Juice!

Good morning world!

(For those of you who have wordpress blogs, didn’t the first blog page when you signed up say “hello world!”?…love that).

Btw, I also love how much you guys were craving the skittles on my last post; and possibly more than the health bar I was featuring.  That made me chuckle.

It feels strange writing my blog post in the morning, I don’t think I’ve ever done that, but today I got the urge. I cannot believe how quickly this week has flown by!  Seriously, where has it gone???  The beginning of the week was a bit rubbish for me as the old IBS flared up so I laid low.  I think it was because I was stressing about my long to-do list, which is now significantly shorter; thank goodness!

Monday and Wednesday I helped out at the rescue cat home, which was great.  I’ve had to drop out for the next couple of weeks because I’ve got loads of uni work to do before Tom’s on annual leave and we go away.  As soon as we return from our US trip I’m back at the hospital with hardly anytime for studying.  So, i’m trying to be organised and get on with assignments now.

Yesterday I went to the doctors to book in a blood test to check my iron and b12 levels.  And, in the spirit of honesty, it was also to see if there’s anything she can recommend to hurry my period up.  I stopped taking the pill back in October and STILL haven’t had my period.  In a way this is nice, but it doesn’t feel natural or right.  Know what I mean?  She asked me if I’ve ever been without a period for this long, to which I had to say yes.  Yes, when I had an ED 7 plus years ago.  I cringed telling her this because she promptly weighed me and asked if this was a problem now.  My reply was a resounding “most certainly not”.  I can understand why she asked me, since my weight is on the lower end of the BMI and even slightly under, but I’m petite and we’re all like this in my family.  I guess my annoyance is that people assume that following a vegan diet is related to an ED because it’s a “restrictive choice”.  My fellow vegans out there know that it is anything but restrictive and it’s actually a joy to eat this way.  Also, I know that people say you never really recover from having an ED but I disagree with this.  My ED was predominantly related to my undiagnosed digestive problems and my lack of coping mechanisms.  Both of which are mostly resolved now.  Plus, it was a bit random because I have always loved food.  Food is awesome, after all.  And, I have since experienced “triggers” where I could have easily fallen back into my the maladaptive behaviours but they were nowhere in sight.  I know I haven’t blogged about it before but that’s never been a deliberate thing, it’s just because I am such a different person to who I was back then and most of the time I forget that it ever happened.  Anyway, the upshot of my visit to the Dr. was that she wants me to gain a couple of kgs (happy days!) and I’m going for a scan to see if I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).  Fun times in chez GFtriesV…

Ok, now food.  Yesterday, my juicer arrived!!!

Oops, forgot to take the sticker off its side.

I have never had a juicer, and the last and only time I had a freshly squeezed vege juice was a year ago.  Needless to say, I was beside myself with excitement!  As soon as it arrived, I gave it a good wash (do you guys do this with appliances too?), and began experimenting.  Let me just say, it is truly amazing!  It’s another love to add to my life.  Here’s the recipe, if you can call it that, of my first juice:

Juice Virgin Cleanser

3 small-ish carrots
1 stick of celery
1 apple
1 small beetroot
1/2 a lime

Throw the ingredients in your juicer, and enjoy.  It was just too good.

Not wanting to waste all the pulp, I decided to use it to make crackers.  I don’t have a dehydrator so I just used my oven.

Juice Pulp Crackers

Inspired by Gena’s recipe, I combined the 2 cups worth of juice pulp, with 1/2 cup of ground flax seeds, 1/2 tsp each of curry powder, tumeric and cumin, 1tbsp each of tamari and agave, and 1/4 cup of water.  When combined, spread the pulp out on a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 150C for 20 mins on each side.

I have to say, it worked a treat!  These still have a bit of give in them so next time I’ll probably bake them for longer to make them crunchier.  And, they may not be raw but they taste good and were easy enough to make.  I can’t wait to dunk these into some of my favourite dips.

So, it’s almost the weekend!  Do you guys have any exciting plans? We’ve got friends coming to stay tomorrow so we’ll be dining out in a new restaurant tomorrow evening.  I also plan to go to yoga and the gym, and squeeze in some reading and possibly studying.

Hope this finds you well and happy xxx

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14 thoughts on “Juice!

  1. omg your crackers look so pretty….anything that’s sweet/savory and pinkish/orange is a-okay in my book!

    sorry to hear about the female stuff. The more I read, the more women I know, the more I live life, the more I believe it’s more common to have some issues than be “normal” these days..it seems everyone has something funny with their cycle everywhere i turn. I hope you get things all sorted out and it sounds like you’re being super proactive and on top of it, which is all anyone can do. Good luck hon 🙂

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  2. You juicer looks great! That is very similar to a juice I like to make, but I add some fresh Ginger too…and sometimes Parsley & Spinach 🙂
    I also stopped taking the Pill last year, December to be exact, and have only gotten my monthly visitor twice this year…I guess it takes a long time for your body to adapt – especially if you’ve been giving it hormones for the last 7 years(as I have)!
    Hope everything turns out ok.
    You’re lucky you have someone telling you to put on weight – I always get the opposite!
    Xxx

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  3. That juice is so pretty! I go back and forth on whether I want a juicer but that pretty juice and yummy-looking crackers are definitely getting added to the pro-list. Enjoy!

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  4. Oi congrats on the juicer! Beautific crackers!

    I know, my period was away for years and now I’m off the pill and it’s goodbye monthly present again. You’re right, the first couple of months is “yippeee!” but after that it gets…a little blue. not very feminine. Just plain wrong. I had a test for polycystic as well but nothing doing. Only thing I can say is enjoy not seeing the tampax isle for a while! Once it comes back it gets old PRETTY quickly ;-).

    Ofcourse you can be cured from ED! Like I’ve told you before my history is very similar to yours. What can I say, when eating is always a trigger for pain, discomfort, and a foggy brain, what kind of person would not develop some sort of ED? I have been thinking about this recently because I have had a lot of inexplicable flare-ups (or whatever it is…) and I recognise all the emotions that bubble up: fear of eating, obsessing over foodstuffs, a stream of thoughts about food that cannot be turned off…but by now I recognise all the signals of becoming “disordered”. Sure, it messes with my mood that my tummy is out of order, but I will never “regress” to the same old patterns again. I am a little “light” at the moment as well now, but has there ever been a better excuse to eat nut butter on everything? We’ll both pack it back on I’m sure, and get that little monthly surprise back as well 😉

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  5. yay you finally got your juicer and yes it looks so pretty. I think washing appliances before hand is a must. You have no idea what grimy factory workers hands have been all over it. Can’t wait to see all the juices you pump out now!!

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  6. congrats on the juicer girlie!!!

    those crackers sound and look so delicious!!! enjoy them!!!

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  7. pretty juice and crackers! love the idea of using the pulp.

    a juicer is at the top of my wish list. i see them on craigslist all the time, i should just pick up a cheapie to hold me over for now!=)

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  8. Yay for fresh juice! And I really love your idea to bake those crackers in the oven! I don’t have a dehydrator and don’t want to buy one and I always wodered how to make these things in an oven.

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  9. That is such a great way to use up the leftover pulp. we are watching Inception this weekend and some shopping. other then that just relaxation.

    Have a good weekend

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  10. The juice looks awesome! My mom donated an old juicer to me that I still haven’t tried out. I need to get on it!

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  11. Yay! I’m so glad you finally got your juicer! I can’t wait to see what combinations you come up with…this one looks awesome! I love adding lime and/or lemon.

    Sorry about the issues you’re having to deal with. As much as we all hate that time of the month, I can see how it would be hard to go months without it. I hope everything gets straightened out soon!

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