Thursday, April 11, 2013

Juicing Experts Out There?


More catch up posts to get back on track with the A-to-Z Challenge.  J is for Juicing!

Long-time readers recall that last year I adopted a vegan diet. For the first 8 months or so, it was amazing.  Excess weight was coming off with zero effort (no exercise, no starvation).  I dropped 30 lbs without trying.

But around the holidays, I started adding a few more sweets and starches (still vegan, but certainly more calories than before).  As a result, my weight began to stabilize.  No further weight loss, but no weight gain either.  Just a steady “holding pattern” for the next few months.

Well, that’s now apparently been all shot to hell this spring.  Having to eat out much more often than usual, I’ve been eating more vegetarian meals and most of these restaurant meals have been much higher in calories and sodium than the home-cooked vegan meals I was making before.

As a result, I’ve gained back a whopping 9 pounds in the past 2 months.  So, it’s time for renewed vigilance and a dietary “kick in the pants!”  Once the family events conclude next week and the out-of-town guests go home, I think it’d be an excellent time to try a 7 or 10-day juice fast.

Have any other vegans tried this before?  Did it help kick-start weight loss?  Has anyone done it with their existing Blendtec or Vitamix blender? (I’m trying to avoid the added storage space requirements of a dedicated juicer, and am wondering if I could use my existing Blendtec and strain it instead).

Finally, what were/are your favorite juice recipes or recipe websites?


  1. I don't have a juicer in my RV, I have a Tribest Personal Blender to make green smoothies and I make fresh squeezed orange juice with a hand juicer. Smoothies provide fiber and there is no waste.

  2. Lynne: I've only tried one carrot juice recipe from the Blendtec book, and I was less than thrilled. It called for just a small amount of apple and I think the next time i try it I will add a good bit more apple. Haven't tried any of the other juice recipes so far.

  3. Great juicing info here:


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