I watched a documentary recently called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It’s a film about a wealthy man named Joe with an autoimmune disease. He heals it and drops a ton of weight by going on a juice fast for 60 days. But along the way he meets a trucker in Arizona named Phil with the same rare disease. Homeboy also goes on the juice fast and completely turns around his whole life.

So of course, I’m all “I NEED JUICE. RIGHT NOW.” The problem is I don’t have a juicer and Jeremy isn’t thrilled at the idea of dropping $350 on one at a moments notice just because I watched some documentary that got me all riled up. So I threw some kale, an apple, half a lemon and some ginger into my food processor and strained the juice out of the pulp by hand. It’s tasty and I feel like I’m taking shots of straight up nutrients that will give me super powers.

Second, I’ve been hired to do some branding for a juice truck (talk about a dream job!). So I think I’m going to go out and buy a juicer because now it’s market research, right?

Do you all ever make your own juice? What’s your favorite juice concoction? I think I’m going to explore this whole juice thing some more.

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  1. Wow, that juice looks amazing and superpower-packed! And, great job for actually getting it made, juice maker-less.

    I haven’t had the privilege of juicing anything just yet but I have made quite a few smoothies. One of my favorites so far contained frozen berries, pineapple, almond milk, raw honey, and spinach for good luck!

    I love the idea of juicing… you can sneak lots of yummy fruits and veggies in one go.

    Best of luck on your new design venture. I can’t wait to see! I am a new reader but have spent my last few days going through the archives.

    – Lindsay

  2. Shasta

    I just watched FS&ND a few weeks ago, soon after purchasing a juicer. Very inspiring. My favorite blend is celery, cucumber, parsley, carrot, apple, orange. Love.

  3. we just have the cheap-o jack lalanne juicer from costco and it totally does the trick! our kids drink green juice every morning and mommy and daddy have amazing cocktails at night πŸ˜‰

  4. Sara

    Half orange nice, half carrot juice, sooo good!

  5. We love documentaries! I would love to see you put a list together of your favorite ones for me to Netflix! We’re always looking for new ones. : ) I’ll put that one on the list. How do you find good ones? Word of mouth or just scouring the documentary section?

  6. sunny bunnies…. 3-4 carrots, 1 apple, 1 banana, chunk of ginger. yum.

  7. Alexis

    My favorite juice combo is cucumber, celery, green apple, romaine and mint. The mint is the key — takes it from great to amazing!!!

  8. Cains

    I watched the same doc last night! After watching it I went shopping on line for a Breville Juicer when I saw the price I decided it was not for me! Except now seeing your “mean green” makes me want to reconsider!

  9. I watched something recently with the same type of theme. They talked a lot about the Gerson Method. http://www.gerson.org/ That will get you even more pumped!

  10. Kate

    Man, that juice sounds really good. I’m pretty obsessed with the kale/apple combo. I recently attended the juicing and smoothies class at Matthew Kenny OKC. The instructor really stressed the importance of buying organic fruit and vegetables for your juices. The nutrients and everything else (pesticides, etc.) hit your stomach and almost immediately go into your bloodstream, unlike most other foods that require more digestion. I can’t afford a juicer, and I can’t afford the amount of organic produce it would take to make juice often, so I’m sticking to smoothies for now!

  11. Yum, you guys! Your recipes sounds awesome.

    Lindsay Jo – Welcome to my neck of the woods! That smoothie sounds delicious. I definitely need to incorporate more green smoothies into my diet as well.

    Jessica – I usually hear about good documentaries through friends. I also just browse what’s available on Netflix. I will definitely put together a list of my favorites!

    Cains – I actually found a “slow juicer” at Williams & Sonoma that I like quite a bit. It’s still super pricey, though.

  12. K – I juice! AND I had the exact same response to that doc, except I already had a juicer! SCORE!

    We have the Jack Lelane (?) one from Target (around $100) and it has served us well – had it for 4 years so far.

    I love to juice Kale, beets give a really nice earthy flavor, ginger is yum, celery, cantaloupe and cucs give you so much volume. I haven’t been adventurous enough to try onions yet. Let me know if you do!

  13. Esther – I watched a documentary recently about the Gerson institute as well. But I was kind of put off – I thought it was about food in general but it actually ended up being one big commercial for the Gerson institute. Which is cool – I just felt a little duped.

    Kathryn – I’ve been wanting to take a class at Matthew Kenny! We’re all organic in this household – but yeah, it’s definitely pricey.

