Staying Healthy by Juicing – Our Experiment #SummerofHealth

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Some of you may remember a few months back that I bought a Big Boss juicer from Groupon for my husband’s birthday. I spent under $50 for the juicer & shipping which I thought was a great deal considering some juicers are hundreds of dollars! Well we received it while we were out of town for the summer, and by the time we got back we decided to just put it in the moving pile and not bother opening it until we settled in Iowa. But last night a friend suggested we watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (have you seen it?). It’s a fantastic documentary about this obese guy who essentially is on a TON of steroids for an autoimmune disease which makes you randomly break out in horrible hives and blisters. The guy decided he wanted to go on a juice fast for 60 days and cut out all of his medication to get healthier. As you watch his journey not only does he lose an incredible amount of weight but he meets a few other people who join him on his juice fast. One man he met in the truck stop was so obese some of the scales wouldn’t even weigh him anymore and he was on all sorts of medications to counteract his health issues dues to his weight. It was incredibly amazing to then see two men go through this transformation of not just losing weight but gaining a healthy lifestyle. SO after the movie we decided that we should pull out our juicer before we move and give it a try. Not for 60 days mind you!! My husband said 10 days but I’ll be happy to make it through 3! (Especially considering we are going to Disney World on day 3 – eek!) I really wanted to get my kids drinking some of the juices because of the extra vitamins and minerals they would get – especially my youngest son who has a soy allergy.

So I went out to Walmart early this morning to get enough veggies for one juice for each of us, just to see what we thought about it. It cost under $9 for all the veggies we needed for the 2 of us which wasn’t horrible. I set out plates so that I could separate each of our portions out and as you can see above I sort of ran out of room!! We decided for our first juice we would make “Mean Green” – a juice featured in the documentary since I noticed a lot of bystanders try it and think it tasted pretty good. It includes:

4 stalks of celery
1/2 lemon
1 cucumber
6 leaves of kale
2 apples
(and we threw in an extra carrot!)

Look at ALL those veggies!! First of all I am not a super healthy person. I mean we try to eat better but if there’s a pizza or brownies around I’m your girl!! :) I’m not a salad eater, and I’ve never even had (or bought) kale in my life! I have to admit – it is really fun stuffing the veggies into the juicer and watching all of the juice spit out!

We made the mistake of putting a small cup under the juicer which VERY quickly filled up so we made a bit of a mess!! Each plate that you saw above filled a huge cup the size of a Big Gulp at 7 Eleven with juice. I’ll be honest – it took me a good 4 hours sipping on it to drink it all. Not because it tasted bad, it was actually quite good, but it was so filling and LOTS of juice! It’s right now 3:30pm and I’m just sitting down with my 2nd cup of juice today. We decided to make the following “Purple Power” drink:

6 cups of grapes
1/2 cup blackberries
1 apple
1 carrot

OH YUM! This one is delicious!! I’ll definitely be gulping down this one! I’m not sure that I’ll be able to make it a whole 10 days since I love chewing food but it definitely is a VERY healthy beverage! We went to the fleamarket today to buy enough veggies for the next 3 days. I won’t lie, it was a bit expensive. I spent about $80 for a total of 18 “meals” of juice (9 meals for 2 people) which breaks down to  $4.44 per meal. Although it’s slightly more expensive than I would pay for feeding us here at home, it’s certainly cheaper than many places you would eat out at- and considerably healthier.

My long term goal? I’m hoping by going on a juice fast this will help get me jump started in eating healthier as well as providing more nutrients to my children. It’s not about losing weight or trying some fad diet, in the long run I would like to shift a few meals a week to a fresh juice instead of a traditional meal. To me it’s comparable to the idea of drinking smoothies, just with a LOT more veggies in it!

I’m curious – have any of you used a juicer? Would YOU be able to miss a meal and have a juice instead? I’ll be out of town (again!) for a few days but I am going to try and keep you updated on our juicing experiment. We are trying to drink 2-3 juices a day and if we need a snack have a fresh fruit or small handful of nuts (primarily walnuts).


  1. Katie says

    Okay, I have never considered juicing before, but you have me intrigued! So much so that I did an Amazon search! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  2. My says

    Yes! We love to juice! We bought a jack lalane (spelling) two years ago and it was such a huge hit in our house. Even with our five year old who loves veggies. It was our breakfast, mid morning snack, or lunch. We tried every veggie/fruit mix you could think of. Our fave was apple, celery, kale, spinach, and cucumber. Very fresh and yummy.

  3. Kim says

    I am hypoglycemic and orange juice seems to be my kryptonite, causing day-long low blood sugar, but I am intrigued by the fact that you say the veggie ones are tasty. Although I am not sure my blood sugar would allow me to replace all my meals, maybe I could replace one. I definitely need the healthy part and I could totally lose a few pounds. I, too, will be searching Amazon! Keep us informed about how you are doing!

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