Thursday, September 26, 2013

Juicing without a juicer...

We own a Vitamix blender, high power, high speed, blends almost anything into nothing [well, not nothing!].  It was a two-year-long "impulse" buy.  After a bit of buyers remorse and LOTS of blended goodness in our life, we gave it a break.  [FYI, no more buyers remorse, in fact, quite the opposite, we LOVE the Vitamix].

Once we watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead we knew that we wanted to give the juice fast a try.  And then I started researching juicers.  But even at $150 for a moderate juicer it seemed silly to buy another machine when we had the Vitamix that we have used for smoothies - all kinds of smoothies - and many other things!  There is obviously a difference between the results of a juicer and a blender, but how much and would it really matter?  I started reading reviews, community boards, and found that most people with juicers do not like the 20+ minutes of juicing and the big mess to clean up.

The fiber/pulp in the blended "juice" was not needed/wanted/recommended for the juice fast, however I ran across many people who had both machines, and preferred the time and clean up factor of the Vitamix, and then just strained the juice.  They also got a larger amount of juice from blending rather than juicing the fruits and veggies.

So rather than invest more money in another machine I have ordered More Than a Nut Milk Bag [for straining the juice], a 6-pack of Aquasana 18 Oz. Glass Bottles [for work, running errands, etc], and the rest will go towards our fruits and veggies.  Right now we are researching, reading, planning our juices [and our shopping list!], and will be starting our juice fast on October 3rd or 4th.  We decided that we could start on a Friday so that we have the weekend to adapt, adjust, test juices, and so on, so that by Monday we will, at the very least, have a better idea of what we need to take to work, and how to manage any hunger issues that arise.

Looking forward to it!

JUICER UPDATE: We caved!  3 days in, a combined 13 pounds lost and we bought a juicer!  I will post about that soon, but I'm glad we did!

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