That Green Juice

I absolutely have loved starting my past few weeks with a green juice. Normally, I grab a tall glass from my half gallon jug of Arden’s Garden Yoga 1, but last week my boyfriend, Dave, excitedly let me know he had made a big purchase – a juicer.

We watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead once or twice, and it really did open our eyes to what we sometimes fill our bodies with. Even though it tastes SO good, it can be damaging, and everything in moderation, right? With a recent additional view of the documentary, Dave was ready to dive in just a bit more. And so, this new kitchen appliance came to live on our countertop.

Last night was the first attempt at juicing. We headed to Kroger and bought all the green stuff after picking out a recipe. Kale, celery, spinach, cucumbers… you name it, we probably had it in our carts. Surprisingly, even with everything got, it was about $15 for a weeks worth of breakfast juices. However, we’re looking forward to heading to an actual farmers market next time!

So, we set up the machine, got our veggies out and got to work. It took a little trial and error at first, but after some whole leaves flying into the pulp catcher and a spray of semi-ground greens all over, our juice started flowing. For two servings, we used the following ingredients:

  • 3 apples (red and green variety)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 hothouse cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • about a thumb size of ginger

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I waited until the next day to try and boy was it potent! I think we added a bit too much ginger. This will definitely be a learning process, but I’m excited to share some of my favorites, and to continue to feel the health benefits of this green goodness!!

If you would like, I also have a special instagram feed for my health adventures, @4healthychanges where you can follow along with recipes I try, reviews, and tips!

Christine

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A Vegan Attempt

For the past 3 or 4 weeks, Dave and I have been living a 65% vegan lifestyle, with the other 35% being vegetarian. If you know Dave and I, we are always doing some weird diet – anything from Slow Carb (Tim Ferris) to Low Carb to Macros to Fasting and even a juice diet. Seriously, we’ve covered the bases. Our first diet to try together was a 3-day juice cleanse around the 2012 holidays. I don’t see that happening again…

But now we are on to something completely new for us – a plant-based diet.

We’ve talked about going vegetarian or vegan before, but never took the plunge. After Dave watched the “Forks over Knives” documentary one night, he was gung ho on trying it out after seeing the lessened ageing process, tremendous health benefits, and significant weight loss of those who switched from a normal western diet to one based around what comes from the ground.

Being that Dave and I live together, it is really easy for us to fall into the same patterns, especially when it comes to eating. We are both total bingers! Give us a box of pop tarts, cereal, half a gallon of milk and some Little Debbie’s and we’ll polish them off by the early afternoon. Take the crap out of fridge and make healthy, wholesome meals and we will usually stick to it (albeit the occasional office temptations can take us off track). So, going into a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle together just made sense.

We started on a Monday, and have been totally vegan throughout the week, with occasional dairy products on the weekend. It’s amazing how often places cater to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, and I think part of that is being lucky enough to live in Atlanta, a big city where dietary needs are vast.

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I have to admit, I haven’t really missed meat. Being a woman, tofu is ok for me to eat, and I have ate tofu even before I made this turn – I enjoy it. Cheese is hard to give up. I know there are vegan varieties, but I have yet to try them.

The weird thing though, is that I have not lost any weight. Typical. I think this is definitely proof that calories in versus calories out is how you lose. I’m eating healthy, whole foods – just too much of it possibly. My typical day includes a piece of fruit with avocado-spread toast, a quinoa chopped veggie mix with another piece of fruit, lots of black coffee and then for dinner we usually have a veggie burger on ezekiel bread and maybe some veggies with hummus. I’m also very happy that most beer is vegan too, haha. However, there is a side effect – my breath is a little stanky. I don’t know why, but I think there is something that needs to change.

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This weekend, I did have a bit more cheese than a normal weekend and also included some seafood. I felt fine, except for a few breakouts, but I’m almost positive that is from dairy. So my assessment and adjustment is to mainly eat vegan during breakfast and dinner, and include a non-dairy, fish based meal for dinner. I feel weird eating fish for lunch as it can be pretty smelly and I don’t think my co-workers would appreciate that.

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Has anyone else tried a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle? I’d love some tips, especially with supplements!

Christine