Ok, so Jen‘s book, 7, definitely has sent me off on a whole new path! I’ve watched Food, Inc., Food Matters, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (Thanks Hulu!) and just today, Forks Over Knives. So, after being raised Seventh Day Adventist, leaving the church and its (then) irrationally executed “health message”, I’m finding myself seriously re-evaluating my standard American diet and reconsidering vegetarianism.
My first step was to research juicers. Food Matters and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead both convinced me that adding juiced fruits and vegetables were going to be the quick method of getting nutrients that I’ve been severely lacking. So I settled on the Omega 8003. It’s a “masticating juicer” that runs at a slower pace so it doesn’t overheat the juice. (From what I’m reading, heating the juice kills a good chunk of the natural enzymes that make the juice so beneficial. If I’m gonna work this hard to get the juice, I’m certainly NOT going to destroy it in the process!)
The main thing that is going to make this a challenge is the wife/mom aspect. It’s one thing to make a drastic dietary change for myself, it’s another thing to change the food I serve my family. J4 is pretty cool with me moving things in a healthier direction, but convincing J5, an already finicky 6 year old is going to be the real challenge. A friend recommended I get him directly involved making the juices, maybe he’ll be more invested. He’s definitely enjoying making the juice so far, but tasting has been slow in coming. But it’s a start!
So far, we have made the following juices: apple, pineapple, pear, cucumber, carrot, blackberry/apple, blueberry/melon. I mixed the pineapple and pear, and that was nice. Also mixed the cucumber and carrot. Not as much of a fan. Need to find something to bring down the “green” of the cucumber. The carrot was a bit sweeter than I expected, but had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Hopefully I’ll narrow it down to a few balanced regulars that I can make for breakfasts. I am not a huge fan of breakfast, so if that’s the meal I charge up on, that would work for me! I found one on the Whole Foods website that looked like a good place to start.
Ok, so I’m not really going hard-core vegetarian just yet, but I am definitely making strides towards increasing the ratio of whole plant-based foods in my diet. Here’s to good eats!