should I buy a juicer?

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ivy6
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   Posted 9/2/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've done so much work in cutting my sugar consumption and now that I know I'm soon to have a relapse of active Crohn's, I really don't want to have to fall into the trap of drinking lots of sugary stuff, simply because I can't swallow much else. Is it worth buying a juicer? Do they make life easier and help people to have a healthier diet when they're in the middle of a full-blown flare?

I'd appreciate your insights. I really don't want to spend a lot of money unnecessarily, but neither do I want to have to go through all the work of beating a sugar addiction again.

I.
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EMom
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know about making life easier, but a juicer DOES give you the advantage of all the vitamins and enzymes of raw veggies without all the fiber. To me, it would seem that a juicer might aid in a healthier diet when in a flare. You might want to try to focus on veggie juice, though, rather than fruit juice due to the lower naturally occurring sugars.

We do love our juicer! A word of advice if you get one, though. I purchased a centrifugal style at first (major name brand). Got it home and boy was it flimsy and a pain to clean! I returned it and got my money back and purchased a masticating style for about $100 more. Yes, more pricey at first, but all parts are replaceable. It should last a lifetime. Omega and Champion are the two most common masticating style juicers. I found a reputable website where I got mine for about $50 cheaper than my local health food store's price, w/free shipping. Email me it you would like the link. Oh...and it's a TON easier to clean than the one I returned!!!
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Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


hspenser
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   

do you have a waffle iron?  If so how often do you use it?  A George Foreman Grill?  and you use it how often?  How many machines do we buy only to stuff them in a cabinet once the novelty wears off?

This is based on our machine and experience...others may be different

the point being that unless you absolutely know you are going to use the juicer all of the time it probably is not worth the investment.  My wife bought one last year...the first two weeks...fresh juice everyday...the next few weeks fresh juice every now and then...then she put it away to make room on the counter...now we have fresh juice about every three months...when she thinks about it, followed by buying the fruit, cutting the fruit, setting up the machine and actually making the juice.

Besides always having the machine out...it is a lot of work to clean..not hard work...just lots of parts you must be sure are clean and sanitized between juicings.

The next issue for me has been the quality of the fruit...sure fresh juice almost always beats store bought...but sometimes the fruit is a bit sour...or less than flavorful.  the carrots can be a bit bitter.... you never really know until you juice them or taste them and by then it is too late, you have already spent the money.  Retail juices are formulated and produced to be consistant batch to batch...if a big company gets a sour batch of fruit they simply blend it with other sweeter fruits...or add pear juice....thus getting a consistant product.

for me the answer is to take the money you would have spent on a good machine, $200 to $500, and use it to purchase good high quality natural juices from your local farms, stores or natural food stores...at least that way you can be sure of the level of quality and consistency.  You may also want to consider buying high quality frozen/shelf stable concentrates...that way you don't have to worry about the juice going bad...you just make it as you want it.

One thing I do now is to buy good quality juices and concentrates...when thirsty or in need of the nutrition (even if I am not thirsty) I make a fruit drink of half juice and half water...sure it tastes watered down...but that is not so bad ...it gives me some flavor in my water and cuts back on the calories.  It also lets me ingest the juice at half strength but by days end I have consumed a good amount of juice.

The last thing to consider is buying lots of frozen fruits and making slushies or freezes from those...maybe even add some protien powder...a good blender is a lot less expensive and easier to use than a juicer....

How much you use the juicer will depend on your spare time and dedication to the task of juicing.  I take the lazy way out...and put the juicer away so that I could just purchase the natural juices I want and need.

this is all just my opinion of course

 

 



dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
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tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
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Post Edited (hspenser) : 9/3/2008 7:12:57 AM (GMT-6)


LMills
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I use my George Foreman Grill a lot actually haha...it drains all of the fat for you and gives pretty delicious plain meat.
I would buy the juicer personally. I'm looking into getting a better one here soon. One that doesn't shake so much >_> Plus, it is a good alternative to the sugary drinks like ensure and boost. I love to drink them, but the sugar content really is disappointing. I can't recommend any juicer brands at the moment, but I can let you know as soon as I try the new one provided it's a good one of course.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


Squattie
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I invested in the Omega masticating juicer. It lives on my kitchen counter and doesn't take up a whole lot of room. I juice a lot. If you are concerned with the sugar content, then just juice veggies. I do a carrot, celery and cucumber blend. The only sugar content is from the carrots. Carrot and cucumber juice is good for helping to heal the gut. Celery is good for normalizing all body systems. Start off slow, like 4 ozs. and work your way up from there. Too much too fast can stress the liver and pancreas.

