Friday, March 16, 2012
Preparing for our juice fast.....
I found this webpage that explains the stages of detox your body will go through during a 30 day fast. It is pretty amazing! I know already the first few days will not be fun. As in - my caffeine addiction is going to have to leave me and I'm not gonna be happy! Me & diet coke/diet dr. p are like BFF's, it is going to BITE to give that daily fizzy caffeine drink (or 2) up! But once you hit day 8 of this fast/detox, you are supposed to start feeling good. I mean REALLY GOOD! I can't wait for that to happen! Can I fast forward to that, please? lol : )
Yesterday I went to Aldi & Kroger to get a huge amount of fresh produce. I spent about $22 at Aldi ~ got a bag of oranges, bag of pears, 4 tomatoes, 2 lbs green grapes, 4 lbs of carrots, bag of Granny Smith apples, bag of Gala apples, a pineapple, bag of lemons, and bag of limes. Aldi has the best prices, but it is about a 30 mile round trip for me to shop there. That is about 2 gallons of gas - so I have to balance the savings with the $8 (appx) I will have to spend in gas to get there too.
At Kroger I spent $25 and got 1/2 watermelon, a pineapple, fresh organic mint, ginger, 2 bunches of spinach, 1 bunch of kale, red grapes, a grapefruit, cucumbers, zucchini, and a bunch of organic parsley. Eventually I want to transition to organic grapes, apples and greens, too.
Today, I juiced each fruit separately. Then, I poured the fresh-squeezed juices into ice cube trays and froze them. Then I put them in freezer bags, marked with type of fruit, and how many cubes = how much of the fruits. (ie, I juiced four tomatoes, and got 12 cubes, so 3 cubes = 1 tomato!) I'll take some pics tomorrow to show you! This way, I will just pick a recipe, pop the right number of cubes out for each fruit or veggie. I can let them defrost and then mix them together, or throw them into my blender, and blend. That way I can have slushies sometimes too! I am freezing the juice immediately after juicing and I should have enough to make it through next week. Tomorrow we are going to the Dekalb Farmers Market to get a bunch more fruits & veggies - I'll be freezing some of those as well, but juicing some fresh for the beginning of the week, too.
Also, I don't want you to think that all I'll be posting about is juicing! No way!! I have recipes, crafts and more coming up! So I'll post a lot more info on my fast on the Juicing Page - check out the link at the top of this page - it's a work in progress! It will have alot more information about juicing, our fast, plus recipes and resources! If you are interested in juicing, or seeing how we do on this fast, I'd love to have you check that page often! : )
Hope y'all have a great Friday, and a fabulous weekend too!