  14. SplendidMinta – Carlee up above mentioned the Jack Lalanne one too! Maybe I should give that a try.

    I definitely need to add cucs next time if anything to just have more liquid. I’m definitely interested in trying some onion – I can’t get enough onion in my food.

  15. HAILEY

    My last day job was at a health food store deli counter where we made fresh smoothies and juices all day long. My favorite we called a “grasshopper” and it had:
    -wheat grass shot

    It was so delicious and refreshing. The cucumber wasn’t on the menu, I just added it because it made it extra awesome. And I always liked it a little more tart so it always had a little extra lemon and lime too.

  16. HAILEY

    I also always thought it would make for a good “mojito” type base too if a little alcohol+mint was added. But is that cheating on being healthy? lol

  17. I saw that documentary a few weeks ago, and I went juice crazy too! Luckily, a friend let me borrow her juicer for a year.

  18. haha we watched that last night…

  19. Mickie

    I just watched the extended trailer for Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and already wanted to buy a juicer! I need a reboot for sure and can’t wait to hear more about the juice truck.

  20. You practically made my go-to juice. I do kale, a lemon, half an apple and a head of romaine. Perfection.

  21. Ooh, loving the cucumber juice suggestions as my community garden plot is literally exploding with cucumbers right now. K, did you toss in the whole apple & lemon or did you get them all peeled up first? I’m guessing it’s best to keep as much of the outsides as possible for all the health goodz, yeah?

    Also, saw you on Melissa Joulwan’s blog today – pretty excited about that collaboration πŸ™‚ I’m sometimes-paleo and also read APW, so my worlds are colliding!

  22. Beetroot, ginger and celery.
    Pineapple, watermelon and apple.
    Carrot, tomatoe and celery with a dash of tobasco.
    Cucumber & green apple-summer refresher.

  23. Anya

    True Story: I have been juicing for 12 days after watching that movie and am down 15 lbs.
    But…you want to know what I did for the first three days when I was feeling like I got hit by a garbage truck? I was reading through your entire blog! Ick, that sounds a little creepy and stalkerish but I promise I am not. πŸ™‚

    I loved your Everest posts and the house remodel very much and I find them inspirational. So thank you so much for blogging I really appreciate it. You are helping me maintain my focus on my health.


    P.S. I purchased the Breville Juicer from Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon and it was only $120.00 very worth it.

  24. Anya

    I just watched that movie 2 weeks ago and started juicing immediately. I am down 15 lbs!
    What did I do to pass the time for the first 3 days of the detox …I read through your whole blog from start to finish.
    I know that sounds a little stalker-ish but I promise I’m not. I find your blog very inspiring, especially the Everest and Home Remodel Posts.

    Keep it up and thanks for helping me pass the time albeit indirectly.


    P.S. I purchased a Breville Juicer like the one Joe and Phil use from the movie at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% off coupon and it was only $120.00 WORTH IT!

  25. These juice combinations are sounding amazing! Keep ’em coming y’all.

    Hailey – YUM. You know – I used to work at a Juice Stop when I was in college for a few months and was too scared to take a wheat grass shot! Everyone else that worked there acted like it would make you sick. I can’t believe I didn’t take advantage of the perks of that job.

    Mickie – You’ll definitely be hearing more about the juice truck. πŸ™‚

    Emily Rose – I just squeezed in the juice from half a lemon – I was worried the rind would make it bitter. I cored the apple but that’s it.

    How fun that you read both of those blogs! Meg and Mel both rock my world.

    Anya – I love that! It’s not creepy at all. I’m glad I could provide you with some entertainment and inspiration while you were detoxing.

    Kevin – That may be the nicest comment you’ve ever left here.

  26. Awsahr

    Oh my goodness, I am loving the comments almost as much as the post. My gastrointestinologist is so kind as to let me cleanse my colon with a juice fast instead of drinking that nasty, chalky barium suspension – and now, I have so. many. recipes! Thaaaank you!

    Also, Kathleen – totally off topic, but – how is running going in your VFFs? I have shaved so much time off of my mile it’s unbelievable. Hope they’re treating you well!

  27. So funny that you just posted this. We watched the doc a couple weeks ago and I’ve been thinking of juicing, especially for Elise. She needs to broaden her palate a bit… I worked at a coffee shop/sandwich shop/juice bar in high school and my go to was always carrot apple ginger, or spinach/watermelon/mint. πŸ™‚ And… now I’m thirsty.

  28. Clearly after reading these comments I need to get a juicer and some mint. Yum.

    Awsahr – It’s so refreshing to hear of doctors that are cool with natural ways of healing – even if it’s juice vs. chalky barium.

