• 12-27-2012
    fitnessgeek
    I'm going to upgrade to a new juicer. We are selling our old juicer. Here's a link if you want a cheap way to get going on this new lifestyle:

    omega 4000 juicer
  • 12-27-2012
    Carl Hungus
    So I mentioned this thread to my wife a week or so ago and somehow ended up with a Jack Lalanne (Walmart special?) juicer from my in laws. Does this thing suck balls or what?
  • 12-27-2012
    squashyo
    I think almost every manual for a juicer says not to put your balls in any opening no matter what the circumstance. My Super Angel 5500 just arrived in San Fran today...should be here tomorrow! yes!
  • 12-27-2012
    Carl Hungus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    I think almost every manual for a juicer says not to put your balls in any opening no matter what the circumstance.

    Thanks for the tip. I guess it's back to asking my wife if she'll do it then.
  • 12-27-2012
    jdubsl2
    After today's terrible performance on my bike at Ft. Ord, I read this thread with some enthusiasm. I think my diet is partly to blame for my current mental (lack of serious interest or enthusiasm for anything) and physical (slow, tired, bleh) state despite being at what I think is a good BMI (6'4", 215lbs).

    But you lost me at enema.
  • 12-27-2012
    Jayem
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Thanks Dion...good stuff! I am also a vegetarian but eat seafood.

    Nope, you're an omnivore. I don't eat much meat, zero through the week and even on the weekends usually, but today I had a tibeten pork sandwich, which was rare for me. I'd say one meat-meal per week is about my average. I wouldn't ever call myself a vegitarian, as long as I occasionally eat some kind of meat. I've found that cutting out almost all meat doesn't have any negative effect, the problem is that most of us eat way too much meat, far more than we process or "need" as a result of exercise. We think we HAVE to eat meat for every meal, because that's simply how we've always done it. There's a lot of ways to lose weight, but exercising to keep metabolism up, eating less and more frequently to limit calories while still keeping energy up, and just making smart choices that aren't loaded with sodium, sugar, oil or fat make a huge difference. Drink a lot of water too, but those "big three" will likely get great results for anyone. Sticking to it can be tougher. I dropped 60lbs before I started getting a little back as muscle.

    It's not that I don't still like a nice steak, hamburger, or roast, it's just that I like myself more :)
  • 12-27-2012
    randomroot
    Awesome thread squashyo, this has given me a kick in the pants to get my diet corrected too.
    Tomorrow i am going to try the pre-fast diet according to Steven Bailey's book as i've been reading it today. So it looks like he advises going into the juice diet directly after that.

    I'll give those recipies everyone provided a try next with my soon to be arriving juicer!
    Although i cant give up coffee just yet...:madmax:
  • 12-28-2012
    squashyo
    Stoked to hear how it goes Randomroot...coffee was a ***** for me and I had headaches for a couple days but I am now off it entirely and have more energy for it. If you are looking to do a cleanse, I'd try to do it without coffee...I think the whole point is to relieve your system of dealing with the chemicals so they can just chill out for a change and detox. I dunno though...I do think you will find that you absolutely do not 'need' the coffee in the AM because you'll have crazy weird energy and clarity from the cleanse...my $.02 but I aint no expert.

    On another topic, my Super Angel 5500 arrived today and just had my first drink...holy crap!!! Hands down, best juice drink I ever had...very stoked about this investment.

    Cheers everyone
  • 12-28-2012
    General Mayhem
    Thoughts on why a good juicer is better than a good blender like a vitamix for heath reasons?
    My instinct is that its better to eat the whole veggie/friut, but I don't really know.
    Thinking of giving this thing a go, better health is more important than ever as we all age.
    Thanks.
  • 12-28-2012
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by General Mayhem View Post
    Thoughts on why a good juicer is better than a good blender like a vitamix for heath reasons?
    My instinct is that its better to eat the whole veggie/friut, but I don't really know.
    Thinking of giving this thing a go, better health is more important than ever as we all age.
    Thanks.

    I am not entirely sure but they both have great qualities. The Juicer allows you to consume greater amounts of nutrients in one sitting because that's all you're digesting. Good luck powering down 6 carrots, 6 celery sticks, a large beat, Kale, and an apple with the blender...just too much fiber. And also, the juicer is key to participating in the fast mentioned...the fast is designed to eliminate all fiber and give your internals a break.

    However, I hear great things about the blender or full fiber shakes. Still encourages great eating and the fiber is a good thing. You can also power down large quantities of good stuff rather than having to eat it the old fashioned way.
  • 12-28-2012
    Jayem
    Fiber is awesome. I've never pooped so well.
  • 12-29-2012
    iheartbicycles
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jdubsl2 View Post
    But you lost me at enema.

    Serious
  • 12-29-2012
    Dion
    I had my normal Kale shake this morning. Ready to go clean DogMeat!

