The Joys of Juicing
It's day 4 of the Crazy Sexy You (“CSY”) program. I had meant to chronicle each and every day , but life got a bit crazy and I had to adjust. You see, on Day 1 of the program, I left my job at a government agency and struck out on my own again to be a full time entrepreneur.
It was an abrupt move. I had already planned to leave at the end of the year, but the politics of the situation left me with what I saw as no choice. Naturally, I needed a couple of days to adjust.
I am proud to tell you that, despite the emotional roller coaster I've been on in the past couple of days, I did not resort to emotional eating, much. Despite the fact that being out on my own again is both exhilarating and teriffying at the same time, I resisted the urge to say to hell with the Crazy Sexy You diet, guzzle a bottle of wine, and pick up or order in the greasiest food I could find. I did, however, eat two 100 calorie packs of popcorn on my last day at work which are not on the diet menu.
Not having to go into work freed me up to cook the meals I didn't cook over the weekend and to reacquaint myself with my Omega juicer.* (affiliate link) Or maybe I should say “acquaint myself” instead. You see, I hadn't used the juicer since since the last round of the Crazy Sexy You program last year. Juicing is not something I'm in the habit of doing.
Most of my memories of my former attempts at juicing were not pleasant. I vaguely recalled rushing in the mornings before work to make the juice, struggling with putting the juicer together, struggling with figuring out how to use it, not producing nearly as much juice as the materials said I should, and generally being afraid that what I was allowed to have for breakfast would not sustain me.
I did have some pleasant memories about juicing. I recalled being pleasantly surprised at how good the juice I was finally able to produce tasted and discovered that the scheduled breakfast was, in fact, enough to hold me until my midmorning snack.
On Tuesday, the first day after my newfound freedom from the office, I hunted down all the parts of my Omega juicer, cleaned them out, watched a YouTube video on how to assemble it, and put it together in under a minute. I should have watched that YouTube video last year.
Remembering how I struggled to make the juice last year, I was careful to cut my fruits and veggies into sizes that would fit easily down the juicer chute. I then made CSY's recipe for Mellow Green Juice – a concoction made of pears, cucumbers and kale.
I took my time to make the juice and, because I had properly prepped my ingredients this time, it took me less than five minutes. It turned out to be quite delicious and I got the 16 ounces of juice the recipe called for. It was so good, I gulped down both servings that morning instead of saving one 8 oz. serving as part of my afternoon snack. I swear that I felt healthier immediately. It was probably just my imagination, but I did have more energy on Tuesday than I normally do.
The Omega juicer* was easy to clean. I realized then that I could make juice every morning if I wanted to – even if I had to race to an office, a mediation conference, or a meeting. If I prep my fruits and veggies the night before, it would take all of five minutes to prepare.
I'm going to do a separate article at some point taking a deep dive into the health benefits of juicing and the merits of Omega v. Breville juicers. Being the maniac that I am. I actually purchased two juicers last year. The Breville is still in the box in a closet somewhere. In the meantime, below is the Omega juicer that I'm actually using. I got it from Amazon. It works great. The picture below is an affiliate banner.
This morning I made CSY's “Green & Sassy” juice – a concoction made of Granny apples, cucumbers, half a lemon (peeled) and and inch of ginger root. It was amazing. I can't wait to have another cup as part of my afternoon snack.
I have to attend a networking event for lawyers this afternoon and I'm nervous. There's going to be alcohol, roving hors d'oeuvres, and dinner. I always drink wine at these events to calm my nerves (I always feel a little desperate trolling for business) and I'm not supposed to on the CSY diet. Ah well. I'll let you know how it goes.
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