I am so juiced right now! You know why? Because after watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, I decided to take control of my health, and I started juicing. After six days of juicing, I have already lost 13 pounds, and I am experiencing a whole host of other health benefits as well. For instance, I’m sleeping better, waking up earlier and feeling more rested, I have sustained energy throughout the day, my sinuses have cleared, my breathing is better, my mind is clearer and I have better focus throughout the day. I’m writing today because I’ve had so many people ask me questions . . . about the type of juicer I’m using, the kinds of juices I’m drinking, the effects on my body, and the costs associated with juicing. What I’m finding is that you don’t have to look far to find people who are ready to their physical health to another level and who simply need a little information and a little encouragement to do so. If that describes you, read on!
Let me start with the juicer question. This is one of the primary reasons why I’m so juiced!
I started out using the old Juiceman Jr. that (I think) my wife and I received as a wedding gift 13 years ago. It was pretty rickety, and was missing an important piece. So it took me about two hours a day to make my juices. This was getting overwhelmed, so I did a little research on juicers and decided on the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus. Joe Cross used a higher model Breville in Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. This one was a bit cheaper, but seemed to have almost all of the features Joe’s did.
So I jumped onto amazon.com, ordered it, and then waited. Last night the juicer arrived. This morning I used it to make two different juices.
This juicer is legit! I could throw whole apples in there, without cutting or peeling them. Whole cucumbers, broccoli, kale . . . It took everything I threw at it and spit out the juice with the quickness!
What does it have over my old juiceman? It takes in more fruit/veggies, has a sharper blade, makes less of a mess, is much easier to clean, and simply looks fabulous on my counter. It will literally save me an hour a day.
If you know me, you know that I get excited about whatever I’m doing, and I just want the world to do it with me. I can’t wait for my wife to come home from Indonesia. We’re going to be having some wonderful juicing experiences together!
So, you have seen that the juicer I bought costs $149.95. That’s expensive. Then, I went to Safeway and spent $200 for a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables. That’s expensive. If you do the math, that sounds like an $800 a month investment, plus the juicer!
But I’ve discovered something. First, there are places where you can get vegetables and fruit for much cheaper than Safeway. Locally, for instance, there’s Berkeley Bowl. I hear you can get fruit and vegetables there in bulk for much cheaper than my Safeway price tag. Also, I would imagine that Costco would even be a better option, seeing that you can buy more for less. My next assignment is to try both of these options. I’ll report on them in my next post.
But the key for me was that I needed to make the decision that I was going to change my health, and I’d figure out the financial component later. There are so many excuses for procrastination in the area of physical health. And I have used them all! Not having the money to do it was just another excuse that I couldn’t afford to make anymore.
A year ago I told the Lord that I wanted to be 175 pounds. “No you don’t,” the Lord responded. “You weigh exactly what you want to weigh right now.” I realized at that time that no one had forced me to eat myself into a 228 pound body. I did it myself.
Since then I’ve been working on my want. Now I can say that I want to be 175, because that want is accompanied by action. You can act upon your want today as well, and make your body a better place to spend the rest of your life.