The Omega is very easy to clean. I love mine and am glad I made the investment. You can also make flours and grind up nuts, etc. It does a whole range of things. turn
.....Squattie


karendee
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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I have one and I did love making juices. I used it a lot at first and mostly when really flaring I would make a veggie/fruit juice and drink with dinner.

I think if you want one make sure you get a good one that is not too difficult to clean. I have one but I forget the name and it is easy to clean and really makes good juice. the pulp left over is very dry when I juice stuff.

I think you might benefit from one but if you are not going to use it much then maybe try something else like a blender and a strainer?

I do like mine though, I have no regrets in buying it.

Karen


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Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 

 


ivy6
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   Posted 9/3/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that's really good advice. Thanks, all. I struggle with the washing-up even when I'm relatively well, so the thought of having to do extra cleaning and washing when I'm in a major flare is pretty daunting. Thanks again.

Karen, you mentioned using a blender and a strainer. I do have a good blender, but how could I use it to make juice? Wouldn't there be a lot of bits in the liquid produced? All my strainers have (relatively) large holes, so how would I get rid of the pulp? I'd appreciate your advice, because it would be good if I can save myself some $ and storage space by using my blender instead.

I.
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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
ivy6 -

a blender and a juicer are two totally different things. the juicer separates the juice from the pulp/fiber. the blender liquefies everything, so to speak.

i too have the omega juicer. totally dig it. simple to use and clean - just rinse in water and wash occasionally in the dishwasher. i dont use it as often as i should. i find too much juice and too often liquefies my system. not fun. but we're all different.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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gachrons
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi If it is liquid enough put it threw a flour sieve. Gee Ivy sure hope you don't get sicker. I know you have been struggling to get things done and will keep my fingers crossed.I used to drink a little glass of apple juice. Are you on a vitamin? lol gail
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gachrons
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
PS When I got sick I used to buy the gatorade aid in cans and mix it ,it is cheaper then buying it bottled. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


karendee
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   Posted 9/4/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I was talking about a strainer similar to gachrons. I have one with very tiny holes and it would separate out the fibers and skins some if you have a good blender. you might have to help it along with a spatula and squish it through. I do this when I blend tomatoes and make a juice from them to can.

Heck, you could just whirl the food in the blender and eat like it is baby food. that is how I would sometimes make baby food.

hope that made sense. might be as much or more cleaning than a juicer.

the cheaper juicers are just not worth it they don't do a good job and you have a hard time cleaning them.

 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 

 


ivy6
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   Posted 9/4/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail, thanks for the nice things you've said. You're right; I really am *just* holding things together here, so the thought of being forced into sickness is both depressing and overwhelming.

I have a flour strainer, and can happily invest in another one with smaller holes. That is brilliant advice, everybody; thanks so much.

I.
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JohnnyRed
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   Posted 9/5/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
We went the juicer route and EVERYTIME I used it I THREW UP!
 
I figured it would be a good idea being that raw vegetables and skin from any fruit is a good bet Ill be gunning down a bottle of Milk of Magnesia or in the hospital with a NG Tube. Every time I used it no matter what concoxtion I used I threw up whatever I juiced.
 
I was so bent outta shape that I blew two hundred bucks I kept going at it. It actually became a goof with my wife, she would time how quick certian juices would send me off running to the bathroom to rejuice them.
 
I have NO idea if it had anything at all to do with my CD, never asked my doctor, just my experience.
Diagnosed CD '85
Resection '89
6MP since 89 & Remicade for the past 10 years


ivy6
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. So I'm guessing a take-home message might be to experiment with someone else's juicer before investing in my own?

I'm sorry that happened to you, Johnny.
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