Friday, February 18, 2011

Gettin' Juicy With It

Kris Carr, our fearless leader on this adventure cleanse and author of Crazy, Sexy Diet is right on when it comes to juicing: "If you really want to get into the sparkle zone, you gotta get gaga for liquid nutrition!"

Juicing is like the final frontier for me. Last month, a friend talked me into following Dr. Alejandro Junger's Clean plan with her, a detox program somewhat similar to Carr's. So, for the last three weeks, I've been following Junger's elimination diet, ditching wheat, dairy, sugar, caffeine and alcohol (mostly—I've cheated here and there).

Overall, I feel like a new person. I've got a ton of energy. Stress isn't sapping me like it usually does. I'm happy—almost always. My skin is clear. The whites in my eyes are whiter. I don't have to dance around my bedroom to get my skinny jeans on. I could go on (and will, in future posts!).

But during the last three weeks, I didn't drink my greens once. It just seemed so ... time-consuming. Buying the fresh, organic vegetables. Washing them all. Cleaning the juicer. Who's got that kind of time and energy before 8 a.m.? And the morning smoothies the Clean plan recommends are so tasty (not to mention easy to whip up in my blender). Green juice just tastes so ... earthy.

However, last night I decided it was time to pull out my juicer (it's now settling into its new, permanent home on my kitchen counter, having moved from the far reaches of my pantry). I set my alarm to wake me 15 minutes earlier today so I could groggily shuffle to the kitchen, wash a bunch of veggies and toss them in my Stainless Steel Super Juicer. And I drank the green goodness down as I got ready for work.

My first few sips weren't what I'd call delicious, but they weren't awful, either. And considering I do feel a little more sparkly today, I'm already convinced this juicing habit is one I'm going to try to make stick.

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