    I love my VFFs! I’m not much of a runner, really – so it’s hard to say if they’ve shaved any time off my actual time. I do jog in them from time to time and love them. I wear them a lot when I’m doing other cross training stuff or lifting weights.

    Erin – It’s probably an AWESOME idea for kids. I bet Elise would love anything with carrots in it. And I bet if she’s turned off by the green color you could put it in a solid colored sippy cup and she’d be none the wiser. πŸ˜‰

  29. I just watched this documentary on Sunday and another co-worker was talking about it Monday, weird. I’m hoping to buy the Breville Ikon multi-speed from Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon and a small credit. I really want to do a 10 day fast! I don’t have a large amount of weight to lose, but I can stand to lose a few pounds. Plus, all those extra nutrients I’d be getting would be great. I’m also pretty sure I have a sugar addiction and I think the fast would help with that. Joe Cross does tours I think, he was at a Whole Foods kind of near me on Monday. And you can follow him on twitter @joethejuicer if you’re into that kind of thing! πŸ™‚

  30. We watched the documentary then promptly researched juicers the next morning and went out with a $30 giftcard and 20% off store coupon for Bed, Bath & Beyond. We bought the Breville JE98XL, after discounts, for about $90. Totally worth it.

    We make up recipes on the go, most are similar ratios/recipes to the Mean Green (example: sub in spinach instead of kale one day, or pears instead of apples… etc.

    We had a juicer a couple years ago (free) that was weak and horrible to clean. Our Breville is powerful and super easy to take apart and clean… and it makes delicious things. Also, the pulp looks awesome.

    Pro tip: we use a produce bag in the pulp bin (perfect size) and dump the pulp in our compost, wash bag and reuse. Haven’t used the pulp in non-juice recipes yet, but we will soon.

  31. yeah seriously, keep those recipes coming! πŸ˜‰ Kathleen, I was just reading about the slow juicer. You should get it and tell me how it is! I hear it juices wheat grass and greens along with even nuts! WHAT?! I drove through OKC and looked for you on the freeway today.

  32. Beetroot, Granny Smith apple, pineapple, ginger & carrot. It’s pretty much the way of the future. YUM!! πŸ™‚

  33. Yum, what a great topic! I’m pregnant (three weeks from my due date!) and it’s too hot to cook anything. Plus, my stomach is so squished it’s hard to eat or feel hungry so juice sounds like a great solution right now! I have a juicer that I used for a few months after receiving it as a wedding gift and sadly it has been sitting in a cabinet ever since. I’m going to remedy that today and try the watermelon/spinach/mint combo–that sounds so delicious. My favorite juice is carrot/apple/celery.

    P.S. about mint–it is so easy to root if you buy some. Just stick it in a glass of water and within a week or two you’ll have roots. Transplant it in a pot (because it’ll take over your garden if you don’t) and keep taking clippings off that plant to root. We had a hearty mint supply last summer doing this (which was great for making mojitos!).

  34. I also saw the doc and had the same thought as you, “I NEED JUICE NOW”. So I went on craigslist and bought a nice used juicer for $70. Check there! I saw a bunch. And while it’s kind of a mess to use, I’m sure it’s easier than taking pulp out by hand. πŸ™‚

  35. i want to see that movie? never heard of it. intrigued.

    i used to date a guy who would buy trays of that wheat grass stuff and keep it in his frig and whenever i’d open it up i’d mistakenly forget that i wasn’t in a cow pasture.

    so that means i should probably drink more juice? or green things.

    p.s. by the way, guess who just submitted an offer? they’ll probably laugh at it, but i’m ridiculously giddy anyway. dream. house. (you know, once the entire thing is ripped to pieces, and all.)

  36. hey, i just watched that too! netflix streaming? πŸ˜‰

    amazing what fruits, veggies and/or a vegan diet will do for people.

    we’re currently shopping for a juicer. i want to buy a great version that will last for decades with stainless steel, instead of a cheaper version with plastic parts that will quit on me soon. let you know what we end up with!

    there’s a local juice spot in l.a. haven’t been yet, but their website has some great combo ideas: http://www.pressedjuicery.com/products-juices

  37. So I started watching this movie on Netflix but paused it to run off and do a few errands. By the time I got back I found out that my former roommate had canceled her account, so I couldn’t finish it. It was so frustrating. But from what I saw, it definitely made me want to incorporate more juices into my life. I do best with the all-fruit kind. The only green juice I tried had celery in it and I HATE celery. Couldn’t even manage that one. But I’ll give it a go again. Minus the celery.

