Juicers! Vitamix! Anyone??

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janicea
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I'm on such a limited diet, no matter how careful I am I'm always missing nutrients. I miss them so much, sometimes I just chew a piece of raw carrot and then spit it out. LOL.

Lately I've been going to the healthfood store every day and getting super fresh carrot/parsley/celery juice. Being able to have the nutrients of veggies and fruits, without the pulp seeds and fiber has really helped me feel better both energy and mentally!

so any of you have juicers at home? if so what do you think of them? I'm ready to make the plunge. I'm leaning to a vitamix blender now and when I save osme more cash getting a used champion.

any thoughts??
thanks!
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. fighting Pyoderma G.
Trying LDN 4.5mg nightly ~ because I'm allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's I'm taking Boswellia Serrata. SCD yogurt. Olive leaf liquid extract for candida, using silver sulfadiazine (new to me) on PG. B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a jack lelane one, it's ok and it is about the only way I get fruits and veggies.
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BeeSting
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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a fruit/veggie juicer. It's just terrific having one! :-) I use to mix: raw brocolli, carrots, tomatoes, apples an oranges! Yummi!!:-)

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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I just ordered the Breville 200XL from Amazon this week and can't wait for it to get here. There are a ton of reviews on there regarding this particular model. I did A LOT of research on them, and this seems the most affordable and useful one for at-home use (But the Vitamix I've seen at Costco seems incredible). The Breville will run you $100 vs. the $400 plus on Vitamix. I read reviews of Vitamix and just wasn't as impressed. My girlfriend has the Breville and she and her husband use it daily for the whole family.
I would love for someone to post some beneficial/tasty juicing combinations on here.
Thanks!

aim928
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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
So when you guys make your smoothies and so on do you take the skin off of the fruit? Such apples? I am really thinking of getting a juicer. I have got to start getting some fruits and or veggies in me somehow! Also can most of you drink juice ok from the store? I love grape juice but again..afraid to try itm since dx.

Amy
DX in 2007. Was on Asacol for almost 2 years and the Entocort for 6 months. That has now stopped working so currently on Prednisone while trying to get up the courage to take Remicade.


EMom
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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Generally, masticating juicers are better than centrifugal (spinning). One reason is that they are FAR easier to clean. Another reason is centrifugal juicers heat up a bit during the juicing process and it's thought that valuable plant enzymes are killed by the heat. Masticating juicers don't heat up at all. Lastly, masticating juicers are able to juice soft plants like greens better than centrifugal juicers.

I once purchased one mentioned here in a previous post and was so disappointed with the quality that I immediately returned it and did a little more research. The Omega and the Champion are a bit more money, but they are masticating juicers and are made to last forever (they also make nut butters!). There are replacement parts available, too. My Omega was about $100 more (I think I found it for $225 online) than the first one I purchased, but worth EVERY penny!!! I love it!

Fun tip: When someone in the family thinks they're coming down with a cold we juice even more. Especially beneficial is any veggie juice with greens in it. We often make a juice of carrots, celery, half an apple and any kind of greens like spinach or kale and parsley. A pinch or two of sea salt makes it even better! I can't tell you how many times we all believe we have averted a cold by drinking a few glasses of this concoction!!!
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
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janicea
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
which Omega do you have EMom? Since i can go to the healthfood store less than a half mile away and get 8oz of juice for 2.50, I'm kind of thinking vitamix first -- but honestly I'm just flipflopping about it all at a million miles an hour. AHHHHHHHHHH! I can't decide and the more I read the less I know! :)

and jhicks: will you do a review once you've been hanging with your juicer for a bit??
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. fighting Pyoderma G.
Trying LDN 4.5mg nightly ~ because I'm allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's I'm taking Boswellia Serrata. SCD yogurt. Olive leaf liquid extract for candida, using silver sulfadiazine (new to me) on PG. B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


karendee
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a Breville  and love it! Not too hard to clean either.
I have not used in a while but might use it tonight. I like carrot juice with apple and orange. I try some other combos too.
Karen
 

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EMom
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
janicea said...
which Omega do you have EMom? Since i can go to the healthfood store less than a half mile away and get 8oz of juice for 2.50, I'm kind of thinking vitamix first -- but honestly I'm just flipflopping about it all at a million miles an hour. AHHHHHHHHHH! I can't decide and the more I read the less I know! :)


I believe mine is the 8005 (chrome and black). The 8006 wasn't available when I got mine about a year and a half ago.

