Macaroon’s Medical Mission

So, I went to the doctor’s office yesterday. I was there for some time (nearly 2 hours)! No bad news yet, but I did get scolded a little for not checking in with him more often. Now, I have to go every 3 months! Good thing, I like him as my doctor.

I had a series of blood and urine samples taken, due in part to a request from my ophthalmologist who wanted to make sure I didn’t have anything else going on besides diabetes. He wanted to check for stuff I couldn’t even pronounce and lupus. My doctor said it was crazy, but he did the check anyway, because what is the eye doctor is right. I just shrugged.

Right now I’m not doing full on juicing until the results come back. I’m okay to incorporate it into my diet, but I have to be smart about it. The doctor didn’t have an opinion on juice fasting at all, but he’s concerned about how my body responds. When I get the results, then we can talk about if I’m okay to do a juice fast and if I need to make any other changes in medication or diet. He wants to focus more on weight loss and make sure what I’m doing will not be counterproductive to my diabetes. We have a goal set that will be the more weight I lose, the closer I get to be med-free. That doesn’t sound too bad. I just have to be consistent with the action I take.

I’m not really sad about not sticking with the full fast right now. Some people are juice fasting yet eating a sensible meal as well, like Artie. So, if I get the green light next week, I’ll be back on track.

The doctor reminded me of one thing: Everybody is different. Therefore, every body is different. So just focus on what you’re doing to get better, because what may work for one may not work for you.

He’s a pretty smart guy!

Juicing vs. VitaMix

Momma Mac, who loves her veggie juices, has had a Jack Lalanne’s Ultimate Steel Power juicer in her home that she never used. Today, she asked us to make her a juice, but she wanted to try it in the juicer rather than the Vita-Mix. Of course, she wanted us to keep the juicer in our home. Another contender in the Battle of Counter Space.

The juicer was pretty easy to assemble. The juicing process was quick and easy. Then, the clean-up was a bit of a pain, having to disassemble and clean each part…before I found out that the many of the components can be put in the dishwasher!

Now, the juice. I made a beet-apple-carrot blend with some celery, cucumber and parsley to boot. A mix I’ve made many times in my Vita-Mix. However, this time with the juicer, there seemed to be more flavor, where I could taste everything, rather than the end result of a mix. Not to say that the Vita-Mix would have done a bad job…it does a great job. It just that juicing without the pulp seems to bring out more in each fruit and vegetable used.

Compare-Contrast Time:

Vita-Mix: 
Pros: One system that doesn’t require disassembly or a major effort to clean; Whole fruit juicing is easy. Great when making smoothies, especially with fruits like bananas and mango. Works well with smaller berries, like blueberries. The blade is super-powerful and doesn’t require much effort to push fruits and veggies towards the blade. Doesn’t take up much room on the counter.

Cons: If you don’t like pulp, then it’s not the way to go. May require adding water to get to a juice-like texture. Warms up if running too long.

Juicer: 
Pros: Easy to put together. Juicing is pretty easy. Juices seem to have more flavor and you can taste each ingredient. Depending on your model, you can clean components in the dishwater.

Cons: Cleaning, if you don’t have a dishwasher. Having to disassemble each time to clean. The leftover pulp. A bit cumbersome and clunky. Can take up a good amount of room on the counter.

I can’t say I would pick one over the other for overall use. I think it comes down to the type of juice you’re looking to make. If you want a smoothie, a fibrous, pulpy juice or one  with mango or banana, then go with the Vita-Mix. If you’re going with a straight up juice made from larger or more solid ingredients, then go with a juicer.

Having tried both today, I’ll probably switch off or use both.

This evening, I tried something a little different. A Mango Salsa Juice with the following:

  • 1 Mango
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Large Bell Pepper
  • Handful of Cilantro
  • 2-3 Clove of Garlic
  • Dash of Cayenne and Tabasco

14 Days Down for the Count!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen some of our fruit & veggie juice blends. We had a couple of slips eating a sandwich, fries and Tings. However, it’s all been good. We’ve noticed a couple of changes:

Weight loss: Artie down 12lbs. Mac down 9lb.
Mood: Not as depressed, have more energy
Blood sugar for Mac: Now in the “normal” range
Workouts: Bumped up over 30 minutes. Artie: 35. Mac: 45-60

Yesterday, we did something crazy (for us). We did a double workout. Artie did recumbent bike at the gym, while I worked on bike and treadmill. Then in the evening, we did a power walk for about 2 miles. And boy were my feet SORE, but I’d do it again…just not for a while.

We’ll try to get another update out to you guys in the next week! By the end, we’ll do some side-by-side  photo comparisons so you can see our progress. I will say that I’m a little nervous about what to do at the end of the juice fast, but we’ll see how it goes.

Juicing at Jolo’s Kitchen

Mac and I simply love Jolo’s Kitchen, if you recall our first post about them. We go there often! We’ve been savoring their unique vegan Caribbean fare since the joint opened in 2008. Despite having eaten many of dishes on their menu, for some inexpiable reason, we’ve never tried any of the fresh juices they offer from their menu.

Since we started juicing fast last week, we made a concerted effort to order some juices, smoothies and protein blends. Recently, Mac ordered zingy and refreshing carrot, beet and ginger root combo.  I sucked down a delicious blend that contained peanut butter, oats, blueberries, protein powder , and a drop of agave. It tasted just like a PB&J sandwich!

It’s not just the flavor of the drinks I enjoy; I truly am impressed with those powerful machines they have to make fresh juices! The aroma that permeates the place as they whip up those wonderfully fresh tonics will overtake your olfactory senses! The other day, I overheard a customer say “Mmmm, that smells good”, as Tania whipped up our yummy libations.

When it comes to juicing at Jolo’s Kitchen, the combinations are endless that you can try. The staff is also always willing to make a recommendation or answer any questions you may have.

 

A Cool Site about Juicing

Someone was kind enough to share with me and others the link to a cool site called MyPhytos.com. It’s a juicing site with user-submitted recipes for juice blends. You can even create your own. What I liked most is that you can see the nutritional facts for your recipe as your build it. There are also some good resources shared if you have an interest in juicing, whether it’s to detox your body, lose weight or just be healthy.

Here’s a quick update on how we’re doing:
Mac (me): Day 7 of juicing. Not getting enough sleep due to just living life. Sleep is critical. So I need to work on that. Other than that, it’s been going well. 
Artie: Modified things. Had a rough go with going strictly liquid. So he has mixed it up by including some solids (salads) into his diet. He did have some stomach and leg cramping and felt dehydrated. Has to work on his water intake, because he admitted he’s not drinking enough. He’s also been getting headaches. He’s going to try full juicing on Monday.
Artie’s going to share more of his experience a little later. Until then, CHEERS TO JUICE!


A blend of spinach, broccoli, carrot, tomato, pineapple, cantaloupe and mint!