Monday, November 12, 2007

Juicin' it up

So, as I alluded to before, I have picked up a bit of a cold. It started to emerge on Friday morning, and I'm pretty sure I picked it up from one of my coworkers. To clarify, I'm not a natural hygenist--I believe bacteria and viruses are real, and getting sick is not always just "detoxing." Of course, one could say that it is this very belief in viruses that causes me to succumb to them. Hmm, I can't really respond to that argument.

So I have this cold thing. It's really not so bad. In an effort to aid my body's efforts to remove it, I decided to juice it up today. I started with a glass of water with a dose of these chlorophyll drops I bought at Whole Foods on sale yesterday. Chlorophyll is supposed to be good for you--from what I've read, there are anti-cancer benefits, as well as detoxification and oxygenation of your blood or something like that. So I had a glass of water with those drops in it, and it came out looking like this:

It tasted a bit grassy, I'll admit, so I added a splash of fresh grapefruit juice and all was well.

Then, since I'm at home having a "sick day" today, I had all the time in the world to do some juicing (I have a Champion juicer), so I juiced up one granny smith apple and a bunch of collard greens, maybe 6 medium-sized leaves. It was pretty intense, a higher greens-to-fruit ratio than I'm used to. But intense is key here, since I'm healing.

A few hours later, I decided to go back in for round two and ran 2 granny smith apples through the juicer and added 1 tsp spirulina. It got super dark-green (see pic below) but tasted pretty good. I love fresh granny smith apple juice--that combo of sweet and tart is the best ever. I remember when I did my first (and so far only) 3-day juice fast a month ago, the first thing I tried was equal parts granny and fuji apples, and it was a revelation. It was the most delicious apple juice I'd ever had. We're so used to that pasteurized juice we grew up on, that the real thing is just so amazing.

Anyway, I'm feeling quite energetic right now. I'll be teaching my GRE class tonight, and right now, I'm feeling up to it. Cheers!



rruthful said...


#1 - My name is Rachel.

#2 - I live in Chicago (Wicker Park).

#3 - I've been raw since around April of this year.

#4 - I was led to eating raw when I "randomly" picked up Raw Spirit at Myopic Books and promptly read it cover to cover.

#5 - I chose to go raw mostly because I hoped that recent spiritual experiences would be, as Matt mentions, enhanced by the diet. True!

It is so nice to find your blog. Let me know if you would ever like to meet up (at a raw event?) and give each other some support (I'm holding steady with me, myself, and I right now).

Thank you!


Rachel said...

Hi, Rachel in Wicker Park. How do I contact you? Your profile is not accessible. If you read this again, send me an e-mail at I'd love to get together!