    *yeah right*
  • 12-29-2012
    acer66
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by General Mayhem View Post
    Thoughts on why a good juicer is better than a good blender like a vitamix for heath reasons?
    My instinct is that its better to eat the whole veggie/friut, but I don't really know.
    Thinking of giving this thing a go, better health is more important than ever as we all age.
    Thanks.


    The blender is to a juicer what a road bike is to a mtb.:p

    Not sure if that sentence makes any sense whatsoever :confused:

    But certain things you or maybe its just me, make more sense to be used in a blender
    like blueberry, strawberries, bananas and such.


    @squashyo, I would be really interested how the blender holds up over time
  • 12-29-2012
    fuenstock
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I had my normal Kale shake this morning. Ready to go clean DogMeat!

    The kale shake works! I lost 4 pounds this past week and the only thing that has changed in my diet is that I've been drinking 2 kale shakes a day for the past week.
    4 pounds in a week for me is a big deal, because it is very hard for me to drop weight.
    I'm just using a $50 hand blender and blending up a big handful of kale with stalk's a banana and an orange with enough water to make a shake consistency. If I'm having this shake after a ride I'll put a scoop of protein powder in.
    I have high cholesterol that runs in the family and is hard to control without medication. This is why I think the fiber from blending is important to me versus juicing. I need the fiber. The fiber also is keeping me full through the day which is stopping the snacking and probably what is leading to my losing 4 pounds in the past week.
    So for those not wanting to spend alot of money on a juicer, don't discount a hand blender. Cheap with low replacment cost, easy to use and fast to clean.
  • 12-29-2012
    jdubsl2
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    I had my normal Kale shake this morning. Ready to go clean DogMeat!

    *yeah right*


    Thanks for the recipe. I made one and it was pretty good! AND I felt awesome all day yesterday. :thumbsup:
  • 12-29-2012
    acer66
    Do you actually juice/blend as needed or a batch for one, two or how many days?

    Thanks
  • 12-29-2012
    Leopold Porkstacker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Fiber is awesome. I've never pooped so well.

    I poop great all the time, and am on and off the toilet in a jiffy. It’s all the fresh habañeros. I call them power poops. :thumbsup:
  • 12-29-2012
    shredchic
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    This thread makes me feel like I'm in some weird twilight zone, where all the stuff I did that made me seem weird to other people now feels oddly... mainstream!

    Blended vs. Juiced:
    Blended drinks are great for your normal, everyday diet. Everyone should have them every day. Juicing is great for a periodic fast/cleanse, or a cleansing daily pre-breakfast ritual. It's important during a fast/cleanse to give your intestines a rest, so you don't want the fiber/roughage. Fruits and veggies are naturally cleansing anyway, so you probably could do a cleanse on 100% blended drinks, but it would be a slow, mild cleanse. In short - both have their purpose, like having a 29'er and a 26'er.

    Just a word about food combining: The rules of proper food combining can get really "OCD", like don't mix acid fruits with sweet fruits, (etc.) but meh - doesn't effect me at all. One rule I find useful is to not mix fruits with anything except greens. So, for example, don't have a smoothie with your eggs & toast. The only other big rule worth following (imo) is to not mix grains & proteins - so don't even eat your eggs with toast. Drink the smoothie, wait an hour or so for it to empty the stomach before having anything else. I also don't add protein powders or nuts other weird supplements. Just fruit and greens.

    This is a winter blended drink I've been doing lately to boost my immunity and it tastes great!
    1 or 2 bananas (or more depending on how hungry you are)
    3 peeled tangerines or mandarins - they are awesome this time of year. Navel oranges work, but they are not sweet and tasty enough. I look for citrus where the skin looks loose as they are easier to peel.
    Juice from 1/2 a lime squeezed into the blender
    1/2 a package of frozen mango chunks (on sale now!)
    handful of spinach or chard
    teeny tiny bit of water (there's a lot of juice from the citrus)

    Greens have a lot of iron (among other vital minerals/electrolytes), and Vitamin C from the citrus helps with iron absorption.

    Here is a pic of one I made without the greens:
  • 12-29-2012
    guitarjohn21
    Anyone who is interested in changing their diet for the better should watch "Hungry for Change".

    It is on Netflix this month, and you can sign up for a free for 30 day trial to see it.

    This show makes it very easy to understand just why most of us have or have had problems with food and our diets at some point.

    It explains why we get addicted to food, and how to kick the "Dead Food" habit.

    You will never look at the grocery store the same again.
  • 12-30-2012
    squashyo
    Excited to check out that movie!

    So, I just learned some crazy facts about Romaine Lettuce...the protien part tripped me out:

    1 – Protein. Believe it or not, romaine lettuce is 17% protein with 7.7 grams per head. It is also a complete protein! That means that it has all 8 essential amino acids, 9% RDA of some and up to 26% RDA of others.