I'm thinking of growing my own wheat grass this summer... what do you think? I know nothing about growing or keeping it. I have a small herb garden and some flowers; that's the extent of my current gardening...

What is vitamix???

karendee
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
 
EMom, I would try to grow it I hear it is easy.
 
I have some herbs growing I am going to try to add tonight. Mint is one of them. I also have others that might make juice tasty and maybe even have health benefits.
 
Karen

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EMom
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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I just looked up Vitamix. It's a good blender, right? The advantage of a juicer over a blender for someone with Crohn's is that it removes the sometimes offending fiber. You can always add a little (or all) back in if you wish. Or simply feed it to your dog, like I do! smilewinkgrin

janicea
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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
emom: the vitamix actually breaks down the cell walls to make the food more bioavailable. On the other hand, I just *might* be obsessing. My diet has been a problem for 3 years. No rice, no breads, no wheat, hard to eat meat (a little fish) , hard to eat veggies (or amost none), hard to eat eggs. I could go on and on but I'd be WHINING! LOL.

The juice has been a godsend, although, when I price it out in my head, I think that it's really reasonably priced at my local healthfood store.... so it's hard to make a decision. Juicer? Vitamix? around and around i go. I'm super happy to hear what others have to say though... lot's to learn from here!! I'll probably go in a circle and come out back at champion v omega.

Re wheatgrass, google carefully, it's a tough juicing job, alot of people use hand juicers for it. I love it, it's yummy.

Beesting: what kind do you use??
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. fighting Pyoderma G.
Trying LDN 4.5mg nightly ~ because I'm allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's I'm taking Boswellia Serrata. SCD yogurt. Olive leaf liquid extract for candida, using silver sulfadiazine (new to me) on PG. B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


AMinNJ
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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I have flip-flopped on wanting a juicer too! I even ordered one and sent it back unopened. It seems the more I read about it, the more confused I get. On the one hand, I would love to have all of the health benefits from the extra nutrients, but on the other hand, I am worried about getting a food-borne illness like salmonella or E.coli from the raw vegetables and fruits. Apparently, washing alone will not remove these pathogens, only cooking will destroy them... along with a lot of the nutrients, of course. It's a dilemma for me.

I know the chances are not astronomical, but I'm just worried what a bout of food poisoning would do to my poor GI tract and I'm afraid to take the chance. I think that's what started me down the CD route in the first place. To me, it's too much like playing russian roulette. At least the store bought juice is pasteurized and I don't have to worry about that. I like the V8 Fusion juices.

I just wish there was a way to ensure the safety of our national food supply, I'd be more comfortable.


Angela, age 43
dx Ulcerative Proctitis 2008 after colonoscopy
dx Crohn's 2009 after small capsule endoscopy
Symptoms on and off for more than 10 years
Currently taking no medications
Gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar diet
VSL/probiotics, MorEPA, B Vitamins, Folic acid, Vit C, Vit D, Turmeric, Ginger, Selenium, Mushroom


EMom
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   Posted 6/3/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
janicea, you're too funny! You might ask yourself a couple questions like: Will I enjoy purchasing, washing and juicing the veggies myself? Can I keep enough fresh veggies on hand? Do I like having/have room for a small appliance sitting out on my counter? Do I mind the clean-up?

On the definite plus side, having your own juicer allows you to have a glass whenever you wish. Also as I mentioned before, when we feel a cold coming on we sometimes drink 3-4 glasses a day of veggie juice w/greens to fight it off! It truly is amazing when that works--and it usually works! yeah

AMinNJ, welcome! I share your concerns about pathogens and I wash our veggies in a veggie wash. As you said, that doesn't necessarily guarantee they are free of pathogens! Darn! But probiotics offer some protection from E. coli and salmonella, so maybe you can rest a bit easier knowing that! Unfortunately, pasteurization also kills beneficial plant enzymes... darn again... turn

AMinNJ
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
EMom: Thanks for the welcome! You make a good point... I had forgotten about the protective benefit of probiotics. I take VSL and Florastor, and alternate with some others like Culturelle, etc. What kind of veggie wash do you use? Is it something you make yourself, or a store product?
Angela, age 43
dx Ulcerative Proctitis 2008 after colonoscopy
dx Crohn's 2009 after small capsule endoscopy
Symptoms on and off for more than 10 years
Currently taking no medications
Gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar diet
VSL/probiotics, MorEPA, B Vitamins, Folic acid, Vit C, Vit D, Turmeric, Ginger, Selenium, Mushroom


EMom
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
AMin, I use a wash made by Earth Friendly Products--it's called "Fruit and Veggie Wash". I bought it at my local health food store for about 5 bucks and it comes in a spray bottle. I guess you can make it yourself as you mentioned, but I'm chemically challenged. Apt to blow something up... skull

jhicks
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   Posted 6/3/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I will do a review. I actually was a product reviewer for the last two years at our state newspaper. This is until I became a casualty of the newspaper industry like so many other journalists. I was laid off in April after 16 years! But I have reviewed dozens of products, so a review would be right up my alley and I'd be glad to post one after I've used it a while.

