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Monday, March 18, 2013

The big food experiment

Sigh...the things we do for our husbands  :)  My dear husband (DH) watched a two hour documentary on getting healthy and losing weight by going on a juice fast and that led into research on juicing, smoothies, raw food, and fruits and veggies in general.  He wants to try it for two weeks.  Being the supportive wife that I am  :)  I watched the film and I'm going to do it with him (ok, maybe modified).  The program WAS compelling and we really don't eat enough fruit and veggies so I figure I should be able to do it for at least one week and then I'll reevaluate.  Sounds wacky to me.

In preparation for this adventure, I went through my cupboards and packed away all the products that had white sugar and/or flour in them (the cake mixes, cornbread mixes, cold cereal).  Out went all processed food.  Next was the refrigerator.  If I am going to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, I need to have room in the refrigerator!  Out went the eggs, butter, condiments and leftovers.  I gave a big box of food to my daughter.  (and I told her that I may come and "visit" her for maybe a snack or two   :) )  I'm still not sure what to do with my beloved chocolate chips...I might get desperate!

A few of our Costco purchases for this experiment!
The kitchen ready, we went to Costco, Winco and Cash &Carry.  DH is not one to do things in moderation...he tends towards being we ended up with far more food than we can possibly eat without it spoiling.  Luckily, most fruit can be chopped up and frozen.  The veggies?  We'll see.

This weekend, DH started playing around with the freshies and his new Vita-Mix blender.  I'll admit, the first green drink was so awful I could barely swallow the first sip.  I think it had large amounts of kale, a lemon, an apple and fresh ginger.  Ugghhh!  I took about 1/4 cup of the stuff, put it back in the blender and added a banana.  It tasted a little better after that but I'd omit the ginger.

Anyway, he got better at combinations and most of his drinks were actually pretty good.  I made some pretty good ones too  ;)

So, now we're at today Monday, Day 1.  Doing ok but missing my chocolate  :).

P.S. The documentary we watched was called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  The guy who made it has a website called (not surprisingly)


  1. I admire your willingness to show support for Daddy during this experiment! And I agree...we certainly don't eat enough fruits and veggies on a regular basis.

    1. It's been a looooong day and I'm feeling crabby.

  2. Hahaha! Ginger! I finally opened and used the juicer Cathy got us for Christmas (I'm scared of any machine/appliance that seems complicated) Well the first juice we made called for fresh ginger, carrots, oranges...something else. Anyhow, everyone drank it and about died! Turns out you should use only a quarter sized slice when you are use to it. I used close to a dollar fifty ;) Ginger will not be used for a while. A yummy drink we made called for spinach, strawberries, apples and fresh mint leaves. Everyone liked it.

    1. We learned the same thing! Ginger is NOT my favorite! Your spinach, strawberry, apple and mint drink sounds really good! I'm going to try it. Isn't it fun to experiment and find ways to actually incorporate veggies in these drinks? I'm amazed at how good they are! Thanks Janell!