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What is this Juicing Thing About?

DISCLAIMER:  I am sharing my experience and my knowledge based on my own research.  Please speak to your physician before trying any type of new regimen.

I’ve been dealing with lung cancer for 3 years and 10 months AND bladder cancer for 6 months.  During that time, I’ve endured chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, BCG, Mytomycin, and so many tests I can’t even remember.  At 57 years old, quite honestly, I feel like I’m 80.

This past week I spent time in Minnesota with my brother and sister-in-law.  They “juice” every day.  Let me pause and tell you  –  my brother is the pickiest eater in the world – so the thought of him eating vegetables and fruits blew me away.  We sat and talked and I decided to dive in and try a drink because I know my diet is severely lacking the nutrients that vegetables and fruits provide.

Thinking Creatively About Fruits and Vegetables

Apparently, my sister-in-law makes her juices with mostly vegetables – spinach, arugula, cabbage, carrots, and just a touch of fruits.  My brother, on the other hand, has mostly fruits – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, banana, peaches or nectarines with just a touch of vegetables.

Scared out of my mind, I decided to try it.  I took one look at my sister-in-law’s and knew there was no way I would try that.  Too many veggies and the smell was not as appealing to me.  So, she made me one.  Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, red cabbage, a few leaves of arugula, and spinach.  She also includes hemp seeds and chia seeds for extra fiber and dietary nutrients.  AND, fills the cup halfway with water.

The Taste Testing Moment of Truth

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  It was the most delicious drink I have ever had.  Not too thick.  Smelled delightful.  And, the taste was amazing.  It tasted like a strawberry “frozen” drink, although no ice was included.

I was sold!!  It took less than 5 minutes to make/clean up and was extraordinary.  As cancer patients, we know some days it’s hard to have an appetite for anything much less things that are good for you.  I feel as though I have found my way to use my own power to become and eat more healthy foods.

I sat with my drink in hand and shopped and found a NutriBullet 600 watts, for $59.99 – unheard of! You can imagine how quickly I hit “BUY.”  Then I started looking up “juicing” on the internet and found a few great links to help me get started:

The list is never ending on the internet for the benefits of juicing.  My NutriBullet is expected to arrive Tuesday for me to begin my journey into this healthy drink.

I hope you will give it and try and would love to know your opinions.  I think in my brain, I associated juicing with just vegetables.  The changes my drink had made it taste like a sweet treat at the end of a long, hard day.

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  • Cheryn
    2 years ago

    I started juicing after my diagnosis also because I did not eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. I experimented with different combinations of fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts and hit on a few that I really like. I got a book with my Nutri Bullet that has a lot of good juicing recipes. I am sold.

  • Margot moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi @cheryn,

    Thanks so much for commenting! Do you have a favorite combo? I’m sure it could help out those in the community who may just be starting if you’d like to share!

    Margot, Team

  • Jennifer M. Toth moderator author
    2 years ago

    I was so doubtful until I tried it. Best wishes, Jennifer, Team member

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