On our food blog, probakershelf.com, the topic has switched up a little bit for the time being. My husband is on the juice diet. He has done this before with a result of losing 70+ lbs in 60 days. Except he gained all of the weight back due to not keeping up eating healthily in general. When your a baker at a busy place it’s hard not to eat/taste what your making and avoid the goodies they serve you during lunch.
What inspired him the first time around was the movie “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.”. Great documentary if you are looking to watch one food related. Now he wants to do it again because he wants to prepare for our baby and just finally fit some of his old clothes. This time though he is doing it somewhat a little different. He’s trying to juice two meals a days and eat a normal healthy meal in the evening. For a week now he has kept on with this and has lost 10lbs in one week. Not too bad considering he gets to enjoy a normal meal. His meals are only veggies and fruits. Now he is slowly opening up to the other of eating other vegan related items. For example he has shown an appreciation for tofu.
Juicing is expensive. I don’t care if your a great couponer, or grow some of your own veggies, juicing is expensive. Last time he juiced, we were spending $400 A MONTH just on fruits and veggies. That is low in my opinion in terms of diet food (ladies we all know we spent crap load on diet stuff), and diet related items. Still, it hurts to spend that much. That would mean between the two of us we are spending $600-$650 a month on groceries. The benefits is that we are eating out less. Yet that leaves me with getting take out on some days just for me. I want to support him so I try not to leave leftovers in the fridge. I’m not on the juice because I’m pregnant. I do drink juice with him but it is more of a supplementary to my normal diet.
We are still spending a pretty penny on veggies and fruits but at rate we are going, our grocery bill is $500. Saving even $100 is a good thing. Here are ways we are saving on his diet.
(1). Since he is eating 1 normal meal a day of whole fruits/veggies ( can be cooked), we are throwing away less of the mulch of the juicer. Plus this means when he or I make a batch, we have a few extra servings left.
(2). We buy what is on sale. I definitely look at the sales flyers now and kind of plan on what to juice on depending which fruit/veggies is on sale.
(3). We stick to basics of juicing at least carrots, celery, tomatoes (sometimes not, I’m not a huge fan of tomato juice mixed in), and cucumbers. These veggies are affordable and even if they are not on sale are still usually the cheapest price.
(4).This is probably obvious but we juice first what is going to expire first. If we notice a vegetable or fruit starting to get past it’s prime, we throw it in the juicer. At least we are making use of parts of the vegetable/fruit.
Just a note, just because we spend that much on juicing doesn’t mean that’s how much juicing costs for everyone. Some people are able to spend/save more/less depending on where they live and how they procure their vegetables/fruits. We are lucky to live in a place where grocery stores compete with each other.