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I decided to try some juicing today.  This morning I made a green juice that had pineapple, apples, cucumber, aloe, lemon and lime.  This afternoon I've made a carrot and celery based juice with red pepper and lemon juice.  Reminding my gentle readers that I'm producing juice for two (my DIL is juicing as well), this is a lot of work!  I have yet to reach the coveted two quart point, rather I seem to be managing a quart and a half.

 

I also have a contentious little juicer to deal with (a Singer Elite, possibly older than my oldest child) that really only juices carrots and apples, and only after a few tussles.  *sigh*  Otherwise, I'm using my vitamix and nutmilk bags.  This is all dreadfully time consuming.  I think each batch, including cleanup, took a good hour.  I do not have four spare hours in my day.  They simply won't be there after I start school next week.

 

My solutions:

 

1.  Costco sells the Jack LaLane juicer for about $90.  I've been given authorization to purchase one later this week.  (I think two hours of juicing is very loud to my husband's sensitive ears, particularly if you toss in all the sighing that goes along with it on my part).

 

2.  Get my DIL into the kitchen to make a round or two per day.

 

Meanwhile:

 

Having read that colon cleansing/enemas should be included in any juicing regimen, I'm concerned.  I don't have time/money for colonics.  I've never enema'd in my life.  I'm wondering if some psyllium husk would do or salt water flushes?  I'd like a response here, if possible, and if I don't get one, I'll head to the Loo and ask there.

 

Juice on, friends, juice on!

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Comment by Rebecca on August 16, 2011 at 1:28pm

You will LOVE the Breville. I adore mine already and have only made a few juices. I keep looking up recipes because I want to make more juice with it, even when I don't *need* juice ;)

 

You've received some great advice already, but I just wanted to say, don't overwhelm yourself with "side tasks". I totally fall for this all the time! I start thinking of all the other things I "should" be doing, and before I know it, I'm giving up on everything because it's overwhelming! Just do your juice for now and enjoy . . . if you start to feel you need support in other ways, you can worry about the methods for that later, and hopefully by then juicing will feel routine, so adding a new thing won't throw you off! :)

Comment by indigo on August 16, 2011 at 7:53am
Jodi,  we call that tea 'poop tea' at our house.  I'm glad to read your comments on the Breville.  It's so difficult to make these decisions.  I'm really thoughtful about how I spend money, especially on long term investments.  Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Comment by Jodi is Purely Nourished on August 16, 2011 at 5:07am
I definitely preferred the Breville to the Jack La Lane- big difference! Faster juicing, more juice and quicker cleanup. I would avoid the psyllium as it tends to be too rough on the colon. If you use the hemp or flax oils as Penni mentions, that will help keep things moving. Otherwise chia is good and there are always the teas that can help your train get on the new schedule. ;-)
Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on August 15, 2011 at 9:07pm
AWESOME!!!!
Comment by indigo on August 15, 2011 at 5:52pm
As it turns out, the smaller Breville retails for a little more than the Jack LaLane, so I ordered that through the portal here.  The new juicer will be here on Thursday!
Comment by Vegan♥for♥Life on August 15, 2011 at 2:44pm

Sounds like a game plan for the juicing! I juice what I am drinking at the moment, then cleanup and literally it takes me about 15 minutes. You'll see with a "nicer" juicer, it will be easier.

As far as enemas? You don't HAVE to have them, they are a big help though. I say just concentrate on the juicing for now and I bet "things" will move along for 'ya...

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