my glass mason jar. I glubbed on it while I chopped veggies for the two salads I was making for lunch for the hubby and I. That's when the light bulb flipped on in my head. "ROMEL!! TRY LOOK IN DA GARAGE IF DA JUICER IS THERE!"
Now, here's the real story I want to share with you. When we got married 19 years ago, the very first purchase we made as husband and wife was Durotherm pots and pans, a Carico knife set, and a Carico "nutrilite" juicer. All in all we paid $2500 for the entire package. Crazy, I know. But I've got to tell you, 19 years later, we STILL are using those pots and pans, we are STILL using our same knives, and the juicer.....I'll get to that soon enough. We kicked ourselves sideways for dropping that kind of dough on kitchen tools. But, after almost 20 years, do the math. We've spent less than what most people spend on their kitchen essentials.
Now, back to the juicer. Ah, the juicer. I attempted to juice long ago and the clean up was miserable. The darned thing juiced so good that the pulp literally came out DRY and the strainer was a bitch to clean! The motor is very strong in this juicer. I never saw the value in it because I had no desire to juice. Well, 19 years and 50 lbs later. I was crossing my fingers and hoping the juicer was still stored in my garage. Romel went out to look, and there it was in all its glory. We were both STOKED! YES! FAT SICK AND NEARLY DEAD!!! LET'S JUICE!
So, it's 9 pm and I'm juicing every damn thing in my kitchen. Salad? who needs to eat!? Dammit! I just built two salads for our lunches and now I'm gonna opt to go on a liquid diet. Ok. Maybe I'm biting off more than I can chew. But after making my first glass of juice which consisted of kale, spinach, celery, carrots, apples, oranges, and pears, I was hooked. This stuff looks utterly NASTY but it tastes so good! Here's the trippy part. So remember that concoction I made in the ninja? That thick slop I was glubbing down out of a mason jar? Well, I took a clean pint glass to catch any juice, and dumped that slop into the juicer. I nearly fell to the floor. That pulpy mess juiced up to nearly a full pint of juice. Now, if that's not a bad ass juicer, I don't know what is. I mean WOW! So, I quickly shot that juice down like it was going out of style and was so refreshed. Man that went down so much easier then that pulpy mess!
So, here I go. My first attempt at juicing and rebooting my body. Wish me luck!