Tips On Lightening Up Your Life With Juicing

Since making the decision to sell 90% of our stuff, leave our house and hit the road full time in our camper, I have sincerely been on a mission to lighten up our lives in every way possible over the past few months as we prepare to head out. In keeping with my “all or nothing” personality, I’ve determined not to just stop at lightening up by ridding our lives of stuff and clutter, but also by cleaning up our health and diet lifestyle. *I sort of hate the word “diet”as it tends to imply “losing weight” but that is NOT what this post is about as that is not a goal of mine. 

I’ve been toying around with juicing here and there for the past couple of months. Not sure if it was really something I would do, I had bought a cheap juicer, used it twice, learned a few new curse words and realized that if there was anything that would keep me from NOT juicing, it would be that damn thing. FYI, cheap juicers are NOT worth it, so don’t waste your money. They are difficult to use, impossible to clean, and they waste much of the fruits and veggies you paid good money for.

I love drinking fresh fruits and veggies. I just like the way it makes me feel to do something so incredibly good for my body. And since I am NOT so good at eating all the fruits & veggies I should, getting the nutrition my body needs by drinking them just works better for me. So last week I took the plunge and bought a decent juicer so I can get more serious with this thing…and so I can stop paying $6 a juiced drink at the local health food store. Yikes!

Fusion-JuicerI purchased the Fusion Juicer which sells for $160 on Amazon, however I found it for $119 at Wal-mart. I have looked at several but decided on this one because it is quite a bit more compact than others I’ve seen and yet it is still quality. I just won’t have room for a monstrosity juicer in the camper. Also, it was advertised as quiet and easy to clean (and it is!) which if you’ve ever juiced before you know how important those things are.

I first used it after my run last night, made up a double batch and finished up my morning juice along with my normal eggs & spinach omelet for breakfast!

fruits & veggiesI decided to start out easy and gradually add in the scarier veggie items a little a time.  For this juice I used organic carrots, oranges and apples (exact amount pictured above.) However, I do not think it’s critical that your produce be organic in order to do this. Just start where you can and go from there! No matter what way you slice it, this is STILL so much much better for your body than anything else you could find to feed it. And oh my goodness, SUCH a yummy combination of whole foods to fuel up your body, your brain and immune system!

*Now, obviously this juice recipe wouldn’t be the best choice for someone with diabetes, but I don’t have issues with that and I am only going to be drinking this juice 1-2 times a day at most so this amount of natural sugar won’t be an issue.

Cost: I averaged the cost of a single serving of 12-16 oz. juice to be around $4- $4.75 depending on what kind of produce you buy and where you buy it. Yes that is a lot, but so is a grande latte with a shot of espresso at Starbucks. So I figure if millions of people (including myself) can justify paying $4 for a caffeine buzz, then I can justify investing the money into health. Plus, last time I checked, cancer and other chronic illnesses are way past expensive so there ya go!

carrot-juiceYou’ve never seen such beautiful bright colors until you seen what colorful fruits & veggies. look like juiced! Doesn’t it just look so amazing for you! Like the perfect refreshment for your body.

Time: It took me approximately 1 minute of simply cutting each apple & orange in half (I left the peels on) put the carrots in whole, and about 3 minutes of putting them all through the juicer and viola! I had made enough for 2, 12 oz. glasses. I drank one with a small meal for dinner and another with my breakfast! Clean up was also easy and took me about 3 minutes.

juicingBoth of my kids tried it and loved it so I’d have to say, this one will be one of our staples and an entire family favorite! If you’ve never juiced before and are thinking about trying it, I’d try this first. I will be venturing into different recipes including green juices over the course of the next few weeks and will keep you posted with my honest opinion of how that goes!

Here’s to eating (and drinking!) healthy. Here’s to living the light life!

Have you ever tried or considered juicing? How did it go for you and what are your thoughts!