  38. ~abi~

    my best friend’s husband just posted about this documentary on fb. i am intrigued, for sure!

  39. I saw that too. It was fantastic. I love juicing except I don’t know how he did it out of the back of his car… cause my juicer is hard to clean. Bad ass that you get to use it as a business expense.

  40. Kim

    dude. i just had my first juice experience two weeks ago and i was dying over how badly i needed to run out and get a juicer. my uncle has an awesome one by breville (sp?) and it was $150. i felt like i was the healthiest i’ve ever been just drinking my glass of carrot, celery, and apple. i’m so into it.

  41. Kelly! YAY! Keep me updated. I’ll be crossing my fingers for you.

    Jessica – Same here – I want to get something quality that will last for a long time. Thanks for the link!

    Brandi – I had some celery juice in Destin and would definitely recommend something like spinach or kale instead. Include apples or other fruits to sweeten it.

    Mandy – HI! I think you should juice from the trunk of your Vespa. xoxo!

    Kim – I KNOW. I don’t really want to fast but I love the idea of adding a huge dose of nutrients to my body, daily.

  42. jrose

    I just watched that documentary on Friday too! I had the same reaction and immediately wanted juice. I had to talk myself down though…it seems very pricey and a little wasteful to throw all that pulp away.

  43. Karla

    We also have the Jack Lalanne Juicer. We like it. It does get expensive to juice. That’s the only down side. My favorite concoction is one that came with the juicer – it has broccoli, pear, and a bunch of other fruits and veggies. So yum!

  44. Love juicing! Still won’t shell out the dollars for a juicer though. My hubby and I drink have a smoothy every morning with handful a rasberries, strawberries, blueberries, almonds,one bananana, 1/4 apple and good squeeze of local honey. My absolute favorite juice is homemade pineapple juice. Use two large pineapples – blend one part pineapple chunks with one part water and then strain. When done straining, add tablespoon honey and one lime. Heaven, pure heaven.

  45. mali

    A few weeks after we started juicing I got pregnant and hadn’t been able to for years (I’m a believer in the health of juicing)….that being said I did the BB&B Breville, but kept looking at the box feeling like I should do more research. I already had a Jack Lalanne from Costco that I didn’t like from the get go. I did some research and learned about the slow geared juicers that give you much more bang for your buck. Other type of juicers tend to heat up much more than the slow gears and kills more of the nutrients, which is what we are after! Downside to a gear juicer is they are a lot slower, but I didn’t find it a big deal. The pulp was so dry compared to the others I had tried. At first I felt wasteful with all the left over pulp, but we feed it to our animals (we found which they could/couldn’t eat) and the rest we throw in a compost pile. The juicer we ended up with and loving is the Samson gear juicer. That’s factoring in our price range 250-350, features we wanted (one of the few in our range that does wheatgrass, too:),etc. It’s in no way the best of the best out there, but it’s been pretty great for us. Oh, and the black and green looks so cute on our countertop (comes is white, too), ha!

  46. allison

    Me and my husband just watched that documentary the other night and right after I jumped on Amazon and looked up the juicer he talked about. My husband wasn’t exactly on board about throwing down that much $ on a juicer. But until then I’ll have to use my blender/food processor πŸ™‚

  47. just use your blender…every morning i throw spinach, kale, apple, berries, wheatgrass, chia seeds…etc., etc. whatever i have ….a few ice cubes and water and blend…

  48. Catching up on the blog reading after a holiday…

    I only have a juicer because an old flatmate left one behind. I make a juice called Allegra’s Beautiful Juice from the Leon cookbook (Leon is a healthy fast food restaurant here in the UK)

    It’s got 400g carrots, half a thumb of ginger, one orange and 120ml almond milk. Tastes delicious (make sure you use unsweetened almond milk, or it’s a bit sickly)

  49. I bought my family’s Champion juicer used on craigslist for $90!! We use it everyday; My favorite Kale;apple;celery;parsley;ginger;&tiny bit of beet.
    My kids do kale; carrot; apple; ginger!!

  50. Melinda

    Mali, Did u get pregnant after only juicing or juicing and still eating?

  51. Beth B

    I loved that documentary!! And I love my juicer that I bought after watching it. Here is my usual morning juice recipe:

    Kale (handful) or spinach
    1 apple
    1/2 a sweet potato
    1/2 a beet
    1 lemon (or 1/2)
    1-2 stalks celery
    3-4 carrots

    It’s SO GOOD. It’s actually always really sweet & delicious! Sometimes I throw in an orange instead of a lemon, or a handful of grapes or berries on top of everything. YUM!

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