Tuesday, October 9, 2012

We Juice for the Gym

That’s right. I said it.  We juice.  We do it every day and our workouts and bodies are improved for it too.  We look good, we feel great and we perform better because of it.  There are different ways to juice and we haven’t figured out what exact concoction we like best, but there’s always the interesting experimental phase.  Now before some of you get your underpants in a wad, I’m talking about vegetable and fruit juicing – NOT steroid use.  Yes, liquefying everything from beets, carrots, and kale to celery, ginger and lemon and drinking it.  It’s fresh and flavorful, healthy as it gets, and the benefits are undeniable. 
It all started with us watching a few food documentaries on Netflix.  The film that greatly sparked our interest was Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  Great title. It was wonderful about introducing juicing and followed a few different characters on their journey through healing themselves by drinking the Kook-Aid, I mean veggie juice.  It shows people losing weight, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, getting rid of migraines, and getting off of many prescription medications.  There were also many claims of increased energy and mental clarity.  We wondered what results it might have on us.  We don’t take any medication and are not overweight so why bother doing this?  We believe that health is wealth and as you know, good health doesn't just happen, you have to work for it.  We eat well, drink only on special occasion, don’t smoke, sleep as much as we can, take our multivitamins and now drink fresh vegetable juice that we make ourselves. 
It’s been about a month since we've been juicing and we couldn't be happier with our results so far.  The first thing I noticed right away was the increase in stamina in the gym.  I've been a long time user of energy boosting pre-workout supplements that are loaded with artificial ingredients and harsh stimulants.  But after drinking the juice in the morning and before my workouts I found I had so much energy.   When I was in the middle of doing a heavy set of squats, I just felt like I could keep going and going without terrible fatigue.  My heart rate wasn't racing from any caffeine but rather I felt strong and powerful and wanted more.  I have also been battling with acne for almost 2 years and everyone that knows me has noticed my face completely clear up and “glow”.  Big K has also noticed similar results to me and we both could not be happier. 
The random batches of juice that come out of our masticating Omega 8006 are different combinations and ratios of beets, carrots, kale, apple, grapefruit, lemon, ginger, tomato, spinach, cucumber, celery, and the list goes on.  The machine chews up the veggies (that have been sliced to fit down the chute), then grinds out the juice and separating it from the rest of the flesh.   We try to buy all organic food and we try to buy more local as well.  There are many reasons for this but that is for another blog.  It is quite a process and a labor of love, but anything worth having is worth working for.  I hear every week how someone doesn't have time for something, then I also hear about how much they love watching their favorite TV shows.  If you want it, you’ll make time for it.  I dare you to drink 2 fresh juices a day for 10 days straight (along with good, clean food).  I’d love to hear your story.  Please let me know what questions you have and what resources you need.  Your success is our success.

Image is of fresh juice I made containing beets, carrots, cranberries, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon, and ginger.  Separation is normal if you let it sit for a few minutes.  Stir it back together and enjoy.