Thank you for the very detailed response! I think you have inspired me to go out and get a juicer now! I'm trying to make all my meals have a low glycemic impact as well so hopefully the combination will help
That's a great way to start, but please do what you feel is best for you.
Also, heres the food pyramid in the film I showed you: http://www.drfuhrman...oodpyramid.aspx
My friend works at GoodWill and got his own juicer there. Thrift shops may be a great way to start, provided that you soak and wash those things like no tomorrow before you use them. As a matter of fact, most of my kitchen equipment came from GoodWill. No one needs a 'new' anything... there are plenty of used juicers off the internet as well by people who no longer use them and/or have one too many. There are also youtube videos of people using them and teaching others how to clean them. I never made my own recipes, but there are probably a few hundred thousand off the internet and at your local library. What you want is to read as many reviews as possible for as many juicers you can find. You want something that's fairly small (like in the film), powerful enough to squeeze out as much juice as possible, and easy to clean with little no no water and time. The man in the film above juiced 4 times a day. I recon he only washed it once at the end of the day. I mixed the washing of my juicer in with my other dish chores when I got around to them. I also got a brand new 99 cent vegetable brush at GoodWill and a 1.99 plastic town to wash my veggies in. Cheap as hell, and only 10 to 15 minutes every morning. Starting will take longer however because your changing you habits.
Basically, your overall diet needs to be a TON of vegetables. Buy fresh lettuce to eat and put on some carrots and beets or whatever you like, and have at least one small salad a day. Save the plump, cheap, juicy vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes for the juicer. Please beware of beets... a small piece turns the entire concoction red! Also, half a cucumber creates a LOT of juice, so if I juiced every day then I only needed to buy 3 cucumbers for the entire week. Where I live they are 2 for a dollar sometimes or one for 1 dollar. Seasons are important to consider. Keep track of your receipts as well so you can generalize how much your veggies will cost each week. For me, it was around 20 dollars... nothing compared to the coffee, cereals, vending machines and whatever else I was snacking on for no reason. Plus the juice makes you feel full. Sometimes for my friends though, the juice only fills them up for an hour - If you save the fruit for snacking, you can have that after juicing. Sometimes the juice is too bitter or not like we are use to, so my friends often take a sip of juice and a small bite of an apple until they drink it all.
Having a blender is still good! They're great for morning smoothies with fresh or frozen vegetables, as well as my favorite broccoli soup. They are easier to clean than the juicer, but unless you're not chewing your food all the way then theres no need to always use them. Plus, when you blend something and drink it, you didn't give the saliva in your mouth enough time for the first step: helping you break down the food and preparing it for the stomach. Chew your food at least 30 to 50 'counts', then swallow. Enjoy your meals! You'll probably find that eating vegetables, both frozen and fresh, are a lot cheaper than buying all these "low-fat", "gluten-free", "naturally-sweetened", etc... products we want to buy. Good luck!
Edited by TreatAcne, 05 May 2013 - 06:38 PM.