About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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11 Responses to Tips On Lightening Up Your Life With Juicing

  1. Cheyenne August 13, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    This looks great! We juice regularly and usually just purchase the organic produce that is cheapest at the time, so we really don’t follow recipes. While it’s best for digestion not to combine fruits and veggies, we go ahead and do so. A typical juice for us includes banana (just put it through the juicer first and most comes out where the pulp does…catch it and put it right in the juice), strawberries (I catch this pulp and put it in too because I love pulp!), oranges, apples, grapes, spinach, carrots, celery…then possibly chard or kale, cabbage, watermelon, kiwi, peaches, nectarines…really whatever we have on hand that was a good price! I love how I feel when we’re juicing regularly! I’m glad you’re doing this too! It’s so healthy! We just make a big bowl of it in the morning so our famly of 4 can all have a healthy serving…fills the belly so our “solid” breakfast is much more minimal these days. One suggestion for you is to not store your juice. Some say it’s okay to do and it probably tastes fine, but we’ve read that the nutrients really escape after a pretty short period of time, so we always drink our juice right away. Just a thought. 🙂 Blessings on your journeys!

  2. Rachel Rowell August 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tips and advice Cheyenne! I had not yet thought about catching the pulp and using them from some of the fruits. What a great idea! And yes, I did know not to try and store it. I don’t usually store it for longer than overnight occasionally but like you I prefer to drink it right away. So glad you stopped by!

    • Cheyenne August 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Something else we do with our pulp is make smoothies with it in our Vitamix (when it’s not broken 🙁 ) – we’ve tried to save as much as possible and blending the pulp into a smoothie has been great – of course, we choose to remove most orange peels, seeds, etc. before juicing.

  3. Mary Ann August 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Carrots from CA are the sweetest that we find. We make juices all the time. There are so many books that have information on what to mix to get the effects to certain areas of the body and what certain organs like. I have the Omaga (sp) juicer and it not easy to clean, but does an awesome job. Check out Joe Cross on youtube and see how he juices. I want a juicer like his one day. I think I paid over 300. for mine so I guess I will use it a little while longer. Keep up the good work . . . cancer is on the rise . . . do what you can to have good health.

    • Rachel Rowell September 5, 2013 at 2:35 am #

      Thanks so much for the tips Mary Ann! We are getting back into the swing of juicing again this week and are so looking forward to it. Definitely can tell a difference in the way we feel when are getting all the amazing nutrition in. Do you guys still juice often?

  4. hiyacynthia August 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    OMG, I juice as well! We got into it due to my late stage Lyme disease (for God’s sake, don’t tell me you have that too – there are shaping up to be too many things in common between the two of us ;0) and I tried hellmart juicers, but my Omega j8006 is the best! It’s a masticator. The juice is addicting. I just have to make myself take the time to do it, which I haven’t lately. But oh, the juice is so awesome! You can juice kale and broccoli, for crying out loud! We’ve made some awesome juices. Keep on keepin’ on, Rachel.

    • Rachel Rowell September 5, 2013 at 2:44 am #

      Cynthia,

      lol! THANKFULLY, lyme disease isn’t something we have in common. 😉 I just wanted to start juicing to get in MUCH better nutrition and feel better. It definitely makes a difference! After our transition from our house to hitting the road I had gotten off track with the juicing, but my husband and I both are getting back on track with juicing this week. SO looking forward to introducing him to it too!

  5. Steve August 25, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I started out with a huge juicer that took seconds to make just and 30 minutes to clean it. That ended up stored in back of a cabinet not used. I liked the pure carrot juice but love the pulp in everything else, so I migrated to a Vitamix and love it. Thanks to your article about your small compact juicer, the Fusion juicer will be my next purchase for the pure juice quality I miss plus the size will work well in my travel trailer when I hit the road. You are to be commended, what you are doing for your family takes guts, it’s great!!

    • Rachel Rowell September 5, 2013 at 2:25 am #

      Thanks! Hope it works out well for you! 🙂

    • Rachel Rowell September 5, 2013 at 2:33 am #

      So glad the tips helped Steve! Hope the Fusion juicer ends up working out well for you, we really love it. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement!

  6. cozybegone September 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    I was curious about the clean up???? We were avid smoothie makers and now on the road full-time and water so limited as we travel in a tiny Casita. Guess that shouldn’t stop us from eating the right way. We would buy tons of fruit, avocados, etc and cut and freeze in one day. Then use throughout the following weeks. With the juicer I wouldn’t probably have to use frozen fruit since limited on freezer space as well. You sure got me thinking….back to reading your blog. Looks very refreshing! ~cozygirl

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