I, too, would like to know what a veggie wash is and how to perform one! This topic is great!

*Phoebe*
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   

I haven’t used my juicer in ages but this post has inspired me to whip it out again!

 

My fave combos are

 

  • Celery, carrot and ginger (ginger is great for your digestive health!)
  • Carrot, apple and beetroot
  • Orange and apple
  • Apple and celery

 

Oh the list goes on!

 

I would recommend you don’t buy ‘juicing carrots’ as they can be a bit dirty tasting. And carrots are pretty cheap anyway! I don’t peel my apples, my juicer is a good expensive one that my parents got me for my bday a few years ago, and it takes out all the pulp.


janicea
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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
emom: yeah, I think I'm totally cool with all the points you bring up, but when I do the cost benefit, I always end up thinking that i'm really only paying a dollar for my fresh veggie juice at most, more like 75 cents b/c of the good price at my health coop, which as i mentioned is a third of a mile - maybe a half from my house -- so at least my insane dithering is not keeping me from juice LOL!!

AMinNJ: ya know, you could always peel your veggies and fruits. It's an extra step, but it's saved many a "man" from montezumas revenge in mexico!!

Pheobe*: what kind of juicer?

jhicks: I'll be looking forward to your review!!
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. fighting Pyoderma G.
Trying LDN 4.5mg nightly ~ because I'm allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's I'm taking Boswellia Serrata. SCD yogurt. Olive leaf liquid extract for candida, using silver sulfadiazine (new to me) on PG. B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


karendee
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   Posted 6/4/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought some ginger root last night and some other veggies and fruits. I have not tried ginger and wonder if I will like it. (I bet I will)
 
I love carrot with plain and with other fruits and veggies. Yummy! I got some apples as well. And Oranges for the kids. I can only have a small amount of orange in my juices.
 
You all got me wanting to use my juicer again! THANKS
Karen

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Karen (Karendee)

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

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EMom
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
karendee, you might want to start with just a little ginger and gradually add. The first time I used it in my juicer I got it waaaayy too strong. Have fun juicing again!

That said, I really love ginger! In the winter I was slicing the root extra thin and placing 8 or 10 slices in a mug to make a hot ginger "tea" (it's good w/lemon, too, but not necessary). It was awesome with a little honey! Now I want to try a large pitcher for summer. I'll heat some water and pour it over a lot of ginger, add honey, let it sit a bit, then cool and add more water and refrigerate. Voila!~....home made ginger-ale! :-)

phoebeskye, great juice ideas!

janicea, your price for juice is very, very cheap! Can't say I blame you for dithering... scool

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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Ive been juicing on and off for years and just started again last week after having my juicer under my cabinet for almost a year. Since I dont have a colon I dont need fiber and fresh juice is possibly the best source of vitamins and minerals you can get. The key word is fresh. I also buy a bottled juice from Bolthouse farms for the days I dont feel like cleaning my juicer. It's available at Kroger in the veggy isle. Very good stuff although its not quite as fresh.
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karendee
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   Posted 6/4/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the tips. I will start with a small amount
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Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

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*Phoebe*
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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   

janicea, I'm pretty sure my juicer is a Breville.

 

It's fairly big and white, but pretty easy to clean. Its quite loud but juicing only takes a few seconds! I think they're a gerat investment, especially for times when you need nutrients but don't really feel like eating much. Ginger is fabulous, but yes use a little bit and gradually add in.

You can also put mint leaves in for some added ZING!


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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My hubby and I recently dished out the dough for a reconditioned Vitamix from E-bay. It still comes with the 7 year warranty, which was enough to get us over the price a little ($440 US with the "dry" container for flours, etc.).

So far, what I love the MOST - making my own ICE CREAM!!! I can substitute my rice milk, add some fruit or fruit juice and honey, and PRESTO! I haven't been able to eat ice cream in sooooo long - it has done wonders for my spirit. :-)

To anyone reading this post that hasn't tried a juicer yet... I can't say enough good things about mine. I wish I would have bought one sooner.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
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