Over the weekend I watched some more documentaries on Netflix including Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I had heard of it and added it to my Netflix list quite awhile ago, but I didn’t really know what it was all about. I assumed some sort of plant based diet.
The film chronicles Joe Cross’ journey from being 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, to getting off the pills and achieving a balanced healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of the film he decides that his only option left is to rely on the body’s natural ability to heal itself, to just get out of the way. And he does this by embarking on a 60 day journey across America with juicer and generator in tow, trading in fast food for fresh fruit and vegetable juice. For 60 days he eats no solid food and only juices (under a doctor’s supervision, of course).
The results are incredible. He loses weight. He feels great. His cholesterol and blood sugar and blood pressure all go way down to even better than normal numbers. His condition goes away and he gets off the meds. Along the way he entices a woman to try juicing for just 10 days. In the beginning she hates it, thinks it tastes awful. By the end she feels so good that she decides to add regular juicing into her lifestyle permanently.
When I was a vegetarian I had a few conversations with other vegans/ vegetarians who owned juicers and used them daily. They loved them! But I was never convinced. I am not really a juice person. I would sooner eat an apple than drink a glass of apple juice. And what about all the fibre in fruits and veggies? That gets lost in juice. What I hadn’t realized is that I likely haven’t tasted real juice, the stuff you would make at home in a juicer that hasn’t gone through a processing plant. Even if you buy organic, all natural, nothing added juice, it’s not going to be nearly the same thing as making your own from fresh. And when you juice you can save the pulp, which is the fibre, and use it in other recipes. I had never given any thought to just how much good nutrients you might be able to pack into a glass of juice you made yourself (you would never be able to eat that much solid fruits and vegetables to achieve an equal amount).
My curiosity was piqued about juicing for the very first time. So I went online to see how much juicers cost and what I found is that there are a lot of juicers on the market! Like A LOT! You can pay as little as $50 for one or you can pay $500 … I cannot ever afford $500 for a counter-top kitchen appliance, that’s just not happening. I could have very easily got overwhelmed by the sheer volume of juicers out there and given up right away, but then I stumbled over one person’s review of a juicer saying she also used it to make nut milks. Ding, ding, ding! Now, we’re talking!
I have long thought about making my own nut milks. You can do them in a food processor but it’s a bit of process, wringing the milk out the pulp yourself using a nut bag or cheesecloth. A juicer on the other hand would separate milk from pulp, easily giving you milk and almond meal to freeze for future recipes. I like that! Eliminate the hand wringing.
Perhaps in the past I was too quick to dismiss the benefits of owning a juicer. Perhaps this is a valuable tool that should be in every healthy plant based whole food eating person’s kitchen. And perhaps I should get one!
I expanded the parameters of my online research to find the best performing value juicer currently on sale in Canada. If I get a juicer I don’t want to make a huge investment because it is my first one, I might get it and only use it one time and end up selling it in a yard sale. Better to play this one smart and see what unfolds.
I found one that has been recommended on some consumer lists and has pretty favourable reviews on Amazon. It’s a brand name I am familiar with, I already own some of their other small kitchen appliances and have no complaints. It’s only $84, which is about what I would think I would need to pay for a half decent one to start experimenting with juice. I added it to my Amazon Wish List for future reference.
My birthday is coming up this week, perhaps I can convince someone to buy it for me as a gift!