    2 – Calcium. One head of romaine has 206mg of calcium (about 21% RDA). Blend it with calcium rich fruits like papaya and oranges and you’ll get more calcium than a glass of milk!

    3 – Omega-3s. One head of romaine lettuce contains 44% RDA of Omega-3 essential fats. Forget the tainted fish oils, reach for some leafy greens instead!

    4 – More Vitamin C Than An Orange. One head of romaine contains 167% RDA of vitamin C while an average sized orange contains only 92%.

    5 – Iron. One head of romaine contains 6mg of iron, which ads a significant source of iron to the diets of vegetarians and vegans.

    6 – Romaine Lettuce is Rich in B-vitamins: Thiamine (B1) – 38% RDA, Riboflavin (B2) – 32% RDA, Niacin (B3) – 12% RDA, Pantothenic Acid (B5) – 18%, Pyridoxine (B6) – 36 %, Folate (B9) – 213%!

    7 – Water. One head of romaine provides 16% of your daily water needs with about 20 ounces of water per head!

    8 – Rich Source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and K. As with most leafy greens, romaine is super rich in beta-carotene with 1817% RDA per head and has 535% RDA of vitamin K.

    9 – Low Levels of Oxalic Acid. If you have problems with calcium oxalate kidney stones, romaine lettuce might be a good choice for leafy greens since it is very low in this anti-nutrient.

    10 – Mineral-Rich. Don’t let the lighter color of romaine lettuce fool you. This not-so-dark leafy green is rich in minerals. One head contains copper (33% RDA), magnesium (22% RDA), manganese (42% RDA), phosphorus (27% RDA), potassium (33%), selenium (5% RDA) and zinc (13% RDA).
  • 12-30-2012
    Dion
    Glad you guys are enjoying the Kale shakes! I actually got the idea from Joe Rogan.
  • 12-30-2012
    S.O.B.
    One of my concerns with 'Juicing' was shrinking testicles...oops, wrong type of juicing. What I meant was, my main concern was maintaining energy& strength during rides. The last few days I have been juicing during the day (3 juices, lots of water) and a sensible dinner (grandma's veggie soup and mushroom/spinach ravioli). Took the SS out on the 3rd morning, and after a breakfast juice I packed a bottle of pear/apple juice and a bottle of water w/squeezed lemon...to make a long story short, I don't think I felt any different from any other ride, but am still curious how I will feel with full-time juicing (I am confident I will feel fine). This ride was only ~18 miles w/just over 2k of climbing. The big test will be a 30+ mile ride with 5k+ of climbing.
    My goal, lose 20lbs with juicing and overall diet/lifestyle change. I will post updates on the blog (hey, at least my mother reads it) but will come back here to update periodically.
    Many good recipes out there, but my favorite thus far: 1/2 pineapple, 1 orange, 3 mandarins, 1 lemon, 1 lime, ~3/4 thumb of ginger. De-licious!
  • 12-30-2012
    squashyo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by S.O.B. View Post
    One of my concerns with 'Juicing' was shrinking testicles...oops, wrong type of juicing. What I meant was, my main concern was maintaining energy& strength during rides. The last few days I have been juicing during the day (3 juices, lots of water) and a sensible dinner (grandma's veggie soup and mushroom/spinach ravioli). Took the SS out on the 3rd morning, and after a breakfast juice I packed a bottle of pear/apple juice and a bottle of water w/squeezed lemon...to make a long story short, I don't think I felt any different from any other ride, but am still curious how I will feel with full-time juicing (I am confident I will feel fine). This ride was only ~18 miles w/just over 2k of climbing. The big test will be a 30+ mile ride with 5k+ of climbing.
    My goal, lose 20lbs with juicing and overall diet/lifestyle change. I will post updates on the blog (hey, at least my mother reads it) but will come back here to update periodically.
    Many good recipes out there, but my favorite thus far: 1/2 pineapple, 1 orange, 3 mandarins, 1 lemon, 1 lime, ~3/4 thumb of ginger. De-licious!

    Please...keep us posted! My concern with this last juice is that it is a great deal of sugar. If you go full juice fast, I would stick with LOTS of carrots, celery, beets, and greens...use fruit sparingly to add slight flavor enhancements. I think you will find yourself sugar crashing with an all fruit juicet and you will find an amazing amount of benefits from all the veggie nutrients.

    Speaking of sugar, this video got me off sugar drinks...it's very long but insanely informative:

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  • 12-30-2012
    sjhiker
    For those that are juicing, what do you do with all the pulp? I've always thought that the pulp in the fruits you juice, being high in fiber is very good for you. More so than just the juice itself. Also, since it's hard for the body to break down fibre, if you're looking to lose weight a high fibre diet would be a good idea.